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No Thirst In The Desert When Led By God Almighty

Do you feel led into wilderness by God? Are you afraid of obeying God because of the desert ahead of you? I have good news for you; the Lord who made the dry places knows how to bring out water from them. This article is to encourage you to walk with God through the desert without fear.

They thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out. (Isaiah 48:21 KJV)

And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. (Deuteronomy 29:5, KJV)

And he said unto them, when I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye anything? And they said, nothing. (Luke 22:35 KJV)

Many people desire to fulfill the plan of God for their lives but they are afraid of stepping out of their comfort zones. The desert or wilderness life they foresee is scaring them away from God’s perfect plan for them. They see a life with little or no provisions, uncivilized conditions and a life of solitude; and they struggle with the uncertainty of tomorrow.

If you are in such a state and you walk uprightly, relax for when you are led by God you will lack no good thing – Psalm 84:11. God will never send you without providing for you – Philippians 4:19. He will never leave you nor forsake you – Hebrews 13:5. He will always go before you and make the crooked places straight – Isaiah 45:2

When God led the Israelites through the desert, they had food and water in abundance. He provided these from unimaginable sources: water from a rock, wind blowing in quails and manna descending from heaven; amazing I must say!

Furthermore, when God led the Israelites for forty years in the wilderness, their clothes and shoes did not wear out! Also, when Jesus sent His disciples out to go and preach the gospel, they went with nothing and they lacked nothing.

Your God is not a wicked father, He can’t own the whole world and refuse to give you the little good things you Him ask for – Matthew 7:11. Also the scriptures say that if you delight yourself in the Lord He will grant you the desires of your heart – Psalm 37:4, no matter the desert or wilderness life before you.

All you need to do is to take a step of faith in obedience to God’s leading and leave Him to cater for your needs. Even in the face of impossibilities, God is able to make a way out, for with God nothing is impossible – Mark 10:27. You will not thirst when you are led by God.

Now, there is always a testing time which you must pass. You have to prove to God that you are with Him all the way. Remember the three Hebrew boys, they said that God would deliver them but if He chooses not to they would still not bow to the king’s gods. God didn’t deliver them before they were thrown into the fiery burning furnace. He waited for them inside the furnace before delivering them – Daniel 3:16-27.

I followed my husband to all the places God took him to after our wedding and the Lord proved Himself faithful the entire time. I have been to a country where we didn’t have electricity for eighteen months in our house and we fetched water from a well, but God provided many other things for us. After that time, God took us to a place in another country where we had electricity and water from taps twenty-four hours, seven days in a week for almost six years.

Another time, we needed money even for food for a short period but God provided cooked food for us throughout the time. Now, God has changed our story completely. But if we are to go through all those again, I will gladly do so as long as God is leading us. He truly goes ahead of us when He sends us, to prepare the way for us, even if it is a desert or wilderness life. He is too faithful to fail.

Therefore, if you are struggling within yourself whether you should obey God or not, I encourage you to take a step of faith in obedience to God’s leading and allow tomorrow to take care of itself – Matthew 6:34

Matthew 6:31-33 tells you not to take thought of what to eat, drink or wear because your heavenly Father knows that you have need of these things. Instead, you should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you. Surely, there is no thirst in the desert when you are led by God.

 

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Jesus is the Bridge to Eternal Life

The Bible states clearly that Jesus is the only way back to the Father. He is the bridge of life that spans the gulf of separation between God and man, created by our sin.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

This page is dedicated to helping you understand the main message in the Bible. That message is called “The Gospel” and it means “Good News”.

 

 

 

 

 

Does God Hear Everyone’s Prayers?



*Scenario*

Unbeliever: “Mom, I’m having the hardest time finding a job. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.”

Believer: “You should pray about it, sweetheart. Ask God to help you, and He will.”

After witnessing this scene, the believer was asked why the unbeliever was led to believe and be encouraged that God would listen to that prayer?

The answer was that God hears all prayers.

