We the body of Christ should be an encouragement to the underprivileged. We should be doing good to everyone. We should want justice for all. We should help those who are oppressed. Those who deserve fair treatment. We should be defending the orphans. They are innocent, and should be protected. We should fight for the rights of widows. They also are disadvantaged. We should display love for them, as we would love ourselves, and our families.
God gives us encouragement in that, in Him, we will find new strength. When we feel we cannot go on, the LORD gives us strength to keep going. To press on. To live as His Word commands. We will fly on wings like eagles; meaning that we will soar above trials, tribulations, illness, disadvantages. We will be free from slavery to sin, and high in spirits, on His path. We will run and not grow weary; we will never quit fighting the good fight of faith, we will not give up, because we know that He is our reward. We will walk, and not faint; our faith will remain forever in Him. In his ways, we have peace. In His ways, we have strength. In Him, we have comfort. In Him, we are victorious!!
When we are in the Holy Spirit, we have encouragement in that we are peaceful in our hearts. We are able to grow in strength and numbers because we are able to support and encourage one another to remain faithful to Him, and to one another. When believers walk in the fear (respect) of the LORD, they find comfort in the Holy Spirit, and need not fear for their lives, nor the lives of their family. They walk in confidence, knowing that they are pleasing the living God. That His wrath and judgement will not fall upon them at any given moment, they are confident that they are saved, and that they are in His favor.
We should encourage our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. We should live in a way that respects them, and pleases them. If we do this, we are not only honoring God, we are honoring ourselves, and we are honoring our Brothers and Sisters. By doing this, we will build them up. We will encourage them to live in the same way. They will be confident in their walk with Christ. This is very pleasing to the LORD.
As we know, the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit (God with us). It is written to give us encouragement on our journey in life. It was written to guide us, to teach us the correct way. It is designed to give us hope, and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled. We should be reading it regularly, and growing from it continually, so that we will not grow weary and faint. We should do this daily, so that our faith remains strong.
The way that we make God truly happy is by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other(the Church), loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose. This is why our position in Christ encourages us. We know that we belong to Him. We know that we have His love. We know that we are living in unity with one another. We know that our hearts are tender and sympathetic to those who do not know him, or who do not have such a close relationship with Him. So, we love them, pray for them, teach them, and encourage them to do the same. That is our mission in Christ. We are encouraged by our position. We know it is good.
We should be encouraging one another with the words written in Scripture, as we know that First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air and remain with Him forever. So, we should find encouragement in this, knowing that our lives, hard work, and dedication is not in vain. Our reward is that we will reign with the LORD forever! Amen!
In 1 Thessalonians 5: 12 it reads: Dear Brothers and Sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord's work. They work hard among you and warn you against all that is wrong. Think highly of them, and give them your wholehearted love because of their work. And remember to live peaceably with each other. We see in this verse that we should be appreciating God's instruction through our leaders. They are set in that position to look after you. We should encourage those who are weak and afraid. Warn those who are lazy, and don't want to do their parts as members of the body of Christ. We should remind them that they have a responsibility. We should encourage those who are timid, teach them not to be shy, teach them that they have the Spirit of the LORD, and that they need not fear. They should feel confident that with Christ, they will be able to accomplish any task or mission they are assigned to. We should be helping all believers and new Christians... (baby Christians). We should have patience with all. We should not give up on any of them. Hope with and for them. Pray with and for them.
We should take care in how we speak to the elders of the Church. The same is true in any setting. We should respect them as if they were our own father. We should treat the younger men as we would our brothers, with love, respect, and humility. We should be doing the same with the women, as if they were our mothers or sisters. This is what pleases God. We should also care for the widows; for they are as vulnerable as a child. (Especially the ones who have no relatives to care for them). When their children and grandchildren are able to care for them, they honor God very much. Their hearts make him proud!! This touches God's heart!
What this means is that we should never be tired of poking at our Brothers and Sisters in Christ, or believers across the world. This pleases God when we care enough about them to remind them even if they get tired of hearing it from us. We should continue to remind them that they should fear God, and not become comfortable in sin, or disobedience. In verse 12 it reads: Be careful then, Brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. We know that those who are deceived by sin, have hearts that become hardened against God like in the story of Moses, and the Pharaoh. We know that king Pharaoh's heart became hardened against God, and this resulted in God's wrath and punishment over Egypt, there was death, plagues, pestilence, and severe punishment as a result. Sin separates man from God. We become God's enemy when we remain in sin. This of course, is not good.
