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Be DOERS Of The Word And NOT Just Hearers, ONLY!

Believe me, this goes just as much for ME as for ANYONE, here!

We can know every word of scripture there is to know………but if we don’t DIRECTLY APPLY what we know about the Word of God to our LIVES, then the Word of God has NO true *root* in us; in our mind, heart, body or SOUL!

James 1: 19-25 in the New Testament states: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” 

In other words, James 1:19-25’s telling us not just to READ about the Word of God but to APPLY the Word of God DIRECTLY to our lives!

The Written Word of God (The Bible) tells us to do MANY things! For example, we are to:

  • Help those less fortunate than us. When you pass by a homeless person (rather or not they have a sign asking for money/food), do you actively GIVE them a meal or money for some food, for instance?
  • Preach the gospel of Salvation/Jesus Christ to others. Are you actively telling others about Jesus Christ/Almighty Yeshua and how he’s the ONLY way to Salvation, in some way, shape or form? Be it a blog, ministry, Youtube videos, in person testimony, etc.? 
  • Forgive those who’ve hurt us. Have you forgiven all the people who’ve hurt you? If not, have you PRAYED to be ABLE to forgive them? The bible says that if WE don’t forgive OTHERS for things they’ve done against US, that the Lord also won’t forgive OUR “sins/trespasses” against HIM/ALMIGHTY GOD!
  • Get full-water immersion baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. As soon as we truly BELIEVE in Jesus Christ and his gospel, we should desire to get full-water-immersion baptized in his name and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit! 
  • Have no idols or graven images! Have you gotten rid of that Buddha or Krishna statue? That golden “trophy”? The dream catcher? Carved images? Hung paintings of this or that on the wall? Statues (EVEN IF and *ESPECIALLY IF* they’re *Catholic saints/DEMONS*?) Images of dragons, Darth Vader, Harry Potter characters, etc? 
  • Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ AND his words! Have you TRULY trusted Jesus Christ with your LIFE? Would you TRULY trust Jesus Christ to get you through THE MOST difficult situations in your life such as witnessing to homosexuals, knowing exactly what to do if and when someone points a gun at your head, etc.? And do you trust that the bible is 100% sure and that everything will come to pass as the Lord SAYS it will come to pass?
  • Love our neighbor as ourselves. Have you hated anyone recently? If so, you haven’t been truly applying the written Word of God to your life! 
  • ETC. ETC., YOU GET THE POINT!

And then, Matthew 25: 14-3o, we get the Parable of the Faith Servant Vs. Disobedient Servant and it goes like THIS:

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 

Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 

After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”. 

In this case, “talents” is referring to ancient biblical “gold or silver coins” (as far as I know). But in MY opinion, it can also have double-meaning. In TODAY’S terms, the “talents” COULD be money in SOME cases, but in many others, it can also mean “talents” and “abilities” (IN GENERAL).

The bible says in Matthew 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey“.

So in other words, in the parable, each man was given talents, according to his “ability”. What does “ability” mean in this case? Does it mean workmanship ability in the temporal working world? Or is it talking about workmanship ability in the SPIRITUAL world? Or could it be a combination of BOTH? The bible doesn’t really specify. But there’s no doubt in my mind that if Jesus were to speak this parable to the modern day world of 2015, that he’d be referring to BOTH.

Romans 12: 6-8 states: Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness”. 

Truth be told, we ALL have different talents & abilities. And it’s how we USE those talents and abilities to further the kingdom of God on Earth that matters and that’ll also show WHERE we’ll stand with God/Jesus Christ on the fateful Day of Judgement!

For example, are you good at writing? Start a blog, write a book, produce Facebook notes about Jesus/Salvation, etc. Are you good at photography? Use photography to GLORIFY God’s creation! Are you a good public speaker? Get involved in politics or podcasting/radio or another public forum, in order to glorify the God of the bible! Do you have the power of persuasion? Perhaps street preaching might be good for you.

Are you good at learning and/or speaking foreign languages? Perhaps a missionary trip’s in store for you. Are you good at mathematics? Perhaps the Lord God wants you to use your mathematical abilities to talk about the MATHEMATICAL IMPOSSIBILITY of anything other than Jesus Christ BEING the fulfilled Messiah of Mankind [as over 330+ Old Testament Messianic prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus Christ in the New Testament…….the statistical chances that even ONE man could simultaneously fulfill even just 48 of these, is ASTRONOMICAL BEYOND COMPARE!] 

