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Anger Solves NOTHING!

Anger. It’s an emotion we’ve ALL felt from time to time. The person in front of us at the checkout is taking too long. Someone cuts us off in traffic. Someone at work is micro-managing us. A friend, family member or complete stranger says something insensitive to us. We find that there was a mistake on our tax refund and/or that we’ve been overcharged on one or more of our bills. We’re driving a long distance and one of the tires suddenly has a blowout. The cat hops up on the cabinet (while we got our back turned for just THREE seconds) and helps him/herself to a piece of “sandwich” we’re in the process of making for lunch.

WHATEVER the situation, anger solves NOTHING! Anger will NOT, by any means:

  1. Make the person taking F-O-R-E-V-E-R at the checkout line in front of us suddenly speed up in a jiffy
  2. Make the person who cut us off in traffic UN-CUT us off in traffic or magically make them look over at us and mouth the words: I’m sorry
  3. Make the coworker who’s micro-managing us suddenly STOP, smile and say Sorry….I guess I AM micro-managing you, my apologies, didn’t mean to
  4. Make the friend, family member or complete stranger IMMEDIATELY apologize for their actions and ask for forgiveness
  5. Make the tax refund mistake go away or make the numbers magically change to the correct amount before our very eyes
  6. Make the tire IMMEDIATELY “re-correct” itself so we can keep on driving
  7. Make the cat UN-EAT the bite of sandwich and meow that they’re “sorry” (well….they might possibly meow that they’re sorry, but that’s besides the point………)

It’s pretty much a given that EVERY single human being on the planet is going to experience frustration and ANGER at SOME point in their existence. That’s a given. But it’s how we DEAL with that anger that matters.

Lets say you’re in a work situation. Your coworker Steve is micro-managing you to the HILT! No…..put that April file over here with the February files, that way, we can keep better track of it. So then you do and not 30 seconds later, he “barks” at you AGAIN: No….don’t put it at the BOTTOM of the pile, put it at the TOP of the pile of February documents (even if you’re sitting there questioning like, WHAT?? That makes no sense!!! The TOP of the pile???? Where the file might possibly not be found or be confused with the February or January files? What the HECK???”

And then, just to test your buttons of patience EVEN FURTHER (or so it seems), good-ole “Steve-O” comes at you YET AGAIN: “Put all your most current May and April 2017 folders in the TOP DRAWERS, we NEVER put them in the BOTTOM DRAWERS that are closest within reach, YOU KNOW THAT!

And it’s usually at THIS point in time that our fragile human minds want to scream EXPLETIVES at “Steve-O” and GIVE HIM A PIECE OF OUR MIND! (Which, ironically enough, is likely what Steve-O wants, in the first place. So why give him the satisfaction?)

But folks, we got to realize something, here. Whenever there’s something that “testing our patience to the limits“, it’s because of 2 reasons:

A). Satan and his demons are trying EVER-SO-HARD to BREAK US…….to GET us to FEEL angry, to GET us to FEEL resentful, to GET us to CUSS UP A STORM, SNAP, and/or possibly belittle others in the process!

B). Jesus is “using” the experience to TEACH us “patience”, as odd as that may sound.

Now, there’s TWO types of anger mentioned in the bible. There is what’s called RIGHTEOUS ANGER (Jesus over-turning the money changers’ tables in The Temple) and UNRIGHTEOUS ANGER (Cain’s anger over Abel, Esau’s anger towards Jacob, Saul pursuing David, Moses killing the Egyptian that was harassing a Hebrew slave, Herod’s anger with the 3 Wisemen, etc.)

Now, we can all “claim” that OUR ANGER towards the “sinful behaviors of others” is classified as “righteous anger”. But when’s the last time we honestly got “righteously angry” over the sinful behavior(s) of OURSELVES?

That’s PRECISELY the EXACT issue that Jesus is discussing in Matthew 7: 3-5 which states: “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye

In other words, we can’t fully “call out/rebuke” the unrighteousness in OTHERS until we first “call out/rebuke” the unrighteousness in OURSELVES………Because Romans 3:23 says: “For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. That means that NOBODY is perfect. NONE. None on the ENTIRE EARTH, past, future or present.

The ONLY being that is WITHOUT sin is ofcourse, JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY. While he lived on the Earth, he was BLAMELESS and WITHOUT SIN. That’s WHY he was a suitable sacrifice unto God to “take away the PENALTY of the sins of the world/mankind”. Because only one who is completely WITHOUT SIN can be a suitable enough sacrifice to TAKE AWAY THE PENALTY OF ALL SIN (in God’s eyes), if that makes any sense?