Verse 23 reads: Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Verse 25 reads: Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near. Here we see that God warns His Church to love and encourage one another with good deeds. We should be holding on tightly to the hope we have, knowing that God will keep His promise to His people. We should continue to meet at Church, waiting for His return. We know that all the prophesies written in Scripture are being fulfilled right before our very eyes, wars, rumors of wars, hunger, pestilence, earthquakes, floods, etc... We need to continue now more than ever to live in the way He instructed us to.
May God bless you this and everyday, that your faith and hope grow ever stronger. May you be encouraged by the Spirit of our LORD behind this study-that you continue to be an inspiration to others around you. God bless you!
Let us pray: "Heavenly Father, we thank you for this day and a new opportunity to love one another as your Word commands, that we be given new strength to fly like an eagle and shed your light on others so that they too may come to know you. Bless our Pastors, Missionaries, Evangelists, and Members across the globe so that they too may continue to have increased faith and strength. That they are a blessing to others, and that your Holy Spirit continue to comfort and guide us all for your glory! Amen!"
Parents are responsible to teach their children (Deutoronomy 6: 1-9)-These are all the commands, laws and regulations that the LORD your God told me to teach you so you may obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy, and so you and your children and grandchildren might fear the LORD your God as long as you live. If you obey all his laws and commands, you will enjoy a long life. Listen closely, Israel to everything I say. Be careful to obey. Then all will go well with you, and you will have many children in the land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you. "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. Write them on the door-posts of your house and on your gates.
This was the instruction given to the people of Israel after Exodus from Egypt, and this is the instruction to the Church today. We are carefully instructed to obey and follow them for our own good and protection. Obedience to God's commands results in blessings and long life. Everything from our food to our health and finance is promised to be blessed when we follow God's instruction. You can see they are instructed to keep them in their hearts and on their home and to meditate on them day and night, no matter where they are. The reason is so that they would remain blessed and guarded from the attacks of the evil one in the world. This is to keep them and their families healthy and safe, and in a condition where they are not vulnerable, and won't be overtaken by the evil in the world.
Train children to follow God (Proverbs 22: 6)-Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.
Here we see that God's instruction to parents are to train our children while they are still young to take the right path in life, a path with God in their hearts, so that when they are older, they will remain upon it. So, even as they get older, and they go off on their own to live their lives, they will remember what their first teachers taught them. They will remember God's instruction and keep them in their hearts and use them as guidelines for their lives, so that they will remain blessed.
Christians should always learn more about God (Ephesians 4: 14-15)-Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the Church.
Here we read that Christians need to learn more about their God. We need to learn so that we are not immature or underdeveloped like those who easily change their minds about what their faith is. We see that it is possible for us to be lead astray if we are not careful and if we are not educated. That is why Bible study is so important. So, that when the time comes when people from the world try to convince us to believe what they believe in, we are not fooled, and do not fall into their beliefs. We will already have learned the truth, for ourselves, after having read on it, and kept it in our hearts. That is how people get lead into false religions, and you see stories on the news that they let people convince them to do shameful things, or kill, etc. Education is key to success in life especially in the Church. We need to know exactly what it is that we are to be following, and what we should keep in our hearts. That is why Bible studies are extremely important. You need to be prepared so when the enemy brings false religion (idolatry, and other shameful belief systems), you know how to respond, and of course to walk away with God's word in your heart, and filled with the Holy Spirit.
I hope this brief study on education helps you to remember why we are here right now, reading this blog. We need to be educated and educate our children to find, learn, and keep on the right path with God. A path of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. A life that shines light in a dark world. A life of honor, and excellency. A life that makes God proud. That is what we want to teach our children. Until next time, God bless you; and be blessed.
I hope this study helps you the reader, to have a better understanding of man's responsibility to God and the earth. We should know what our role is in life and how to fulfill it reverently so that not only we are blessed, but, future generations learn the truth about God's creation, and how important it is that we live according to His plan and purpose for us. May the LORD continue to bless you and yours! Bless the earth!
