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Blog for Podcast #99 (A person’s worst enemy in their salvation is themselves)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Now I need to restate the title of this podcast.

A person’s worst enemy in their salvation, other than Satan, is themselves.

Yes, you heard and read that correctly.

Before I continue, let us get some Biblical reinforcement:

Hebrews 6:4-6 – For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— 6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.

Now once again there are those listening or reading that are scoffing at what I said, even though I have read the Word of God.

Let that sink in… they think they are scoffing at me, but in reality, they just scoffed at God.

I have been attacked and challenged multiple times over this truth. They have thrown out that I don’t know what I am talking about. They have argued that their way is the only way. They have accused me of judging them.

As to the latter I will say this per the Bible once again:

2 Timothy 4:1-5 – I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

But enough foundation. It is time for an anecdote or two.

I now live full-time in an RV as guided by God to reduce my needs upon worldly wealth (Matthew 6:19-24).

It was this last Psalm Sunday and I had just finished shopping at Walmart and was occupied with sorting things out in the RV and getting a quick bite before continuing upon our journey.

Just before I was going to get going. A man pulls in front of my RV making it difficult for me to maneuver to get out of the parking lot. He was driving an expensive pickup with an automatic tailgate. He was also dressed in a suit. Since it was Sunday and shortly after noon, it was obvious he had just come from church.

I got out and confronted him for making it difficult for me to leave.

His retort was that it was a free parking lot.

I said this is a good day to act like a Christian and He stated:” Yes it is.” Implying I was not being Christian in my behavior, which I will concede may be partly true, for I am only human.

I stated That God Loved him and so do I. Then struggled to leave the parking lot, doing my best not to damage anyone’s property.

Christ said this:
Matthew 7:12 – “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.

Additionally, this man made his older friend walk 30 feet carrying a heavy golf bag.

Romans 12:16 – Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

2 Timothy 3:2 – For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Philippians 2:3 – Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

So, this man just came from church and behaved in a haughty selfish and self-serving attitude.

Now you are starting to see the truth within the Bible when it states salvation can be lost:

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.”

God was trying to get this man’s attention. I have prayed that he will eventually hear what God is trying to tell him.

When being a follower of Jesus Christ we are told, we must die to the self. That is why I state that our greatest enemy in our salvation is ourselves.

We are to be humble, placing the other humans before ourselves. The man I made reference to could have parked closer to his friend. Which was very doable. This would have been considerate to his friend carrying the golf bag, and would not have cause me any issues when leaving the parking lot.

The very first commandment is to place no other gods before God.

Too many assume this is a reference to idolatry. This is partly correct.

One thing people have to understand when it comes to understanding Hebrew is that every word has three meanings.

Therefore, we humans placing ourselves before anyone else is calling ourselves “god,” and placing us before our Creator. (Exodus 20:3)

Most in this world do this even if they say they are Christian or not. Thus making themselves their own worst enemy when it comes to seeking after eternal life.

Millions will come to this truth in the worst possible way. They believe themselves to be standing before God ready to be accepted into His presence when the first Rapture occurs.

They instead will find themselves left here in this temporal realm upon that day. Stunned in disbelief, for in their eyes they were Christian. Even though they lived their lives like the Pharisees

Luke 16:14-15 – Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

For they have lived their lives in what is seen as an abomination to God. Seeking only after their own self-glorification. Seeking after expensive pickups for example instead of using that money to spread the Gospel to the world.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 – Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

They shouldn’t be living to play golf or participate in any other activity that will take them away from their service to God. Sporting event, television, movies, etc. etc.

We are all guilty in this regard, we all fall short. For we have not been taught correctly how to be true followers of Jesus Christ. That is why even though through all I do for God I will be very surprised upon that day when the trumpets blow and shouts from heaven are heard and I find myself standing in the presence of God.

Matthew 7:13-14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

An additional part of being your own worst enemy is believing you can live in sin and still be one with God. This is an outright lie given by the god of this world who is identified in this verse:

2 Corinthians 4:4 – Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

He has deceived many.  Promising they can live as they wish in this world. He rewards and encourages them.

Yet Christ made it clear we will receive few if any rewards in this temporal realm. (Matthew 6:19-24) What He does promise us is hardship and pain for the world will hate those that are true to God through Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 2:10-12 – So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen. 11 This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him, we will also live with him. 12 If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us.

For our rewards are not promised in this short temporal existence but in the eternal life that is yet to be:

Matthew 5:11-12 – “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

Would you rather be a billionaire now or live billions of years with the true wealth of serving the Creator of this universe?

Jeremiah asked these questions:

Jeremiah 12:1 – LORD, you always give me justice when I bring a case before you. So let me bring you this complaint: Why are the wicked so prosperous? Why are evil people so happy?

As mentioned before in 2 Corinthians the answer is due to who is in control of this temporal realm: Satan. It he who rewards those that live carefree and with wealth in this temporal existence. If you are not persecuted for what you believe or teach, then you are not teaching the Word of God but the lies of Satan. Any living the high life and prospering here in the world, especially if they are hording it for themselves and not sharing it with those in need per 1 Timothy 6:17-19 are not serving God. They are serving themselves as per the example given in today’s study and the ruler of this temporal realm: Satan.

I will close with verses from 1 Timothy 6:

1 Timothy 6:3-10 – Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. 4 Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. 5 These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy. 6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #98 (My saddest podcast)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

One of my greatest realizations that came to me is how many people in this world are really followers of Jesus Christ. Once again, I turn to the Word of God to answer this revelation.

Matthew 7:13-14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

Right this moment someone is saying “halleluiah” to these verses. Believing with all their heart they are amongst those that enter in the narrow gate.

