The basic steps that should be followed to show we are striving to follow our Savior Jesus Christ.
Welcome again to another podcast. Today we begin a two part series on how to see if we are allowing the Holy Spirit to work within our lives. This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.
As I have made mention before. I have been called to teach those that fall into the group known within the Bible as the “lukewarm.” The thing is, many that fall into this category are unaware that they qualify. This is my greatest sorrow.
I saw a meme the other day that summed it up beautifully. It said that the Jewish people understood the laws of God but rejected Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Then it said. Christians accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah but reject the laws of God. They choose to live in sin. Now I may be wasting my time, for the book of Hebrews says this:
6:4-6 – For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— 6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.
However, God also said that He was here to give everyone a chance.
1 Timothy 2:1-6 – I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5 For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.
But I fear that many will reject God and His Son Jesus Christ when the tribulation begins. Having found themselves lacking in His sight to be left behind.
These people feel and believe that they need do nothing but accept Jesus as their Savior and they will be granted admission into heaven. This is only part of what is required. So, I have decided to dig out another of my earlier teachings to address this.
If you love me, keep my commandments.
These are the words of Jesus Christ in the fourteenth chapter of John the fifteenth verse. They are direct and to the point. However, when you really look into how those that call themselves “Christian.” How many of them truly do not love Jesus? For the majority do not follow this direct and simple directive from Jesus Christ the Son of God.
One of the main reasons for this is due to not even understanding their own faith and beliefs that forms this faith. This is something that need to be addressed. Many perceive this as legalism.
The main reason for this is due to how the true Word of God has been diluted or not even taught fully or completely. They live under a belief that if all they do is believe then they will make it into heaven.
James 2:14-17 – What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Faith alone without following the commandments is dead. It is a simple statement. It comes straight to the point. If you do not follow and live the teachings of Jesus Christ, you are dead unto Him. If you are dead unto Him, you are not of Him, and so hate Him. They are living what is called a lukewarm live.
How does Jesus Himself few the lukewarm?
Revelation 3:15-16 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
They are so distasteful to Him that He spits them from His Body.
So how can we change this? How can we make it where we are not spit out by Jesus?
We come full circle back to where we began. We follow the commandments.
It is here that someone will start to argue that Jesus dying upon the cross and then rising upon the third day removed the need to follow the commandments. However, that is not the correct interpretation of what the Bible teaches.
Matthew 5:17-20 – “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the Law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. 19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
Again, we are told by Jesus Christ Himself that we are to follow the commandments. So how can you even attempt to question? It is not me that you are challenging but Jesus Christ Himself and His own words. So, following the commandments, especially those taught by Jesus Christ Himself are not legalism, it is the required works of a living faith in Jesus and His Father, God. It is the act of love He asks of us to do.
The first steps (part one)
The first steps are the hardest, aren’t they? It takes months for a baby to finally get to the point of walking. It is a series of trials and errors. Sometimes they are a shock, a surprise. Other times it hurts, and the child ends up crying at the least, bleeding at the most. This too is the Christian faith as we strive ever daily to be more Christ-like.
However, we need a starting point. To follow the commandments, we must come to understand that the true “commandments” is not just the ten commandments. In fact, the commandments are found in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy. This is verified in an exchange Jesus has with one of the religious leaders that confronted Him. It is found in Mark twelve, Luke ten and Matthew twenty-two. However, it is also first shown in Deuteronomy six:
4-6 – “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.
This confirms that all the laws within these three books to a degree are still in force. Does this mean we are to go and stone someone? For heaven’s sake no. It does mean we need to put those things into practice that can be maintained by our own actions and behavior. Nor are we to perform sacrifices for Jesus was the pure Lamb sacrificed for our salvation unto to His Father God.
However, what is our first steps other than coming to know the Bible and the commandments there in? How do we put into practice that which we know we must do to avoid death of our spirit? For we have determined not to live by faith alone, but by both faith and works.
Well we must find something that is common for most of humanity, be they Christian or not.
Romans 13:1-7 – Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience. 6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.
Titus 3:1 – Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good.
Now I know many both Christian and non-Christian that daily disobey this one teaching. So, it is here that I feel we should begin. For from here once it becomes a habit can lead unto other teachings and commandments within the Bible. What is this one thing that is daily disobeyed? Following the speed limits and other traffic laws.
