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12 Most Important Aspects of the Christian Faith:

The 12 MOST IMPORTANT aspects of the Christian faith are as follows:

1). TO PRAISE THE LORD & Learning to Overcome Times We’re Feeling UNGRATEFUL/ANGRY Towards The Lord so THAT we become GRATEFUL to The Lord for all that he’s done in our lives!

2). TO TRUST IN THE LORD & Learning to Overcome Times When We’re Feeling DISTRUST towards The Lord or distrust for the fact that he’ll do the things he SAYS in the bible or otherwise tells us he will do!

3). TO FAITHFULLY SERVE THE LORD & Learning to Overcome Times When “We Just Don’t Feel Like Serving the Lord” (for whatever reason……”I’ve got too much schoolwork to do”, “it’s football season”, “work’s been hectic lately”, etc.)!

4). TO BELIEVE *IN* THE LORD & Learning to Overcome A LACK OF FAITH *IN* The Lord! (This one is HUGE! For imagine what would’ve happened to the ancient Israelites if Moses had a COMPLETE lack of faith in the Lord or what would’ve happened if Abraham hadn’t had enough faith in the Lord and had actually GONE through with sacrificing Isaac (the chosen seed) in the Old Testament! Those 2 examples illustrate how just ONE person’s lack of faith can *potentially* have devastating results!)

5). TO READ (AND MEDITATE ON) THE BIBLE **OFTEN** & Learning to Overcome the Times “We Just Don’t Feel Like Reading the Bible”! (Again, this one’s also huge! For if you don’t even READ the bible and know what’s in there, front to back – Old Testament to New Testament, Satan and his minions and all the “false teachers” out there can VERY EASILY deceive you since you won’t have the spiritual discernment to know what’s in the bible and what isn’t! So be careful, folks!)

6). TO STUDY THE BIBLE & Not Just “Know” the Bible! (For Anyone Can Quote Scripture or “Know” Scripture but yet, not EVERYONE is able to take the bible and actually APPLY IT TO THEIR VERY LIVES!)

7). TO PRAY & Learning to Overcome The Times in Our Lives When We Feel Like “I Don’t NEED to Pray to God About Anything In My Life Right Now, For I Already HAVE Everything I Need!” (That spiritual attitude of ours that we get from time to time is DEADLY! For it leads to ALL Sin and UNGRATEFULNESS! Satan is EVER-SO-HAPPY when we STOP PRAYING, because it draws us AWAY from Jesus Christ & makes Satan HAPPY WITH GLEE, whenever this happens in our lives! So don’t let Satan win! PRAY CONTINUALLY IN YOUR LIVES!)

8). TO GET BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST! (Again, this one’s IMPORTANT: for it’s meant to represent the ceremonial washing away of sins and meant to be a “public declaration” of one’s faith and being “set apart” from the unbelieving/unbaptized world. Now: if someone dies before being baptized, but believed with all their heart, souls and mind in Jesus Christ, will THAT person be saved? I would say yes. But for all the people who HAVE a chance to get baptized — (FULL WATER IMMERSION, NOT “SPRINKLING” SINCE “SPRINKLING” IS UN-BIBLICAL, FOLKS!) — you should get baptized since it’s commanded 7+ times in the bible!

9). TO SPREAD/SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH ALL PEOPLES AND ALL NATIONS ***AND*** TO HELP THOSE IN NEED & Learning To Overcome The Times “We Just Don’t Feel Like Sharing the Gospel With Others”! (Remember all the “lost sheep” out there and remember all the “lost souls” out there who haven’t yet come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, yet. THEY should be your focus. And if they won’t “listen to you”, drop the conversation, move on to another person who might be open to hearing the gospel and then later come back and continually/daily pray for that person. Our God is an awesome God and he answers all diligent prayers of the saints! (that is, to say, you and me). Everyone has a conversion story. What’s YOURS? Share it with the world and don’t wait! (Time is of the essence).

10). TO SPIRITUALLY ENDURE UNTIL HE [JESUS CHRIST] COMES AGAIN ON THE EARTH! (And this is important since, though it’s tempting, we can’t just give up at the first sign of trouble or persecution. For imagine if we were all on a large battlefield and Satan and his demon spirits and ALL non-believers and FALSE TEACHERS were on ONE end of the battlefield and WE were on the OTHER end of the battle field. Okay, now imagine that Satan has given orders for them all to charge at us FULL SPEED AHEAD!

Now imagine that Jesus Christ is standing in the “center” of us, no fear, not moving, not even yet speaking. SOME people on our side are going to become DEATHLY AFRAID (even with Jesus standing right there, in the midst of us) and are going to either run and break ranks or sit down on the ground with their hands up saying “we surrender! we surrender! please don’t hurt us!”while in the meantime, Satan is laughing hysterically with GLEE *AS* he and his demons take the “I surrender” people as “CAPTIVES/PRISONERS OF SPIRITUAL WAR” while Jesus Christ is mourning the loss of them and praying in his great heavenly name for them to come back!)

And SOME folks are just gonna be neutral, not really proclaiming to “fight” for EITHER side (they’re being what’s called “spiritually lukewarm”) and it’s THESE folks that Jesus Christ will be MOST ANGRY at, since they won’t clearly pick either side to “fight” on!

Yet, OTHERS of us on our side of the battle field are going to look over at Jesus, wait for his command and then COUNTER CHARGE with all the faith that they possibly have and can muster. And yes, it being a spiritual battle, they’re likely gonna suffer a wound here, a wound there and might even get knocked down a time or two. Or three. But it’s how they come back AFTER their “wounds” and HOW FAST they come back after their “wounds” that determine if they successfully “stay on course” or not, as the spiritual battle rages on! 

11). To LEARN BY EXAMPLE from the Prophets of Old in the Old Testament and by the Disciples/Jesus Christ/etc. in The New Testament! (Many of us can LEARN from the prophets of the Old Testament and from Jesus Christ & his disciples in the New Testament. The Prophets of Old in the Old Testament had both their strengths AND their weaknesses, which we today can DEFINITELY learn from! Just like we can also learn from the strengths & weaknesses of Jesus’ disciples in the New Testament, as well! Oftentimes we forget that the Old Testament prophets and even Jesus’s own disciples were normal human beings, just like us, with thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and occasionally, YES, sin in their life! And how they each individually DEALT with those sins or had their sins DEALT WITH by the Lord can serve as a powerful reminder and teaching tool to us ALL!)

12). To REPENT OF ALL SIN(S) ***AND*** TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE HURT US!

Further explained:

1). We should always be praising God/Jesus Christ for all that he’s done (not only for the creation of the world and the universe and the heavens but also for what he’s done for the ancient Israelites during the Old Testament and also what Jesus Christ has done for the peoples of the New Testament, as well as what he’s done for us (and/or other people) in our own lives!)

2). We can’t just PRAY for the Lord to do something, we must TRUST that he (in his own due divine time) will do it! We must TRUST that he knows what’s best for us in our lives and trust and wait on HIS timing and not our OWN timing! For it stands to reason: if he created the Earth & the heavens, he TRULY knows what’s best for us and when, does he not? 😉

3). We must SERVE (& love) the Lord with all our heart, all our mind, and all our strength! We can’t just READ his words in the bible, we must also OBEY them! For Jesus Christ said in John 14:15 “ If ye love me, keep my commandments“. And by serving others (such as, helping out those who are less fortunate than us, for example), we are in effect, serving God!

