August 16, 2014

How to receive Joy and get it back

So, the Bible says that Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22  Without the Spirit involved a person can't experience the joy of the Spirit. This isn't something that is restricted to only a certain amount of people so that no one else can get a taste of it though. It's of the Spirit, so it's not dependent on a certain thing to "happen". It's not "happiness" because happiness depends on what "happens". Joy has more substance than that. It's a fruit of the Spirit. When a person believes on Jesus, and repents from sin, they can also taste the joy of the Spirit. Because when they believed in Christ He identified them as His own by giving them the Holy Spirit. So, when a person has the Spirit they can taste the joy of being saved. The joy in having their sins wiped clean and made new. The joy of knowing that trials or tribulations aren't the end but forever in Heaven is. A beautiful and glorious place..

August 9, 2014

What is legalism?

In scripture, there are two different types of righteousness. There is faith righteousness, and works righteousness. Both of those are about salvation. but only one of them is not perverted. Works righteousness "for salvation" is the perverted one. It is perverted because no man can be justified in God's eyes through works, and this post goes through why that is. Through faith in Jesus Christ is how one is saved. Through faith in Christ, through Jesus's blood and resurrection, is how one is justified from their sin..

Romans 3:22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

That includes your mom, your dad, or someone on the news who has brutally murdered fifteen little children. God's grace is God's grace and He doesn't change just because "you" may not think they deserve it. News flash, if you do think that, you don't deserve it either and neither do i, it's grace. God's love, grace, and mercy is not confounded by the wisdom, knowledge, or perception of man. So, why don't we just let God be God and extend grace to whoever He sees worthy, shall we?..Let's get back to this post..

August 6, 2014

Judge others as you would have them judge you

John 7:24 "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."

 So, contrary to the "judge not lest you be judged" that gets thrown around out of context, believers are actually commanded to judge. They are also commanded to not judge based on appearance as well. So how can we judge righteously, effectively, powerfully, gentle, in love, and still be faithful to obey God?..

 Well, first lets talk about how to do it in love..

July 27, 2014

Weak in Faith?

Psalm 37:11 ESV 

But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.

A person who is meek is submissive, like a child. Simply saying "Yes", in their heart, to the commands of God and walking in that. Those who walk in obedience will have abundant peace..

If you get told "your faith is weak" because you obey a command that another person may not, then don't believe it. How can your faith be weak when you are obeying God's word? That's not being "weak in faith", that's being "meek". And His word says they shall delight in abundant peace. So don't be trippin over one comment. Just know truth, pray for them, and continue to walk by the spirit. Romans 8

3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Also notice what it says in verse "7". Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God; nor indeed can be.

So flip that. To be "Spiritually minded" is to be subject to the law of God. To walk by the Spirit is to walk by God's law. Understand what i just said. To "walk by the Spirit" is to walk according to God's law. It's not about "feelings" or having "feelings" and "nudges" that are "walking by the Spirit". Feelings and nudges can be fine but that's not the foundation of what walking by the Spirit is.

God's word says to "put on".. compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,.. Colossians 3:12 If they ain't doing it with you then they need to "put it on". It's also a heart thing. It's not just the "outside". So don't focus more on that than the heart.. Pray for them..

And above all of this don't insult them,the people who may say you are "weak in faith", or use God's word as a machete. God's word is means of correction and you are going to correct someone, rebuke, or lead them more to Christ, then do it in a way that you would have it done to you. If that means taking time and reflecting how "you" would want it to be brought, then do it...

June 11, 2014

Cleansing Yourself From Dishonorable Acts

2 Timothy 2:21 

Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable,

 he will be a vessel for honorable use,
set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use,

If anyone wants to be sanctified they must surrender and be willing to say no to the things that must go in order to be sanctified. Or in other words, set apart from the world and set apart for God's use in your life..

The True Purpose Of Why Jesus Came

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17

God didn't need Jesus to condemn someone. The laws of sin and death already do that. Jesus was sent by God to set them free. So that they can be redeemed and set free from the law that condemns them without Christ..

He's not the enemy. He can act as an enemy towards someone who loves their sin instead of Him and wont repent. But even then He desires them to be saved. His word says so.

1 Timothy 2:4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

Repent, forsake and confess sin, believe, and give God some thanks...

Psalm 103:8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness. 

Psalm 103:8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, patient, and abundantly rich in gracious love.

May 22, 2014

Hebrews 12:11

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

So those who have been trained by God's discipline have a harvest of righteousness and peace. That's an amazing harvest to have one day. Let God have His way with you through this discipline and know that sanctification isn't without a cost..

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Crucify each thing that you are being disciplined for. Have it be. dead. to you. Working toward a goal of no longer you but Christ in you. Then pray, after you have crucified it, that you would be made into His Son's image..

Being Disciplined by God

Hebrews 12:11

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

The moment when a person is disciplined and feel down is the time to pray. Not going to the computer to avoid it. Not turning on the television or grabbing your iphone. Stay before Him and get transformed/sanctified..

