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“As It Was In The Days of Noah”: Spiritual Probation is CLOSING!

And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” 

Luke 17:26-30

Okay, so what is that passage saying? It’s saying (in a nutshell) that WHEN Jesus Christ soon returns to the Earth a SECOND TIME, he will be coming with GREAT POWER AND GLORY!

HOWEVER……his 2nd arrival to the Earth (in FULLY glorified spiritual form, arriving in the clouds of heaven) will catch MANY, MANY people “off-guard”, ESPECIALLY “Christians!” People, at THAT time, will be MUCH too absorbed with social media, pop culture, their Twitter/Facebook feeds, materialism/love for money, partying, sexing it up outside marriage, to be too concerned with the “signs” of his soon return.

Revelation 1:7 records that their reaction will be like THIS when Jesus returns:

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen”

So in other words, IN that instantaneous moment when Jesus returns to Earth from WITHIN the clouds of heaven, the folks (especially “Christians”) that were too busy checking their Facebook, updating their Twitter feed, being obsessed with materialism, pop culture, videogames, partying, sexing it up outside of marriage, etc. will instantaneously REALIZE how “wrong” they were to:

A) NOT be concerned with Jesus Christ and the bible

B) NOT be concerned with the “signs” of his soon return and

C) NOT be concerned with their eternal salvation!

They will then realize that it’s TOO LATE for them and THEIR SOULS WILL MOURN/WAIL!

Jesus FURTHER goes on to describe the “mindset” of ALL people who “took no importance in Him or his divine words in the bible”:

“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?” [Matthew 7:22]

And Jesus will RESPOND to them by saying, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”. [Matthew 7:23] OUCH!

They will ALSO ask him the fateful question(s): Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? [Matthew 25:44]

But again, Jesus will respond with: “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me” [Matthew 25:45]

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However, lets us go back and briefly touch on the days of Noah. What happened during that time in history? What did those days consist of?

We read about Noah in Genesis 5:28-9:29 [Old Testament, book of Genesis, Chapter 5, Verse 28, all the way through Chapter 9, verse 29]. In Genesis 6:2-3, we read about the fallen angels interbreeding with human women, with their offspring being called “The Nephilim”. The Nephilim were large “giants” who had “superhuman strength”. 

Genesis 6:5-7 further goes on to describe the “fallen state of man”: And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”

However, in Genesis 6:8-10, it becomes apparent that Noah is “set apart” in the site of the Lord. He is a “beacon of righteousness” in an unrighteous world:

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LordThese are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth”

Genesis 6:11-13 FURTHER goes on to say:

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth” 

Genesis 6:17 is the “official decree” for the “global flood” to destroy all flesh (except Noah and his family):

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.”

The Lord further goes on to state to Noah in verse 18: “But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee”

Translation? Noah and his family were the ONLY ONES that were “worthy enough” to escape God’s Wrath! 8 people TOTAL(And Note: They most recently found evidence of Noah’s Ark in Ankara, Turkey on top of Mount Ararat, as well as a city close by that was named “the city of 8 people” that is HIGHLY believed to be of that of Noah & his family!) 

We also find a parallel story of “redemption” with Lot, in Genesis, chapters 12-19. Lot was Abraham’s nephew. He lived with/near Abraham for SEVERAL years, until he finally moved to the “wicked city” of Sodom.

HOWEVER, because Abraham had prayed on BEHALF of his nephew Lot and because Abraham’s “righteousness” had obviously somewhat rubbed off on Lot, Lot had IMMEDIATELY invited the two angels to his house for a meal (when such “hospitality laws” were obviously forbidden in “wicked Sodom”), as the following verses in Genesis 19: 1-3 illustrate:

And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat”.

However, as the chapter further goes on, the men of Sodom were “sodomites” (where the word “sodomy” comes from). And they somehow found out that 2 male “guests” were staying at Lot’s “house”. They came outside the house and said the following:

And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them

Most biblical scholars believe that “we may know them” means “we may sodomize them/know them CARNALLY”.

Anyways, the chapter goes on to say that the angels blinded the men outside so that they could not find the doorknob to Lot’s house.

Verse 19:15 says, “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city”.

The next morning, the cities were DESTROYED:

“The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt” 

Translation? The Lord decided to spare Lot from the DESTRUCTION OF SODOM & GOMORRAH!

Therefore, both Noah and Lots are “archetypes”/”foreshadowings” of the “righteous ones” being REMOVED from God’s Wrath, AHEAD OF TIME!

And true, there’s many OTHER examples in the bible of God sparing his servants from wrath, but those seem to be the MAIN TWO EXAMPLES.

Many people talk about how CRUEL it was for God to destroy the whole world during the GLOBAL FLOOD of Noah’s time. However, many folks are forgetting that these people had 120 YEARS to repent (including the 7 days up until the Ark was sealed shut by Almighty God). But repent….they did NOT! So that is NOT God’s fault, people! They mocked Noah (a messenger of all righteousness) until the very, very end!

“And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.” [Genesis 7:16]

My impression from the bible is that RIGHT AFTER the Lord shut Noah in the Ark, it did NOT start raining until SEVEN DAYS AFTER!

“And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth” [Genesis 7:10]

So just think about this for a moment. Luke 17:27 makes it ALL TOO CLEAR…..

“They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all”

They were likely dancing, rejoicing, singing, shouting, mocking and “celebrating” up until the day that God SEALED the door to the Ark SHUT!

THE MOMENT that God SEALED the door to the Ark SHUT, no man, woman or child was able to get inside! Imagine…….

And then, 7 days later, the RAINS BEGAN! I’m sure there was probably LOTS and LOTS of people who then tried to bang on the door to the Ark to try to get in. But the thing is, Noah couldn’t have let those people in even if he had wanted to! That’s the thing! And I’m sure by THAT point in time, many people were starting to wake up and REALIZE they were wrong! But by THEN, it was TOO LATE! And so what Jesus is saying in Luke 17: 27-30 is like how it was in the “Days of Noah”, RIGHT BEFORE THE FLOOD!

