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The Word is a Light, and cuts like a Sword thru the Darkness

Dec-23-15

Love God, Love others!

posted by PrayerWarrior

I am astounded beyond words with how insane things are. I knew love would be called hate, I knew hate would be called love, but there is so much more to that whole story than we see.

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
The Holy Spirit fills in the blanks for us. God never says more than what needs saying. His word does not mince words, it needs no more words than it has, because in order to get the rest of the story, the complete understanding of that concept, One must have the Holy Spirit living within them!

If the Holy Spirit resides inside you, you will have what is not written, in your remembrance. You will understand what is not said, forewarned is forearmed, and having understanding of the Lord, His will and ways, and the word.

Of course growth happens at all times in the Lord, we progress from tests and trials along the way, growing in understanding and perseverance, wisdom and knowledge.
I say all this because I knew this was all coming, because I love the Lord and He speaks messages to my heart in one package uploaded to my heart. It is truly a complete packet of knowledge, a real revelation of understanding that is quite mind blowing.

That is called blessing! The more of these packages you receive, the More you need, more of Him. God is so much more addicting than anything life has to offer us. In Him is Life, real loving life is found!
No matter what we go through, He is there! Holding us up, moving us, as long as we allow Him the reigns of our life, He will see us through it!

Tests are hard, but the reward is a closer walk with Him.
I don’t know about anyone else bt I myself want to serve Him with every ounce I have within and without me to give. Hot because I am doing extraordinary works, because that’s not what i am talking about. It is because I want to be pleasing to the Father. i want to be a sweet odor before His nostrils.

My life is my only thing I have to give Him, and this is exactly what He wants from us, our life! Every part of our lives is sacrificed to Him, because this is the only thing we have to give Him back for His extraordinary love.
I want to love God as much as He loves me, or die trying! I know I can never ever achieve that kind of love, but I am surely going to give it the best I’ve got.
We are to live a life of complete sacrifice of self and to self. Die each day to yourself, by picking up your cross, and deciding to die to self and live through Christ, who lives through us!

Allow Him to work in your every part of you, be His body mind, and soul. You cannot go wrong by giving Him yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet and everything in between, be His!

If you don’t live with His Presence, every moment of every day of your life, why would He then want to have His every moment near you who could not sacrifice yourself to Him, for eternity?

Sold out is what the Lord our God is looking for. All His all the time every day every night no matter what you are doing in life at work at home in the car at the store, with friends, still be His bride!

A Bride is always looking to please her man, this keeps the honeymoon faze going for pretty much two years. But we are to be the bride of the Lord, every second of every moment of every day!!! We look to please our man, and the great thing is? The husband is so appreciative of the Brides love for Him and devotion to want to please Him, He does the same thing for her.

Our relationship with the Lord goes only as deep as we make it to be. If we are aloof He will be aloof. If we are shy, He will be shy of us. If we are angry? He will be angry with us.

I will only make my relationship with the Lord deeper closer and clearer every day. I am not shy to say He is my Lord and king, I shout it practically. I want everyone everywhere to love the Lord our God, as much as He loves us.
We would see an amazing thing take place if there was revival of the fear and love and devotion to the Lord that we should have, without being told by anyone, because we should be in the word to the nth degree. Eating the word, swallowing it whole, gulps of it!

We need to live in the truth fully, or we are not His. He has two churches in the book of Revelation that He has no rebuke for5 churches He tells repent or else he will take away their part from the kingdom of God.
Of the two churches that there was no rebuke for? One of them will suffer greatly in the end times. Many will be jailed and many will be killed. One church is so deeply devoted to God that she will walk unscathed, through the tribulation, the church of Philadelphia.

I asked the Father show me Lord this church of Philadelphia, what do these people look like? How do we live this life to be protected through the tribulation? He said Psalm 91! I read it, I cried! It is not a long read, it is something that should have each word savored, and weighed carefully, for the full measure to sink in, of these amazing promises of God, to His deeply devoted Bride, who lives in the secret place of the Lord.