 2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 

Whatever you do make sure you don't run away, Don't grab your ipad to avoid being disciplined. If you do don't be surprised when it comes around again. Circles tend to be made. If the work doesn't get done don't be surprised when it comes around again.

So stay still and ask God to do a work in you. Making you more into His Son's image...
 2 Corinthians 4:17 

For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 

As big as our problems may seem, we are always bound to find someone whose problems are bigger. In some small way it is comforting to know our troubles won't last long in comparison to eternity. Yet, the glory we gain for our troubles is much greater and lasts forever. Be consoled in knowing your hardships make Christ's suffering for you even more personal, He knows what you are walking through. When your troubles get too big, look beyond this life and remember "all things shall work together for good for those that love God" Romans 8:28 and " He will complete the good work that He began in you" Phil 1:6 

So trust God, have faith, and believe God's word. Giving thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ... 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thanking Him for salvation, the hope of a finished work and for being able to have the confidence that all things work together for good when you love God, by obeying His commandments..

(Some of this was copied from an app called daily bible devotion. I changed it after the "and" before remember).

Matthew 10:32

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 

Show Proper Respect

1 Peter 2:17
Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

So don't dishonor President Obama. Even when he does make bad choices and has led this country wrong. Two wrongs don't make a right. Don't make any excuse to try and justify it either. If you're being convicted then repent..

Forsake and confess sin and you will receive mercy. Those who try and conceal their sins will not prosper. Proverbs 28:13

So "forsake" the dishonoring of President Obama and confess it to God if you are guilty.

Forsake evil and do good. Seek peace and "work" to maintain it. Psalm 34:14 Peace between God and man. Peace between God and you. Forsake and confess sin and then maintain that peace with God by not doing it again..

James 5:19-20

James 5:19-20

19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Has anyone ever thought that these multitude of sins that would be covered would be for the person that brought them back?.. I used to..

Turns out it's not and the multitude of sins that would be covered would be to the person who came back..

The River of God

So what do rivers do? They cleanse....

Here's one analogy of how this river works.

Some people take off their clothes before going into the water. How a person enters into this river is like that. The person must take off their old garment, which was in sin, and go as you are. So that you can be cleansed and sanctified. Sanctified meaning set apart from the world...

The clothes that are to be taken off are located in Colossians 3:1-11...

May 21, 2014

Different Kinds of Repentance

There are two different types of repentance. There is a version that Judas had and it was being sorry that he took money to betray Jesus. This type of sorry isn't the true repentance that can lead to salvation. Notice that he didn't turn to Jesus but ran away...

Matthew 27:1-5

27 Very early in the morning the leading priests and the elders of the people met again to lay plans for putting Jesus to death. 2 Then they bound him, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.

3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man.”

“What do we care?” they retorted. “That’s your problem.”

5 Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself.

Notice that Judas didn't go to Jesus in repentance. He went and hanged himself.

So yes being sorry is important but it is more than that. It's going to Jesus. Believing in your heart that Jesus is God's Son and died on the cross for your sins! It's not just saying sorry but it's a going to Jesus to make Him the Lord and Savior of your life and heart. Repenting from your sin meaning going the opposite. Seeking Christ...

The Laws of Sin and Death

So what this post is going to be about is the laws of sin and death. Here is the scripture to get this started...

Colossians 2:14

14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

There isn't a lot of talk at the pulpit with regard to these laws. Some people mix Colossians 2:14 into something that it doesn't say. Some people say that some of Old Testament commandments have been nailed to the cross. But how can the laws that are "holy, righteous, and good" be nailed to the cross? Romans 7:12. All of God's commandments can't be nailed to the cross because it's still bad to lie, it's still bad to steal, murder, and covet. God's commandments are for our best if we were to obey them. Certainly what came from God's own heart, for our best interest, hasn't been nailed to the cross and them alone don't stand against anyone condemning them. So what are the laws that stand condemning an unbeliever?...

The Soul of the Lost and Saved

The soul of the lost and saved is going to be talking about what happens with a person who is unsaved and doesn't have the spirit of God dwelling in them to guide them and give advice. Not only that but also going to mention what influences their choices. If you are saved then don't be discouraged because it talks more about being a saved person than a lost person. So click read more and discover some hidden truth...

May 18, 2014

Coming Back To God

"I need to get my life back on track with God. I know I've been in a mess..."

The Bible says if you confess your sins that He is faithful and just to forgive them and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

The power is found in the blood of Jesus at the cross. Jesus Christ was..pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

A person's peace can be found in Him. The peace that a person's soul longs for without knowing it comes through Jesus Christ. When you have peace between God and your heart, without guilt and shame getting in the way, your soul can begin to enjoy His presence. His mercy, His unfailing love, and His grace..

March 22, 2014

Obeying And Following Truth Over Denominational Teachings

You know what may break God's heart? A person who clings to their denominational teachings when they have knowledge of God's word saying things that are contrary to them...