In other words, the “days of Noah” were like a PROTOTYPE of how the days “near the End” would BE! Look at society and the world today! People are getting married and “being given in marriage”, etc. Most people today don’t have a care in the world! And they have NO IDEA of the SPIRITUAL STORM that soon awaits them (that spiritual storm being GOD’S WRATH!)

People that talk about the bible, Jesus, salvation, bible prophecy, the End Times are, in most people’s eyes, are “just crazy”. So it was during the times of Noah! People called him “crazy”, a “lunatic”, etc. And THEN look what happened! The flood came and took them all away, the bible says!

In fact, SPIRITUAL BATTLE LINES are now being drawn. Which side will God/Jesus peg you on? Will he place you in the “Ark” of HIS Salvation and HIS Righteousness, or will he CLOSE OFF His Salvation and His Righteousness completely FROM you? 

Here, THIS GUY explains it best:

 

 

 

 

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! 😉  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Difference Between True/Genuine Faith Vs. “Going Through The Motions”

I once had a Christian friend say to me that she “didn’t really like going to church because she felt like she was just *going through the motions*!” And those words really got me, for some reason: *going through the motions*. I sat there and thought about it for awhile, trying to ponder what she meant by those words, exactly. And then it hit me! TRADITION. She’s tired of the same, dull, boring TRADITION that’s taking place in churches today. In fact, I can’t blame her. It was honestly why I myself LEFT “the church system” YEARS AGO!

People get dressed up in their Sunday best, pile into the church, sit in pews, and listen to the pastor drone on for about 35 minutes or so. The rest of the time is spent “singing” and “talking about church budgets”. There’s also the “offering plate”, “communion”, etc.

And I’m gonna be truthfully honest, here. The few times that I actually “attempted” to attend actual church services at the local Lutheran church years and years ago, (in order to feel more like an “authentic Christian”), I LIKED hearing about Jesus but I was bored stiff with the overall “sermons” and found myself looking around the church (at the stained-glass windows, at the church organ, at the side of the wall, at anything BUT the pulpit).

And I’d always ask myself, “Why am I so bored, here? Why does it always feel like the same old, same old?” In fact, I even felt GUILTY for “feeling bored” inside a church. I had thought to myself at the time, “Jesus must be really mad at me, NOW! How offended would he be if he found out I felt bored stiff during church sermons?”

In fact, once as a little kid, I even remember saying to my mom one time on the way home from school, “church is boring!” [I went to a Christian pre-school, even though my folks weren’t church-goers, which was weird. I guess my mom was more “Agnostic” back then, sending us there in a “just in case God’s true” scenario]. My mom asked me why. I said, “because all they say is (speaking in a monotone) “Jesus Christ is Lord”.

Now…..I didn’t make that statement to mock Jesus in ANY way, shape or form! What I was TRYING to draw attention to, on that particular day, is more or less that “pastors make Jesus boring“. But the Jesus I KNOW is NOT boring in ANY way, shape or form! The Jesus I KNOW parted the Red Sea, created ALL living things and has the ability to shake the Earth & the Waters with just the mere SOUND of his VOICE! And as I got older, those words I spoke when I was younger about “church is boring” really seemed to resonate deep within me and my soul!

But in fact, NOTHING about today’s “Modern-Day Christianity” is even biblical! It’s sad, folks but it’s true! Church “buildings” aren’t biblical, church “sermons” aren’t biblical, sitting in pews is not biblical, “offering plates” are not biblical, choirs are not “biblical”, the Sunday Sabbath IN AND OF ITSELF is not biblical, getting “dressed up” for “church” is not biblical, “going to church SERVICE” is not biblical, basically, NOTHING about Modern-Day Christianity is BIBLICAL!

Therefore, all of the people that find church “boring” (rather they realize it or not) are actually ON to something! Something deep, deep within their spirits must “sense” that something seems “amiss” in the “churches” today! For example, God created for 6 days, then rested on and CONSECRATED the 7th DAY! So why do “churches” today unbiblically meet on the FIRST day of the week (Sunday?) For Sunday was the very FIRST day of creation!

For another example, “The Church” celebrates New Year’s, Christmas, Halloween, and Easter. But tell me. What do Easter bunnies, painted eggs, Santa Claus, Reindeer, snowmen, confetti and Halloween costumes have to do with JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY? Answer: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

“But Jesus was born on December 25”, some say. Really? Does it say that in the bible? What bible are these folks reading from? Because MY KJV bible doesn’t mention ANYTHING about it being “winter” when Jesus was born! [However, MY KJV bible DOES mention how we’re supposed to instead commemorate Jesus’s death/resurrection/ascension back up to heaven during what’s known as “The Lord’s Supper”!]  

And that’s just the “Protestant” way of things……..For if a person is CATHOLIC, it gets EVEN WORSE!

Catholics believe in “Purgatory” (NOT IN BIBLE), “Indulgences” (NOT IN BIBLE), “Praying to Saints” (NOT IN BIBLE), “Jesus had no brothers or sister” (BIBLE PROVES HE DID), “Virgin Mary was the ONLY being born by Virgin Birth” (NOT IN BIBLE – AND HOW DOES THAT EVEN COMPUTE, ANYWAYS? For they couldn’t BOTH be surely born by Virgin Birth…….because if so, that would make Mary God and she’s NOT GOD! Luke 1:46-47 PROVES THIS beyond all shadow of a doubt, people!)

But on to my next point………the “difference” between true, genuine faith and what I call “going-through-the-motions”/manufactured faith.

First, we’ll take a look at the example of King Saul in the Old Testament. At the very beginning, he was very humble, down to Earth, and had a STRONG faith in God Almighty! But as the chapters of 1 Samuel 12+ wear on, Saul starts to get arrogant, proud, disobedient and FEARFUL.

He starts out as THIS:

“And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel” – 1 Samuel 11:13

Comes to THIS:

“Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor” – 1 Samuel 28:7

And ends up like THIS:

And the Philistines followed hard after Saul, and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded of the archers.Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it1 Chronicles 10:2-4

So what happened between 1 Samuel 12 and 1 Samuel 28?