Are you artistically gifted? You could use your art to GLORIFY God by illustrating Christian books or stories, creating beautiful Christian bible verse cards or creating 3D animated Christian-themed movies or videogames, etc. Are you gifted at singing? You could use your good singing voice to GLORIFY God and to USE your beautiful God-given voice to motivate others to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth! You get the picture……..

But basically, we are use our “spiritual gifts” and “talents” in order to bring HIM glory and in order to FURTHER the Kingdom of God on Earth! And remember that the Kingdom of God on Earth lives WITHIN us! We are to be the EMBODIMENT of that Kingdom! 

Because remember, church is not a place we “go to”, for we “ARE” the church! We, the body/assembly of believers are “the church”! Therefore, we are not “to GO to church”, we are to BE “the church!”

That’s essentially what it means to be a DOER of the written word of God (the  bible) and not just a HEARER, ONLY! 

I hope and pray that ALL who read this will become DOERS of the written Word of God (the bible) and not just hearers, only! Amen. 

 

 

We Must Be Humble & Let Go of Our Pride!!!!

Ever heard the paraphrase: “thou take prideth before a fall?” It’s based off of Proverbs 16:18 which states (in the KJV version) “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”. Humans are sinfully prideful by nature. And AS humans, we like to think that our good looks, our talents, our abilities, our bank accounts, etc. are based on our OWN accord, instead of on Jesus’s accord. We take pride in our jobs, our families, our “new house”, our “new car”, our money, our talents, and the list goes on and on.

Look at any major celebrity today, for example. At some point or another, nearly ALL of them have been humbled by some experience or some “scandal” in their lives. Sometimes multiple times. While celebrities are under both the popular media’s AND God’s “microscope”, we average lay people here in America are constantly under “God’s microscope”, sort’ve speak, like it or not. If we go back through the bible there’s TONS of stories about what happened to ancient peoples who really thought they were something.

There’s the “implied arrogance” of Joseph (the favorite son of Jacob), the arrogance of the descendants of Noah (who wanted to build the Tower of Babel), the total arrogance of King Nebuchadnezzar & King Saul, etc. And we only have to turn through the pages of Holy Writ to know the “outcomes” of such narcissists! 

However, as the narrative later goes, Joseph goes on to be sold as a SLAVE in Egypt! And he resides in prison for 2 years or more before being released to be Pharaoh’s agricultural and monetary advisor! And it was during that time in prison that God used to FULLY HUMBLE Joseph and his “seemingly implied” somewhat arrogant character and instead, turn him into a humble servant of the Lord! And AFTER Joseph FULLY humbled himself before the Lord, the Lord allowed Joseph to be elevated to a VERY, VERY HIGH ruling position in Egypt! So it just goes to show ya. Suffering and/or humbling thyself comes NOW, blessing comes LATER! ;))

When I look at videos on Youtube and Facebook today, and most of today’s authors, musicians, and movie stars, I am just totally amazed at the LEVEL of prideful arrogance that I see! People just BRAGGING about how many subscribers they have, or asking people to “please subscribe” or “please press like” and the like. Or people making all these Youtube videos JUST TO get attention. It’s sickening, really…….People are SO prideful, SO arrogant, SO hateful towards others and towards God & the bible, SO spiteful, so uninformed & SO mean.

In fact, just reading some comments below this one girl’s pro-life video, explaining why she was against abortion after having one, I was just AMAZED at all the hateful comments she received from people! What do pro-choice people CARE if she shares her story on Youtube? What are they so scared of? Are they still secretly suffering from their OWN abortion(s) and so, they want to ensure lots of other women have abortions TOO, so they feel as though they’re not the only one who had an abortion or what? That’s just crazy!

Some of those folks (famous and otherwise) remind me of Revelation 3:17 which states: “Because thou sayest , I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”. Another passage in Matthew 16:26 reads: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?“. Proverbs 3:34 suggests that God mocks mockers! “Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly”.

So in other words, when we flee from God and think we don’t need him, he hides his presence from us. But when we seek God in our lives, God makes himself known to us in our lives. And yes, I know it might seem at first glance that I’m judging these people but I actually feel sorry for these people. For these prideful/arrogant/famous and pro-choice people have been BLINDED by Satan into believing that “sacrificing one’s soul for fortune/fame is okay”, “being one’s own god is okay, “killing innocent babies is okay”. It’s DEFINITELY a sign of the times we’re living in!

However, there’s some good news. Jesus Christ forgives ALL sin and so if these people turn to Jesus Christ before it’s too late, they CAN be saved! 😉 Believe me, I pray for such people every single day. Because remember, all you true Christian believers out there, YOU were once an “unbeliever” TOO, before Jesus saved you! So remember that! All the unbelievers out there you see today are like the person you USED to be, before getting saved!