This is something that is shared by all of humanity and can in reality show your commitment to following God with all your heart, mind and soul. But how is that accomplished? How do you put it into practice? Why put it into practice? I will answer all three of these questions in reverse order as we continue this series.
The first steps (part two)
Why put obeying the road laws into practice?
The main reason for this is made perfectly clear in Romans 13, but we shall do a deep dive into these verses to get a better understanding and thus answer the question that was just asked.
Romans 13:1-5 – Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2- Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3- For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4- For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5- Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
For all authority comes from God.
To address this we must turn to the fourth book of Daniel:
4:17 – “For this has been decreed by the messengers; it is commanded by the holy ones, so that everyone may know that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world. He gives them to anyone he chooses— even to the lowliest of people.”
Simply obeying the laws given by a state or nation that do not go against the Bible and its teachings is something that we must follow as an open expression of our faith and love in God and His Son Jesus Christ.
So following the speed limit says you love Jesus.
When an ending lane merges to the lane that does not. If you are in the lane ending you allow those in the other lane to go before you, yielding them the right of way. This in turn goes into the next verse in Titus three:
2 – They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
The laws created for the road are practices taught within the Bible, just applied to how you get about in your everyday life. Yet, most that profess to be “Christian” find the need to follow these laws a burden, an inconvenience, something to be tolerated. Why? Because they the “Christian” are more important.
They are more important than God or their very salvation.
To be humble is one of the true vestments of Christianity. So what is the word “humility” in Titus?
Humility (NLT) – meekness (KJV) – G4236 – praiotes – properly, temperate, displaying the right blend of force and reserve (gentleness). praótēs (“strength in gentleness”) avoids unnecessary harshness, yet without compromising or being too slow to use necessary force.
I will let you ponder upon this definition, and allow you to make your own conclusion as how to behave upon the road.
I have heard all the excuses by those that profess “Christianity.”
“Well during the time I am driving, if I go the speed limit I am a safety hazard to those upon the road.”
“If I go the speed limit I have to go to bed earlier and miss my favorite TV show.”
“I have so far to travel I will be on the road longer.”
These are things I hope, if I have not already shown to be addressed, as they should be by now, they will be addressed as we answer the next two questions as this series continues.
When following the teachings of Jesus Christ you should have no fear of dying at any time.
This is a topic that will confuse most, but it must be done to cause people to start to think. This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.
I must preface this study with a special message. Especially for those that are confused and even overwhelmed by the world about them. My message is not about choosing to die but actually choosing to live.
If you are thinking about ending your own life, please call 1 (800) 273 8255 which is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Colossians 1:18 – Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.
Those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and become a temple for the Holy Spirit. Then strive within their lives to keep their temple clean of sin. Are used by Jesus, who is the head, to serve God and His plan. Which is to welcome all who seek salvation to be welcomed into an eternal life.
Now we have to establish a key point here.
What is the eternal life promised?
Now to make this perfectly clear. No one knows with certainty what enteral life will be like. However, we are given hints from the Bible itself. The first of these is the thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 20:4-6 – Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years.
This is referring to those that will share the rule with Jesus Christ during his thousand-year reign. Let us look at verse four in the KJV:
Revelation 20:4 – And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
In the near future there will come a time when those that profess, they are Christian, and that Jesus is real will be beheaded. There will also come a point when people are asked to place marks upon their heads and “in their hands.”
Yes, this looks dark and to some scary. But why? Because they fear death. What else is said in this verse though. “They lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
This is the beginning of eternity. (John 3:16; 6:40; Romans 6:23)
In Science Fiction stories there comes a time when hundreds of years from now. Those that are our progeny reach a point where they ascend into a new live form. One that is eternal.
This is what the Bible says:
John 5:24 – “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
It also shows that eternal life is not just for those that believe in God, but for those that deny Him as well.
Matthew 25:46 – “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
You ever notice movies where you see a guy who is wounded and dying. He screams “I DON’T WANT TO DIE! I WANT TO LIVE!”
All this tells me is that he has no concept of what is within the Bible or who Jesus Christ is and why He died for him. This is why I am making this lesson today. I have reached my limit with this mentality.
This is one of those things that are not taught or avoided. Mainly because many don’t understand the mentality of this situation. This life at its most last just over one hundred years (100). What is offered in this world, which lasts this short time?
Matthew 6:19 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.
This is the reality of possessions in this world. So why would you want to live?
