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Strongholds: What’s YOURS?

I’ve most recently come across a most powerful Christian sermon about strongholds.

“Ah”, I thought. “I know what a stronghold is……it’s this dire need to hold onto something……some sin or ‘indulgence’ that a Christian person refuses to give up in their lives”.

Well, that’s only PART of the definition……A stronghold is defined as “a place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack”. However, there can be GOOD strongholds or BAD strongholds, depending. Therefore, which one do YOU have?

castle STRONGHOLD

Let us examine. Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. Translation? Nobody’s perfect. Which means we ALL have our “strongholds” in our lives……those things/sin(s)/people which we’re refusing to give up. And most of the time, we don’t even REALIZE it’s a “stronghold” to begin with!

Examples?

  • A love of food or certain kinds of food (especially when it gets to the point of obsession)
  • A relationship that doesn’t honor Yeshua/Jesus (e.g., premarital sex, abuse, one person’s not a believer in Jesus, etc.)
  • A love of money or material things
  • An obsession with sports, music, entertainment, social media, celeb gossip
  • A holding on to hurt, resentment, anger and pain
  • An obsession with a person, place or thing
  • A REFUSAL to lay all your hopes, fears, dreams, resentment, anger, pain, and hate at Jesus’s feet (spiritually speaking)
  • A REFUSAL to acknowledge there’s any sort of “problem” in our lives
  • A REFUSAL to seek help for any and all “problems” in our lives
  • A love of drugs or alcohol
  • A love of lust and/or partying
  • A REFUSAL to do the Lord’s will
  • A REFUSAL to seek reconciliation with someone we’ve wronged or who has wronged US
  • A REFUSAL to trust or believe in God/Jesus Christ and/or a REFUSAL to believe in HIS holy words in the bible
  • The need for everyone’s approval
  • ETC.

And when it comes to GOOD STRONGHOLDS, there is ONLY ONE good stronghold I can think of and that is 100% TRUST IN ALMIGHTY YESHUA/JESUS CHRIST, THE NAME ABOVE ALL OTHER NAMES!

Ofcourse, THAT type of faith is hard to come by. It doesn’t come easy and it sure as HECK doesn’t come overnight. It’s a PROCESS, people. It is a LEARNED faith, bit by bit and little by little.

Do you think Abraham [in the Old Testament] was BORN with the type of faith he had? Granted, there IS such a thing as predestiny, I believe, BUT…….Abraham likely didn’t, for theoretical example, yell up at the sky at 2 years old: “yes Lord, I’ll leave for the promised land TOMORROW!” Obviously, Abraham had to be shaped and molded INTO that faith, INTO that “righteous stronghold” of the Almighty God!

For EVEN Abraham himself apparently had some “unrighteous strongholds”, as we read in Genesis 12 that when there was a famine in the land, Abraham had “unrighteous doubt”/”fear” in his heart when he came near to the land of Egypt with his wife Sarai. Why? Because his wife Sarai was “stunningly beautiful” and Abraham feared that once the Egyptians saw how beautiful Sarai was, that they’d kill him to get to HER. So Abraham told Sarai to tell the Egyptians that she was his “sister”!

And sure enough, as it turned out, the Egyptians were overly generous to Abraham on the count of Sarai. HOWEVER, when the Lord plagued Pharaoh’s household and servants because of Sarai, that’s when Pharaoh realized that he had been “duped” by Abraham and told Abraham to take his wife Sarai and immediately depart Egypt!

This is just ONE example of when an Old Testament prophet displayed an “unrighteous stronghold”. Another example is Moses. When the Lord God told Moses to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, he was sore afraid. He made all sorts of “excuses”:

“And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee” – Exodus 4:1

“And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue” – Exodus 4:10

 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send” – Exodus 4:13

Think how YOU would feel if you were needing someone to do something and they kept protesting and making excuses! Pretty irritated, right? So it was with God when Moses kept making excuses (poor Moses, though! That must have been a very hard thing for him to do – face Pharaoh and the people with his implied *speech impediment*! But still……) 

Moses’s excuses/justifications and Abraham’s lack of faith when it came to traveling with his “stunningly beautiful” wife can serve as a message to us ALL. What type of “strongholds” do YOU have (if any) and how do YOU deal with them?

