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Blog for Podcast #23 (The Daily Tug of War)


Intro

Welcome again to another Bible Study with me Dreamwalker1960

Discussion

In the last few weeks I have been a bit rough in my messaging. I do not deny or regret this. As I stated the evidence is stacking up which points to the return of Jesus Christ and that the turmoil that will occur during the Tribulation. I have been led to Galatians 5 and the exhortation to allow yourself to be led by the Holy Ghost. This is how you allow yourself to turn away from the life within the lukewarm to retuning to be a fruitful part of the Holy Vine, which is Jesus Christ.  So let us start to look into these verses.

Verses 16-17 – So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

First and foremost we see here that our humanity is at conflict with that which is holy. Even after being filed with the Holy Ghost. This once again confirms that we have an active part in our relationship with God in our salvation. But let us break this verses down even further as we look first into the KJV and then into the Greek.

Verse 16 – This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Walk – G4043 – peripateo – to tread all around, i.e. walk at large (especially as proof of ability): figuratively to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary) [Strong’s]

  1. Deport – to behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified way
  2. Votary – a person who has made a promise to serve a particular religion or god

Ye shall not – G3364 – ou me – a double negative strengthening the denial: not at all

Fulfil – G5055 – teleo – to end, i.e. complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt) [Strong’s]

The lust – G1939 – epithymia – a longing (especially for what is forbidden) [Strong’s]

Of the flesh – G4561 – sarx – flesh (as striped of the skin), i.e. (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul [spirit], or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred), or (by Implication) human nature (with its frailties [physical or moral] and passions) or (specially) a human being (as such)

This is my version of this verse:

I say to those that have promised themselves to the Holy Spirit. You shall not allow yourselves to enter into your human longings of that which is forbidden.

Verse 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.

Lusteth – G1937 – epithymeo – to set the heart upon, i.e. long for (rightfully or otherwise) [Strong’s]

Contrary – G480 – antikeimai – to lie opposite. i.e. be adverse (figuratively repugnant) to [Strong’s]

  1. Repugnant – Extremely distasteful; unacceptable

This verse shows the internal conflict that we all experience daily. Fortifying that we are to strive toward that which is holy over the wants and desires of our human nature. It also shows that we do have a corrupt body even after being filled with the Holy Spirit. This results in the need to be ever aware of our own weaknesses. To struggle through these lust and desires by turning our eyes toward the one who died upon the cross for us. So we would not have to suffer like He did but for all eternity in the pit of fire.

Verse 18 – But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the Law of Moses.

Now let’s see what the KJV and the Greek says for this verse.

“But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”

Ye be led – G71 – ago – properly to lead, by implication to bring drive (reflexively) go (specifically) pass (time) or (figuratively) induce

a)      Induce – to persuade someone to do something

My version: If you are led by the Holy Ghost you are not under the law given to Moses.

In the next verses we are shown the rotten fruit that is born when you allow our corruptible to be our master:

Verse 19 – When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,

So let’s look at each of these sins that we can still fall into if we do not allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Due to time restrictions I will not go into full detail of these sins. However, you can read the full breakdown at dreamwalker1960.com for the blog of this podcast #23.

We will use the KJV for this list:

1)       Adultery – G3430 – moicheia – sex between a married man or a woman that is not who they are married to.

2)    * Fornication – G4202 – porneia – harlotry (including adultery and incest) figuratively idolatry – sex between people not married to each other.

a)      Harlotry – prostitution

3)       Uncleanness – G167 –akatharsia – impurity (the quality) physically or morally

a)      Impurity – impure – containing something unclean, ritually unclean

b)      Unclean – morally wrong

4)    * Lasciviousness – G766 – aselgeia – licentiousness (sometimes including other vices)

a)      Licentiousness – Behavior that is sexual, in a way that is uncontrolled and socially unacceptable

The list continues in verse 20

“Idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,”

We will still go through the KJV of this list:

5)      Idolatry – G1495 – eidololatrria – image worship (literally or figuratively)

6)      Witchcraft – G5331 – pharmakeia – medication (pharmacy) that is (by extension) magic (literal or figurative) sorcery

a)      Sorcery – a type of magic in which spirits, especially evil ones, are used to make things happen

7)       Hatred – G2189 – echthra – hostility, by implication a reason for opposition, enmity)

a)      Enmity – a feeling of hate

8)    * Variance – G2054 – eris – of uncertain affinity, a quarrel that is (by implication) wrangling: contention debate strife

a)      Wrangling – wrangle – an argument, especially one that continues for a long time

9)    * Emulation – G2205 – zelos – properly heat that is (figuratively) zeal (in favorable sense ardor, in unfavorable one jealousy as of a husband [figuratively of God] or an enemy malice)

10)   Wrath – G2372 – thumos – passion (as if breathing hard)

11)  * Strife – G2052 – eritheia – properly intrigue that is (by implication) faction

a)      Faction – a group within a large group, especially one with slightly different ideas from the main group

12)   Seditions – G1370 – dichostasia – disunion that is (figuratively) dissension

a)      Dissension – arguments and disagreement, especially in an organization, group, political party

13)   Heresies – G139 – hairesis – properly a choice that is (specifically) a party or (abstractly) disunion

the list continues into verse 21

“envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

14) * Envyings – G5355 – phthonos – ill will (as detraction) that is jealousy (spite)

a)      Spite – a desire to hurt, annoy, or offend someone

15)   Murders – G5408 – phonos – (to slay)

16)   Drunkenness – G3178 – methe – an intoxicant that is (by implication) intoxication

17)    Revellings – G2970 – komos – a carousal (as if a letting loose)

The implication here, when joined with verse 16, is that we are still able to fall into these sins one again and we should diligently turn away from them. For as is made clear at the conclusion of this verse is that those that do these sins will not make it into heaven.

I must also note a trend that I have noted throughout the books of the New Testament that do list sins showing various other sins. This is due to different sins affecting the different cities to which these individual letters were sent to.

People have used the fact that these sins are not all exactly the same sins as those shown in other books within the Bible. So they use this as to say there is a flaw in the message within the Bible. That is not the case, as I noted a bit ago. Each group is being addressed for their particular sins that are afflicting these servants of God in each of these locations throughout the region between and including Israel and Rome.

What is the important take away from this list of sin aren’t the sins. But what is being asked for all of us that have the Holy Spirit within us. It is to know and realize that we are still vulnerable to sin as long as we live within this earthly realm. So when we find ourselves lacking in self-control and stumble over sins like those listed here and elsewhere in the Bible. Is that we strive to note that we are slipping and do our best with the help of God through prayer that we stop indulging in any and all things that are considered sinful in the eyes of God.

I reiterate that it is made clear as to why we are to seek to have the self-control to end sin. For those that live in sin will not be welcome in Heaven.

As prove of this we are given a list of the fruits of the Holy Ghost:

Verses 22 – 23 -But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Again we are exhorted to live in the Holy Spirit whose fruit we just read about. If we do not see these more in our lives than we see the sins. Then we need to do some self-reflection.

This chapter ends adding three more sins. These are those sins as shown in the KJV:

Desirous of vain glory, provoking one another and being envious of one another.

*Desirous of vain glory – G2755 – kenodoxos – self-conceited

  1. Self-conceited – having an excessive sense of one’s own importance, abilities, and value

*Provoking – G4292 – prolaleomai – to call forth to oneself (challenge), i.e. (by implication) to irritate

  1. Irritate – to make someone angry or annoyed

*Envying – G5354 – phthoneo – to be jealous of

Now these last three sins that are shown are very telling when you look out into the world we now live in. Many people have an attitude of self-importance. Many are jealous of what others have and so they seek after it, to the point of irritation or worse. That is something we all must individually think upon and even pray upon in many cases.

However, let us end today’s message with what that is within us if we are filled with the Holy Ghost.

