Sunday, January 14, 2018

Being Diligent And Living A Productive Life

Being diligent is the opposite of being lazy.  Why is it important to be diligent rather than lazy?  The reason is because God has only given us one life and we should do all with can with that one life to glorify God.  God actually created man to work.  Even before sin entered into the world God told Adam to keep and dress the garden in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 2:15: And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 
God wants people to be productive with their life and work because it is for their own happiness and wellbeing.  People who work are happier than people who are lazy.  It makes you feel good to produce and accomplish something with your life.  Even in heaven we will be working by serving our Lord and Savior.
Revelation 22:3: And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him. 
So we get to serve the Lord even when we get to heaven.

Ways to be diligent and productive:

1. Strive to be productive every single day:  That means to not be fiddling time away on things that don't even matter, like playing video games for instance.

2. Have goals for your life:  For instance, what you would like to accomplish five years from now.  If you spent a few hours a day every day for five years playing video games that would add up to a lot of hours, and what would you have at the end of five years, absolutely nothing. On the other hand, if you spent that time instead practicing a musical instrument you would have a very good talent that you could use to glorify God.  The purpose is not so that you can say "look at me how great I am", that would be pride.  But the purpose is to say, "look what God has done through  me."  Everyone should want to accomplish something with their life.  That is the way God created us. If you aim at nothing, that is what you will hit every time.

3. Be diligent with your bible reading: Develop a routine of doing it every day at the same time. The bible says the Christian life is a life of striving to win the prize, and we need to be filled with the Word to run the race.
I Corinthians 9:24: Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
Philippians 3:14: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Acts 17:11: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

4. To be diligent you must not let difficulties stop you: This is called perseverance.  It means to never give up.  You just keep on striving no matter how hard it is.  I know a person who is an excellent example of someone who was diligent.  She dedicated 2 1/2 years of her life to intense studying and work going through nursing school because she had a goal of becoming a nurse.  Sure it was tough, but she kept on going until she finished.  Many people drop out of nursing school because they say it is just too hard, but a diligent person keeps on going no matter how hard it is.  Determine to finish what you start; with God's help you can do it.  It also takes patience.
Romans 2:7: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality.

5.  Do your very best at everything you do:
Ecclesiastes 9:10: Whatsover thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.  What that means is during your one life here on earth is the only time you have to do any work for God's glory; after you die you will not be able to.  So make good use of your life and do everything you do with all your might.

Christains are  also commanded to diligently keep God's commandments.
Deuteronomy 6:17: Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.

Also if we keep God's commandments he will give us good success in everything we do.  God doesn't make failures, he only makes successes.
Deuteronomy 11:13: And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
14: That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

Joshua 22:5: But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. 

Psalm 119:4: Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

The bible also says that in all labor there is reward.
Proverbs 14:23: In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
I Corinthians 3:8: Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
Deuteronomy 11:22: For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD yours God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him:
23: Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.

So the most important thing we can do is to diligently keep God's commandments and live every day to be the most productive and useful that we can so that when we come to the end of our life we can say what the apostle Paul said.
II Timothy 4:6: For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
8: Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appearing.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Why Seventh Day Adventists Are Not Christians

This is a bible lesson on the subject of why Seventh Day Adventist is a false religion and a cult.  Many people think they are just Christians that go to church on Saturday, but actually that is the least problem there is with them.  They do not agree with any of the most important doctrines in the bible about salvation.  They have many strange doctrines and false teachings. They may sound like Christians in the terms they use like salvation or being born again, but their terms do not mean the same thing that is actually biblical truth.  I looked up their beliefs on their very own website called and will go over some of them below.

