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The Lord Is My Joy & My Salvation! ;)

I can think back on the most happiest moment of MY LIFE! It was when I very first met Jesus Christ for the VERY first time in my life (during a NDE) with NO previous knowledge of him! 😉 

Whenever I look nowadays at the pool steps and look at the very place where he once sat (during my NDE), my soul starts to cry emotional tears of joy and I start to get all joyfully emotional! I can’t help it! 

I think of my life BEFORE Yeshua/Jesus Christ came to rescue me from death that day (in more ways than one) and it seems like my life prior to him was pretty pointless. And then I think about my life AFTER meeting Jesus Christ/Yeshua during my near-death experience and how EXCITING and FULFILLING it was, KNOWING that a) there was a God and that b) that same almighty God really, truly cared about me, no matter what! 😉 I can’t even BEGIN to describe what that feeling is like!

I remember the swimming pool water being extremely cold that day, especially at the point in time when he told me to dunk myself under so he could “baptize me in his great, heavenly name!” I remember the feeling of JOY, ELATION, ESTASTICNESS, PEACE, LOVE, HAPPINESS, HEALING, JUBILATION that came over me as soon as I came back up to the surface of the water! It was the best feeling that my soul has EVER experienced in all its existence!

And when I READ the bible, ESPECIALLY the New Testament, I think to myself with amazement and wonder: “Wow! That is THE JESUS that descended down out of heaven to come save me that day! That is THE JESUS who sat me in his lap and giggled when he splashed water on me! That is THE JESUS who warned me of the End Times and his almighty Judgement! That is THE JESUS who told me I had a pure heart and a dizzying intellect!” And I sometimes feel emotionally overwhelmed. I’ve been known to CRY (emotional tears of jubilation and JOY) when I read certain bible passages about him or spoken directly FROM him!

Though at times in my life I’ve gone through some bad things, and/or have felt extremely anxious and depressed, the Lord Jesus Christ has ALWAYS been there to see me through! Plus (get this!), he EVEN has a SENSE OF HUMOR! I kid you not! Let me share with you one of THE MOST FUNNIEST things he’s ever done:

It was Spring Break 2003. Me and my bestfriend Sarah were heading off to Arizona and New Mexico to see the sites. We drove through severe rain in southern Arizona and by the time we hit Northern Arizona, it was severe blizzard-like conditions. Well, to be quite frank, I was getting quite BORED with the “traditional prayer format” of “Dear Lord, I need this or that. Help me please, Amen”.

So I turned to Sarah and said Hey dude, I got an idea! and started giggling. She was wondering what was up. I then help up a “pretend CB radio with my right hand” while driving and said into the pretend CB radio: “Eagle 1, Eagle 1, this is Eagle 2, over. We need some major help down here. We’re caught in a really bad snow storm right now and there’s about 15 cars or more on the side of the road and we don’t want to become one of them, over”.

I sensed nothing in response so far. So again, I help up my pretend CB-radio in my right hand while driving and said: “Eagle 1, eagle 1, can you hear me, over? 10/4, 10/4, We REALLY, REALLY need your help right now, Eagle 1, I’m dead serious! Do you copy, over?” and just then, Sarah and I heard “static crackle” at what sounded like an ACTUAL CB radio come out of the car’s radio system, along with the audible words: Stop worrying, eagle 2! Help’s on the way, LOOK BEHIND YOU – OVER“. Sarah and I just looked at each other and both said at the same time, “Is that an ACTUAL CB radio? How did they hear us? Weird…?”

Not long after that, Sarah and I noticed a small U-haul truck coming up in the right-hand lane off to our right. And then, all of a sudden, Sarah said, “Dude, I think you’re supposed to get behind the U-haul truck with their emergency flashers on”. So I quickly got in the right lane and we got behind the small U-haul truck.

And then…..Sarah started giggling. I said, “what’s so funny?” She said, “look at where they’re from!” Their license plate said “Washington”.  Washington was the 1ST PRESIDENT of the U.S. and the Eagle is our National U.S. symbol, THUS, “Eagle 1”! 😉 Therefore, the Lord NOT ONLY gave us an actual CB radio response IN RESPONSE to my pretend CB-radio prayer, but he also HUMORED us a bit in the ANSWERING of the prayer! 😉 Hehehe

But that’s just one of MANY instances where the Lord displayed his sense of humor to me! Another time the Lord displayed his sense of humor is when I was at work, and I was carrying a small metal pan. And about 30 seconds after my crush walked by, something made me “drop” the pan on the floor (that I had had a VERY firm grip on) and it made a BOOMING LOUD CLANG (which made my crush look back and laugh) and I could FEEL the Lord LAUGHING at me and the embarrassed look on my face! Though I could tell it was “affectionate/teasing” type laughter and not the cruel kind. hahaha 😉 

The Lord has ALSO done things where he silently encouraged me to go talk to this person or that person (who ended up being some of the very best friends of my life!) He’s been there for me through thick and thin! When I am smiling, HE is smiling! And when I am crying, I can sense that HE is crying, too! Which makes sense, considering that the bible says that it’s not his will that ANY should perish! 