Love not only for our fellow Christians but for all of humanity. Happiness with what we have and who is in our lives. Peace in our hearts, which results in no anger towards others. Patience to not allow ourselves to become angry or envious, but to approach those that are this way in a way that disarms them and opens their hearts to the Truth. Kindness to those in need of comfort. Goodness in every aspect of our lives. Faithfulness not only to God but to those that we ask to apart of our lives. Which allows us to be gentle to all. And above all is the ability to have control over our own bodies and not be tempted by or into sin.

God Bless

  • *- indicates I went into detail with these definitions in the podcast

Blog for Podcast #22 (Light and Darkness


Intro

Welcome again to another broadcast. This is Dreamwalker1960. Before I get started. I would like to encourage any of you out there listening to click on the “follow” button on which ever platform you are using to listen to these podcasts .

Discussion

As you may have noted I didn’t entitle this podcast light verses darkness. Per verses within the Bible I should but I can’t.

What are these verses to start with?

James: 4:4 – You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

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.”

Those who seek to live a righteous life will seek to not only be the light but to live within the light.

Ephesians 5:1-14 – Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. 3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible……

These verses when read in the KJV bring to mind the parable of the ten virgins. Within it, it states that all those that were wise and foolish became tired as they waited for the bridegroom to come. They all fell asleep. There is also the implication that this is also due to it becoming dark. For the bridegroom came at midnight, which is the darkest time of the night.

So all allowed darkness to overwhelm them to some degree, because they permitted themselves to get distracted, to tire and then to slumber. It is clear due to the mentioning of the oil that all the virgins are those that have become saved and were blessed to receive the Holy Spirit. For the oil is described throughout the Bible as an anointing. So this parable is describing those that are the brides of Christ.

The implication is that His return would be so long in the waiting that darkness would descend upon the realm of humanity, until it reaches its darkness point, at which time Christ would return.

We are in this dark period now. How close to midnight we are in some sense can be seen by those that are watching and listening. These verses we have just read give us insight to a degree of those that live in the darkness. We can also judge by events that affect the body of Christ. As an example the removal of God from the American School systems. This has resulted in many in today’s world not even knowing what is written within the Bible itself. Nor do they have any understanding of who Jesus Christ is and why He went to the cross and then truly rose from the dead on the third day. They have been taught that this is all mythology. If you wish to explore this part of this message, please look to my previous broadcast “When a Myth is Not a Myth.”

As this nation, which I see as the last stronghold of the pure Christian faith, is besieged from outside and within. I see that we are quickly approaching midnight and we are in the darkness. It is now that we should be more prepared than ever to await for the call at midnight. It is now that we should shine the light of our lives upon the world. Exposing their evils as best we can. Understanding all the time the darkness will endure to the sorrow of millions.

Even though all the virgins were asleep in the parable that does not mean we are all to sleep now. For we are told to be vigilant. (1 Peter 5:8; Mark 13:33) You do this by having an active relationship with Christ. We must make an effort to remove those things that are seen as evil from our lives, and not to condone and accept them, as the verses of Ephesians makes clear. I will quote them again:

6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.

It is this condoning that is why we can without a doubt identify this time we are now in as the age of the lukewarm. Not only the excusing of sins in others but allowing this deficient attitude to permeate the body of Christ. From not separating ourselves from those who openly flaunt their sinful natures about us all. To not teaching our children the truth about Jesus Christ and why He became the ultimate sacrifice of all of humanity.

When reading Revelation we come to those standing before the throne of God. They are all dressed in white. Their number is uncountable. It also says these are those that came from the Tribulation. (Revelation 7:9-14)

Do you understand what that is saying?

It is saying that millions if not billions will turn to God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ DURING the Tribulation. Not before. During. Why? Because many of them fell asleep and didn’t have their oil ready. While the others will come to see the truth of God and come to know His Son who died for all of humanity that is willing to listen to His teachings within the Bible. The sad thing about this though is that they must be killed by those that reject God and His Son Jesus Christ.

Now once again I return to verse 5:10 of Ephesians, except this time we will explore it further with the KJV:

“Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.”

Proving – G1381 – dokimazo – to test (literally or figuratively); by implication, to approve, allow, discern, examine [Strong’s]

Acceptable – G2101 – euarestos – fully agreeable [Strong’s]

So this is calling upon the person that calls themselves a “Christian” to act. For them to use their knowledge of God’s plans and desires through the use of the Bible. To examine a situation or a person and conclude if it is right within the pretext of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

So we are to be attentive to the wishes of our Savior at all times. Not just when it is convenient. This brings to mind these verse from 1 Thessalonians

Chapter 5:14 – 23 – Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.

16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil.

23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

These verse verify that we are to have an active part in our relationship with Jesus Christ. You can’t leave it all up to God. You must strive to help yourselves have a clean and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior.

For without our part in this relationship we are not the light. And without the light shining upon the darkness, it will spread and get ever darker as it is now.

Why?

Because most that call themselves “Christian” are not following these teachings. This is not me saying this. This is the world about us saying this. It is the riots saying this. It is those in power flaunting their positions over us, saying this. It is the closing down of churches saying this. It is those calling God and His Son myths saying this. It is those of the world laughing at those that call themselves “Christians,” saying this.

For if God were in the hearts of most of humanity it would reflect the teachings within the Bible. I lived in the days when this reflection did exist. When people treated others with tolerance, and not hatred. They gave the other person a chance. Violence was there, for evil can never be totally removed. But it was not the mainstay as it is now. The darkness is spreading. For only light comes from God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, and its evidence is diminishing. Which is saying we are approaching midnight. The Lord Jesus Christ is soon to return and all glory be unto Him. Hallelujah and Amen.

God Bless. 

Blog for Podcast #21 (The Bitter Pill)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960.

This is a fair warning. Today’s message is going to make many of those who listen uncomfortable, upset and even angry. I challenge those that get this way to stick through to the end.

Discussion

Proverbs 13:24 – He who spares his rod [of discipline] hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines diligently and punishes him early. (Amplified Bible classic)

I started this message with this Bible verse for a reason. Many are raising their children today without spanking them. As a result they become spoiled, selfish, arrogant and self-serving. However, this is not just about how a child is raised. This is about how the Bible is being taught to those that come into the buildings called “churches.”

Many go into these buildings and they are given a sugarcoated image of salvation. They are given teachings that make them happy and joyous. Then people on the dais say come down and kneel down here and ask Jesus into your heart and into your life. So they do come down and ask Jesus Christ into their hearts. Not realizing that they were just given a participation trophy.

What is worse of all is that Jesus does come into their lives. Jesus never turns His back upon any who ask for Him to come into their lives. Then people falter and fall away. People say, “Well then they were never truly saved.”

Those that say this, just called God a liar. God through His Son who died upon the cross for all never turns His back on any who ask for Him to come into their lives. So God and Jesus Christ are there for any and all. If they come to Him with a sincere heart He will answer and be there for them.

What is at fault is the sugarcoating. This sugarcoating coating is described in one major Christian sect as “once saved always saved.”

Now I wish to make this perfectly clear. Jesus Christ died for all humanity upon the cross. Christ suffered the whip which tore His skin to shreds and destroyed His muscles to the point that His ribcage was exposed. He bore all of this for all of us, even those that will never accept Him.

The ones that hurt Christ and His Father the most though are those that accept Him and then go about their lives as if Christ is not a part of it.

1 Corinthians 6:19 -20 – Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

A Few weeks back I had an encounter on my Facebook page, which I have established for this podcast. In this exchange the person showed that he only believed in the manmade doctrine of “once saved always saved.” He assumed that I did not read several verses that he offered up to show that this doctrine was the true way into heaven. I countered with the words of Jesus Christ Himself from John 15 verses 1-6.