Most likely though, they are sadly mistaken.

Now they are shocked by what they just heard or read.

What right do I have to say this?

Honestly, I have none, but it is not me making this statement. I am following the insights given to me by the Holy Spirit. The comforter sent to us by Jesus Christ through His Father our Creator, God.

Now some further insight into the mentality of God:

Luke 16:14-15 – Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

Simply stated loving money. Seeking after it, luxuries, fancy clothes, expensive cars, seeking status here in the world is seen by God Himself as something that this an abomination. How can I say this?

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

Peter says this about those that become born again and then soon after return to the world which they said they were seeking to leave:

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.”

Right now, the ones that got upset that their salvation may be in question are now even more upset. They are getting angry at me. However, I have shown Bible verses. The Word of God. It is not me, but God speaking.  They are getting upset with the same realization I had been given by God.

Most in the world that profess to being “Christian” at this time, and as a matter of fact for centuries believed they were one with God but lived their lives like the Pharisees.

Yes, you heard or read that correctly, like Pharisees.

What this means is that the majority of those that right this moment professes to being “Christians” are on the highway not the road that is difficult.

The first and smallest rapture is soon to take place. On that day those that do not awaken to the truth. Those that profess to being “Christian” and find themselves still here in this temporal existence. In shock. Bewildered that God abandoned them and left them here.

The thing is they weren’t abandoned.

They abandoned God. They abandoned Jesus Christ. They abandoned their own salvation.

Now there are those laughing.

They are saved, they will always be saved. They haven’t been paying attention.

I personally wish they would listen. For I do not wish for them to be standing here on earth looking up in bewilderment as the last trumpet blasts and they find themselves still here.

However, I know this truth as well. Most will never acknowledge this truth. This is witnessed by what else…. The Bible, the Word of God:

Revelation 7:9-14 – After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. 12 They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

“After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.”

“These are the ones who died in the great tribulation.”

These are the billions that must and will die DURING the tribulation. After the first rapture, which marks the beginning of the tribulation in which those that accept Christ Jesus as their Savior will die.

They now scream that Christ WILL take them and save them from this.

They just called the Word of God a lie. I will pause a moment to allow those that just stated that they will be included in the first rapture, yet it is stated clearly that billions will die during the tribulation.

Which is it?

The Bible or them?

Well, which is it?

If you truly follow what is in the Bible, then once you accepted Jesus Christ and once you truly read and study the Bible. Then you would sell off your worldly goods and downsize.

Yes, downsize. You would give up those things that are of this world and start gathering not worldly treasured but heavenly ones.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 – Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 19 By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.

Most will reject what has been stated so far. They will blame me, because I am merely a human. They will reject all that as been stated, because they are special, they are great, nothing stated by me is the truth.

They just called the Bible, Jesus, God: a liar.

I have been led to say the following.

Many churches are no longer that. They have become a social club dedicated to the glory of those that attend and not to whom it was meant to glorify: our Savior Jesus Christ and His Father our Creator God.

I personally care for nothing done in these buildings called “churches.”

They have labeled themselves for what they truly are.

Many look about them daily and are blind to what they see about them. They have forgotten that everything in nature we see was created by God.

Many buildings that claim to be a “church” have welcomed sin openly into their pews, and they do not care for it keeps the bills paid and the doors open. So, they can preach their false doctrines, claiming they preach the Word of God, when their actions state clearly the total opposite.

Now understand this. Those that follow the Bible, at this time, truly FOLLOWING the Word of God, cannot leave sin alone. We cannot welcome it into our midst. Not because we hate, but because we love.

True followers of Christ Jesus cannot stand to live in sin, nor tolerate those that do. The key is a repentant heart.

What does it mean to be repentant?

Repent – G3340 – metanoeó – change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God); reconsider (morally to feel compunction)

               a: compunction – a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong (living in sin) or causing pain; contrition; remorse.

When you follow Christ, you seek with all your heart to end sin within your own life. You feel the love of Christ and you desire for all to know and feel this love as well. So, being His followers, we seek to have all feel His acceptance, but this can only be done by ending sin in their own lives.

But understand this as well. Even though we follow Christ we still sin. However, when we sin, we feel regret, pain and sorrow to the core of our soul. We beg God’s forgiveness, and stive to end sin. Many times, God purges sins from us, and we never do them again, but there is always one sin that doesn’t seem to go away. It is this one that plagues us until we leave this life.

This one sin is our reminder that we live in corruption. Always striving to reject it and avoid it. That we must seek repentance over and over, because we faulter and fail. A never-ending cycle until we are blessed to be brought into the presence or our Creator God.

Most in this world do not feel true repentance. Many live in sins that clearly states they will never be allowed into heaven, yet they live in these sins anyway. Believing they will be allowed in. This is the furthest thing from the truth.

Matthew 7:13-14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

To ask someone that truly follows Christ to leave sinners alone is like asking a mother not to feed her babe as that baby screams in hunger. The affection is the same.

We wish none to go to hell, but that is the default destination for all that have not asked Jesus Christ to be their Savior and then truly be repentant.

True repentance means ending sin… especially those sin which will not allow any entrance into heaven. Understand that a majority of those that profess to being “Christian” do not live in repentance. For truly being “Christian” is one of the hardest lifestyles to live. For people will attack us, make fun of us, laugh at us. We strive to live modest lives, not is luxuries. For this people will think us stupid and ignorant. They will think we control the actions of those that live in non-repentant sins within those buildings that have allowed sin to enter into them so they can excuse their own desires to live in sin.

Time is running out and the first rapture will be small, but you can still be in it. Repent. Accept Christ as your Savior.