Not sure if this will help anyone out here but here it goes. These are the types of “strongholds” that I myself have been silently suffering from in 2015, not even fully realizing that they WERE “strongholds”, to begin with…..UNTIL the Lord opened up my eyes:

  • Food (specifically, certain types of food in the middle of the day that I would “think” about buying the next day, then would buy in bulk the next day, and even then, that STILL wasn’t good enough. I would browse online menus from several different places, trying to decide what food I should buy each time. My cabinets and my refrigerator also became full of food oftentimes, and half the time, a part of the stuff would even go uneaten, until I was forced to throw them out. CRAZY, huh?)
  • I seemed to have left my “first love” (spiritually), Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ [Revelation 2:4]
  • I had somewhat acted out in anger towards certain things at work without stopping to think rationally first about the situation(s)
  • I kept trying to tell myself in the back of my mind that that I didn’t really need to read the bible anymore, since I “already knew what’s in there”, while advising others to read theirs all the time (OUCH!)
  • I REFUSED to do all the things the Lord told me to do/say in the year 2015, making excuses
  • I struggled (and still struggle, somewhat) to keep my apartment clean (& organized)
  • I seemed to have a “why me?” attitude many times
  • I was seemingly overcome with fear and partial lack of faith (as in, I seemed to be struggling with the constant thought that maybe I wasn’t doing enough for God’s Kingdom, maybe the Lord wouldn’t consider me righteous enough to enter into the gates someday, etc.)
  • I obsessed over this guy at work that I couldn’t have (Never dated the guy or anything, just obsessed over him, mostly)
  • ETC.

Now, the POINT I wanted to make is that those “admissions” (to ourselves, to God and to others) are very, very personal and hard to make. But ONCE we make them, we’re one step closer to knocking down those castle walls of “unrighteous strongholds”.

But how do I develop a RIGHTEOUS STRONGHOLD?“, one might ask. Well, first we have to have FAITH. How do we develop faith? The bible says in Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. Translation? Faith comes by hearing the written Word of God in the bible.

“But what about people that read the bible and STILL don’t believe?”, some might ask. My question: why NOT believe? For it takes FAR more faith to believe everything came from nothing than to believe that everything came from something (an Almighty Creator), don’t you think?

[For if you’re right and I’m wrong, I’ve lost nothing. But if I AM right, and YOU’RE wrong, you will have lost EVERYTHING, including your OWN SOUL! Is that an eternal chance you’d be willing to take, folks? I pray not!]

There’s many passages in the bible I like to read when I feel as though my faith is “weak” and they are the following:

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word” – Matthew 28: 5-8

HE IS RISEN!

And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day” – Matthew 28: 12-15

[[[[THE “JEWISH COUNCIL” PAYED THE ROMAN SOLDIERS ***LARGE SUMS OF MONEY*** TO LIE AND SAY THAT JESUS’S DISCIPLES STOLE HIS BODY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT! However, that brings up several questions:

  1. How did they roll away the heavy stone without anyone noticing?
  2. Where is the body? All they’d have to do is find a body and no problem.
  3. Why would Jesus’s disciples knowingly offer themselves up for torchure and execution/death for something they knew was a lie? Obviously, Jesus’s disciples believed the angel of the Lord with all their hearts, souls and might and that he was resurrected! Cause nobody on the Earth that I know of would be willing to be torchured and die for a LIE, right?
  4. If Jesus didn’t truly resurrect, he would’ve been exposed as a fraud and “Christianity”/”Messianic Judaism” would’ve completely died within a day or two. But BECAUSE he resurrected and there were SEVERAL eyewitnesses to the fact (Christian AND non-Christian alike), Jesus’s resurrection has been proven as anything BUT a lie!]]]]

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” – Jeremiah 32:27

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” – Mathew 19:26

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” – Mark 11: 22-24

“Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour” – Matthew 15:28

GOD PARTING THE RED SEA:

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians. 

And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore” – [Exodus 14: 21-30 in Old Testament]

THE LIONS DEN:

Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? 

Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his GodAnd the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den. 

Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian” – [Daniel 6: 16-28 in Old Testament] 

THE FIERY FURNACE:

Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up’. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. 

Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said,Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.” [Daniel 3: 8-30 in the Old Testament] 

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” – John 16:33

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And that’s just a very small “sliver” of verses I am personally encouraged by. There’s SO many more, but for the sake of time and space, I must limit it to those few. But hopefully you will start to recognize and get rid of any unrighteous strongholds in your life. And as evidenced up above, even I myself (of all people) am not immune from having unrighteous strongholds from time to time.