Now, lets look at the 7 above “anger-inducing cases” and see what happens when those people DON’T sinfully ACT on their anger:

  1. The person getting “irritated” at person in front of them in line sighs, takes a deep breath, patiently waits and then it’s THEIR turn. Life goes on.
  2. The person was cut off in traffic realizes that there’s a possibility that the person who cut them off did so “accidentally” and doesn’t fret about it. 
  3. The person being micro-managed at work stops, takes a deep breath and realizes that the micro-manager is either highly stressed themselves or only trying to be helpful and doesn’t fret about it.
  4. The person who an insensitive thing was said to rationally realizes that the person probably didn’t even realize what was said was insensitive and just rolls with it. Life goes on.
  5. The person who sees a mistake on their tax refund sighs, takes a deep breath and then calmly calls the IRS phone number to let them know what’s going on. They know eventually they’ll get the check for the correct amount and don’t fret about it.
  6. The person who had a tire blow-out will eventually fix it themselves or stay calm, figuring that help will soon be on the way.
  7. The person who had their kitty eat part of their sandwich LAUGHS about it, instead of gets mad about it, then makes themselves another sandwich cause hey, it’s not the end of the world, right?

Now, we’ve SEEN cases in the bible where people ACTED IMMEDIATELY on their anger 

  1. Cain killing Abel
  2. Esau plotting to kill Jacob
  3. Saul plotting to kill David
  4. Herod killing all boys, aged 2 and under
  5. Moses killing the Egyptian, who was “being brutal” towards the Israelite slave worker
  6. Moses SMASHING the clay tablets of stone with God’s law on them (upon seeing the disobedient children of Israel)
  7. Balaam beating his donkey for what HE thought was “weird behavior”
  8. Jezebel plotting to kill Elijah
  9. Haman being FURIOUS over Mordecai not bowing down to him and giving him obeisance
  10. Jonah got mad at God for NOT destroying the city of Nineveh (after his prophesying) AND for making him preach there in the first place?
  11. ETC.

Just like we can see cases where anger was likely HELD IN……..(and not acted upon):

  1. Abraham was likely secretly resentful/angry of Sarah demanding Hagar & Ishmael’s “banishment” since it was Sarah’s idea in the FIRST place for Abraham to marry Hagar and have children by her.
  2. When Jacob deceived Esau out of his birthright and out of his “patriarchal blessing”, Isaac was likely “silently angry” with both his sons (Esau, for being so “careless” about his birthright/blessing and with Jacob for having deceived Esau AND HIM).
  3. Jacob was likely VERY ANGRY (on the inside) with Laban for deceiving him into marrying Leah, instead of Rachel
  4.  Leah was likely resentful/angry towards her father for making her marry a man, Jacob, who clearly did NOT love HER, the way that Jacob loved Rachel, her younger sister), with Jacob (for loving Rachel more than her, and spending the MAJORITY of his nights with Rachel) AND with Rachel, for “being the favorite” of Jacob, etc.
  5. Jacob was likely resentful/angry (or at the VERY least, highly “annoyed”) with Leah for “buying a night with him with her son Reuben’s mandrakes”
  6. Old Testament Joseph was likely secretly angry with his brothers for selling him off as a slave, etc.
  7. Jacob (as well as Benjamin?) were likely secretly angry with all the other sons, after “initially” discovering the truth about Joseph (that he was initially “sold as a slave in Egypt”)
  8. Shem & Japheth were likely secretly angry with their brother Ham, for acting so foolishly and dishonorable with their “drunken” father, Noah
  9. New Testament Joseph likely felt HURT, BETRAYED, AND secretly angry/disappointed with his espoused, Mary, for what HE must’ve thought was her “going out on him”, BEFORE discovering that she was “immaculately pregnant with the Messiah, Jesus Christ”
  10. Mary’s own parents were likely secretly angry with her for what THEY thought was her “dishonorable behavior” before THEY knew she was “miraculously pregnant with the Messiah”
  11. ETC.

It’s funny how many Christians today sort’ve hold alot of the biblical characters up on a pedestal and act as though they never “thought” or “did” anything wrong. But folks, ALL biblical characters (save for Jesus Christ himself) were FAR FROM PERFECT. And many of them (just like many of us do, TODAY) got ANGRY and IMMEDIATELY ACTED UPON THAT ANGER!