God Bless.

Blog for Podcast #97 (When people of God do nothing)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

One of the things that stands out in many of those that profess to being “Christian” is their unwillingness to help people end their sin. They say it is none of their business.

Are they not of the Body of Christ?

I will pause a to allow those listening to think upon their answer.

The true answer is found here:

Matthew 25:14-30 – “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. 16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. 19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ 21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ 23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25   I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Please note the servant with one bag of silver. Now here is an important point that needs to be made clear. This is not about seeking after worldly wealth. This is about bringing people to Christ. The bags of silver are not money. It is our spiritual gifts, but the added silver is not more spiritual gifts. It is new people added to the Kingdom of Heaven. This requires interaction with people and helping them to see they are living not for God but for themselves. it requires not burying our heads in the sand or our bags of silver in the ground. Many chose to do this though.

They say:

“That is their sin, and they have to deal with.”

“It is not my place to interfere in their life.”

“Live and let live.”

It is this mentality that is seen by those that chose to bury their silver in the ground.

One of the key elements that is truly required when becoming a child of God is the filling of the Holy Spirit. The most important part of knowing the will of God is learning the Word of God.

Mark 16:15-16 – And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. 16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

However, do not forget what the true “Good News” is.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 – I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

“Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not.”

Those who make excuses are not following the word of God. They are not correcting. They are not rebuking. They are not encouraging.

Too many have forgotten the last part of this parable.

Matthew 25:29-30 – ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Those that are servants in the Kingdom of Heaven are “Christians.” Those that profess to being this and did nothing to bring others to the promise of salvation are removed from this and given over to that place where all go that do not know God.

But they do not see this because they see themselves as above this and saved. They do not wish to suffer the rejection of their fellow humans. They are afraid of suffering here in this temporal plain of existence.

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

I will share with you one of the dreams I have been given as a dreamer of dreams:

Lightning flashes as the sound of the thunder explodes in my ears. I look about me and see the ruins of several buildings. Around me I observe people running about, their clothes torn and tattered.

Suddenly I see a dark form upon a horse riding straight toward me, with a long lance in his hand. The rider lowers the point of the lance as his steed’s pace quickens. In less than a second, I realizes my life is in danger and I leap to one side of the charging rider. Quickly I stand from where I landed and look around. Before me, down the remains of a city’s street I perceive a light, and within the light I feels the presents of God. Hastily I begin to move towards the light as the joy of being with God begins to fill me. As I start to run forward, I begin to see a faint image of Jesus standing in the light.

Then without warning I fall; and as I land, I feel as if I am in a field with the weeds brushing against me. I sit up and look into the air where the light had been only seconds before, but now there is nothing, only a darkening gray sky. I look around me and see others about. Most I had never seen before, but others I do recognize. They are actors and politicians, for the most part; and others are people who call themselves “Christians,” whom I had seen on television once or twice.

I look at the hill I had fallen onto and is shocked to notice that the weeds are not that at all. Instead, they look like some type of tentacles that wave back and forth. First in an upward motion, and then in a downward movement, like seaweed in a tidal pool swaying back and forth as a wave passes overhead. As each movement pass, I find myself a little farther down the hill. I look at the bottom of the slope and is startled at the sight of a sheer drop awaiting me at its base.

I try to stand but cannot. So, I try to crawl up the rise, but for every inch I moves up, the tentacles drive Me two inches in the opposite direction. Finally, I stop and look about me. I see two men clinging to each other like lovers facing death together, and I am sickened by the sight. I look on a scantily dressed woman, her face caked in makeup in an attempt to hide the black and blue discoloration beneath her eye. I watch as a man in a fine suit bows his head in prayer until he falls into the abyss before all of them. As the individual falls into the darkness below, I look at the impending darkness before me, and a sadness starts to fill me as I look over the edge. A sudden feeling of hopelessness fills me as I lean towards the void before me and allow myself to fall over the edge.

The darkness is not complete as I feel myself falling towards my unknown destination. I see the silhouettes of others falling with me, ever downward. At one point in my descent, I see the forms of several people in a circle holding hands as they fall ever deeper, into the bottomless pit of blackness. I join the group and notice that they are singing a hymn. After a short time, I release their hands as they all continue downward towards the ultimate goal as they continue to sing their joyful song.

After a time, I feel as if I has been falling for hours when I suddenly notice a reddish light start to appear below me. I look carefully as the distance between me, and the light grows ever smaller. The light flickers like a flame as I look at the terrain below me. At first, I think my eyes are being tricked by the fluctuating luminance, but it is not. The ground is moving like a vast ocean beneath me, always active. As the distance closes, I soon become aware of the reason for the motion below. I begin to see the form of millions upon millions of individual people all moving about as if in a daze.

Finally, I reach the end of my fall. I feel myself slow as I approach the ground below and look about at the endless mass of walking bodies around me. My feet touch the ground, and I know I am in Hell.

Now I was led to do tell you of this dream is due to the fact that there are those that call themselves “Christian” and yet they do nothing for God, and believe they are going to heaven. Do you remember how Jesus ended the parable we started today with?

I recently read this in a meme:

“Contrary to popular belief, hell is not a place where God sends only the worst of the worst. Hell is our default destination. We need someone to save us, or we stand before God condemned.

“That Savior is Christ. He died for sin so we might live for Him. Repent and follow Jesus.”

Here is one concept that I have noted from those that belief there is nothing beyond this temporal life we now live.

They live in the denial of God and an eternal life. To them the darkness that is seen by some that have had a life after death incident. Is verification of the lack of an eternal life. This gives them license to do as they please. Things to the point of absolute horrid actions and behavior by even those that consider themselves to be “civilized.” This darkness, I know through my faith in Christ and His Father God, is the same darkness I witnessed in my dream. A decent to eternal damnation, which all default to if they do not accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.

