Posts tagged ‘Lack of Faith’

Self-Sabotaging: I Never Knew……Until NOW….

Self-sabotaging.

It can come in many other forms besides just drugs, crime, self-cutting, etc.

It took me awhile to see this, but I have most recently discovered that I am my own worst enemy; meaning that I am the only one who’s sabotaging myself and my life. And trust me, that was a hard pill for me to swallow.

Most recently, the Lord Jesus has shown me just how MUCH I’ve been self-sabotaging myself and my relationships in my life and also just how MUCH my life would be different if I were to lean on him and TRUST him, instead of just always trying to do things MY way.

I’ve seen Christians judging other Christians right and left and I always used to say to myself “I’ll never be like one of those”. Looking back however, it kind’ve reminds me of the parable/story in the bible where two men go to pray. One of them says “thank you Lord that I am not like THOSE men” while the other man said “oh Lord, please have mercy on me, a sinner!” The first man was a Pharisee and the second man was a poor man. And in my own self-righteousness in my past, I became like the Pharisee (something I had always sworn to myself that I’d never become).

But anyways, back to the story. So due to my employment struggles and life struggles, I began to feel disillusioned and like the whole entire world was against me (even those close to me). I began to think negative thoughts of myself and others over time (I admit this to my shame) and then, it wasn’t long before the “resentment” started to eat away at me and consume me. I then became VERY pessimistic of a person and even downright “irritated” with people who were happy and joyous in life or that trusted the Lord completely. (Though deep, deep down, I was jealous. I wanted to trust the Lord as much as THEY did and to also feel the joy that THEY feel, being right with God). But the Devil kept tearing away at me night and day saying “you’re already too far gone, there’s no hope for you” and “Jesus hates you now”.

And for awhile there (I also admit this to my shame), I started believing the Devil’s lies. And it wasn’t long before I wasn’t able to trust anyone or ANY THING in my life. Whenever someone was friendly with me, I’d say to myself “yeah right, they’re being fake with me”. Whenever a guy would try to innocently look at me or ask me out, I’d say “yeah right, he probably only wants one thing”. Whenever I had a friend say to me “don’t worry about your past friends that stabbed you in the back, I never would”, I’d think “yeah right, you’re probably just as bad if not WORST than my other friends”. And whenever I’d get a job interview and wouldn’t get the job, I’d assume the worst and just start to automatically shut down and give up saying to myself “my gosh, if THIS place won’t hire me, then probably NOBODY will hire me!”

It even got to the point where I was even starting to get paranoid, fearing that people were talking bad about me at the grocery store, at the gas station, etc. And I even started to blame the people most close to me for all the things that were going wrong in my life, even.

Only most recently did Jesus Christ open up my eyes by more or less spiritually saying to me “Ya know what? Next to Satan, you’re your own worst sabotager and own worst enemy that I know”. He then raised his voice a little in the dream and more or less asked “WHY WON’T YOU WAIT ON ME AND TRUST ME? DON’T YOU THINK I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING? ESPECIALLY SINCE I CREATED THE UNIVERSE AND THE HEAVENS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN? WHY WON’T YOU TRUST ME? I **DO** HAVE A PLAN, AFTERALL….IF YOU WILL ABIDE IN ME, THAT IS….” (there seemed to be some sort of doubt or hesitation in his voice about rather or not I would abide in him or not).

But one thing is clear: the only person responsible for all the actions in my life (rather good or bad) is me, myself and I. It’s not my loved ones’ fault that I’m depressed and having trouble finding employment these days. It’s not my loves ones’ fault that none of my relationships have been successful so far. All of it is attributed to ME. Because the truth is, I’m depressed, having trouble finding employment and have yet to have a successful relationship DUE to the fact that I had most recently strayed from the Lord. And this is just the Lord chastising me.

The Lord had said to me “write this person a letter and apologize”. I didn’t do it for the longest time. The Lord said “ask this person the question ‘what are your thoughts on life & God?’ ” and I didn’t do it. The Lord said “apply for this part-time job or perhaps that one”. I didn’t do it. Instead, I just sat around and wallowed in my own self-misery for a long time, with a “woe is me” attitude. And look where that got me! It got me absolutely NOWHERE!

So please…..I beg of you! DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I’VE MADE, MOST RECENTLY! Don’t sabotage the good things in your life out of distrust or fear. Don’t refuse to obey the commands of the Lord. TRUST JESUS AND WAIT ON JESUS CHRIST and have the total FAITH that he will see you through, no matter what! Do NOT make the same mistake I did and find yourself in front of the face of Jesus in a dream with Jesus turning to you and saying that next to Satan, you are your own worst sabotager and greatest enemy!

Moral of the story? TRUST JESUS CHRIST ALWAYS……..NO MATTER WHAT. Faith is EVERYTHING. For we can not enter Jesus Christ’s “New Earth” someday without faith. Faith is the thing that will either make us or break us in the end. So please, I beg of you. If you don’t have faith, PRAY to have faith. Pray to have more faith with ALL your heart, ALL your mind, ALL your body, and ALL your spirit and it shall be granted you. MARK MY WORDS!


