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Be Careful Whom Ye Trust

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the person you’d LEAST expect to betray you, betrayed you? How is that? What were the warning signs? How could you not see ahead of time what all the warning signs were? Let us examine….

It all begins with flattery. We think when a person constantly flatters us, that that must automatically mean that they like us. (And there’s actually a difference between flattering and complementing). But what’s underneath the surface of “false flattery?” Let us turn to the bible for the answer!

A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feetIn the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice” – [Proverbs 29: 5-6]

The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hatefulThe words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good” – [Psalm 36: 1-3]

“A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin” – [Proverbs 26:28]

Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant” – [Psalm 78: 36-37]

Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open grave, they flatter with their tongue” [Psalm 5:8-9]

They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speakThe Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?” – [Psalm 12: 2-4]

“They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah” – [Psalm 62:4]

“The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords” – [Psalm 55:21]

So in other words, the person who “flatters you” all the time should immediately be made suspect, according to the bible! Why? Because the bible says that their heart is “double speak”. Meaning, they appear to be flattering you on the outside, but on the INSIDE, their heart is full of nothing but deceit!

I’ve had such an experience before, in my life. Someone had kept on flattering me, telling me how much better I was than another whom they disliked. (This should’ve been my FIRST red flag that something was “spiritually amiss”, there!) They kept making me think that they had my best interests in mind, etc. In fact, my own “pride” made me felt somewhat reassured to think that atleast ONE other person (“the flatterer”) had my best interests in mind.

And then, when I least expected it, they had started to flatter ANOTHER person in front of me all the time, while occasionally putting ME down (So goes the saying “Thou take prideth before a fall”). However, that being said, the spiritual equation at play here is that one person keeps getting pitted against another, notice the pattern there, folks? 

Another form of “false flattery” that I’ve learned in my spiritual walk to look out for is (gasp!) “false empathy”. I’ve had more than one case in my life where a spiritual enemy had swooped in, pretended to care about me and then betrayed me when I least expected it. How did they do it? False flattery, packed with FALSE EMPATHY: “Oh, you’ve been working too hard, you need to take some time off and RELAX“. 

Okay folks, now lets think about that last statement there in SPIRITUAL CONTEXT “Oh, you’ve been working too hard, you need to take some time off and RELAX“. And what do ya get? That’s pretty much Satan’s argument to Eve in the Garden of Eden, VERBATIM….The viewpoint that God’s being such a “jerk” by making her and Adam “work so hard at righteousness” but that her and Adam deserved the *best things* – i.e. some *relaxation* from having to work so hard at *being good & righteously productive*”, and that only HE (the Devil/unrighteousness itself) could give her/them “the relaxing REST and peace of mind she/they been looking for”. Notice the striking similarity there, folks?

[[Note: It’s really the “relax” part that gives it away. One of the devil’s best-kept lies is that we should just “kick back and relax” all the time in today’s world! But the brutal reality is that the Lord Jesus Christ and his angels never take a “break” from righteousness, so why should WE? Yet, that’s how the Devil tries to get us to effectively get us to “relax” our righteousness in today’s world! “You’ve been working too hard, lately. You need to focus on YOU for awhile!”]]

In fact, Matthew 6:21 puts it THIS way: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Translation? That simply means that the “things” and “people” they are MOST interested in determines WHERE their “heart is” in life, WHAT their “heart” is currently “focusing on“. So if you’re a Christian and your “flatterer” doesn’t have much of a heart for Jesus, then it’s highly likely that that person also doesn’t have much of a heart for YOU!]] 

And also: when it comes to fellow Christians, just because a person “appears” to have the love of Christ in them does NOT mean that they do!

Remember what 1 John 4:1 says. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world”

Also…..Matthew 7: 15-20 states:Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolvesYe shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”

In other words, a person can “say” that they’re a “Christian” or that they have your best “spiritual” interests at heart, but if their actions aren’t lining up with their words? It may be time to reconsider the situation and reassess rather or not you want that person in your (spiritual) life or not.

We must remember that we’re living in the Last Days. Matthew 24: 12-14 gives a very clear picture of just what TYPE of “Last Days Society” that we’re now currently living in, in 2018 & beyond:And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”

Please remember that Satan (and his demons) don’t come in at full speed ahead. Rather, they’re more subtle. In Genesis 3:1, part A, it records: “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made”.

Translation? Satan didn’t come out at Eve with full spiritual guns blazing. The bible says he was more subtle. He waited until she was NEAR to the forbidden tree! For what good would it have done if he had tried to come at her when she was far, far away from the forbidden tree (as in an out of site, out of mind type of thing?) Think about it, folks!

That’s what “the false flatterer” did. They waited until they were alone with me before they started to “flatter me” over someone else. (And like I said, this should’ve been my FIRST clue that something was spiritually amiss in my workplace. For “dissensions”…..trying to pit one person against another…. is the very FIRST sign of demonic, spiritual warfare that’s going on!)

And now, not surprisingly, sometime later on, they had nothing but praises for YET ANOTHER…….while trying to make “me” feel small again…..Just goes to show ya. That’s how Satan rolls. He comes in subtly, attempts to gain your trust, and once he feels as though he’s gained your trust, BAM! HE STRIKES! That’s why we must NEVER, EVER (as a born-again Christian) trust a “constant flatterer!” 