Romans 3:23 expressedly states that we’re all sinners, who’ve fallen short of the glory of God! But when Almighty Yeshua/Jesus died on the cross for us, he died on the cross so that WE can be forgiven of our sins. But we have to ASK for that forgiveness and REPENT of sins in order to fully RECEIVE that forgiveness, folks! Jesus doesn’t extend his forgiveness to people who don’t want it. In other words, Jesus doesn’t FORCE salvation upon ANYONE…….he only graciously gives salvation to those who TRULY seek it. 

But in fact, imagine lava flowing down from a volcano. Imagine how HOT it is……visually focus on the mental imagery of the “lake of fire” pouring down out of the volcano. And then imagine being thrown alive into such a place……FOR ETERNITY! THAT is what Jesus died on the cross to protect us from, folks! (God’s Eternal Judgement). Who in their right mind, after knowing the FULL realities of hell and/or lake of fire would want to go there? Honestly? It boggles the mind, folks! 

On the other hand, read Revelation in the New Testament, chapters 21 and 22 to get a FULL PICTURE of what living in “God’s Paradise” is like. Who in their right mind, after reading that BEAUTIFULLY, HEAVENLY description wouldn’t want to go there? It boggles the mind, folks! It boggles the mind! And never ceases to amaze me! 

I oftentimes pray for my family, my coworkers and all my blog readers. But it’s very rare that I ask others to pray for ME. I guess it’s a pride thing. It’s hard for me to ask for help and to ADMIT to Almighty God and to others what my “unrighteous strongholds” are. But now that I HAVE admitted them to Yeshua/Jesus AND to you, please pray for me, folks! Please pray in the name of the Lord that I will be able to overcome the unrighteous strongholds that tried to take me down in 2015 and are still attempting to grab ahold of my spiritual ankle (sort’ve speak) in 2016! I need your prayers!

Thanks so much for reading and again, may Almighty Yeshua/Jesus bless you ALL in these last days! 😉 

 

 

 

 

REPENT….Or Suffer the ETERNAL Consequences…

Not ONE of us is perfect……not ONE…..this is apparent in Romans 3:23 in the New Testament (New Testament, book of Romans, chapter 3, verse 23) which clearly states:For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

Which means that none of us are perfect and we all make mistakes from time to time and do things in our lives that are displeasing to God/Jesus Christ (rather intentionally or unintentionally). It’s how we DEAL with those shortcomings/mistakes/sins that determine our eternal fate and where we are with God/Jesus Christ.

First of all, we must remember that Jesus Christ IS God in the flesh and that he is SO pure and SO holy, that no sin can enter the FUTURE New Heavenly city, called “New Jerusalem”. Not one. Jesus Christ was crucified for mankind to be forgiven of their sins. 3 days later, he rose from the dead [Google “Shroud of Turin”] and 40 days later, he ascended back up to God the heavenly Father in heaven to be on his right hand side. (There are SEVERAL eyewitness accounts to his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, specifically ancient historical non-Christian ones that can be read at the following):

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

So now that I’ve given you non-Christian sources which back up the fact that Jesus Christ WAS in fact God in the flesh, you can also be self-assured that Jesus Christ is also the judge of all mankind. One of these days, Jesus Christ will return to the Earth on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and he’s going to judge every single man, woman, and child that’s ever lived on the Earth and all those unfortunate souls that either chose NOT to believe in him and/or NOT to live a life that’s pleasing to him will be eternally punished by Jesus Christ in the lake of fire.

But those who tried to live lives that were PLEASING to God/Jesus Christ by praying for forgiveness of sins, repenting/giving up their sins, following the commandments of Jesus Christ in the bible (the 10 commandments and the Sermon on the Mount teachings in Matthew chapters 5-7, as well as the rest of his New Testament teachings), getting baptized in his name immediately upon believing in Him, and spreading the gospel to others and having faith in and TRUSTING Jesus Christ will inherit the gift of *everlasting life*. Everlasting life simply means *eternal life with Jesus Christ in Paradise/New Jerusalem*.

Just think for one moment. Think of the happiest moment of your life. Multiply that one single moment times 77 trillion infinity and that’s just a small “taste” of what eternal Paradise/New Jerusalem with Jesus Christ would be like.