John 10:9 – I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

John 3:1-7 – There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

Many think they are going to heaven; most aren’t.

Analysis your own life be you sinner or saint for time is running out

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #96 (Sin nature part 2 conclusion)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Last week we began a study of the Armor of God, but within this study. We did not stick to the usual format that people expect when looking at the Armor of God.

In last week’s study we confronted the issue of how our salvation is viewed by God. How many who believe they are right with God, are not. This included those that follow the false teaching of “once saved, always saved.”

As I showed in the last lesson those that got angry when this was brought up were in actuality not listen to God, but to Satan. If you haven’t already listened to or read last week message I refer you back to it, especially if I have just triggered you into getting angry.

Why is wearing the Armor of God so important? That is answered in this verse:

Ephesians 6:12 – For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

To truly understand this verse, I have been led to give my personal testimony, so we can see how not wearing the armor correctly can lead a person away from God.

I was born again on June 24, 1984. I was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues on that very day. For we are to seek after the ability to speak in tongues as shown in 1 Corinthians 14. However, as I have learned it is not something that should be shouted out to the world, but something that is between you and God.

Anyway, to get back on track.

God showed my rebirth to the world, by leading my first wife to give me a middle name for my 25th birthday. Since before that time I had never had one. For the next years I grew in my knowledge of the Bible, and God blessed me with dreams, thus marking me at that time to be a dreamer of dreams per Act 2:17. So even back then I knew that the times we are now in would come to be.

In 1992 the Holy Spirit told me my first wife was cheating on me at that very moment, which led to my divorce in 1993. I did not cause or ask for the divorce by the way, my then wife did. This began my downward spiral. This is the beginning of me drifting away from God.

In 2003, I fell prey to my earthly lusts and desire to never be alone. I was bewitched by a witch who believed herself to be saved. Even though she lived the life of a witch but professed that she could never loss her salvation, even though she performed witchcraft. When we look to Galatians 5 and the sins listed there shows a person is following the world and not God, we see that sorcery is upon that list.

This led to my first purging of worldly possessions that occurred in 2005, when I lost my house, most of my world good and had to file for bankruptcy. Yet I still had not learned my lesson nor had I put my foot down upon the sorceries my then wife did. This led to an increase in worldly possessions.

As I drifted further from God I began to listen to the world and not the Holy Spirit. My behavior became crueler and more self-serving. Also, my one true sin nature was running rampant within my mind and soul. What that nature is, is between me and God, so I will not broadcast it to the world. Needless to say it is something I am not please to live with, and I cannot wait until I am divested of this corruption and I dawn incorruption.

Then in 2013 twenty years after my spiral away from God began. God had had enough. I finally confronted my 2nd wife about her issues in December of 2012. She broke the line I had laid the very next month.

I found myself and my adopted ten-year-old son homeless and with only a portion of my worldly goods. None of which included anything of my childhood. So, again God was telling me not to worship the things of the world. This was the beginning of what I call my year of Job. I suffered other trials that year. It was a humbling experience. However, I listened to God, and stopped placing myself before Him.

In 2014 I began my blog, which has turned into these podcasts, which have been read and listened to all over the world. I learned without any doubt that salvation CAN be lost. For Jesus Christ Himself said so in John 15, very clearly. I learned that any who doubt this are in fact denying Jesus Christ. and what does Jesus say about those that deny Him?

Matthew 10:33 – But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

Which reinforces that the false teaching of “once saved always saved,” is just that…. False.

Yet millions are going through their lives believing they can continue to live in sin. Never seeking repentance nor the desire to end their sin nature. Embracing and enjoying it, as well as living in luxuries and they believe with all their hearts they are going to heaven.

I was there. I believed that as well. That is why I know the pre-tribulation rapture will be small.

Matthew 7:13-14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

It is these few that will make the first rapture. For it is made clear that the mid-tribulation rapture will be uncountable. Aka in the billions. Who will die of starvation and beheadings in the first three and a half years of the tribulation.

Revelation 7:9-14 – After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. 12 They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

We are in the last days. Which is why it is so important to put on the Armor of God.

Not only to pray continually and to truly come to know the Word of God, which are the helmet and sword of the armor, as we discussed last week. But also, to wear the other parts of the armor. For we are in the time of evil now. So, I will list those verses once again:

Ephesians 6:14-16 – Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.

Stand our ground, never faltering from what is true and telling the truth for trying to help those that have gotten angry at us for saying that salvation can be lost.

Strive to live righteously, always seeking repentance and doing our best not to allow our sin nature to win and take control over us. For we are continually struggling between what our body wants and what the Holy Spirit desires for us. (Galatians 5_16-17)

Find peace of mind when you come to understand that these struggles, we now experience shows that we are on the right path. For it is made clear that those that suffer over their body’s desires. Those that are disciplined by God are seen as His child.

Revelation 3:19 -21 – I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. 20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.

Many of those that embrace the once saved always saved mentality do not suffer, thus they are not disciplined. Thus, they are not children of God. Therefore, they are not victorious, and they will find themselves here upon this earth in bewilderment and sorrow for God did not include them in the soon to happen rapture.

The shoes of peace comes when we feel this discipline in our lives and instead of getting angry with God, as many do, we praise God instead.

Time and again Satan will attack us through our bodies. That which is corrupt, so we must hold up the shield against the fires of temptation we all suffer with. Turning to God through Christ to overcome these temptations. By doing so we know that we have held the shield correctly and are obedient to our Creator by following the Holy Spirit.