4). We must BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross and that God the Heavenly Father resurrected him on the 3rd day, as it was written and that 40 days later, he ascended back up to heaven to be on the right hand side of God the Heavenly Father (as was witnessed by several of eyewitnesses in the New Testament).

5). We must not just KNOW the bible but we must READ the bible, in order to have TRUE SPIRITUAL GROWTH. For if you don’t know the bible or what’s in there, you’ll be susceptible to just about ANY false teaching there is, out there!

6). We must not just READ the bible, we must also STUDY the bible, IN GREAT DETAIL! (Even the good Lord himself ENCOURAGED us to study the scriptures in John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” and in 2 Timothy 3:16 “ All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.

7). We must constantly PRAY for the things we need in life (ESPECIALLY for the forgiveness of our sins)!

8). There are 7+ bible passages which state that baptism is NECESSARY for the “ceremonial” washing away of sins! [1 Peter 3:21, Galatians 3:27, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 6:3-6, Acts 16: 31-33, Acts 8:35-38, Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Mark 1:4-5, Mark 28:19-20, etc.) **Note: Mark 3:13-17 and Mark 1:9-11, and John 1:29-33 all show how we are to have a FULL IMMERSION BAPTISM (in a river, bathtub, or swimming pool, etc), NOT A SPRINKLING!!!!!!)

9). Matthew 28:19 states: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. In other words, Jesus Christ says we are to SPREAD and SHARE the gospel amongst ALL people and ALL nations! **We’re ALSO supposed to help others that are in need!** During the Great White Throne Judgement, Jesus Christ will judge each and every one of us (not only by our faith) but also by HOW WELL we abided in the bible and helped others in need! So if you see a homeless person somewhere, don’t ignore them!  

10). Matthew 24:13 states: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved”. In other words, Jesus Christ warned us in the bible that we would have/experience persecution in this world, reminding us that he himself suffered it, first. However, he promises that he will reward the overcomers! So we must spiritually endure and occupy ourselves until he comes to the Earth again!

Remember that everything of this Earth and on this Earth is ONLY TEMPORARY and that someday soon, the Lord God will create a NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH! Also please remember that as soon as the CURRENT heavens and Earth pass away, the ONLY thing that will matter is your spiritual relationship (or lack of one) with the Lord Jesus Christ! And your spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ or lack of one, or lack of a GOOD one, will determine where you are placed to go, FOR ALL ETERNITY!

And the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth for his saints is IMMINENT! So I pray: if you’re not 100% ready with Jesus Christ today, then please get ready. Time is of the essence! We never know when we’re going to die and/or when Jesus Christ is gonna return for his true “church” (the saints). So we need to constantly pray that we will be ready!

11). It’s funny how modern day Christians tend to look at King David and Samuel and Jesus’s disciples with this sensationalized view, and hold them up on a pedestal, totally forgetting the fact that they all had sins and “faults”, just like you and I. Therefore, actually READING the bible and reading the FULL STORY on each disciple and each Old Testament prophet sort’ve helps put things in true perspective. Not ONE of them was perfect, save for Jesus Christ himself, who was born without sin. Then again, Jesus Christ is more than just a mere “prophet” of God, he’s the Alpha & Omega, the first and the last! The name above all other names! The only begotten Son of God! The True Vine! The Way, The Truth & the Life! The Everlasting God!

12). We must REPENT of our sins in order to have a new life in Jesus Christ! Because without repentance, there’s NO Salvation! For repentance is NECESSARY for Salvation! We must also forgive others who’ve hurt us! For Jesus said in the bible that if WE don’t forgive others that have hurt us or someone close to us, that WE ourselves won’t be forgiven since Jesus can’t let ANY sin into his heavenly kingdom! Holding a grudge against someone = Hate and Hate = Murder in our hearts, according to Jesus Christ Almighty! 

I pray that all souls that read this will either come to know Jesus Christ today or GET 100% ready with Jesus Christ today, if they already know him. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

“I’ve Become A Christian: Now What?” Part Two

I’ve noticed some modern-day persecution of Christians on Youtube, for example. Whenever a video receives almost nothing but “glowing messages” in the comments section, that usually means that there’s some minor error that’s wrong in the video that most people haven’t picked up on. However, when there’s nothing BUT truth in a video, oftentimes there will TONS of messages of hate and severe persecution underneath the video that can NOT be backed up by the bible. If the comments underneath a video can be backed up with the bible, then it’s likely to be humble correction on the part of the commenter.

However, if what a commenter says can NOT be backed up with the bible, that’s usually the mark of a true demonic attack on the video poster themselves. But persecution doesn’t just happen on Youtube. It happens in news articles, in public and even in the home or workplace as well. For example, I work in a place where, the most part, people don’t love God. Anyone that goes to church or believes in Jesus is seen as “uncool” and there’s ALOT of pressure for people to go out and drink, party, have casual sex relationships and smoke hash.

And if you DON’T do any of those things, the coworkers act nice to you in person and then talk about what a “spiritual hypocrite/religious bigot/goody-two-shoes” you are behind your back. And any attempts to tell them about Jesus (on your part) is somehow seen as “HATE”. Not to mention that upper management hints at you with this look of “better keep your religion out of it or you’ll likely lose your job, here!” In fact, our latest employee handbook says that no necklace jewelry is to be worn other than a medical one. So it would seem they don’t want people wearing cross necklaces for fear of offending all the atheists/etc. out there.

James 4:4 says: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”. And I’m gonna be brutally honest with you, here. It is NOT easy to live a life set apart from the world. People will laugh at you, make fun of you, argue with you, make you feel guilty and like you’re some sort of “religious bigot”, exclude you from group outings, PRESSURE YOU TO BECOME MORE LIKE THEM — FULL OF DARKNESS — etc. all because you believe in Jesus Christ and following his commands in the bible.

People that are “friends” with the world are “worldly”, meaning they chase after ungodly pursuits such as lust, pride, greed, arrogance, envy, money/materialism, humanism, intellectualism without God, fame, etc. And in so doing, they become “enemies” of God, since God outlaws these practices and pursuits in the bible. However, those who pursue RIGHTEOUS pursuits such as chasity before/outside marriage, humbleness, giving to others less fortunate than them/putting other’s needs before their own, intellectualism WITH God, the disinterest in money/materialism, etc. are considered “friends” of God but “enemies” of the world and its “wordly pursuits”.

But one of the most IRONIC times that Satan uses to attack Christians is when they are at a HIGH point in their lives. Because lets face it, when everything’s going well in our lives, we tend to think our success is of our OWN accord, instead of on Jesus Christ’s accord. For example, maybe a missionary has successfully converted 70 people in one week in like, Guatemala or somewhere. And at the end of week, that Christian missionary starts to become full of themselves, saying to themselves from within: “wow, my missionary skills are TOTALLY AWESOME, I’m INDESTRUCTIBLE!”, totally forgetting the facts that it was the Lord who put him/her there in that country to begin with, the Lord who brought those spiritually hungry souls before him/her and the Lord himself who worked in the minds, hearts, bodies and spirits of those saved/converted people.

Or perhaps a Christian on WordPress or Youtube suddenly gains many subscribers and starts letting it go to their heads, instead of gracefully, fearfully and humbly thanking the Lord Jesus for opening up those peoples’ minds, hearts, bodies and spirits to his wonderful Eternal Truth (the truth of Salvation in him and him, ALONE!). When we have everything we need, we tend to forget God and his hand in things and that’s when Satan swoops in on us and thinks to himself “haha! NOW is my moment, during their most vulnerable time of weakness!” But when we DON”T have everything we need and are STRUGGLING, that’s when we REALLY start to get down on our knees to cry out to Jesus Christ, am I right?