He laughed at the words of Christ.

He laughed at God.

I often wondered why the Glorified Christ would spit out the lukewarm of Revelation 3:16. To be spit out gives a strong meaning as if it is so distasteful you almost feel like vomiting, so you spit it out as quickly as possible. I no longer speculate as to why anymore.

Why am I so harsh?

Because we are in the end times. We are in the last days and Christ is soon to return. There is no time for sugarcoating. It is time to take the bitter pill and swallow or perish.

Matthew 25:1 – 12 – “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids (or virgins) who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ 7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ 12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’”

The “Kingdom of Heaven” is those that have asked Jesus Christ to become their Savior. Christ due to His love for all of humanity accepts them. So those that accept Him become a part of the Bride which is the true church. They are washed clean and become as virgins to sin.

The oil is the Holy Spirit. We can only keep the Holy Spirit within us is if we honor our body which is a vessel for the Holy Ghost, as mentioned before. We can only honor it by keeping it clean. Free of sin thus a virgin.

Time and again we are told within the Bible to honor God, to not sin, to have self-control. All the letters that form the New Testament say this in some form or another after the book of Acts.

These letter are the instruction manuals for those that have turned their bodies into the property of God. They are the ways we are to treat that which belongs to God, who is the Holy of Holies. We are the vessel of the Holy Spirit.

Do you grasp the meaning of that?

Our bodies which are called corruptible. Have been turned into a holding tank for something that is incorruptible. However we are told we cannot be given an incorruptible body until we are called into the heavens to be with Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:53 – For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

If we are corruptible, which means immoral. How can we contain something that is moral, something that is pure, and something that is holy?

We are tasked through the New Testament to seek after holiness, also known as righteousness. We are told to gain self-control. We are instructed to turn away from sin.

Those that embrace the belief of “once saved always saved,” do not seek after self-control. They say:  “I am good to go. I can do as I please because I have Jesus Christ in me.”

They believe they can curse and live in sin. They think they can live their lives as they deem is right. Never considering the will and desires of their Creator. Defiling the Holy Spirit within them.

1 Corinthians 3:16 -17 – Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Since we are corruptible. We must make an active effort to keep our temple clean and pure so it can hold the Holy Ghost within it. That is why when the foolish bridesmaids ask for the wise ones to share their oil. The wise ones reply there is only enough for themselves. For their filling of the Holy Ghost is exclusive to themselves and not to others. You cannot surrender unto others what is given unto you by God.

Now there will be those that challenge what I have said here. There will be those that again say that these people were not saved in the first place.  There will be other that say and will still insist that they are saved and welcome to come into heaven. I am a servant to God. These are not my words. I am merely a messenger. A tool being manipulated by the Holy Ghost.

The implication within the parable of the ten virgins. Is that half of those that call themselves “Christian.” Those that belief they live a Christian life. Will find themselves still here upon the earth, when the trumpet blows calling the rest into the sky to meet Jesus Christ.

At the end of the parable Jesus say “Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”

This is said by Christ earlier in Matthew.

Chapter 7 Verses 21 – 23 – Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

They prophesied, they cast out devils and they did wonderful works. (Mark 16:18; John 14:11-13) None of this is doable without the Holy Spirit being within the corruptible. Yet they allowed that which is corruptible to dominate and control, to diminish and extinguish that which is holy. As a result Christ denies them entry into heaven at the rapture saying “I know you not.” Or as shown here in chapter seven:  “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Their oil is lacking. Their lamp has burned out. The Holy Ghost has left, because it cannot be in that which is sullied. The branch is broken off of the Vine that is Jesus Christ and is cast into the fire.

They were saved, they were a part of the Vine. You cannot be of the Vine if you are not saved.

John 15:4 – 6 – Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.

We are called to action here. We are tasked to keep Christ within us. We ae told to live a righteous life. To keep ourselves free of sin. For when we embrace sin we allow ourselves to wither become useless to Jesus Christ. So as is stated earlier in John 15 God Himself removes us from our salvation which is found within the Vine which is Jesus Christ.

So there is no such thing as “once saved always saved.” For as is shown in verse 6 those that do not remain within a righteous live is removed from Jesus Christ. As is shown in the KJV they are gathered up by men, otherwise known as the world. So they return to where they came from. The world of sin, which leads to the fire where they are burnt.

2 Peter 2:20 -22 – For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

God Bless

Blog of Podcast #20 (Those who wish to lead must serve)


Intro

Welcome again to another Bible Study and I am Dreamwalker1960

In last week Podcast I mentioned Matthew 20:25-28. Due to the length of last week’s study I could not look deeper into those verses. So today that is what we will do.

Discussion

Matthew 20:25-28 – “But Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.’”

In these verses two things are established. How those that are of the world rule over people, and how Christ wishes Christians to rule over themselves. When looking at those in places of power today we can see that many live in the former role and not the latter role. This tells us a lot, and is why this study is important to come to an understanding with.

First and foremost. These are the words of Jesus Christ Himself. He knows that this is how it will be from the way it is then to the way it is now. So people can say they are “Christian.” However, if they flaunt their authority and lord it over those that are under their influence then they are of the world and so cannot be called “Christian,” even if they say they are.

James 4:4 – You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

Now that we have established this line in the sand. We can now continue with this Bible study.

Let us go verse by verse in the KJV:

Verse 25 – But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

Exercise dominion – G2634 – katakyrieuo – to lord against, i.e. control, subjugate [Strong’s]

  1. Subjugate – to defeat people or a country and rule them in a way that allows them no freedom [Cambridge Dictionary]

Exercise authority – G2715 – katexousiazo – to have (wield) full privilege over [Strong’s]

  1.   Privilege – an advantage that only one person or group of people has, usually because of their position or because they are rich

So those of the world because they are in a place of authority and are rich wish to rule over those they see as below them and to rule over them by taking away their freedoms. Because they see themselves as better than them for the mere fact they are rich and are in power. Does any of this sound familiar?

Verse 26 – But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

Great – G3173 – megas – big [Strong’s]

Minister – G1249 – diakonos – an attendant, i.e. a waiter (at table or in other menial duties) [Strong’s]

Verse 27 – And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Chief – G4413 – protos – foremost (in time, place, order or importance) [Strong’s]

Servant – G1401 – doulos – a slave (literally or figuratively, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency) [Strong’s]

  1. Subserviency – Subordinate in capacity or function.

So those within a Christian based group or government that seek to lead must see themselves not as master or leader. They must see themselves has the servant to those they are place in over. The people’s needs come before their own wants or desires.

As has been previously established in the preceding podcasts we are in the era of the lukewarm church. Also, as shown in previous broadcasts we are in the latter part of this era. Which again brings us to 2 Timothy 3:1-5

1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

Now, when you combine verse 25 of Matthew 20 with these verses we can start to establish a clear image of those in places of power, be it in the government, news media and even entertainment, that conform to what is shown in these verses.

Jesus establishes a way for us to approach those that fit into this description. First and foremost, we are to turn away from these people from the world and to separate ourselves from them. This includes inviting them into your household upon the television screen and social media platforms. This also means that if it is within your power to make it possible to not allow them form attaining a place of power. In the United States of America that is called the election process. If they are in power, you vote them out of office. Or not allow them to get into office when there is evidence that they fit within those described in 2 Timothy 3.

Now since the mainstream media at this time does fit within the parameters for 2 Timothy. How are you to seek out a true image of who falls within these verses in the government and entertainment. You seek out alternate sources of information. I myself turn to YouTube. Where I have found multiple alternative sources. Also never accept anything anyone says without investigating it yourselves.

I have left behind most modern areas of entertainment. I do not partake of sports, or watch TV series or modern movies for the most part. Instead I watch movies that are decades old. I also read a lot. I am not here to influence what or how you watch, or who you vote for. Expect where the Bible itself says you are to do so. And yes the Bible does tell you how to vote or watch TV.

