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.
Jesus was crucified. Scripture tells us how He was mocked, stripped, they put his raiment on him, then He was led away to be crucified. This was done to Him as punishment; they didn't believe He was the son of God. When Jesus was with the disciples; he called out to the crowd and told them: "Whosoever will come after me, let him (or her) deny himself (or herself), and take up his (or her) cross, and follow me." This shows us that the walk of faith is one of suffering; trials; tribulations. He said "Whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it." What this means is that if we go after our own lives/goals, or plans, and forget about God and why He came, we can end up losing both our earthly treasures, and our salvation. But, if we lose our lives for His sake (meaning we put God first), and for the gospel, we will be saving our lives, because we will have gained the gift of salvation which is eternal and cannot be taken from us, and any of our earthly plans or goals will be prosperous. We will be blessed. He said "What profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul?" "Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" He said "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. We cannot be ashamed of the gospel. What we need to be ashamed of is the adulterous and sinful way of man. We should repent of our sins and practice them no more. Jesus' death was powerful. The power behind Jesus' death is: salvation for all who believe in Him and accept Him as their personal savior. Once you believe and accept, you are saved. No one, or nothing can take that from you. That's power. Jesus' death unifies all Christians. When we accept Christ as our personal and only savior, we are reconciled to God and to the body of Christ (the Church) having slain (or destroyed) enmity thereby. Jesus's death was a sacrifice. Jesus made peace through the blood of His cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself, by him; whether they be things on earth or in heaven. Colossians 1: 21 shows how we were sometimes alienated or enemies to God in our minds by wicked works, but now, we are reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present us holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight. Jesus' death defeated Satan. His death blotted out the handwriting of ordinances against us; took it out of the way; nailing it to the cross. Having spoiled the principalities and powers, exposed them, triumphing over them in it. Jesus' cross was an example for us. Looking to Jesus- the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross; despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. We can walk the walk of faith. We should lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily besets us, and run with patience the race that is set before us.
I hope this study was as powerful to you as it was to me- until next time, be well, be safe; and God bless you!
We have to be able to deal with and resolve any problems we have both spiritually and physically, before we can even begin to think we have the authority to point out anyone else's faults. Only when we live in a way that is pleasing to God do we have the ability to point out other Christian's faults, and even then we should be doing it in an effort to help them to correct any error they are in, and not to make ourselves feel or look better or above them in any way. We should take care of our own problems before criticizing others. Criticism is helpful for Christians so that they can deepen their relationship with God. If someone does something against me, I am to rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. And if this happens seven times a day, and seven times he repents, seven times I am to forgive him. In other words, we need attention to be brought to the error so that it is recognized; and then it can be corrected. And vice versa, when I am in error; I need to be corrected, repent, and should also be forgiven. This is how a Christian can deepen their relationship with God. Criticism should be given with a loving attitude. The only reason criticism should take place is to help the person in error; it should be done because you care for the person enough not to see them continue down the wrong path; or possibly lose their salvation. Beware of harsh criticism towards your brother or sister in Christ. If your criticism is too harsh; and done in a fashion that brings public humiliation or shame, you could destroy a believer and cause them to go astray even further; thus resulting in their loss of salvation or relapse of sin, drug abuse, etc..they can end up leaving the Church and going back to the world, lose their faith; and the end result; you can and will be held accountable for it.
This study is short, but very important. There are many occasions where these things happen and the results can be devastating. The worse part is that the error rather than being corrected, stays the same, and the person's condition can worsen. we should keep this in mind when we are helping others in the Church. The same with any other setting. Whatever we do, we should do it with love, and there should be no other intent in pointing it out. I hope this serves as a helpful reminder to you- until the next study; take care and be well; God bless you..
God the Holy Spirit was involved in Creation; scriptures read: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The earth was without form and void; that darkness was on the face of the deep. The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Moving forward in scripture we see that God created people. God created man and woman; in His image He created them. God created the world good; He saw everything that He made; and it was very good. This was all done by the sixth day of creation. God the Father was involved in Creation. By the words of the Lord the heavens were made, and everything else; by His breath they were made. God rules over His creation; the heavens are His; the earth, the world; He has founded them. God created every angel. We give Him praise, the sun, the moons, the stars give Him praise; the heavens of heavens give him praise; and the waters that are above the heavens give Him praise. Let us praise the Lord of the heavens; for He commanded; and we were created. God created everything. He is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of His inheritance. The Lord of hosts is His name. Creation reveals God's greatness; He formed the mountains; created the wind, declares unto man what his thoughts are; makes the morning darkness; and treads upon the high places of the earth. Jesus was involved in Creation; for by Him all things that are in heaven and on earth were created; those things which are visible and the invisible. Whether they are thrones, dominions, principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him, and for Him. God the creator is worthy of worship. The Lord is worthy to receive glory, honor, and power for He has created all things, and for His pleasure they are and were created. God will make a new heaven and a new earth. The prophecies written in scripture read that a vision was seen of a new heaven and a new earth; because the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist; and there was no more sea. And John saw the holy city new Jerusalem coming down from God from out of heaven; prepared as a bride is adorned for her husband. And he (John) heard a great voice out of heaven saying "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God himself will be with them, and be their God." It reads God will wipe away all tears from our eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, nor anymore pain because the former things will have passed away. This is what we find in scripture concerning the Creation. I hope this is helpful for you (the reader) to understand. Creation will be re-created one day. The City of Jerusalem will descend from heaven and be here on earth. It is only a matter of time when all the prophecies that have been written in the Bible will be fulfilled. Until next time; take care..and God bless you! The Lord be with you and comfort you!