People have turned life into nothing but a MMORPG where most everyone is going to the Chinese gold sellers, even those that call themselves “Christian,” to advance themselves to the upper levels of the game. Most never experiencing the game or following the rules. All the time they do this there is a level to the game that gets them to the endgame that has all the best rewards and endgame material that literally is never ending and constantly different.
This end game is reached by not cheating and selling out to money. It is reached by learning the Bible. It is reached by accepting that God is real. That His Son died upon a cross for your sins. Then on the third day rose from the dead. Healed save for the holes in his wrist, angles, and His side. For forty day He walked amongst those that knew Him and those that did not. Well over five hundred people saw Jesus in those forty days.
More than is required to show that Jesus Christ is real. That He is not a myth or a fairytale. That He is not a video game.
The endgame can only be reached through Jesus Christ.
John 3:16 – “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
The world is all of humanity. Every single person. All that is required is to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. Get baptized in the name of Jesus. Then to follow ALL the rules that are required. Which you will find if you are sincere and truly believe will not be difficult to adhere to, in most cases.
Here is one thing that many leave out though. We are in a corrupt body. However, due to this we will be tempted to sin. This is our part in the relationship with God. Through Jesus Christ. We have to commit ourselves not to sin. Any sin, but especially those sins that the bible explicitly says will not give the person access to an eternal life.
The eternal life is the endgame. In this eternal life we will live billions upon billions of years. Like that promised to those in the future generations in Sci-Fi’s. However, God promises it to all of humanity, future, past as well as present.
Science Fiction offers a corrupt version of what God offers to all of humanity. Humans always offer a corrupt version of what God offers. That is always the nature of the corrupt. To seek after perfection here in the temporary. When the true perfection can only be gifted by the Creator of everything and every true happiness.
Humans always try to promise all and diminish God. To the point of saying God does not exist and all the wonders of the universe can be reached through the acts of humans. Meanwhile humanity lessens other humans and seeks to make themselves greater than any other person. Not caring for any but their own wants and desires. To the point that they see life itself as ugly and terrible. This is reality. This is corruption.
As we approach the soon return of Jesus Christ. Things will become worse for those that accept that God is real. That Jesus Christ is their Savior. This is foretold within the Bible and we are now witnessing it become fact today. Thus, verifying the truth of the Bible.
It also states during the first half of the tribulation billions will come to accept the reality of God and His Son Jesus and that they will be willing and happy to die. Not in suicide but in decapitation, by those that look down upon the rest of humanity. Especially those who profess that God does not existence. Why? Because they are threatened. All humanity. Each individual wish to be their center of their universe. Crowning themselves their own god. Again, a corrupt translation of the true life meant for all humanity. King and queen of their own lives for a mere hundred years instead of serving the Creator of all for billions upon billions of years. Possibly exploring a new universe with new galaxies. New stars, with new planets about them. For the Bible does promise a new earth and new universe.
Isaiah 65:17 – “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.”
We are to proudly stand before those that seek our end. To tell the truth that is within the Bible. To not kill ourselves in selfishness, because life is not going the way we want it to. But to be killed by those that seek to hide the truth. Which is done by saying God is not a myth when He is reality itself. The air we breathe, the rain we feel upon our faces when it rains. All this is God’s doing. Which makes following the teachings of Jesus Christ something worth doing. As well as worth dying for, but not by our own hands.
This short time we live on this earth (James 4:14) is not worth killing ourselves for when we have a lifetime that will last for all eternity. What is sad, is that those that fully reject God will have an eternity of sorrow and pain.
God loves all of humanity. Really, He does. He wants all to live billions of years in happiness. Never in sorrow, but billions have chosen just to do that. They do that by saying God is a lie. A fantasy. A phony.
Well God is real, and His Son did die for all our sins and then rose from the dead. So that we can all live for all eternity. All you need do is accept Jesus as your Savior and be baptized in His name. Then the need to be scared of death will never cross your mind ever again.
Once again if you are thinking of ending your life. I highly recommend that you please call 1 (800) 273 8255 which is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
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In the movie Black Rian (1989). There is a scene where the star Michael Douglas has a meeting with the head honcho of the Japanese Yakuza. In this scene the Yakuza leader talks about how America has changed the culture of the Japanese people since their loss in World War II. The leader says this about a lower-level Yakuza group leader:
“He might as well be an American. His kind respect just one thing—money.”