The first thing that happened is that King Saul did NOT wait on the Lord’s prophet Samuel to offer a sacrifice unto the Lord. The 2nd thing Saul did was REFUSE to kill all the Amalekites and their cattle/etc., whom the Lord SPECIFICALLY commanded to be WIPED OUT! 

So see……it all started out with what King Saul thought was a “minor thing” and then, over time, his sins became GREATER and GREATER and his faith became LESS AND LESS! In fact, it would probably be safe to say that King Saul’s “spiritual relationship” with the Lord during that time (from 1 Samuel 12 to 1 Samuel 28) became a thing of OBLIGATION, instead of LOVING OBEDIENCE! 

That’s why many people sitting in church pews today feel like they’re “just going through the motions”, because THEY ARE! They’re not truly challenged in their lives to keep the faith and to LOVINGLY obey the Lord and his Written Word! Instead, they’re “spoon-fed” a watered-down/feel-good/cheery message about the bible that doesn’t talk about hell, eternal condemnation, the book of Revelation, bible prophecy, REPENTANCE of sin and/or “getting right with the Lord”. In fact, most church “services” today rarely talk about Jesus AT ALL! It’s more of a “be a good person and that’s good enough” for God type of WATERED-DOWN BLASPHEMOUS MESSAGE! ;(

HOWEVER……an example in the Old Testament of a man who DID have complete and total faith in the Lord is ABRAHAM. Genesis, Chapter 22 in the Old Testament tells us the story of how God TESTED Abraham by telling him to sacrifice his own son, Isaac.

Originally, (BEFORE Genesis 22), Abram (BEFORE God changed his name to “Abraham”) and Sarai (BEFORE God changed her name to “Sarah”) weren’t able to have children due to Sarai being “barren” in her old age. Therefore, it was Sarai’s idea for Abram to marry her handmaiden, Hagar, an Egyptian, which Abram did…..and THAT son’s name was Ishmael. However, Abram was still sad he had no true “genetic heir” and cried out to God in prayer about it. So God opened up Sarai’s womb and him and Sarah had Isaac, the “miracle child” promised by God.

However, in Genesis, chapter 22, Isaac is now a teenager (the bible implies) and God is now worried that Abraham loves Isaac more than he loves HIM (Almighty God). So God decides to test Abraham’s loving, faithful obedience by asking him to sacrifice his “promised son” Isaac!

However, in the biblical narrative, we KNOW that Abraham probably doesn’t like what he has to do, but also that he has FAITH. Because when he and Isaac get to the bottom of Mount Moriah, Genesis 22:5 states, “And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you”. 

Just think of what type of FAITH Abraham have to have had! For it would’ve taken him TOTAL FAITH to do what he did. [And please remember that the near-sacrifice Isaac is a prototype/foreshadowing for what would someday become God’s sacrifice of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ/Yeshua, for all of mankind! As Abraham didn’t hold back his only son from God, God did not hold back his only son from US!]

However, Genesis 22:10-12 further goes on to state: And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me!” 

Further on, we read in Genesis 22: 13-18 how the Lord decided to BLESS ABRAHAM, as a RESULT of his loving obedience and his faith:

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice”. 

So from these two biblical examples, we can learn what having true, GENUINE FAITH is, and what having “lukewarm/going-through-the-motions” faith is. 

True/GENUINE Faith: Knowing that Yeshua/Jesus Christ has your back, no matter what

Lukewarm/going-though-the-motions: “Maybe Jesus will save me someday on the day of Judgement, maybe he won’t”

See the difference here, folks? Many folks ask the fateful question, “Why has God/Jesus forsaken me?” But ya know what, people? It’s US who forsake HIM! 

How? Simple. We don’t have “time” to read our bibles or pray but we DO have time to watch Netflix, text our bestfriend, listen to the radio, etc. We don’t have “time” to donate to the needy because we’re too wrapped up in our OWN lives and “financial woes”. We don’t have “time” to repent of our sins because we got to clean the house, go to work, pay our bills, hang out with our friends, read our favorite novel, pick up the kids from soccer practice, you get the idea……….

So I leave you with THIS: What type of “faith” do you have? Do YOU have the type of faith, where, you knew if you died today, that you’d go to spend eternity with Jesus? Or do you have the type of “faith” where you’re not sure? 

Do YOU have the type of faith that’s SO strong, that not even a person pointing a gun at your head and/or threatening to behead you will make you DENY your faith in Jesus Christ? Or would you “squirm” at the first hint of a threat on your LIFE? 

Do YOU have the type of faith that’s SO strong, that you share your faith in Jesus with others? Or do you tend to “cower” about your faith in Jesus towards others and try to “bury Jesus” in your life by not letting the name of Jesus be well-known in your life to others?

“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” – Hebrews 11:6

What type of faith do YOU have? For IF you don’t have a strong, GENUINE type faith, TODAY is the day to pray to GET that type of faith! Pray the following prayer with me:

“Almighty Yeshua/Lord Jesus, my faith has NOT been where it needs to be, lately. I’ve had a lukewarm faith. But please, bit by bit and little by little, please REMOVE my lukewarm faith and replace it with UNBREAKABLE FAITH IN YOU, EVEN IN THE FACE OF DEATH/TORCHURE SOMEDAY. Please give me a faith and trust in you that’s SO STRONG, that NOTHING or NO-ONE can break it! Thank-you, Lord. Amen”

And pray that prayer with all your HEART, SOUL, MIND, BODY AND STRENGTH and MEAN that prayer with ALL YOUR HEART AND SOUL! TRUST IN THE LORD TO ANSWER YOUR PRAYER FOR UNBREAKABLE FAITH AND HE WILL ANSWER YOU! 😉

GREAT AND MIGHTY IS OUR LORD & GOD! HE PARTED THE RED SEA, HE WALKED ON THE WATER, AND HE SPOKE THE VERY UNIVERSE INTO EXISTENCE WITH JUST THE MERE SOUND OF HIS VOICE! GREAT, MIGHTY AND POWERFUL IS HIS NAME! THE NAME ABOVE ALL OTHER NAMES! 😉  

 

 

 

Satan’s Lies: Our Own Personal “Thorn-in-the-flesh”

Satan seems to have a Rolodex of lies at his disposal that he tries to use on each and EVERY single human on the face of the planet (rather they’re a true, biblical-roots Christian or not). And when one “lie” in his “Rolodex” doesn’t work on a person, he just keeps flipping through the Rolodex of lies until he can find a “lie” that sticks & perpetually RESONATES within a person’s mind, heart, body and spirit! 