May the Spirit of the LORD be with you, and continue to bless you and your families this Easter Holiday, and until the end of time, that you remain steadfast in Him, and fulfill your purpose in life, as God has intended for each one of you. Until the next study, be blessed, and be an amazing part of God's plan! Happy Easter! Amen.
I hope that this study is as helpful to you as it has been to me. We all need help in these areas where the world is filled with so many things..so many lies. Sometimes we don't know what to believe. But, in these verses, we see where God clearly shows us and explains the reasons for not indulging in this type of behavior. It is for our own good. Our lives really do depend on it. Even those people who cannot admit that they really wish they could go back in time, and change certain events that took place, as a result of taking part in drunkenness, and wild parties; know that the LORD's instruction is right; and best especially for believers. We see proof of this on the news everyday. So, we should be careful in the way that we live; so that it reflects a life of purity, and submission to Christ. Without it, we are lost. Until next week; please be safe, be blessed; and experience life in God's peace!!!!!!!!!!! God bless you!
This brief study is on spiritual doctrine of the Church, and serves as an awesome reminder of the way the Church should live, and how we can be a light to others. More can be learned on spiritual doctrine by further studies in scripture, and we encourage you to get your Bible and study for yourself! You will be amazed at what you can learn when you dig further into scripture. We bless you in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ! Until the next study, have a blessed week! Amen.
Dishonesty has so many consequences as we read above. It just doesn't pay to be dishonest under any circumstance as you can see. One lie can snowball into a multitude of lies, and sin, and the results, can be death, and loss of salvation for those who indulge in this type of lifestyle, or practice. So lets remember that honesty on the other hand goes a long way. And nothing in this world is worth losing our salvation for. So lets keep practicing honesty, so that we can enjoy the many benefits of leading an honest life. Until the next study, let us pray for continued honesty and growth throughout believers all over the world, at all levels of Christianity. May God bless you!!
(Matthew 24:29-51 ASV)
But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh; even so ye also, when ye see all these things, know ye that he is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be accomplished. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only. And as were the days of Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of man. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall be the coming of the Son of man. Then shall two man be in the field; one is taken, and one is left: two women shall be grinding at the mill; one is taken, and one is left. Watch therefore: for ye know not on what day your Lord cometh. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through. Therefore be ye also ready; for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath set over his household, to give them their food in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he hath. But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord tarrieth; and shall begin to beat his fellow-servants, and shall eat and drink with the drunken; the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
It is usual for prophets to speak of things as near, and just at hand, to express the greatness and certainty of them. Concerning Christ's second coming, it is foretold that there shall be a great change, in order to make things new. It also describes how man is living in the days of Christ's second coming.. They will be living according to their own beliefs and desires.. Entering into relationships and marriages according to their own ideas of what relationships and Marriage should be. Without living according to the commands and decrees that God has given man to live by. Living without fear of our one and only true LORD and Savior God Almighty. The God who has the power to throw our very souls into hell. It will be an extremely sad situation for so many people who live in that sort of way. A customary lifestyle invented by man's own sinful desires. Scriptures tells us believers how we should be living. We should look deeper into scripture and our hearts to see if they coincide with one another. Only then can we truly see what areas of our lives need improvement. And through prayer, supplication, and submission to the Holy Spirit, we can achieve the level of purity that God originally intended for man to live by. That is what the body of Christ is striving for today. That is what the body of Christ is preaching and sharing with non-believers and believers alike. That it is possible to prepare for the Second coming of Christ. And that we are here to help one another to reach that goal. Because it will happen and a lot sooner than expected. I hope that this study serves as a reminder of what we should look forward to and how to prepare for it. Our spirits and hearts need to prepare for this GLORIOUS & AWESOME EVENT!! Our lifestyles should reflect that of Christ's!!! God bless you until next week!! Be alert, be prepared, and be safe!! May God be with you!!!!