These are the words of criminal leader. Who, from his view, was seeking revenge upon America for dropping the atomic bomb on Japan. This script was written by two Americans, but the statement made says volumes. Here is one of the verses from the Bible on the topic of money:
1 Timothy 6:10 – For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
Jesus says we have a choice to make:
Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
When reflecting on the quote from the movie “Black Rain.” An aspect of the United States of America is revealed. That I personally believe is accurate. It shows that the people of the United States think mostly of one thing. Money. This includes those that call themselves “Christian.”
Now I wish to show something from the book of Revelation which could reflect this nation.
Revelation 18:11 – The merchants of the world will weep and mourn for her, for there is no one left to buy their goods.
Revelation 18:14-17 – “The fancy things you loved so much are gone,” they cry. “All your luxuries and splendor are gone forever, never to be yours again.” 15 The merchants who became wealthy by selling her these things will stand at a distance, terrified by her great torment. They will weep and cry out, 17 In a single moment all the wealth of the city is gone!” And all the captains of the merchant ships and their passengers and sailors and crews will stand at a distance.
Then earlier in this chapter it says this also:
Revelation 18:4 – Then I heard another voice calling from heaven, “Come away from her, my people. Do not take part in her sins, or you will be punished with her.
The key element of these sins is money as is witnessed by these latter verses of this chapter. So, what or who is the master of the city of Babylon?
The answer: money.
Which is not the master of Christians, but the master this “city” which is worshipping money otherwise known as the world.
It is made clear in Revelation 18:4 that those that follow Jesus Christ must turn away from the ways that pollute the city of Babylon. So, if money is their god, then those that profess to be “Christian” must turn away from money.
Seeking after luxuries, after possessions is seen as sinful in the Bible.
1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
Yet many who profess they are Christian live in luxuries. While only having cravings for physical pleasures. They have cravings for everything they see. They have pride in their achievements and their possessions.
I know this is true. For I have seen it with my own eyes. In many churches throughout this nation. By many who profess to be Christian. Yet they live in huge houses, with more rooms within them then is needed to live within. These extra and physically empty rooms filled with possessions that do nothing but gather dust. They drive in expensive vehicles. They seek pleasures upon cruise ship and upon golf courses. Drinking of wines and liquors to receive physical pleasures. They are prideful of their earthly achievements. Seeking glory and recognition for their peers, but not from God.
Why do they do this and not realize they are in error. They are in sin. Because this is how it has been for generations. Because they have turned away from the true teaches of the Bible. Yet due to the dullness of decades within these repeated sins. People believe they are in the right of actions, when in reality they are in error. All due to the love of money, yet believing they are of God and loving God. When the Bible states this is the opposite.
People say they must have money to get their basic needs. To be clothed to be fed. This is what Jesus Christ Himself said about this:
Luke 12:22-34 – “Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? 27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. 32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. 33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
What are our needs?
To be fed. To be clothed. These are the only needs listed by Jesus Christ. Beyond this is a want.
We seek shelter to seek comfort. To protect our bodies beyond the clothing. So, our shelter should not be large. But just enough to give us this basic protection. Yet many seek more than this. The bigger the shelter the more possessions we add within it. So, we should seek to minimize our shelter forcing us to sell our possessions.
Remember the young rich man:
Mark 10:17-31 – As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” 26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. 27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” 28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said. 29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”
Too many worry about themselves. Forgetting that it is not they that gives them food and clothing, but God. Their worries cause them to save their money and then to seek after possessions.
During the time of my year of Job. When God took all my possessions away from me. I had a debate with a Jewish person that had fallen away from God. She kept telling me to sell all my possessions. Unaware that I had already lost everything. She kept returning to this one point. This is how those that have rejected God see those of the Christian community today. They see them as the rich the privileged. That is why they seek to destroy Christianity. They see Christians as wasters of money. And why shouldn’t they? When the Bible makes it clear that any money that goes above the necessary needs is to go to those in dire straits. Not to be stored up wealth, but to share with those in need especially those within the body of Christ.
1 John 3:17 – If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
This is how those within Christianity should be acting. Yet so few that call themselves the children of God do this very thing in today’s society. Which is a sad truth. So they need to think hard upon this verse from 1 John. And decide for themselves who it is they wish to follow. God through Jesus Christ or the world.
The true problem facing the world today.
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Today I just want to talk. If you have ever looked through my blog site. You will see this a lot in the over 850 posts that are in it.
You may have noticed that God is large part in my life. There are those out there that call God “imaginary.”
