Month: December 2015

So you awaken to a new day


When you turn to God, if you turn to God. What do you say?
Do you say: “Thank you Lord for you have given me another day.” Or do you say something along these lines?
Well that folks is the wrong statement.
That is you centered. Are we not to be God centered?
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.
Hmm.. Appears to be the correct answer.
Then should you not be saying to God:

“Lord, I have awaken to a new day. Guide me toward that which you wish me to do, for I as of yet have not accomplished your goal for my life.”

People use the word “Christian” without understanding what it means


Being raised in a society that has its roots in the “Christian” faith does not make someone a “Christian.”
Going to church does not make someone “Christian.”
It is in their behavior and their actions. If they reflect God they will honor God and they must work within the boundaries of the Bible.
It is by asking Jesus to be your savior and committing your life to following all the teachings of the Bible.
It is saying that a sin is a sin and willing to repent, meaning abandon this sin for the glory of God.
That is what it means to be a “Christian.”
When someone says they are “Christian” and would rather gain wealth, rather talk about sports and the latest gossip going on with celebrities. That is called hypocrisy, a sin against God and actually the ultimate insult to Him.
Christ hates it so much he had this to about it:
Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

True faith in God = support for Israel


The bride of God is how Israel is described. The bride of Jesus is how Christianity is described.
The other day I had an encounter with an agnostic Jew.
This person was under the impression, self-imposed, that I was trying to convert them to Christianity.
First off, I wish to make an important understanding. If God allows a Jewish person to see the truth and in so doing they become a Messianic Jew that is a cause for joy and celebration, but at this time it is not something that is required of the Jewish people.
Their time for realization will come when it is time for them to see and even then not all will see.
This person I was talking to was proud that they had left their belief in God, which is sad to say at the least, but it is typical of today’s atmosphere, especially in academic circles.
Here is one thing that they themselves can realize just by saying they are “Jewish.” No other culture has existed for as long as those that are the descendants of Jacob. They, for the most part can trace their ancestors to this son of Abraham who lived in the 900s BC. This is six to seven hundred years before the formation of the Chinese empire. That is a culture that has existed for approximately three thousand years. No other culture has existed as long.
This one mere fact shows that there is a God. Yet this is not enough for most to accept or even think upon this simplest of facts.
Yes they lost their nation, but they have lost it more than once and still came out of it as one culture with one core language. Many Catholics do not even know Latin. There are three dialects in China. Yet Judaism knows languages throughout the world, but at their base most know Hebrew.
So armed with this mere fact and what is taught of the nation of Israel within the Bible those that truly profess Christianity must be with and support Israel. For not to stand beside them is not to acknowledge God, which anyone that claims to be a Christian could not do. If they can then they need to re-examine their beliefs and the Bible.