1.  They don't believe in hell.  If you don't believe in hell what are you being saved from.. You cannot be a Christian if you don't believe in hell. When Jesus died on the cross it was to take our punishment for us so we wouldn't have to pay ourselves and go to hell forever.  The bible clearly states that when someone dies they go immediately to heaven to be with Christ, or they go to hell for all eternity.  What the adventists teach is that death is an unconscious state for all people, saved or unsaved.  They say that people will be actually nowhere and will be nothingness until the second resurrection when Jesus comes to judge, then the righteous go to heaven and the unsaved will get burned up with fire and be gone and cease to exist, which is called annihilation. But that is not true because the bible says the wicked will be tormented day and night in an everlasting fire, which means for ever and ever.  That is the motivation for winning souls, because we don't want people to go to an eternal fiery hell.  Matthew 25:41: Then shall he say unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.  Another verse also is Matthew 18:8: Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be case into everlasting fire.

Revelation 14:10: The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11: 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 this name.
That is not getting burned up and being gone, it is much worse, it is being on fire forever. I'm definitely so glad that I'm not going there, and it is all because of what Jesus did for me. That is why Jesus suffered and gave his life for me, to keep me out of hell.  There is nothing that horrible about being burned up and being gone as there is about being in an everlasting fire forever.

There is also the story of the rich man and Lazarus and how the rich man went straight to hell and Lazarus went straight to heaven.  Some people think the story of the rich man and Lazarus is a parable, but it is not a parable because parables do not give any names of actual people.  They just say a certain man, etc., but in the rich man and Lazarus story God actually said the name of Lazarus, so it is not a parable, it is a true story. To read the entire account of this read Luke 16:19-31. There is definitely a man named Lazarus in heaven right now, while the rich man is still in torment right now and will be forever.  Hell is horrible and lasts forever; what a chilling thought, but that is what the bible says.

Also the bible is clear that saved people go to be with the Lord the moment they die.  Corinthians 5:8: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  

When I die I will be going directly to heaven to be with Jesus.  Phillipians 1:21: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 
23: For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better.

John 11:25: Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
26: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this. When a saved person dies they will go to be with Jesus forever.

2.  One of the adventists beliefs is called "Experience of salvation": This is what the adventists say, "When we accept God's grace and salvation, the Holy Spirit reveals our need for Jesus and recreates us. The Spirit builds our faith and helps us leave our broken lives behind."  In another place they say, "we are given the power to live a holy life".
Notice how it says nothing of receiving the gift of eternal life. To them salvation is just being given a heart to live a holy life, no mention at all of John 3:16 or Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. So when they talk about salvation it is not the same thing we believe about salvation.  It is a false teaching. Jesus didn't die to make us live better lives; it was to keep us out of hell.

In another section of their beliefs it goes on to say "Continually committed to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are set free from the burden of our past deeds."  Also they say, "Salvation transforms how we see our world. We no longer fear our pasts or future, but embrace a present full of hope, love, passion and praise as the Spirit lives in us.  In actuality, when we are committed to Christ he will make us fishers of men to keep people out of hell.  Everything they say about salvation or living for Christ is only pertaining to this life here on earth only.  In truth, though, salvation is eternal life and to live for Christ means to live for things of eternal value.
Colossians 3:1: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  So you see then that their definition of salvation is totally different from our definition of salvation from the bible.

3.  They have the strange doctrine of washing one another's feet.  It is an ordinance that they do in their church.  When Jesus washed his disciples feet in the bible, he did it to show us an example, to be like him and serve others and to have humility. He didn't do it to be an ordinance in the church for people to actually wash each others feet.  Back in Jesus's day people wore sandals and walked for miles in them so their feet really needed washing, but today people wear shoes, etc., so this washing of feet is just a showing off of how spiritual they think they are.  It is ridiculous.

4. They follow the teachings of a woman named Ellen G. White and they actually put her writings on the same level as the bible, which is horribly wicked.  This is what they say about Ellen. G. White. "Her writings speak with prophetic authority and provide comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction to the church.  No writing of a human being should be put on par with the bible.  The KJV bible ONLY is the authority in our life and church, not any writings by a person.  The bible says that Jesus is the head of the church, not some false prophet's writings. All false cults start with a false prophet like Ellen G. Smith.  Christian science was started by Mary Baker Eddy, Mormons by Joseph Smith.  So flee from any religion that teaches a human being's writings are on par with the bible or even above the bible.  The KJV bible is our only authority as the word of God, nothing else.