This brief study serves as a reminder to all believers. He calls us to be disciples. To have love for one another. To encourage one another. To lift one another up. To teach one another. To lead by example. Lets live in that way, even during the worst of times. Be a blessing to your fellow Christian Brother or Sister, just as the LORD is a blessing to you. Until the next study, may the LORD be with you and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Life is full of endless opportunities. We are faced with making decisions on a daily basis. Not all opportunities in life will benefit our lives both as believers, and non-believers alike. However, It is important as believers, that we seek God and His will when making any decisions concerning both our spiritual and physical well being. When we lean on Him for His understanding and direction, we guarantee victory and success in whatever we do. We know that His spirit will not mislead us, or take us down the wrong path. We know that He will guide us to a place of peace, prosperity, health, love, and wealth both spiritually and materially. So, if any of you lacks in discernment, ask God to give it to you so that you will know what is right for you, and what is wrong. What to surround yourself with in your environment, and what to keep away from. Until next study, Happy Discerning! Live well! And may God guide you with His Holy Spirit and wisdom!! God bless you!
Until the next study, be blessed, and pray for God to improve any areas of your life that are lacking devotion to the one true God, our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. God bless you.
I hope this study is helpful in understanding the importance of determination. Determination is very necessary to walk in faith with Christ. It is one of the most difficult walks in life, but, here we see with Christ it is not impossible. For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. Philippians 4: 13. Until the next study, God bless you!
I hope this study is helpful in understanding evil desires; and how to resist them. Please consult your bible directly for clarity in any of the studies given in this blog, and refer to your Pastor, or Church Elders for additional advice or guidance. May God be with you, protect and guide you-until the next study..
This study describes the hope that God offers to man during the most difficult situations and challenges life can surprise us with. Just when we begin to think there is no hope, He shows us that there is hope. He is our hope, and our shield. He blesses us in greater ways than we originally hoped for, or fathomed. He shows us that His way is better than our way. He teaches us not to lose hope, and keeps His promises of better days ahead to His children. I hope this brief study helps you in your journey. Until next study, Merry Christmas, God bless you, and keep the faith!! Joy to the world!
Worship in false religions honors demons. When the people of Israel rebelled against God, they made Moises angry, he spoke foolishly, and they failed (in the battle against another nation). Instead of doing what God had asked them to do, they mingled among the pagans and adopted their evil customs. They worshipped their idols, and it led to their downfall. They even sacrificed their sons and daughters to the demons. They shed innocent blood. This is an abomination (detestable) to the Lord. Christians should be extremely cautious with this. Demons try to hinder God's plans. Prophet Daniel had a vision of a messenger. He was able to understand what his vision meant. It concerned an event certain to happen in the future. Times of war and great hardship. Just as the messenger (the angel sent from God) spoke to him, and told him he was there to answer his prayer. But, for 21 days the prince of Persia blocked Daniel's way. Then Michael, (one of the Archangel's) had come to help him. We see that the prince of Persia was under the influence or control of a demon trying to hinder God's plan. These things still happen to modern day Christians; many times they find that in their walks of faith, there are obstacles/hindrances to their daily lives. But, they need not be discouraged; for God is with them; and his plans and purposes will be fulfilled no matter what demons are trying to stop them. Demons are no match for Jesus. Jesus healed great numbers of sick people who had many different kinds of diseases, and he ordered many demons to come out of their victims. They were set free. Demons want to destroy people. When Jesus healed a demon-possessed man, it was a man who all day long and throughout the night would wander among the tombs and in the hills, screaming and hitting himself with stones. The man saw Jesus, and fell before him. Jesus said " Come out of the man, you evil spirit." And the man was instantly set free. That demon made the man hurt himself. Demons submit to the name of Jesus. Jesus sends out His disciples. When the seventy two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, "Lord even the demons obey us when we use your name." Demons can be driven out by Jesus' followers. When Paul and Silas were in prison, they one day we're going down to the place of prayer, and met a demon-possessed slave girl. She was a fortune teller who earned a lot of money for her masters. She followed along behind them shouting, " these men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved." This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and spoke to the demon with her. "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her," he said. And instantly it left her. Demons are powerful. Acts 19: 16 reads: and he leaped on them and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house naked and badly injured. This happened to a team of Jews traveling from town to town in Ephesus. They were casting out evil spirits and tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus. The incantation they used was this: " I command you by Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!" They were seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest. But when they tried it on a man possessed by a evil spirit, the spirit replied, "I know Jesus, and I know Paul. But who are you? That's when they were attacked. Because they were not prepared to cast those spirits out. Demons cannot separate people from God's love. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can't, and life can't. The Angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from God's love that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Demons deceive people. When they possess a person, or influence them, they can come in the form of a false apostle. They fool you by disguising themselves as Apostles of Christ. Be not surprised! Even Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder his servants can also do it by pretending to be godly ministers. In the end they will get every bit of punishment their wicked deeds deserve. Christians fight against the plans of demons. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. Demons want to mislead people. A warning against false teachers: Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from what we believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons. These teachers are hypocrites and liars. They pretend to be religious, but their consciences are dead. Demons believe in God. Do you think it's enough just to believe that there is one God? Well, even demons believe this, and they tremble in terror! Demons are angels that have sinned. For God did not spare even the Angels when they sinned; He threw them into hell, in gloomy caves and darkness until the judgement day. God will judge demons. And I remind you of the Angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the day of judgement. Do not take demons lightly. Yet these false teachers, who claim authority from their dreams, live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at the power of the glorious ones. Demons can work miracles. In the seven bowls of the seven plagues in Revelation 16: 13-14 we see three evil spirits that looked like frogs leap from the mouth of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. This was a vision prophesied as follows: these miracle working demons caused all rulers of the world to gather for battle against the Lord on that great judgement day of God Almighty. In the last days, demons will be bound by God. In Revelation 20: 1-3 speaks of the Ten Thousand Years; Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon-that old serpent, the Devil, Satan- and bound him in chains for a thousand years. The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he would be released again for a little while. This is a study on demons and what we should know. We encourage you to reach out to your Pastors and Pastoral staff when dealing with these spirits or to learn more about how to deal with them. Only trained staff will know how to cast them out and pray over demon possessed or illnesses. Until next week, be safe, and God bless you!
We should pray before making decisions. In Nehemiah's concern for Jerusalem-In late autumn of the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes' reign, He was at the fortress of Susa. Things were not going well for those who'd returned to province of Judah. They were in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem had been torn down, and the gates burned. When he (Nehemiah) heard this, he sat down and wept. In fact, for days he'd mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. The reason we pray before making decisions is so that God could give us the right direction to take under any circumstance. If we do not pray, we leave ourselves vulnerable to making wrong or rash decisions that could hurt us further. We must decide to do things that honor God. In the story of Job, we read of a servant who was perfect; blameless before the eyes of our God. When we look into scripture, it describes how one day the angels (Sons of God) came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan the Accuser came with them. "Where have you come from?" the LORD asked Satan. And Satan answered the LORD, "I have been going back and forth across the earth, watching everything that's going on." Then the LORD asked Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth-a man of complete integrity. He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil." We know that it is possible to reach a certain level of perfection before God's eyes. When we decide in our hearts that we will do things that honor God, we are seeking and obtaining His perfection through our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. God's word helps us make decisions. Psalm 119: 105 reads: Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. We see that His love and direction will guide us in the darkest most difficult situations we have ever had to face. He teaches us how to act; what to say and do. His word is true; and never fails. When we follow it, we are blessed and prosperous. We should get good advice before making decisions. Intelligent people are always open to new ideas, and knowledge. In fact, the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. It's very important that we are fully aware of what the ramifications or consequences are to any of the decisions that we are planning to make. We need to explore what could happen once a decision is made, and how it will affect us and those we love. We should be asking God for wisdom before making any decisions. St. James 1: 2-8 shows how St. James a servant of God and the LORD Jesus Christ wrote a letter to the Jewish Christians and the nations. It is about faith and endurance. He wrote: whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. If you need wisdom-if you want to know what God wants you to do-ask Him, and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect Him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the LORD. They can't make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do. We know that God loves us, and will give us the wisdom we need to help us make decisions, because our lives and loved ones will be directly affected by those decisions. Blessings to the readers of today's study; peace and prosperity to you all! Until next time..