Satan knows he doesn’t have a very good chance of trying to get us while we’re struggling (he KNOWS many of us will cry out to Jesus Christ in prayer during those times) but he knows just how truly VULNERABLE we are during times of “great accomplishment” in our lives. Hebrews 11:6 states: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”. In other words, we must believe that Jesus Christ is who he says he is (the Son of God), and also that he rewards those who diligently seek him; not just halfway or partially seek him but DILIGENTLY seek him. Simply put, we must have FAITH.

Revelation 21:8 says : “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”. In other words, those who FEAR they’re not truly saved by Jesus Christ and those who do NOT believe that Jesus Christ is who he says he is or that he even exists, shall be eternally condemned in the lake of fire. And so once you become a fully-submerged baptized person in the name of Jesus Christ and become a bible-believing and bible-APPLYING Christian, you must CONTINUE being a bible-believing, bible-APPLYING Christian. You can’t just give up at the first sight of spiritual onslaught.

The degree to what Satan tempts you is ALSO a good sign of where you currently are, with the Lord. If Satan tries to tempt you ALOT, then you KNOW you’re in good with the Lord. But if he only tempts you from to time, then you need to re-examine your spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and find out if there’s something holding you back from a true spiritual relationship with him. Because lets face it, Satan doesn’t really have to tempt someone that much who’s already is or who’s become a “wayward Christian” of sorts. Think about it, folks!

I pray that all who read this will be saved in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and will stay saved for all eternity. Amen.

“I’ve Become a Christian: Now What?” Part One

When one decides to become a Christian and gets baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (FULLY submerged baptism, not sprinkling), one will receive the free gifts of Salvation/Forgiveness of Sins and Everlasting Life. And along with this comes the gift of the Holy Spirit/Spirit of Truth that will tell you “this is of God” or “this is NOT of God”, in other words, the gift of Spiritual Discernment.

However, the MOMENT you become fully-submerged baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, Satan and his demons will IMMEDIATELY set you apart and put you on their “SPIRITUAL HITLIST” of people to spiritually attack. Because quite technically, becoming a fully-submerged baptized Christian in the name of Jesus Christ makes YOU, the Christian believer, one of Satan’s BIGGEST threats in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE (next to the Lord Jesus Christ & the Lord’s angels, themselves!) Basically, the more people turn to Jesus Christ and AWAY from the throes of Satan, the less souls that Satan will be able to steal away from Jesus Christ Almighty!

“But how exactly does Satan try to steal away a soul from Jesus Christ?”, one might ask. Well, the answer is simple: subtlety. He’s not gonna come out with the full-blazing spiritual guns, sort’ve speak, and loudly proclaim to you: “hi, I’m Satan and I’m here to try to steal your soul away! mmuhhahahhaha” No, he’s gonna be far more subtle than that. He starts out small, then works up big. For example, maybe the first thing he’ll do is use non-believing friends, family and coworkers to try to make you feel “ashamed” or “guilty” of your faith in Jesus Christ and/or to make you feel like a “religious bigot” of sorts. And then, he slowly branches out from there in his attacks.

He will then use non-believers around you to “tempt you” in doing things that go against the bible. Things like “go ahead and keep the extra change, it’s ONLY 2 quarters, nobody’s gonna care or notice”, “go ahead, get a soda refill without paying for it, nobody’s gonna care or notice” or “the bible never condemns drinking, ya know? So what’s the harm in it?” or “the bible doesn’t really prohibit pre-marital sex, sex is a gift from God, so it’s REALLY not gonna hurt ya to partake of it before marriage” or perhaps “it said that God gave us every single plant so there’s really no harm in smoking hash/marijuana/grass/mary jane”.

Well, we know first-hand that people have actually died from the synthetic “hash/marijuana” being marketed to people today as the following articles demonstrate:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/06/health/synthetic-marijuana-denver/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/02/marijuana-pot-edible-death-colorado-denver/7220685/

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/man-bites-dog-eats-dog-high-spice/story?id=16660512

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/03/05/tainted-spice-linked-to-kidney-failure-outbreak/

So yes, there is REAL HARM in it, not only physical and mental harm, but spiritual harm as well, MARK MY WORDS!

But going back to the topic at hand, spiritual warfare. If you attempt to save yourself for marriage, Satan will no doubt try to tempt you with lust, pornography, and the like. And he will MOST SPECIFICALLY use a non-believing boyfriend/girlfriend to do that. And if THAT doesn’t work, Satan will try a slightly different approach. He will get the non-believing boyfriend/girlfriend to put pressure on you. “Oh what, you don’t love me? Is that it? Are you cheating on me or what? Yeah well, EVERYBODY’S doing it and you’re gonna have trouble finding someone who isn’t!” to try to SHAME you into pre-marital sex.

And if and when you DO ever cave to the temptation of pre-marital sex, Satan will use the “guilt” and “shame” you feel over it to EVEN FURTHER drag you down (spiritually speaking). Satan will try like heck to get you to believe the LIE of “well, I’ve already done it once, I might as well keep doing it since Jesus Christ is too ashamed of me, now!” And then, once Satan has you hating yourself, he gots you right where he wants you and you are “fair game” to him, spiritually speaking.

Some people think “once marked in the name of God, always marked in the name of God” but that’s just not true! For when Christians become luke-warm or REPEATEDLY cave to Satan’s temptations (such as “go ahead and have pre-marital sex on a continual basis, God’s not gonna care”, “Jesus doesn’t care if you continually party, he partied himself at the wedding at Canaan”, “go ahead and continually smoke hash with the coworkers, it’s alright”), the mark of God on them/the burning fire in their hearts FOR the Lord (brought on by full immersion baptism) will start to “fade/die out” over time until one day, it’s hardly ignited in their hearts at all and then, if the person STAYS on the path of darkness, the flame in their hearts FOR God might just disappear altogether. And the only way for them to RE-IGNITE that flame in their hearts FOR the Lord Jesus Christ is to once again, read God’s Word/the bible, REPENT of all sins and RE-APPLY the bible to their lives!

“But why is baptism even NEEDED in the first place?”, one might ask and the simple answer is this: baptism (the “ceremonial washing away of sins” is not only done TO Jesus Christ himself in the river Jordan in the New Testament by John the Baptist) but the bible has about 12+ passages that command baptism and they are as follows:

1. Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

2. Mark 1:5 “And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins”

3. Luke 3:21 “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,”

4. Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ”

5. Matthew 3:6 “And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins”

 6. Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized is saved but he who does not believe is condemned”

 7. Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and every one of you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”

 8. John 3:5 “Jesus answered, most truly I say to you, unless anyone is born of water and spirit [baptized], one cannot enter the Kingdom of God [heaven]“

 9. Acts 10:48 “With that, he commanded them to baptized in the name of Christ

10. Acts 22:16 “And now, why are you delaying? Rise and get baptized and wash your sins away by calling upon his name”

11. Colossians 2:12 “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead

12. Romans 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”

13. Ephesians 4:5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism

14. 1 Peter 3:21 “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ”

[[**And for those who think or worry that babies go to hell if they’re not baptized, John 15:22 says: “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin“. In other words, babies are pardoned. Except in the cases of the Old Testament where a whole entire city was wiped out, the decree of Herod, and the decree of the Lord against Pharaoh and the Egyptians, all babies are pardoned. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven“. ]]

Even though Satan STILL tempts those who are “already his” (spiritually speaking) — (this is evidenced for example when famous people spiral further & further out of control due to Satan FURTHER tempting them to go even FURTHER and FURTHER down the path of darkness such as “go ahead, join the million dollar club”, “open up a new nightclub”, “go ahead and do some Hollywood drug using/dealing on the side, it’s not gonna kill you” and the like) — he’s actually far more interested in the “saints of God” (that is to say, TRUE biblical-roots Christians who not only have the testimony of the Word of God/the Holy Bible written on their hearts, but actually go out and APPLY it to their lives). Why? Because THOSE people are the true “threats” to him. But basically, his goal is to tempt ALL. He wants to keep those already under his spell IN his spiritual grip and he wants to try to get those who are OUT of his control (true Christians) INTO his control, if that makes any sense.