But then again, it all goes back to “pride”. We’re human beings. It’s human nature to want to feel loved and accepted by others, right? But at what price, folks? At what price? For if our wanting to feel love and accepted by CERTAIN others causes us to spiritually FALL in our walk with Christ? It’s time to let that person go (as well as the “idea” of that person altogether, go!) Because our “worth” should ONLY be wrapped up in Christ and righteousness and NO OTHER! 

Romans 3:4 states: “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged”

Most recently at my job, they also started what I call a “sticker campaign”. Whenever someone does a good job on something, they get a sticker. And then people “pride” themselves on the number of stickers they get and compare themselves to others by how many stickers they get, etc. And then, there’s these workplace “drawings” where a worker wins prizes, etc. See how Satan works, folks? He wants all the employees at my workplace to get all bent out of shape over “stickers” and “prizes”. It’s crazy, really. What are we all, in the 4th grade or something? “Here’s a sticker”. 

Well, I most recently decided to rebel by NOT wearing the “sticker patch”. And what happened? My boss tried to tell me I’d get my department in trouble if I didn’t wear the patch. So there was this “immense pressure” at work for ALL employees to wear their “sticker patch”. This also got me to thinking: “Should we be more concerned with the praises of Jesus/God or the praises of men?”

Once I started caring more about the praises of Jesus, INSTEAD of the praises of men, being forced to wear that “new sticker patch” by management no longer bothered me. Don’t get me wrong though, employee appreciation is a good thing. I just wish it was done in such a way where it didn’t feel like such a “competition” but that’s another post for a different day. 

I’ve also noticed as well that many times, my good, hard work there goes unnoticed by others (though I know THE LORD NOTICES….) and that all my mistakes (which actually aren’t very many) are blown way out of proportion and focused on ALL DAY LONG! Whereas, another coworker could make the same exact types of mistakes, and it’s laughed off like it’s nothing, etc. But again, I’m sure MANY people out there (both Christian AND non-Christian) have experienced similar things at the workplace.  

So what does that tell ya, folks? Satan’s attacking a good majority of humans at their jobs today; left, right and center and wants to make THEM feel small! Well, as true Christians, we should NEVER back down from a spiritual fight! So whatever Satan spews at us at our respective workplaces, I say BRING IT! For 1 John 4:4 proudly proclaims: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU, THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you

– [Matthew 5: 11-12]

So to draw this all to a close, what all have we learned today, folks? Satan is subtle. He comes in the most LEAST unexpected ways, oftentimes through “false empathy” and “false flattery”. People who flatter us all the time are NOT to be spiritually trusted, according to scripture! And furthermore, our self-worth must come from CHRIST HIMSELF and NOT from man/mankind! And lastly, REJOICE when you are persecuted in ANY type of way for your faith in Christ! For, as Matthew 5:11-12 states: “GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN” 😉 

I hope this has helped somebody today who’s gone through, will soon go through or IS going through the situation of “false flattery” and being betrayed by someone when you LEAST expected it! But trust in Jesus Christ, ALWAYS! No matter what, folks! For JESUS is the ANSWER and the SOLUTION to whatever problem you’re going through right now!

He is the author and creator of ALL life! The maker of the heavens and the universe! He is most certainly NOT gonna scratch his head in confusion over how to help you OVERCOME any and all situations! WITH JESUS CHRIST YOU CAN BE VICTORIOUS, IN ANY AND ALL SITUATIONS, NO MATTER WHAT! 😉 

I love each and every single one of you and hope you have a blessed evening, in the name of the Lord! And remember: Put Jesus FIRST and all other things shall follow! Put Jesus FIRST and the enemy will NEVER, EVER be able to conquer you! PRAISE JESUS! 😉 

 

Anger Solves NOTHING!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IMPORTANT: BIBLICAL PROOF THAT JEWS NEED JESUS:

There seems to be this popular false teaching floating around today which states, “The Jews don’t NEED to be saved in the name of Jesus, since their Torah-observance and/or their already being born as Jewish ALREADY makes them righteous before God!” That would imply that a person being ethnically and/or spiritually Jewish is “enough”, in God’s eyes.

But let us go back in the bible during the times of the Old Testament. Abraham had TWO sons (Ishmael — by his bondwoman Hagar and Isaac — by his wife Sarah). Many Jews of today claim they are saved by being the “physical descendants of Abraham”, ALONE! However, God’s everlasting covenant in the Old Testament was with ISAAC, not Ishmael! So what does that mean in plain English, you might ask?

It means that God’s everlasting covenant is a SPIRITUAL COVENANT, not so much a physical one! And the spiritual covenant is brought about by FAITH! Faith in what, you might ask? Faith in the one and only true Messiah! Who is the Messiah? Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty! The bible is VERY CLEAR that Salvation only comes by grace through FAITH + obedience.

 

We’re further told in Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus”

“So what does THAT mean, then?”, some may ask. It means that IN the true spiritual kingdom of God/Jesus and also IN the future Millennial Kingdom, there are absolutely NO distinctions between male and female, rich and poor, Jew nor Greek, for ALL obedient servants of Jesus Christ ARE HIS SPIRITUAL CHILDREN and are ALL considered CHILDREN OF GOD!

In fact, John 14:6 expressidly states: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.

Translation? Jesus is saying there in that passage that he’s the ONLY way to Salvation, the ONLY way for forgiveness of sins, the ONLY way to receive eternal life, and the ONLY way to ESCAPE God’s ETERNAL WRATH! In other words, outside of HIM and him alone, there IS no “Salvation!”