As for all the bible characters that seemed to “hold it in”, for every single time they were able to be patient and hold their anger IN, there was likely a counter time in their lives when they did NOT hold their anger in and acted more like the “insta-charge angerers” list up above.

Now think back to the last time you got angry about something…….TRULY ANGRY. Did it solve anything? Did it make the situation better? Or did it just make things worse? How did it impact the others around you? (And how did it affect your children, spouse, coworkers and even PETS?) Did it turn out to be a worthwhile experience? Did it make you feel happy and fulfilled at all? Did you feel as though the anger was “worth it?” Did you feel as though it pleased Jesus Christ at all?

Because the truth is, anger solves NOTHING and takes away EVERYTHING! It takes away your mind, heart, sanity and spirit! And if left PERPETUALLY UNCHECKED, anger can be the catalyst for you losing your own very SOUL! Anger causes people to do MANY, MANY unrighteous and harmful things (both to themselves and to others). Anger causes hate and violence, rape and murder, ruined relationships and marriages, all sorts of sin and crime. It’s not worth it.

The next time you feel angry (about ANYTHING or ANYONE), just take a deep breath, relax, take ANOTHER deep breath and IMMEDIATELY re-asses the situation. And ask yourself, “is it worth it?”

Anger won’t repair your relationship or marriage……..won’t make things better for you at home or work……..won’t make you a better son/daughter, friend, coworker, spouse, niece/nephew, grandson/granddaughter, etc.

Anger (in and of itself) will help destroy everything you’ve ever worked for. Don’t let it win. Don’t let Satan and his demons win. Remember that WHEN the Old Testament characters unleashed their anger, unchecked, they were PUNISHED for it by God! However…..whenever they held their anger in and did NOT act on it, they were BLESSED FOR IT, BY GOD!

Now, that doesn’t mean that it’s not alright to feel angry from time to time, as anger is a normal, human emotion. It’s just what we DO with that anger that counts. Ephesians 4: 26-27 says: “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil”. So, in other words, when we let anger stew and come out full strength, the bible says we are “giving place to the devil”, meaning, we’re giving him leeway in our lives!  

I want to share my own personal experience here with anger and what all it’s done (or hasn’t done) for me. I’m usually a patient person and it takes alot to get me angry. But when my patience is tested to the hilt, I don’t tend to get just a “little” angry……Without prayer and intercession by the Lord Jesus, I tend (as a whole) to get REALLY ANGRY! And all the times I got REALLY ANGRY in my life, it did absolutely NOTHING for me. In fact, it has DESTROYED close relationships I’ve had in my life! It has taken so much FROM ME and has done absolutely nothing FOR me!

Anger robs the soul of LIFE! It really does. You can even spend your whole entire LIFE being mad at someone (or at God, even). Only to later find that it SOLVES NO PURPOSE! People that were estranged from parents/friends/relatives, for example, and hated them for YEARS? When they DO finally make up with them and start speaking to them again, they’re oftentimes GRIEVED about all that WASTED TIME that they COULD’VE SPENT together, making amends and letting bygones be bygones.

And all the times in my life when I just let my anger go, did NOT act on it, but prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ about it and trusted JESUS with it? Miraculous things would start to happen…….Things at work and home would start to run much smoother……..things that made me so angry before no longer seemed like such a big deal, anymore……the grass & trees looked greener, the sun looked brighter, the singing birds sounded more beautiful, people were nicer, plus I was FAR more content & happier……happier than I’ve ever been, actually…….

So if you’re angry about someTHING or someONE, I want you to ask yourself if it’s worth it. Is it worth all that LOST TIME that you COULD be spending making amends with that person/those people? It says in the bible that we must forgive others if we ourselves want to be forgiven. So what does that entail, one might ask? Well, for one, it means LETTING GO OF ANGER. I know that’s hard to do. I know it’s easier said than done. (Been there, done that, I KNOW how it feels). But if we want to move FORWARD (both, in our spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ AND with each other), then we MUST let go of our resentments/ANGER (anger towards God/Jesus, towards other people, & towards ourselves, etc.)

Even SELF-ANGER (anger at self) is DESTRUCTIVE and serves no purpose. For how can we faithfully serve God/Jesus is we’re too busy condemning ourselves to oblivion? Who CARES about what sin we did 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 2 years ago or 2 months ago? Does that REALLY hold any true bearing for what we’re doing for the Lord Jesus Christ in the HERE and the NOW?