If you are to remove yourself form those that lord their power over you and act in ways listed in 2 Timothy 3. Then you should not vote or support any that fall into this category.

But here is your dilemma.

The main stream media (MSM), have shown themselves as something to turn away form as mentioned before in my series “the many faces of the selfish god.” So if they cannot be trust to give you the truth, that would imply that they lie. If they are liars then what are they lying about?

I leave that for you to figure out.

Understand this. All I am doing here is teaching the truth that is found within the Bible. There are those that are showing themselves to be of the world, and as Christians we are to not become involved with those that follow after the lusts for worldly wealth and power. For they are placing and seeking their treasures here upon the earth. Where we as Christians are told to establish our riches in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-21)

We as Christian do not live in and for the world but for God through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. So we must follow what the Bible say about such things as to who is to lead.

As shown in Matthew 20 if they are truly Christian they will act as a servant to the people. However, we cannot count upon that alone. We have to come to an understanding of important factors that can cause things to go per the plan of God. Plans that in turn allow certain leaders to come to power. (Daniel 4:17; Romans 13:1)

A prime example of this is Adolf Hitler. He truly qualified  as the “lowliest of men.” However, God placed him in power over Germany. As a result World War II and the great Holocaust occurred. Nevertheless, a fulfillment of prophecy took place because he came to power. That was the return of the nation of Israel to the world of men. (Ezekiel 39:27)

Does this mean, if it is in our power to peacefully remove those that lead with the mentality of the world within them. We should do so? Most definitely. The one nation that undeniably has this ability is the United States of America. However since those of the world will do anything in their power to maintain control due to their lusts and desires we must be weary that they will lie and cheat to accomplish their wants. Then if they cannot get their way they will go to extremes to ensure that they will return to power if they are not removed in such a way that will prevent this from occurring.

Nevertheless, we must be willing as the children of God to accept what is, when it comes to situations like this. For God’s plan is beyond our understanding and the return of Jesus Christ is near.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast # 19 (Forced Righteousness)


Intro
Welcome again to another study of the Bible. I am Dreamwalker1960.
Today’s podcast will be longer than usual, but the message that is within it is very important to hear. So let’s get into it.
Discussion
Today I wish to talk about something people have not heard described in this fashion. It is “forced righteousness.”
What is “forced righteousness?”
It is what most people have experienced in going to the buildings called “churches.” Especially those raised in a religious household. Please note I am using wording like “religious.”
This is one of the biggest problems with the relationship between God and humanity that is causing the creation of what is called the “lukewarm church,” or more appropriately the “apostate church.” Which explains why we are in the era of the lukewarm as defined in the letters to the seven churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.
Let us define the word “apostate” so we can have a clear understanding of where I am going within today’s Bible study.
Apostate or apostasy is an act of refusing to continue to follow obey or recognize a religious faith per Merriam-Webster.
But what can cause this to take place?
The answer: Forced righteousness.
Forced righteousness occurs most commonly from the children of a religious household as I mentioned before.
Now again I say “religious.”
Why is this?
Being religious is an act of going through the motions and behavior associated with a religion. This religion can be of any type. From Buddhist, to Muslim, to Shinto, to Jewish, to Christian. A prime example can be seen in one of the oldest Christian based sects, the Catholic Church. Here we see ceremonies, rituals and actions that are repeated time and again. Now don’t get me wrong. There have been some great people that are truly Christian that have come from within the Catholic Church. It is the religiousness that is the issue, not the faith.
It is the religiosity of a religion that is causing forced righteousness.
People fall into a routine. Just going through the motions. Then they have children in most cases. These children are taken to church and indoctrinated to the rituals. Yet no one in most cases truly explains to them the reason why this is being done. They assume they will just come to know why they are going to church. Which is the act that Jesus Christ did for all that Passover day just under two thousand years ago. So, they slowly, due to being forced into a righteous existence, rebel against it, because they really don’t truly understand.
This is why it is so important when choosing a religious leader. If their children rebel and misbehave the Bible states this religious leader must be replaced if their rebellion can be traced back to this leader. Yet I hear of stories where this rarely if ever happens in today’s age. Why must they be replaced? Because if they are not teaching their children the true relationship between God and humanity, which in turn causes them to rebel against the religion. Then how can they be a good shepherd to a flock of church goers needing true guidance to God.
But back on the main topic.
Those that live in a religious household see how their parents live and act. They see the weakness of humanity. They see the sin that may enter into their homes, which creates doubt within the minds of these children. As they grow into adulthood, they question religion due to what they have witnessed firsthand from their role models.
The main issue is that a relationship with God through Jesus Christ is not something that can be addressed with religious behavior. It is a personal relationship with the Creator of all. However, how can they establish a relationship if all they have known, in their lives, is the rituals and motions of religiousness? Thus, when they are told that they must live a righteous life without sin. They have no true concept of how to truly live an active vibrant, yet righteous existence.
Why? Because no one truly explained to them about who God is. About who Jesus Christ is, and how He can affect their life and all of humanities lives by His willing sacrifice upon the cross.
All they know is forced righteousness.
They are told they must know this. They must do that. Never having anyone just sit down with them and explain why it is necessary why they are required to do these things.
They are not given the option or even the opportunity to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Yes, they are told of Him. Yes, they are given opportunities to accept Him. But has someone set them down and truly explained to them the torment and anguish Jesus experienced the moment He was arrested till the moment He died upon the cross? Did they describe to them the destruction to His back the whip caused, which was a major reason He was unable to carry His cross out of Jerusalem?
Many don’t even understand that it is not rituals that form the relationship for as the Bible states rituals without faith is death as witnessed in Matthew 6:5-15. However, it also states that faith without works is death, as explained in James 2:14-26. It is a combination of works and faith, not one or the other.
Works done with the true Holy Spirit do not include rituals. They are actions of faith. Like helping those in need. Trying to explain how messed up and unnecessary religious rituals are that causes a forced righteousness is an example of a work in faith.
Communion and the baptism in the name of Jesus Christ are the only ceremonies given to us by Jesus Christ. So they are all that is required in the realm of rituals.
Due to a forced righteousness many go through life saying they are Christian. Living a life, they believe is righteous, and in some cases this may be so. Yet when you look into their lives you see it rampant with sin, or lacking a crucial element, a relationship with Jesus Christ. They believe they are saved when they have not even genuinely sought out their Savior. They are living in an apostate life without even knowing they are.
Living in religion doesn’t make you holy. None can make this boast even those that know their Savior and do strive to have a righteous life. For all mess up and sin at some point in their life. It is this element that makes it hard to establish if you are living a life formed from forced righteousness or a true relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Being indoctrinated into a religion, thus making someone go through the motions of a religious lifestyle does not a Christian make. It makes them religious but not truly righteous. For true righteousness comes from faith and faith comes from knowing the existence of God and the belief there in. For living a religious life is like living in the Law of Moses, which we no longer need to do.
Romans 3:21-26 – But now God has shown us a way to be made right with Him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He, Himself is fair and just, and He makes sinners right in His sight when they believe in and accept Jesus as their Savior.
It is this faith that is key to our ability to identify ourselves as “Christian.” Without this faith and in turn relationship with Jesus Christ and His Father our Creator a person cannot truly call themselves this title. Yet millions do call themselves this, yet they do not truly qualify for this designation. Because they lived their lives in a forced righteousness, thinking they are “Christian” when they are not truly so.
Is this fully their fault?
That is the dilemma. Each person has a different experience with their relationship or lack thereof with Jesus and His Father, God. For many that don’t have a relationship it goes back to having grown up in a household that professed to be religious. They grew to hate what they were seeing and being forced to do. So, they rebelled against this. Why? Because they perceived it to be authoritarian to some degree. In a religious environment that is very possible. However, that is not what is offered by Jesus Christ through believe in Him and His Father.
We are offered freedom. A freedom that was so crucial to people that a few hundred years ago hundreds then thousands fled the countries of their origin. To seek out a new world free of the doctrines and demands laid upon them by the churches and governments they left behind that were filled with forced righteousness. A freedom that was so important to them that when the parent nation they fled tried to impose restrictions upon them they revolted and started a new nation. A new nation with God’s ideals at the forefront. Ideals for this freedom, though not fully attainable for all at first, was their ultimate goal. For through their belief in God, again for the most part, is what inspired these people. Why?
Because they knew that for freedom to be achieved. There must be individual freedom to seek out God or not to seek out God, and not to be locked into a ridged system of rules and rituals. Which in time would become mandates and then laws.
However, due to forced righteousness this nation lost its way. Once causing a Civil War to occur to help return it to a course of freedom for all. Nevertheless, they never removed the forced righteousness, blinded by their own views and in some cases lusts and desire as well as greed. As a result, this mentality of not teaching their youth to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and through Him His Father. This nation faulted and pulled further and further away from whom they sought to honor and worship in the first place. Now due to not setting down with their children and causing them to come to understand the truth and reality of what took place upon the cross, they are in turmoil.
Due to forced righteousness they allowed people to come to a place of power that did not seek it out of duty but out of lust. For the Bible states that those that wish to lead must have a servant’s heart. (Matthew 20:25-28) Instead many in places of responsibility are there to control and dominate. Their hearts and souls never truly seeking to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ His Son and our Savior for they are of the world and not of God.
Because of forced righteousness “they will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly…….. (2 Timothy 3:5)