Man that was a run on sentence! But it needed to be said that way.

He showed me a great vision one night of those walking in His shadow, and how evil could not even see them, but the second they looked out, they took their eyes off Jesus? Evil saw them peeking out, and snatched them up, ate them up!! It was a horrifying vision, part of the worst one i have ever had.

I want to learn now how to walk in Him so deeply, that I am hidden from evil! That takes devotion to His every desire of you. Which church of the 7 in Revelation do you spiritually fit into?

Are you just barely scraping by on the fringes of a relationship with Him? Maybe you are into Him a lot, but are doing things no pure deeply living in Him child would do?
Or are you the laodicean church who says eh we are secure we know no way to lose out on God i said a prayer i’m good i have need of nothing i am rich in Him, whom He will spit out of His mouth?

Examine those churches see what they are like, and then choose the church you want to fit into spiritually, and pray to be of that church!!

Learn the word of the Lord people for yourselves. No man’s understanding is the same as yours. Our personal relationship with God is our own tailor made for us, each individual! We are all different and unique and think differently, but God reads our thoughts all the time.

God knows how to reach you so deeply so tenderly you can’t help but fall in love with Him, and be devoted to Him entirely, and walk in a security that cannot be shaken. His love surrounding you coming out of your pores, towards other people and yourself? There is no feeling on earth that can come close to touching that feeling.

We do not live by feelings But when God gives you feelings of a certain kind, man oh man it’s always earth shattering, and addicting. I MUST HAVE MORE!!

Jan-6-15

Tasted, And Partook

posted by PrayerWarrior

What do these words mean? To taste, is to sample, to put some in your mouth. I like this one too, to perceive in any way. So that to me says tried! Partake, to take or have a part in; share. So to taste the Lord and to partake pretty much says you were a part of the Holy Spirit. To have been enlightened is, to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; impart knowledge to:

In the Word we are told in 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.

Let’s really break this down, because I want everyone to understand that this is no joke here, this is a very serious, and very important thing to understand.

You cannot partake of the Holy Spirit, unless you were under Him, in Him, or immersed in Him. You cannot have tasted God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, if you are not truly His. These are not given to those who are not truly saved.

You cannot be apostate unless you were truly in Him! Look also at John 15:1-8 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; 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. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

So if we do not stay attached to the vine which is Jesus Christ we wither and die and are only good for the fire. That speaks of walking away. One cannot sin willfully after having received forgiveness of sins and then expect to go to heaven.

2 peter 2:20-22 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”

The word is showing us over and over again our conditional salvation. Romans 5:9-10 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Or if we die in Him and go to heaven.

look also at Matt 7:21-23, 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

How can someone who is not a partaker of the Holy Spirit cast out demons and or prophecy? Jesus Himself said satan cannot or will not cast out a demon as that would be fighting against himself. Only those who have the Holy Spirit can prophesy or cast out demons so they had to have known Him and truly been in the Spirit for them to do those things!

Also notice Jesus did not deny that they did such, He told them they practice lawlessness. it is now worse for them than had they not known Him at all.

What no one seems to understand is the churches get judged first it is not exactly churches, it is the spirit of that particular sect of the Ekklesia, the body the chosen elect ones, (us the body of the Lord), that gets judged first, and if you are of the body you are a Christian! But they are going to be kicked out of the body, because they will not repent.
I don’t know why many people choose to overlook this, the judgement of the body comes before the judgement’s against the world, the ones who do not serve the Lord, those who have chosen against Jesus! Then those who were and have been in the body of believers, but for some reason lost their way, and they refuse to repent of their sins.

Study the first 3 chapters of Revelation seriously deeply, and see what Jesus is saying to those churches? These are not past tense churches, they did exist in a physical location before. They now do not have a physical location or area of the globe, now these churches exist in the spirit. Revelation has not begun just yet. I mean who knows I do believe the body is being judged right now.