Jesus said in John 15: 18-23 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also

Matthew 16: 24-26 says “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 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?”

John 16:23 says “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

So in other words, Jesus Christ NEVER promised that being a true Christian would be “easy”. In fact, he suggested it would be anything BUT easy in today’s evil, evil world. However, in John 16:23, he reminds us not to worry about the trials and tribulation we will have in this world because he’s ALREADY overcome the world.

Matthew 5:10 states: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven“. Verses 11-12 go on to say: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”.

So in other words, when you TRULY live for Jesus Christ, people are gonna take notice and some are gonna severely persecute you for it. However, when this happens, Jesus Christ says to be glad since your rewards in heaven will be great whenever this happens. And the REASON why we are persecuted for our faith in Jesus Christ is because he (Jesus) wants to TEST our faith and teach us how to have STRONG FAITH, even in the face of Adversity! Think back to Abraham in the Old Testament. The Lord wanted to test Abraham and his faith to see if he (Abraham) valued the Lord above, first and foremost before everything else in his life. And thankfully, Abraham passed the test. We also read about a guy named Job (pronounced Yob) in the Old Testament who also had HIS faith put to the test. And once again, he ALSO thankfully passed the testing of his faith. But there are some out there who when their faith is tested, fall.

Matthew 7: 24-27 states: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it”. In other words, how strong is our faith and trust in the Lord? Will we bow out and give up at the FIRST sign of persecution or will we hold strong, even IN SPITE of major adversity, like Abraham and Job did in the Old Testament?

 

REPENT, REPENT, REPENT……..

Whatever is holding you back from Jesus Christ, REPENT of that thing! Pray to overcome that thing! Rather it be doubt, fear, sin, disbelief, etc.

Many churches and pastors today only want to talk about the LOVING part of God and seem to leave out the WRATHFUL part of God. They do this to try to attract more followers to the church no doubt, but IN doing so, the ONLY thing these churches/pastors do is send several souls STRAIGHT TO HELL.

Hell, just like heaven, is a REAL PLACE! Several people have had near-death experiences where they either saw heaven, hell or both and were able to elaborate on their experiences. (Other people, such as myself, have just had a near-death experience where they met Jesus Christ and were told about heaven, but never saw a preview of it).

“But what if someone was just saying that or making it up it for attention?” you may ask. Well, lets face it. There’s probably very few people who would lie about something like that since they don’t want to be seen as “crazy” by the rest of the general population. Think about it.

When a person says something like “I saw demons”, “Satan tried to drag me down to hell with him” or “I saw Jesus Christ”, etc., most “secular” people in this world would probably laugh it off and take that person for a “crazy kook”. So why would someone WANT to risk their reputation, their job and/or their livelihood over something that “wasn’t true” and that would have the potential to “destroy” their reputation and their life in this world?

On the other hand…….if someone has TRULY had a life-changing spiritual experience and they simply KNOW that that experience came from none other than the Lord God Jesus Christ himself, they are NOT going to care what people think. Because they’ve been spiritually reborn again and changed on the inside and are going to go out and tell everyone and anyone who’ll listen. Not for attention…….but to try to save as many souls as possible.

But one thing is certain. As I look around at all the chaous in this world, it has become very clear to me that we do NOT have alot of time left in this world. We MUST get right with Jesus Christ, we MUST repent of and give up our sins and we MUST do all the things that the Lord Jesus Christ wants us to do like “write a letter of apology to this person”, “go witness to THAT person” etc.

REPENT of sin means to GIVE UP your sin. In other words, if you drink alot, stop drinking. If you’ve done something to hurt someone, apologize immediately and don’t wait. If you’ve put off doing something for the Lord that the Lord has specifically requested that you do (such as “go witness to this individual about me”, “go donate your extra food to the local food drive”, etc.), DO THAT THING (whatever it is) without hesitation and don’t wait….don’t wait unless the Lord TELLS you to wait…..Because remember that anything we do outside of the Lord will NOT prosper……

The teaching “Once Saved, Always Saved” is a FALSE TEACHING!!!!!!! It was one invented by “secular-minded pastors” who wanted to increase their profit margins (and brought forth by Satan, who wanted to blind as many people as he possibly could, from the truth). Cause lets face it, NOBODY likes to hear bad things about themselves, right? “You’re a sinner”. It’s human nature to want to hear GOOD things about ourselves. “You’re so great, we’re so great, everybody’s so great”. But again, the “Once Saved, Always Saved” teaching is a teaching that’ll send people STRAIGHT TO HELL.

Jesus Christ said in John 14:15 in the New Testament “if you love me, you’ll obey my commandments”. He also said in Matthew 7:21 in the New Testament “not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father in heaven”. Those are some pretty powerful words right there! So in other words, merely believing in Jesus Christ is NOT enough, you must ALSO do what Jesus Christ says in the bible and beyond or the kingdom of heaven (New Jerusalem/Eternal Paradise) will be forfeited from you!

Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. So guess what, folks? We’re NOT great…….We’re NOT “all that”. We’re all sinners…….and we all need Jesus Christ in order to be forgiven of our sins. It’s just that simple. There can be NO salvation outside of Jesus Christ. For he is the divine judge of ALL.

One of these days, Jesus Christ is going to return to the Earth to judge each and every SINGLE person that has ever lived on this Earth. What will YOU say before God Almighty on that day? “I’m sorry Lord, my sin was just too important to me at the time! Please don’t condemn me & send me to the eternal flames!” By then, it’ll be too late and your eternal fate will be sealed. FOR ETERNITY.

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things that were written in the books, according to their works” Revelation 20:12

“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead that were in them: and they were judged every man, according to their works” Revelation 20:13

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death”. Revelation 20:14

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” Revelation 20:15

Please, I beg of you. If you’ve strayed from Jesus Christ lately and have become a wayward Christian, please REPENT and come back to Jesus Christ A.S.A.P. before it’s too late and your eternal fate is sealed for eternity!

And if you are NOT a believer in Jesus Christ or don’t know enough ABOUT him, then PLEASE pray to believe and/or get to know Jesus Christ, TODAY!

Time is of the essence.

Every second of your LIFE spent without Jesus Christ is one step closer to hell for you, my friend. Please open up your eyes and see, before it’s too late and your eternal fate is sealed for ALL ETERNITY!

We never know when we’re going to die.

You could die in a car wreck tomorrow or natural disaster. You might even die before you finish reading this sentence, even. Even if you’re young and in perfectly good health.

Perfectly healthy people have been known to die of instantaneous heart attacks before.

But again, I don’t say this to scare you but to WARN YOU!

Please don’t die without Jesus Christ! Get to know Jesus Christ, TODAY!