If someone challenges what you feel is right, and you get angry over it. Think.

Why did you get angry, why does it upset you?

Read and study the Bible, and most importantly remember what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:

Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

One of the key elements of these verses is the statement “cast out demons in your name”

Later in Matthew this is said:

Matthew 12:25-28 – Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 26 And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is divided and fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive. 27 And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said. 28 But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.

None can cast out demons if they are NOT of Christ. Yet Jesus says He never knew them. It is because they turned their backs upon Him. They left their salvation to live in and for the world. To seek after that which is seen as an abomination to God. (Luke 16:14-15)

Then again per Jesus Christ, salvation can be lost and so there is no such thing as “once saved always saved.”

There is however God’s never ending and on-going love for all of humanity, be they saved or not. However, His greatest desire is for all to come through the only door to be able to stand before Him.

John 14:6 – Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #95 (Sin nature part 1)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

I have been led by the Holy Spirit to talk about the Armor of God. However, I am not going to follow it in the same way others have. So, let us look into these verses that are so important to us.

Ephesians 6:10-20 – A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. 19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

Throughout my studies of the Bible. When reading the New Testament, especially those letters written by Paul. God guided him through the Holy Spirit, I believe, to write the most important elements of a point last. Why? Because being the last thing the person heard or read would be what stuck with them the longest.

With that in mind, what is the most important points found in these verses?

The answer:

Ephesians 6:17-18 – Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

Asking God into one’s life, and then learning the Word of God. I mean truly learning the Word of God.

When understanding the true Word of God, we come to know why it is the sword. For a sword cuts. A sword hurts. It can cut us to our soul and cause us to weep from the pain. For we come to know just how wicked we are living in sin.

Which brings us to something that all need to accept. Being in corruption we all have a sin that we can never totally rid ourselves of. Even when we become saved, we have a sin that we will never lose. Paul understood this and confessed it. (Romans 7:7-25) This is also said in Galatians 5:

Galatians 5:16-26 – 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. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 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. 22 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! 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

We all struggle, but it is those that repent, and seek not to repeat the sins they have committed that shows the difference between those that are faithful to God and those that are faithful to themselves. Those that accept the sword of the Word of God accept that salvation can be lost if someone does not reign in their behavior and their sins.  There are those that challenge this. Many of those that do are with the group that follows the man-made doctrine of “once saved always saved.”

Right now, someone listening to this just got angry at what was just said. Apparently, they were not paying attention to the verses that were read a bit ago, so I will key in on key verses they should have listened to.

Galatians 5:19-21 – When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 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.

“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature… hostility, quarreling… outbursts of anger… dissension, division.”

Did those that got angry just display one of these sins? I will allow them to make that determination.

What is important is coming to understand the truths within the Word of God. Accepting the pain of the cut which is meant to discipline.

Revelation 3:19-21 – I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. 20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.

Do you feel pain, discomfort, sorrow over your sinful actions? I know I do, and I stive to end them, through prayer and supplication. We all have a sin nature that stays within us. Paul showed this in the verses in Romans and Galatians. Yet as you have seen within the New Testament the letters between the book of Acts and Tribulation are written to those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Time and again the words “do not sin” are seen over and over. So, if salvation can never be removed why bothers saying this? But enough of this for now.

When wearing the Armor of God, we also follow the Holy Spirit. Therefore, when we do this, we bear this fruit shown in Galatians:

Galatians 5:22-23 – 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!

We have to live two lives. One on a spiritual level which is why we need to wear armor. The other is needed to show the world the love that God has for all of humanity.

This is a concept that many get confused about, especially those that embrace the “once saved always saved” concept. God loves every single human, be they sinner or saint. How can we help others to know God if we allow ourselves to be like those of the world?

The answer is we can’t.

That is why people look down upon those that believe in Christ. They see those that do this as ignorant and simple. Those that know God through our Savior Jesus Christ do not see them as lesser if we truly follow the teachings within the Bible. We see them as equals, worthy to be added to the family. All we must do is accept that they truly are and allow them the time they need to come to this conclusion themselves. How this is accomplished is by following the ways the Holy Spirit guides us to do so. Those things which bear the fruit of Galatians 5:22-23.

Our true battles are spiritual, which is why we need the full armor of God. By knowing the Word of God, we wear the helmet and carry the sword, which can cut the souls of those that believe they do not need God, as well as cause those that are already within the fold to learn through pain that they have failed our Creator.

Proverbs 13:24 – He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.

In Luke 16 Jesus explains that we are to seek to befriend and live peaceably with those that deny Him and His Father. One statement is made after this teaching:

Luke 16:14-15 – The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him. 15 Then he said to them, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.

What does the world honor, which is referred to as something the Pharisees dearly loved?

Those that seek after wealth, that seek after the best the most expensive. The most luxurious, that which causes the world to be envious of those that do this. In reality it is seen as detestable to God.

Luke 16:15 – And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Abomination – G946 – bdelugma – a detestation, that is, (specifically) idolatry, an abominable thing, an accursed thing

Those that seek after riches are seen as an abomination to the Lord our God. The Glorified Jesus Christ dictated a letter to them:

Revelation 3:14-22 – “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation: 15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. 20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. 22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #89 (Tattoos: The Mark of the Lukewarm and a holiday response)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Romans 12:1-2 – And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

Leviticus 19:28 – “Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD.

I have started today’s message with Scripture. I have done this for a reason. For there are many out there that are not happy with the title of this podcast. They are also not happy with the use of Leviticus. I will address this last point first with the word of Jesus Christ Himself:

John 14:15 – “If you love me, obey my commandments.”