And he uses a two-thronged approach. First, he tries to overpower one’s mind with his “lie(s)”. And then, once he successfully sinks one in, he then allows the demonic “spirit of fear” to take over the person. He’ll then go back and attempt to sink in ANOTHER “lie” and then send the “spirit of fear” on the person ONCE AGAIN. And so on and so forth. And then, before long, he has the person completely spiritually conquered & the person doesn’t even know what hit them! 

His “Rolodex” of lies are divied up into “Categories”. Some of the most prominent categories are finances, health, faith, beauty, lifestyle, marriage, dating relationships, religion, etc. And most of his “lies” read something like THIS:

  • “You’ve lost your job, you poor bloke! You’re never going to find another one! Might as well give up, NOW!”
  • “Your life is not worth living! Kill yourself, NOW! Then your existence will become pain-free!” 
  • “You’ve got cancer & don’t have much longer to live. Might as well live life to the fullest/sin to the fullest!” 
  • Young girls: “Boys will only like you if you have sex with them or show some skin”.  Young boys: “You’re gay if you haven’t had sex with a girl by the time you’re 15!” 
  • Women: “Guys will only like you if you have sex with them”. Guys: “Women will think you’re a loser if you don’t try to have sex with them!”
  • “Might as well take a hit off that bong, EVERYBODY’S DOING IT!” 
  • “Nobody wants to hear about your rumbling’s about Jesus Christ/Salvation!” 
  • “Being Gay is A-OK!”
  • “There’s nothing sinful about living the gay lifestyle!”
  • “All paths lead onto one! All paths lead to eternal paradise!”
  • “ALL world religions are right! ALL world religions lead to paradise!”
  • “Your spouse is cheating on you, TRUST ME! So you might as well cheat on THEM as well, in order to get back at them!”
  • “Your marriage will NEVER be healed or repaired!” 
  • “You have NO HOPE!”
  • “Your life is NEVER going to get better!” 
  • “Everybody hates you! Nobody loves you!”
  • “You’re a complete LOSER!”
  • “Your name’s been PERMANENTLY etched out of The Book of Life!”
  • “Nobody is going to CARE about your *Christian witness*/your Christian magazine/blog/newspaper publication”, etc.
  • “You’re such a failure! You can’t do ANYTHING right!” 
  • “YOU are the reason this bad thing happened to you! It’s all YOUR fault!”
  • “Satan doesn’t exist! God doesn’t exist!”
  • “Evolution proves there’s no God!” 
  • “The Big Bang theory disproves God!” 
  • “You’re fat & ugly! Nobody likes you!”
  • “You’re not quite skinny enough! You need to lose more weight!”
  • “You will NEVER be able to overcome your sex/food/hoarding/drug/alcohol addiction” [whatever addiction you may be struggling with]
  • “You will NEVER be able to overcome your same-sex/bi attraction”
  • “Jesus Christ doesn’t have the power to heal you or to save you!”
  • “Jesus Christ doesn’t exist!” 
  • “The bible is false! It was written by man!” 
  • Ladies: “Go ahead and date that guy! Go ahead and have sex with that guy before marriage! He’ll marry you, later!” Guys: “Go ahead and date that girl! Have sex with her before you marry her! It won’t ruin anything between you two!” 
  • “You’ll NEVER get right with God/Jesus Christ!” 
  • “Jesus Christ HATES you! He’s forgotten about you down here, you poor bloke!”
  • “Paganized Christian holidays are JUST FINE with God/Jesus Christ Almighty! He doesn’t consider them an abomination at all!”
  • “The Lord’s Holidays outlined in Leviticus 23 in Old Testament REALLY WERE *done away with*! You don’t have to partake of them, anymore! They’re just old……..**Jewish holidays**! They’re ONLY meant for the Jews and not for ALL of the Lord’s people!”
  • “Constantine helped spread Christianity — true, biblical-based Christianity — all throughout the Roman Empire”
  • “It’s okay if you stay overweight…….it won’t cause any adverse health problems”
  • “Who cares about that lump on your throat…….it’s not cancerous…….don’t worry about it!”
  • “Might as well have sex before marriage or *get high*, EVERYBODY’S DOING IT!”
  • “It’s just ONE penny……certainly the Lord wouldn’t consider you getting over-changed one penny a SIN now, would he?”
  • “It’s OK….You don’t need to pray for forgiveness of your sins………Jesus Christ already knows you’re sorry for them! Plus he already died on the cross to take your sins away!”
  • “You don’t NEED to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. It’s not required anymore!”
  • “The world is just as evil in 2015 as it was 20 years ago, it’s just that the advent of the Internet makes certain crimes more apparent, now”
  • “Natural disasters have NOT increased within the last 10 years”
  • “There’s actually a natural, scientific [“NON-bible-prophecy-related”] explanation that can explain/account for the outrageous INCREASE in animal deaths, sink-holes, earthquakes and volcanoes, etc.”
  • “ALL people of America no longer want or need God/Jesus Christ/the bible in their lives!”
  • “Christians are POWERLESS today to cast out demons/heal sicknesses/triumph over Islam/other world religions!”
  • “America will NOT suffer a financial/political collapse anytime soon! She’s a-doing just fine!”
  • “It won’t do you any good to raise your kids in the love of Jesus Christ and with the fear of the Lord! They’ll someday turn out to be godless heathens anyways, so why even bother!”
  • “You WILL have your children taken away someday if you try to home-school them! The Lord will NOT protect your family!”
  • “Jesus Christ can’t save you from any type of calamity! You’ll just have to fend for yourself!”
  • “Jesus Christ WANTED you to suffer this bad thing because he HATES you and LAUGHS at your suffering!”
  • “I, Satan, am the “loving god”, while Jesus Christ Almighty is actually the *hateful God!*
  • “You’re really not gonna be able to triumph over demons/demonic spirits/I Satan!”
  • “Jesus Christ does NOT care about you and won’t help you in your time of need!”
  • “Jesus Christ doesn’t care about your petty little life’s problems or your pain! He doesn’t give a crap!”
  • “Jesus Christ will place you in the CONDEMN pile, someday! You’re not GOOD ENOUGH to be let into the gates of the new heavenly city!”
  • “The world’s gonna end, soon! So you might as well “sin it up” while you still can!”
  • “You’re an absolute LOSER if you don’t drink/party/do drugs/have sex before marriage like everybody else!”
  • “You MUST wear the latest fashions, have the latest car/Iphone/house/etc. in order for people to accept you and like you!”
  • “You’re WAY too bad of a person! Jesus Christ can NEVER forgive you, you poor wretch!”
  • “You have no faith right now! And BECAUSE you have no faith right now, Jesus Christ Almighty HATES YOU, you miserable fool!”
  • ETC. ETC. ETC. 