Death is a result of sin. We know this because in the beginning, people used to live for hundreds and over a thousand years. In Genesis 3: 17-19 it states: And to Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit I told you not to eat, I have placed a curse on the ground. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day. Then you will return to the ground from which you came. For you were made from dust, and to the dust you will return." Life is short. In Job 7: 6-7 we read how Job cries out to God. He acknowledges and says "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle flying back and forth." They end without hope. O God, remember that my life is but a breath, and I will never again experience pleasure." So we know that it's important for us to fulfill our purpose here on earth before our time comes. To make our time on earth count. To do what is pleasing before the eyes of our God. Every person will face death. Psalm 89: 48 reads: No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave. We know that death is inevitable. So we know that while we have a chance, we must do all that we were meant to do by the Creator. The death of a Christian is precious. The Lord's loved ones are precious to Him; it grieves Him when they die. The good thing is that they go to meet their Creator. They are joining Him in His kingdom. That is what makes it so precious. Christians enter perfect peace at death. The righteous pass away; the godly often die before their time. And no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For the godly who die will rest in peace. They will be spared of the evil days ahead. God has power over death. In John 14: 19 Jesus said to His disciples "In just a little while the world will not see me again, but you will. For I will live again, and you will too." Death does not end the life of a Christian. Here we see how the power of God can bring back to life whoever He pleases, and whenever He pleases (for His own will and purpose). We see the promise that He makes so clear to His disciples, and His children of faith. The death of Christians brings fellowship with Jesus. Acts 7: 59 when Stephen addressed the Council it reads: And as they stoned him (Stephen), Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Right at that moment as he prayed, Stephen was in fellowship with Jesus, his Lord, Creator, and Savior. It is a good way to die-in fellowship with God. It is similar to the death of Jesus. Although He was being tortured, His fellowship with the father was constant. That is the peace of God in the midst of chaos. God provides eternal life. Romans 6: 23 says: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. We know that we will live and spend eternity with our Creator. Jesus will raise everyone who has died. 1 Corinthians 15: 20-23 reads: But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of great harvest of those who will be raised to life again. So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, Adam, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man, Christ. Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, the first man. But all who are related to Christ, the other man, will be given new life. But there is order to this resurrection: Christ was raised first; then when Christ comes back, all his people will be raised. So we Christians know that our death will not be permanent. Living in heaven is better than living on earth. 2 Corinthians 5: 6-7: So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. That is why we live by believing, and not by seeing. We know that when we leave our bodies behind on earth, we will be leaving behind all the pain, suffering, sickness, sadness, evil things existing on earth, and we will be with the Lord resting in peace until our resurrection. This is not to say we rush to our death, however, we're confident in it, so when the time comes that our Lord decides our time is over on earth, we are not afraid. Death is not the end of a person. 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-14 talks about the hope of the resurrection: And now, brothers and sisters, I want you to know what will happen to the Christians who have died so you will not be full of sorrow like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes, God will bring back with Jesus all the Christians who have died. So we know that death is not the end of a person. We need to prepare our spiritual life for death. Hebrews 9: 27-28 shows: And just as it is destined that each person dies only once, and after that comes judgement, so also Christ died only once as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again but not to deal with our sins again. This time He will bring salvation to all those who are eagerly waiting for Him. So, while we wait for him, we are preparing for this meeting. We prepare with prayer, fasting, and submission to the Holy Spirit; in fellowship with Him, our brethren and following His commands with all of our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls. We don't know how long we will live. James 4: 13-14 says: Look here, you people who say, "Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit." How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog-it's here a little while, then it's gone. We need to be careful with this. God is clearly warning us not to be too self-confident. Our confidence should be in God first. We should put our trust in Him, when we make any life decisions. We should be saying "Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year, God-willing." "God-willing, we will do business there and make a profit." The reason, is because if God does not want it, or will it, it will not happen. Either our plans will not work, things will not go the way we thought, or we could die the next day. We should be mindful, and understand that we are not in control of our own days of our lives-God controls how long we will live. God will destroy death. Revelation 21: 4 reads: "He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying of pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever." So the results of sin will be removed when Jesus returns for His Church. And He will end all of our punishments, death, and curses for our sins. This is the promise He made to those who believe and remain faithful. Until next study; I wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! May God be with you and yours-God bless you! Peace, health, and prosperity into the New Year!