God Bless

Blog for podcast #18 (When a myth is not a myth)


Intro
Welcome to another podcast as we try to come to an understanding of what is within the Bible. Once again this is Dreamwalker1960
Discussion
A myth occurs 150 years after an event was fact. That is what scholars say. A prime example has been seen in this realm very recently. There are those that say Abraham Lincoln was a racist. There are those that say he was a member of the Democrat Party. Both of these things are a myth. He was a member of the Republican Party and it was due to his efforts that slavery was ended. You cannot be a racist if you wish to have all people treated the same thus his desire to end slavery. As a result a Democrat named John Wilkes Booth shot him in the back of the head at close range.
Now why bring up this point about myths?
What causes them?
First and foremost. Those that were alive when the events occurred or when the person lived to counter the “myth,” are no longer around to dispute the fantasy made within it.
Again, why bring this up?
The first solid evidence of the letters that would become the New Testament date to around eighteen years after the crucifixion of Jesus upon the cross. Many people were still alive to verify or deny what is written within the first five gospels of the New Testament due to this fact.
None came forward to deny what is within them.
Archeologist have found and verified several of the locations mentioned in these books.
Historian have found written documentation of the existence of Jesus called Christ outside of the Bible. An example of this is the historian Josephus.
This adds up to saying that Jesus is not a myth, nor is what He did a myth. He did rise from the dead and was seen by many for up to forty days after His resurrection. The day of His resurrection He walked with two of His followers who didn’t even realize it was Him due to God’s design. (Mark 16:12; Luke 24:13-31)
Here is the challenge to us that live in this time of turmoil. A time that shows the fulfillment of prophecy given by Jesus as well as His disciples. We see about us that the behavior of people as described in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 are all about us. We see many about us saying that come in the name of Christ, but instead of teaching the Bible they tell you to seek after riches here in this life we now live. Which is opposite the teachings of Christ Himself who said to place our treasures in the realm that is beyond this life we now live. (Matthew 6:19-21)
It is in these times that Christ said he would spew from Him those that lived in both the world and in the church, known as the lukewarm.
So since Jesus Christ is not a myth, even though unseen at this time. Does this mean we can live our lives separate from what the Bible teaches? The answer is no.
We must turn away from the world and all that it offers and to seek after God through Hs Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible teaches us how to live our lives. It tells us what is a sin and to leave all sin behind us.
If you cannot turn from what is called a sin yet parade about as if you are of the Bride. Than you are counted amongst the “lukewarm.”
Since we have an active role in where we stand or don’t with God. It is our duty if we truly profess to be Christian to end all sin in our lives. Sins that will in many cases cause us personal anguish. We will have to endure emotional pain, and we will cry. However we must endure this pain if we are to see the promised reward of enteral life.
A few years ago someone whom I call a friend, tried to tell me that the world is not black and white, but it is grey. Now you have to understand why I mention this. This person was the pastor of the church I was attending. To have the spiritual leader of a church say the world is grey is truly sad. It is also another reason I have a distrust of the buildings called “churches.”
Earlier I mentioned Matthew chapter 6. Let me continue form that chapter just a few verses later then I a mentioned a bit ago.
Verse 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.”
Our life as Christians is a black and white existence. We cannot cling onto a sin and at the same time attempt to cling to God. The one thing Jesus disliked the most when He walked amongst us was the hypocrisy he encountered. Especially form those that professed to be the spiritual leaders of Israel. When you live in hypocrisy you are within the realm of the lukewarm.
As I have established in my earlier lesson on the chronological order of the letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation chapters 2 and 3. We now live in the time of the lukewarm church. We are in the last letter and so are at the end of the church era. This signals that we are in the end times as I showed with my lessons on 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (The Many Faces of the Selfish god).
It is now that we must become more steadfast and more rigid in our beliefs. But not to the point that we would cause those seeking salvation to turn away from God.
Many, especially those under 40 have no true understanding of God or His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. They have been told that God and Jesus are fairytales. That They are a myth. As I have established above. Jesus was no myth. So what is told within the first five books of the New Testament are not a fiction, but historical fact.
Jesus is the Son of God who did walk the earth two thousand years ago. At this time if we look back upon those two thousand years, He would be 20. In ten more years He would begin His ministry which would ultimately lead to His crucifixion and then resurrection three days later.
Jesus never committed any sin. Ever. And was a virgin and pure. Spotless.
Many will scoff at this. They will say none can do that. If He were only human you would be right. No human can go sin free. However, Jesus was not nor even was human. He was God made flesh. To bear witness to the sinful nature of humanity. His flesh was made homely on purpose so those that looked upon Him would scoff and deny His words.(Isaiah 53:2) Just as those that are listening or reading this are scoffing. For they do not understand these concepts I am trying to get them to understand.
The only way we can enter into an eternal life. A life that will last billions upon billions of years is by accepting the reality of what you have been told is not a myth. No one waited 150 years to tell these stories about Jesus. Which would mean they would have been written in approximately 180 A.D. to 210 A.D. We have examples of written parchments dating from 50 A.D. and onward. The book of Revelation the last book of the Bible is said to have been written in the 90s A.D. well before the time when a myth would be written. What is even more important is that it was written by someone who actually walked and talked with Jesus before and after His death and resurrection.
Do you start to understand the import of that last sentence?
Someone who could deny the Bible finished the Bible 60 years after Jesus left. Always professing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and went to the cross for all of our sins and for everyone’s sins. (1 John 1:1-3) That is why it is important to turn away from sin and to seek after a righteous life in the name of Jesus Christ.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast # 17 (Who Causes the turmoil in our lives? [Part 2 Conclusion])