The Seventh Day Adventists are a huge church in America, with tens of millions of followers, but it is a satanic religion that preaches a false gospel and is damning souls to hell.  We have to be on the alert for false religions and be on guard, so we don't get sucked into their false teachings.  Remember just because someone says, "I'm saved, I believe in Jesus", that doesn't mean they are saved. If they believe in a false gospel they will end up in hell unless they get truly saved before it is eternally too late.

Galatians 1:8: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have received, let him be accursed.
9: As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 

We need to be strong in the Lord and continually in his Word so we won't fall for the devil's tactics or false religions or false prophets.

Ephesians 6:10: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

God Makes A Difference

There are things that God clearly makes a difference between in the bible and the most important one is that he puts a difference between his children and the unsaved people in the world. In the old testament God's people were the nation of Israel and the Egyptians were the children of the world.
Exodus 11:7: But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. That is why in the new testament it says we are to come out from among them and not touch the unclean thing.
II Corinthians 6:16: And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17; Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 
18: And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

So we are God's people just like the children of Israel were.  God commands us to be separate from sinners and to not touch the unclean thing and when we do he will be very close to us as our father and take care of us because we are separated from the world and separated unto him.  I can remember back when I was young, like in my 20's and I was a new Christian, I was so different than the members of my earthly family, like my mom and dad and sister. I had to come out from among them and not participate in their worldly lifestyle anymore like I used to when I was unsaved, but God was so near and dear to me then and helped me to take a stand for him.  He was very close to me and I could really feel his presence of being my Father when I came out from among them just like II Corinthians 6:17-18 says. Whenever we take a stand for God he will always comfort us and bless us exceedingly, and I can testify that God will help us and lead us all along the way in our walk with him as a loving heavenly father.  Being a child of God is the most wonderful thing there could ever be. The bible even says that God can do exceedingly great things for us.
Ephesians 3:19: And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20: Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

So God wants us to ask for great things from him. He wants us to pray for big things because he is a great and powerful God who can do great things.
Psalm 81:10: I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Remember that God led the children of Israel out of Egypt with great miracles and divided the Red Sea. That is the same God that we serve today. God is still great and powerful.

Here are some other verses in the old testament that tell us to put a difference between clean and unclean things.
Leviticus 10:10: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean: 
Leviticus 11:47: To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.
Leviticus: 20:25: Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.

Ezekiel 44:23: And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Be Steadfast

What does it mean to be steadfast? The definition of steadfast is faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, constant, steady, and unwavering, being fixed and unchanging, and that is exactly what God wants us to be in our faith and walk with him.  He wants us to steadfastly serve him always, and to not swerve from it or get off course, but to just keep going in the right direction and continuing in it.

The bible commands us to be steadfast.
I Corinthians 15:57: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

One area we need to be steadfast is in our beliefs. Once you decide in your heart and understand the great doctrines in the bible like salvation by faith alone and not of works, that it is a free gift, don't ever waver from that conviction, just nail it down and don't ever rethink and wonder about it.  Just settle it in your heart and don't ever question it again.  You know that is what the bible says. Just stand on the word of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 
9: not of works, lest any man should boast. 
There are many false prophets and deceivers in the world who will try to sway you away from the fundamental doctrines in the bible and try to mess with your mind, but if you are grounded and settled in your beliefs, they won't be able to deceive you because you know the truth. That is why it is so important to be steadfast and unmovable in your faith.
Ephesians 4:14: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. If you hear a preacher say you have to do something or anything else besides only trust Christ to be saved, you know that is a false teacher and you shouldn't listen to him, because you are grounded and steadfast in the great fundamentals of the faith.