It all starts out so small, too. And then the lies become bigger and bigger and more bolder, as time goes on. He starts out with the small little tidbits and then eventually works himself up to the “big lies”.

However, there’s some good news…….NO POWER IN THE *ENTIRE UNIVERSE* (NOT EVEN SATAN’S) IS EQUAL TO GOD THE HEAVENLY FATHER’S ALMIGHTY POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!! Translation? Whatever it is in life that you’re dealing with right now, Jesus Christ has an answer and a SOLUTION! 

Because remember that it’s Satan and his demons who HATE you, who REVILE you, who CAN’T STAND YOU, who HATE everything you stand for in the name of Jesus Christ Almighty! They HATE Jesus Christ Almighty with such VILE, PURE HATRED and BECAUSE they hate Jesus, they hate YOU (the true, biblical-roots Christian) TWICE AS MUCH, since YOU (the true, biblical-roots Christian) are one of Jesus’s most prized possessions in the entire universe! The redeemed soul!

Whatever it is you’re struggling with in life right now……take it to Jesus Christ in submission and in prayer…….He’ll listen to you. He’ll hear you. He’ll answer you. But you must pray to him with your mind, heart, body and spirit! And you must MEAN that prayer with all your heart, soul and MIND! You must TRUST Jesus Christ 100% and trust the fact THAT he has the power to save you! Because remember: A prayer without 100% faith and trust in Jesus Christ Almighty is no prayer at’tall!

“Lord Jesus, I come before you today with a contrite spirit. There’s so many *broken* people in the world today, not just here in America. I pray for healing for the people of this world AND this here American nation. I pray that whatever a person’s struggling with in life, that you’ll give them a divine bible-backed solution. I pray that you’ll open up the minds, hearts, bodies and spirits of people who’ve been skeptical of you, actively running away from you for so long or just plain flat-out hating you without even truly KNOWING you, Lord!

Please open up the hearts of all Muslims, Atheists, Hindus, Buddhists, Humanists, Abortionists, Agnostics, Satanists, etc. today! As many as are willing to HAVE their hearts opened up to you, Lord! And please guide them on the path to TRUE righteousness in YOU Lord, NOT the “false righteousness” that the world tries to *sell* to people today! And please bless them and keep them for eternity! Also please return all wayward Christians onto you, Lord! I know it’s not your will that any of them should perish! Thank-you, Lord! Amen”.   

The Spirit of FEAR: Satan’s Attack On The Soul

Some days, our walk with Jesus Christ/Yeshua is really, really strong and we’re bold and confident in our faith. But then over time, if we’re not careful, fear and doubt begin to grip our souls as Satan and his demons work OVERTIME to make sure that happens in our lives! Many “Christians” out there today think that: “There’s NO NEED to spiritually battle Satan and his demons, Jesus ALREADY won the victory over Satan at the cross”. And my, oh MY, how those poor folks are DECEIVED! For 1 Peter 5:8 states: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour“.

Now, mentally picture this for just a moment. Imagine you are in a forest, and you’re lost and aren’t sure what direction to take. There’s a violent animal in that forest, hiding behind trees and tall brushes of grass, seeking whom he may devour. And that animal’s like a dog: he can smell doubt/fear from a MILE away! And as you’re slowly walking through this “forest”, (the forest of your SOUL, that is), are you going to have faith and call upon the name of the Lord to guide you through safely and “accurately” or are you gonna doubt and start to freak out at the VERY first audible sound of the evil animal (Satan) roaring?

Remember that story in the Old Testament when King Nebuchadnezzar threw Daniel (one of the Lord’s prophets) into the LIONS DEN for his refusal to abandon praying to the Lord ONLY (the only TRUE God of the universe, the creator and maker of all things?) Did Daniel feel fearful at all when placed into the LIONS DEN as punishment? It doesn’t look like it, from how the biblical narrative reads. And what happened as a result of Daniel NOT doubting and having faith that the Lord would protect him? The Lord closed the lions mouth so that they couldn’t even hurt Daniel!

And maybe perhaps the lions lay at Daniel’s feet and Daniel even got to pet the lions (as though they were “pets”) but we’ll never know. The point is, Daniel FEARED NOT! [Daniel, chapter 6 in the Old Testament tells the whole story, while Daniel 6: 16-21 focuses on the main parts of how Daniel was thrown into the Lions Den and then overcame. And that is particularly MIRACULOUS since most people (if they were to be completely honest) would probably cover their eyes and cower in fear. 

I think it was Daniel’s FAITH and TRUST IN THE LORD that saved him! For if Daniel had doubted, those lions probably would’ve been allowed to tear him to bits! There’s many cases in the bible where God wasn’t pleased when prophets doubted during the times of the Old Testament. However, when God returned as Jesus in the New Testament, he was a bit more patient. Still not pleased about the lack of faith but gently telling the disciples how to get MORE of it! 