To those that say this I actually feel sorry for you. You have closed off yourself to the possibility that there is God. That there is a supreme being that promised eternal life to all of humanity including you.
Now hear me out. You guys post that we that believe in God are weird. Strange. You are determined to look down upon us and belittle us. We, however, look at you as our equals. Fellow humans seeking answers to questions that are difficult if not impossible to answer.
People have this strange misunderstanding that what they call the after life will be sitting around being happy happy joy joy and doing nothing. This is a lie. And yes that was a movie reference if you caught it.
Is there a heaven? Yes, there is. However, it is not what we are promised for all our eternal life. This “heaven” is only a temporary holding area to what is the real promise. We are told we will be servants unto God. Servants perform tasks and duties. We are told there will be new heavens and a new earth. Or as I like to refer to it as a second big bang. It is here that these assigned tasks will be fulfilled. As well as helping Jesus Christ reign as King of this world for one thousand years, before that new universe is created by our Creator: God.
We will do these tasks alive in a body that does not age. Does not get sick. It is the elevation of a species you see many times portrayed in Sci-Fi movies and television shows. Except in them it is only for those that live after us. It is never for us. It is never for you. That is the ultimate lie.
It is for you. It is for every single human that has ever lived or will live. It is for those that were and are killed before they even see the light of day. It is for those that have lived to an old age. It is for those that are killed in accidents. It is for those that were killed in wars or in crimes.
But the problem is. They must accept God is real. They must accept Jesus lived and died for us all.
Now I know why this is a problem for you. You want to be in control. You wish to rule your own life. You do not wish things you perceive as greater than you are controlling how you think or what you do. The thing is you already live that very way.
You do this every time you join in with how others think and behave. You did it the moment you accepted that God is an “imaginary friend.” This is verified by the fact that most times people wish to confront and demean the way Christians think those two words appear. Time and time again. You have just joined in with something greater than yourself. You are allowing something that gives the image it is greater than you to control the way you think and comprehend things. You are not living freely. You have joined in with the crowd that has fun belittling those they see as lesser than themselves.
Those that truly follow the teachings of Jesus Christ do not belittle others. Those that do and call themselves “Christian” are really not, to be very honest with you. They may think they are, but their actions say otherwise. Any who look down upon other humans do not know the true value of a human life. Any human life.
Christianity teaches the equality of all humanity. Young, old. Born or unborn. Of any race, creed or belief. This is one thing that those that challenge this truth use it to challenge Christianity.
Now why do I say this?
In many cases those that challenge Christianity bring up past behavior of humanity. Now we need to distinguish an important fact. Just because a person acts in what they call “Christianity” does not mean they are a true follower of Jesus Christ. It just means they were raised with teachings that came from the Bible. Does this make them truly “Christian?” No, it does not. And since this does not make them truly Christian. Then you can not use that as an excuse for the behavior of a human if that human performs actions that can be seen as a crime against a fellow human or humans. Yet time and again this is an excuse that is used and when someone tries to explain this point to those that wish to show Christianity as evil.
All they accomplish in showing is that humans are evil. Not Christianity. The Bible teaches that all humans ARE evil. ALL have the ability to perform acts and actions that can been seen by others as horrific. True Christianity allows humans the ability to escape their human weaknesses and faults. To end what is called their sins. Again, this is something that those that wish to place the blame of all the cruelty upon a religion. A religion that was the predominate religion of the known world at that time.
Here is the issue.
I can name multiple times in history that humans. Sometimes in the name of Christianity. Have done actions in the name of what they believed to be their faith. However, in reality they were done in actions of power, greed, lust and outright evil. All of which are called sins in the Bible and seen of as wrong and something to feel guilt and sorrow over. Something to seek forgiveness for. Something to ask for a higher power to give leniency and forgiveness for. Yet those that performed these atrocities never asked for true forgiveness. Many living in a belief that they were in the right. In reality they were not.
Another excuse to deny God and Jesus comes from those that say Jesus never lived. These people are not students of true history. Josephus was a historian of Jewish decent that wrote for the Romans. His loyalty was to Rome, not to the people of his birth. He wrote of Jesus Christ.
Archaeologist have found locations that correspond to the Bible. As will as the remains of people within the Bible. Like for example the leader of the Pharisees: Caiaphas. Additionally, we have those that wrote the New Testament. Paul, Peter, John, and James. Roman documents show the fate of these men. How they died and what punishments they endured.