*Another scenario*

Believer: “My brother no longer goes to church. And even though he’s lived a worldly life for years now, he still considers himself to be a Christian. I’m not sure about that because he drinks, smokes, and cheats on his wife. That’s his lifestyle. I’m not going to say anything to him, though, because he says he still prays to God.”

Witnessing this too, the believer was told that his brother was at best a carnal Christian; one who professes to be Christian, but is one in name only.

It was suggested that his brother was perishing and had fallen from faith; that there should be an attempt to gently restore him to the Lord by being truthful with him about his spiritual condition.

He was asked the same question asked in the 1st scenario.

This believer too, like the earlier one, believed that God’s blessings of rain and sunshine fall on both the righteous and the unrighteous; that God loves everybody even if they walk in darkness.

That is true, but the falling of God’s rain and sunshine is in the context of how we are to treat our enemies (Matthew 5: 44-47).

However, in these two cases, the discussion is about an attempt to commune with and beseech the Lord by going directly before His throne.

Both believers were led to turn to Isaiah 59:2, which reads, “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”

God can only be approached and will hear a sinner’s prayer (like that of all Christians) when it comes through Christ Jesus. Prior to an unbeliever’s prayer of confession and acceptance of Jesus, God’s word, if being read correctly, states that all the unbelievers prayers are void; thudding against closed, divine ears.

 

 

 

 

 

What Did Jesus Make of Homosexual Practice?

At the present time, homosexuality is an issue that is very much in people’s attention in Christian circles. Increasingly, in Western countries those who would define themselves as Christians are abandoning the belief that homosexual practice is always wrong and are adopting the view that in certain circumstances this practice is acceptable to God.

Those who take this view sometimes argue that although the Old Testament condemns homosexual practice, the New Testament, written under New Covenant conditions, does not, and that because the New Covenant supersedes the Old Covenant, we are therefore entitled to conclude that in specific circumstances this practice is acceptable to God.

People who argue in this way, however, are fairly few in number, the reason surely being that there are passages in the New Testament, such as Romans 1:26-27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9, which strongly and clearly condemn homosexual practice in a blanket way. For more details on this point, please see my article: What Attitude Should Christians Have to Homosexuality?

A more common approach taken by those who try to support homosexual practice on the basis of the New Testament is to admit that Paul condemns it, but to argue that Jesus’ attitude as revealed in the Gospels is very different. Because Jesus’ teaching is of paramount importance, this argument goes on, we can reject Paul’s understanding as mistaken.

This line of argument is obviously made by people who do not accept the authority of the Bible, since any view of Scripture as authoritative will not involve regarding parts of the New Testament as teaching contradictory things on an important moral issue.

In countering this argument, one approach should be to try to persuade people that the Bible is authoritative, and that this means that the New Testament will not contradict itself in its moral teaching. Another approach should be to outline what the Gospels really do suggest regarding Jesus’ attitude to homosexual practice. It is this second issue that I will discuss in what follows.

In preparation for writing this article, I spent some time researching the kinds of arguments that people use to support the view that Jesus endorsed homosexual practice, and what I found was a real eye-opener. I have been involved in close analysis of the New Testament in the original Greek for over twenty years, and I have spent countless hours reading and analysing people’s interpretations of New Testament passages. For me personally, what is so striking about so many of the biblical interpretations of those who claim that Jesus endorsed homosexual practice is how weak they are in comparison to what I am used to reading. If it weren’t such a serious matter, many of the arguments are so bad that they would actually be quite amusing.

When all things are considered, not only is there no real evidence that Jesus endorsed homosexual practice, but there is actually significant evidence that He condemned it without qualification:

(1) It is sometimes claimed that in the account of the centurion and his slave in Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:2-10 we find Jesus affirming a homosexual relationship. In this passage, the word ‘pais’ is used to refer to the slave (Matt 8:6, 8, 13; Luke 7:7), and there are some who argue in this way: In the Greco-Roman world pais was sometimes used of a slave who was also his master’s homosexual partner; Luke’s account informs us that this slave was precious to the centurion (Luke 7:2); therefore, we have evidence of a homosexual relationship between them.