In a previous post, I stated that the Hebrews/Jews were God’s chosen people and that to say otherwise was “demonic”. But I should’ve EXPANDED on what I meant by that. The Hebrews were God’s chosen people back in ancient biblical times, (pre-flesh appearing Jesus), YES! BUT…..in a world that became flesh-appearing Jesus, followed later by post-human flesh-appearing Jesus, (soon to be replaced once again by the PHYSICAL/FLESH-APPEARING AND FULLY SPIRITUALLY GLORIFIED JESUS), the “chosen people” of God will then became ALL souls that had/have faith AND obedience in Jesus Christ Almighty (rather Hebrew or Gentile!) as the following passage illustrates:

Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus”.

While it’s true to say that the Hebrews were the “firstborn” or original “first-fruits” of God, it’s NEVER ok to say that “today’s Jews” don’t need Jesus Christ to be “Saved”! For ALL souls (INCLUDING “Jewish ones”) NEED Jesus Christ to be saved! ALL!

For like I stated, outside of Jesus Christ, there IS no Salvation! The VEIL to the Jewish temple was BROKEN by Jesus during his crucifixion! Meaning, the OLD COVENANT (the “Jewish Temple”) no longer applied, ONLY the NEW COVENANT (Jesus’s crucifixion, resurrection & consequent ascension back up to heaven) applied/applies! For ONLY the blood of Jesus on the cross gave a way for all present-at-the-time-of-Jesus and future mankind a way to be “eternally redeemed in God’s site!”

Many Christians out there today REFUSE to tell Jews about Jesus, thinking that the Jews are already saved by “the Torah”. But those Christians are DECEIVED and sadly DELUDING THEMSELVES! For remember that Satan’s goal is to KILL, STEAL & DESTROY! The Hebrews (back in ancient biblical times) were the Lord’s chosen people! Satan’s been trying to DESTROY THEM and/or their way of life ever since (Haman, Pharaoh, Nero, Nimrod, Hitler, antisemitism in & of itself (*especially* among many of today’s “Christians”), Palestinian Authority, etc.)

In fact, during the time of Constantine, “anti-Jewish sentiment” was at an all time high. Pro-Jesus Jews wanted nothing to do with the “Orthodox Jews” since they considered them responsible for the “execution/crucifixion” of Jesus. Romans (for the most part) ALSO wanted nothing to do with the Orthodox Jews OR “Pro-Jesus Jews” since they considered their way of life to be “foreign” and “too restrictive”.

And so just like many “politicians” do today, Constantine knew he must fully maintain these “sentiments” by law in order to maintain complete and utter control over the entire Roman Empire populace. So what better way for him to do that, than to create a religion that “did away with biblical precepts” and that had “equal rights for ALL”? Sound familiar?

When Constantine (with the help of “Catholic bishops”) CHANGED the Sabbath day from the 7th-day biblically-mandated Saturday Sabbath to Sun-day (venerable worship day of the Sun), he not only turned “Christianity” into a LIE but he ALSO proved which god he worshiped (and it was NOT the God of the bible!!!!!!!)

Sadly, one of the most devastating IMPACTS this had was on the “Jewish people” THEMSELVES (as a whole)! Instead of being spiritually seen “as one” with the “believing” Gentiles (meaning, those Gentiles that believed in AND obeyed Yeshua/Jesus Christ) like they SHOULD’VE BEEN, they were then “set apart” for what would then become their own spiritual demise! Because at THAT point in time, you then had many “Orthodox Jews” who thought that NO Jews need Jesus in order to be saved” and unfortunately, this viewpoint spread like CANCER to the non-Jewish world as well!

BEFORE Yeshua (the BIBLICAL Jesus) physically arrived on the Earth, ONLY the Hebrews were “God’s chosen people”. But DURING and AFTER the time that Yeshua (the BIBLICAL Jesus) physically arrived on Earth, ANY person (rather Hebrew or not) received the right to become “a child of God”/PART of “God’s chosen people”. Because whoever DENIES Yeshua is THE Messiah (rather Jewish or not) is essentially calling God (the same one that saved Daniel in the Lions Den, brought the Hebrews out of Egypt, appeared to Moses in a burning bush and parted the Red Sea, etc.) a LIAR! Please remember that Yeshua is the same yesterday, today and evermore! He hails from EVERLASTING! 

Jerusalem (both Earthly Jerusalem AND Heavenly Jerusalem) is God’s foothold. The bible says so. In fact, even after all this time, the physical city of Jerusalem (miraculously) still stands! However, many “Arabs” (modern-day physical and/or spiritual descendants of Ishmael) now live in Jerusalem, too! To ME, that’s very prophetic…..

In my opinion, that means that God is reigning “judgement” upon “Earthly Jerusalem” for the following two reasons: A) for becoming so “worldly” and “politically correct” and B) for the Jews having turned their back on their one and only true Messiah (which is Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty)…..

The fact that “Earthly Jerusalem” now has many Israel-hating “foreigners” living among them (and has had so for SEVERAL years now) *and* that it’s also now a “political hotbed” for the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD (in addition to all the “pro-sodomite/LGBT celebrations” in Tel Aviv/etc……….SPEAKS VOLUMES! (That’s bible prophecy right there in the making, folks!) 