Intro
This is Dreamwalker1960 and welcome to another podcast about the Bible.
Today we continue our look into who causes the turmoil in our lives.
Discussion
James 1:12-15 – God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
Temptation comes from our own desire.
In the KJV it says “lusts.” – G1939 – epithymia – a longing (especially for what is forbidden) desire, lust (after) [Strong’s]
We are tempted by our own weakness. Our corrupt body we are stuck with until we die or are taken into the sky and given an incorruptible body in its stead.
This is what we must learn to have self-control over. This is our part in this relationship with God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Why did James write these words if we don’t have to do anything but just become saved?
This is one of the things many don’t understand.
These letters that form the New Testament were sent to people who had become saved. They were part of the body of Christ. They were counted amongst those that are called the bride.
Many today do not understand this simple concept with the Bible. They believe they can live their lives as they see fit just because one day they said “Jesus is my Savior.” Then went about their lives as if nothing changed except going to church on Sunday and singing a few songs.
We have an active part to play in our relationship with God and His Son.
Because if we do not seek to be righteous then we will falter and fail and as the verse itself states die once again in the sight of the Lord.
“These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”
We are told that we will be put through tough times. We are told that if there is no discipline then we are not worthy of the effort. If you go through life and experience no trials or tribulations are you truly saved?
If we go through trials it is for our ultimate good that we go through these times. We are told to rejoice for in being placed through these trials we know that we are counted amongst those that in time will inherit the eternal life that is yet to come. If someone does not suffer these tribulations then we are told these people are not counted amongst those that will inherit eternity with God and His Son Jesus Christ.
We are told that after the Great White Throne Judgment as shown in Rev. 20:11-15. There will be a new universe as seen in Rev. 21. What does this mean to us? Only God knows the answer to that question. I do know without any doubt that we will not be limited to an existence just found upon this new earth. The fate of being placed in one location is known for a group of people. For it is the fate of those that are to live their eternal life in the Pit of Fire. Yes I said “their eternal life.” For all humanity will have an eternal life. It will just be in one of two distinct ways. Those that are the children of God will not have the fate of those that reject God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. So those that experienced the death mentioned in verse 15 will be experiencing only a spiritual death that will lead them ultimately to the Pit of Fire. Their holding place at this time, for those that have left this life, is known as hell.
We are all given free will. We are all given the opportunity to accept God and His Son. No one is rejected from the chance to choose to accept or deny God. However, there are those that never known of this choice. Those that are of that group will be judged upon their earthly behavior, because they never knew or heard of God or His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Unlike most that live in the world today who have heard of God. For all have within them a sense of what is good or bad. This sense is magnified once we accept Christ. For we are given insight by God through His Son and the filling of the Holy Ghost, as well as what is taught within the Bible. Those that never knew of God or His Son will have their actions be their defense. If they lived a good life they will be welcomed into the family of God. If they lived an evil life, they will join those that reject the Creator of all. And as I said a few moments ago that does not include most that live in today’s world. For only a small amount of people that live in isolated areas of the world qualify as never having heard of God or His Son our Savior.
But I have gotten off track.
It is our lusts that causes us to take our eyes off of Christ. It is our lack of self-control that causes the turmoil in our lives. It is our unwillingness to accept these facts that if left alone we will fall from our salvation and lead us away from God and His Son toward the darkness of the world and then spiritual death.
What we need to understand and address is that we must accept that if the Bible says something is a sin it is a sin. It is something that we must turn away from to become righteous and holy. We must have a repentant heart, mind and soul. We must be willing to accept pain and sorrow in many cases if we are to reject sin.
Sin is temporal. It may give us a momentary time of exhilaration. That euphoria it causes doesn’t stay with us constantly. However, the fact that we sought after it and desire it more than we desire God does stay with us. Will we be able to rid ourselves of all sin? No. Nevertheless, we must strive and even struggle to purge sin from our lives. If this means we must leave a type of lifestyle that we enjoy in this earthly realm then that is what we must do.
Depending upon the type of sin we have within us that turns us away from God and our Savior, His Son, Jesus Christ. It may require extreme measures on our part. As an example alcoholism. Many if not all that suffer from this sin enter into Alcoholics Anonymous and go through this 12 step program to help them to gain self-control of this sin.
There are other sins where people have formed a relationship with another human. The pain required to end this sin in that moment can feel extremely painful and will bring you to tears. However, it is a line that must be crossed if we are to seek after true salvation. If we are to pursue righteousness.
Remember this one important fact. That Jesus Christ will be there for you. All you need do is ask, and to seek for Him in your heart, mind and soul as well as the pages of the Bible.
The very fact that Jesus allowed Himself to be arrest. The fact that Jesus spoke little when He was on trial. The fact that Jesus took the lashes to his back that tore His skin. Causing Him to bleed out so much that He could not carry His own cross out of Jerusalem. The fact that He went up onto the cross and died upon it. All of this was due to His love for all of humanity. If Jesus was so willing to endure so much pain and torture. How you can doubt Him or His Father?

God Bless

Blog for Podcast # 16 (Who causes the the turmoil in our lives?)


Intro

Welcome to another podcast. I am Dreamwalker1960
Today we will look at the event that occurred one stormy night on the Sea of Galilee.

Discussion
Matthew 14:25-33 – About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”
27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.
When we look at these verses in Matthew. This is what I see.
They all see Christ but think He is a spirit. This is twofold. One, Jesus is walking on the water. Two, Peter has to ask for clarification if He truly is Jesus. So not only is it due to Him walking on the surface of the sea, but His appearance is different to have made them question literally their sanity, and who He was.
Now let’s look specifically at Peter’s interaction with Jesus.
When Peter asks for this verification he asks as evidence that Christ ask Peter to come out to Him walking upon the water as well. Now as this is happening, Peter is looking at the Jesus Christ before him. He has his whole attention upon the Son of God. Peter only falters once he allows his attention to drift off of his Lord.
When this distraction occurs he starts to sink into the water. He cries out to Jesus who does come to his aid. Then they both enter the boat and the storm ends.
At this point all the disciples proclaim Him the Messiah.
So Peter sees Christ. Not Jesus the man, but Jesus the Son of God.
Then Peter requests a verification of Christ’s reality.
Then Peter responds in faith and walks toward Christ.
Peter then turns away from Christ and sees the waves and feels the wind then begins to sink or fall.
Peter cries out for help from Jesus when he sees his peril.
Christ helps him, but they leave where they are and return to something “normal.”
Christ also says to Peter that he has little faith.
Here I have provided seven elements of this encounter. Now let’s go even deeper into these components where God leads us.
The first place I feel we should go is to Peter’s faith.
Hebrews Chapter 11 said this about faith
1-3 – Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
Whomever wrote Hebrews goes on to give example after example of those that were highly regarded throughout the Old Testament and the Tanakh.
It is this basic reaction that comes from these three verses that we are going to go with here. Peter’s response to Christ’s simple answer of “Yes, come.”
While Peter’s full attention is still upon Jesus. He simply walks out of the boat, onto the tossing seas that stand between himself and Christ and walks over to Him.
It is only when Peter no longer has his focus upon Jesus Christ is when he falters and begins to sink. To us when we turn away from our focus upon our Savior, we start to fall away from Him.
Peter became aware of the world. We too in turn become aware of the world and it many turmoil’s, which are like unto a raging sea.
Peter began to sink into the dark waters. We fall away from the light of Jesus Christ and descend toward the distractions of the world about us, which is filled with darkness.
And so we come to the difference between Peter and many of us that have by faith accepted Jesus as our Savior. We have walked upon the waters of our worlds and walked up to Jesus our Savior. Then we let something distract us off of Christ and so we begin to sink, to fall.
Many do as Peter did. Realize their jeopardy and call out to Jesus Christ for His help. Many others do not.
Many get their feet wet. Others get their legs wet. Yet others get wet up to their waist. While others their chest. Then many to their neck. Then other. These others, never call out to Jesus. As a result they no longer bear fruit upon the vine of salvation. So in turn they drown.
Yes. They are lost.
It is here that some reading or listening will scoff, get angry. They will turn away from what is being said here.
They will say “God would never do that.” “God would not allow someone to turn their backs upon Him.”
I have shown time again throughout all of my teachings upon this topic that yes. God will allow us to do as we please. If we so decide to return to the world of sin, then we are free to do so.
God has given us freewill to do as we so desire. It is this desire that results in sin, in wars, in turmoil. Humanity creates its own pain. Its own horrors, not God.
That is shown time and again throughout the Bible. Does every person that is taught of righteousness in the Bible become the focal point of the Old Testament? Like those listed in Hebrews 11.
Abel heard and had faith. His brother Cain did not. Cain had the same choice to accept God but instead he chose himself and in turn killed his brother Abel.
Enoch heard and kept his eye upon God so strongly that God took him into heaven still alive, and is alive to this very day.
Noah showed such faith that he lived through the ridicule for building a boat nowhere near water. Yet those that were about him loved themselves so much more that they totally reject the very existence of God. Even though it is said that giants walked amongst them.
Abraham’s faith was so great that he was promised a nation so vast that those within it would be like counting the grains of sand on the beaches.
Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham kept their faith and their eye upon God.
Yet Cain turn his eyes away. Those that were not upon the arc of the flood had turned their eyes away from God. Are they saved? Are they counted amongst those in heaven?
If all kept their eyes upon God, then Eve would never have eaten the forbidden fruit and her and Adam would never have been ejected from the Garden of Eden.
People will accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. Then they will love their sins more than God. They will fall away and sink into the Sea of Galilee. To die once again.
2 Peter 2:20-22 – And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
Now as I said there are those that are saying God would not allow this. My response is this.
What did Jesus do when Peter called out?
Christ IMMEDIATELY grabbed Peter’s hand and helped him and returned him to something familiar.
God will never abandons us. It is not God that is allowing the fall. It is the person themselves allowing it. For Peter turned his attention to the storm, to the world.
God would not and will not allow it. We allow it. For we due to our freewill make our own choices, and our own fates.
It is we that decide if we are going to heaven or going to hell.
God wants us to be with Him. It is up to us to decide if we want to be there too.