This year of turmoil


As we come to the close of another years, and as we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. I wish to reflect upon what has transpired in the United States in this last year.
As was made clear to Nebuchadnezzar as God placed him through trails and tribulation until he came to the point of saying without a doubt that Daniel’s God was the one and only true God. But not only that, but that any person in political power truly and only is placed there by God allowing them to be there. We must remember that this is true for governments throughout all the ages of man.
That being said, we must come to realize that our current President who through his actions or inactions has nearly single handedly destroyed this once proud nation, has done so not by his hand as I feel he truly believes to be so, but by God’s will.
“Why?” Many that have just read my above words are shouting in anger.
Because God is punishing those that live in this nations for forgetting where our “pride” came from. It was in the belief in God. That we as a nation severed and honored God. There will be those that shout out that this nation caused slavery is that by God? The answer is no that was by human greed and avarice. It was by the actions of the believe in God that actually caused the end of slavery, but due to the sins of humanity that had caused slavery a blood offering was required and so we had the Civil War as a result. Did that end human’s mistreatment to other humans? No, for as long as humanity lives within a corrupt body we will, especially when not taught correctly, hurt other humans.
But it was due to our faith in God that empowered and enabled us to end Hitler who was slaughtering millions just for the belief that a select few were better than the majority. This same mentality was seen in the U.S.S.R. and is South Africa, and it was through our belief and faith in God that helped us to achieve these goals of causing change to the former Soviet Union and in the government of South Africa.
But in this year we have seen the fruits for turning from God ripen and bear corrupt fruit. For God is now yelling at us to return to Him. To acknowledge Him as Lord over all that we do and say, but humanity has forgotten the true meaning of the Bible within the borders of this once proud nation. Now we are the laughing stock to the entire world and those that once feared us due to our faith and believe in the one true God have risen up. For when no strength is seen is when those that are petty selfish, and self-serving come into the light. Not only in violence but in a totally disregard for what is morally right in the eyes of God. It is when the “bullies” come out to play and shove around those they see as weak and ignorant.
They see Christianity as weak so they seek to force it out. They see the populous is weak for they allow those that are abusing the law to do as they so please even though what they are doing is against the law. But since the “bullies” shout and stare those down that challenge them, what was the law is no more. What was good in the sight of God is now seen as corrupt and ugly, and those the sit in their homes complaining yet have not raised a hand or a voice to stop the “bullies” are labeling themselves as what they truly are. Traitors to the Creator of all there was, is, and ever will be.
As we look about at all the bloodshed that has passed this last year. More blood than has been spilled since the Vietnam War, and more innocent blood then has been shed since World War II, who is to truly blame for the hardships this nation is not suffering?
Only those that do not stand up for the Creator. Only those that do not stand in the middle of the street and shout at the top of their lungs: “NO MORE!”
Only when those that say a sin is a sin and you must leave sin behind or suffer eternal torment, actually say it to the face of those that truly live in sin.
Once that occurs then, just maybe, just maybe God may save us from ourselves.
End Political Correctness for it is not correct and is a sin against God.
Remove those that wish to remove God from our Nation. For the First amendment says that the government cannot make religion, but it also says they cannot stop you from freely practicing your believe in God. So by removing the Ten Commandments from public property, by removing God from school. The government is in violation of the constitution and as the people of this nation we have the duty, not the right, but the duty to end the tyranny that is now within the United States Government.
And it is our duty to remove from office, any that denies there is a God, encourages sin against God and are professed liars. For all these things are a sin against God and per the Bible any that support a sin commit this same sin and must answer for it before God Himself.
So remember, all these horrors we have seen in this nation this year are our own faults and only by returning to God can we end this horror, which will only get worse if we do not beg forgiveness from the Maker of the universe, God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

The sins list in the book of Mark explored


So to round out this look into the sins listed in Galatians, 1 Corinthians, we now move into to the seventh chapter of Mark. Here Christ makes it clear that all sins come from within each and every person. As was covered in the letter to the Galatians our heart or our human nature is in rivalry against the Holy Spirit and since we as Christians are called upon to “walk in the Spirit” we are to call upon Jesus who through the Holy Spirit will allow us victory over ourselves when our base human nature gets the best of us.
What is the most important thing to remember is to do as the Bible asks us to do by walking in the Holy Spirit which will enable us to repent and overcome our humanity.
But since the opening statement is compete on with the list of sins that plagued the Jewish people for the most part:
Mark 7:20 – And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Again we encounter Adulteries, fornications, lasciviousness, murders, thefts and covetousness, please see the two preceding posts for details into these. Please note an important aspect here that you will see common in Corinth and Galatia. That being idolatry, notice that in the Jewish community this is absent. This is due to what happened about six to seven hundred years before hand, which resulted in the destruction of the Temple and the city of Jerusalem. The Jewish people had fallen into idolatry, as is witnessed here, they learned their lesson.
This also tells us that we can overcome our sins, but may, as myself have learned firsthand, we may have to suffer greatly and at great loss to awaken to the truth and not go down the road to sin.
Wickedness – poneria – iniquities – gross injustice – I find it interesting that this one shows up here Christ talking to the Jewish people. For they shall impose a great injustice upon Him by causing His death, as you can see He knew they would do it, but they could not see that they would.
Deceit – dolos – guile, treachery
An evil eye – a) evil – poneros – bad, wicked, malicious, slothful

b) eye – ophthalmos – the eye; fig: the mind’s eye
Simply looking angrily at someone.
Blasphemy – blasphemia – abusive or scurrilous language, blasphemy (cursing)
Pride – huperephania – arrogance, disdain, and haughtiness (thinking one selves better than others)
Foolishness – aphrosune – want of sense, impiety, wickedness – impiety – lack of respect for God: the quality or state of being impious
These sins that I have broken down are sins that many in today’s “churches” suffer from. It is from this mentality that has led to the great falling away from the belief in God. What is worse is that those that fall away maintain these same attitudes that leads them deeper and deeper in their ignorance of God and what He has to offer through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is up to those that see these errors and approach people in humility that can help to change this perspective. But the damage is already done for the most part and only great tragedies are left for many to learn the hard way.