The “Good News” of Jesus Christ!!! (UPDATED)

Did you know that the word “gospel” is actually a Greek?? or Yiddish?? word meaning “Good News”? In other words, the “Gospel” of Jesus Christ really means the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. And the “Good News” is that Jesus Christ died on the cross over 1976+ years ago at a place called Golgotha, just so WE could have a chance to have Salvation/Forgiveness of Sins and Eternal Life/Eternity in Paradise! So if that’s not real love, I don’t know what is!

Jesus offered himself up to be beaten, flogged, whipped, torchured, mocked, ridiculed, laughed at, spit on, pierced with a sword, crowned with a crown of thorns, nailed through the wrists and feet and crucified just to give US (all of mankind) a chance to have eternal life/go to eternal Paradise someday and just to give US (all of mankind) the chance to be “made clean” in God the Heavenly Father’s site by sparing us from Eternal Condemnation of our sins! 3 days later after he was crucified, he rose again from the dead during the Resurrection and 40 days later, Ascended up to Heaven to be on the Right Hand Throne of God the Heavenly Father! There are even several ancient, historical NON-Christian accounts of these events at:

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

“For God [the Heavenly Father] so loved the world [mankind] that he gave his only begotten Son [Jesus Christ] that whoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life [John 3:16 in the New Testament]

But we must ACCEPT the free gifts of “Salvation/Forgiveness of Sins” and “Eternal Life” from Jesus Christ. Otherwise, we cannot RECEIVE the gifts of “Salvation” and “Eternity in Paradise”. And all those who die in this life without ever having accepted Jesus Christ will BE CONDEMNED FOR ETERNITY IN THE “FIRE THAT NEVER QUENCHES”. So please don’t be ONE of those people! (Remember that you can always PRAY to believe in Jesus Christ if you don’t believe in him, already!)

If you’re not right with Jesus Christ, get right with Jesus Christ, today! Please! I beg you from the pure depths of my soul! There’s not alot of time left on this Earth! You never know when you’re going to die! You never know if you’re gonna be one of those people whom God will give a 2nd chance to during a near-death experience or one whom God will immediately choose to CONDEMN, upon death.

All those who believe in Jesus Christ and trust in him, and repent of their sins and get baptized in the name of the Heavenly Father, the Holy Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit (as well as follow ALL of Jesus’s commands in the bible, including the 10 commandments) WILL be saved and spend eternity with God/Jesus Christ in Eternal Paradise! And ALL who believe in and TRUST Jesus Christ, no matter what, and obey his commandments (even amongst much clamor and opposition from the “world”) will be given eternal rewards in Paradise someday!

So please. Come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ today. Before it’s too late. I simply can NOT emphasize that ENOUGH!

1. Pray to know Jesus Christ is real. Pray to him “Lord, please reveal yourself to me and show me that you’re real”. But you must WANT to get to know Jesus Christ before he reveals himself to you in a dream, vision, etc.

2. Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord & Savior.

3. Pray for forgiveness of your sins and REPENT of your sins (meaning, to give UP your old, sinful lifestyle and begin a NEW LIFE in Christ!)

4. Get full-water immersion baptized in the name of Jesus Christ Almighty IMMEDIATELY UPON BELIEVING! That is the TRUE biblical model of baptism………..(baptism is required for the “ceremonial washing away of sins” and public declaration of faith to God and man. And the Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth — the spirit of God that will grant you spiritual discernment to know what is truly of God and what is NOT!)

5. CONTINUE to follow/obey Jesus’s commandments/teachings in the bible, ESPECIALLY the 10 commandments and the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5-7 in the New Testament.

And this ALSO includes celebration of the Lord’s 7 Annual Holy Days outlined in Leviticus 23, Exodus 20: 8-11, Hebrews 4: 9-10, 1 Corinthians 5:8, the Lord’s TRUE “Easter”/Passover in Luke 22:15 and 1 Corinthians 11: 23-25, as well as the TRUE biblical Sabbath (Friday sundown to 3 stars visible in the sky/Saturday sundown).

And by celebrating in the LORD’S 7 Annual Holy Days, that also means FORSAKING the UNHOLY days (the “fake/UNBIBLICAL holidays”) such as Christmas, Easter, Halloween, St. Valentine’s Day, etc., as well as the FAKE/UNBIBLICAL SABBATH (SUNDAY).

Note: You might not think that this matters too much to the Lord Jesus Christ, but BELIEVE ME, IT DOES! Jesus Christ considers “fake/unbiblical holidays” such as Christmas and Easter as well as the FAKE/UNBIBLICAL SABBATH (SUNDAY) AN ABOMINATION! Why? Because the LORD’S 7 Annual BIBLICAL holidays are a pure celebration of HIM while the FAKE unbiblical holidays and FAKE SABBATH (SUNDAY) celebrate things such as sun worship, lust, greed, chocolate, Santa Claus and Easter bunnies!

6. Once you are saved, tell others to get saved. The Lord Jesus commands us to “make a disciple of all nations”. In other words, go out and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and salvation for sins to anybody & everybody who’ll listen!

