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Mar-3-17

Count The Cost of being the Lord’s

posted by PrayerWarrior

When I came to the Lord, I said Father here am I send me! He told me to count the cost, then put before my face many scriptures that showed me to really consider what it is to be used of the Lord to be called by the Lord. I will share as many as I can here with you and how it worked in my heart and mind to prepare me for a walk that was worthy of the Lord and His will and ways. He showed me one of the first things was to really consider what happens if you turn away from God and showed me 2 Peter 2:20-22

20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. They are filthy again with the cares of the world and the pursuits of this life. This life is not about us! This life is about God and how much we love Him.

If we want to spend eternity in the presence of God, then we must live only for Him, here in this time now. Think about it, why would God want anyone who does not live in Him, for Him, and their life all about seeking to know Him better? Why would He want anyone who is not barely in love with Him? Those who pursue their own pleasures in this life are not a giving lover. This is a most intimate deep relationship we are to be pursuing with God the Father, through Christ Jesus! Not just oh when I have time God, I’ll give you one day a week take it or leave it okay! That does not work.

God is looking for sold out bought up servant’s who are willing vessels for His grace. Overflowing out of our lives into others lives. He wants to pour so much into you that you have no choice but to pour out onto others, from the abundance in your heart. So He tells us to count the cost. It is up to us to do that very thing. Because as Peter showed us it is worse for those who walked with God and had a bit of knowledge of Him who did not continue in their first love of Him, and keep on pursuing Him.

He wants us to forever keep seeking after Him, through His word, through many prayers, through tons of conversation with Him. He wants a close personal relationship with each of us, that suits perfectly to who we are! That’s right God tailors your relationship by how much you give to this relationship between you and He. We set the pace of our relationship with Him, not the other way around. But Isn’t this all about searching and seeking to know the object of your desire better, the most important thing in our whole life?

We have a whole entire eternity to look forward to if we love God with every ounce of our being, but if we turn away {and do not let anyone fool you with vain lies that say you cannot be removed from the book of Life you most certainly can, and will be cast into hell for it} He will turn away from you, and Jesus will not confess your name before God the Father. God demands commands even that we love Him so that He may reward us lavishly forever. No two days the same everything new and amazing every moment for eternity. Peace and joy so overwhelming if we were in our mortal flesh we would disintegrate with the power of it.

But if we refuse and reject then an eternity of burning and suffering forever. Where worms eat you and never die, and you never die. When every opportunity you ever had of coming to the Lord and the knowledge of the truth, rides before your memory with palpable regret, forever and ever. Hating yourself knowing this is where you made yourself have to go. Knowing this is what you deserve for not wanting to be the Lord’s in this life. All for a short life that really amounted to no meaning at all in it, because you were so unhappy unsatisfied unfulfilled throughout this life and all you had to do was listen to those who tried so ardently to tell you you were in danger.

Yeah what an eternity that is!

Anyway back to the scriptures. Luke 14:25-35 25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife,and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

When the Lord says he who has ears to hear let him hear, we really want to pay close attention. This is a cue for us to give our ears over to the Holy Spirit so He can fill us in. The Lord cue’s us in when we are supposed to pay extra special attention to something He has said with either, I tell you the truth, or repeating something 2 or 3 times. Verily Verily I say unto you is another cue to pay close attention to His words.

Throughout the word we can find these things in Jesus words. But what you can clearly see is in the word the Lord used very few words to get the message out. I honestly personally believe He did this so as to confuse and confound those who are not filled with the Holy Spirit. The bible is foolishness to the perishing, those who do not have the power of the Holy Spirit cannot get the rest of the meaning, because it is Holy Spirit discerned. The rest of the story get’s filled in (for me personally) as I study intensely the word for myself. Having no human being filling me in on the word and it’s meaning, is the only way I can do the word.

When I have heard others views, ideas and understanding, I always come to the conclusion that they do not understand the word. I cannot sit idly by and accept other’s teaching and must go study whatever topic half to death. Using tools for great in depth bible study is important no man’s ideas but verses that pertain to the same subject matter, works wonderfully. A great cross reference study bible is always a great tool. There is also sites I use that have wonderful cross reference bible verses on the side called, bible hub, and then one of my favorites is info.bible.com.