Scholars have come to this conclusion. Myths do not come into existence until those people that knew them are no longer alive. Thus, myths do not begin until one hundred and fifty years after the historical figure has died. Here is the rub. The first letters that formed the New Testament came into being in less than twenty years after Jesus left. The last to came into being and was finished before the turn of the first century. This means the New Testament was written in under seventy years after Christ ascended. Well within the lifetime of those that knew and saw Jesus Christ. Giving these people ample time and ability to show Jesus as a fake. None of this occurred. So, Jesus being a myth and a fairytale is a fallacy created by those that wish to control and subjugate. Those they wish to dominate and manipulate. In other words, rule over those that listen to them.
The Bible says that those that let sin be their master wish to have others join them. They wish to have others join in their sorrow and the chains they have placed upon themselves. However, they don’t see it because all they can focus on is the here and now. The joy and exhilaration. The euphoria that comes with some sins. Makes people desire to bring others into the fold. They don’t care about the consequences. They just relish the physical rush of this temporal world they see as their life.
Those that have created this falsehood that there is no God. That Jesus did not exist. Have also pushed a fable that all there is to life is this short one hundred years we live. That we must seek to create a name for ourselves through our actions or our progeny a legacy. As you look back throughout history you can see this is a predominate theme of all of humanity.
Why does this theme exist?
Because people have lost the true meaning or understanding of the Bible. This is mainly due to most not even reading it and taking the words of others they see as more aware than they are of what is shown and meant within this book. That is why it is so important to actually study the Bible. Not just read it. There are many that read the Bible, and they include those that oppose it. They pick a statement here or a wording there. Then turn and use it as a way of denying God or have shown the “flaws” within the Bible.
A prime example of this is shown when the Reformation occurred in 1517. What caused this to take place was false teachings being pushed out by the Catholic Church. Like the use of items called “relics” and papers called “indulgences.” They had to win their way out of the church made “purgatory.” People were not allowed to think for themselves. They must conform totally and solely to the edicts of the Pope, the cardinals, bishops and their priests.
In this time, it was actually illegal for the common man to come to know the Bible for themselves. It was also impossible for the commoner to read the Bible. It took another hundred years and the printing press to help allow humanity to come into possession of the Bible. This freedom caused the Puritans to come into being. Those that adhered more closely to the teachings of the Bible than those before them. Yet they too as time went by faltered. Again, allowing others to tell them how to think, feel and live.
We now live in a time when all can freely and willingly read and study the Bible for themselves. Yet they don’t. Many do this because people they look up to say it is fable, a fairytale. I heard these words myself leave the lips of a Methodist priest. When even those within the church call the words within the Bible fairytales. The corruption that causes people to think that there is no eternal life has bled into the churches themselves. It is no wonder that people no longer acknowledge there is God and that His one and only Son took our sins upon Himself and died in our stead. So that we may live an eternal life in the service to God.
No human is greater than any other human. We should not look up to others. Just as others should not look down upon others. All are servants to all.
There is an eternal life.
“There is no eternal life.” Someone just insisted. “There is only blackness.” Another just said.
I have experienced blackness. In a dream from God. In this dream this blackness seemed to last forever. In this dream I was falling ever falling in this blackness. As I fell a light began to show below me. Not only a light, but motion. The ground was moving. As I fell, I saw that it was humans. Uncountable humans all in misery. All living in eternal judgement. This is your blackness. The beginning of an eternal life in pain and suffering. So, there is eternal life not only for the righteous, but also for those that have turned against God and called Him a fallacy. An eternal life that begins in the opposite of that for those that accept God. They see light, those that reject Him see darkness.
I say these words. In hopes that you will awaken from the control of others and accept your freedom promised through salvation. All you need do is to accept that we are not in control. Even those that think they are in control are not. They are just tool. For God knows all a person has done, And God Himself places people into power. Even those leaders that have committed atrocities. Like for example Hitler. It was his orders that led to over thirteen million killed in concentration camp. It was six million of those killed that led the Jewish people back to their homeland. And so, they reestablished the nation of Israel. The only nation to ever do this.
A talk from a Christian to those that deny there is a God and His Son Jesus
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In the last two podcast we have been talking about ruins. What are ruins?
There are many definitions that can apply to this subject. So, I will quote more than one:
“the broken parts that are left of a building or town that has been destroyed.”
“a situation in which a person or company has lost all their money or their reputation.”
“to spoil or destroy something completely.” These are all from the Cambridge Dictionary.