7. Do what Jesus asks of you. Not only in the bible but in your own personal life. You know it’s the spirit of God talking (the Holy Spirit/spirit of Jesus Christ) when you’re asked to do something that’s commanded in the bible. “Go talk to your atheist friend about me” or “go donate all your books to the library” or “ask your family rather or not they believe in me and why or why not” and/or “write a letter to this person”.

And lastly, watch for the signs of Jesus’s soon return to the Earth. He will set his feet on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel. Jesus commanded us in the bible to “watch therefore and be ready, for you do not know at what hour your master comes”.

God of “Many Rules”?

To many Christians (and even non-Christians alike), God can seem like a God of “many rules”. And at times, those rules can feel overwhelming to live by, to say the least. It can even seem at times that God doesn’t want anyone to have fun in life.

But think of a parent who’s trying to properly raise their child. Should they just let their child run amok and do whatever the heck they want? Ofcourse not.

So it is with God.

God is like a “loving parent” and we are like his “children”. He has to give us rules to live by, in order to sustain us and guide us in the proper way of living & for spiritual growth. Otherwise, with no rules to live by, we wouldn’t be here long, as a human race.

Remember that all of our laws are pretty much based on God’s laws. So without God’s laws to inspire our own human laws, where would we be, law-wise? That’s right. We’d have no laws. And everybody would’ve killed each other off by now. But because we have laws based off God’s laws, we are able to have some sort of “order” in the world.

Imagine if you were God and created a human race. And lets say that you valued/loved your creation very, very much but the humans decided that they’d rather disobey you, attack you and talk smack on you instead, with a constant chorus of “You suck!”, “We hate you!”, “You’re no good!” and “Screw YOU!”, etc.

You’d probably feel pretty slighted and ticked off and fed up with those darned things after awhile, huh?

But what if you decided to put YOURSELF into the form of a human and took it upon yourself, to show them firsthand how “pained” you felt every time they disobeyed you and talked smack on you, by allowing them to torture and kill you (for the forgiveness of their sins), but then, having the power to be resurrected just 3 days later. 

Some of the humans would say “wow” and would start to behave immediately but others would STILL continue to behave badly. And sure, you as their loving, patient, kind creator would give them LOTS of chances to repent of their disobedience. But if they didn’t? You’d have no choice but to discard them, upon their deaths and to discard them for eternity…..

For what good are they to you if they give you no reverence, whatsoeever? They had their chance, they didn’t take it, so it’s not your fault, right? You tried. And you can’t take them back OUT of the fire of condemnation because all they’re going to do is curse you and hate you even more. Plus, that also wouldn’t be fair to the humans who were “righteous” humans the whole time and/or that “became” righteous humans.

Jesus Christ not only hates sin but he hates the “effects” of sin. Jesus Christ hates severe alcoholism, drug use, gambling, materialism, lust, greed, hate, pornography, etc. because of what it does to people (physically, psychologically, spiritually, emotionally, financially….) He’s not just saying “don’t do this because I don’t like it”…He’s saying “don’t do this, because it’s not good for you, in several different ways”. As our divine creator who made all things in the universe, God the Heavenly Father wants what’s best for us. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t be God.

And once more, Jesus Christ is not a God who wants to take fun out of life (contrary to popular belief in today’s secular world). He went with his parents to celebrate the Passover (a huge, 3-day long Jewish festival) with his cousin John when he was 12, he likely had a jovial time at the wedding in Canaan (before/after turning the water into wine), plus also likely joked around sometimes with his friends/apostles. 

Not to mention that Jesus Christ has given each and every one of us a talent, gift, hobby or “calling” in life. Not only to make our lives somewhat enjoyable but also for us to use OUR gifts/talents in life to glorify HIM! For example, a person who’s a great writer…..Jesus Christ gave them that gift for a purpose so that they’d use their writing to glorify HIM! Or perhaps a person is a good painter, photographer, etc. We are to use OUR gifts/talents for Jesus Christ’s glory!

Unfortunately, some people out there decide to take it upon themselves to give THEMSELVES the glory for their “talents” instead of giving Jesus Christ the glory and that’s where they come into some major spiritual trouble and are in MOST danger of a “spiritual fall”! Because remember Proverbs 16:18 which states: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”

So please. I beg of you. Use your gifts for Jesus Christ’s glory and see in return how God the heavenly Father in turn uses your “servitude” towards him to also bless YOU as well! 😉

Why Did God Allow “Sin” Into the World?

Many people ask why God even put the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden to begin with, if he didn’t want Adam & Eve eating of the fruit from it. The answer is that he wanted to give them, like his angels in heaven, free will; the chance to CHOOSE to love him willfully, rather than to be their *dictator*, if you will….

It’s also a part of WHY he allowed sin to come into the world…….So people would have free will and could CHOOSE if they wanted to love God and follow LIFE/LIGHT (a life of obedience to God) or darkness/spiritual depravity (a life of disobedience to God). Think of parents and their children for example. Parents don’t FORCE their kids by sheer force to love them or be good 24/7. Yet, if their children are bad, they are punished. And if they are permanently bad beyond repair, and CHOOSE to be, the parents throw the kid out and disown them. So it is with God.