God bless

Blog for Podcast #15 (The Many Faces of the Selfish god [part 3 Conclusion])


Intro

Welcome again to another podcast. This is Dreamwalker1960.
Today we conclude our look into 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

Discussion

Today we will start with looking into the 3 verse of this chapter, which is as follows:
“They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.”
They will be unloving and unforgiving
a. Unloving – without natural affection – G794 – astorgos – hard-hearted toward kindred [Strong’s]
b. Unforgiving – trucebreakers – G786 – literally without libation (which usually accompanied a treaty), i.e. (by implication) truce less [Strong’s]
b1) libation – Certain ceremonies require dumping a little bit of liquid, usually alcohol, onto the ground. It might seem wasteful, but it’s really a powerful symbolic act called a libation — and it’s worth every drop. (As in a peace treaty)
Those that have no love for their parents or their children is what this boils down too for the “unloving.” Many times this past year I have heard of more cases then I can remember of parents abusing and or killing their children. While on the other hand I hear constantly of young adults who show true distain for their parents. As for trucebreakers which are those that wish to remain in a state of war describes those that have gone into a war of words against the legally elected president of the United States, and refuse to this day to accept this man as the president of this nation. Be they civilian, politician or media, they are all showing themselves to be ‘trucebreakers’ to the detriment of this nation.
They will slander others – false accusers – G1228 – diabolos – a traducer, specifically – Satan [Strong’s]
a. Traducer – one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel
Again the media
no self-control – incontinent – G193 – akrates – powerless, i.e. without self-control [Strong’s]
Self-control is a key phrase that I keep running into in these studies. Again it points to the fact that we have an active part in our relationship with God. It is stating that we have a need to control our own desires and wants. Yes pray for guidance and help. But do not blame God or Jesus when we falter and fall. It is due to our own lack of self-control that we stumble not the Creators.
God is a constant. God is loving and forgiving. However, if we continue to live in this lack of self-control. As I pointed out in the first series of my podcasts. That once our braches which are upon the vine of salvation no longer bear fruit. God Himself will remove us from our salvation and cast us out to our human lust and desires which will ultimately lead to the fire of damnation. So we are to strive to maintain control of our human weakness that is and will remain in us until the day when the corruptible dawns the incorruptible.
They will be cruel – fierce – G434 – anemeros – not tame, savage [Strong’s]
This behavior is being played out nightly throughout several cities within the United States. However, this is only the visible example of this. There are concealed element at work that go unseen and try to stay hidden. This savagery struggles to stay secreted. For it knows that once it is drawn into the light, it will cause those that question where they stand in this struggle between good and evil, between God and Satan. They will see the errors of their ways and will turn to the Truth. And ask His forgiveness, which He will give it without a moment’s hesitation for that is why He went to the cross.
And hate what is good – despisers of those that are good – G865 – aphilagathos – hostile to virtue [Strong’s]
a. virtue – a good moral quality in a person, or the general quality of being morally good:
Again this is something that no longer is hidden to the world. We hear this daily for the main stream media. We see this from state governments that say it is alright to riot but you cannot gather to worship the Creator of all. Those that strive to maintain true order are looked down upon and ridiculed for those that wish to remove order and replace it with disorder.
This is all due to God no longer being the focal point of how we are taught. When God was removed from the schools in the 1960s. The United States has been going down this slippery slope, which has resulted in those that are described in these verses within the Bible. A fulfillment of prophecy becoming a reality before our very eyes.
2 Timothy 3 verse 4
“They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.”
They will betray their friends – traitors – G4273 – prodotes – (in the sense of giving forward into another’s [the enemy’s] hands); a surrender[Strong’s]
People whom you trusted will turn upon you and hand you over unto the enemy. An enemy can take many forms. But their goal will be to destroy your life and livelihood.
be reckless – heady – G4312 – propetes – falling forward, i.e. headlong (figuratively precipitate) [Strong’s]
a. precipitate – to make something happen suddenly or sooner than expected:
be puffed up with pride – highminded – G5187 – typhoo – to envelop with smoke, i.e. (figuratively) to inflate with self-conceit [Strong’s]
a. self-conceit – an exaggerated opinion of one’s own qualities or abilities
We see this in social media a lot. Due to people having the ability to hide who they are they go about throughout social media. Degrading and demeaning others who have an insight or fact that shows what is true to the world. They see themselves as knowing what is best for all, even if their ideals have been proven false time and again throughout history. When in reality they are no different than anyone else. Yet they do not see this nor care for they surround themselves with those that are just as high-minded and so are blind to the reality of the world and all that is within it. Thus blinding themselves for the truth of God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
Love pleasure rather than God – lovers of pleasures – G5369 – philedonos – fond of pleasure, i.e. voluptuous
a. Voluptuous – A voluptuous experience or object gives you a lot of pleasure because it feels extremely soft and comfortable or it sounds or looks extremely beautiful:
I find the best example of this is those that say they are Christian. Yet they openly live in a state of sin. Not seeing that they have chosen this sin over God and the teachings within the Bible. That says you must turn from these pleasures, which are sin, and place God the head of your life. Not this temporal pleasure that is fleeting.
Verse 5
“They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”
I see this in many buildings that call themselves “churches.” They have people in places of power that openly flaunt their sin yet they act pious and religious when they are nowhere near to their Creator nor His Son who willingly went to the cross sinless for their sake.
We are given one command by Paul in these verses.
“Stay away from people like that!”
In the KJV it is:
“From such turn away.”
In today’s world there are many ways we interact with people. It is ways that many of us don’t think twice about. It is this not thinking that causes many to not turn away from these people that we are told not to let into our lives or remove them from our fellowship.
Listening to this or reading this is a form of interaction. I am simply a messenger. A teacher of God’s Word. A student of the Bible. I am someone that you can interact with.
However, if you noticed this is the type of contact I am referring to. Having contact in social media with those that show hatred of the truth. Watching on the television those that demean and spread false accusations against anyone. Tolerating those that do anything listed in verses 2 – 5 is what we are told we must not do. We should not even listen to those in the news for they no longer provide facts, which is all they were originally supposed to do. We should seek alternate sources for our news. We should not spend money on types of entertainment that has those within it that live their lives in any manner like those listed in these verses. For we are interacting with them by giving them our money.
We need to examine our lives and look to see how we invite people into it. Through the television, the radio. Who we interact with in person, even to the stores we shop at.
Does this mean we should remove ourselves for all of society?
That depends on where you are with your walk with God through His Son our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. For our focal point should be God first. Then those we love that are within our lives. Then those in your Christian community. Then when we need to interact with the world, we should do so in a sparing manner and then those we have researched enough to know we are not adding to the evils of the world with our interaction. Yes this is difficult and many of you may be laughing at this. That is between you and God. I am not in this for my glory, but God’s. Through the only way into heaven and then eternal life. Which is my Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #14 (The Many Faces of the Selfish god [part 2])