The body is going to lose some members. How can we think one can not walk away from the promise when it has been done before? And God is never changing?
God has not changed one thing about Himself and who and what He is and is about.
The whole of everything was designed by Him He knows everything and shows us and tells us over and over again He does not change.

He knows when time would begin and time would end. He saw and knew our every moment, from before the foundations of the earth. He knows our death date and how we are going to die. He knows and knew long before He even made the world everything that would transpire.

He knows who chose Him, and He loved them unconditionally and they walked away from it, just like the devils or demons did, and just like the Israelites who were killed by the Lord our God, before reaching the promised land! People are still free to leave Him. He says He would not be the one to leave us! Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

He will never leave nor forsake us, but that does not mean people wont and haven’t forsaken Him. How can anyone think that God has changed in this aspect, even though we are under grace, people just like angels and in the OT, still choose to walk away from Him.

I cannot fathom that myself, even if one backslides a bit they are always forgiven upon repentance, and taken back into the fold. A name does not get blotted out just like that, it takes a lot to not be given another chance. God knows who is going to, and who will not stay His.

I could easily speak on the book of Revelation but no I am talking about judgment and no such thing as once saved always saved. The promises of God are conditional, all of them, they have always been. The condition is you stay in Him no matter what. Even if it means death.

Once saved always saved is not a fact unless one walks non stop in Him. But those who walk away, have at one time, walked with Him in Him and had the gifts they were true Christians. Anyone at any time can choose to walk away it is still free will. I cannot myself fathom a moment in life without Him, but that’s me and obviously you but to say people can never lose their salvation is just wrong. God does not stop loving no matter what, but just because He loves us no end, does not mean He will hold us, against our will, to Him.

Why would we be told to work out our OWN salvation with fear and trembling? Because we could easily walk away from Him. We could get carried away by the cares of the world! We must remain humble and contrite. There are many who served the Lord with everything they have, at one time, but many of them walked away.

The Lord, He told me a while back, 1 Cor 5:6, Gal 5:9 a little leaven, leavens the whole lump. What man teaches wrong and believes wrong, colors their thinking as to the truth of the Lord.

We are going to go through insane hell for one purpose! To show us rather we are devoted to the Lord or not! God knows who is and who is not His, but we do not even know that ourselves! When it comes down to insane testing, even painful testing, He knows, who will and who will not remain in Him. But He wants that each of us would in fact know for ourselves, truly if we are 100% in Him. He does not want slackers.

Fiery trials are for our good to make us even stronger in our trust of God, we better expect to go through the mill and then back through it. As Paul says in Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

What are we heading for after the tribulation? the millennial Kingdom!! So through MUCH tribulation we must enter it, and still stay in Him. For these temporary afflictions, reap for us an amazing reward we cannot even fathom in the end. Many will find the cost entirely too much to bear, and fall away. True Christians, no less!

It is only the church of the day that says stop being militant! We are soldiers in the Lord’s army we must be diligently about the fathers works. As we see in James, faith without works is dead!! It is not just crowns that will be taken away from us, it is the promises of the Father if we do not keep on doing our part until we die! We are to be about speaking truth no matter the cost to us and it is (the cost) heavy at all times

Our own families turn against us but we are not concerned by that, for the one reason that Jesus said, it would happen and we would be hated by the world for speaking and being in the truth. We are soldiers in the Lord’s army and are going to be crusading throughout the world, those who are mentally emotionally spiritually and physically able to withstand and persevere, in the worst times the world has ever seen. Evil walking among us, with us.

They tell us we are haters, no we are not, we love and so we do not want to see anyone go to hell, not anyone, so we keep speaking truth and exposing liars. People have got to know the truth. Lies and following them blindly, or knowingly even, gets one hell. Jesus is truth and we have to know Him and all of the truth, that is knowing Him.
I am passionate about the truth. It is my life and the Life in the Lord, is knowing who and what is not of God at all times, and making others aware of it with truth.