“So how DID sin come into the world?”, one might ask. 

In the beginning of time, in the Old Testament, in the bible [GENESIS 2:18-25 to GENESIS 3:1], we read about how “sin” came into the Earth. God made Adam from the dust of the ground and from one of Adam’s ribs, he made Eve. God said that Adam & Eve could eat from any tree of fruit in the Garden of Eden (Paradise) except from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil. God said that IF either of them ate the fruit of that Tree, that they would both surely die.

One day as Eve was near the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, a serpent approached Eve and tempted her to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree. He told Eve that God wanted to keep the best things away from her and Adam and that if her and Adam ate the fruit from the tree, that they surely wouldn’t die, only that they would have their eyes opened and be LIKE unto God, having the knowledge between Good and Evil. So Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and gave some to Adam to eat, too. [GENESIS 3:4-6]

When God came through the Garden later that night and called “Adam, where art thou?”, Adam replied “I hid because I was naked and I was afraid”. God said to Adam: “why is thou naked? Hast thou eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree of which I told you not to eat?” But immediately Adam tried to blame Eve by saying “the woman that thou hast given me, she gave me of the fruit and I ate”. Then God turned to Eve and said “what is this evil thing you have done?” and Eve replied “the serpent tricked me into eating the fruit and I ate”. [GENESIS 3:11-13]

Then God turned to the serpent and said “Because thou has done this, thou will be cursed of all domestic animals and of all wild beasts. Thou shall crawl on thy belly and eat dust all thou’s life. Also, I will put enmity [hatred] between you and the woman; also between your offspring and her offspring; he will crush your head and you will crush his heel”
[GENESIS 3:14-15]

To the woman (Eve) God said “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” [GENESIS 3:16]

To the man (Adam) God said “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you ‘You shall not eat of it’, cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of you were taken and you are dust, and to dust you shall return” [GENESIS 3:16-19]

God threw them out from the Garden of Eden and put a flaming sword in every direction to guard the path to the tree of life. [GENESIS 3:24]

Later on, Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Abel was a sheppard while Cain was a tiller of the fields. One day, Cain brought an offering to God from the soil while Abel brought an offering from the firstlings of his flocks, especially from their fat portions. 

God was pleased with Abel’s offering but not Cain’s and so Cain became angry, with his face downcast. God said to Cain “Why is thou angry and why is thy face downcast? If thou does right, will there not be a lifting up? But if those misbehaves, sin is crouching at the door; its intention is towards you, and you must master it” [GENESIS 4:5].

Not much longer after that, the biblical account continues and we read in the bible of Cain “luring” his brother out into the field and then killing him, DUE to his total jealousy and rage that God accepted Abel’s offering to God on the altar of praise/thanksgiving but not Cain’s! God then later came back at Cain and said where is thy brother Abel?” to which Cain responded “I know not, am I my brother’s keeper?” to which God responded back “Cain, your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!……….”

God then proceeded to punish Cain by making him an outcast and a vegabond, etc., Cain cried out to God and said “my punishment is more than I can bear, every man seeing me will try to kill me, and thou hast driven me out from my people!” God then had a little “mercy” on Cain and placed a special mark on him so that whoever tried to kill him wouldn’t be successful in doing so, is sort’ve the jist I get from that. And Cain later moves on OUT OF THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD (and remember, this is very significant, here) and moves to land of Nod with his wife. [And yes: I believe God “spliced” more people from Cain and Seth on until he didn’t need to “splice” them anymore].

So that’s where the two accounts of “original sin” and “death” come in, as it pertains to the Earth (Eve, the first woman, eating of the forbidden fruit and then giving some to Adam to eat and then later on of Cain killing his brother Abel). And so it has been ever since (humans being sinners).

So what is sin, essentially? And why did God allow for it to come into the world?

Sin is technically classified as anything that *separates us from God*. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit God told them not to and when Cain killed his brother Abel…. not only were they condemning themselves to die (for if they had never sinned, they would’ve lived forever in Paradise with God), but they were also *separating themselves* from God since God is a holy, pure God and can not look upon any *sin*. And remember that NO human is perfect, save for God. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

Lets take a look at the 10 Commandments & other sins to get a good idea of what God calls “sin”:

10 Commandments:

1. Thou shall have no other gods before me. (This doesn’t just apply to “literal” gods other than Elohim {God, the Heavenly Father} but can also be things like money, music, alcohol, drugs, pornography, a celebrity or political leader or basically just ANYTHING that would conceivably make a person love something or someone else more than they love God!)

2. Thou shall not make unto thee any idols or graven images. (Similar to the 1st commandment, this is basically telling us not to worship paintings, pictures, statues, wood carvings, molded/wax images, celebrities [music, tv/movie/radio/internet/sports stars, authors, preachers, money, etc.]

