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  1. I added more information concerning this topic today, and corrected some grammatical errors; I also made some mistakes by leaving out certain cross references that needed to be added, but hopefully they are corrected.
  2. Hello Family of God, Words contained within [brackets] are used to expound on or place emphasis on certain words or phrases in particular; there may also be grammatical errors: such as punctuation, sentence fragments, and misplaced modifiers, so my apologies if you may have trouble with any content concerning contextual information given in this message. ALL CAPS within [brackets] are used to place extreme importance and special attention within the context of Bible passages to the reader. *Asterisks* are used when describing God's Nature. "He that believeth on the Son [hath everlasting life] (Grk. echei zoen aionion -- present indicative; "to experience Full Communion with the Divine Creator for all of Eternity"): and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but [THE WRATH OF GOD] abideth on him." (John 3:36) "Of how much [SORER PUNISHMENT], suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath [TRODDEN UNDER FOOT] the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?" (Hebrews 10:29) The world is full of intractable men and women who pridefully and willfully rebel against the God of Scripture, and because of their hardened hearts, they stand condemned to Eternal Fire; their stubbornness will ultimately lead to an irrevocable denial of the sinfulness of their unregenerate hearts (cf. Ps. 17:10; Isa. 6:10; Jer. 5:23; Zech. 7:12; Rom. 2:5; Eph. 4:17-19; Heb. 3:7-9; 4:5-7; Rev. 9:20; 16:9-11). There is a greater condemnation for those who have "trodden under foot" the Son of God; this phrase was taken from a gesture used to express scorn and disdain in the Near East region during ancient times: its meaning was to "lift up one's foot" (cf. Ps. 41:9; 2 Kgs. 9:33; Isa. 14:19; Mic. 7:10; Zech. 10:5). To spurn the Goodness of our Creator who brought us into existence so that we might enjoy the True meaning of life to its fullest is to treat the precious and priceless Blood of the Lamb with utter contempt; in other words, these are those who value the shed Blood of Jesus Christ as unclean, and such people will receive a greater punishment in Hell and the Lake of Fire (Matt. 23:14; cf. Heb. 9:11-14; 10:26).
  3. Hello Family of God, I will be focusing on the Absolute Sovereignty of Almighty God; how all Christians are to understand its purpose in Creation according to His unchanging Nature, and the Eternal consequences of willful rebellion and rejection against the Most High. My message will consist of: I. Resistance and willful rebellion against the Sovereignty of God. II. Absolute Faith and Trust in God is connected to understanding God's Sovereignty. III. The Sovereignty of God over the the knowledge and wisdom of conscious creatures (His Omniscience). IV. The Sovereignty of God in the midst of the suffering of His people. V. The Sovereignty of God over the forces of evil. VI. The Condemnation of Christ-rejecters. VII. The hardening of the hearts of the lost/unbelievers and the death of innocent people. VIII. Closing remarks.
  4. "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. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh." (Isaiah 66:23-24)
  5. "The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 13:38-42)
  6. Hello Family of God, My apologies for my poor Grammar and punctuation errors; my hope for the reader is for him/her to attain a deeper Understanding of God and Christ through His Words found in Holy Scripture. "Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: [And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain]. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (1 Corinthians 15:12-19) I will be focusing on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith [in] Him; the [express image] (Grk. charakter tes hupostaseos; i.e., "The Word of God sustains all things in existence" see Col. 1:17) of the Invisible God, Incarnate in human flesh (Jn. 1:14,18; 10:30; 14:9; 2 Cor. 4:4,6; Col. 1:15; 2:9; Heb. 1:3). Sadly, those who deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ will always take issue with His Deity, even though there is conclusive evidence that proves that He is. He is the "EXACT" [representation] of God; so in other words, He is EVERYTHING that the Invisible God is in bodily form, and yet He is still NOT Deity according to these doubters. This sort of nonsense is a perfect example of how Satan blinds the minds of apostates and false teachers. Jesus was the most humble man who had ever walked the Earth as God in human flesh, and He also claimed equality with God Himself (cf. Matt. 11:29; Mk. 10:45; Jn. 5:18,19; 10:30; 13:3-7; Phil. 2:5-11). "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but [a body hast thou prepared me]: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God." (Hebrews 10:5-7) The author of Hebrews takes this quote from Psalm 40:6 (LXX Septuagint) which reads, "mine ears hast thou opened": this is a Hebrew idiom for the hollowing out of the ears as integral to fashioning a human body. Ears are organs symbolic of being attentive to God's Will and His Truth's (1 Sam. 15:22); the Ultimate Sacrifice was offered unto God with the Gift of Unspeakable Value: The Precious Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ (Heb. 2:14). [Continued]