Looking back at those bible verses in Luke let’s go through them by threes? Jesus was sharing with a great amount of people before He went to the cross even, that we must pick up our cross and drop everything else and follow Him. If we cannot do that because of loyalties to our family and or friends then He tells us simply, you are not worthy of me. We should love Him so much that our love of others looks like hatred, when compared. Verses 25-27.

Verses 28-30 speak on the fact that before we would begin to build anything we would need to make sure we have enough to finish the project, or risk looking like a fool. The risks of looking like a fool are small when you think of the fact that starting in the Lord and not going on with Him forever till you either die or come to the end of this world, is a very poor idea. It shows that you were not really thinking of the possibility of being unable to complete your mission, for lack of trusting the Lord to do it all. We would not look bad to people, but to the Lord, and looking like a failure to the Lord is the worst thing that could happen to us.

He expects us to trust Him and obey Him, at all times. He expects us to come to Him who is capable beyond our human understanding, to handle everything for us by living in us and through us. He is not looking for part time children and or shared custody of us. He wants us to deliver ourselves over to His hands fully and completely, without reservation and without pulling ourselves in and out of that very capable hand, whenever we feel it is too much or whatever else would pull us away from Him. To be fully immersed in Him and building daily our relationship with Him.

We must dedicate time to Him and pursuing Him. Of course He knows we must work for a living and to do all things that pertain to life, but in Him is where strength courage and stamina is really realized. So that we walk through this life in the way He wants us to. Not allowing depression any quarter, not allowing our own weaknesses and or illnesses to slow us stop us, or bring us to a halt in our walk with Him. Which brings me to another point. Satan throws everything at us but the kitchen sink, we cannot allow him and his antics to derail our walk. We cannot allow feelings of hurt and anger to stop us from moving always forward in the Lord.

Death should not even slow us down, the death of our loved ones I mean. We do not mourn as the world mourns, 1 Thess 4:13-14. We sorrow of course when we lose one we love, but just pick up in the Lord trusting Him that your loved one is in His capable hands, and move forward, being built up and strengthened in Him. He takes our cares upon Himself if and when we allow Him to. Picking our own thoughts and feelings back up on a constant basis, we must repent of that, and drop it all at His feet again and again. We are human beings who make mistakes, and this is one of those huge mistakes that causes us grief and sorrow. Picking our problems back up and worrying them in our minds and hearts, is a great way to lose our joy and peace in the Lord.

Verses 31-33. Speaks about going to war and counting out how it will all go down. Basically when one is planning to go to war against another kingdom or government, or country, one would do intense study of one’s foe, and how many men he will come to meet you at war with. It is telling us plan in advance for every contingency, so as not to fall away and lose. In this case it is losing your eternal rewards and spiritual death occurs, when one leaves off the Lord and His will and ways, before the race (so to speak) is over, being called disqualified by the Lord, is a very scary thing.

We must put aside every desire we have every thought that is self-contained, and everything that we think in order to put Him inside us. If we walk away He will pull back, if we stay in Him, then He will remain in us and with us. We cannot afford to be cut off from the Lord, or our condemnation will be swift. In a vision I had a couple years ago now, I saw the children of God walking in His shadow and the forces of evil just on the outskirts of God’s shadow, waiting ever watching for those to step out of line, and then devouring them once they did step out from His shadow covering. It was horrifying to watch as the fear and horror and invasion of themselves occurred unto death.

These people, the look on their faces was unimaginable as they were consumed by evil, lest evil lose a new disciple back to the Lord, so they were destroyed immediately. I do not want to see that happen. Hell is chock full of good people, people who even read their bible thinking they were saved not knowing truth for themselves. Many people, not all but most people who claim Christ, do not know the first thing about being saved or about being born again and about living for the Lord, and not themselves.

Gay people molesters whatever you want to cook up in your mind as sin, none of these is more sin than any other thing. Sin is sin before the Father and he cannot look upon sin in any form. From the mildest in your mind to the most deplorable sin they are all sin and equal in the eyes of God. I love my gay friends and family, but am under no delusion they live to please their sinful flesh, they will go to hell. The same with liars and thieves and whore mongers murderers, sin is sin, and living without God means going to hell. Even those who are gay and claim Christ is theirs, they don’t know how wrong they are. Living for ourselves is not picking up your cross daily.