3. Thou shall not take the name of thy Lord in vain. (It’s not just saying G-d it or “J!” or “J Christ!” that can get you in trouble with God but also things like “oh my G-d…”, or “oh G-d…” or “G-d that sucks” or “so help me G-d/G-d as my witness” [spoken in a non-religious context] or “G-d, you’re so rude” [when talking to another person and not God himself] or basically just any SENTENCE in general that uses God in a non-religious, non-humble way).

4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. (Ancient BIBLICAL times place the Sabbath Day on Saturday (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) while CONSTANTINE was wishing to live in harmony with the Pagan Roman Empire, thus declaring the Sabbath Day to be Sun-Day, which Pagans used to worship the SUN, not THE SON of Almighty God! Therefore, Sun-day is a FALSE Sabbath and Friday sundown to Saturday sundown is the TRUE, BIBLICAL SABBATH and is used to served as a SIGN of the “covenant” between God and his people!

Keeping the Sabbath Day holy, however, technically means to not do any work during the Day and to give the full day up to worship God and pray/praise Him for all he’s done for all of mankind and in one’s life, essentially. The 7th day Sabbath is not a “Jewish Sabbath” per say, but rather, it’s a BIBLICAL Sabbath to be observed by ALL of God’s people, not just SOME of God’s people! Cause afterall, think about it: why would the Lord God Almighty himself create in 6 days, then CONSECRATE and make holy the 7th day, only to ALLOW Constantine (a mere human MAN) to CHANGE his holy consecrated 7th day Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday? Answer: He wouldn’t!!!!!!

5. Honor thy Father and thy Mother. (This means to not only respect one’s own parents but to love them unconditionally and respect their parental advice/ancestry/etc.)

6. Thou shall not kill. (Put simply, it means don’t murder other human beings or oneself, accept in cases of self-defense. Jesus said Matthew 5:22-25 that “whoever hates their brother/sister without cause has committed murder in their hearts”. But it can also mean don’t kill animals just for “sport”. This is seen as unclean in God’s eyes).

7. Thou shall not commit adultery. (This means not to have sexual relations with someone who’s married/engaged to someone else OR divorced…..because to remarry with a divorced person is seen as adultery in God’s eyes. And God says in Matthew 5:27-28 that when a man looks at a woman to lust after her or when a woman looks at a man to lust after him, they have committed adultery with that person in their hearts. However, if a spouse dies, then it’s okay to remarry and no sin of adultery has been committed). It also means not to have sex before marriage.

8. Thou shall not steal. (This can literally mean ANYTHING that belongs to someone else, even if it’s just a single penny, pen, piece of writing, etc.)

9. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (In short, don’t lie….no matter how hard it is to tell the truth…..for the Lord God Yahweh (God, the Heavenly Father) hates ALL lies, no matter how small they are and no matter WHAT the reason is. God doesn’t care. Sin is sin to him. He makes no distinction). In the special case of lying to protect one’s feelings, God STILL hates lying. The truth is ALWAYS the best, even if it hurts. It may hurt for awhile, yes, but God is a God of healing. He can heal that person’s hurt. It’s better for a person to know the truth now, rather than to find out the truth later. The truth will hurt SO much more when and if it’s delayed.

10. Thou shall not covet anything that is thy neighbors. (In short, it just simply means don’t be jealous/envious of things/talents/people that belong to someone else. Unless you want to have something like *more faith*. That is the ONLY type of jealousy that I can personally conceive in my mind as being considered as *righteous jealousy* in God’s eyes. All other jealousies or “I wish I had what so and so has” is un-righteousness and sinful.

The only exception I can think of to this would be if someone *lets* another have what they have or once had. Then it’s technically not coveting/envying on that person’s part….? Although the Lord still might not totally like the fact that person A WANTED so badly what belonged to person B, initially……(ESPECIALLY if the “thing” in question was NOT a *righteous thing* such as “more faith”, etc.)……EVEN if person B actually GAVE what they have/had to person A……so be careful, folks! If you’re gonna be “jealous” of anything at all towards anyone, make sure it’s a 100% RIGHTEOUS JEALOUSY such as “Lord, give me more faith like THIS person has” or “Lord, give me the type of faith that King David had!” 😉

Other sins:

1. Sloth – being lazy, doing nothing, laying in bed all day
2. Greed – not giving to the poor or helping others in need, only thinking of one self
3. Pride – putting oneself above others and above God
4. Anger/Wrath – holding grudges/having severe hatred for someone
5. Gluttony – overeating or more than is necessary for one meal

But the truth is, NOBODY is perfect and we are ALL going to fall short of the mark, on these. And God knew that ahead of time. That’s why he made Jesus Christ pay the “penalty” for mankind’s sins on the Cross. So that “through” Jesus Christ, we may believe and our souls may become “clean” in God’s site. For God is a holy, pure God and can’t let any “unforgiven sin” into paradise/the earthly heavenly realm talked about in Revelation chapter 21-22.