Before Jesus came into my life, I was nothing, I was no-one! But IN him, I am everything, I am SOMEONE! Apart from him, I can do NOTHING! But WITH him, I can do ANYTHING! He’s helped me overcome my anxiety on certain things and my soda pop addition, etc. (some things I thought I’d NEVER break free from!) He’s helped to humble me and to correct me when I need correcting! He’s enlightened me and taught me SO many things about what his word IS and what it isn’t!

He’s taken the spiritual blinders off my eyes and has now shown me his full gospel IN FULL! He’s given me strength when I was depressed, downtrodden, anxious, alone or angry! He’s helped me to overcome the most difficult of situations and people! He’s grabbed me out of Satan’s grasp more than once! He will ALWAYS be there to listen to me whenever I have a problem, struggle or question about something! Basically, he’s the best thing that EVER happened to me in this life and apart from him, I WOULD have no reason for being! I am ALIVE today because of HIM! I am forgiven of all my sins because of HIM and the spiritual sacrifice he made for ALL of mankind! And someday, I’ll get to live with him FOREVERMORE! 

The Lord is MY JOY & MY SALVATION! 😉  








So You “Think” You’re Saved…….ARE YOU?

At the very end of the New Testament, The book of REVELATION, CHAPTERS 21-22, gives people a VERY clear picture of what “Eternal Paradise/Heaven/New Millennial Kingdom” will look like.

But MANY PEOPLE, either knowingly or UNKNOWINGLY, don’t seem to be aware of the fact that VERY FEW PEOPLE will make it there. VERY FEW! In fact, today’s society says that “everyone goes to heaven”……

But folks, if THAT were true, Jesus himself wouldn’t have said in Matthew 7: 21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity“. 

In other words, on the day of Judgement, MANY PEOPLE are going to be ETERNALLY SHUNNED BY JESUS and thrown into everlasting fire. But right before they’re thrown into the flames, those people are more or less gonna be like, “What???!!!! I don’t get it! I never killed anyone! I went to church every week! I believed in heaven! I thought EVERYONE went to heaven! Please give me a 2nd chance, Lord! I didn’t know!” But AS the bible states, Jesus CAN NOT and WILL NOT give those people a 2nd chance! For by then, it’ll be too late for all those people! FOR ETERNITY!

The problem with many Christians (and even non-Christians) today is that they don’t truly READ the bible, front to back, so they don’t even know what’s truly in there. They just blindly trust whatever the pastor says, whatever some preacher on TV says, whatever their friend/family member/coworker says…….they don’t ever bother looking it up for themselves, alot of the times, and just make base assumptions on what they THINK the bible preaches! And oftentimes, what they THINK the bible preaches? The bible actually preaches just the OPPOSITE!

For example: Gay marriage. You won’t find a single page in ALL the bible that “condones” such behavior! On the OTHER hand, you WILL find about 28+ passages which CONDEMN that sort of “behavior” and that even call it AN ABOMINATION!

Another example: Many in today’s society will say “We don’t NEED to repent of our sins since Jesus ALREADY died for our sins!” And many people THINK that’s what the bible truly teaches. However, the bible TRULY teaches the OPPOSITE:

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto LIFE, and FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT  – [Matthew 7:13-14]

But not only THAT, Jesus/Yeshua goes EVEN FURTHER in Luke 12:32 [New Testament] when he says, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. LITTLE FLOCK. LITTLE. He did NOT say “big flock”. He said “little flock” and “little flock” FOR A REASON, FOLKS!

The REASON is that VERY FEW people will TRULY desire to follow Christ in the last days (which we’re currently living in!) Why? Because they’re following Jesus in NAME only, and NOT in deed and action! They go to church every week, but forget Jesus the rest of the week. They listen to a sermon or read a blog post here and there, but haven’t picked up their bible in quite some time! They call themselves “Christian” but then turn around and support ABOMINABLE practices such as homosexuality/homosexual “rights”, divorce, premarital sex, abortion, etc.