So people who promote pre tribulation rapture and people who tell people no no you cannot lose your salvation are liars. That is heretical, and it is something that must be exposed. And then most people just say you are judgmental, that is not judging that is showing them with the bible, the scriptures that prove we must be busy working occupying until He comes. Not with the next church social crap or gimmick of the church. But with real repentant revivals.

This country this whole world is a complete wreck and we can know all the truth of the word of God, Because the Holy Spirit does not lie so we study the word diligently and do not for one moment allow someone to speak lies to us when the Holy Spirit has spoken the truth to us through the word of God. That is why if i do not agree with someone i do not go to their church.

The Lord gave me Ezekiel 34 not long ago! read it and understand. Then look at other countries Christianity, and see most of their Christianity is real and deep God is all they have, and still they cling to the cross. They are being beheaded for their faith, right now.

2 Pet 2:4-11 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;

7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 11 whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.

The Lord is so good but He is not going to look the other way when one sins. I submit to you the truth that God is never changing. No I have heard so many many Christians claim they know this truth, then explain how we are no longer under the Lord of the Old testament just because Jesus came.

We can see without question this is not true. God has not changed how He deals with anyone since the angels chose satan over Him He has always dealt the same way. People are lower than the angels, He did not put up with angels departing and disobedience, He will not put up with people doing so either. Let’s look at Ezekiel 18:24 “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die.

25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair? 26 When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies. 27 Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive.

28 Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair?

30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord God. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!”

Now i want you all to think about this as well. We who come to the Lord through Christ are now joint heirs with Abraham! Understand one who accepts Christ is truly a chosen elect one. No ones comes to the Lord our God Lest the Lord calls them! Galatians 3:29

Then let’s look at Ezekiel 33, and see what it says in there. I want to lay a little ground work here first to make sure people understand. We who work in the Lord and do His will and warn people, are doing what the Lord tells us to do. That is to be watchmen to watch and in Ezekiel 33 the Lord explains concisely to Ezekiel that if he does not warn of danger, anyone who is lost, and not warned by the watchmen first, their blood is on their heads.

I dearly love the two chapters of Ezekiel 33 and 34. 34 is all about shepherds who do not lead the Lord’s sheep but instead take advantage of and harm in all their greed. And that the Lord Himself will care for His own and be their shepherd the only one they need.

Back to EZ 33. 12 “Therefore you, O son of man, say to the children of your people: ‘The righteousness of the righteous man shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression; as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall because of it in the day that he turns from his wickedness; nor shall the righteous be able to live because of his righteousness in the day that he sins.’ 13 When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, but he trusts in his own righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous works shall be remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die.

14 Again, when I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right, 15 if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 16 None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

17 “Yet the children of your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ But it is their way which is not fair! 18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die because of it. 19 But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and right, he shall live because of it. 20 Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you according to his own ways.”

Now keeping in mind at all times that God is never changing, not ever, not in who He is, and not in how He deals with the people of the world. Those who are His, and those who are not, how can anyone then convince themselves, that the Lord has changed one drip drop of Himself? I tell you He has not changed, and it is people tickling itching ears. Better yet it is satan saying that same old tired line, that got Eve at the start of time. Surely you won’t die!

Nov-28-08

Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing

posted by PrayerWarrior

When I was led to do this particular article, I researched it, and do you know what I found?
I found that all those preachers who are busy pointing out other wolves in sheep’s clothing were actually the very thing they were preaching against. Thats right, look up the words wolves in sheep’s clothing for yourself, and notice it is preachers talking about other preachers and putting them down. You will see what it is The Lord was speaking about through Paul. What does this mean to me, when I hear of ravening wolves, hiding as one of the sheep among the sheep? I think of devious jealous snarling angry unhappy people. Who do not apparently have enough to do with their own lives, and are just not busy enough leading people to the Lord. Our great commission according to Jesus is to go out and lead others to him.How can we effectively lead others to the Lord, if we are so busy looking for something bad to report about another preacher or teacher? Or even another brother or sister in Christ. It reminds me of my children when they were growing up and jealous of one another’s attention. Dad he said this, mom she said that ,aren’t you going to punish her or him?