This argument is very poorly founded. The word pais usually meant simply slave/servant (as well as ‘child’ in other contexts), without any suggestion that the person in question had a sexual relationship with his master. In the Greco-Roman world most male slaves did not have sexual relationships with their masters, and there is no suggestion in the context of either Matthew or Luke that this one did. The Greek word entimos, used in Luke 7:2, in context probably actually means something along the lines of ‘highly regarded’ rather than ‘precious’. Moreover, even if entimos includes a connotation that the slave was dear to the centurion, there is still no reason for seeing any implication of a sexual relationship between the two. In short, there is no suggestion in this passage that Jesus is endorsing a homosexual relationship.

(2) In Matthew 19:12 Jesus refers to people who were born as eunuchs. Some claim that these people are, or include, those who have homosexual orientation, and that in His words Jesus is endorsing homosexual practice.

Again, this argument is entirely without foundation. Technically, a eunuch is a man who has been castrated, and in speaking of those who were born eunuchs, the most natural interpretation is that Jesus is thinking simply of men who were born without testicles. It is true that in the latter part of the verse Jesus speaks about those who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven, and here we should understand the word ‘eunuch’ in a loose sense that refers not to those who have literally castrated themselves but to those who abstain from sex. Despite this loose usage later in the verse, it is most natural to understand the word literally in the reference to those who were born eunuchs.

Most importantly, whether the word is used literally or figuratively, the most important characteristic of a eunuch is that he is someone who does not engage in sexual practice. To suppose that those who were born eunuchs are practising homosexuals is an extremely implausible interpretation of Jesus’ words. Only those who are prepared to deny the clear sense of the passage will find homosexual practice in this verse.

(3) In Mark 7:15, 18 Jesus teaches that nothing which goes into a person from outside can defile them, and some claim that His teaching here implies that homosexual acts are not sinful.

Once again, this argument will not hold water. The context of Jesus’ words has to do with eating certain foods as v. 19 makes clear, and to understand His words as referring also to something other than foods is unwarranted. There is no support here for the view that Jesus endorsed homosexual practice.

(4) In Luke 17:34 we find Jesus teaching that on the night He returns: ‘there will be two on/in one bed; one will be taken and the other left’, where the Greek words for ‘one’ and ‘other’ are both masculine. Unsurprisingly, some claim that there is evidence here that Jesus endorsed homosexual practice.

At first sight, this argument might seem to carry some real weight, but we should delve a little deeper:

First, it is quite possible that a man and a woman are in view in this verse, despite the two masculine words.

We need to bear in mind that New Testament Greek frequently uses the masculine gender when referring to a combination of people who include at least one male and at least one female. Although things are somewhat different in this verse since the masculine words are each used to refer to a single person, it does not look unreasonably awkward if two masculines are being used with reference to a man and a woman. The Greek language was probably flexible enough to allow this.

It is important to note that there is a good reason why two masculine words might have been chosen in preference to one masculine and one feminine, even if a man and a woman are in view in this verse. If one masculine and one feminine word had been chosen for ‘one’ and ‘other’, a decision would have to have been made about whether the man or the woman was taken or left behind, i.e., which ended up in heaven and which ended up in hell. However, it is not difficult to believe that Luke would not have wanted to portray Jesus expressing a decision of this sort, and that words were therefore chosen which kept things ambiguous. (Jesus’ original Aramaic could also have been ambiguous.) Using two masculine words to refer to a man and a woman allows Jesus’ saying to avoid any suggestion of whether the man or the woman is saved.

Second, even if v. 34 does have two men in view, that in no way has to suggest a sexual relationship between them. Different cultures have very different attitudes to non-sexual bed-sharing, the key factor often being the amount of space available. Today, as in the first century, there are places in the world where houses typically have only one room (cf. Matt 5:15), and people in that house have no option but to sleep close together. Even in Luke 11:7 we find a man and his children in bed, where the Greek most naturally suggests the same bed, which would presumably have been a mat on the floor.