The anti-thesis of anger is PATIENCE…..humbled PATIENCE. Jesus Christ puts us in “long lines”, etc. at the bank or grocery store, etc. to teach us PATIENCE. Jesus puts us in EVERY “patience-testing situation” to teach us PATIENCE. In fact, did you know that Satan the Devil gets ANGRY whenever WE are PATIENT? It’s true. And whenever WE get ANGRY and ACT ON IT, Satan’s happy as a lark! That’s WHY we should never let Satan win in the “war on anger”.

If you or someone you know is currently struggling with the perpetual problem of ANGER, I would HIGHLY encourage you to pray to the Lord Jesus Christ about it, HUMBLE YOURSELVES before Jesus, give your whole LIFE to him, and then, just sit back and watch all the miraculous things he’ll do in your life, when you CONQUER YOUR UNRIGHTEOUS ANGER IN JESUS’S NAME! 😉

Plus, here’s another thing you can try. The very next time you feel your anger rising, immediately shout within your spirit: “PRAISE JESUS! FOR BY HIS HEAVENLY NAME, I WILL LEARN PATIENCE & ENDURANCE!” And believe me folks, IT WORKS! It’s helped to calm me down in almost EVERY situation that’s made me immediately mad! However, when I DIDN’T do that….my anger became more apparent. So just goes to show ya.

And yes, though I DO still struggle with anger in my life from time to time (especially in the work setting), I’m getting much, much better these days at conquering it in Jesus’s name! And I pray that all of you will continue to do the same! 😉

“I can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:13

When Someone Stabs You In The Back……

How many of us have ever had someone proverbially stab us in the back?

A friend? A coworker? An ex-boyfriend/girlfriend? A possible family member? Or even a complete stranger?

And how did we feel when they very first did so?

Our first reaction was likely shock and anger, followed by a sense of hurt, resentment & disillusionment. In our younger day, we might’ve thought of *revenge tactics* to get back at them. But in our older day, we slowly come to realize that two wrongs don’t make a right and also that there’s usually something going on with a person psychologically or emotionally if they hurt someone like that.

But you got to realize something. Nine times out of ten, it’s not ABOUT you. It’s really about them and their character. Sometimes someone is having a bad day and happens to “snap” or say something/do something unkind to you. Sometimes someone else is jealous of what YOU have and decide to take it out on you, somehow. And sometimes, a person doesn’t even REALIZE they’re being mean/unkind to you. 

Many people who feel insecure in their own lives will go about trying to put down other people trying to make themselves feel better. But that doesn’t mean you have to partake in their drama. No. You can be better than that.

When Jesus Christ died on the cross for forgiveness of mankind’s sins, he KNEW how humans would be like after that. He knew the future that would encapsulate the “culture” surrounding the passage of Matthew 24:12-13: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Just like he KNEW that many people, in the End of Days, would stab each other in the back and constantly try to “one up” one another (either for the pure revenge of it or just for the mere “fun” of it). 

And though there is the popular saying “don’t get mad, get EVEN”, Jesus Christ would likely say to each of us something along the lines of: “I understand if you’re mad/hurt about this but don’t let your anger get the best of you and do NOT get even”. The Lord God said in the bible in Romans 12:19 (KJV) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord”

In other words, if we HATE someone that hurt us,  or go out of our way to try to hurt THEM, the only person we’re hurting is ourselves. It takes SO much time and mental energy to HATE someone. But it takes very little time and energy to try to forgive someone. Afterall, we’re all human, we ALL make mistakes.

And besides, that person might not have realized they’ve hurt us. And if they hurt us *intentionally*, well, then it’s really themselves that they’re hurting. Cause no true person in their RIGHT MIND would have to go to such great lengths to hurt someone unless they themselves were hurting from within. Cause remember…the old saying really IS true: “misery loves company”. 

Though some people that LIKE to “one up” people seem to feel pretty good about themselves from the onset. But lets face it. No truly CONFIDENT person would have to hurt someone in order to prove their worth. For if they were TRULY confident in themselves, they wouldn’t HAVE to prove anything, see? Because they’d technically already KNOW their self-worth, without having to prove or justify it.

But I see that type of behavior in people all the time. Female friends try to steal each other’s boyfriends. Brothers try to steal their brothers’ girlfriend(s). Children/teens are rude/mean to their parents or vice versa. Coworkers try to rip each other to shreds when the boss is not looking. Ex-boyfriends and girlfriends acting all “catty” with one another, trying to make one another jealous…Or even people on Youtube MAJORLY mocking others on Youtube, even.