And:

Matthew 5:17-20 – “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. 19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

Since Leviticus is a commandment does it pass the litmus test also given unto us by Jesus Christ?

Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Does this show love to others by tattooing? No. It shows glory to that person.

Does tattooing show love to God with all their mind, heart and soul? No, it does not, for they are seeking after the approval by those of the world, not God.

Then they are in sin and thus a mark of pride and ego. Therefore, it could even be called a precursor of the mark of the Beast.

James 4:4-12 – 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. 5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. 6 And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. 11 Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. 12 God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?

I read these last verses of James 4 for a reason. For there are those out there accusing me of judging them. However, they are in error. This is why:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

And how is this accomplished?

2 Timothy 4:1-5 – I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

Verse 2 in the KJV:

2 Timothy 4:2 – Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

I am His servant, and I am simply reproving, rebuking and exhorting with longsuffering and the Scripture. For I am guided by His Holy Spirit. If you have anger and you believe you are directing it at me. You are in actuality angry at He who is guiding me. My Savior Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. For when people follow their own desires they are doing so in ego and pride, which they wish to reflect to the world they wish to please. For the only “world” they should seek to please if they call themselves “Christian” is in heaven before the throne of God. (Matthew 6:19-21)

Now to the next part of this message:

This last holiday seasons. I read and read message after message. Most saying things about the blessings God has given you.

Finally, a message came through at a Bible study group where I work. All it stated was God’s love and the blessings He gives you.

I was overwhelmed with the need to make a reply. This is how I responded:

Yes, we are to be thankful for all the blessings God has granted us.

As we head into this holiday season, we need to remember what true blessings from God truly are.

They are not the presents under the tree or in the driveway.

It is the fact that God gave His only Son to die for our sins. And we are to accept Christ as our Savior.

In Romans 2 we “Christians” are given this warning:

Romans 2:1-11 – You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. 2 And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. 3 Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? 4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? 5 But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 He will judge everyone according to what they have done. 7 He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. 8 But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. 9 There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. 10 But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.

God has no favorites.  If you seek after worldly possessions and what appeals to the world like tattoos you have turned away from God. (1 John 2:15-17)

You have turned your back upon God and His Son Jesus Christ.

Think and ponder

This response triggered one of my coworkers and someone I truly do count as a friend.

I have studied the Bible over and over.

The true Gospel tells us that even after we accept Christ as our Savior we can falter and fall away. We are told that those that teach messages that do not convict the soul. That only teach of love. Are pleasing the people.

Galatians 1:6-10 – I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News 7 but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ. 8 Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. 9 I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed. 10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

So, these people have turned away from God that only seek to please people. But why do they seek to please people and not God?

We return once again to Matthew 6:

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

And once again:

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

They have embraced the darkness and excuse sin.

Ephesians 5:3-9 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.

As I end today’s message my wish to all is to think of where they stand with Christ Jesus at this very moment. For what if this moment was when the trumpet blast calling the dead into the sky takes place. Are you ready to join Christ in the sky above and then be taken to the wedding feast? At this very moment?

Ponder and think

God Bless

Blog for podcast #84 (The eye of the needle [a look at the rapture])


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Today I wish to look at the Rapture. Just for clarification’s sake I will say this and get it over with. There has not been a rapture at the time this is written. So those that say there has been, in any form, are teaching a false gospel. There will be a rapture, and again for the sake of making things clear I believe there will be multiple raptures, for there is evidence of this within the Bible. So, I am what is called a person that believes in the theory of a partial-rapture.

A thief in the night.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 – For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.

Revelation 16:15 – “Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”

No human will ever be told when our Lord Jesus Christ will return. Several generations have come and gone awaiting His return, but it has not yet happened. But we are told to be always ready and to live our lives as if it were to happen at any moment. As is seen in last verse which was just said.

The clothes referred to in verse fifteen of the sixteenth chapter of Revelation. Are not tangible clothes, but the white robes of salvation, as is witnessed in the letter to Sardis:

Revelation 3:4 – “Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.”

This is exemplified in the last letter to the churches, which in reality describes the state of mind of most that profess to being “Christian” at this very moment:

Revelation 3:15-20 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. 20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.

“You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.”

The eye of the needle

Jesus Christ made if very clear how we are to approach Him and be prepared for His return in these lukewarm times we now live within. Yet most refuse to acknowledge this order.

Luke 14:25-33 – A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. 28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’ 31 “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? 32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. 33 So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.

“So, you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.”

As I said this last sentence most out there that are now living a lukewarm life and do not believe that Jesus Christ is being literal about this, but He is. For this is not the only time we are told by Him to do this. First off, we need to establish an important point.

2 Corinthians 13:1 – This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”).

Consequently, when the Bible states something two to three or more times. It is the truth and must be followed. I have just shown you once where it states we are to get rid of our worldly goods. Now I will show two more times.

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Mark 10:17-22 – As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 22 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus Christ has made it very clear that we are to get rid of our worldly possessions once we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. Yet most in this world that profess to being “Christian.” Especially those in what is called “wealthy countries,” live their lives in luxuries. Refusing to get rid of their wealth. Therefore, they are living their lives contrary to what Jesus Christ Himself has told them to do. They are walking away from Him in sadness like the young rich man.

As a result, they are not clothed in white robes, but are in actuality naked.

Returning to Mark 10 Jesus goes on to explain something few actually see from this encounter with the young rich man:

Mark 10:23-31 – Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” 26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. 27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” 28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said. 29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”

What needs to be keyed in upon in these verses is this:

“In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

What was a camel used for in the time when Jesus Christ first walked upon this temporal plain of existence?