Just pray this simple prayer : “Lord, please reveal yourself to me” and mean the prayer with ALL your heart, ALL your soul and ALL your mind and he will reveal himself to you through the bible, visions, dreams, etc.

But you must mean the prayer with all your heart, soul and MIND. You must give it everything you got, when you pray. Put your whole entire “being” into the prayer….

Because Jesus Christ will NOT answer half-hearted prayers…..which is WHY you must mean the prayer with your mind, heart, body and spirit.

And then, after the Lord Jesus makes himself known to you, pray for forgiveness of your sins, REPENT (that means, give up your sins such as drinking, gambling, lust, etc), get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, obey Jesus’s commandments in the bible (such as 10 commandments, Sermon on the Mount teachings in Matthew chapter 5-7, partaking in the TRUE/BIBLICAL 7TH DAY SATURDAY SABBATH & the Lord’s TRUE holidays outlined in Leviticus 23 in the Old Testament and even in certain spots in the NEW TESTAMENT, etc.), preach the gospel to others and have FAITH in Jesus Christ and TRUST HIM to carry you through the rest of your days no matter what and you WILL be saved! You won’t have to question! You will simply KNOW for 100% sure that you are saved and assured an eternal spot someday in Jesus Christ’s “new Earth” if you do all those things!

May the Lord Jesus open up your eyes, mind and heart today to his heavenly truths and UNBLIND the people who (up until this point) have been spiritually blind. Amen.

The Day I Met Jesus Christ: My Near-Death Experience

It was a hot summer day during the summer of 81′. I was around 22 months old or so. I was in the swimming pool one day and kept looking to two of my relatives: “look at ME!”, “look at ME!”, I said, as I tried to flap my arms around and swim (even WITH a life jacket on!) But after about the 6th time or so, my relatives were too engrossed in a newspaper article and weren’t looking over anymore. And just around that time, I felt a sudden urge to look up at the sky, straight INTO the sun. Almost as if something was telling me to. I can’t explain it. So I did.

And when I looked up, I saw this really, really, REALLY bright white light expanding outward of where the sun “should’ve been”. It was SO bright, I had to look away for a few seconds and readjust my eyes. When I looked back up a 2nd time, being really, really curious as to what this “white light” was, I saw this “being” dressed in white, VERY, VERY SLOWLY floating down/descending out of the clouds in the sky (in sitting position……as though he were seated on an invisible chair of sorts) and coming down towards me.

He smiled at me and waved, so I waved back at him, then went back to what I was doing earlier, trying to get the attention of my relatives. But they were STILL engrossed in the newspaper article at this point in time, so I decided I was going to try to impress them by learning to swim on my own.

I unsnapped my life jacket and unhooked the floating devices on my arms. I knew that I needed to flap around my arms and legs a bit to swim but that’s about all I knew about swimming at that point. And almost AS SOON AS I unhooked my life jacket and unplugged the floating devices on my arms, I quickly sunk under the water and wasn’t able to “flail” my way back up to the top of the surface of the water.

And as I was sinking further and further down, I felt my chest, nose, lungs, head feel like they were going to EXPLODE and then eventually feeling very light-headed & numb everywhere immediately afterwards…..Darkness…..darkness all around me. I didn’t feel the sensation of my body or the water. I didn’t feel, see, sense, or hear anything. Nothing. I PANICKED! I then cried out into the dark abyss something along the lines of “Help! I’m scared! Somebody! Anybody! HELP ME!” and just then, I looked up and saw a small square of light.

I looked toward the direction of the square of light and heard a man’s voice on the middle left-hand side of the bottom side of the pool. I then looked towards the direction of where the voice was coming from and saw this young man (that looked about the age of 25) at the left-hand bottom side of the pool floor with black hair and brown eyes who said he was my guardian angel. He then started beckoning me towards him. So I slowly walked up to him (still being completely underneath the water at this time, walking across the bottom of the pool floor).

He then said I had to go back up to the surface of the water to go talk to “the being in white”. I said to him “being?” So he tried to explain “the man in white”. I said “but I don’t WANT to go talk to the man in white, I want to stay here with YOU!” He said “you CAN’T stay here with me little one, not until it’s time for you to die and that won’t be for a very long time!” But he saw the look of hesitation on my face, so he tried to reassure me saying “don’t worry, little one, he is a nice man, an honorable man, a holy man. He created all things, including YOU. But you must speak to him now at once, he’s waiting!”

So my “guardian angel” hoisted me up on the surface of the water and the next thing I remember was that I was walking over the top of the surface of the water. And the sound of the water sounded really, really “weird”, like, distant and far away but still there (very similar to how the “ocean waves” sound in the original Legend of Zelda NES game). I tried to jump on the water and “go under” again, only I couldn’t.

“Wheeeee” I said, as I frolicked on the water. I cried out and said to my relatives: “hey, look at me! look at me! I’m walking across the water! lookie!” but they couldn’t hear or see me for some reason. And then I heard this mighty, loud laugh that shook the waters, which made me startle back in fright! I then heard this loud, booming voice that said “CHILD, HOME HERE!”.

I looked up and saw a big bearded man/spiritual being with a white rainment sitting on the pool steps at the shallow end of the pool [much similar looking to the man/spiritual being descending down out of the sky that I had seen earlier]. He kind’ve looked like one of my uncles, only I KNEW he wasn’t my uncle. I was scared. But the “man in white” promised me that if I didn’t like what he had to say, he’d leave me alone forever and I’d never have to see him again. So I slowly and hesitantly came closer to him and he sat me on his lap & splashed water on me and made me giggle! I liked him INSTANTLY!

I asked him his name. He said his name was Jesus and that he was sent down from heaven to save me. I told him “well, thank-you for saving me from the water and all but I really shouldn’t be talking to you, anymore”. He asked “why is that, little one?” I responded “my mommy told me to NEVER talk to strangers!”

He laughed so hard, the water and part of the Earth shook when he laughed. He then turned to me and gently asked “Do I look like a stranger to YOU? Can strangers come down out of the sky from the clouds of heaven and wave to you in mid-air and do strangers have the ability to shake the Earth and the waters by just the mere sound of their voice or laughter?” I shook my head and said “no”. He asked again “do you now believe that I am who I say I am?” to which I nodded my head and said “uh huh”.

He then told me to dunk myself completely under the water for a minute and then come back up to the surface of the water. So I did as I was told (please remember that moments earlier, BEFORE the “being in white” came to sit at the pool steps in the shallow end of the pool, I was unable to go underneath the surface of the water again by myself). When I came back up to the surface of the water, I felt this most amazing feeling……indescribable….. inner peace, healing and joy…..

and the “being in white” said to me: “now you are baptized in my great, heavenly name and the spirit of truth shall come upon you”. I didn’t quite understand what he meant by all that and immediately asked if he wanted me to dunk myself under the water again but he just smiled and said “no, once is good enough, now come back up and sit on my lap again, little one!” So again, I did as I was told. I trusted this “heavenly being” COMPLETELY with all my heart! 

“How OLD are you? I asked. “33” he said. “3…3?” I asked. “33” he said again. “3 – “eeee” ?” I asked. “No….33” he said once more. “3-3?” I asked again. “No, 33” he said again, holding up both his fingered hands 3 times, plus 3 fingers. “Wow, that’s really old”, I said. I then asked “Who are you? Who are you REALLY?” to which Jesus answered “why…I’m the Son of the one who made you”. I looked him over up and down 2 times and with a totally confused/perplexed look said “but you’re much too OLD to be my brother!?” and he started laughing hysterically and holding his stomach as the waters and Earth shook.