We are now living in the End of Days and what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 24:12-13 (New Testament, book of Matthew, chapter 24, verse 12-13)“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved”.

Proverbs 20:22 says: “Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee”

Plus the Lord’s Prayer states the following:

“Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen”

“So what does THAT mean?”, you may ask yourselves. (The part in which I particularly emphasized and underlined, that is).

It means that if WE want to be forgiven by Jesus Christ for all the wrong things that WE ourselves have ever said or done throughout our lifetime, that WE must forgive OTHERS that have said or done wrong/hurtful things towards US.

And I know that’s easier said than done. But the good thing about the Lord Jesus Christ is that he will ALWAYS answer a sincere prayer.

If there’s someone in your life who has majorly hurt you and you’re having trouble forgiving that person, then take it to Jesus. Pray to him the following:

“Lord, I’m still very hurt and angry over this person who has hurt me. Please help me with forgiving this person as I am still struggling with that. I don’t WANT to hate this person or be mad at them anymore. Please help me Lord. Amen”

And the Lord will slowly help you forgive that person. And once you truly forgive a person and are able to move on with your life, it is the most peaceful, happiest feeling in the world. It’s like the Lord Jesus Christ has set your soul free from the *sinful bondage* of hate/resentment/anger.

Note: EVEN IF somebody has already passed on or you’ve lost contact with that person, you can STILL forgive that person or those people and be released from the sinful bond of anger/resentment/hatred. Just pray: “Lord, I know it’s too late at this point to have an Earthly reconciliation with this person, but please cleanse my heart and mind and allow me to fully forgive this person. Thank-you, Lord. Amen”.

And if it’s a case where you just can’t seem to forgive this person, no matter WHAT you do, (be they dead/lost contact with or alive), pray the following prayer :

“Lord, this person has done SO much to hurt me, I’m STILL angry, hurt, disillusioned, scared. I don’t know if I can ever forgive this person or not, on my own. Please heal me and cleanse me from within so that I can someday forgive this person with no sinful burden of anger in my heart. I don’t WANT to hate anymore! Please help me get rid of the hate in my heart so that I can forgive this person. Amen”.

And pray and believe the prayer with ALL your heart, ALL your soul and ALL your mind and the Lord Jesus WILL cleanse you and help you forgive that person/people! MARK MY WORDS!

See, cause if you CONTINUE to hate someone for hurting you without forgiving them, not ONLY will Jesus Christ not forgive YOU for all YOUR sins throughout your lifetime [Jesus said during the Sermon on the Mount that hate is = to murder in our hearts!] but the hate and resentment will just eat AWAY at you, night and day. Sooner or later, you will start to hate everything and EVERYONE. You will become extremely pessimistic and bitter and find no joy in ANYTHING. Your life will hardly seem worth living.

But if you can learn to forgive someone for hurting you (with the Lord Jesus’s divine help, ofcourse), then your soul will be SET FREE from all that *negative energy* trying to weigh you down. You will feel relaxed, as if a HUGE weight has been lifted off your shoulders. You will feel content and free and joyous in the Lord and joyous in your life. Plus you will be better able to start preaching the gospel again and maybe even having some more opportunities to spread the gospel. Your spirit will feel *spiritually revived*.

Sometimes people are depressed and got problems in their life. So they subconsciously try to hurt or lie to others to try to make themselves feel better. Yet, others are sometimes jealous of what we have and what they feel they do NOT have. But regardless the reason, NEVER let it get to you! Not only does Jesus Christ say we must FORGIVE the people that hurt us in our lifetime but we must also PRAY for them.

We must pray that Satan will lose his grip on their souls and that the Lord will open up their eyes and make them see what they are doing and why it is wrong.

[[And ya know what? Many a Satanist, Wiccan, Atheist, Scientist, Agnostic, criminal, etc. were brought to faith in God by the DILIGENT prayers of the loved ones and/or Christians around them. So never say never. For NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH THE LORD! 😉

In fact, remember that section of the Old Testament that talks about Abraham and his wife Sarai and how God told Abraham that his wife Sarai was to have a baby (even in her old age?) And how both she and Abraham laughed at the idea on separate occasions and of how God said in Genesis 18: 13-14: And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son”.

On the other hand, we should never TOLERATE repeated bad behavior from others. There’s a difference between forgiving someone and getting out of a bad situation.

But no matter the situation, one thing is clear. Jesus Christ hears ALL the prayers of his faithful (those who strive to live by his standards in the bible and beyond).