  7. I forgot to add: One might beg the question why Tyre and Sidon, or Sodom will not be excusable on Judgment Day if they were not shown the same degree of miracles that were demonstrated and performed in the sight of the unrepentant cities during the time of Jesus' earthly ministry. Scripture says that unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; anything beyond what God chooses to "reveal" to each man or women would nullify the requirement of "saving faith" (Lk. 12:48). Ignorance of the Truth is not an excuse to justify unbelief, and the greater extent of available information given to the unsaved, the greater the severity and degree of the punishment when retribution is given at the Great White Throne when the "dead" are judged according to the Righteousness of God and Christ (Matt. 10:15; 1:22,24; Mk. 6:11; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:29; Rev. 20:11-15).
  8. Hello Family of God, There will always be a debate as to whether a Genuine Believer can stop believing, or if someone who DOES NOT believe IN THEIR HEART can come to believe at some point in their life. The Bible makes it VERY CLEAR that there is Genuine Belief that can never fall away from TRUE FAITH, and a false belief or unbelief that stems from a hardened heart that will NEVER be persuaded of the Gospel Message and Salvation by Grace through TRUE FAITH. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is [CONDEMNED ALREADY], because he hath [NOT BELIEVED] in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18) The unbeliever is condemned ALREADY because he "hath not believed" (Grk. hoti me pepisteuken) in the name of the Only Begotten Son of God and His Propitiation for our sins. The Greek verb "believed" is in the [perfect tense], which denotes an action of permanency on the one performing the action; this is the irrevocable and unchanging "heart attitude" and sinful action of the unregenerate, or even as a false convert (Matt. 15:24-30; Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 5:17,22-23; 1 Jn. 2:5,16,19). It is [permanent] because this unbeliever is ALREADY CONDEMNED (before he/she actually gets sent there) to an Eternal Hell and Lake of Fire according to Jesus's own words, and the Scripture clearly teaches that Eternal Punishment is just that -- ETERNAL, and cannot be escaped once the sentence is given by God Himself and Christ. There is NO denying what the Word of God clearly teaches as shown. "But and [IF THAT EVIL SERVANT SHALL SAY IN HIS HEART], My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 24:48-51) The parable of the faithful and unfaithful servant gives an illustration of someone who "professes" Jesus as Lord, but in [HIS HEART] reveals an unbelieving attitude that will not be persuaded from that point on; the context also reveals that this servant is [EVIL], and his actions further prove this point (e.g., "he beat his fellow slaves, and he eats and drinks with the drunken"). You either TRULY believe in the Name of the Son of God and the Gospel message, or you DON'T; there is no straddling the fence on this most important issue (cf. Matt. 5:37; Jn. 5:24; 6:51; 14:21; Heb. 11:1; Rev. 21:8). "Ye are of [your FATHER the devil], and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not." (John 8:44-45) When someone is of their "father", it is implied that they have the SAME "nature" as him, and we see Jesus condemning the Pharisees as having the heart attitude of Satan (i.e., "unrepentant, liars, accusatory, etc."). It is crystal clear that Satan will NEVER repent, and even after being imprisoned in the Bottomless pit for 1,000 years, he is more angrier than ever before -- this is NOT remedial (Rev. 20:1-3;7-10). And if someone has the same nature as their Father (e.g., "the devil"), there's no chance in hell that they will ever repent, and granting them "more time" will not cause them to change their minds. The rich man in the parable of the rich man and the beggar did NOT repent, and he had the audacity to ask if Lazarus can cool off his tongue even after all the torment and neglect the rich man had toward him while alive on Earth. "Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because [THEY REPENTED NOT]: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes." (Matthew 11:20-21) "And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet [REPENTED NOT] of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:" (Revelation 9:20) "And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and [THEY REPENTED NOT] to give him glory." (Revelation 16:9) There will come a point in time where one will TRULY Believe in the Gospel Message and be saved, or PERMANENTLY reject it (i.e., "in their hearts"), and no amount of preaching can persuade them otherwise. There is the Eschatological Wrath of God poured out in the Great Tribulation, and there is the Wrath of God in Hell to those who will refuse to repent and turn to God and Christ for the Free Gift of Salvation; and in BOTH cases, these [children] of Satan (cf. Jn. 8:44-45; Col. 3:6) will NOT repent, even when God's Wrath is poured out upon them. This is why the Scriptures warn those who hear the voice of God tugging on their hearts NOT to harden their hearts, because tomorrow is not promised to anyone, and no one should lose this opportunity while there is still chance to avoid Hell and the Eternal Lake of Fire (Matt. 23:33; Jn. 1:23; Rom. 2:5; 2 Cor. 6:12; Eph. 4:18; Heb. 3:7-19; Jas. 4:14). God Bless!
  9. *Light*