I then looked over at him once the laughing had subsided and noticed he had a couple of weird “holes” by his hands and feet. “What happened?” I asked, afraid, as I gingerly poked my finger through the “hole” in one of his hands. “I was pierced”, he said. “What’s pierced?” I asked, and as he tried to explain to me what “pierced” meant, I looked over and saw myself laying face-down on the water.

“Hey!!!!!! There’s TWO of me!!!!! There’s….ME (pointing towards my face-down body on the surface of the water), and….ME!! (pointing to myself). Hey…..how come there’s TWO of me?”. He tried to explain the difference just then between the body and the spirit, only I was too young to understand completely what he meant. “But how can there be TWO of me at the same time? That makes no sense to me!? “Child” he laughed, “you have a dizzying intellect!”.

He then talked about this “happy place” where there was no tears and only happiness and children laughing and playing all the time. He offered to take me to such a place and said I could become a “child angel” (there’s a certain word for them that he called them but I forgot). And quite frankly, I liked the idea of such a place. In fact, it even SOUNDED like just my type of place. He then added “but you’ll have to leave them [my living relatives] behind, plus you won’t be able to come back here ever again, little one”.

And just then, I looked over at a couple of my relatives. Even though I couldn’t stand the thought of leaving them behind, I really liked the idea of this “happy place” and was just about to agree to go with him when suddenly, he informed me that two of my relatives and many others out there in the world were headed on a path to darkness and that UNLESS someone tried to help save them and bring them back to the light, they would be “judged accordingly, at the End of Days”. And well, I loved my relatives. And I knew how awful it would be for ANY HUMAN BEING to be on the BAD SIDE of this *UNIQUE being*…….this person who calls himself Jesus who has the ability to make the Earth and waters shake at the mere sound of his voice……

So I thought for a bit and I said “hey Jesus……*I* can come back and try to help save some of those people, if you want! How can I be happy going to a happy place, when I know that some people are gonna be sad and go to a sad place?”. Jesus asked “even if you must be sad for awhile, in the process of trying to help save others? Even if people cruelly tease you someday, due to my name and other things? Even if the sad people headed to the sad place try to argue with you, all along the way? Even amongst much clamour and opposition?”

I said to Jesus “I would feel sad getting to go to a happy place while other people are sad in a sad place. Please let me help those people for you, Jesus. I want ALL people to be happy and go to the happy place, and not the sad place”.

Just then, Jesus’s eyes grew moistened and he said to me “your heart is pure, little one!” He then looked over at them and yelled “PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DAUGHTER!” and that’s when they looked over and saw my lifeless body face down, arms spread out to either side on the water. [3 seconds of time in the living world is like around 30-33 minutes or so of time in the spirit world, just to specify. They had only looked away for a few seconds, approximately…it all happened so fast, see?]. One of them pulled me up out of the water and layed me down on the pavement on the side of the pool. Jesus then told me to “lay back down into my body, as if I were taking a nap or going to sleep”.

But I didn’t want Jesus to leave. I said “but Jesus……I don’t WANT you to go……we were just starting to be friends!” Jesus said to me “I’ll ALWAYS be your friend….and I’ll ALWAYS be with you……all I ask is that you remember me and serve me all the days of your life! And I’ll come back to get you someday. Until then, I need you to be strong and brave, little one! And abide in me, always! And as long as you remember me, I’ll NEVER leave you and I’ll NEVER forsake you! Just trust me!” and without another word, my soul was back in my body and pain shot all throughout my body. My chest, head, nose and lungs hurt like YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE and I started immediately coughing up water……ALOT of water…..I was coughing up SO much water, that I thought I was dying again for a moment there…….

And as soon as I completely came to, I asked “where’s the being in white? where’s the man in white? He was just here a second ago! He looked like uncle ——, only, he wasn’t uncle ——–! He said his name was Gee-gee….??”

“Jesus?” one of my relatives asked. “Yes, Jesus! That’s it! That’s what he said his name was!” I said.

“It’s a MIRACLE!” my relative said, eyes looking upward towards the sky.

So that’s the story of how I came to know of Jesus Christ. I had NO previous knowledge of him prior to this whole experience. It’s how I came to know OF him, who he is, what he did, etc.

Not long after my N.D.E., one of my relatives purchased me a children’s illustrated bible and taught me all about Jesus Christ (the parts about Jesus Christ & his history that hadn’t yet been revealed to me during the near-death experience) and as I read about Jesus in the pages of the bible, I just have to cry tears of joy as I think to myself “oh my gosh, that is THE JESUS that came down from heaven to save me! THE JESUS that splashed water on me & sat me in his lap! THE JESUS that brought me back to life!”

BIBLE PIC

1970 Hardcover, [white padded cover], by J.F. Allen & illustrated by Carlo Tora – Can be purchased at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Illustrated-Childrens-Bible-Stories/dp/B000QJDOKI

And I feel forever blessed & amazed that Jesus Christ chose to save ME. I mean, he could’ve just let me die and stay forever dead if he had wanted to. But he didn’t. I feel so blessed. That was simply the most GREATEST moment of my ENTIRE LIFE! Nothing eclipses the moment I met Jesus Christ in person. NOTHING.

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” [Matthew 19:14]

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven” [Matthew 18:1o]

The Power Of Starting Over On A Fresh, Clean Slate….

We’ve all said and done things in our lives that we regret and that we possibly hate ourselves for, looking back…..things in our lives that we wish we NEVER would’ve said or done or that we should’ve done DIFFERENTLY.

Well, with Jesus Christ, we CAN start all over and we CAN have our slate wiped clean and start a new life.

But first, we must have an INTERNAL change within our mind, heart, body and spirit. We have to regret all our misdeeds/”sins” in our life SO MUCH that we’re willing to do almost anything to change them.

What’s sin? Sin is transgression of the law (of God). Ever stolen anything? Ever lusted after a woman (men) or a man (ladies) that you weren’t married to? Ever told a lie? Said the Lord’s name in vain? That makes you a thief, an adulterer, a liar and a blasphemer and that’s just FOUR of the 10 commandments!

But that is where Jesus Christ comes in. The prophesied Jewish Messiah talked about in the Old Testament and the only true begotten Son of God, HE gave his very own LIFE during the crucifixion & shed his very own holy blood, just SO mankind could be FORGIVEN for their sins AND assured a spot in Eternal NEW JERUSALEM someday! And there is NO greater love than that, people!

Jesus Christ loves us all SO MUCH, that he was more than willing to DIE for us on the cross, just so WE could be forgiven of our sins and just so WE could have a way to spend ETERNITY WITH GOD IN NEW JERUSALEM someday. And so again, there is NO greater love than that!

3 days later after Jesus Christ was crucified, he rose from the dead (just like he told his disciples he would). [Google the “Shroud of Turin”] And 40 days after that, Jesus Christ (in front of the apostles and others) ascended back up to heaven to be on the right hand throne of God, the heavenly Father. But don’t just take MY word for it. See for yourselves!

http://factreal.wordpress.com/2009/04/13/nonchristians-prove-jesus-resurrection/

Jesus Christ was God in the flesh and he proved it…..not only in the bible and to his disciples and various non-Christian crowds after he rose from the dead just 3 days later after he died on the cross, but to myself as well (during a near-death experience).