Truth be told……SADLY……there’s many, many, MANY Christians out there today as a whole (and even some non-Christians, even) who “think” they’re Saved/will be Saved but are NOT truly saved…….

Remember the Pharisees and Sadducees in Jesus’s time? They thought they were living SO righteous, SO holy…by strictly following Jewish “law” for they thought the “law” would make them righteous…..

But what they didn’t realize is that their “Messiah” (Yeshua/Jesus Christ) was STANDING RIGHT BEFORE THEM and they acknowledged him not! In other words, they thought (in their own minds) that they were “mightier than God” since Jesus was “God in the flesh”.

However, in Isaiah 55:8-9, the Lord is recorded as saying: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LordFor as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”. 

Isaiah 64:6 further goes on to say, But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”.

HERE, this guy says it best at around the 4:50 mark and beyond

To be “Saved” by Yeshua/Jesus Christ is a BEAUTIFUL and WONDERFUL thing! However, it must be a TRUE heart-felt thing! In other words, we must obey Christ, not just out of sheer obligation, but because we WANT to and because we KNOW what HE, Christ, did for us during his crucifixion/resurrection/ascension back up to heaven to be on the right hand-hand throne of God, the Heavenly Father! (AND because HE, Christ, knows what’s best for us! He really, truly DOES folks, MARK MY WORDS!) 

Jesus is recorded as saying in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments”. In other words, in the Lord Jesus’s eyes, those who TRULY love him as Lord & Savior will OBEY HIM! Not just PARTIALLY (following only PARTS of the bible) but FULLY (following the ENTIRE bible, front to back!) And those who DON’T love him will NOT truly obey him or what he says in the bible! It’s THAT simple, folks!

So I leave you with this question: So you think you’re “Saved”…….but ARE YOU?

If Jesus Christ were to return to the Earth today, would He be pleased by how you’re living? Would he find you observing the 7th-day BIBLICAL Saturday Sabbath? Would he find you celebrating the BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS (Passover, Tabernacles, etc.?) Would he find you FORSAKING all things “Pagan” (Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc.?)

Would he find you loving your neighbor as yourself and giving to those less fortunate than you? Would he find you TRUSTING in and PRAISING HIM, CONSTANTLY? Would he find you to be of TRUE FAITH (not only in HIM but in his WORDS in the bible?) Would he find you standing up FOR his gospel and PREACHING HIS GOSPEL TO ALL NATIONS? In WHAT spiritual condition would he find you?

Matthew 6:21 expressedly states, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.

In other words, the thing/s you treasure in life, is where you heart is, also! In other words, if you LOVE food, that’s where your heart is…….on food and NOT on Jesus/God Almighty! If you LOVE music/movies/TV shows/celebrities/alcohol/weed/partying, that’s where your heart “truly is”, NOT on the things of God!

Many, many Christians out there THINK they’re going to “heaven”…..THINK they’re living a “righteous and holy life”, THINK that there’s no way that Jesus could ever condemn THEM……..Yet sadly, many of these so-called “Christians” will end up in ETERNAL FLAMES because they are LUKEWARM and don’t TRULY love and OBEY Jesus the way they “claim”……..

Many Christians out there as well, aren’t full-water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (even though the bible specifically commands us to do that in 7+ passages as a further act of obedience to HIM, Almighty God!) It is the “ceremonial washing away of sin”, the public declaration of faith, the receiving of the gift of the Holy Spirit (which is the spirit of truth/spiritual discernment), etc.

Revelation 7:3 says, “Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads”. Now, is that talking about full-water immersion baptism? Only the Lord himself could say. Still….the matter remains…….only a very few SELECT FEW will get to experience the full eternal peace of beauty of Revelation, Chapters 21-22, in the New Testament.

Go ahead. Read it. Both Chapters. Revelation 21-22, at the very end of the New Testament. And then try to tell me you don’t want to be there, someday. I bet you can’t.

IF you want that to be your eternity reality someday, than don’t just BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, OBEY HIM! OBEY HIM **FULLY**! [And believe me folks, that goes JUST AS MUCH for me as it does for all of YOU!]

Stop making excuses, people! Stop saying to yourselves, “But I’m tired! I don’t WANT to read the bible right now! I’ll NEVER be good enough to make it to the New Millennial Kingdom! Who cares, anyways? Hardly ANYONE’ll be considered worthy enough to go there anyways, so why even try! Everyone goes to heaven, who cares who’s righteous or not! Jesus will accept me, rather I’m gay or not!”

