I know. It sounds crazy doesn't it? Yet, not everyone wants Jesus. Who wouldn't want to be free? Who wouldn't want to be delivered? Who wouldn't want to be loved and accepted in the Beloved? Apparently a lot of folks.
Scriptures showing that salvation is not unconditionally, eternally secure. We are eternally secured as we continue in the faith, abiding in Him. This often leads to one question, "What sin is it that Jesus does not forgive or that makes one become lost?"
One of the characteristics of man in the last days is that he will be high-minded. We must not seek after the wisdom of men. Our goal must be to redeem the times we are in and seek God while He may be found so that we are conformed into His image and prepared for every good work.
We know that Jesus came as the second Adam to crucify the old sin nature which man was born with as a result of the fall. However, Scripture also makes plain what exemplifies that nature and shows exactly what was crucified on the cross.
Don't think that a bunch of activity means you are close to the Lord. Oftentimes, a bunch of fervor in religious circles is a cover for those who are actually running away from Christ. They are a lot of good - but dead - works.
When God changes your heart into a reflection of His own and grants you new life in Him by His Spirit, the natural result is gratitude
What God decrees is not up for human debate or input. God is not concerned with humanistic perspectives of "fairness". He does exactly what He wants to do, for He is sovereign. Further, even His enemies can only do what He allows and likewise serve to fulfill His purposes.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army." Ezekiel 37:1-10
The Lord is bringing together again His Body for a time of refreshing and fellowship at The Army of God conference. Look forward to seeing you there!
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May 22 - 25, 2015
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Saturday, November 22, 2014
But what is a covenant and how does it differ from a contract?
How many covenants has God made with humans? How many of these apply to Christians today?
These are crucial questions for the interpretation and application of Scripture. The Bible is divided into two testaments, another word for covenants. Does this mean the Old Testament is only of historical interest to disciples of Jesus ? What about the Ten Commandments? – and the other six hundred and three given to Moses?
Some of the major differences in the Church go back to the different answers given to these questions. For example, whether baptism should be of babies or believers, whether priests, altars, vestments and incense should be used in worship, whether re-marriage is permissable after divorce and whether we should work a six day week.
By His covenants of grace, the Lord has bound Himself to us and bound us to Himself. That is the heart of Biblical revelation and Godly living.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
"And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me." Matthew 18:2-5
Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming
I hear the sound of Your Voice
All at once it’s a gentle and thundering noise oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming
I delight myself in You
Captivated by Your beauty
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
God, I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
I know the power of Your Cross
Forgiven and free forever You’ll be my God
All that You’ve done is so overwhelming
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I remember watching this episode when it first aired and laughing so hard! On The Cosby Show, Alvin was always spouting these archaic, patriarchal ideals; and Claire Huxtable had certainly set him straight (so I thought).
Yet, as I look back on this now through the eyes of Christ (vs. the eyes of flesh), there is only sadness. This is the type of insidious perversion which a lot of women have to fight tooth & nail to overcome, just to understand what it is to be a wife or even what it means to serve the Lord (because the two roles are parallels).
There is no such thing as a 50/50 marriage. Such is a fantasy. Better yet, it is a lie. People in such arrangements deceive themselves into believing that everything is 50/50. In reality, every single time, what you really have is one person controlling and manipulating the other to get their way.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
I remember a minister once saying that to "hear Jesus' voice" meant to heed the Gospel and come to salvation. While the Scriptures are certainly an example of God speaking to us, Jesus does literally have a voice (Genesis 3:8). He is alive. He speaks. He even sings (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26; Romans 15:9; Hebrews 2:12).
Tell people - even professing believers - that you hear God's voice and they are likely to think you are a looney toon. Why? Because people don't really believe. They use a reference to God as a way to validate their own desires. To such persons, anything which confirms what I want or what I think becomes the voice of God. The concept of God literally speaking is foreign - and probably frightening - to them. If it is not real for them, then they assume it is not real for you either.
Because there are many voices in this world, it is very important that we are able to recognize His voice for ourselves. Consider Saul on the road to Damascus.
"And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me." Acts 22:6-9
The text says that Saul could hear the voice of Jesus, but those with him heard not. Saul knew this was the voice of the Lord, but he was perplexed by the accusation. He was starting to realize that he may not fully know the God he sought to serve. It had to be revealed to Him that Jesus is Lord. Yet, look at the following:
"And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man." Acts 9:7
The above text says that Saul's companions did hear the voice. So, which is it? The difference lies in the word "hear". It is not just about sound perception, but the ability to understand the meaning of what is heard.