    Seventy Times Seven

    "For it is impossible for those who were once [enlightened], and have [tasted of the heavenly gift], and were made [partakers of the Holy Ghost], And have [tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come], If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." (Hebrews 6:4-6) There will come a point in every person's heart where they will NEVER repent and accept the message of the Gospel, and we see an example of this in the above passage when Jesus condemned the religious hypocrites for accusing Him of working miracles on behalf of Satan. Anyone who is willing to stoop that far shows that their heart may have been hardened; we see a parallel passage in Hebrews 6-46 and 10:26, where all available information is given to where there can be no further proof to convince such people to accept the Gospel message. The Pharisees had: Been Enlightened: (Jesus's fulfillment of the Old Testament through His preaching and teaching. cf. Lk. 4:15-21; Jn. 1:9-10; 8:24) Tasted of the heavenly gift: (Jesus tasted death for every man on the Cross; but this death does NOT continue on to this day as it was accomplished at Calvary). Been Partakers of the Holy Ghost: (The ministry of Jesus through healing, casting out demons, feeding the multitudes miraculously, etc., and then accused Jesus of being possessed by Satan and demons. cf. Matt. 12:22-32). Tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come: (Seen the undeniable miracles through the power and working of the Holy Spirit. cf. Matt. 13:3-9; Jn. 6:60-66; Acts 8:9-24). Such men and women cannot be brought to a state of repentance leading to Salvation if all of the above is rejected; Jesus illustrated this point in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31), where even if someone were to be raised from the dead to warn the unrepentant of the dangers of Hell and the Eternal Lake of Fire, they will not be persuaded (v. 31). These unrepentant sinners will NOT be forgiven even in the age to come because nothing more can convince or persuade them to a state of genuine repentance, and therefore there remains NO more sacrifice for sins if rejected since only Christ can atone for the sins of the World (Matt. 11:21; 12:32; Heb. 6:6; 10:26). "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is [CONDEMNED ALREADY], because he hath [NOT BELIEVED] in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18)
  10. *Light*