Just stop it with the excuses, folks! Stop it right now! “Check yourself before you wreck yourself”, as one Christian on Youtube has once said a time or more. Is all that “sin” in your lives worth it? Is 5 minutes of pleasure worth AN ETERNITY IN FLAMES?

Only Jesus Christ/Yeshua himself will be able to determine rather you’re truly “Saved” in his great, heavenly name or not, on the Day of Judgement. But until then, HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE HIM, REPENT OF ALL YOUR SINS, AND CRY OUT TO HIM TO SAVE YOU AND HE WILL SAVE YOU! MARK MY WORDS!

Don’t live a life without Christ, folks! It’s not worth it! 5 minutes of pleasure is NOT worth an eternity in FLAMES! And a life without Christ at the head/center is not a life worth living! For what IS life without Christ? Answer: NOTHING! Why? Because Jesus Christ/God in the flesh is the author and CREATOR of all life! He is LIFE ETERNAL and the GRANTER of everlasting life!

He created the universe and the heavens! Therefore, doesn’t it stand to reason that if he created the universe and the heavens, and can count the number of hairs on your head and has the keys to hell and death, that it would pay to SERVE HIM? Why serve Satan/pleasure, the father of all lies, the being/things that will take you straight to hell/eternal destruction in the flames? 

On the Day of Judgement, Jesus will likely ask people if all their “unrepentant sin” was worth it. What will most people say? What will YOU say, on that fateful day? 

The choice is up to YOU, folks! But don’t EVER say I never warned you! 

What Is The True Gospel of Jesus Christ?

All men are sinners. “For all men have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23]

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son [Jesus Christ], that whoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his son [Jesus Christ] to condemn the world but that through Him [Jesus Christ] the world might be saved” [John 3: 16-17]

“He who believes in Him [Jesus Christ] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the only begotten Son of God [Jesus Christ]” {John 3:18}

So essentially what this means is that over 1976+ years ago, God put his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for salvation/forgiveness of mankind’s sins. And on that Cross, Jesus Christ shed his holy blood (along with the water of life that gushed out of his side wound) in order to give us the “free gift” of *SALVATION* (forgiveness of sins, if we choose to receive that “free gift” in our hearts!) and the chance for everlasting life [eternity with God/Jesus Christ].

3 days later, Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead, just like he said he would do. There are SEVERAL eyewitness accounts, which record seeing Jesus AFTER he was resurrected from the dead. This would in fact PROVE that Jesus was the Son of God! And all these eyewitnesses were faced with martyrdom [death] FOR their eyewitness testimony, but not one of them recanted their faith (upon the threat of death)! NOT ONE

1 Corinthians 15:3-6
John 20:10-18
Matt 28:8-10
Luke 24:13-32
Luke 24:33-49
John 20:19-23
John 20:26-30
John 21:1-14
Matt 28:16-20
Luke 24:50-52
Acts 1:9-11

40 days later, in front of several witnesses, Jesus Christ ascended up to heaven to be on the right hand throne of God [the heavenly Father] and won victory over “sin and death” [hell/the Devil].

In other words, when Jesus died for all of mankind’s sins on the cross over 1976+ years ago, he provided a way for mankind to achieve *eternal life*, AWAY from the confines of eternal death/the lake of fire. But God [the heavenly Father] said in his holy divine book, the bible, that the ONLY way a person could achieve *eternal life* is to BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, pray for forgiveness of sins, acknowledge that they’re a sinner, accept Jesus Christ into their hearts as Lord & Savior, REPENT of their sins, become baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and CONTINUE to obey the Lord throughout their day to day lives. So it’s a 7-part process.

Basically, when you become a Christian/”Saved”, you acknowledge that you’re a sinner in God’s eyes and that you NEED forgiveness of your sins. You thank Jesus Christ for his *free gift* of salvation on the cross, you pray for forgiveness of your sins, you accept Jesus as your personal Lord & Savior (God Almighty in the flesh), you REPENT of your sins, you become baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and then you “pick up your cross and follow him”.

That means to leave the old life behind. For example, if you used to drink a lot before accepting Jesus Christ in your heart, that means you give up drinking. If you used to be addicted to sex, drugs, pornography, etc., that means you give those things up and don’t do/partake of them anymore. [But don’t worry, because if God created the Earth & the Heavens, he can certainly help people overcome their addictions or things that draw people away from God!]