Another belief to be grounded and steadfast in is the doctrine of eternal security, meaning you can never lose your salvation.
John 27: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29: My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
Therefore if you hear a preacher say you can lose your salvation if you don't live right or that you have to persevere to the end, meaning staying on the straight and narrow way to the end, that preacher is a false teacher and you shouldn't listen to him.
There are many false teachers in the world who we are to avoid and not listen to.
II Peter 2:1:But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  
Heresy means a false teaching that is contrary to the true doctrines in the bible.

In Matthew chapter 7 Jesus warns us about false prophets.
Matthew 7:15: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 
16: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 
17: Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18: A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19: Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
These false prophets may look like such nice people and may be real smooth talkers while trying to convince you, but Jesus says inwardly they are terrible wolves trying to lead you astray from the truth, so if you are grounded and settled in the truth you won't be deceived by them. To know them by their fruits is not the fruit of the spirit, but the fruit of their lives and ministries, what they are producing, such as are they winning souls for Jesus and being used of God to build a ministry that is keeping souls out of hell by preaching the true gospel, etc. This is talking about true ministers of the gospel versus false prophets.

Furthermore, the bible says we are to be steadfast in resisting the devil.
I Peter 5:8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, and settle you.

Ephesians 6:10: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

So far we know we are to be steadfast in our beliefs, steadfast in avoiding false teachers, and steadfast in resisting the devil, but also we are to be steadfast in our labor that we do for the Lord. As already mentioned above in I Corinthians it says this.
I Corinthians 15:58:Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
So it means we should do an abundant amount of labor for our wonderful Lord Jesus, who saved us by his grace, even knowing that he is going to reward us for it and that our labor will bring forth great results for the furtherance of God's kingdom.

One last thought to sum up this lesson are the following verses about being grounded and settled in the faith.
Colossians 1:23: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Colossians 2:7: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Be strong in the faith and God will use you in a mighty way for his glory to bear much fruit for him.
I Corinthians 16: Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Poetry About Jesus And Salvation

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Being Delivered

God delivers his children when they are in any kind of trouble, rescuing them out of it.  Anyone who is a disciple of Jesus will face trouble and will be persecuted.
II Corinthians 4:8: We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9: Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

II Timothy 3:11: Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the LORD delivered me.
12: Yea, and all that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecutions.

So we who serve Jesus will most definitely suffer persecutions and afflictions, but the good news is that God will deliver us out of them all.
Psalms 34:19: Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
20: He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

God also delivers us from temptations, which we all have because of our sinful flesh.
II Peter 2:9: The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
Matthew 6:13: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever. Amen.

The bible also says that God will save us and protect us from all our enemies.  Anyone who is following Jesus will have enemies, just like Jesus had enemies and people who hated him.
II Kings 17:39: But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.
Luke 1:74: That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear.

In the old testament there are some examples of people who were delivered by God. Daniel in the lions den is one example.
Daniel 6:16: 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.
17: 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.
18: 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.
19: Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
20: 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"
21: Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22: 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.
23: 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 God.

So God delivered Daniel in the lions den and shut the lions mouth because he trusted in God and obeyed God when he continued praying to God in front of his open window when there was a decree written that he was not allowed to do so. It is always important to obey God first before any other law.
Daniel 6:27: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.

Another example is that of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were cast into the fiery furnace for obeying God instead of man when they would not bow down to the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar made.
Daniel 3:10: 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:
11: And whoso falleth now down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
12: There are certain Jews whom thou has 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 gold image which thou hast set up.
13: Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then thy brought these men before the king.

Daniel 3:23: And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down boung into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24: 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.
25: 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.
So these three men were cast in the fiery furnace and Jesus actually went in there with them and delivered them from being hurt by the fire.

Sometimes a Christian may be in a very bad environment and around much wickedness and people with vile behavior, for instance a godly person in a public school where there are all kinds of queers and reprobates that hate God and even teachers who blaspheme the holy name of Jesus and God. People who are righteous and godly feel vexed, or troubled, in their spirit around such ungodliness, but if they trust in God, God will deliver them and give them a way to escape it.
II Peter 2:7: And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.
Galations 1:4: Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.