In effect are we not as brothers and sisters in Christ doing the same thing when we take it upon ourselves to point out a wrong word or misspoken sentence someone else might have said? Most often, peoples opinions on others, is based upon their own prejudices, jealousies and or anger.It is a sad state of afairs when in looking for verses online pertaining to wolves in sheep’s clothing. Alls you can find on the issue is other preachers putting down other preachers and teachers.We are all supposed to be honoring one another in the body of Christ. Now I have no problem personally with others prayerfully considering sharing their disappointment with other Christians. Once in a while about someone they once had great esteem for,and they found out through that preachers own words, that he/she was indeed a wolf in sheep’s clothing.This takes serious consideration and time. My issue with the preachers who are talking smack about other preachers is this, they are not working the great commission that Christ told us is our job. That is simply to further the kingdom of God. To grow it and in love and patience teach one another.

If say a person came to Christ through the teachings and or preaching or evangelizing of one preacher, and then that new Christian heard through another preacher even their own preacher, that this person whom at first led them to the Lord, was a crooked so and so, or a wolf and they simply had misspoken something. Would that new baby Christian turn away? Would that new Christian who held such esteem for this person who led them to the Lord, Now hearing that preacher is bad bad bad. Couldn’t that give them serious pause to think, oh man who am I kidding here? I don’t know anything. I was stupid to listen to that or this person. Would that not turn them away forever more? I know within myself if I had heard all that I now know as a new Christian. I probably would have turned away. Thinking I knew nothing and this was a bunch of angry people I would not want to have anything to do with.

A study was done this past summer and filmed on,what other people think of Christians, are they united or divided? The answer by people who are not saved and do not have a clue about it, was they are so very divided. That dear friends is horrible. How can we effectively show the world at large, that we are indeed of one body, if it seems to the rest of the world that we are not united. Philippians 2:2 then fill me with joy by having the same attitude, sharing the same love, being united in spirit, and keeping one purpose in mind.[ISV] 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all like minded, compassionate, loving as brethren, tenderhearted, humble minded: This is the body of Christ and what it would look like to the rest of the world.

Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Psalms 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Jeremiah 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.  I could go on and on with these verses of unity, but this has moved me in another direction than I wanted this article to go. Obviously my next article will be one minded in Christ.

Now what we are looking for in wolves, who are ravening and mad, who hide themselves as Christians among Christians . “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. “Matthew 7:15, KJV “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. “Matthew 10:16, KJV “Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. “Luke 10:3, KJV “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.”Acts 20:29, KJV.

Jesus does not spell out what “fruits” to look for, although in the Olivet Prophecy, He does link the deceptions of false prophets with the lawlessness and lack of love that abounds at the end time (Matthew 24:11-13). However, the rest of the Bible elucidates God’s character and nature, so we already have the tools to evaluate whether a message allegedly coming from God fits with what His Word reveals about Him. God is not double-minded; He will not contradict Himself. In other words test everything you hear everything against the word of God. We are also quite lucky in that the Lord has provided us the Holy Spirit which helps us to have discernment within ourselves. If it sounds wrong compared to what you already know, then search it out, study it up, and learn, always learn about your Father in Heaven, and what he would have you know as truth.

The description here is very apt—wolves in sheep’s clothing. They appear on the outside to be something they are not. When Jesus uttered this, He was probably thinking of false ministers who would insinuate themselves into the church by appearing to be sheep within the sheepfold.