When you truly accept Jesus Christ into your heart, pray for forgiveness of your sins, allow him to become Lord & Savior, repent of your sins AND become baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, your spirit is renewed in Christ and you start a New Life in Him. Therefore, you must separate yourselves from ALL worldly/sinful things (drinking, drugs, partying, greed, lust, pride, addiction(s), love of money, etc.). What this means is that, in order to become friends with God, you must become enemies of the world.

“Adulterers and Adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is enmity [hatred] toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” [James 4:4]

Meaning, you must separate yourselves from the “ungodly pursuits” (money, self, globalism/“many-paths-to-enlightenment”-movement, pleasure) of the world and seek after the “pursuits” of Jesus (such as humility, servitude to God instead of self, kindness/forgiveness towards others, pleasure in serving God’s will).

But in order to live a true Christian life, we must first know the bible. If you don’t know the bible for yourself, the Devil (working through various people) will try to turn you on to “false doctrines” (the ones I talked about in my previous post) and will try to do everything in his power (even working through people close to you, like your own friends, family and even coworkers, for instance) to try to get you to lose your faith in Jesus Christ!

Jesus commands us to become baptized. When we get baptized, we receive the free *gift* of the Holy Spirit (which in turn, gives us the gift of spiritual discernment and/or conviction of sins). It is also represents the “ceremonial washing away of sins”.

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned” [Mark 16:16]

Because we now live in such a dark, depraved, fallen world, there’s many lost and restless souls out there, who feel like their life has no meaning or that try to fill their hearts with things other than God.

So once you become a true believer in Jesus Christ, you must “go out and make disciples [more believers in Jesus] among all nations” [Matthew 28:19]

God can’t let ANY sin into his heavenly kingdom. That’s why, if a person doesn’t accept Jesus Christ into their hearts by the end of their lives, that God can’t admit them into what the New Testament calls the heavenly city of “New Jerusalem” [Revelation chapters 21-22!] . They are “spiritually unclean” and God is a holy, divine, PURE God. When we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts AND get full-water-immersion baptized in his great, heavenly name, we are “made spiritually clean” in God’s eyes.

But if we reject Jesus Christ/do not acknowledge Him before our deaths in this life, then God [Jesus Christ] is going to judge us for each and every single sin we’ve ever committed over the TOTALITY of our LIFETIMES and send us to hell (whose fires will eventually be merged into the lake of fire), NO EXCEPTIONS, ***PERIOD!***

So PLEASE, people! Get right with Jesus TODAY! Time is running out.

Pray the following prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I’m a sinner. I pray to you for forgiveness of my sins and I pray for you to become my Lord & Savior. Please give me a new heart and a new mind. Please don’t let me fall victim to the “Apostasy”[doctrines other than what Jesus taught] going on in the Christian Church AND in the secular world today. And also, don’t ALLOW me to believe the world’s LIE that you aren’t God or that you’re not the ONLY way to salvation/heaven! Amen”.

And then get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ since Jesus commands it in Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned”

And then you be rest assured that Jesus will NEVER blot out your name from The Book of Life talked about in Philippians 4:3 (his *record book* of faithful followers) and that you’ll get to live with Jesus forever in eternity!

And I know eternity is sort’ve scary to think about for some folks, as in “what would living FOREVER be like? Yikes!” but for those of us who get to enter eternity with God, we will enter “New Jerusalem” with glorified bodies (meaning, bodies that are “perfect” in God’s site: so I can only assume that to mean no wrinkles or age spots, or walking canes or glasses/contacts, or anything else that one would deem “imperfect”).

Oh and guys, trust me. There IS no “hidden catch” to salvation. You ask Jesus to come into your heart, you pray for forgiveness of your sins, you repent of (turn completely away from) your sins, you get FULL-WATER baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, you CONTINUE to obey the Lord in your lives……you’re saved…….and you no longer have to worry about being sent to the “fire that never quenches” (aka the fires of hell that MERGE INTO the lake of fire will become the “fire that never quenches”, which Jesus Christ describes as the “weeping and gnashing of teeth”, etc.)

One last thing I wanted to mention here real quick is that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Salvation. Meaning, no other person, principle or creed is needed. JUST Jesus Christ alone! For Jesus said in John 14:6….

“I am the way, the truth and the light. No-one comes to the Father [Everlasting Life/Paradise] except by Me [Jesus Christ]” John 14:6

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” Acts 4:12