The explanation of sins


In yesterday’s post I went into detail of the sins that were plaguing the city of Galatia. I felt drawn to continue to break down the sins that are also affecting the city of Corinth and the Jewish nation as a whole when referenced in the book of Mark. I will list out Corinth first and if I feel I have not exceeded my personal imposed word limit I may continue straight into Mark, if not I will continue this tomorrow.
So in 1 Corinthians the list of sins vary. As stated in yesterday’s post the reason behind this is that the sins being listed were in general unique for the city being written to, but as we all know are not unique for human kind as a whole, which is why they were also mentioned separately for there was a need to identify them for the entire human race so no one could make excuses as to what this sin or that sin was not listed.
What we must also remember that the base human nature is to live in sin, but we are called to walk in the Holy Spirit which is diametrically opposite that which we as humanity want to do. NOTE: not need to do, but want to do.
Anyway on with the Bible verse:
1 Corinthians: 6:9 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
The first three were discussed yesterday so I see no need to reiterate those. Just understand that these three were a common pestilence throughout the gentile world, which is why they were seen so much. So next in line:
Effeminate – malakos – a catamite; of persons: soft, delicate. — Catamite – a boy or youth who is in a sexual relationship with a man. In base terms in today’s world – pedophiles.
Abusers of themselves with mankind – arsenokoites – a male engaging in same-gender sexual activity; a sodomite, pederast
Thieves – kleptes
Covetous – pleonektes – a covetous or avaricious person; one desirous of having more. (examples – expensive homes, cars, exclusive communities)
Drunkards – methusos
Revilers – loidoros – a railer, reviler, abuser
Extortioners – harpax – rapacious, ravenous; a robber, an extortioner
What I find the most amazing was the fact that in Corinth there was a need for an admonition by Paul to “Be not deceived.” Yet here we are today nearly two thousand years after the fact and this same warning takes true meaning in today’s churches.
The statement is clear. None of these that live these sins, or the sins listed yesterday, will be received in heaven, yet many churches welcome these sinners in and say “sure go ahead and live in that sin you’ll still get into heaven.”
As we see here from the Bible itself that by saying, accepting and spreading this lie is actually guaranteeing those that live these sins to damnation. Is this the behavior of those that truly know where they stand with God?
The answer is: No they do not.
Those that truly wish to walk in the Spirit do not hate these people, nor do they wish for them to be damned. They truly desire for these people to know and find God, but this can only be accomplished through true repentance. By fully and completely rejecting this sin and even to the point of entering into a marriage with someone of the opposite sex if they cannot refrain desiring their base want of sexual satisfaction if they are homosexual.
For the Bible makes it clear for those that divorce that it would be best to never marry again, but if you through your weakness can not overcome your desires and enter into sin you must remarry so that you will not be left in sin.
Now here someone will insist that they cannot shed this from them. This is what the Bible says:
1 Corinthians 6: 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
“And such WERE some of you”
This is past tense. They are these things no longer, for they are washed, sanctified and justified in the name of Jesus Christ their Savior.