But in fact, just 3 chapters earlier in Daniel 3 in the Old Testament, we also read about how Daniel’s 3 friends (fellow servants of the Lord of the bible) were THROWN INTO A FIERY FURNACE and didn’t have one single MARK on them! All because they wouldn’t bow down to an IDOL that the King of Babylon had set up for “worship”. The narrative can be read at Daniel 3: 13-24! There, we read how Daniel’s 3 friends WEREN’T BURNT BY THE FIRE ***DUE*** to their faith in the Lord of the bible!  

However, some of the OTHER Old Testament prophets weren’t so lucky. My heart breaks for Elijah when we read the Old Testament narrative of how he FEARED JEZEBEL AND FLEED FOR HIS **LIFE**! Because BEFORE he started to fear, he had VERY strong faith and was doing pretty much everything the Lord had asked him to do. But AFTER Jezebel made a threat on his life, HE FLED! And the arrogant part of me is always thinking: “Why didn’t he just face that old witch HEAD ON and tell her what a piece of sinful filth/affliction she was with the bold declaration to her face ‘ain’t nothing you can do to me, outside of the Lord’s power!” My heart absolutely breaks for Elijah every single time I read that passage [1 Kings 19 in the Old Testament].    

And in general, the fear in our minds, hearts, bodies and spirits starts out so small. “There’s alot of lay-offs going around. What if I get layed off and can no longer support my family?” Or “I feel like I’ve done alot for the Lord lately but what if I haven’t done nearly enough and the Lord’s angry with me?” Or “What if the Lord’s angry with me or has given up on me? What if the Lord hates me, now?” and so and so forth.

It starts out SO SMALL and then over time, those fears can simply become OVERPOWERING, if one does not call upon the name of the Lord to control those thoughts…..It’s that knotted feeling in the stomach, the feeling that something isn’t quite right. It’s that fear that makes us wake up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep. For some, it’s the Lord’s way of drawing that person to a state of repentance for their sins. But for others, it’s Satan’s blatant attack upon their mind, heart, body and spirit.

And in fact, in Luke 21:26, it says: “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken”.

Truth be told, Satan (as well as all his demons) HATES humans (as well as the entire section of the “heavenly congregation” in heaven that did NOT rebel or “see things Satan’s way”). And he knows he can’t destroy the RIGHTEOUS ANGELS of the Lord, so now, he AND his demons are wrecking havoc upon this Earth to try to destroy as many humans FROM WITHIN as they possibly can!

Many Christians today think that “demons no longer exist” and were only around during the time of the New Testament! HA! DON’T BE FOOLED! I submit to you today that they’re real, and “thriving” in today’s fallen world! Many famous celebrities even become POSSESSED by them (as Satan and his demonoids are NO respector of persons, even those who claim to “worship them”!) Check it out! The “bass playing” in and of itself, right off the bat, sounds HELLISH, as though demons were playing it! The **4:05-4:26** and **6:15-6:25** marks where TORI AMOS IS **CLEARLY DEMONICALLY POSSESSED** SAYS IT ALL!!!

Rather we are a believer in Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ or we aren’t, we’ve ALL felt “fearful” at times in our lives. And lets face it, Satan and his demons are NOTORIOUS for getting Christians and Jews to FEAR! We’ve worried about terrorist attacks, our finances, our taxes, the future of this country, etc. And while it’s perfectly normal/common for humans to worry about those things, the bible has a slightly DIFFERENT approach when it comes to FEAR:

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”

Psalm 118:6 (KJV) The LORD is on my side; I will not fear : what can man do unto me?”

Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV) Be strong and of a good courage , fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee”

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV) Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed ; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” 

Matthew 6:30 (KJV) “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”

Matthew 6:26 (KJV) “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”

Jeremiah 1:8 (KJV)Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD” (I honestly think this one’s talking about **demonic manifestations** of Satan and/or his demons!!! And remember, saints: With 100% faith in Jesus Christ Almighty, we have the 100% power to cast out demons for Jesus has said so!!!!!)

And that’s just a mere “sample”. There’s SO MANY MORE passages on FEAR and controlling/overcoming it in the bible. But for the sake of time & space, I just focused on those particular passages. I hope they will help you in your spiritual walk with God, today!

But the question remains. Do you fear something today? Do you fear a person? A thing? A cancer diagnosis? A lack of faith? A circumstance? Rebuke that fear right now this very second in the name of Jesus Christ Almighty! He CAN and he DOES have the power to wipe that fear AWAY! You just have to let Him!

“LORD JESUS, ANYONE THAT READS THIS POST, I REBUKE THE SPIRIT OF FEAR OUT OF THEIR MINDS, HEARTS, BODIES, AND SPIRITS. PLEASE CLEANSE THEM AND SET THEM FREE **AND** GIVE THEM A NEW MIND, HEART, BODY AND SPIRIT IN **YOU**, LORD! PLEASE GIVE THEM A FAITH NOW THAT’S **SO STRONG**, **NOT EVEN** THE THREAT OF DEATH OR TORTURE CAN TAKE IT AWAY! PLEASE GIVE THEM A FAITH THAT’S **SO STRONG**, THEY’D BE ABLE TO LAUGH IN SATAN’S AND THE DEMON’S FACES WHENEVER THEY MAKE BLATANT THREATS AGAINST THEM! PLEASE PROTECT THEM, BLESS THEM AND KEEP THEM FOR ALL ETERNITY! AMEN!”

When Guilt & Shame Feel OVERWHELMING!

As a Christian, I know FIRSTHAND what it’s like to feel like nothing we ever say or do will be “good enough” for God/Jesus Christ. And it’s an OVERWHELMING feeling, isn’t it? Upon reading the bible and “spiritually hearing” Jesus’s words in which he condemned/chastised the people [namely, the Pharisees and Sadducees and their “adherents”] whom “thought” they were living a righteous life, only to later find out that they were, in fact, living the FURTHEST thing from it (in Jesus’s eyes) is a VERY hard pill for most of us to swallow.