God's word is always better than any and all fluffed up deception. Deception, no matter how fluffy, can not and will not withstand the fire. Truth is and always will be victorious. Truth is what sets people free. If someone is reading this and this is tugging on your heart then drop what you are doing and repent. That is "forsake" the false teachings that you have accepted over God's word and believe true truth..

John 14:23

Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them..

February 28, 2014

Remember that a person is blessed by persevering under trials. Being on your knees is not a weakness. Nor should you feel "hopeless". God's word says "being confident in this that He who began a good work in you will carry it unto completion at the day of Christ Jesus". If you need someone to talk to, or just have someone to listen, then leave a comment. Give me your email and let me get into contact with you...

Psalm 37:18-19, 39-40

18 The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
and their heritage will remain forever;
19 they are not put to shame in evil times;
in the days of famine they have abundance.

Is this a promise for the end times? "in the days of famine they have abundance"...

Blessed are they who are blameless?... Trust in the Lord and fret not about what is to come. Remain blameless through Christ and let the joy of your salvation lift your head...

39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
There's a time for encouragement and inspiration. There's also a time to strap up your boots and learn some truth. Don't fall in love with encouragement and or inspirational feelings or else the man of a flattery tongue may come by and swoop you away...

Proverbs 4:6
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.

2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

February 22, 2014

Stay strong in your faith, and your first love, so that you don't deliberately sin. Never forget the first hello. The "amazing grace". The "i was lost but now i am found". The joy of salvation is to be yours. When you obey you can have peace of mind and heart from the guilt and shame. It's not like you don't know what that guilt and shame feels like. When you obey it has no place...

Love sets people free and sometimes gives people the power to branch out. As the Bible says, neither death nor life nor prince nor demons shall separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. That love is the unity for not only God and Jesus but should be the oneness that connects the rest of us.. It's a beautiful symphony... Love is the conductor and Joy, mercy, and grace are the singers...

January 5, 2014

Is Your Heart Thirsty?...

Why are so many people thirsty for other peoples bodies? It's not like what they're seeking for is actually going to quench it but their flesh seeks it. Why is that? Why does the flesh seek after something so much but it can never satisfy? Because the flesh can never truly satisfy. The person is trying to fill a desire of their spirit, which is life. If you continue to try and satisfy that desire by means of the flesh it won't be fulfilled. God made you and He knows what to plant in you so that you come to Him...

December 17, 2013

Being Hidden In Christ

Make the steps that are needed in order for you to know that your life is hidden in Christ...

Being hidden in Christ, to me, means that you don't have to have the spotlight or even the praise when you're the person who actually did something that got praised for. God is generous and loving. It's hard to not take His grace for granted though. Especially when forgiveness is so easy to receive because Jesus paid it all...

So will you make time available to read God's word?

Will you make time available to praise Him in song?

Will you open yourself up and become vulnerable before God?...

That last one is hard to do sometimes. What helps me is knowing that God is for us as believers. His work is done in love. Yes even the discipline....
Don't refuse the gift of salvation and the blood of Jesus. Salvation gives life and the assurance that one day all of the pain and tears shall be wiped away. You shall be given a new mind and the blood is what purges your conscious from the deeds that you were ashamed of. When you have both you are what they say blessed.....

Revelation 21:4
4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

Hebrews 9:14
14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

December 13, 2013

Putting To Death The Deeds Of The Flesh

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

9 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

If verse 9, or 10, talks about a situation that you are involved in the only way to be cleansed is through Jesus. But you must repent. You must confess what you did wrong as sin and forsake it. Then as the Bible says you will receive mercy. It is a combination of the two. One who is sorry but does not forsake the sin is not truly sorrowful. According to this one verse in Proverbs 28 it doesn't look like they will receive mercy from God....

December 8, 2013

"God, why did i wait so long to repent? I finally see that you are true and what the people at the church sing about! I see but so much time has past. Will you ever be able to use me?..."

Each soul is precious to God. Sometimes there are moments where we can be used to do good by God. Sometimes a person is able to be saved on their death bed. But sometimes people continue to put things off and never, ever, get to see what God truly is about, which is very very sad. When you push Christ and salvation off you are hurting yourself. Life is so fragile...

November 18, 2013

Walking By The Spirit

So went to church yesterday. He talked about worshiping in Spirit and in Truth. He didn't get into enough depth though. He talked about Jesus and the Samaritan at the well. That they worship in one place but the Jews worship at Jerusalem, John 4.  Talked about how it's not a place but a state of lifestyle.  The things that he mentioned were overall true but there was more meat on that topic.

He only mentioned the word commandments once in his whole service.  Even when he mentioned it he didn't elaborate about them but went different with it.

So while it is true that worshiping is not to be in a specific place but a lifestyle.  God is SEEKING for people who worship in spirit and in truth.  John 4:23-24, 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

 So how can your life be one that is worshiping in Spirit and in Truth?...