Even if you DO resent someone right now or you feel like you’re 20 million miles away from Jesus Christ right now, or him from you, pray to be restored to him. Pray that he’ll help you forgive people or overcome whatever sin you’re struggling with right now. Time is of the essence.

The sooner you forgive people in your life, and the sooner you become restored to Jesus Christ again, the better.

I pray for all the souls that read this and pray that each soul that reads this is either brought back to Jesus Christ or comes to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ before it’s too late and their souls are lost for eternity. 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.

How to Get Saved and STAY “Saved”…(UPDATED)

Someone once coined the phrase “once saved, always saved”. But we know from the word of God that that teaching is FALSE! Why? Lets examine the biblical evidence.

Jesus said in John 14:15 (New Testament, book of John, chapter 14, verse 15) “if you love me, keep my commandments”.

And that doesn’t JUST mean the 10 commandments in the bible. No, it goes much deeper than that. Jesus Christ was also talking about his teachings on the Sermon on the Mount (New Testament, book of Matthew, chapters 5-7), as well as several other New Testament teachings, along with all the “biblically sound” things the Holy Spirit tells you *specifically* to go do NOW in our lives, such as “donate all your leftover food/clothes to the poor”, “talk to your atheist friend about me”, “go witness to people on Youtube, WordPress, Facebook, etc. about me”, “get rid of all your books/movies/music that doesn’t glorify me, Jesus Christ Almighty”, etc.

In other words, the saying “once saved, always saved” is a lie from Satan! Cause lets not forget that Jesus ALSO said in Matthew 7:21 (New Testament, book of Matthew, chapter 7, verse 21) not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my father in heaven.

In other words, Jesus Christ was  more or less saying in the bible that not EVERY single person who cries out to him or that claims to believe in him or calls themselves Christian will enter through the gates of the city of New Jerusalem, someday. ONLY those people that believe in him AND do what he says (which is the will of the Father in heaven) shall enter through the gates of the heavenly city called New Jerusalem, which will be created and brought forth, down from heaven.

But lets go to the book of Matthew where Jesus talks about JUST how difficult it is to enter into eternal paradise with him.

“Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and there are many who go in by it”  Matthew 7:13 (Matthew, chapter 7, verse 13)

“Because strait is the gate , and narrow is the way , which leadeth unto life and there are few who find it” Matthew 7:14 (Matthew, chapter 7, verse 14)

So in other words, in today’s world and society, anyone that worships or believes in Jesus Christ is considered “uncool”. So because of this, very few people will decide to worship Jesus Christ & come to him for salvation/forgiveness of their sins. Most people will try to “fit in” and do what everyone else is doing……..to try to fit in with the world and the times of today. They will take the “broad path” in life and chase after unrighteous things such as money, fame, fortune, materialism, lust, greed, pride, ambition, humanism, consumerism, etc.

However, a few SELECT people will decide TO worship Jesus Christ and accept his free gifts of salvation & everlasting life. But since the world is so seemingly “anti-Christian” these days, it will be very hard for these people to follow the way of Jesus Christ. They will be laughed at, mocked, ridiculed, put down, and possibly persecuted for their faith. Their way to God’s “truth” will be seen as “uncommon” or “narrow-minded”. Not to mention that many will fall victim to false doctrines in the churches, etc. And because of this, many will abandon & fall away from the faith in the Last Days (which we are currently living in).

On the other hand, you will have many people proclaiming themselves to be “Christians”, but yet, still don’t TRULY accept the Lord Jesus’s/Yeshua’s eternal truth. They are the Christians who still **knowingly** (even after being shown “the truth”) worship on the FALSE *Catholic/man-made* SUN-DAY SABBATH instead of the TRUE, BIBLICAL SATURDAY SABBATH (Friday Sundown to Saturday Sundown). Please remember that a Jewish day begins at sundown the night before…Also please remember that the Lord not only CREATED the 7th-Day Sabbath as a day of rest from all activity but THAT the 7th-Day Sabbath was also used as a “sign” of the covenant between he and his people!

[Side note: will the Lord Jesus judge the people who adhered to the Sunday sabbath and man’s traditions, UNKNOWINGLY? Well, we know that the 7th day Sabbath & the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts (EVEN during Jesus’s time AND partaken of by Jesus & his disciples) ARE in the bible……so….? It’s not really something that I’d recommend that people be “taking chances” with, in regards to their eternal salvation….So please, people! Don’t take any chances, here! Do things the bible’s way and not by “tradition’s way”! [As for all the poor folks out there that adhere to mankind’s traditions “unknowingly”, I’ll let the Lord Jesus Christ be the judge!]