Now imagine your WORST moment in life. Multiply that awful moment by 99 trillion infinity, while at the same time, roasting in an eternal flame and that’s just a small “taste” of what eternal punishment/condemnation would be like.

But the Gospel (Yiddish is it? for “Good News”) says it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t HAVE to go to hell and/or eternal condemnation in the lake of fire. For it is honestly not God’s will for ANYONE to go to hell and/or eternal condemnation. That is WHY he sent his holy Son, Jesus Christ, to be tried and crucified for forgiveness of mankind’s sins.

However, in order to receive the FREE GIFT of salvation/forgiveness of sins, there’s several things one must do before this can be done.

One must:

1) believe in Jesus Christ (or PRAY to believe if one doesn’t already believe in him).

2) acknowledge one’s sins TO Jesus Christ and then pray for forgiveness of one’s sins

3) accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord & Savior

4) REPENT of their sins (meaning, give them up and stop doing them)

5) get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ IMMEDIATELY upon believing in him — it can be in a swimming pool, a river, a bathtub full of water — doesn’t matter and no PRIEST is required for it, as it’s just between Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ and the believer (Note: there are 7+ bible passages that COMMAND baptism for the ceremonial spiritual cleansing/washing away of sins)

6) try to live a life that’s pleasing to Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ by obeying the 10 commandments and Jesus’s New Testament teachings on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5-7 and throughout the rest of the New Testament, etc.

7) spread the gospel to others. For the bible says in Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”

And once we become “spiritually reborn again” by faith and through baptism (the ceremonial cleansing of and washing away of sins) and know what to do and what is pleasing in Jesus Christ’s site and what is NOT pleasing in Jesus Christ’s site, it’s our job to CONSTANTLY do a “sin check prayer” and pray “Lord, if there’s anything holding me back from you, some sin I’m not aware of, please reveal it to me”…..

And once the Lord reveals what we need to repent of, REPENT of that thing/person **IMMEDIATELY**! Don’t wait 2 hours or 2 days. Heck, don’t even wait 2 SECONDS! Because ya never know when your life’s gonna be required of you. You could easily drop dead of a massive/instantaneous heart attack before finishing this sentence (even if you’re under 30 years old or younger and in perfectly good health!)

In other words, we never know when or HOW (the manner) in which we are going to die. Death comes to us all. It’s how we live our life for Jesus Christ (or NOT for Jesus Christ) that determines where we will go for ALL ETERNITY.

Remember that near-death experiences PROVES that there’s an afterlife. Also remember that in the “fire that never quenches/eternal condemnation”, there is NO. WAY. OUT. FOREVER.

Jesus Christ gave his very LIFE for us on the cross, so that WE could have a chance to live with him for eternity in Paradise someday and so that WE could be forgiven for all our sins and be made to appear blemish-less in front of the heavenly Father! There is no greater love than that, people! But again, we must fully ACCEPT the free gift of everlasting life and salvation/forgiveness of sins before it can be granted to us. And we must accept it with a PURE & OPEN mind, heart, body and spirit! Which means we can’t just automatically SAY to ourselves “oh…..yeah…..forgiveness of sins……sounds cool to ME, man” and then turn around and live our lives the way WE want to live them…….We must ACKNOWLEDGE in Jesus Christ’s site that we are sinners and that without Jesus Christ, there can BE no salvation for our souls.

Please! I beg of you! If there’s something in your life that needs to be repented of, repent of it IMMEDIATELY!

And if you’re a person that doesn’t yet believe in Jesus Christ or the importance of the bible, then I beg you from the depths of my soul to PLEASE PRAY TO BELIEVE as soon as possible! Your eternal fate, your very own SOUL could depend on it!

It’s a matter between spiritual life and death! And since we NEVER know how or the MANNER in which we are going to die, it’s ever more important to get right with Almighty God/Jesus Christ, A.S.A.P!

The world is in crazy chaous today. Ya never know when the next big natural disaster is gonna strike. You never know when your last hour of life’s gonna be.

Time is of the essence.

Get 100% right with Almighty Yeshua/Jesus Christ and do so, TODAY! Your very soul depends on it. Amen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remember that Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-18 “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy the prophets but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and Earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Go out and preach the gospel (the “good news”) to others. Remember that Jesus Christ commanded us in Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”

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

And once again, Matthew 5:17-18 states: “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy the prophets but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and Earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled”. 

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

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

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