    Seventy Times Seven

    Hello Family of God, "Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, [UNTIL SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN]." (Matthew 18:21-25) It was taught by the Rabbi's of Jesus's day that forgiveness was to be granted to those seeking forgiveness up to three times; this was taken out of Old Testament Scripture where God had forgiven the enemies of Israel only three times (Amos 1:3,6,9,11,13). Peter was attempting to impress our Lord Jesus Christ by taking it a step further with forgiving those who trespass against us up to seven times; but the Lord, even this was not up to God's standard of forgiveness. We must understand that God is Omniscient, and knows the hearts of every living being with a conscious (1 Sam. 16:7; 1 Kgs. 8:39; 1 Chron. 28:9; Ps. 44:21; 139:13; Prov. 21:2; Jer. 17:9-10; 20:10; Matt. 9:4; Lk. 16:15; Jn. 2:25; Acts 1:24; 15:8; 1 Cor. 4:5; Rev. 2:23). There are certain commands and instructions which come directly from the Lord Himself that no mortal creature can do in like manner: such as shaking the dust of your feet and condemning those who will not receive the Gospel upon their first rejection of it; for there is always the possibility that the Lord will draw such people to Him when the timing is right when the Gospel is ministered to the lost (cf. Isa. 55:11; Matt. 10:11-15; Jn. 6:44; 1 Cor. 3:6-8). "And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, [it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, NEITHER IN THE WORLD TO COME]." (Matthew 12:32) Does this mean that the Lord is reluctant to forgive those who know they have sinned against Him, and regardless if they beg for His mercy? Mercy and Forgiveness is granted to all who will "repent" of their sins before God, it is not granted to those who refuse to repent and continually reject the Gospel Message; for what is the point in doing so? What will this accomplish? It will only demonstrate that God is unjust for allowing sin to go unpunished, and we know that cannot be the case since God is the Most Holy and Righteous; He cannot overlook sin, so retribution must be doled out upon unrepentant sinners (cf. Prov. 28:13; Matt. 9:13; Lk. 5:32; 13:3; Acts 3:19; 17:30). God is always willing to forgive those who come to Him in Genuine Repentance and a Broken spirit, and the one who has been forgiven by God will manifest a heart of unlimited forgiveness towards those who have wronged them (Ps. 136; Matt. 6:14-15; 2 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13; Heb. 8:12; 1 Jn. 1:9)."For it is impossible for those who were once [enlightened], and have [tasted of the heavenly gift], and were made [partakers of the Holy Ghost], And have [tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come], If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." (Hebrews 6:4-6)
  11. Hello Family of God, Some JW's came to my door about 30 minutes ago and invited me to attend their meetings. We engaged in a discussion about the finished. Work of Christ on the Cross. He made an attempt to teach Salvation by works, and after refuting this false teaching with Scripture, he changed his mind, but he remain settled in his denial about the Deity of Christ. His name is Rene, and please pray for me that the Lord will grant him repentance and knowledge of the True Gospel and the True Christ. Please pray that the Devil will NOT snatch away that which is sown in his heart, and he will repent and turn to God and the True Christ for Salvation. God Bless!
  12. *Light*

    Spirit Empowered Living

    Hello Family of God, "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for [the devil sinneth FROM THE BEGINNING]. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might [DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL]. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not from God, neither he that loveth not his brother." (1 John 3:8-10) All of us will eventually come to a fork in the road which will determine our Eternal Fate (Deut. 1:26-38; Josh. 24:15; Matt. 8:21-22; 16:24; Jn. 3:18; Heb. 3:7-19; 4:1-8); we must be ensured that the path we take is the correct one, because many will travel too far in the wrong direction at some point in their life and encounter pitfalls, thorn bushes, and ravenous birds, they can't seem to extricate themselves out of, and eventually towards the edge of a cliff to their own destruction. One must be settled in their hearts and consider the consequences of both good and bad life decisions. In the life of every man or woman, there are only two paths to take: the broad way, or the narrow way; and the exclusivity of the One True Religion of Christianity cannot be compromised in the least (Isa. 35:8; Matt. 7:13-14; Lk. 13:23-25; Jn. 6:40; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Jn. 14:6; Heb. 10:26). If one feels as if they have already taken the narrow path and cannot make any distinction from whence they were before up to that point, then perhaps they are continuing down that broad and wide gateway, and it may unexpectedly slam shut (cf. Ex. 10:20; Isa. 6:10; Prov. 14:12; 16:25; Matt. 21:32; Mk. 8:17-18; Rom. 2:5; Eph. 4:18; 1 Tim. 4:1-2). If sin is dominating your life, then I would suggest that you examine your pattern of living in light of what the Scriptures teach concerning the lifestyle of the fruitful and the barren; you want to make absolutely certain that your life is Spirit-led, and not the pull of the flesh and its sinful desires. In both the parable of the vine and the branches, and the parable of the sower, there are those who produce fruit, and there are branches that dry out because there is NO life [in] them. There are the results of Christian ministry that result in some bringing forth a harvest of thirty, sixty, and even a hundredfold; we find a parallel in 1 Cor. 3:8-15 where the fruits of ones labor in ministry yields results that remain (i.e., gold, silver, precious stones), and those done in vain as a result of not tending to the crops (i.e., "wood, hay, stubble"). The lifeline of every Christian is Christ the Vine (Jn. 15:5; Phil. 4:13; 1 Jn. 2:27), and if there is no connection to the vine, then the branch will continue to remain barren and eventually "cut off" and cast into the fire to be burned (Matt. 3:12; 25:24-30,41; Rev. 20:15).
  13. "Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise. Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the LORD? let it come now. As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee. Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil. Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction." (Jeremiah 17:14-18)
  14. *Light*