Jesus uses this terminology in regard to His relationship with the church. He is the Shepherd, and we are His sheep. Here we have wolves (false ministers) who look like sheep, but it is hypocrisy. They only look that way on the outside. He tells us we will know them by their fruits. The fruit that is produced will not necessarily appear quickly. But Christ guarantees that over a period of time the church will be stripped of its true spiritual vitality in terms of the character that will be produced within the flock, making the rise of wolves in sheep’s clothing more likely.

What is He saying? The implication is that Jesus is connecting belief with practice. If we believe a certain set of doctrines, we will practice something because of the teaching. A religious creed or the dogma that a group is following will produce a certain kind of conduct by the people. Belief and practice, creed and conduct—Jesus is saying they are vitality connected. In other words, the teacher cannot hide what he is going to produce. Eventually it will come out. Their false philosophies, no matter how attractive they may appear at first sight, will in the long run be exposed for what they really are.

In Closing my brothers and sisters, I wish to warn you a little further of what to look for in wolves hiding among us. (Romans 1:28-32) And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. At all times keep your ears open, your eyes trained on truth. You I trust will know who to stay away from.

It is not our job to show the world who in our own opinion is a false teacher, but to trust the Holy Spirit will warn individuals of who is a wolf in sheeps clothing. To speak ill of someone else who is according to the word, our brother or sister is gossip, and slander.

Love in Christ Jesus,Tammy

Nov-26-08

Let’s Give Thanks

posted by PrayerWarrior

Psalm 31:19 (NIV) How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. Psalm 95:1-6 (KJV) “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”

Psalm 100 (KJV) “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

Psalm 107:1 (NIV) “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Psalm 145:7 (NIV) They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (KJV) “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,for everything in heaven and earth is yours.Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you;you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks,and praise your glorious name.”

These are just a few of the verses from the Old Testament on being thankful.
I thought it would be nice to share with you all of my readers a few verses that show us always to be thankful to the Lord, especially since it is Americas thanksgiving holiday.

There was an even further thaksgiving day long before the American day of thanks, and that was in Nehemiahs day, Nehemiah 11:17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

The first American’s to land here came with religious freedom in mind and they had it. They were also starving, and cold and sick and dying, at least half of the adult’s who came to America that year died. Those who lived had their bibles and their faith and not much else. They decided to praise the Lord anyway. What the Lord did was to bring them people from those lands, that the pilgrims knew nothing about, and the Indians showed them how to garden, and catch fish and hunt. They had such an abundance that year that after the fall harvest, they celebrated their abundance by having a feast in which they invited the Indians to dinner. Thus the first thanksgiving. In short they gave thanks to the Lord. We should always be thankful but this time of year is an absolute time of knowing that God has been good to us.
We all should sit and give thanks to the Lord always. Count your blessings. Write them down if you have to. Count them and see exactly how God has provided for you and held you up, when you did not think you would make it through your tough times.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Matthew 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. Revelation 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever. Revelation 11:16-17 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Psalms 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Psalms 92:1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: Psalms 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Psalms 35:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  Nehemiah 12:31 Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate:
Nehemiah 12:40 So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with me: Acts 27:35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; Meaning give thanks for one another. Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Psalms 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.Psalms 97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalms 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalms 136:1-3 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.   With all of David’s repetition going on in giving thanks, do you think it is important?  I definitely do. I personally am very thankful and begin all of my prayers with thanksgiving to the Lord.

2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. Revelation 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. Romans 7:23-25 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.          For Wisdom in the Lord, Daniel 2:23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.

The list goes on and on of the verses that mention giving thanks to God our Father. Think about it this way, when you do something for someone, though you do not need thanks for it, you do hope for it. The Lord does for us daily, we should thank Him on a constant basis for all he is, all he does, and all he is going to do. When you have abundance to give to other’s, give thanks that you are able.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!
Love in Christ Jesus,Tammy


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