However, if we accept Jesus Christ as the Lord & Savior of mankind, pray for forgiveness of our sins, repent of our sins, become IMMEDIATELY full-water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ upon VERY FIRST believing in him (because remember that the people in Jesus’s time got immediately baptized with little or no delay after very first believing in him — which no doubt made their baptism all the more powerful & life-changing), and then CONTINUE to live our lives for Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty by APPLYING HIS mandates/commands to OUR everyday lives, we are “made clean” in God’s eyes! We are then forgiven for all of our sins and can enter His Eternal City called “New Jerusalem” [Revelation, chapters 21-22], someday! 😉 

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

Can A Person Still Be A “Good Person” Without Believing in God?

Oftentimes in our own human vanity, we think we can still be a “good” person, without having to believe in God.

We believe we are a “good” person by our own standards.

But honestly. Have you ever lied? Stolen anything? Sexually lusted after someone? Had sex outside of marriage? Worshipped any other gods (including money, celebrities, political figures, etc.) other than Jesus Christ? Said the Lord’s name in vain? Wanted something that belonged to someone else? Over-ate? Got Angry with or held a grudge against someone? Refused to give to the poor? Flat-out denied the existence of God? Hated someone? Etc?

We may think we are a good person by our “own” standards but according to God’s Word, we are not a “good” person, according to God’s standards.

The truth is, nobody is perfect. Not me, not any preacher of God, not ANY prophets of God. Not one. Except God. God is the ONLY perfect thing in this entire universe. Why? Because he made it.

And since God is perfect and WE are not, God doesn’t need US but WE need HIM! And God loves us SO MUCH that over 2,000 years ago, he put himself into human form (Jesus Christ) by means of a virgin birth and gave mankind the potential for the greatest gift EVER (salvation/forgiveness of sins).

But it’s more like when we go to Hastings and they sometimes have a “get-your-fines-payed-off-for-free-day” or something like that. Well, if we don’t go there to receive our *gift* of not having to pay the fine, then we still have to pay the fine. So it is with God.

If we don’t go to Jesus Christ to ask for forgiveness of our sins (for we are ALL sinners, in God’s eyes), then how are we supposed to receive our *gifts* of a) forgiveness of sins and b) everlasting life? Just like we must GO to Hastings on that day to *receive* the gift of no fines, we must also GO to Jesus Christ to *receive* our *gifts* of forgiveness of sins and eternal life. All you have to do is start with this simple prayer and allow Jesus to come into your mind, heart and soul.

“Jesus, please make yourself real to me. I thank you for dying on the cross for me 1976+ years ago to save mankind from their sins. I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of salvation. The type of salvation that only YOU can give! I humbly ask you to please come into my heart today and become my Lord & Savior. Please forgive me for all my sins and help me to REPENT of them. Help me to live a life that’s pleasing to you. Help me to spread your gospel of Salvation to others. And please help me find a righteous Christian who can full-water baptize me in your holy name. Amen”

If you said those words with all your heart, and believe them to be 100% true, and have gotten baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, then congratulations! You are now saved and a part of God’s family! And if you are STILL not “saved” at this point, I would highly encourage you to GET SAVED, for the time is short. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

And remember….the people in hell today are there because they CHOSE to go there by rejecting Jesus Christ……They had many, many chances in their life to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ but instead, decided to live life their own way……now, they are paying DEARLY for it…….for ETERNITY……..please don’t become one of those people, folks! Please come to a saving knowledge of Jesus before it’s too late!!!!!!!

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

Why Does A “Good God” Allow Suffering?

Why does a “good God” allow suffering? It is a question that has plagued man for many centuries.

Well, first of all, when everything is going well in our lives, and we are successful and have everything going in our lives (good job, lots of friends, etc.), we tend to forget God and/or contribute our “success” to ourselves, instead of to God. Therefore, we think we don’t NEED God and/or salvation and put God by the wayside.

And then, in our attempts to “find ourselves” instead of “find God”, we tend to substitute God with other things in our lives (for example, the love of money, cars, celebrities, movies, tv shows, videogames, other people, etc.)

Or maybe we know of someone who is a man or woman of God who has a bad thing or things happen to him/her and we find ourselves asking why such a “good, loving God” would do such a thing!

Answer: God uses painful or hard circumstances in our life in order to draw us closer to him! Because think about it. When we have everything we want or need in life, we tend to think we don’t NEED God in our lives.

But when our lives are tough and everything in our lives is NOT going so well, all of a sudden, and we start to realize that our lives are NOT in our own hands, we have a tendency to surrender to God and draw closer to him! (Which is exactly what God wants! He wants us to draw forever closer to him!)

Think about it. If you always got everything you EVER wanted in life and more, wouldn’t life be pretty boring?

And isn’t the old clique true “the more you have, the more you are constantly ‘in want of’”?

God throws us a curve ball every now and then to test us/our faith,, to strengthen us and give us spiritual growth in life.

A life without any spiritual growth would be a very empty, restless life, indeed.

Wouldn’t you agree?

WARNING: Rise Of The “Watered-Down” Gospel

[I say this with love to all my non-Christian as well as Christian people out there, so that your eyes may be “opened” to the truth about what IS or ISN’T the true gospel of Jesus Christ!]