The call to Biblical freedom and moderation on living


In Galatians 5 we find Paul teaching unto to Gentile Church of several issues they have encounters. One the need or not the need to be circumcised. On that Paul states it was not a requirement and held further that since it came from the Old Testament law you are held to that law if they made it necessary to do it.
Paul does re-emphasis what I like to call the true second command since I feel there has been twelve but people do not wish to acknowledge this even though Christ Himself spoke of this as the greatest commandments. Anyway the second was to treat the neighbor as you would treat yourself. In the Golden Rule model: Do unto other as you would have others do unto you.
Would you degrade or belittle yourself?
Then why do you do so to others?
This goes against God when people do this and is seen as higher than the original Ten Commandments.
What is to follow is the section I have been draw to talk about though:
Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
This first part is quite insightful when you really get into it.
First off he beseeches the reader and listener of this letter to walk in the Spirit. This being the Holy Spirit. To allow those partaking of the word to become aware of the difference between that which is the Spirit and thus inspired by God and which is the corrupt and carnal nature of humanity itself. Since all the New Testament were letters sent out to churches of believes in the first century after Christ’s crucifixion we must realize that those hearing and reading this message are Christians being attacked not only by others wishing to degrade and besmirch them, but from the temptations of base human nature. The human nature being seen in the word “flesh.”
It clearly states that when walking in the Holy Spirit it is complete opposite of human desires. He makes it clear that when following the Spirit it allows us to overcome the lusts and you “cannot do the things that ye would.”
In the next verse it round out the give elements of the overall discussion before it:
Galatians 5: 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Then Paul goes into detail on what is seen when living in the flesh:
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
So from the flesh, our human nature, these sins come from. So let’s break each one down so there is no doubt what these sins are and what they equate to in today’s world. Some will be straight forward while others will not be. Hopefully shedding light on the more confusing ones will help people out. In addition others sins are listed in Mark (7:20-23) and Corinthians (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
NOTE: I was once asked why different sins listed and not the same are every time in the different books of the New Testament. At that time I did have an answer. Now I do. It is due to which sins were the most prevalent for these communities to which these letters and gospel were covering. Mark the Jewish community, Galatians to Galatia, Corinthians for the city of Corinth. Each having their own group of major sins which plagued them.
Adultery – moicheia – sex between a married person and someone who is not that person’s wife or husband
Fornication –porneia – harlotry, whoredom (including adultery and incest) consensual sexual intercourse between two persons not married to each other this would include also pornography.
Uncleanness – akatharsia – impurity (the quality), physically or morally, not innocent and good: morally pure
Lasciviousness – aselgeia – wantonness, lewdness (outrageous conduct, conduct shocking to public decency, a wanton violence)
Idolatry – eidololatreia – image-worship, worship or service of an image (an image is not limited to a statue, but sports and celebrities)
Witchcraft – pharmakeia – magic, sorcery, enchantment
Hatred – echthra – hostility; by implication, a reason for opposition:–enmity, hostility, alienation
Variance – eris – contention, debate, strife, wrangling
Emulations – zelos – fervent mind, indignation, jealousy, eagerness, zeal, enthusiasm, rivalry
Wrath – thumos – fierceness, indignation, an outburst of passion
Strife – eritheia – (the seeking of followers and adherents by means of gifts, the seeking of followers, hence) ambition, rivalry, self-seeking; a feud, faction
Seditions – dichostsis – division, dissension, standing apart
Heresies – hairesis – a self-chosen opinion, a religious or philosophical sect, discord or contention
Envyings – phthonos – envy, a grudge, spite
Murders – phonos – murder, slaughter, killing
Drunkenness – methe – deep drinking
Revellings – ko`mos – a feasting, reveling, carousal
So now as Paul continued, we look and see what the living of the Holy Spirit should appear to be.
Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Can’t add to this.