Intro
Welcome again and I am Dreamwalker1960
Discussion

As we continue to look into 2 Timothy 3 verses 1-5. We look deeper into the different facets of the selfish heart.
Now why did I say heart? Even though Jesus was talking about eating at the time. His key point of what within us causes sin was the heart.
Matthew 15:19 – For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.
This is why it is important for us to have an active part in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ in our spiritual life.
Last week I keyed in on selfishness itself, and I have already explained in past lessons how we should deal with money in our lives. (“How should a wealthy Christian live?” Parts 1 and 2)
So we will continue further into verse 2 of the third chapter of 2 TImothy. As a reminder here is verse 2:
“For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.”
“They will be boastful and proud”
a. Boastful – G213 0 – alazon – braggart – boater [Strong’s]
a1) braggart – someone who proudly talks a lot about himself or herself and his or her achievements or possessions
b. Proud – G5244 – hyperephanos – appearing above others (conspicuous), i.e. (figuratively) haughty [Strong’s]
b1) haughty – unfriendly and seeming to consider yourself better than other people.
b2) conspicuous – very noticeable or attracting attention, often in a way that is not wanted
“Scoffing at God” – blasphemers – G989 – blaspjemos – scurrilous, i.e. calumnious (against man), or (specifically) impious (against God) [Strong’s]
a. Scurrilous – expressing unfair or false criticism that is likely to damage someone’s reputation:
b. Calumnious – false and damaging to someone’s reputation:
c. Impious – showing no respect, especially for God or religion

Now it is important to realize as I tried to make clear in the last podcast that selfishness has many faces, thus the title of these broadcasts. In the three items I just described we get a deeper look into these aspects of this sin which in my personal opinion is a core element that lead to sin. Due to our carnal nature we focus on our own wants and desires. As is shown with being boastful. The person repeats all their personal achievements for all to know that they are of import and have something to offer to the world.
I am also reminded of Adam and Eve. After eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge. They became aware of their own nakedness. They become ashamed as they noticed how they looked. See the focus there, it was upon themselves. Their own selfish desire not to be seen naked. Their own wants.
But to get back on track we turn to pride. As the word proud is defined in this verse it is someone that wishes to draw attention to themselves because they think they are greater and better than anyone else. In other words they see themselves as a type of god. We see these many times a day upon the news. Congress people and actors as a couple of examples. I could name names, but that is not within my job description.
Anyone who considers themselves greater than another human being. Is actually showing their ignorance of not only the Bible. But the laws within most of the civilized nations they live within. And sooner or later the bill will come due for their actions. This is something that we learn from the Bible, for it is where the golden rule came from. To do unto other as you would have done unto yourself. If you wish to be respected, you must give all others respect.
Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
Which brings us to the blasphemers. The three loving big words I gave the definitions for a bit ago. Words that say volumes and in a way tie in with being prideful. To go about saying that those that are Christian are racist. That their beliefs create division and destruction. The second oldest religion in the world. The first being Judaism, which is also smeared with the same derogatory descriptions and comments. If Christianity and Judaism are so evil how have they exited so long? Why have so many countries throughout history embraced this religion that follows the teachings of a carpenter? If Christianity is so evil then there should be no country that follows any part of it teachings within their laws, yet most laws that govern most nations have their foundation found within the Bible and the laws and teachings that are within it.
Yet still we have those that scoff at God. Because God does not like how they want to live their lives, because their lives go against the very laws that are within the Bible and make up the majority of laws they see they are forced to follow. Because how they live their lives is their right to live as they so deem to live it. Sounds very selfish doesn’t?
Disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful –
a. Disobedient – G545 – apeithes – unpersuadable, i.e. contumacious [Strong’s]
a1) contumacious – refusing to obey or respect the law in a way that shows contempt:
b. Ungrateful – unthankful – acharistos – thankless [Strong’s]
It is our parents that try to instill into us the need to obey. Usually they lay restrictions upon us for our protection as we grow toward adulthood. More and more we hear of parents that do not do this. Why? Because their parents surrendered their responsibilities to the state. Basically allowing the schools to be their true parent. As a result the children have no true respect for their natural parent. So they don’t listen to them and are disobedient. These children grow into adults that have no respect for anything. Especially the laws of the land, because all that is important to them is their own lusts and desires.
Many times the parents did the right thing or the best they could because of making a broken home due to their own issues. The children then grow into adulthood and blame the parents for all their problems. Most of which were not created by the parents, but the children themselves now adults and so blaming the parents falsely do not thank their parents for what they at least attempted to do.
Both descriptions I just gave you are the now typical examples of most households within the United States. These attitudes lead to the last description of verse 2.
They will consider nothing sacred – unholy – G462 – anosios – wicked [Strong’s]
a: wicked – morally wrong and bad:
What are morals?
1) Morals – standards for good or bad character and behavior:
Where did these “standards” come from in today’s society?
They came from the books of Exodus, Deuteronomy, and Leviticus. Then they were enhanced and modified by the teachings of Jesus Christ and His disciples. As Christianity spread throughout the world these standards went with it. We only have morality because of the Bible and the belief in a Creator of the universe who is our God.
We are in the last days. That is what the very first verse of 2 Timothy states we are to look for the signs that will show us that this is true. I have only just now finished breaking down the second verse of this chapter in which how people will behave in that end time act.
As I am showing at the core is selfishness. Which in turn causes people to look after their own wants and desires through the money they shall seek after for this is the focal point. They can only satisfy their own desires if they have the money to accomplish this lust.
They will sing praises of all their accomplishments to show to the world that they are great. At the same time hiding their true lusts which cause destruction to any that get in the way of their first desire, themselves. They will look upon everyone else as less than themselves. Seeing that they are the only ones that are right and all other views are evil and corrupt, for it does not fall in line with their lusts and desires. All the time demeaning anything to do with God and those that follow God as less than human. For they are the greatest beings upon this world for they are the true enlightenment. While at the same time parading children about as if they are adults ready to accept sexual encounters.
Does any of this sound familiar?
I have just described the last seven days since the last podcast. These are all events that transpired upon the Television and the Internet as well as Social Media. Does this not describe the last days?
For the return of the Lord Jesus Christ is near. More near than at any other time in history. For the entire world is included this time. Every nation throughout the globe is seeing these events transpire. At no other time in history as this ever happened upon a global scale. The United States was the last stronghold of God. It is under siege and it is falling. When it does woe unto the world. For that will most likely be the last straw that breaks that back of humanity.
But we are promised an escape from those horrific times. We must turn to the one who died in our names. Then on the third day rose from the tomb and walked amongst humanity for forty days. Preparing those of us that came after this great event for a way to escape the destruction that is described in the book of Revelation.
All we need do is accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and learn of the teachings within the Bible. Then to follow them and accept a moral life and to honor our fellow humans as our equals, be they sinner or saint.
God Bless.