Money, self, globalism, pleasure. Sound familiar? Those are the 4 major “pursuits” of today’s world.

Money, self, globalism, pleasure. Sound familiar, once more? Those are the current pursuits of many of the Christian churches today, as well (though there are STILL some good bible-believing, God-fearing churches out there).

As the TRUE church/gospel of Jesus Christ (as a whole) has gotten more and more attacked over the years, many churches of today have become more “world friendly” in response. Non-biblical doctrines such as “God wants us to be rich”, “there is no such thing as sin and/or condemnation for sin”, “all you have to do is merely believe in Jesus to be saved”, “more than Jesus is needed for salvation”, etc. run RAMPANT in today’s church.

And with many Christian churches today now living like “the world”, it is NO WONDER that there are so many lost souls out there (people who’ve strayed away from the religion, have negative viewpoints about it, or that don’t know anything about it: the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ, that is).

But of all the “Non-biblical doctrines” out there, the ones that state “God wants you to be rich” and “there are many paths to eternal paradise and/or spiritual enlightenment” are probably the most prominent ones.

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Matthew 16:24 in the New Testament states:Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

John 14:6 records Jesus Christ as saying: “I am the way, the Truth and the Light. No-one cometh unto the Father but by Me”. In other words, Jesus Christ was/is saying in John 14:6 that he is the ONLY way to eternal paradise, the ONLY way to have forgiveness of sins, and is the ONLY way to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit/spiritual discernment (upon full baptism in his name). In other words, Jesus Christ is the “doorway” by which eternal paradise and forgiveness of sins may be found.

Matthew 7:14 (book of Matthew, chapter 7, verse 13-14) has THIS to say: “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.

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Translation? MANY people will buy into Satan’s lies (false gospels other than Jesus Christ being the son of God and ONLY way for salvation, etc.) and think that they don’t have to do anything other than “believe” in Jesus Christ to be saved and many will live their lives how THEY want to live them, instead of how GOD wants them to live them and will take the “easy way out” of life.

They will be the people who cling to money and material possessions, who value self over others, who follow man’s traditions (Sunday Sabbath, which is a FALSE Sabbath) instead of God’s traditions (the TRUE Sabbath plus the 7 required feasts of the Lord), who let their love of music/movies/videogames/entertainment/etc. overtake them…..

They will want to “mock God” because it is considered the “cool” and “in-thing” to do. They will care more what their friends/family/fellow society thinks of them rather than what God thinks of them. They will be arrogant and prideful and think they don’t have a “need” of God.

And they, in their own spiritual or deliberate blindness, will deny the divinity of Jesus Christ and deny that he is the ONLY way to salvation and eternal life. And these people will number upon the thousands and thousands, if not millions. Many of them will even come from Christian churches……churches that “proclaim” to be Christian, yet, preach a message that’s SO watered down, SO false, that it might as well be a church of the Devil.

But a very few select people (very small in number) will read and search the scriptures, believe in Jesus Christ, get baptized in his name, pray for forgiveness of their sins, repent of their sins and actually try to LIVE their lives for Jesus Christ by obeying his commandments as much as possible. These people will NOT bow down to pressure from “the world” or “today’s culture” and upon threat of death, will obey Jesus’s commandments in the bible to their last breath…..

They WON’T believe the major lie of Sunday being the Sabbath or the false teaching that the Sabbath doesn’t matter anymore, etc. They will actually read their bibles in order to have spiritual discernment from all the false teachings floating around today. And these people will face MUCH clamour and opposition. People will be telling them how “hateful” they are because they don’t accept gay marriages and the like.

People will also mock and ridicule them and tell them how “silly” and “anal” they are for wanting to celebrate the Sabbath on its TRUE time-frame (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) instead of on “mans’ traditional Sunday”. And they will be very small in number but big on faith. And it will be their faith in and servitude to Jesus Christ that sets them apart from the rest. They are the very few that will find the narrow gate (Jesus Christ).

Then again, (and I say this with love), the only thing many people want to hear these days is all of the “good” and “flowery” messages about God. Messages such as, “God is love”, “God is forgiving” etc. They don’t want to hear about his righteous anger/condemnation towards sin and unbelievers or that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation and eternal life!

And many Christian Churches of today only want to teach the “Feel Good” gospel; a gospel that is NON-BIBLICAL. Modern-day doctrines such as “Jesus loves you, so you don’t have to pray for forgiveness of sins”, “There’s no such thing as condemnation for sin”, “God wants you to be wealthy”, “God wants you to do what YOU want to do in life”, “One gets their salvation through works”, etc.

In the meantime, Christians overseas are losing their very LIVES for the written testimony of the true Word of God! (That should tell us something about where our church’s true *focus* should be: on the TRUE testimony of the Word of God…..not some Non-Biblical “World Friendly” interpretation of God!)

So people, don’t buy into the LIES of the world! Don’t believe that there are “many paths to eternal life or spiritual enlightenment” or that “there’s no such thing as sin”, or that “Jesus isn’t God” or that “God wants us to be wealthy, etc” or that “God doesn’t exist” and the like.