Also, there’s NO more need for an “Earthly Temple” anymore, as THE VEIL TO THE JEWISH TEMPLE WAS BROKEN AT THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS! Jesus Christ himself even says in John 5:46 “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.”  

And the bible also says Jesus/Almighty God will create a NEW heavens and a NEW EARTH! In fact, the city that Almighty God will build and bring down from heaven will be called “NEW JERUSALEM”. Why is that, do you think? Because clearly, if God’s foothold on the city of Jerusalem were only physical, there would be no need for him to build a “NEW JERUSALEM”, now, would there? That’s how we know that Almighty God’s hold on Earthly Jerusalem is both physical AND spiritual……

However, ironically enough, even WITH the foreign enemy living among them, Israel is STILL prosperous! That to ME would suggest that Jesus still loves the Jews and desperately wants them to come back to Him before it’s too late and their fate is sealed for all eternity! 

Our commission in these last days is to NOT ONLY bring the gospel to non-believers and those of other religions (in general) but to SPECIFICALLY bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Jews themselves! Because remember that there is NO SALVATION outside of Jesus Christ! NONE! Over 330+ Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament were FULFILLED by Jesus Christ in the New Testament, biblically PROVING that Jesus Christ IS the Messiah!

Also: think about all the Jews out there today that do horrible, abominable things, like own porno companies or abortion clinics or movie studios, etc for instance! Or Jews that were born Jews but deny the faith of Jesus? Are they all now “Saved” JUST BECAUSE they were “born Jewish”? HA! Or perhaps you have a Jew that DOES follow the Torah to the letter (and while I personally commend that Jew/those Jews for doing so – especially in today’s world where things have become so evil), that STILL won’t “Save Them” from God’s Eternal Wrath since THE VEIL OF THE JEWISH TEMPLE WAS BROKEN at the crucifixion of Jesus!

“He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me” – Luke 10:16 [Those that hate Yeshua/Jesus HATE God Almighty since God Almighty is the one that SENT Yeshua/Jesus to Earth to be born of a virgin birth!

“Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust” – John 5:45 [Moses will directly or co-directly accuse Jews who rejected Jesus to Almighty God, since THE VEIL TO THE JEWISH TEMPLE WAS BROKEN AT THE PRECISE MOMENT OF JESUS’S DEATH ON THE CROSS!

“I and my Father are one” – John 10:30 [Yeshua/Jesus IS the Messiah!!!!!! He is God Almighty in the flesh! He and the Heavenly Father/God Almighty ARE ONE!

Not to mention that most of the Jewish genealogical records were carried away and BURNED! Why? Because it was God’s sign to mankind that the genealogical records NO LONGER APPLIED, since THE MESSIAH (Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty) HAD ALREADY ARRIVED ON EARTH! 

[However, Yeshua/Jesus’s genealogy has been preserved to a T! Why is that, do you think? Answer: His genealogy is the ONLY spiritual/physical genealogy that MATTERS!]   

So, people: IF you see, know or hear of a Jewish person, PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST & SALVATION TO THEM! The bible says that during the End Times, 144,000 Jews will be sealed in the name of God! Translation? DURING these here End Times, many Jews will come to know and realize that Jesus Christ WAS their Messiah and is the ONLY way to Salvation! In fact, many Jews today are ALREADY starting to wake up to this fact! They are known today as “Messianic Jews”.

And for those “Christians” who defied Constantine by KEEPING the biblically-mandated “Jewish precepts” of the gospel such as the BIBLICAL FEASTS and the biblically-mandated 7th day Sabbath? They became known as “Messianic Jews” or “the Lord’s people”. So no, not ALL Jews refused to recognize Jesus as their Messiah. Some were wise enough back then to realize Jesus was the Messiah. But still. Many more Jews will wisen up TODAY and realize that Jesus Christ IS the Messiah!

But folks, be forewarned: amidst world chaous, a “one-world-government-leader” will SOON emerge. He will appear to be “the answer to the world’s problems”. He might even possibly call himself “Jesus” or “Messiah”. But he will NOT be the “Jesus Christ of the bible”. He will be an IMPOSTER! He is the BIBLICAL ANTICHRIST! He will pretend to come in the name of peace and FOOL MANY! And he will eventually require ALL flesh (both young and old, rich and poor, free and bond) to take a mark on their right hand or their forehead in order to be able to buy or sell. But Almighty God warns that WHOEVER takes this “mark” will end up in the eternal LAKE OF FIRE:

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” – Revelation 14:11

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

Sadly, many “Jews” (and non-Jews, alike) will see the soon-coming one-world-government-leader (the Antichrist) AS their “Messiah” and will GLADLY take his “mark” to buy and sell, before later realizing that NOT ONLY is he not THE BIBLICAL MESSIAH but is in fact, no “Messiah” at all but came from the PITS OF HELL! However, by then, it’ll be too late for them, for ONCE they take “the mark”, their fate is SEALED for ALL ETERNITY!

In fact, Messiah Jesus warned us in Matthew 7: 13-14 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”. 

Translation? VERY FEW will make it into the gates of “heavenly Jerusalem”, someday. VERY. FEW. Yet, MANY billions of people will end up in the LAKE OF FIRE, someday. Why? Because Almighty God sent them there? Answer: No. Because these people will have ended up sending THEMSELVES there…..by REJECTING Jesus Christ as the one and only true Messiah, by ALLOWING themselves to be deceived by the one world government leader, and by ALLOWING themselves to get “THE MARK” (in order to buy or sell), the mark that Almighty God warned them in the bible NOT to get!