They are the Christians who seek to find “church” in a BUILDING [which is a FALSE, NON-BIBLICAL SYSTEM, by the way, for remember: “church” is NOT a building you GO TO, per say, for remember that each believer in Christ IS “the church”, according to the bible….although the bible DOES mention that we’re still supposed to assemble, as believers……so perhaps small “house churches” should start coming about, in these Last Days?], then forget God the rest of the week…..

They are the Christians who speak in Jesus’s name, then turn around and live in total and COMPLETE darkness, as if Jesus Christ didn’t truly mean anything to them/lukewarm Christians. They are the Christians who totally disregard the Old Testament altogether AS IF it doesn’t matter or doesn’t apply to us, TODAY (especially the 10 commandments). They are the Christians who say “who CARES about the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts or CELEBRATING THE 7TH-DAY SABBATH, those are JEWISH HOLIDAYS ONLY, and they don’t even apply to us anymore!”

But the brutal reality is that the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts + 7th-Day Sabbath apply JUST AS MUCH TODAY as they did during the times of the Old AND New Testaments! For Jesus and his apostles celebrated ALL SEVEN of them (all 7 of the Lord’s Annual Feasts, that is), INCLUDING the 2 “minor” Feasts, with Jesus teaching in the Synagogues on the 7th Day Sabbath as well. Cause the bible says Jesus taught on the Sabbath. Back in biblical times, the Sabbath was NOT on Sun-day! And in the bible, Jesus *specifically* instructs his apostles to follow what he had shown them.

{And please remember that UNTIL the Lord shed his COMPLETE eternal truth on me, I USED to be one of those “lukewarm Christians” who tried to find “church” in a BUILDING, instead of in a body of believers, whom previously followed mankind’s traditions (Easter, Halloween) instead of God’s biblical traditions (Passover, Tabernacles,etc.) and also of whom celebrated on the Sun-day Sabbath, instead of the Saturday Sabbath. Yes, I had had a N.D.E. when I was little where I met Jesus face to face but I was not raised in the Christian Church, nor did I have anything to go by but ONE children’s illustrated bible. When I was 15 and got ahold of an actual KJV bible (church-version/non-illustrated), I was left with more questions than answers. 

Why? Because no-one was ever really there in my life to teach me THE TRUTH about these things! The only so-called Christian friend I had growing up was, for the most part, Catholic (and the Catholic Church, as you all know, is NOT biblical!) My learning about the THE TRUTH about these things only came after MUCH prayer and YEARS of research and introspection and this deep feeling within the gut of my SOUL that something about “modern day Christianity” and the way it was practiced was WRONG and didn’t line up with the bible! So please believe me when I say my heart GRIEVES over those Christians who don’t yet know the COMPLETE TRUTH about these things! I pray that the Lord will be most merciful to them and give them another chance/more chances to learn THE TRUTH before it’s too late!}  

However, BECAUSE mainstream Christianity has strayed away from its Jewish heritage, there will be VERY FEW Christians who attempt to even learn about these 7 Annual Feasts and the TRUE, BIBLICAL 7TH-DAY SABBATH (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) and how and why to celebrate them. They’ll be too busy celebrating in the PAGAN-ORIGINATED holidays such as Christmas and Easter and won’t even blink or think twice about what the Word of God says, concerning holidays.

(And by the way, did you know that God’s people will STILL be celebrating his holy, divine Feasts in the Millennial Kingdom, specifically The Feast of Tabernacles? So why would he require the Jews to celebrate them in the Old Testament, then tell Christians they didn’t have to celebrate them in the New Testament [nevermind the fact that Jesus and his disciples celebrated all 7 of them, plus the two “minor” feasts], and then once again command ALL to celebrate them during the times of the Millennial Kingdom?

Answer: He wouldn’t. The problem isn’t that they are “Jewish feasts”, the problem is that they are “BIBLICAL FEASTS” and nearly every Christian here in America today has totally disregarded them & disqualified them from their lives! And while many of them don’t know any better, those that do and STILL continue to disregard them are gonna be victims of God’s Wrath!!)

Remember that Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-18 “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy the prophets 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”.

In other words, Jesus is saying in this passage that though all the “temple ordinances” and “animal sacrifices” no longer applied since Jesus Christ himself BECAME the temple, that the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts DO still apply (as Jesus Christ was “revealed” or “soon to be revealed” in EVERY ONE of these Feasts (which is WHY they still apply to us, today) and that the “law” of the 10 commandments won’t be abolished until ALL is fulfilled.