The answer: they were used to transport merchandise. They were used to transport worldly possession, wealth and luxuries.

We also need to understand one other point. Is the “eye of the needle.”

This was an actual gate in the walls into Jerusalem. The camel had to have the merchandise removed from its back and then would be made to get onto its knees and then was forced by the camel drivers through the small opening in the wall.

Where else is something narrow and small?

Matthew 7:13-14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

For only a few, like the twelve disciples, will be willing to surrender everything. Which leads us to the next part of today’s study.

The sounding of a trumpet.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.

As you can see it is more than just a sounding of a trumpet. What is most important is that it will be a sound that is heard all over the world at that exact same time. None will be able to deny it occurs. Then those who were victorious and were awake at the moment this happens will be gone from the face of this earth. (Matthew 24:37-44; Luke 17:26-37)

Most believe that they will be included within these numbers. However, that is the furthest thing from the truth. This first coming of Jesus Christ, will as was shown earlier. Be like a thief in the night. Most will be unprepared and will be standing spiritual naked before God, and so will be left standing here upon the earth. In shock and bewilderment. That they, who were so righteous in their own eyes, were not taken into the heaven to be with who they thought was their Savior. This first rapture will lead to the next, which will be three and a half years later and will consist of billions of people from all over the globe. How do I know this?

Revelation 7:9-14 – After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. 12 They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

These are the once that were left behind. Even of these there will be those that still reject Jesus Christ and will accept the mark and the chip.

 Revelation 13:16-17 – And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Many who would rather have their luxuries will take the mark and be lost forever. However, there will be those that had rejected God that will now turn to Him and accept the death of the martyrs and will stand before the throne of God at the middle of the tribulation at the second rapture. Then there will be a third rapture which is promised to the Jewish people just before Jesus Christ returns to set foot upon the Mount of Olives once again. (Daniel 12:1-3) For once the last martyr dies the antichrist will be allowed to fully be revealed for the last human being with the Holy Spirit within them will be dead, which will cause the second rapture to occur. For the Holy Spirit must be removed from the earth. (2 Thessalonians 2:7) That can only be done by the removal of any who have the Holy Spirit within them.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #80 (The curse of money)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

I will begin this study with two times money is an issue with Jesus Christ. The first:

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

And the second:

Mark 10:17-31 – As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” 26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. 27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” 28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said. 29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”

It is the end of this second that I wish people to really look at and think upon. Those that are rich think themselves great and rewarded. But as is shown in the first verses. Those that store up their treasures here on earth do not think about their treasures in heaven. What else is said about the seeking after the things of this world?

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

Therefore, if money is of the world. Who is in charge in this world?

2 Corinthians 4:4 – Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

This is why money is a curse and it is something that should not be sought after by anyone, especially those that profess to be “Christian.” For they are not worshipping our Creator God through Jesus Christ, but the great deceiver himself whom they have given power to by seeking after worldly rewards.

As shown in the first verses read in today’s study Christians are not to store any treasures here on earth. As is verified here:

Acts 2:44-45 – And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.

And exemplified here:

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 – Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

That is why being covetous is seen as a sin and is used 30 times in the New Testament alone as “covet,” (16) ”covetous,” (4) and “covetousness.” (10)

Covet -G1937 – epithumeó – I long for, lust after, set the heart upon.

Covetous -G4123 – pleonektés – an avaricious person; one desirous of having more.

Covetousness – G4124 –  pleonexia – avarice, aggression, desire for advantage.

The Bible makes it very clear. That those that seek after riches will not be allowed into heaven.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.

For those that just need to see or hear it in the KJV:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

However, millions that call themselves “Christian” do and continually seek after worldly wealth and possessions.

Why?

Because their parents did and so since they can so can they. For they too called themselves “Christian.”

It is true. That for generations people have sought to amass wealth and worldly possessions and still belief with all their heart that they were “Christian.”

It is this mentality that has been seen for over two thousand years. In fact, it is a sin that has been seen since Kane killed Abel. It was this mentality that kept and to be honest still keeps people in slavery. It is this mentality that was a factor in the Crusades. It was this mentality that sent the Spanish into the Americas. Where they slaughtered entire civilizations. All in the name of Christendom, but in reality, was covetousness. The desire to have more and more riches and property. Entire wars were fought for the love of money. Murders are committed because of greed.

1 Timothy 6:3-10 – Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. 4 Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. 5 These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy. 6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

So those right now that wish to quibble over this study need to stop in sudden shock that they wish to do so. For they are a living example of those described in verse four and five of the sixth chapter of 1 Timothy.

So let me repeat those verses in the KJV

1 Timothy 6:4-5 – He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

But we that seek to follow the true teachings of the Word of God, must do as instructed in the KJV of these verses.

“From such withdraw thyself.”

We are ordered by the Word of God to not associate with those that live a life contrary to the teachings within the Bible. For as was shown they will cause there to be jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. Which can and has been shown if you look back throughout the centuries, great strife and horrors all over the world itself. All because people have turned from the true teachings of the Scriptures. They have instead embarrassed the world; we now live within. Instead of seeking to store up those treasures, which are precious unto God through His Son our Savior Jesus Christ.

They seek the pleasures and rewards of a mere one hundred years of life over the billions upon billions of years of eternal life promised to all that seek to please God first and themselves last.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast # 83 (Those who they know God but would rather live in sin)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

In my podcast “The laws within the Bible.” A person on Facebook came back with stating that Galatians 2 removed the need to follow the commandments. I explained that if they had bothered to listen to the podcast, they would have heard my explanation about that chapter.