Living for God is self sacrificing. It is dropping your hopes dreams and mostly your fleshly desires at the door. Every morning when we awaken we renew our dedication to the Lord. A new day another day to get closer to God not living to fulfill your most base desires, but living to please Him, which is to love Him with all our heart soul and mind, and love our neighbors as ourselves. Truly I must confess the second one is so hard in this day and age, but we cannot afford to lose the love or we are worth nothing at all.

The Lord showed me many verses that show what happens if you walk away from Him.
Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; 8 but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a] and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. Read that carefully. Read it a few times taste it sound it out as you read it think on it and understand He will throw you in the fire if you walk away from Him.

He wants that we all repent confess our sins and ask forgiveness for them. When He sent Jesus, Jesus did not die so you could be a sinner forever more, He died so you can be set free from sin live a Holy life and be alive with Him forever more in the Kingdom in New Jerusalem. He died so you can be purified in and through Him. That you no longer live your life, but hand it back to Him as payment for His life.

God is not looking for anyone who is not interested in walking out their every moment of life in Him. He is looking for the most devoted bride He can find, no other will do for His son. He is not coming back right now because we are a big bunch of filthy people with our most amazing righteous works being as filthy as dirty rags. People think they are so good and don’t even know the Lord at all and or what is His will and ways, but they believe they will be removed any moment, how foolish to ignore the word of God.

Those people who claim Christ and show they are not His, are so blatantly not anywhere near the child of God they call themselves. The cannot imagine how very clear it is to see that they do not know the truth for themselves that they indeed have demons doctrines and false teachers mentalities. We must know the Lord for ourselves this is how He teaches us to walk in Him every step we take in this life.

We must be sold out to Him entirely body soul and heart. This is the only thing God accepts, is those whose whole life is not dedicated to pursuing joy and happiness on earth, but they who pursue God and seek more and more knowledge of Him daily. Their only mission in this life is to know Him more, to be moved closer to Him in spirit and heart. To walk in the very power that raised Christ from the dead. Not a powerless useless life all done in our own strength.

When we are sick that is satan working against us to slow us down. Ill health does not come from the Lord, it comes from the enemy, we are to rebuke it and cast it off of us, commanding it to leave us and then walk in the knowledge that in Christ is no illness, no infirmity! He is whole and complete and is not sick or feeble, so if He lives in us and through us, then we are His vessel. There is no holes so to speak in His pitcher. He overflows us with grace and knowledge and wisdom and we from that abundance pour out on others lives, deliberate pouring out so we do not miss our targeted empty glass, that just waits to be filled.

So in closing, Do not come to the Father thinking to use Him when you need Him, and then the rest of the time relegate Him to the back of your heart life and mind. He will allow you your free will, it is up to you to make sure you find out from the Father how not to falter. It is up to us to maintain our life in Him and grow our connection with Him. We control our relationship with the Father, He does not. We choose how close and how deep we go into this relationship with Him. But oh friends brothers sisters in Him, the rewards of being called His friend and Confidante are priceless and plentiful.

May-24-16

Every Seed After Its Own Kind

posted by PrayerWarrior

Let’s talk about every seed after it’s own kind. The other day while speaking to a very nice, albeit deceived individual, about Christ being God, The Lord said very quietly, every seed after its kind! So I began to study this subject a little more in depth. Let’s go back to Genesis and move forward from there into our times here and now, the time of AD.

Genesis 1:11-12 KJV 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. See here how every animal after it’s kind? See how every seed of it’s kind? They can only recreate themselves, nothing when added together can make a different species altogether unless you get into Gene splicing then you are playing God and this cannot be done!

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Every living creature after its own kind!

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Now God made man after His own Image, but notice how He did not say He took and made man by His own seed? He made mankind in His own image, not by His seed, and we will see something else here that becomes important as we read on. After the fall God said Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Notice the Lord is talking about the virgin who will be with child? It does not say that about the virgin but of her seed He shall bruise the head of satan.

I want to show a bit more about the seed, so let’s go on over to Gen 4:25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another {seed} instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. Man’s seed, Adam’s seed was born into sin, but God’s seed planted into the virgin was not a man of Adamic fashion, but God’s own seed.

If every seed is created to bear seed of it’s kind, and recreate itself to it’s own kind, then God’s seed must according to God’s word and own swearing by Himself, create God. This is why when Jesus claimed to he and the Father are one, the Pharisees picked up stones to kill Him. {John 10:31} Prompting Jesus to ask for what of my miracles and wonders and good deeds do you kill me? They proclaimed not for these things but for saying you are God which is blaspheme!