Therefore, in conclusion, ALL souls (INCLUDING Jewish ones) need Jesus Christ in order to be “Saved”! For apart from Jesus Christ, there IS no Eternal Salvation!

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

And for those of you Jewish people or skeptics that have any doubt about Jesus being the one and ONLY true Messiah, PLEASE PLEASE check out my page entitled “Long List of 333+ Messianic Prophecies from Old Testament FULFILLED by Jesus Christ in New Testament”. 

Thanks and have a wonderful evening! 😉 

“I pray that all Jewish AND non-Jewish souls that read this become saved in the name of Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ. May He speak to you in your dreams, may He give you visions of Him and HIS words in the bible, may He take the spiritual blinders off your eyes and SET YOU FREE from the demonic LIES of this world and may He also grant your soul a refreshening that only He himself can provide! May He bless & keep you for all eternity! Amen”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Christians Have Lost the “Culture War”, Thus Far………

As the world and society gets more sinful BY THE DAY, many Christians out there are somewhat shocked & astounded as to WHY that is so. Quite frankly, it’s DUE to a) bible prophecy of the End of Days and b) biblical-roots Christians NOT taking a true stand for their faith/the bible and just letting the LEFT walk ALL OVER THEM! In fact, I can think of 22 different cases right off the bat where Christians (as a whole) gave the personal & political response of SILENCE (as a whole), as each one of these cases only FURTHER damaged mainstream conservative Christian culture.

1). 1973 Roe Vs. Wade : Abortion (Silence).

2). Prayer being taken out of schools (Silence).

3). Rise of LGBT Agenda (Silence).

4). Rise of Islam (Silence).

5). Attack on the American flag (which was founded on Christian values/principles) – Silence.

6). Rise of Counterfeit Christianity (Silence).

7). Rise of Christians who support LGBT Rights (Silence).

8). Christian business sued by LGBT Activists (Silence).

9). Attack on Christianity by our OWN Gov’t (Silence).

10). Ecumenicalism in the Churches (Silence).

11). Pro-homosexual Agenda in the Schools (Silence).

12). “Politically Correct: No Talk of Jesus” (Silence).

13). 501-c3 Tax-Exempt Status for Churches/Wards of State (Silence).

14). Abortion promotion/Planned Parenthood Sex Ed in the Schools (Silence).

15). Coexist Movement/”Any god but Jesus” (Silence).

16). Prohibition of Prayer in Public Places (Silence).

17). Christians getting fired over “Facebook posts” about Jesus, etc. (Silence).

18). Common-Core Education in Schools/Dumbing Down Our Children Here in America (Silence).

19). The Catholic Church not disclosing their wealth/finances (Silence).

20). The Catholic Church openly worshiping Lucifer & having had created a FALSE/PAGAN CHRISTIANITY (Silence).

21). The Catholic Church worshiping idols and “saints” (which are actually DEMONS in disguise) – Silence.

22). The blatant attack on Christianity in music, movies, books, TV shows, etc. (Silence).

Though there are MANY, MANY more that I haven’t listed, those are 22 cases ALONE where Christians (as a whole) DID NOT rise up and STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN! Instead of standing up FOR their beliefs, they let the non-believers and/or those of different religions walk all over them and squash them like bugs, metaphorically and spiritually speaking. So it’s really NO WONDER that hardly anyone truly respects Christians, today.

A famous man once said (Alexander Hamilton, perhaps?) “He who stands for nothing falls for anything” and OH how true that is, in today’s world.

People are always secretly “testing” Christians. A homosexual will see if they can try to get a Christian to eventually “agree” with their gay/sodomite lifestyle OR will try to openly destroy a Christian person’s business. A person of a different religion will try to see if they can get the Christian to believe they worship the same god (think Muslims, mostly). A person that likes to party alot will try to see if they can get a Christian drunk atleast ONCE, in order to make them fall. And so on and so forth.

But the truth is, Christians aren’t truly respected (as a whole) in this country, anymore. All one has to do is browse through today’s many news headlines or turn on the TV or look at 98% of modern day movies to confirm this fact. And while a huge part of it IS due to bible prophecy, like I said, the other part of it is actually something that likely COULD’VE been helped (even if only a little bit and even if only temporarily); for if biblical-roots Christians started standing up for/had stood up for their faith in Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty and the bible and its precepts and started pushing back against all the “media onslaught” against them, things would start to change (even if only for a little while).

Lets face it. One of the ONLY reasons the homosexual movement has been so successful is DUE to the fact of all the biblical-roots Christians out there (as a whole) not standing up for their faith and making a stand. Bit by bit and little by little, in just 30 years time, we went from a highly conservative society that never even “talked” about “gay”, to now being a society where a man can kiss another man on LIVE TELEVISION, LGBT Activists get married and adopt, biblical-roots Christianity is bastardized and pro-lifers get physically attacked on a daily basis and it’s just like “oh well”. Plus I won’t even mention all the “transgender media ONSLAUGHT”, as of late.

But I guess the point I’m trying to make is that “lukewarm Christians” (as a whole) have only managed to SPEED UP bible prophecy in the making, NOT slow it down. Because honestly at THIS rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if Yeshua/Jesus Christ returns this year or next year (though the bible specifically says no man knows the day or the hour). And one thing’s for sure: we need to get our lives in order and need to get right with Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty. Because at the current rate of ACCELERATION of bible prophecy, I know personally and spiritually speaking that our time here left on Earth is short. Someday, ALL of mankind will stand before a holy, divine judgement seat of Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty, someday. Where will YOU stand on that fateful day?