Assumptions to Absolutes


This is what I learned this week. Most people in a so-called informed society are in actuality not informed. Now to be honest this is not something I learned just this week. It is something that I have known for some time, but this week it actually being a solid fact. In a way you could say I was living in the assumption of this reality, but had to have true solid evidence to support my belief in this matter, well now I have it.
I encountered a group that live this reality and they form an ever growing group. It is growing because this is what todays educational system is causing to happen. The requirements for true intellect has been removed and so more and more grow accustomed to taking things at face values thus assuming. They refuse to analysis what is being said or done, especially if what they say falls within a certain context that fits what they have been told to assume in previous encounters.
Here is an example. “Global Warming” or as it is now called “Climate Change.” The name itself and the need to change in itself prove of my point. It was called “Global Warming” for decades. Why? Because the earth was on a normal and natural as well as documented warming trend that happens every fifty years. The thing is, is that a group decided it was something to push, to push for more regulations which would then require more money to be taken for the public at large and then spread between the few. Thus making the rich richer and the poor more subservient. This hit a major speed bump about three or four years ago. You see as I stated it is a fifty year cycle, the cycle ended and so the northern ice cap began to expand. Then suddenly out of nowhere a new term came into existence “Climate Change.” Why? For two reasons. First saying the globe was warming could no longer be support because of an increase in not only the polar ice cap, but also rougher winters. So “Climate Change” was born, which speaks loudly of how people assume and brings us to the second point. That those speaking to them know of what they speak because they have an air of authority, and so it becomes an absolute fact, even though in reality it is not. No matter that their own senses and other data says it is not so, they ignore what is before their very faces and allow others to say it is bad, so it must be horrible. Here is the thing, the climate…. it changes, that is a fact of nature. The climate changes every single day and is never the same. This new name also speaks to the ignorance of the common person that believes these statements and listens with inspired awe to those in power that spew out these unsupported statements. Because the climate changes they must be right. It is truly sad.
It is from this group that people like Napoleon, Lenin, Marx, Stalin, Mao and Hitler arise. For people are so willing to believe these people under the promises of great rewards that will come to them personally. These rewards have been promised throughout the centuries, and yet for some strange reason it never ever reaches the common person and only those in power gain from it.
One of the core elements that helps to identify these groups is that they take something unsubstantiated, thus an assumption and through repetition proclaim it to be fact, the absolute. Anyone and I mean anyone that disagrees is evil and hates all humanity. Yet those that truly are the haters of humanity are they themselves, but they are so engulfed in the desire for self-gratis faction that they are blinded to the truth until it is too late in many cases and the damage is already done. This damage can be seen in bloodshed that results from things like the Crusades, the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution and the Holocaust. Even now those that flock to ISIS are repeating this same blind believe that they shall be reward.
Here is the kicker though, the ultimate goal is bloodshed, and it is a path The United States is now fully involved in tumbling down. However, it is not just in the Unites States that you see this trend, it is also being manifested in groups like ISIS as I mentioned before, and in areas where people are being forced out of areas their families have lived in for ages. Just because their views do not mesh with those that are seeking true and fully adulterated avarice. The rewarding of one personal desires no matter who it hurts, because it is not they that are being trampled upon but are those doing the trampling for they are right and all others are wrong.
But who is the group within the United States? Those on what is called the “left,” the liberals those that say we must take from others for give to us. It is from these that such great people as those listed above arose (please note sarcasm) and will arise again unless they awaken before it is too late.
Will it happen though? I seriously doubt it. All that will change it now is the understanding that only one thing is absolute and not an assumption. That will be when the shout is heard throughout the skies and thousands if not a few million people vanish in an instant, and yes I stated a low number on purpose for far viewer are ready to meet Christ in heaven today than at any other time in history, even though the population of this planet is the highest it has ever been. This is called the Rapture and it will show all that Jesus is real and so is His Father, God the creator of all.
It will only be when this event takes place that millions if not billions will awake to the truth and as a result must die a horrible death to stand firm to their new found faith and believe in God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. It is better now to find salvation then to wait for the Rapture. For as the resurrected Christ told Thomas.
John 20: 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

A glimpse into Charles Dickens the Christian


I have only seen the works of Charles Dickens. “A Christmas Carol” is my favorite. I have seen David Copperfield and Nicholas Nickleby. I did some research and found Mr. Dickens to be a very religious person. He disliked those that practiced extremisms of the faith; the Bible to a degree supports this. On things that are important in the faith is to keep Jesus with you daily. This is not extremism and I feel Mr. Dickens would agree. Especially since the Bible states to place God first in all that you do by loving Him with all your heart, mind and soul.
One think I did note in his stories was in how corrupting money was and the power associated with having and seeking after money. In the Christmas Carol Scrooge becomes a philanthropist, giving his acquired wealth away for the good of all and himself. In the other two titles, I mentioned above. David and Nicholas both end being gentlemen, but living modestly. This is how all should live and desire to live, but few truly seek this from life and it is sad to that those simple lessons are watched, but never really listened too or acted upon.
Most actually should live modestly, but most seek after the golden prize. Stuck in a maze seeking the prize at the end only to be shocked when they reach a dead-end, which forces them to go back and try a new route. Not realizing that as they do the maze grows longer and longer, never allowing them to truly reach the goal of the golden prize. That is unless they sell their soul to the devil, becoming selfish, self-serving and corrupt like Nicholas’s uncle.
It is due to this chase that many lose their way and forget that it is not earthly rewards they should be seeking but Christ and the promise of the eternal reward.

483


Did you know that Daniel was given a prophecy that was not only about the rebuilding of Jerusalem, but the crucifixion?
Well there is in chapter nine of the book in his name. With this prophecy it was established that when the city itself was allow to be rebuilt under the order of Artaxerxes the king of Medo-Persian empire, which occurred over two hundred years after the time of Daniel.
This is one of the prophecies that tell there will be a Messiah and He will be killed, and that is what happened. To us it is now history, which is exactly what the Bible is, a history book of this earth and its relationship with and to God and God to this planet.
People need to start and study and I mean fully study history once again. For how years were managed within ancient cultures to who was who and when things took place in history. For if they did they would soon learn that Jesus is real, His Father is real and we are all answerable to our behavior and actions due to these facts. For they are facts not fiction as those that wish to live in sin wish it to be.
They write off God as a fantasy to legitimize their sins, when all they are doing is cutting themselves off from an eternity of splendor and wonder