The pharisees understood that Jesus was claiming to be God, because He is the only son of God ever made. He was seed of God’s seed, and no man had part in creating Jesus in the womb of the virgin. Thus they wanted to kill Him. Also Jesus saying that He was I am, those also showed the pharisees He was indeed claiming to be God. For I am is whom Moses proclaimed, told him to go out and lead God’s captives free out of Egypt. Jesus was known before he was born. He was known to be the son of God the son being of God’s seed and every seed of it’s own kind produces it’s own kind.

1 Cor 15:36-39 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

Now those verses previous, they make us go to another thing altogether and I will explain how my brain jumps to this area of bible study. That is the death of the seed, in order that life may come from it. The seed must go in the ground and die, it will come alive in a whole different form, than previously formed. So also shall we die, in baptism, and raise up out of the death to self and our old ways, and be raised up new in Christ Jesus!Then we can truly say it is no longer i who lives but Christ who lives in me and through me. Gal 2:20

We like the plant’s and like the Lord, when He died as a man, was raised up into a new man, one whose life is eternal, immortal is what He now is, and will make us one day! Only though if we die to self and the life of an earth dweller, who is only sinful all of the time. We instead when we come out of the death of baptism into the resurrected life of Christ, now live as righteous holy people. We then are called the righteousness of God through Christ.

These are all bible verses, I just am not naming them all, as i hope to prompt others to be more curious, so as to go and study this all for themselves. The Lord writing His word upon the tablet of our hearts, is good and a needful thing. We all need to be praying toward this end that he writes the word upon our hearts that we may know it and have the answers needed for people to come to know the Lord.

We are to go out into the world and make disciples of the whole world. Making them the same kind of seed we are as well, and that is now the children of God, through Christ. Christ is God in man form and there is plenty in the Old and new Testaments to make us know that indeed Christ was preached and prophesied about all through the whole word of God.

He gave me to know without question, that He Christ is indeed God as He was not born of man’s seed but of God’s seed which God can and would only make a God. Jesus was with Him and was the word, and was indeed God, John 1:1, it does not say like God, It says He was God, how does God then stop being God? Because He became flesh? He clothed Himself with mankind, for He is spirit, as a Spirit that cannot be looked upon God would then have to remedy that, so that He could come and be face to face with mankind, He had to separate Himself turning Himself into seed, but still maintaining every part of everything, He had to keep Himself in the heavens as well.

God is more than we could ever imagine, and just because people have issues with understanding the Infiniteness of God, does not change the fact that God put Himself here as a man, so that he could live a sin free perfect life, and die a spotless, sinless perfect lamb of God, to free us from the bondage of sin, and make us whole through himself, bringing us back to a right relationship with Him, such as was before the fall of Adam and Eve.

Through Christ we become new creatures. Brand new as though we were just born. ALL of our past sins, no matter what they were, even marriage and divorce, are wiped away. Dead men have no sin. Dead men are incapable of sin. But if you turn back to your sinful life, then you have lost all of your salvation. God would never take your salvation away from you, you choose to give it up! We do not give up free will when we become Christs, it is a conscious effort every day to give ourselves up, and instead walk in God’s will and ways for us.

If you detach yourself from the vine you are then dead. You will not wither immediately, but will instead wither slowly until you can no longer be recognized by the brethren as one of the brethren. I have seen many preachers these days who began good, but then were wooed away from truth by money. Now they speak lies to tickle ears so that people will pay them well and they can have an amazing life right here on earth. But the Lord says they have their rewards on earth and there are none for them in eternity.

Pick up your cross and follow me was said even before He went to the Cross, in Luke 9:23. We must deny ourselves. We must die to all selfish thoughts desires, and actions. We must deny ourselves and proclaim Him. We must bring Him honor and glory. This life is not about us, our hopes dreams, will and ways, for those are only evil all of the time. We must follow after Christ, we must listen to Him only. My sheep know my voice and they follow me, and I know them.

I always hear people say I feel, I think, I know, I want, it is not about our thoughts feelings or anything else, it is all about our love of Him, to the exclusion of everyone and everything else, and the love of others to not care how we will be persecuted for our witness of Him. It is all about our witness to Him and of Him. We will be persecuted one way or another so be Bold and speak about the seed dying and being born anew. Speak about Him and his will and ways. Warn people in and out of season. Be prepared to tell of him and suffer for it.