    Who is Like God?

    Hello Family of God, There has been so much humanism attributed to God, and much of the Bible concerning the nature of God has been misinterpreted by scholars and theologians as a result of applying the faculties of the limited mind of man in determining the eternal mind of God; especially when God Himself "decides" to respond or react according to His Divine Nature and Immutable Attributes. We see examples of this in Scripture where God seemingly acts in a way which appears contrary to His immutability, and this often leads to man as being the arbitrator when determining why God acted in the way which He did (cf. Gen. 6:6; Ex. 32:14; Isa. 40:13-14; 55:8-9; Jer. 18:8; 26:19; Job 38:1-18; Rom. 11:33-34; Rev. 3:5). "He who [OVERCOMES] shall be clothed in white garments, and I will [NOT BLOT OUT] his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angel." (Revelation 3:5) Can the name of one who has received Salvation through the most precious shed blood of Jesus Christ actually be ERASED from the Book of Life? A lot of tension and unwarranted quarrel has resulted from the finite minds of men who just can't seem to understand that God is NOT a MAN, even though they supposedly admit to it. Does God really need to open a book to make absolutely certain that the names of His redeemed are indeed written in it? Are the names in alphabetical order? Does He also have a 50 foot eraser to blot the names out of those who somehow "lost" their Salvation? Did this somehow catch God off-guard? Did He say to Himself, "I should have saw this coming, now I will have to erase Fred's name from this 800 ft book of mine because he lost his salvation. Now where is my white out?" Do you see this as a threat? Or do you see this as a promise? Do you have any ability to maintain your Salvation apart from God? Or do you understand that it is God Himself who KEEPS your Salvation secure? (cf. Eph. 3:20-21; Phil. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:5). This isn't let go and let God, or an excuse to sin habitually; TRUE Grace from God leads to godliness and Christlike characteristics, and a reciprocal Love for Him (Jn. 10:27-28; Tit. 2:11-12; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Jn. 3:9; 4:8,19-21). NOT BLOT OUT (Grk. ou me exaleipso) is in the future tense, and it is in the active voice; moreover, this places double emphasis on God Himself in NO WAY ever removing the name of the individual who has been written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the Foundation of the World; it is God ALONE who declares the END from the BEGINNING, and He accomplishes all that He pleases, and no one can tell Him that He has done injustice on The Earth (Matt. 6:8; 10:30; Acts 2:23; 4:27-28; Isa. 42:9; 44:7; 46:8-10; 57:15; Jer. 23:24; Ps. 115:3; 139:4; 2 Tim. 2:19; Rev. 13:8; 17:8; 21:6). "And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life [FREELY]. He that [OVERCOMETH] shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:6-8) God promises NOT to BLOT OUT the names of all who OVERCOME the world and its system of evil, and He promises that this is FREE to those who receive it by His Grace given to them by God Himself. Eternal Life is given FREELY by Grace through Faith, and it is the Spirit of God who guarantees Victory to all who are in Christ; these are the redeemed who Overcome the World, and Scripture is replete with references to all Genuine Believers as Victorious in Christ (Rom. 8:37; 2 Cor. 2:14; 1 Jn. 2:13; 5:4-5; Rev. 2:7,11,17; 2:26; 3:5,12,21). The verb tenses in the Greek regarding those that "believe" show that this faith is "ongoing" as a result of the new birth, and even death itself cannot separate the faithful from God (cf. Jn. 10:11-18; Rom. 5:5-11; 8:35-39; 1 Cor. 13:13; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 3:17-19; 1 Tim. 1:14). "In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for [THOU SHALT DIE, AND NOT LIVE]. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, [I WILL ADD UNTO THY DAYS FIFTEEN YEARS]." (Isaiah 38:1-5) How does God communicate to Hezekiah that he would live for 15 more years when Hezekiah was told that he would soon die through the mouth of a prophet? God obviously knew hat Hezekiah would plead with Him to extend his life, and yet God told him that he would soon die! What is going on here? What's going on here is God communicating on a level where the finite mind of man can understand God's ultimate counsel and decree which was ALREADY set in motion from Eternity past; and even such revelation given through the mouth of a "man" named Isaiah was not fully understood by Hezekiah at the time it was given. In Closing: "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8) "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6) We've all heard this proverb before, but do we truly understand what it is attempting to convey to us? Is God required to give us an "explanation" as to why such and such a thing occurred the way it did in our lives? The paths in the lives of His children are indeed led by the Spirit of God, and it is not always understood why the wind blows in the direction that it does; it cannot be fully understood, nor can it be controlled by us, but we can see its effects, and the works of the Spirit are also clearly evident and undeniable in the lives of those who Truly belong to God and have been born-again. We are to acknowledge that His ways are perfect, even if we feel tempted to question, why? For the simple reason that He knows our hearts better than we know our own hearts, and He has set in motion the plans that He has determined beforehand (cf. Prov. 16:9; Rom. 8:28; Eph. 1:4-5; 2:10; Phil. 1:6; 4:19). "And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." (1 John 3:19-24) God Bless!
  15. *Light*