So remember to always keep serving the Lord and living for him and he will deliver you from every evil work all the days of your life.
II Timothy 4:18: And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Poetry About Jesus And Salvation

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

What Kind Of People Does God Use?

What kind of people does God use? From a human point of view, people would think it would be people with a lot of talent or people who are super intelligent, have great leadership skills, or people who are well educated and have many college degrees, or people who are popular and well liked by everyone in the world.  But the truth is, that is not the kind of people God uses at all. God would rather use people who are weak in themselves to do mighty things for him so that he gets all the glory.  It is when people know that they can't do it, but God can.  You see, when we are weak, God works through us so that whatever is done is done all to the glory of God. 
I Corinthians 1:27: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.  
People who are weak have to rely on God's power to do anything for him.  They know that without Christ they can do nothing.
John 15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  This means that the only way our lives can be fruitful and be useful to God is if we are abiding in Jesus, and the only way to be abiding in Jesus is by reading his word, meditating on it, and praying. Even Jesus said he could do nothing without abiding in the Father.
John 5:19: Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.  

The bible says that we cannot serve God with our own human ability, but that we need God's ability to serve him effectively.  I Peter 4:11: If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
When we are serving God through the ability that God alone gives us, then God gets all the praise and glory for it because without him it could not even be possible.  Along the same line is that our sufficiency comes only from God; without him we can do nothing.
II Corinthians 3:5: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

The bible says that the apostle Paul, who was a mighty and Holy Spirit filled man of God, was given a thorn in the flesh, meaning some physical weakness or problem with his body, in order to keep him humble and relying on God.  The passage is in II Corinthians chapter 12:
II Corinthians 12:7: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8: For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10: Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Notice how it says when we are weak is when we are strong. You see God uses weak people to be used of him so he can get all the glory.  By our own self we can do nothing for God, but through the power of Jesus the bible says we can do all things.
Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
In fact, the bible even says through Jesus we can do the same works that he did and even greater works than he did. That is hard to believe, but that is what the bible says. 
John 14:12: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  Jesus is in heaven with God the Father, but we are still here on earth and we have God's word to tell us how to be fruitful and used of God. Also, the bible says that with God all things are possible.
Mark 10:27: And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Being close to Jesus is the only way for God to use you to do mighty works for him, and the way to be close to him is by meditating on the word of God.  Peter and John were Jesus' disciples and apostles that were greatly used of God, and the bible says it was because they had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13: Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 
You see Peter and John did not have college degrees or anything like that, but they were greatly used of God, because that is the kind of people God uses.  They were bold witnesses for Jesus, not because of being super intelligent or having a lot of education, but because they had been with Jesus.  They were filled with the Holy Spirit and God used them to get many souls saved.  That is the most important thing you could ever do with your life, to be used of God to keep souls out of hell.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Lamb's Book Of Life

There is a hymn that I love that goes like this, "There's a new name written down in glory and it's mine oh yes it is mine." But actually our name has always been written in the book of life, but the moment we got saved it was sealed in there for good and can never be blotted out because we have been given eternal life and eternal means forever. What a great and marvelous thing to have your name written down in the Lamb's book of life , the forever and ever.  Revelation 3:5: He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. In Revelation chapter 21 which is talking about heaven, it says in Revelation 21:27: And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.  Jesus even tells us to rejoice because our names are written in heaven. Luke 10:19: Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20: Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Since the bible teaches that every single person at one time had their name written in the book of life, that proves that God wants everyone to be saved, and that Jesus did die for every person.
The bible even says in 2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 
Many people have gotten saved right before they die.  For example the thief on the cross who looked to Jesus for salvation right before he died.  Luke 23:42: And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43: And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.  I know someone who got saved just a few days before dying from cancer.

God is patient and longsuffering, but there comes a time when it is too late to get saved. We know for a certainty that if someone dies without Christ it is definitely too late, but also it is too late for some people even before they die.  When the time comes that it is too late for someone to get saved, that is when their name is blotted out of the book of life.