Most of all Die you seed, and be turned into a tree who is loaded with good fruit! Don’t despise the pruning, which makes us fruitful, and multiplies those of the same kind. When it hurts it means it is for our good! We work together, as is shown here in Corinthians.

1 Cor 3:6-8 I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one in purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.

Oct-2-13

A New Commandment I Give You!

posted by PrayerWarrior

34But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matt. 22:34-40.

With human relations declining throughout the planet, and anger and hatred taking over completely, it is so very hard to love anyone anymore. Yet if we lose the love, we have lost our own salvation. The Loving God part for me anyway comes easy. We who have been freed from much bondage and sin and who have been forgiven much can honestly love the Lord with every part of our being. The issues come in when we have to love the unlovable people of this world.

Yet the Lord expects us to seek His heart for others, and to love them as we love ourselves. How do we do this in a world growing more and more hateful by the day? We give it to God fully and completely! Let’s look at how much Love is spoken of in the NT. Quite often, and Jesus said in John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Love is the most important commandment, it is the only one according to Jesus. Everything thatis done in love cannot fail. Love does not seek it’s own, it does not boast, it does not hurt anyone in anyway. It says in 1 Pet 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Jesus says in Matt 24:9-14 9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.

Let’s talk about verse 12. In the KJV it says because iniquity will abound, the love of many grows cold. That friends is apostasy! If we lose the love, we are as nothing. We are good only for the fire, we have turned from fruitful into waste. In John chp 15 we read of the vine being cut off and thrown in the fire, if it bears no fruit, it is only good for the fire. It also describes the apostles as the branches and we are included in that!
John chpt 13 it says By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

1 John 4:20 says If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? John 13:35 says “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death”.See not loving is apostate. We must maintain no matter what we go through the Love. If we lose the love we have lost everything and all our past goodnees and or righteous deeds have come to naught.

Paul says, “owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10) Pretty clear on that score. Love does not wrong to anyone at any time.

Jesus said in Luke chpt 6:30-36 “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” principle. He says, “Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”

That set of verses covers a lot of territory. If we love we will go that extra mile to show the love. Imagine you borrow from someone and they give you much more than you asked for, then tell you you owe me nothing! I never want you to try and pay me back! Your head would nearly spin off your neck at such a thing. Especially in this day and age when everyone is out for what more they can get out of each other, this is unheard of.Yet it is something we should regularly be practicing. I am not talking about giving everything you have unless of course you have the faith to believe the Lord will cover you, much more than you gave.

Of course we must be doing according to the will of God as well. But we know the will of God is to love even our enemies in this way. When he said if one slap you in the face turn your cheek and present it too to your enemy. Also if one takes your coat give them your sweater too! No this is so not easy a thing to do. We are incensed at such a thing occurring. We would be absolutely flabbergasted for someone to steal our coat right off us. The last thing we would be thinking is here take my sweater too.

We would be thinking, you are so lucky I don’t grab you and beat you!! But now turn it around and think how that thief would feel like hell came down on their head, if you turned and smiled at them and said oh here have my sweater too! They would think you went nuts and they would certainly think twice about walking off with your coat and sweater. They would be heaping coals on their own head. They would be so astounded I think they would give you your coat back and walk off wondering what just happened?

How many of us do such things? How many of us think only of ourselves and our own comfort? I know I sure do. But in learning and growing in the Lord, I pray that should such ever occur, I would do the noble thing and think to myself instead of you creepy jerk! Wow the need that prompted such an action as steaing my coat right off my back, deserves to be met. Here take my coat and here is my sweater for anyone who is with you, suffering with you. Then bring them to a shop and get them lunch as well. Can you imagine that soul being won for the Lord? I sure could! So now I pray Lord help me to be blessed enough to be such a blessing to others.

Father help me to love as you love. Lord help me to see the need behind the foul actions rather than looking at the outer, help me see the inner turmoil that has caused one to do things not of the norm. Let’s think of what 1 Corinthians 13 says, if we have all the gifts of the spirit but have no love we are as a sounding brass. Meaning we are nothingbecause if there is no love then God is not in you. if there is no love you are apostate or were never his to begin with. It is getting harder and harder to love in this crazy cruel world. The sorrow to be found on a daily basis makes one shudder.