And the first heaven and Earth won’t pass away until around the time of Revelation, chapter 21:1-2! (And the REASON the “law” will be abolished around the time of Revelation 21-22 is because the law will no longer be needed, as all evil will be purged from the world. All that will be left is the saints of God/Jesus Christ, God/Jesus Christ, God the Heavenly Father, The Holy Spirit and his angels and heavenly hosts).

Therefore, Jesus Christ will test the hearts, the souls and the minds to see who really loves him and serves him and who doesn’t. That’s **WHY** the way to LIFE (which means, the way to Eternal Life & Salvation through Jesus Christ) is NARROW and HARD TO FIND and why there are FEW who find it. FEW.

“So how do I get saved?” one might ask. Simple. It is an 8-part process, as follows:

1. Believe in Jesus Christ and that he is the ONLY true son of God/God in the flesh and that he came and died on the cross for the free gift of salvation/forgiveness of mankind’s sins & everlasting life and also that he resurrected from the dead 3 days later and then ascended back to heaven 40 days later (Note: if you don’t believe in Jesus Christ already, you can always PRAY to believe. But you must mean the prayer with your heart, soul and mind…..otherwise, the Lord will not reveal himself to you).

2. Get baptized (FULL WATER IMMERSION) in the name of Jesus Christ IMMEDIATELY UPON VERY FIRST BELIEVING IN HIM! (Not only is baptism COMMANDED in the bible 7+ times, but it is supposed to represent the ceremonial “washing away of sins” and one way by which we receive the FREE GIFTS of the Holy Spirit & Everlasting Life; remember that the Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth and the very thing that’ll tell you “this is of God, this is NOT of God”, “Yeshua” (Jesus’s Hebrew/Aramaic name), etc. Also please remember that the early Christians in times of Jesus didn’t prolong baptism: they got baptized IMMEDIATELY upon believing in Him! (Which no doubt made their baptism(s) all the more powerful!) 

3. Accept Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior & thank him for giving his very LIFE during the crucifixion for forgiveness of your sins.

4. Acknowledge your sins and pray for forgiveness of your sins.

5. Repent of your sins. That means to give them up and stop doing them. Stop doing the things that are displeasing to God such as lying, stealing, drinking, gambling, having sex outside of marriage, participating in witchcraft, etc.

6. Continue to read the bible and pray and abide in the Lord’s ways. CONTINUE living a life that is PLEASING to be God by following the 10 commandments (as well as all other New Testament teachings given by Jesus, especially his teachings from Sermon the Mount in Matthew chapters5-7). Also pray a “sin check prayer” continually. “Lord, if there’s anything holding me back from you, please reveal it to me”. And then, if the Lord reveals sin to you, repent of it IMMEDIATELY! Don’t wait!

7. Go out and preach the gospel (the “good news”) to others. Remember that Jesus Christ commanded us 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”

8. FORSAKE **ALL** THINGS PAGAN (INCLUDING PAGAN-ORIGINATED HOLIDAYS WHICH AREN’T EVEN MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE, BY THE WAY) AND START CELEBRATING THE TRUE, BIBLICAL 7TH DAY SABBATH AND 7 ANNUAL FEASTS OF THE LORD, OUTLINED IN LEVITICUS 23 IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND VARIOUS PASSAGES IN THE **NEW TESTAMENT**. REMEMBER THAT THE NEW TESTAMENT IS ACTUALLY A *CONTINUATION* OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, MINUS THE ANIMAL SACRIFICES/TEMPLE ORDINANCES SINCE JESUS *BECAME* THE SACRIFICE!

And once again, Matthew 5:17-18 states: “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy the prophets 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”. 

Some people might preach on a street corner, while others may preach through writing or Youtube videos. God gave each of us unique gifts in different ways. And we are to use those gifts to glorify the Lord God/Jesus Christ in the heavens!

And once we are at a time in our life where we are 100% “right with God/Jesus Christ”, we must CONTINUE serving Jesus Christ WITH ALL OUR MIGHT, until the day we die. That is the ONLY way we will have 100% assurance of salvation/entrance into eternal Paradise with Jesus Christ. For grace without works is dead, just as works without grace is dead, as well.

I pray that each and every soul who reads this will not only GET saved in the name of Jesus Christ but also STAY saved in the name of Jesus Christ/Yeshua. Amen.