God's word enlightens us. The word of God is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. When we read scripture, we find the light that we need in the dark places of our lives; things become clear; God's will, plan, and purpose for our lives becomes clear. We receive guidance from the Holy Spirit. The way of the wicked people is darkness. They don't even know what is causing them to stumble in their path. Many times they find themselves wondering if God even exists; and most of the time they don't even believe in God. They don't understand why they are here on earth; or what their purpose is. Jesus brings light to darkened lives. God is light; and in him is no darkness at all. It's impossible for a Christian or a believer to be in darkness concerning life with God. Living without God is living in spiritual darkness. God saves lives from darkness; and once He prepares them (the souls He saves) He sends them to find others and bring them into the light. He does this to open their eyes, and to turn them from the darkness, and into the light. He brings them from the power of Satan unto God, so that they may receive forgiveness of their sins, and inheritance from God once they are sanctified by faith through Jesus. Christians do not live in spiritual darkness. Before we were saved, we lived in darkness. But now we are the light in the Lord; we must walk as children of light. God rescues us from eternal darkness. He has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son. We (believers) know that we will one day be in heaven with Jesus in His kingdom; this is His promise of salvation; and our inheritance. There is no darkness in Jesus. God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. There is no evil in Jesus. There is only truth, righteousness, love, goodness, faithfulness. God is good. He gives us His truth. If we accept and follow it, we will be saved. If we do not, we will be condemned. Sinners' eternal punishment will be in darkness. I say this because some godless people have wormed their way in among you, saying that God's forgiveness allows us to live immoral lives. The fate of such people was determined long ago, for they have turned against our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. I must remind you-and you know it well-that even though the Lord rescued the whole nation of Israel from Egypt, he later destroyed every one of those who did not remain faithful. And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the day of judgement. And don't forget the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with sexual immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and are a warning of the eternal fire that will punish all who are evil. Yet these false teachers, who claim authority from their dreams, live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at the power of the glorious ones. But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse Satan of blasphemy, but simply said, "The Lord rebuke you." (this took place when Michael was arguing with Satan about Moses' body). But these people mock and curse the things they do not understand. Like animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and they bring about their own destruction. How terrible it will be for them! For they follow the evil example of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they will do anything for money. And like Korah, they will perish because of their rebellion. When these people join you in fellowship meals celebrating the love of the Lord, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are shameless in the way they care only about themselves. They are like clouds blowing over dry land without giving rain, promising much but producing nothing. They are like trees without fruit at harvest time. They are not only dead but doubly dead, for they have been pulled out by the roots. They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the dirty foam of their shameful deeds. They are wandering stars, heading for everlasting gloom and darkness. This is God's message to those living in sin and darkness. For those not willing to repent of it, nor submit to God's dominion or rule. I hope this is helpful in understanding the meaning of spiritual darkness. Until next study; be well, and God bless you!
God hates the occult. He clearly tells us not to eat meat not drained of its blood, nor use enchantment, nor observe times. Fortune telling is not something that He wants us to take part in. Witchcraft is detestable to God. God also judges those who wrongly claim to speak for Him. Scripture says "But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die." If the prophet predicts something in the Lord's name and it does not happen, the Lord did not give the message. That prophet has spoken on his own and need not be feared. God hates cultic practices. Scripture tells us how people who practice cults caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to evil in the sight of the Lord to provoke Him to anger. God despises false prophets. Therefore thus saith the Lord God; "Because ye have spoken vanity and seen lies, therefore, behold I am against you," saith the Lord God. "And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God." He is very clear in His anger towards these practices. False teachers will come. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Those are people who come to the Church pretending to be godly, but, are vessels of satan, and if we are not careful, they can tear us apart. We can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. You don't pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles. A healthy tree produces good fruit, and an unhealthy tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced. Believe me, they will not display love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, faith, goodness, meekness, nor temperance. Only Jesus brings salvation. Jesus saith unto him, " I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." If we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we will be saved. If not, we will be condemned. Members of the occult will never enter God's kingdom. Galatians 5: 19 says Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Be careful in your spiritual life. We must test everything that is said, and hold on to what is good. Scripture tells us: "Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophesies." Whoever scoffs at God, or His people (the same as scoffing at Him) will not enter His kingdom. I hope this study clears up any questions on cult, witchcraft, fortune telling, or any other form of sorcery or practices against the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Until next study, be safe, be well, and God bless you.
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