The news is filled with horrible things going on all over the world. Each moment of every day there are things being reported by the media main stream and Christian, as well as not so known news outlet’s. These are designed by the enemy to rob us of the Love of the compassion and empathy needed to maintain and remain in love. By hearing all these things seeing pictures and videos of these things going on, we become complacent and apathetic. We become desensitized to them, as they are shown often. So that we stand on the side lines and say and do nothing anymore.

Love treads where fools refuse to go. We as lovers of God and each other must stand up. We must speak and contend for truth. We must argue out of love for truth. We must make known the things of God and especially the love of God. We must be examples of the exemplary love of God at all times at all costs. I know arguing does not sound like it is right. But when we aretalking about false teachings and false beliefs it is our duty to prove the word of God to those who are lost and or not understanding. We must always contend for the truth. it is so important to believe in the Lord in truth and spirit.

In closing I pray that the Lord will help you to see what is pure true love the kind of love we all dream of being and doing. I pray the Lord open each of our eyes but especially our hearts to true deep abiding love no matter what happens. Because if we lose the love then we have lost the race, and there is no second place we must be first! As it gets harder and harder to stay in love with God andeach other, may the Lord fill us with compassion and empathy to just keep on going in Him. He who endures till the end shall be saved. That is enduring in love come what may. I pray the Lord fills us each with strength to be doers of the word and not hearers only.

Blessings in Christ Jesus,
Tammy

Apr-11-12

The Seven Churches Of Revelation

posted by PrayerWarrior

While doing this study and working hard at it, the Lord poured out an understanding on me I had not grasped before. There are seven churches and Jesus is addressing them all, all of these seven churches have different doctrines, He Jesus is calling out their doctrines not the children themselves. Then It came to me that we all have these different doctrines as well as these spiritual churches, further proving to us that we are all of us from one of these churches or another, according to the doctrines we believe. Also The trials and tribulations we will go through in the end times coming soon, will finally Unite us into the one Doctrine that is Christs full gospel. Nothing like people going through hell together to bring them to Unity and to bring them to truth!

Peter says in 1 Pet 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? So we see that judgment begins at the house of God and then we go to Revelation chapter one verse 20, The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Which begins the next chapter of the Lord calling out what He likes about these churches and then telling them what He has against them. But first He says to all who read and keep the prophecies of this book there is a blessing in reading this book. It is the only book of the bible with a promise of Blessings for reading it. So sad that so many do not find it worthy of reading,and worse that it scares them rather than blessing them as it is meant to do.

Church One, is the Church at Ephesus. The Lord begins by telling them what they are doing right. Let’s take a look. 1 To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: 2 I know thy works, and thy toil and patience, and that thou canst not bear evil men, and didst try them that call themselves apostles, and they are not, and didst find them false; 3 and thou hast patience and didst bear for my name’s sake, and hast not grown weary. 4 But I have this against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love. 5 Remember therefore whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou repent. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.

So what is it that they have against them? They gave up their first love. What does that mean exactly? We know that Jesus commandments, the two of them, were as follows. Matt 22:37 And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. So Jesus is telling them that they are not loving God as they once did, and to repent of this and to go back to it. Or He will remove their candle stand. This is really huge when you think about it! If your not loving God with all your might it is accounted as a sin that requires repentance.

Then He says That He likes that they hate the doctrines of the Nicolaitans, which He also hates. We will revisit this soon, because there is another Church that the Nicolaitans are mentioned in later too.

The second church is Smyrna. 8 And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These things saith the first and the last, who was dead, and lived again: 9 I know thy tribulation, and thy poverty (but thou art rich), and the blasphemy of them that say they are Jews, and they are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear not the things which thou art about to suffer: behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

There is nothing He dislikes about the church at Smyrna, He warns them that they will suffer some trials and persecution,and to be faithful even unto death, meaning some will be killed, but not to worry, the second death at the end of all things cannot hurt them. But there is something else I want to take a look at with this church. This tribulation and these trials have not as of yet happened. This is not a church of the past. This church still exists as do all the churches. The church age is not yet done and there were no different eras of the church age. The devil has not yet taken over the earth in it’s entirety. He has not yet been the one shown to have caused the persecution of the redeemed.