There are people who have crossed a line and their name is blotted out of the book of life and they can never be saved.  For example if a person has heard the gospel many, many times and has been under conviction of the Holy Ghost of their need to accept Christ and believe on him and yet keep rejecting him and saying no and have hardened their heart, the bible says that God's spirit shall not always strive with man, Genesis 6:3: And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man.. . That is why it says in Hebrews 6:4: 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, 
5: And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come 
6: 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.  This passage is not talking about people losing their salvation because the bible is very clear that we cannot ever lose our salvation, but this is talking about people who were so close to getting saved that they actually tasted of the word of God, but then rejected the Lord for the last and final time and then God has hardened their heart and they can never be saved, it says it is impossible.  

Also, John chapter 12 talks about God hardening some people's hearts. John 12:37: But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 
38: That the saying of Esais the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
39: Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
40: He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
This is again an instance where people saw the miracles that Jesus did and still did not believe in him, so God hardened their hearts and now it is impossible for them to believe.

John 3:16: 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. So this makes it plain that whoever believes in him will be saved, but once people cross a line and have hardened their heart they CANNOT believe, so therefore they cannot be saved and it is too late for them.  Their name is blotted out of the book of life even before their their physical death.

One of the signs that a person has hardened their heart against God so that they can never be saved are sodomites (homosexuals).  The bible says in Romans chapter one that God gave up on them and has rejected them, and so their name is definitely blotted out of the book of life.

Romans 1:26: For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

Another reason for someone having their name blotted out of the book of life is someone who tampers with God's Word, like taking parts out or adding things to it.
Revelation 22:18: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

God's word is perfect and complete the way he wrote it, and God doesn't take it lightly when people change it.  God only wrote one book, and so corrupting God's Word is a very serious thing, and whoever does so will not ever have a chance to get saved as it says in Rev. 22:19: God shall take away his part out of the book of life.  Most all the corrupt bible versions completely take out entire verses and then totally change other verses. So people who do the corrupting and perverting of God's Word can never be saved; they have lost their chance; it's too late.

Another reason for a person to have their name blotted out of the book of life is someone who perverts the gospel.  In Galations chapter one it says the following:
Galations 1:6: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9: As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
If they are accursed that means they are condemned and damned to hell forever because they have perverted the gospel.
Ways the gospel can be perverted include the following:
1.  Adding repenting of your sins to the gospel.
2.  Adding works to the gospel. Some people will say you have to believe in Christ and do this or do that, live a good life, etc.  The gospel is only by free grace by the shed blood of Christ, plus nothing or minus nothing.  It's faith alone period.
3.  Saying you can lose your salvation (which is in essence saying that God is a liar since he said he would give us eternal life and eternal means forever.

Another reason that someone may have their name blotted out of the book of life is for blaspheming the Holy Ghost.
Mark 3:29: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. 
Luke 12:10: And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgivien.  
Mark 3:28: Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
29: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.
30: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

So blaspheming the Holy Ghost is when people see the great works of the Lord through the Holy Spirit and then call it an unclear spirit.  In another place in the bible when Jesus was doing miracles and casting out devils from people, the Pharisees accused  him of being the prince of the devils, which is also blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 9:33: And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.
34: But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
Matthew 12:24: But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
Notice how it says all sins and blasphemies that people blaspheme shall be forgiven; it is only the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost that shall not be forgiven.  So if someone blasphemes the Holy Ghost, God says he is done, his name is blotted out of the book of life right then and there.

Once someone believes on Christ for salvation, their name will be in the Lamb's Book of Life forever and can never be blotted out because salvation is eternal.  That is why Jesus said to rejoice that your name is written down in heaven.  Luke 10:20: Notwithingstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Revelation 3:5: He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.  Praise the Lord, my name is written in the Lamb's book of life and can never be crossed out.

So what should we do to reach people with the gospel.  We should give the gospel to as many people as we can while there is still hope for them to get saved, either before they harden their heart against God and the gospel or before they die and go out into eternity unprepared and lost forever.

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