We then usually start to think amongst themselves: “well, if so and so was so severely chastised by Jesus in the bible, how is there hope for ANY of us then, especially ME?” But remember this: Jesus Christ died for our sins! He KNOWS that none of us are perfect and that we are going to have our “faults” and our “weaknesses”.

Heck, even his own 12 DISCIPLES, of all people, as well as many of the Pharisees and even some of the Old Testament prophets themselves were full of “faults” and “sins”. And that makes perfect sense in the light of Romans 3:23 which states: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

Translation? NOBODY’S PERFECT and we’re ALL going to fall short from time to time, in our spiritual walk with Jesus. So just remember that. You’re not alone in this spiritual battle! Many Christians out there like you are going through the same exact thing! So remember that! You’re not the only one!

But exactly what can one DO when one feels OVERWHELMED by feelings of shame, guilt, fear and lack of faith? Well, first of all, please recognize that Jesus oftentimes uses this type of experience to “humble us”, to get us to repent of our sins, and to make us less self-righteous. Cause otherwise, we become like the Whore of Babylon who in Revelation 18:7 says in her heart:

How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow”.

Have you ever met one of those Christians that are “arrogantly self-assured” that they’re in right standing with God? There’s a difference between FAITH and ARROGANT-SELF-ASSURANCE:

FAITH is when we simply KNOW that we’re living right by God/Jesus Christ and that Jesus Christ WILL return for us someday (his “faithful servants”) and that Jesus Christ CAN and WILL help us overcome ANY and ALL obstacles in our lives, trusting HIM and HIM ALONE for our salvation! But ARROGANT SELF-ASSURANCE is the proclamation that the Lord Jesus will spare us from his wrath and judgement someday because hey, we go to church every Sunday, are an outstanding member of the community, etc. That’s what I mean when I say there’s a DIFFERENCE between the two: faith and arrogant self-assurance. 

Nevertheless, when we get to the point in life where we just feel OVERWHELMED by life, and OVERWHELMED with the spiritual responsibilities OF our lives, and dealing with the feelings of doubt and/or self-doubt, fear, shame, guilt, and like nothing we ever do is “good enough” for the Lord, that’s when we’re in the “spiritual danger zone” or “in the red”, as I call it.

Pray to the Lord Jesus about it.

Say the following prayer:

“Lord, I’m overcome with feelings of fear, guilt, shame, lack of faith [or whatever it is you might be struggling with right now] and I need you to please help me overcome. Please be my rock, my shield, and my strength. Please help me overcome all the things I’m struggling with right now and help draw me closer to you. Please use the circumstances in my life to strengthen and renew my faith in you. Please teach me how to spiritually endure and also how to teach others how to spiritually endure. Please forgive me for all my sins and help me to live a more righteous life that’s fully dedicated to YOU, Lord! In Jesus’s name, Amen”. 

And remember that Satan and his demons stand as THE ACCUSER(S) of mankind. But Jesus Christ gives an eternal pardon from condemnation of sin to ALL those whom put their faith, trust, and love in HIM and him alone! When we are forgiven of our sins, that’s it, we are forgiven of them and they are remembered no more! So please remember that the next time you start beating yourself up over wrongs or “perceived wrongs” that you MAY’VE done or not done in the eyes of God. Whenever Satan tries to drag you down over your past, point to the book of Revelation and remind him of his future! 

Also please remember that WHEN you feel overpowered/overwhelmed by feelings of fear, guilt, shame and also feel like nothing you ever do for the Lord Jesus is “good enough”, you are being SPIRITUALLY PERSECUTED by Satan and his demons and that they WANT you to feel helpless and as though you are without hope, they WANT you to sin, they WANT you to feel sorry for yourself all the time, they WANT you to develop a lack of faith, they WANT you to neglect your spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and to start catering to your OWN life’s needs, instead of God/Jesus’s spiritual needs.

However, when you ARE overcome with feelings of fear, guilt and shame, that’s usually a sign that you need to REPENT of something in your life. Remember that the Lord sometimes USES our feelings of fear, guilt and shame to draw us back closer TO him and to drive us to REPENT of our sins!

But alas, if you’ve already repented of all your sins and are in “good standing” with the Lord and are STILL overcome with feelings of guilt and shame of what you’ve done in the past or most recently, please remember that you’re already forgiven of those sins and Satan’s just TRYING to get you to doubt your being forgiven of those sins so he can further drag you down and KEEP YOU THERE! But don’t let him win! Remember the bible passage which states: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” [New Testament: Romans 10:13, Acts 2:21…Old Testament: Joel 2:32].

“I pray to the Lord Jesus that if you’re a poor, lost soul that’s OVERCOME with feelings of fear, shame and guilt, that Jesus Christ will deliver you and free you from such “bondage”, that your faith will be renewed & strengthened, that you will no longer spiritually faint or get weary for any reason (specifically, spiritual persecution, etc.) and that the Lord Jesus Christ will give you the necessary spiritual armour to endure and run the rest of the race of *spiritual endurance* and *spiritual long-suffering*, until he comes. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you & keep you for eternity. Amen”.

 

 

 

**VERY IMPORTANT!!! The Coming Tribulation/Persecution: Revelation 2:10**

As more and more Christians in general society and the workplace are being persecuted by those with an agenda of “unrestrained perpetual sin” [i.e. the openly homosexual activists that are currently fighting for gay marriage rights, as well as Atheist and/or Satanic activists who want to stamp out as much of Christianity in public and in private as much as humanly possible], I am constantly brought back in my mind to the words of Revelation 2:10 which state: “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life“.

[Rather or not the 10 days in question is an ACTUAL 10 days or a “figurative” 10 days is up to debate, as many bible scholars think “they” have the answer and the number of their answers are as many as the number of ice cream flavors at Baskin Robbins, if not even more so, lol].

There’s also 3 other bible passages that deal with this topic as well: (Luke 21:12, Matthew 10:19, and Mark 13:11), which I’ll quote down below. Because lets face it, if you’re one of those Christians who thought that going through the great tribulation/testing of your faith met staying at home, indoors, and doing nothing BUT reading your bible and praying all the time, you’re in for QUITE a rude awakening! Truth be told, there WILL be persecution on every Christian…….atleast, every TRUE biblical-roots Christian, that is. Now, the DEGREE of persecution is going to differ from person to person, depending on the circumstances.