After the flood (and the fall of man) God made a covenant with Noah, his family, and all flesh on earth. He promised that He would never again destroy the whole earth by flood. His promise can be trusted; because God cannot and will not lie. Later, Jesus, in the feast of unleavened bread; or the last supper before the Passover, spoke about the meaning of the feast. The feast symbolized His promise of a reconciliation of man with Him; His relationship with man; with His followers. He had established a new covenant with believers. He spoke saying, this is the new testament in my blood which is shed for you. The feast was symbolic. God's covenant brings life to those who believe. God is our sufficiency. We need not be concerned of what is written down in history or commend ourselves regarding our ability to Minister or our relationship with Christ; we don't need to be concerned whether or not we are recognized in public in writing or receive letters of commendation for our relationship with Him, but, He sees our hearts in secret; and rewards us in secret. He is our sufficiency. The Holy Spirit gives us life when what is written can sometimes destroy us (when you take into consideration how we sometimes worry about these things). The new covenant is superior to the old covenant in that Jesus has obtained a more excellent Ministry in that He died on the cross and paid the penalty of our sin. He bought our salvation. He is the mediator between us and the Father (God) and of a better covenant which has been established with better promises. The old covenant foreshadowed the new covenant in that it was a preparation for the things to come; the sacrificial lambs that were used; were used with the purpose of preparing man for Jesus' (the ultimate) sacrifice which would be perfect for atonement (or payment) of our sins. Everything God does and establishes is perfect, and is for a purpose. When we look further into the meaning of it all and study the scriptures; with the help of the Holy Spirit, we are able to unlock the secrets and truth in everything, from how it was done, why it was done, and how we (the believers) are benefitting from it all. So we should keep in mind to further study and find the amazing promise that our God has made for us all.. Until next time, be blessed and be a blessing to others..
God's children have courage even in the worst of situations; they will not lose faith in their God because they trust in the Lord and His promise to see them through it; they know that God will avenge their sufferings; their enemies will suffer punishment for any wrong against them..God gives us victory. Jesus told his disciples of the pain and suffering they would endure; the trials, tribulations, and persecutions that would come to them because of their allegiance to Him; but he encouraged them; and told them not to fear because He had overcome the world; nothing in the world could separate us from His love. That no matter what we go through; our eternal fate/life is secure with Him (because of his death on the cross). The Holy Ghost fills believers with the courage they need to speak boldly about Christ and His word. Courage helps us represent Christ. God has a plan for every purpose and mission He sends his children on. We need not be afraid of having need; for He will provide a way and supply our needs. So, we do not need to worry about who will go with us; he will have prepared a companion for any mission we're sent on; and all will go accordingly as planned; for God's will will be done. Christians should be courageous. Even if you feel that you are not able or capable to express God's words or instruction, He encourages us to pray for the ability to do so. His word says "ask, and ye shall receive" the Lord gives us freely whatever it is that we need to fulfill His purpose in our lives. We need not be afraid to go to the Lord our God with a petition or request for strength or abilities to fulfill our tasks; the Lord will grant us whatever we need to be used as His vessel; to reach out to the world. We can pray to God with confidence and not be ashamed or afraid.
I hope this study is useful to anyone who feels discouraged or ashamed. You do not need to be afraid; God know's your heart and who you are; He wants to hear your prayer; He will give you what you need. May you and yours be blessed..until next time..
It is better to confess our sins than to cover them up. When people try to cover their sins up as if they were innocent, they cheat themselves of the chance to grow spiritually. Those are the people who never grow in the congregation, or get promoted to a leadership position. The light that God shines in our hearts is designed to set us free. When we suppress our conscience, we deny ourselves the ability to absorb, or see the light; the truth; therefore we live in darkness; in a lie. The Holy Spirit is that voice in the back of our minds that speaks to us when we're in danger of making a bad choice. It's what stops you from living or telling a lie. We Christians must keep our consciences clear; some have deliberately violated that command, and as a result, compromised their faith, and are ultimately destroyed by the devil. Leaders of the congregation must also have a clear conscience; they have to be committed to telling the truth concerning Christian faith; they have to be able to guide those who are still in darkness. A warning against false teachers: false teachers are hypocritical; they lie; they pretend to be religious, but their consciences are dead. They live in deception; and we must ask for discernment from God to be able to differentiate between the two. Because sin is so detestable before God's eyes; only Jesus' perfect sacrifice could pay the penalty of our sins. His blood is what purifies our hearts; from those deeds that lead to death. And because of it; now we can worship our living God. A clear conscience helps us to live a life that is pleasing before God's eyes; we must live in a gentle and respectful way. It is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong.
Blessings to you and yours!
Jesus is the author of life..taking back the souls..one member at a time..
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