    A remnant

    Hello Family of God, My heart grieves over the lost who are deceived and led astray by the cares of this world, its riches, enticements, and earthly pleasures which result in spiritual decay and ruin. Worldliness (e.g., "gambling, bars, nightclubs, wealth, sensuality, physical attractiveness, lusts, etc.,") has crept into the hearts of many "professing" Christians and are now leading them down the broad way towards ultimate destruction and eternal condemnation in the Devil's world which will one day pass away along with all its lusts (cf. Matt. 7:13-14; 24:37-39; Lk. 12:15-20; 15:13; Eph. 2:3; Col. 4:14; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; 2 Tim. 4:9-10; 1 Jn. 2:15-17). If you're struggling with carnal desires and worldly appetites and cannot seem to overcome them, then you may want to ask yourself if you have truly been born-again. There will be MANY who attend their local church and listen to the preaching of their Pastor's sermons each Sunday who will be rejected by the Lord Himself at the day of Judgment; this is why every one professing to be [in] Christ is commanded to "examine" themselves (Matt. 7:21-23; 2 Cor. 13:5; 2 Pet. 1:10-11). In the life of every Christian, there should be: Repentance from all sins. An increasing hatred towards sin. An increasing Faith and Trust in the Lord. An increasing sorrow and remorse over your sins when committed. An increasing hatred for carnal and worldly things. An increasing desire toward holiness and godliness (i.e., "to hunger and thirst after righteousness"). An increasing desire to please the Lord out of Love for Him. An increasing desire to serve others before yourself. An increasing desire to be fed from the Word of God. A desire to fellowship with other True Christians. Spiritually maturing in Christ and the Christian fruits (e.g., "Love, Joy, Peace, Self-Control, etc."). Loving God and Jesus Christ above all else (including self, and willing to die for Him if necessary).

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