Are You Following?

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James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

None of us know how long we have to live on earth but we do know it is but for a little time.

Jesus makes it very clear we are to follow him. John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: If any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

How do we do this? We can’t physically get up and follow Jesus. So what can we do?  The answer can be found easily in Acts 17: 11 We read Paul and Silas travel to Berea and went into the synagogue of the Jews.  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things are so. 

How do we follow Jesus?

  • with all readiness
    • readiness: Quickness; promptness; promptitude; facility; freedom from hinderance or obstruction; as readiness of speech; readiness of thought; readiness of mind in suggesting an answer; readiness of reply.
  • search the scriptures daily

This doesn’t mean when you feel like it, when it might fit into your schedule, or only on holidays. This means 100% all of the time with eagerness, enthusiasm and availability.

Are you following him?

Luke 9:23 and he said to them all, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

1 Peter 2:21 For even here unto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.

Did you just read that…. 1 Peter 2:21?  Jesus suffered for us, each and everyone of us so we could follow him and have hope.

For we (Romans 8:24, 25) are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see NOT, then do we with patience wait for it.

Are you following him?

1 Peter 1:19-25

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Are you following him?

 

 

 

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Is Satan Real?

Seven Old Testament books and nineteen New Testament books refer to the existence of Satan.

Upon reading Ezekiel 28:13-19 (paraphrased) all precious stones were prepared the day you were created. You were perfect in your creation until iniquity was found in you. (God’s heart was lifted up because of his beauty) However, you corrupted wisdom by reason of your brightness. You have defiled my sanctuaries by multitudes of iniquities. I (God) will bring fire and devour you so you shall be never more.

In other words, God was proud of who he created. But pride, envy and jealousy got in this creation. Lucifer (Satan) becomes so self-absorbed that he wanted and still wants to be God. He wants all of God’s honor, glory and praise.

We read in Isaiah 14:12-17 (paraphrased) How have you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning.

Lucifer states:

  • I will ascend into heaven
  • I will exalt my throne above the stars of God
  • I will sit upon the mount of the congregation
  • I will ascend above the heights of the cloud
  • I will be like the most High!

We read in Ezekiel 28:14 Lucifer was the anointed cherub.

In Exodus 25:20 the cherubims stretched forth their wings on high, covering the mercy-seat.

In other words, this was a very important position.

Definitions:

Iniquity: grossly unfair behavior. (Evil, wickedness, wrong doings)

Annoited: chosen (blessed)

In the beginning, we know Satan decides to test his powers of wickedness and deceitfulness on Eve.

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field the Lord God had made.

Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman (Eve), Ye shall not surely die.

Eve was being tested. God had already told both Adam and Eve the law of the garden.

Satan is still alive and working in our lives today – we read in Ephesians 2:2 according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.

How do I know Satan is the power of the air? Because we read in John 12:30-32 Jesus answered and said, this voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

In other words, the prince of the air and the prince of this world is Satan.  This is why as Christians were are in a constant spiritual battle.

Upon reading II Corinthians 4:3-6 the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of those who do not believe.

Remember – Satan is beautiful, subtle and very deceitful. He wants to have all glory and power. He wants to be God. He will do anything to get you NOT to believe.

We read in Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

In Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Remember – Satan is the prince of the air and this world but by putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) Satan can not hurt us.  And lastly, remember, those who believe are on the winning side.

1 John 4:4 Put your name in place of ye and you, he-God and he-devil.

Ye (Brenda) are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he (God) that is in you (Brenda) than he(Satan) is in the world.

May you continue to search the living word of God to find your answers. 🙂

Why Church?

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Why is it important to go to church?  Why is it important to find a good bible preaching church?

Church by definition is: a collective body of believers who profess and worship the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling ourselves together

forsaking: abandon someone or something; renounce or give up something valued

assembling: connecting together, group who have gathered together

Notice the first word of Hebrews 10:25  NOT

In other words, don’t give up on gathering together and not connecting together with a group of believers.

Hebrews 10:25 As the matter of some is; but exhorting another and so much the mores, as ye see the day approaching.

As Christians, who follow Jesus Christ, we should love what Jesus did and he loved those who worshiped and professed their believe in him.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and be admired in all them that believe.

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they may also be one in us: that the world may believe thou hast sent me.

As Christians, we are in a constant spiritual battle with the flesh. Ephesians 2:2-5

What better way to fight the flesh, then to congregate with other believers and grow in the word of God.

We are told in Eph 6:11,13- Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 13- Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Going to a church, where the pastor preaches the word of God from the bible, will help us grow and keep the armour on and available to us. It so important to find a church where you are reading from the bible. If you don’t take your bible to church and read it together, how will you ever know if the pastor is reading the bible or ??? Why would you rely 100% on someone other than God to teach you his words?

As you read this, you may be thinking: I study, I pray and I am growing as a Christian without attending church. This maybe so, but, we know in Matthew 18:20: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 

Why church?

  • not forsaking
  • love what Jesus loves
  • equips us with the armour of God
  • above all else – he is in the midst of them!

 

Why NOT church?

 

Roses are Red…..

Love Scripts

 

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Somebody loves you

I will give you a clue…. John 3:16

For God so LOVED the world he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

  • we are told to serve him with all our hearts Deut. 11-13, Joshua 22:5, 1Sam 12:20,24
  • we are told to love him with all our hearts Matt 22:37, Mark 12:30, 33, Luke 10:27
  • we are to give an understanding heart 1 Kings 3:9,12
  • we ask for our hearts to be soft Job 23:16
  • with our hearts we are to trust him Psalm 27:3
  • we are to hide his words in our heart Psalm 119:11
  • we are to sing for joy in our hearts Isaiah 65:14
  • we are told let not our hearts be troubled John 14:1, 27
  • we know that Christ dwell in our heart by faith Eph 3:17
  • we are told to purify our hearts James 4:8

What would the world be like if we all used our hearts the way God intended?