There may not any longer be a physical church at Smyrna, but it is the spirit of the church which still exists. As are all the churches mentioned. There weren’t exactly physical churches in all these places, they were just places, of worship. Not necessarily physical buildings. These places, (I need to point out) of worship were not located in Israel. They were all outside of Israel. Mostly these are areas near Turkey. These areas were all ruled by Rome. Another thing I think people fail to understand, is that Revelation was written (GET THIS) After the temple was destroyed! Therefore there is nothing in here (to the churches) that is speaking to Israel. So those who say that Revelation and the tribulation are for Israel need to take a better look at these prophecies.

The next church our Lord speaks to is the church at Pergamum. 12 and to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These things saith he that hath the sharp two-edged sword: 13 I know where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s throne is; and thou holdest fast my name, and didst not deny my faith, even in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwelleth. 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there some that hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblin gblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.15 So hast thou also some that hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans in like manner. 16 Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Yikes scary this one. These are the ones who hold to some of the teachings of the nicolaitans. Those teachings of Balaam and Balak. So they had not denied the teachings of Christ that He died to save them from their sins. So then why is he so angry with their doctrines. Because Balaam taught Balak to make the Israelites to sin against God and to think they were still being faithful to God. Meaning once saved always saved. You can according to them do these things and not lose your place with the Lord,in our day it is said because Jesus did it all. There is nothing for us to do. We can go ahead and commit fornication and acts of immorality because we are safe . As a matter of fact those who believe in once saved always saved, go so far as to say you can even tell God to take a hike and He will still not ever allow you to go to hell. Now that is some messed up teaching.

He tells us to be holy as He is Holy. To endure till the end and then shall we be saved. Ask yourself to the end of what? The end of all things as we know them, the end of the rule of satan, the end of the world as it is. This ends at the day of reckoning. At the day of the Lord all this will cease to be. Then Jesus sets up His kingdom on this earth for a thousand years. The kingdom of peace where He will rule with a rod of iron. Or till the end of your life. Most people I have cared for when doing hospice, did not turn away from God,they came closer to God when they were suffering. They endured and their faith was increased the more they suffered. 1Pet 4:1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin. Interesting no?

The next church is Thyatira 18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like unto burnished brass: 19 I know thy works, and thy love and faith and ministry and patience, and that thy last works are more than the first. 20 But I have this against thee, that thou sufferest the woman Jezebel, who calleth herself a prophetess; and she teacheth and seduceth my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time that she should repent; and she willeth not to repent of her fornication.22 Behold, I cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of her works.

23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto each one of you according to your works 24 But to you I say, to the rest that are in Thyatira, as many as have not this teaching, who know not the deep things of Satan, as they are wont to say; I cast upon you none other burden. 25 Nevertheless that which ye have, hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcometh, and he that keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give authority over the nations: 27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to shivers; as I also have received of my Father: 28 and I will give him the morning star.

David Wilkerson said of this church that was under Jezebels spell, I want to say, in no uncertain terms, that it is dangerous to sit under the wrong teaching. False doctrine can damn you more readily than all the lusts and sins of the flesh. False preachers and teachers are sending more people to hell than all the drug pushers, pimps and prostitutes combined. That is not an overstatement – I believe it. Multitudes of blind, misled Christians are singing and praising the Lord in churches enslaved by false doctrine. Thousands are sitting under teachers who are pouring out the doctrine of demons – and they come away saying, “Wasn’t that wonderful”?

Idolatry as we know makes the Lord call those who practice it whores. They have sold out truth for a lie. They do not endure sound teaching. They go where they will hear what they want to hear. There are so many false teachings out there and people will rip you apart for telling them their belief is wrong. That their pet doctrine is not sound according to the bible. When you show them the verses that prove their belief system is wrong they will fillet you and their favorite thing to say is that is not what it means this preacher or teacher said this is what it means. Then they go and twist the words and add or take away from it,so you cannot even recognize it as the word anymore.