The thing about Jesus Christ is that he doesn’t care WHO you are or WHAT you’ve done so far in your life. You CAN be forgiven for all your sins, just like you CAN start over a brand new life in him!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a stripper, bank robber, homeless, a drug addicted person, a practicing homosexual. No sin is too bad to be forgiven of, save for blasphemy of the Holy Spirit: (many bible scholars believe that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is to claim that Jesus Christ got his power from Satan but it can also likely mean several other things, too, such as not believing that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and DYING in that sin of unbelief, etc.)

Jesus Christ can take what is UNRIGHTEOUS in a person and turn it around and make that person CLEAN by teaching that person how to OVERCOME their unrighteousness and become a righteous person in his heavenly site! Jesus Christ can set a person FREE from their sins and their failures and their addictions.

Whatever you’re going through in life, Jesus Christ has a solution and an answer. But you got to TRUST JESUS CHRIST to change your life. But you must TRUST HIM. Meaning that you must first of all BELIEVE that Jesus Christ IS the only begotten Son of God AND that he died for your sins AND that he has the power to change you from within. And once you believe in the power of the Lord and pray for the Lord Jesus Christ to change you, he will change you. He will also give you the gift of the Holy Spirit (the spirit of truth/spirit of spiritual discernment that will let you know what things are truly of God and what things are NOT of God).

And as soon as you fully believe in the Lord Jesus Christ beyond ALL reasonable doubt, you must get immediately baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the ceremonial “washing away of sins”. You don’t have to do it publicly or by a priest. You can do it in a swimming pool, river, lake or your very own bathtub filled with water (because remember that it must be a FULL IMMERSION baptism, according to the bible and NOT a “sprinkling”).

You must then also (to the very best of your ability) obey all of Jesus’s commandments in the bible (including the 10 commandments, the 7th-Day biblical Sabbath (because remember that the “Sunday Sabbath” seen today is NOT biblical at all), the 7 holy feasts of the Lord (Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles, etc.), Sermon on the Mount, etc.) and preach the gospel to others to everyone/anyone who’ll listen.

Many Christians today think that the 7th-Day Sabbath was done away with and also that the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts were done away with the New Testament as well. But did you know that Jesus Christ and his disciples NOT ONLY participated in the 7th-Day Sabbath (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) but also in the 7 Annual Feasts of the Lord (Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles, etc.) as well? [Some bible scholars even suggest he ALSO participated in the 2 “Minor” Jewish Feasts (Purim & Festival of Lights/Hanukah).

Yeshua/Jesus Christ Himself even said in Matthew 5:17-18 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law & the prophets. For I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled”. And we know this won’t happen (the first heaven and Earth passing away, that is) until Revelation, chapter 21:1-2! 

But upon believing in and getting baptized in the name of Yeshua/Jesus Christ, you will become a new creature in the Lord and start a NEW LIFE in him! Everything you’ve done in your life so far will not matter, anymore. The only thing that’ll matter from the MOMENT you become saved in Yeshua/Jesus Christ to the moment you die in this life is where you stand with Yeshua/Jesus Christ. And where you stand with Jesus Christ is determined by how you LIVE for Jesus Christ….

For example, do you believe in Jesus Christ? Have you accepted him as Lord & Savior? Have you prayed for forgiveness of your sins? Have you given up your sins and stopped doing them? Have you become baptized in the name of Jesus Christ? Do you witness about Jesus Christ and Salvation to others? Do you do all the things that the Lord Jesus Christ tells you to do (such as obey the 10 commandments and Sermon on the Mount teachings in Matthew5-7 as well as several OTHER New Testament commands? Some possible examples (depending on what the Lord needs from you at the time) might be things like “write a letter of apology to this person, go witness to that person, give the coat off your back to that homeless person over there, donate your leftover food to the food bin”, etc.

Are you in that place in your life where, if you were to die today or tonight, you’d know for 100% sure beyond all reasonable doubt that you’d go to eternal NEW JERUSALEM someday and not the fires of hell? If you are NOT 100% sure, then it’s time for you to examine yourself and your life and pray to the Lord Jesus Christ to reveal to you about anything that’s holding you back from him. Cause lets face it…..5 minutes of sin is not worth eternal condemnation in the fire (“flames of torment”).

One of these days, the Earth and everything in it is gonna pass away someday (including all the material things and wealth). The Lord said in Isaiah 65:17 “Behold, I create a new heavens and a new Earth”.

And all of mankind will be judged for their actions (rather good or bad) by Jesus Christ. Will YOU stand before the Lord Jesus Christ someday on the Day of Judgment upon the Earth and say to him “I’m sorry Lord…during my Earthly life,  my sin was MUCH more important to me than YOU, I don’t want to go to eternal punishment in the “fire that never quenches” now, please forgive me?”

That won’t fly with the Lord Jesus Christ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Lord Jesus Christ gives people many, many, MANY chances throughout their lifetimes to change their lives around and to hear the message of the gospel/be saved from their sins! And so IF by the end of a person’s life, a person hasn’t accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior/asked Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins with a “righteous repentance” in their mind, heart, body and spirit, that is NOT God’s fault!

Now that begs of question. If people know AHEAD OF TIME that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to New Jerusalem, the ONLY one true God, and the ONLY way to have forgiveness of sins and the ONLY way to be spared from God’s eternal wrath in the fire, why do they still choose to reject him? Why do they STILL choose to go to “eternal condemnation” even when they know that the place of eternal condemnation is going to be an awful, torturous, gruesome place FOR ETERNITY? Do they REALLY think that Jesus Christ will spare THEM just because they donated to charity, or never killed anyone and that sort’ve thing?

Do they REALLY think that Jesus Christ is a “unrepentant-sin-accepting” type of God? And/or that he’s the type of God to be “sweet-talked” to or to let sin go UNPUNISHED? THINK AGAIN, PEOPLE! Jesus Christ is a righteous, holy, and PURE God! And he lets NO sin into NEW JERUSALEM/the eternal kingdom. None. A person’s “good deeds” or money or good looks will NOT save them from the holy, divine wrath of God!

Yet, many people out there think: “well, Jesus Christ is such a holy, righteous God, there’s NO WAY he’d accept me!” Again, wrong….Jesus Christ will save and accept ANYONE who truly calls upon his name, prays for forgiveness of their sins, repents of their sins, gets baptized in his heavenly name, preaches the gospel to others, obey his commandments in the bible, trusts him & truly abides in him by the way they LIVE for him.

I got a short parable for you. Luke 18:9-14: And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted”. 

The tax collector was justified before God/Jesus and NOT the Pharisee. Why? Because not only did the tax collector have the faith and desire for Jesus in his life, but he TRUSTED Jesus Christ to change him from within and cleanse his spirit and his ways. The Pharisee just basically bragged about how “holy” he was and lacked a true spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ. The Pharisee became one of those in the group of people which Jesus says: “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” – [Matthew 7:22-23]

But to the tax collector and all repentant sinners, Jesus Christ will say: “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” – [Matthew 25:21]

But basically, it doesn’t matter what you’ve done so far in your life. It doesn’t matter if you’ve robbed 5 banks or 75. It doesn’t matter if you’re currently addicted to drugs or alcohol. It doesn’t matter if you’re a stripper or a drug lord. Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross for ALL of mankind’s sins! And no sin is too great for the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive, save for blasphemy of the Holy Spirit! He can take what is UNRIGHTEOUS in a person and help change them into a RIGHTEOUS PERSON! 

Jesus Christ will save ANYONE who truly calls upon his name from the depths of their being. No prayer will go unanswered for those who really, truly pray to get to know Jesus Christ and that means the prayer from the depths of their spirit!