However here I will use the Bible to answer this:

1 John 2:4 – If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.

Once again, we see from someone that knew Jesus Christ in person, that the commandments are to be followed as long as they pass the litmus test of the greatest commandments:

Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

John continues with this:

1 John 2:9-11 – If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. 10 Anyone who loves a fellow believer is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a fellow believer is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.

Later John says this:

1 John 3:6-10 – Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is. 7 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.

What is it to live righteously?

James 1:19-27 – Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. 22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. 26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

How does the world corrupt you?

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

Therefore, seeking after wealth, status, legacy. Seeking after a fancy house, a fancy car, fancy clothing. This is living in sin and thus not a righteous life. Seeking after anything, shows that the you care more for this world than for the eternal life to come, thus revealing you love the world more than God.

1 John 2:17 – And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

“But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”

As we heard from James earlier:

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”

When someone seeks for their own glory ignoring those in need and in dire straits. They are in darkness. They are in sin. They have embraced the world. Then who is of the world?

2 Corinthians 4:4 – Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

Getting what you want. What you desire. What you lust for. What you crave. Completely falls in line with 1 John 2:15-17. So, you yearn for Satan who is the god of the world.

Who is it that rewards you then with riches, with all you desire here in this temporal realm of existence?

Satan.

All he is offering is this measly one hundred years of existence, compared to that which God offers us.

“But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”

How long is forever?

It is billions upon billions upon billions of years.

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 – For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 3 For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. 4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. 6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7 For we live by believing and not by seeing. 8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

God Bless

Blog for podcast #78 (Colosse)


Intro

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Discussion

In most of my podcasts I have shown how many in this world. Especially in the United States. May not be as secure with their salvation as they think. Few have listened, most have scoff, mocked and ridiculed. Today I have been led to take a different approach. Today we will look into the letter written to Colosse:

Colossians 3:1-11 – Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. 5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. 7 You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

These verses instruct us to learn about God through Jesus Christ. The only way to learn is by studying the Bible. Not just reading it. Studying it. This means to get to the core of the teachings as they were given to those people that had accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and had been filled with the Holy Spirit. We are to leave the things of the world behind. Not thinking upon the things of this world, but upon our eternal life that is to come when Christ is fully revealed to the entire world once more.

Once again, we find a listing of sins that are not to remain within those that profess to be followers of Christ. Let us look at these in the KJV:

Colossians 3:5 – Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Fornication – G4202 – porneia – harlotry (including adultery and incest) figuratively idolatry; whoredom.

  1. Harlotry – prostitution

Uncleanness – G167 – akatharsia – impurity, physically or morally

inordinate affection – G3806 – pathos – a passion (especially concupiscence), (inordinate) affection, lust; suffering, emotion, depraved passion

  1. Inordinate – much more than usual or expected

Concupiscence – G1939 – epithumia – a longing (especially for what is forbidden), desire, eagerness for, inordinate desire, lust.

And once again we encounter “covetousness.”

Covetousness – G4124 – pleonexia – avarice, that is, (by implication) fraudulency, extortion, greediness, aggression, desire for advantage

  • Avarice – an extremely strong wish to get or keep money or possessions

A further listing of sins is shown in verse eight and nine. Once again, we go to the KJV;

Colossians 3:8-9 – But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Anger – G3709 – orgé – properly desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), that is, (by analogy) violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence) by implication punishment: indignation, vengeance; Impulse.

Wrath – G2372 –  thumos – passion (as if breathing hard), fierceness, indignation, an outburst of passion.

Malice – G2549 – kakia – badness, that is, (subjectively) depravity, or (actively) malignity or (passively) trouble: evil, naughtiness. In Bible Hub it is listed this way: (a) evil (i.e. trouble, labor, misfortune), (b) wickedness, (c) vicious disposition, malice, spite. (basically criminal behavior)

Blasphemy – G988 – blasphémia – vilification (especially against God); abusive or scurrilous language.

filthy communication -G148 – aischrologia – vile conversation, filthy speech, foul language.

These actions and behaviors are those of the world, not those that have committed themselves to Christ. As is pointed out in these verses to the Christians in Colosse.

As the letter continues those that have accepted Christ as their Savior are told how they should behave and act:

Colossians 3:12-17 – Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 6 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

As can be seen in these verses of this letter to the Christians of this community. Once again echo those of other teachings throughout the New Testament. To leave the world behind. Not to seek after anything that gives personal pleasures here on earth.

Nevertheless turning back to the first section we looked at today I wish to key in on how the wording to these people was presented.

“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you”

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth”

Mortify – G3498 – nekros – to deaden, to subdue.

This shows we have a responsibility to end the lusts of our flesh that seek after the sins listed. We do this through seeking after the knowledge found within the Bible. So, we can try through prayer and supplication as well as study. To try and live our lives like a true follower of Jesus Christ.

By not looking for rewards and riches here on earth, but to store them up in heaven where they belong.

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Let us continue the third chapter of Colossians:

Colossians 3:18-25 – Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. 20 Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged. 22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. 25 But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.

Now before we continue, I wish to rephrase a couple of verses to be more in line with today’s world:

Employees, obey your employers in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Employer you truly are serving is Christ.

Now with that outta the way. We are told how to act as followers of Jesus Christ.

The letter also states:

“But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.”

This shows that we can be cut off from God, as I have shown multiple times in my podcast and blog posts. If you do not live a Christian life, but live in, of and for the world you are doing wrong and will receive the reward you have earned for yourself. As Peter words it:

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.”

Many have returned to their vomit and mud and believe with all their hearts they are one with God through Jesus Christ. Yet they will awaken one day to find themselves standing on the wrong side of a Great White Throne saying:

Matthew 7:22 – On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Ponder and think

God Bless