You have been forewarned! Jesus Christ has said in the last days that there would be MANY false gospels and false teachings……of churches that would only preach what their congregants were “itching to hear”……of churches who would only chase after people’s money and not people’s souls for God…….of people who would deny Jesus’s and/or Satan’s existence………of how churches/people in the last days would elevate mankind above God………..of preachers/etc. who would DENY that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Salvation, of churches that would DENY the concept of “sin” and the NEED for repentance!

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For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” [2 Timothy 4:3]

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” [2 Timothy 4:4]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwL1DThtxYg&feature=PlayList&p=71B19136E7C68236&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=78
Joel Osteen DENIES that Jesus Christ is the only way to Eternal Paradise/Salvation!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cTr34ZnGG0&feature=PlayList&p=814036F9E8388BE6&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=6
Billy Graham DENIES that Jesus Christ is the only way to Eternal Paradise/Salvation!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC1Z1SrSnwg
Pope DENIES Jesus Christ is the only way to Eternal Paradise/Salvation!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf5heuUEUE0
Oprah Winfrey DENIES Jesus Christ!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwyhF5MyiyE&feature=related
Rick Warren DENIES the true Gospel!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NizojZIX7Aw
Church of Oprah (I say this with love & only want to point out to Christians that it’s NOT truly Christian-based).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgJ0s1wNEZc&feature=related
Dutch Roman Catholic bishop says we should refer to God as Allah!!! (BLASPHEMOUS!!!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge2P8LnSbo8 (I say this with love) Former Muslim speaks out against Allah and PROVES that “Allah” is NOT the same as Yahweh!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJePrvgZ6Vw&feature=PlayList&p=A85A4128A1DAAFE8&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=26
Apostasy of the Christian Church RAMPANT!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi31HpbO8ng
Feel Good Gospel – The Truth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opeGjWXi35Q
James McDonald Explains Four False Gospels within last 50 Years!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlHR38csLBA
The Churches of Today – Wicked

[I pray that ALL who teach OR follow a false gospel/doctrine/practice that is NOT true to Jesus Christ/God Almighty will have their eyes opened, repent, and come back to the Lord Jesus Christ and his TRUE doctrine, before it’s too late!]

There was most recently a user on YouTube, for example, who made a video a few months back asking what “moral behavior” was and truly seemed bothered by it and said that none of the Christians around her could give her a “true” answer as to what “moral behavior” is!

As Christians, we are supposed to shine the light of God into the world! We are supposed to speak the truth and nothing but the truth!

One last example I forgot to mention is some of the stuff in modern-day Christian bookstores. While there are some good Christ-centered books out there still, many of the shelves today are stocked with things that either talk about the creature (man/self) rather than the Creator (God), that preach false gospels such as “God wants you to be wealthy” and/or “It’s all about YOU, not God” OR that talk NOTHING about God/Jesus or the NEED for and ONLY way to Salvation through Jesus Christ & Jesus Christ, ALONE!

But what gets me the most are the BOOK COVERS! An author’s face oftentimes takes up the WHOLE ENTIRE FRONT OF THE BOOK COVER (as though the author is to be worshipped or something!) It’s truly sickening!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve also noticed this on Christian radio programs, too. They are oftentimes glorifying the creator (man) instead of the creator!

Instead of talking about all the good works the Lord Jesus Christ has done in a certain person’s life, the discussion often becomes “read so and so’s new book. for a small price, YOU can find out what it means to be close to God”. Well, let me tell you something. Jesus Christ doesn’t charge money for us to know him. His message is free. So should it be with all others. If ANY ministry asks for money, be leary. Be REAL leary. But if a ministry gives you free material and doesn’t ask for a single dime, they are most likely a God-fearing, God-loving ministry and more than likely have the right focus (being saving men’s souls, not raiding their pocketbook!)

Consequently, the “New Age” section of any bookstore you go to these days is just overflowing with materials, when, only a few years ago, there was only a small section of “New Age” books in most bookstores. Gone are the days when people use to write off as nonsense the New Age movement. Now, it’s become the order of the day. It’s now become to the point where, if you’re not pro-liberal, pro-gay marriage, pro-New Age philosophy, then you’re just too narrow-minded in today’s world, etc.

But this is NOT coincidence! For these very “things” were all prophesied in the bible long, long ago (before and even during the time of Jesus):

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For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” [2 Timothy 4: 3-4]

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” [2 Timothy 3:13]

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” [2 Timothy 3:12]

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” [2 Thessalonians 2:3-4]

AND REMEMBER: THERE IS ONE WAY AND ***ONLY*** ONE WAY TO ETERNAL LIFE AND TO OBTAIN SALVATION/FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND THAT IS FROM JESUS CHRIST AND JESUS CHRIST, ALONE!!!!!

“I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIGHT. NO-ONE COMETH UNTO THE FATHER BUT BY ME” [JOHN 14:6]

“NOR 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]

“HE WHO BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED WILL BE SAVED BUT HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT SHALL BE DAMNED” [MARK 16:16]