But if you want to get to know Jesus Christ and have him save you FROM YOUR SINS and help you overcome your sins and your addictions, you must pray for Jesus Christ to save you and you must do so, NOW! (And believe the prayer with your whole entire mind, heart, and spirit). Every SECOND of your life spent without Jesus Christ leads you one step closer to hell and/or eternal condemnation. And like I said, death comes to us all. We NEVER know when we’re gonna die. All those who die without Jesus Christ in their lives go to eternal condemnation in the flames for eternity. So please don’t be one of those people, folks!

If you’re an atheist/agnostic that’s having trouble believing in Jesus Christ or God or the concept of a God, then I would ask you to PRAY to believe (but mean the prayer 100% in your heart) and also check out the following website that lists SEVERAL ancient historical non-Christian sources which confirm Jesus’s crucifixion, resurrection and consequent ascension to heaven.

http://factreal.wordpress.com/2009/04/13/nonchristians-prove-jesus-resurrection/

And again, I pray that each and every soul who reads this will become saved from their sins in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ before it’s too late. Amen.

REPENT….Or Suffer the ETERNAL Consequences…

Not ONE of us is perfect……not ONE…..this is apparent in Romans 3:23 in the New Testament (New Testament, book of Romans, chapter 3, verse 23) which clearly states:For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

Which means that none of us are perfect and we all make mistakes from time to time and do things in our lives that are displeasing to God/Jesus Christ (rather intentionally or unintentionally). It’s how we DEAL with those shortcomings/mistakes/sins that determine our eternal fate and where we are with God/Jesus Christ.

First of all, we must remember that Jesus Christ IS God in the flesh and that he is SO pure and SO holy, that no sin can enter the FUTURE New Heavenly city, called “New Jerusalem”. Not one. Jesus Christ was crucified for mankind to be forgiven of their sins. 3 days later, he rose from the dead [Google “Shroud of Turin”] and 40 days later, he ascended back up to God the heavenly Father in heaven to be on his right hand side. (There are SEVERAL eyewitness accounts to his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, specifically ancient historical non-Christian ones that can be read at the following):

http://factreal.wordpress.com/2009/04/13/nonchristians-prove-jesus-resurrection/

So now that I’ve given you non-Christian sources which back up the fact that Jesus Christ WAS in fact God in the flesh, you can also be self-assured that Jesus Christ is also the judge of all mankind. One of these days, Jesus Christ will return to the Earth on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and he’s going to judge every single man, woman, and child that’s ever lived on the Earth and all those unfortunate souls that either chose NOT to believe in him and/or NOT to live a life that’s pleasing to him will be eternally punished by Jesus Christ in the lake of fire.

But those who tried to live lives that were PLEASING to God/Jesus Christ by praying for forgiveness of sins, repenting/giving up their sins, following the commandments of Jesus Christ in the bible (the 10 commandments and the Sermon on the Mount teachings in Matthew chapters 5-7, as well as the rest of his New Testament teachings), getting baptized in his name immediately upon believing in Him, and spreading the gospel to others and having faith in and TRUSTING Jesus Christ will inherit the gift of *everlasting life*. Everlasting life simply means *eternal life with Jesus Christ in Paradise/New Jerusalem*.

Just think for one moment. Think of the happiest moment of your life. Multiply that one single moment times 77 trillion infinity and that’s just a small “taste” of what eternal Paradise/New Jerusalem with Jesus Christ would be like.

Now imagine your WORST moment in life. Multiply that awful moment by 99 trillion infinity, while at the same time, roasting in an eternal flame and that’s just a small “taste” of what eternal punishment/condemnation would be like.

But the Gospel (Yiddish is it? for “Good News”) says it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t HAVE to go to hell and/or eternal condemnation in the lake of fire. For it is honestly not God’s will for ANYONE to go to hell and/or eternal condemnation. That is WHY he sent his holy Son, Jesus Christ, to be tried and crucified for forgiveness of mankind’s sins.

However, in order to receive the FREE GIFT of salvation/forgiveness of sins, there’s several things one must do before this can be done.

One must:

1) believe in Jesus Christ (or PRAY to believe if one doesn’t already believe in him).

2) acknowledge one’s sins TO Jesus Christ and then pray for forgiveness of one’s sins

3) accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord & Savior

4) REPENT of their sins (meaning, give them up and stop doing them)

5) get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ IMMEDIATELY upon believing in him — it can be in a swimming pool, a river, a bathtub full of water — doesn’t matter and no PRIEST is required for it, as it’s just between Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ and the believer (Note: there are 7+ bible passages that COMMAND baptism for the ceremonial spiritual cleansing/washing away of sins)

6) try to live a life that’s pleasing to Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ by obeying the 10 commandments and Jesus’s New Testament teachings on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5-7 and throughout the rest of the New Testament, etc.

7) spread the gospel to others. For the bible says in Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”

And once we become “spiritually reborn again” by faith and through baptism (the ceremonial cleansing of and washing away of sins) and know what to do and what is pleasing in Jesus Christ’s site and what is NOT pleasing in Jesus Christ’s site, it’s our job to CONSTANTLY do a “sin check prayer” and pray “Lord, if there’s anything holding me back from you, some sin I’m not aware of, please reveal it to me”…..

And once the Lord reveals what we need to repent of, REPENT of that thing/person **IMMEDIATELY**! Don’t wait 2 hours or 2 days. Heck, don’t even wait 2 SECONDS! Because ya never know when your life’s gonna be required of you. You could easily drop dead of a massive/instantaneous heart attack before finishing this sentence (even if you’re under 30 years old or younger and in perfectly good health!)

In other words, we never know when or HOW (the manner) in which we are going to die. Death comes to us all. It’s how we live our life for Jesus Christ (or NOT for Jesus Christ) that determines where we will go for ALL ETERNITY.

Remember that near-death experiences PROVES that there’s an afterlife. Also remember that in the “fire that never quenches/eternal condemnation”, there is NO. WAY. OUT. FOREVER.

Jesus Christ gave his very LIFE for us on the cross, so that WE could have a chance to live with him for eternity in Paradise someday and so that WE could be forgiven for all our sins and be made to appear blemish-less in front of the heavenly Father! There is no greater love than that, people! But again, we must fully ACCEPT the free gift of everlasting life and salvation/forgiveness of sins before it can be granted to us. And we must accept it with a PURE & OPEN mind, heart, body and spirit! Which means we can’t just automatically SAY to ourselves “oh…..yeah…..forgiveness of sins……sounds cool to ME, man” and then turn around and live our lives the way WE want to live them…….We must ACKNOWLEDGE in Jesus Christ’s site that we are sinners and that without Jesus Christ, there can BE no salvation for our souls.

Please! I beg of you! If there’s something in your life that needs to be repented of, repent of it IMMEDIATELY!

And if you’re a person that doesn’t yet believe in Jesus Christ or the importance of the bible, then I beg you from the depths of my soul to PLEASE PRAY TO BELIEVE as soon as possible! Your eternal fate, your very own SOUL could depend on it!

It’s a matter between spiritual life and death! And since we NEVER know how or the MANNER in which we are going to die, it’s ever more important to get right with Almighty God/Jesus Christ, A.S.A.P!

The world is in crazy chaous today. Ya never know when the next big natural disaster is gonna strike. You never know when your last hour of life’s gonna be.

Time is of the essence.

Get 100% right with Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ and do so, TODAY! Your very soul depends on it. Amen.