But before you go ANY further into this post, please watch the following enactment video called : “Would You Die For Your Faith in Jesus Christ [Yeshua]?” at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj1d9h7IL0I

Have you ever really noticed how the Devil NEVER, EVER persecutes the WORLDLY CHURCHES? No, in fact, all the WORLDLY churches (such as Joel Osteen’s Lakewood, Texas prosperity church, Benny Hinn’s church, etc.) are some of THE RICHEST churches IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! Why is that, do you think? On other other hand, pastors who do NOT agree with gay marriage etc. oftentimes get reprimanded and/or lose their jobs!

And just like Revelation 2:10, Luke 21:12 states: “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues [interesting it says TO and not FROM…odd?], and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake“.

However, ONCE a Christian is “arrested” and/or “severely persecuted” for being a Christian (or consequently, for whatever “erroneous charges” that the dark side can come up with as a RESULT of a person being a true Christian who tries to follow the Lord’s will in their lives, NO MATTER WHAT), the bible gives us VERY CLEAR instructions on WHAT we are to do and say WHEN that happens. The following two bible passages command us to do the following:

Matthew 10:19 says: “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak

Mark 13:11 states: “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost“. 

And DO you, as a true bible-believing Christian, ever get that creepy feeling in your stomach that somebody (somebody from the dark side of forces) is watching you and just WAITING to punish you somehow for doing the Lord’s will and/or for being a true Christian that follows the bible and supports Israel/Jerusalem/bible prophecy?

Conspiracy theorists talk all the time about concentration camps for Christians someday, while others even suggest that beheading will someday become the preferred form of capital punishment in this country (America). As to how much of that stuff is actually true, one can only guess. BUT…..If I don’t write another post on here in a very long time or you don’t hear back any replies from me for a really long time if you make a comment on here, then that probably means something controversial happened and please pray for me.

Also: Please pray for me and ALL fellow Christians all over the world that are being persecuted for Jesus’s namesake.

However, also please rejoice somewhat whenever a person is persecuted for Jesus Christ’s namesake! For Jesus Christ said the following in Matthew 5: 11-12Blessed 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 exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”.

Romans 5:3-4 state: “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope”.

However, you also might be wondering WHY the good Lord makes us suffer forms of persecution in our lives. That is because he wants to test our faith and even try to strengthen it and make our faith EVEN STRONGER!

It’s really no different than car companies crash-testing cars that they make. They keep crashing them over and over again in the “testing process” to learn how to make them more crash-safe and/or durably crash-free. So it is with Jesus Christ and our faith. He sometimes allows us to suffer persecution SO THAT we will learn *perseverance*.

And then, if/when things get REALLY bad, it’ll then seem “normal” and be like a walk in the park for us, faith-wise, since God will have already given us by then the necessary emotional, mental, physical and spiritual tools to deal with persecution and opposition during the previous “crash-testing” process of our faith. Because lets face it, when we already HAVE everything we need, we feel as though we have no need for God in our lives, it’s a PRIDE thing! But whenever things go bad in our lives, OH HOW WE SURE HAVE NEED OF THE GOOD LORD THEN, am I right? 😉

Therefore, like it or not, God uses suffering as a means to draw us closer to HIM! And he does it for our own spiritual good! (Even if, during the TIME of the persecution, it doesn’t feel or seem like that). Remember the words of God in Hebrews 13:5 which state: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee“. So in other words, draw close to God/Jesus Christ at ALL times (ESPECIALLY during times of suffering) and he will draw close to YOU!

Remember how Abraham was tested in the Old Testament? Abraham loved his son Isaac SO MUCH (the son that God MIRACULOUSLY gave to Abraham and Sarah in their OLD AGE), that God was no longer sure whom Abraham loved more, his son or God. That’s WHY God had to test Abraham and see where Abraham’s heart truly was. And then, after Abraham had proven himself faithful and that he placed God even above his own son, God rewarded him DILIGENTLY.

And let us also not forget Job in the Old Testament. He was a GENTILE, yet God was bragging about how faithful of a servant Job was, all across the board. Satan the Devil was angry and more or less said to God “oh yeah? Take away everything he owns and he will curse thee, I am sure”. So God took Satan up on the challenge and guess what? Job lost everything in one day (his cattle, his 10 children, his money, even the love and respect of his own wife!) But still, Job still kept the faith. And God eventually gave back to him ten-fold what he had lost during the “crash-testing” process of his faith. That’s where the popular saying comes from which states “the more you suffer, the more you gain”.

However, SOME people easily give up at the first sign of persecution and it’s THOSE few people I’d like to pray for, today: someone says something not so nice to them on their Christian witnessing Youtube page, an open homosexual at the workplace calls them out for being so “hateful” towards the homosexual lifestyle, a non-Christian friend, family member or stranger calls them “crazy” for believing in things they can’t so-called physically hear or see, they see more and more things in the News about “Christians” being PUNISHED for their beliefs and so they’re too afraid to profess their “Christian beliefs” in public or amongst their friends.

Then, after awhile, they just stop trying to live for Jesus Christ altogether, thinking to themselves that it’s “too hard”, “too much of a burden” in today’s world, and try to mildly blend INTO the world. They think that as long as they don’t become a full-fledged Satanist/Hindu/Wiccan/Buddhist/Atheist/etc. but still merely “believe” in God, that God will forgive them and that they won’t go to hell/eternal condemnation after they die. But sadly, those folks are mistaken. Because HERE is what Jesus Christ has to say about “lukewarmness” in people and in churches:

Revelation 3: 15-17 states: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”.

However, to those that ENDURE persecution and OVERCOME it by MAINTAINING and even STRENGTHENING their faith, Jesus Christ has THIS to say:

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” – Revelation 3:21

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” – Revelation 2:10

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” – James 1:12