What’s really, really sad to me is that all the people out there who “joke” about hell and Jesus and the bible? On the Day of Judgement, it won’t be a “joke” anymore……they will come to see their eternal reality…….and then, o then, how they will desperately cry out in fearful tears of agony and ask Jesus to please forgive them for their previous *perpetual* earthly mocking of/open rejection of him……..but by then, it’ll be too late……….their fate will be sealed for eternity……

Another sobering thing to think about is all the Christians out there that follow “Counterfeit Christianity”……the Christianity that “claims” it’s based on the bible (Catholic-roots Christianity) but actually ISN’T……..Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7: 21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”. 

So what does that mean in plain English, you might ask? It means that many modern-day “Christians” will be eternally cast out from Jesus Christ and the angels…….FOREVER. Why? Because while living on the Earth, they followed the traditions of man, instead of the traditions of God.

In the bible, Yeshua/Jesus Christ gave warning after warning after warning about how one should follow the bible/mandates/traditions of God, rather than traditions of man.

So that begs of question: what are the traditions of God and what are the traditions of man? Lets examine………

God’s tradition/mandates/commands:

  • 7th Day Sabbath (Saturday — please remember that a Jewish/biblical day begins at sunset the night before — therefore, Friday sundown to Saturday sundown is the TRUE biblical Sabbath)
  • 7 Annual Feasts outlined in Leviticus 23: Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Tabernacles, Pentecost, Day of Atonement, Feast of Trumpets (which were celebrated by ALL Christians/Jews around Jesus’s 1st time on Earth!)
  • Love thy enemies, bless those who curse you, pray for those who hate you
  • Make a disciple of all nations
  • Follow and APPLY the 10 commandments to one’s life
  • Praise God/Yeshua continuously for all he’s done for you/all of mankind
  • Praise God before every meal
  • Get full-water immersion baptized IMMEDIATELY upon first believing in Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty
  • We are saved by grace through faith (and will be judged for our works, accordingly)

Man’s tradition/mandates/commands:

  • 1st Day Sabbath (Sunday) — please keep in mind that Constantine, a HUMAN MAN — with the help of CATHOLIC BISHOPS — changed the Sabbath Day from Saturday, the 7th day, to Sunday, the 1st day of the week, and that there is NO biblical reference for this!
  • Man’s Holidays: Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s, Easter — which were not only NOT sanctioned by God/Jesus Christ in ANY type of way, but also have NO biblical reference for observance!
  • Curse thy enemies, insult those who insult you, don’t care at all about those who hate you
  • Hide behind a church’s 4 walls and GO “to church” instead of BEING “the church”
  • The 10 commandments and Old Testament NO LONGER APPLY
  • Baptism is no longer necessary OR it can be delayed for MORE THAN A YEAR!
  • We don’t need to thank God since he already knows we’re thankful
  • Fasting and/or praying before meals is no longer necessary
  • We are saved by Works, alone (Catholic leanings)

Notice the difference, there?

And again, not trying to be hateful or judgmental there…..I’m only here stating the true facts of the bible vs. today’s “religious culture” because I LOVE ya’ll and don’t want any man, woman or child in today’s “Christianity” to be deceived!

Many people want to think that Christmas is celebrating Christ’s birth but we’re never actually told ANYWHERE in the bible by Jesus to celebrate his birth, ONLY his death/resurrection/ascension to heaven. Honestly. Show me just ONE verse where Jesus tells his disciples to celebrate his birth, if you can. Just ONE. Hint: You won’t find it. While you’ll find passages detailing Jesus’s birth and of the 3 wisemen bringing him gifts, you will never see ONE verse in the bible that COMMANDS us to celebrate his birth. Don’t you think that if Jesus Christ truly wanted us to celebrate his birth AND death, that he would’ve mentioned it somewhere?

And YES……Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty being born into human form is a great, miraculous WONDERFUL thing…….and a TOTAL MIRACLE of God, in and of itself………and is cause for “celebration” in our minds and hearts. However, the bible gives NO indication that we’re meant to “formally celebrate it” by any means of a “holiday” or like thing. And not only that, but Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty is a HECK of alot more than just a helpless babe in a manger. He is the ALPHA & OMEGA, The First & The Last!

On the OTHER hand, no research shows that Jesus was born anywhere around the time of December, in and of itself. And not only that but what Christmas actually DOES celebrate is the Winter Solstice and birth of Yule/Mithras and death of Tammuz (who was later turned into a “god”of sorts).

Don’t believe me? Examine.

 

 

 

 

Envy and/or Complaining Will Destroy Your Soul!!!!!

Some people just seem to coast through life and everything seems to go their way. But for others, it’s not so easy. “Why is that?” you may ask yourself. “Why is it that so and so has it so good, while I myself do not? What is so special about THEM?” (Well, first of all, the Lord God has said that we are NOT to envy what others have).