The next church is Sardis. Revelation 3: 1 And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars: I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and thou art dead. 2 Be thou watchful, and establish the things that remain, which were ready to die: for I have found no works of thine perfected before my God. 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and didst hear; and keep it, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4 But thou hast a few names in Sardis that did not defile their garments: and they shall walk with me in white; for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh shall thus be arrayed in white garments; and I will in no wise blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

Wow these are dead. These are so spiritually dead as to almost not even be recognizable that they had ever heard the Lord’s call to their hearts. I would imagine, these are they which at one time heard and received with gladness the good news, but somewhere along the way said this is too hard for me, I am done. I have a friend who at one time received the Lord as her savior and then decided that everything that could go wrong in her life went wrong and she was just not into being a Christian due to the hardships she suffered. Personally I think she was being severely tested so that the blessings she would have received would have blown her away. But she gave up and gave in and walked away. This friend is who I think of when I read this.

I notice the theme in all of this, is repent or else you’ll be blotted out, or else you will not eat of the tree of life. Or else you will suffer and I will come and kill you with the sword of my mouth. In this whole thing these people who have made the mistakes of false doctrine of wrong beliefs, are told over and over to repent. How does this work for those out there who say that one can not ever, no matter what they do, lose their salvation? How can anyone read this and not see from our Lord’s mouth Himself, that yes salvation can and will be lost?

The next church is Philadelphia. 7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth and none shall shut, and that shutteth and none openeth: 8 I know thy works (behold, I have set before thee a door opened, which none can shut), that thou hast a little power, and didst keep my word, and didst not deny my name. 9 Behold, I give of the synagogue of Satan, of them that say they are Jews, and they are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou didst keep the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of trial, that hour which is to come upon the whole world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no one take thy crown. 12 He that overcometh, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out thence no more: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God, and mine own new name.

13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. In all of these letters to the churches The Lord has said after each one (though I have not included these in most of the paragraphs) ,He that hath an ear let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. He that hath an ear means those who hear what the spirit says to them. Those who understand when the spirit is speaking to them. The church of Philadelphia holds to the patience of the Lord,there is no rebuke hidden here there is no rebuke to this church. As a matter of fact they are promised protection through the tribulation. He tells them to keep on holding their crown of life. These are they which follow after the Lord and do not deviate from that straight and narrow path. No false doctrines can pull them away. Nothing said to them that is not of the word, can change their mind from the truth that the Spirit leads them in.

The next church the final church is the church at Laodicea. 14 And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God: 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art the wretched one and miserable and poor and blind and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold refined by fire, that thou mayest become rich; and white garments, that thou mayest clothe thyself, and that the shame of thy nakedness be not made manifest; and eyesalve to anoint thine eyes, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 He that overcometh, I will give to him to sit down with me in my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. The Laodiceans to me sounds like the stupid prosperity preachings. They think that the Lord wants to make them rich. What I have found is that these teachings are so foolish and make those who would otherwise be good Christians to think that there is something wrong with their faith if they are not rich also. The ones who are rich sit there with their money and say I am rich I do not need to ask God for anything and they do not see they are so poor and in filthy worldy rags. They are neither hot nor cold for the Lord because why need they be? They have no needs they say the Lord has supplied all their needs and that is why they are rich.

They then lose their way they have a form of Godliness but deny the power thereof. Now do not get me wrong I know some very wealthy Christians who do not act or think this way. They are very giving of their time and their money. But they are very few and very far in between. Friends if you are not rich it is always a good thing. In need we always turn more to the Lord, who supplies abundantly above what we can think to ask for. Money cannot save anyones life. Only God can! Money does not buy happiness. Joy is our strength and comes only from the Lord. He is telling the laodiceans to buy their gold from Him, that has been tried in the fire. For their riches on earth, as He tells us elsewhere in the word, is temporary and it means nothing in eternity. Luke warm is not what we want to be. This also says to me that these whom He speaks of here have that one foot in the world one foot in Him kind of salvation and guess what? That is no salvation at all. With our precious Lord it is an all or nothing venture. Give Him your all, surrender totally, or just do not even bother. Being spit out of His mouth is worse than not ever having had Him.

The last thing I want to point out is this. These churches do have a spirit and an angel over them,they are real churches not in physical but in the spirit and most of them will lose their place with Him, for not repenting. These are going to be the apostates in the end time. See they were and are real churches real believers those who at one time or another have been saved and somehow lost their way. Do not be any of these churches except for two of them Smyrna,and Philadelphia. These two churches are His loves. These two churches had no rebuke from Him. The greatest of these is Love. Love the Lord your God with all your heart mind soul and body,and the second is like it,love your neighbor as yourself.

Love in Christ Jesus,Tammy


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