Plus, keep in mind that when we have EVERYTHING we need (or at the very least, “feel” like we already have everything we need in life), our need of God/Jesus Christ Almighty/the gospel/salvation is very small. But when something bad happens in our lives or when we DON’T have everything we need, oh how much we “feel” like we need Jesus Christ THEN, am I right?  

But just remember, the next time you start feeling prideful and arrogant about something (“I’m so good looking”, “I’m such a good writer/painter/comedian/artist/etc/”), remember WHO it is that gave you those “good looks” or “those talents” in the first place and don’t forget to give Jesus Christ the full credit that’s due! Because remember that HE is the Almighty God who created everything in the universe, including YOU! HE is the one who gave you your looks and your talents! HE is the one who gave you everything you have in life! SO don’t ever, ever forget that!

Because the moment you DO, you’re one step closer to a fall (a spiritual fall, that is). And how DREADFUL it will be for all those poor folks someday who “fall away” from Jesus Christ FOR ETERNITY! Please don’t become one of those! Put all your faith, trust and love into Jesus Christ Almighty! He died on the cross for forgiveness of mankind’s sins. He rose from the dead just 3 days later. He defeated sin and death. He’s ALREADY overcome death and sin.

So if you don’t believe in Christ, PRAY to believe in Jesus Christ. And if you’re MAD at Jesus Christ (for whatever reason), pray NOT to be mad! Bow down on your face and pray for forgiveness of your sins! Romans 3:23 says: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. Translation: Nobody’s perfect, we’re ALL sinned at some point in our lives.

Ever stolen anything? Lusted after someone you weren’t married to? Told a lie? Wanted something that belonged to someone else? Cussed or said the Lord’s name in vain? What does that make you? A thief, an adulterer, a liar, a coveter/envier, and a blasphemer and that’s just FIVE of the 10 commandments! Imagine what would happen if you were to be found guilty of all TEN of them! But the GOOD NEWS is that Jesus Christ has already payed the penalty for mankind’s sins.

But one must have FAITH in Jesus Christ and the gospel. For we are saved by grace through faith. But it doesn’t just stop there. Jesus Christ says in the bible that we must LIVE for him by OBEYING his commandments in the bible. In the New Testament, Jesus not only talked about the 10 commandments, he EXPANDED on them by talking about their “intent” [See Jesus’s “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew, chapters 5-7]. Plus Jesus also said in the New Testament “if you love me, obey my commandments”.

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

And in Matthew 7:13-14, we read: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”

Luke 12:32 states: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”

Alright, so what can we gather from the 3 above passages? We know that MANY people (specifically “Christians”) will demand to get inside the gates of the new heavenly city, someday [called New Jerusalem]. But VERY FEW will actually BE ABLE to enter into the heavenly city, someday? Why? Because they did NOT do the Heavenly Father’s will, while they were still living on Earth. They worshiped Jesus in name ONLY, not in DEED/ACTION!

Meaning, they did NOT truly worship the Jewish/BIBLICAL Jesus Christ of the bible but instead, worshiped a FALSE/PAGANIZED JESUS that they were “comfortable with!” (Perhaps a false Jesus that EMBRACED things that are seen as SIN in the bible — such as divorce, abortion, homosexuality, etc.)………

But the few Christians that worship the BIBLICAL Jesus Christ are VERY FEW……that’s why Jesus Christ calls them in Luke 12:32 a LITTLE FLOCK!

Plus think of the many “Christians” today in “modern day churches” (as a whole) that stubbornly and even sometimes ARROGANTLY cling to their “traditions” and REFUSE to see THE TRUTH about what biblical Christianity REALLY is and what it ISN’T…..That’s what I mean when I say we must HUMBLE OURSELVES AND LET GO OF OUR PRIDE! We must humble ourselves before God and LET GO of the “Paganized man-made traditions” in today’s modern day “Christian churches”: The modern Christian church is DEAD! The modern day Christian church is as blind as a bat! The modern day Christian church doesn’t know its right hand from its left hand!

That’s why WE — the TRUE church — the body/assembly of believers in Christ — need to HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, LET GO of the false, man-made “Paganized traditions” of the modern-day Christian “church”, EMBRACE the Jewishness of Jesus Christ & the apostles and start PARTAKING IN the 7th-day *sanctified by God* BIBLICAL SABBATH (Saturday) and the 7 Annual Feasts of the Lord (Pentecost, Tabernacles, Passover, etc.) For it’s only THROUGH the lens of “ancient Judaism” that the TRUE, BIBLICAL [*JEWISH*] Jesus Christ & his TRUE gospel can be known!