But let me ask you something. Is the “so and so” in your life right with Jesus Christ? Do they even BELIEVE in Jesus Christ? My guess is likely no. Then again, if they DO believe in Jesus Christ and are trying to live a life that’s pleasing to him, then it’s highly possible that the Lord Jesus Christ is *rewarding* them for their efforts and that you yourself may have some sin that needs to be repented of, yet…..Either that or it’s possible that the Lord is soon “planning” to bless you in your own life but hey…..if you keep up the complaining like that, and comparing yourself to others, the Lord Jesus Christ may decide altogether to *withdrawal* your “blessings” and give them to someone else.

“But what if so and so is NOT right with Jesus Christ and keeps getting blessed in their life ten-fold, while I’m stuck here, trying to live a life that’s pleasing to God and I still have NOTHING?”, you may ask.

Well, let me tell you something. While “so and so” may have all the material wealth, friends, jobs, attention, & adoration in the world, “so and so” TRULY gots *nothing* when it comes to “spiritual wealth”. See, one of these days, this world is gonna pass away and everything in it (including all the material wealth). And then immediately afterwards, all humans that have lived on the Earth are going to be standing before Jesus Christ. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” Revelation 20:15 (New Testament, book of Revelation, chapter 20, verse 15).

So while “so and so” seems to have it all NOW, “so and so” won’t have it so good when it comes to Judgment Day, unless they repent. And same with YOU, my friends, if you don’t get rid of your envy. See, cause all those who put their faith, love and trust into JESUS CHRIST and try to live a life that is pleasing to him WILL be spared eternal punishment in the “flame that never quenches”, WILL be forgiven of ALL SINS (every single wrong thing they ever said, thought or did throughout their lifetimes), and WILL have eternal life with Jesus Christ in Paradise/the “new Earth” someday. In other words, they’ll be eternally “living it up” with Jesus Christ someday. Isaiah 65:17 states (Old Testament, book of Isaiah, chapter 65, verse 15) “Behold, I create new heavens and a new Earth, and the former shall not be remembered nor come to mind”.

So while it might not seem at times like YOU, the Christian(s), has that much in this world right NOW (as Book of James 4:4 in New Testament says that we are to live APART from the world), you WILL have everything you could ever need in the “new Earth” of Jesus Christ someday. See, while you might not realize it NOW, and while you might FEEL as if you have nothing for the moment, in REALITY, you ALREADY HAVE everything you need in Jesus Christ and you’ve already BEEN pre-determined to live in the new heaven and new Earth someday! (Provided that you stay 100% right with God/Jesus Christ, ofcourse…….)

See, when it all comes down to it, the “have it alls” are, according to God “spiritually naked”. This is evident in Revelation 3:17 (New Testament, book of Revelation chapter 3, verse 17) which states: “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”.

Have you ever seen what looked like a luscious piece of fruit at the grocery store that seemed PERFECTLY ripe and so you excitedly bought it and brought it home, not being able to wait to sink your teeth into it, only to find out that the INSIDE of the fruit was rotten, mildewy and MOLDY? So it is with those unfortunate souls who appear to “have it all” on the outside but that do not have ANYTHING on the inside, spiritually speaking.

Jesus Christ searches the hearts, the souls and the minds to see if there’s any good man, woman or child left on Earth who desires to do what is “right” in his site! He formed each of us in our mother’s womb. He knew our every thought, deed and action, even before we thought it or said it. Jesus Christ is like a “heavenly tape recorder/camcorder” that records every single thing we do in this life!

So how terrible and TERRIFYING it will be for all those folks out there who never desired to get to know Jesus and/or that CHOOSE to ignore him and/or his commands in the bible [like celebration of the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts outlined in both Old AND New Testament, the true BIBLICAL Sabbath (Saturday), the TRUE “Easter” (known as Passover), the Sermon on the Mount teachings which expanded on the 10 commandments, etc.etc.!!!!!!!

Many people out there today whom say they don’t believe aren’t even WILLING to look at evidence that Jesus Christ existed. Many say “well, if I saw some non-Christian sources that confirmed Jesus Christ, THEN I would believe”. Well Atheists & Agnostics, here’s your chance. Examine the non-Christian evidence. Be blessed.

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

And then, after you get done reading the sources and IF you STILL don’t believe, then you can always PRAY to believe! Pray “Lord Jesus, I’m not totally sure if I believe in you or not but please reveal yourself unto me” and then sit back and wait for the Lord to reveal himself onto you. Also study the COMPLEXITY of DNA and Astronomy and Physics and the laws of Physics. Chances are, if you study the complexity of DNA, Astronomy, Biology and/or Physics in GREAT DETAIL, you will have to admit that we’re not alone in the universe!

Many Atheists want to claim “science” over God but they’re forgetting one vital thing: God IS science. He CREATED science. In fact, science is how God shows HOW he made things, if you want to look at it that way. In fact, scripture itself declares that the universe LOUDLY PROCLAIMS the existence of God/the divine creator:

Psalm 19:1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork

But going back to the Christians out there who are struggling, who are going through some hard times and of whom think that the Lord Jesus Christ has forgotten about them….Remember in Hebrews 13:5, the Lord hath said: “Let your conversation be without covetousness [envy]; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee“.

Jesus Christ never said our “Christian journey” in this life would be EASY. In fact, he said it would be anything BUT. The Lord hath said in the New Testament in John15:18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before you. Not to mention in Luke9:23And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me“. He also said in Matthew 24:9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake“.

However, for those who ARE/end up being persecuted, the Lord Jesus hath also said in Matthew 24:13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved“. He continues on in Matthew 5:10-12 when he states: Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you“.