I list the last definition in this position on purpose, because I wish us to look at the word “spoil.”
“to destroy or reduce the pleasure, interest, or beauty of something.”
The “beauty of something.”
God see beauty in those that accept Him as their Savior through His Son Jesus. And He implores us to show that beauty in our hearts.
1 Peter 3:3-5 – Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 5 This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They put their trust in God and accepted the authority of their husbands.
True this topic is about how a woman should think, but does this not apply to all that put on the robes of salvation?
As I was reading Hebrews the topic of accepting Jesus as the Messiah is the main topic. The audience this letter is aimed at are the Jewish people. Most of whom to this day reject Jesus as the true Son of God. I read a meme the other day on this as well, which I have mentioned before I believe. But it stated that the Jewish people accept the law but rejected Jesus. While Christians accept Jesus but reject the law.
Hebrews can now at this time be applied to those that call themselves Christian due to what this meme has implied.
But back on topic.
As I was reading Hebrews the topic of a building came out in the third chapter.
3:1-6 – And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. 2 For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house. 3 But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. 4 For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. 5 Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. 6 But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.
”And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.”
Why I repeated the last part of verse six, is because people have not kept their courage nor remained confident in their hope for Jesus Christ.
They instead place their hopes and confidence in material objects and money. Thus turning themselves into ruins.
What do I mean by that?
To do that we need to look at the KJV of this verse:
“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”
Hold fast – G2722 – to hold down (fast), in various applications (literally or figuratively)
The confidence – G3954 – all out spokenness, that is, frankness, bluntness, publicity; by implication assurance.
Of the hope – G1680 – to anticipate usually with pleasure
Firm – G949 – (through the idea of basality); stable
By holding onto the promise and the hope that Jesus Christ is real. We are to live our lives like Jesus Christ Himself. However, we can strive to live up to the ideals He Himself placed before us to follow. Yet, none can fully live like Christ. Like for example in seeking after earthly good and objects.
Matthew 6:19-21 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
By seeking after worldly items and affections we are not staying firm. All fall short in this. None can seek exemption.
Because we live within a corrupt body. As you read through the last part of the New Testament. Words repeat themselves, like “self-control” as a prime example. Even those that have fully commit to Jesus Christ as their Savior. Even those that are filled with the Holy Ghost. All falter and fall short.
Does this mean to give up?
That is the last thing a person must do. However, it is crucial that they strive to end all sin within their lives. Especially those that the Bible states will not be welcomed in the Kingdom of Heaven. Why cling on to the items that will easily burn in the last trial before God Himself.
We should seek after those building materials that will withstand that fiery trial. These items can only be found by living a live that is a true reflection of our Savior Jesus Christ. The closer we come to be like Jesus. The stronger and sturdier the building materials that forms the walls of our faith, which will withstand the trial.
The next verses in Matthew six Jesus makes it clear how we should try and live our lives.
Matthew 6:22-25 – “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
This is reemphasized in 1 John:
2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
When people seek after luxuries. Looks, wealth. That is what is being worshipped. Not God, nor His Son our Savior, Jesus Christ. Seeking after glory. Seeking after a legacy. Seeking to become part of history. Is worshipping the world.
This world. This earth will end.
Isaiah 65:17 – “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.”
Why waste our time trying to achieve things that serve this world? Living in comfort while others live in squaller. Dressing in fine clothing while a child freezes in the cold due to not having a coat. Seeking after a name; while a soldier that fought to protect you lives in a cardboard box. Then commits suicide thinking of all the horrors they committed or witnessed in war.
But I will not say anything further. It is up to those listen and reading to awaken to their own truths.
Hebrews 5:11-6:1 – There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.
6:1 So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.
That is the rub of it, isn’t it? People must be willing to open their hearts to the truth. But throughout the century’s humanity has been drifting further from God. Just as the Jewish people drifted so far from our Creator that He caused them to be scattered throughout the world.
Deuteronomy 28:63-64 “Just as the LORD has found great pleasure in causing you to prosper and multiply, the LORD will find pleasure in destroying you. You will be torn from the land you are about to enter and occupy. 64 For the LORD will scatter you among all the nations from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship foreign gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods made of wood and stone!
The promise to us is not to be scattered throughout the nations. The promise given to us is the end of this earth, and the beginning of that will be the tribulation. Which is meant to remove those that love the world more than they love their Creator. That time is near.
the conclusions to Ruins.