Also remember as well that Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:13-14 “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 [Jesus Christ], and FEW there be that find it”. So in other words, what that passage is saying is that VERY, VERY FEW people will make it to “heaven” (aka New Jerusalem) but that MANY, MANY PEOPLE will be sent to HELL AND/OR THE LAKE OF FIRE because of the choice(s) they made in life! While the good majority of people today REJECT Jesus and the bible, a select FEW EMBRACE Jesus and the gospel! 

Jesus himself ALSO said the following in Luke 12:32 “Fear not, LITTLE FLOCK; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. LITTLE FLOCK! Wow! Such powerful words! 

Also: Let us not forget Matthew 7: 21-23 which states, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”. 

 In other words, lots and lots of so-called “Christians” THEMSELVES will end up in HELL and/or THE LAKE OF FIRE someday because they THOUGHT they were doing what Jesus wanted when they truly were NOT doing what Jesus wanted in their lives AT ALL! OUCH! So how can WE, AS CHRISTIANS, prevent this from happening to any of US? The answer is simple: SUBMIT TO JESUS AND HIS COMMANDMENTS! 

The 10 commandments and The Sermon On The Mount Teachings in Matthew chapters 5-7 are a good start. Please remember that Jesus said in Matthew 15:18-19For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilledWhosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven”.

Psalm 90:2 proclaims: “Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God”.

So, in other words, Jesus hails FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING. HE does not change, nor do his heavenly laws change! He is a fair and consistent God! In other words, he’s not gonna tell the Jews they can’t have pork and then “allow” pork to be eaten by Christians! Just like he’s not gonna make the Jews keep the “biblical Sabbath”, then CHANGE his holy consecrated Sabbath to ANOTHER day of the week!

Just like he’s not gonna command the Jews to keep the “biblical holidays”, then allow Christians to celebrate holidays that have NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM and that actually MOCK HIM! (i.e. Isaiah 55 begins with “Ho”. WHERE does Santa Claus get his “Ho, Ho, Ho” from? Ever wonder that? And THE EASTER BUNNY? Rabbit? Sign of fertility? PLAYBOY “BUNNIES?” You get the idea).

Here are SEVERAL scriptures to prove that God’s Law DOES NOT CHANGE if you’re still not convinced on that:

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments”.

Mark 2:28 “Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath”

Isaiah 66: 22-23For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord

Matthew 15:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled”

Isaiah 14:16-19And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles”.

If you’re unsure what Jesus wants you to do or if you’re struggling to know if the current “Christian path” and “Christian ways” you’re following is the CORRECT one, just pray the following:

“Lord, after reading the Matthew 7:21-23 passage and other passage, my soul is SHAKEN UP! I’m scared! I’m in spiritual turmoil right now! I truly don’t know if I’m following the 100% correct path or not! Please SHOW ME the truth in your written word! Make it as plain and clear as day! Speak to me in visions and dreams for confirmation! SHOW ME **WHY** and BY WHOM “the church” has changed SO MUCH from the time of Jesus until now and rather or not the *modern day Christian church* is “right” or not! SHOW ME how YOU will have me to live and SHOW ME what is your 100% BIBLICAL TRUTH and what isn’t! I say this in Jesus’s name, AMEN”. 

But what about the book of Job (pronounced Yob in Hebrew, Jobe or Yobe in other cases) in the Old Testament (the time BEFORE Jesus)? Job suffered all sorts of calamities in one single day or more (including losing his cattle, his children, his land, his wealth, etc.) while the Lord God was testing his faith…..

See, the Devil (Satan) was the one doing all the terrible things to Job, thinking he could get Job to TURN on God and the Lord God was the one more or less saying to the Devil “test him all you want to, he won’t fail me, he’s one of my most faithful servants!” (And oddly enough, Job apparently wasn’t even Jewish!) Well, needless to say, Job “kept the faith” all throughout his trials & tribulations and even PRAISED the Lord God, even through the midst of all his suffering (both praising God for the good AND the bad stuff in his life), and we ourselves need to learn to do the SAME.

Remember: When you got struggles in life, it’s either because you need to repent of something OR it’s because the Lord is wisely testing and/or building your endurance and/or your faith by allowing Satan to spiritually attack you in order to test you. [Remember that Job got back twice or more what he had lost!]

Whenever you feel down and out or are struggling, just remember Job and let Job be the living example of how to keep the faith and how to live right for God, even through the “midst” of it all. And either you need to repent of something and come back to Jesus Christ OR Jesus Christ is allowing the Devil to spiritually test you in order to test you and/or strengthen your endurance or your faith.

If you’re a Christian who’s trying your very best to get right with Jesus Christ and you’re being severely persecuted, praise the Lord in the heavens! For it means that the Devil considers you (at this moment in time) an utter threat to him!

And in closing, I’d just like to say that the NUMBER ONE thing you should be doing is PRAISING HIM! Even when you don’t feel like it! Do you have a job? PRAISE HIM! Do you have a place to live? PRAISE HIM! Do you have a car right now? PRAISE HIM! Do you have clothes on your back and food in your mouth? PRAISE HIM! If you have all the bare essentials, you have NO reason to complain! But whatever it is in life that you’re not happy about, PRAY ABOUT IT, DON’T *COMPLAIN* ABOUT IT! 

May the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all and may you hunger and thirst for righteousness in the Lord’s TRUE eternal truth, always! Amen.