Of course, even if the bed of Luke 17:34 is envisaged as being in a one-room house, it is still true (if the reference is not to a man and a woman) that only two men are mentioned being present. Someone might therefore want to argue that the fact that no other family members are mentioned is evidence for a homosexual relationship between these men.

We do need to be very careful, however, about how much we read into concise sayings such as this one. Jesus really gives us very little information here, and scenarios other than a sexual relationship can easily be understood as the context of His words.

When all things are considered, there is no need whatever to conclude that Luke 17:34 portrays Jesus endorsing homosexual practice.

(5) There are three texts in which Jesus states that it will be more tolerable for Sodom on the day of judgement than for those who fail to repent at His preaching or who refuse to accept the preaching of His disciples (Matt 10:15; 11:24; Luke 10.12). These are highly relevant for our inquiry.

To begin with, we need to recognise that these passages fit very well with the teaching of the historical Jesus. The evidence of the Gospels as a whole very strongly draws us to the conclusion that Jesus’ preaching included a focus both on the need for people to respond positively to Himself, and on their need to repent. In the light of this, His sayings on Sodom look genuine. They have Jesus written all over them. To reject these passages as supposedly unhistorical is therefore to stand on very shaky ground.

We need to note that in these sayings Jesus is clearly implying that what the people of Sodom did was very bad. Of course, He is implying too that those who fail to repent or who reject His disciples are even worse, but the whole point of mentioning Sodom is because the inhabitants of Sodom are well known for being very sinful.

So, what did Jesus have in mind as the sins that the Sodomites committed? Well, in Genesis 13:13; 18:20-33; 19:13 we are told only that the Sodomites were very sinful; no details are given. In Gen 19:1-9, however, they are portrayed as guilty of attempted homosexual rape.

Importantly for our purposes, in first century Judaism the sin of the Sodomites had come to be associated simply with homosexual practice, without any connotation of rape, just as ‘sodomy’ became a term in English to refer to male homosexual acts, again without any connotation of rape. Historians of the first century agree that in condemning what the Sodomites did, the typical first-century Jew had simply homosexual practice in mind, not specifically homosexual rape.

Now, someone might want to argue that Jesus could have had a different view from the usual one, and that when he condemned the Sodomites, he was in fact specifically condemning homosexual rape, and perhaps other sins as well, but not consensual homosexual practice.

It is true that we should not automatically assume that Jesus held the views of His contemporaries on things. Nevertheless, it does seem an awkward interpretation of the passage to understand Jesus to be taking a different view of the sin of the Sodomites from that of mainstream Jews in His day. By stating that on the day of judgement it will be more tolerable for the Sodomites than for certain others, He is giving a new piece of information – that the others will be in big trouble – by reference to a known piece of information – that the Sodomites will be in a lot of trouble. By using a comparison of this sort, it would be unnatural for Jesus not to have the same understanding of the known piece of information as those listening to His words. If He had differed from mainstream Jews in His understanding of what the sins of the Sodomites consisted of, it would make much more sense for Him to have found an alternative way of stressing the sins of those who rejected Him or His disciples.

All things considered, therefore, the sayings of Jesus in which He teaches that it will be more tolerable for Sodom on the day of judgement than for certain other people provide a significant piece of evidence that in His earthly ministry Jesus condemned all homosexual practice as sinful and liable to severe punishment.

(6) We also need to consider the teaching of Jesus on marriage and divorce in Matt 19:3-9 and Mark 10:2-12. Again, we should begin by noting that there is good reason for believing that these passages are based on the teaching of the historical Jesus. The teaching on divorce and remarriage attributed to Jesus in the Gospels is at odds not only with the Jewish Law of Moses, but also with Greek and Roman customs, and this difference helps to authenticate the teaching as genuinely from Jesus. Importantly too, it makes perfect sense that Jesus would have based His strict approach to divorce and remarriage on Gen 2:24, as He is portrayed doing in Matt 19:5-6 and Mark 10:8.

Gen 2:24 states that a husband and wife become one flesh in marriage, and Jesus apparently understood this as a reference to physical joining in sexual intercourse. This is certainly how Paul understands it in 1 Cor 6:16. But in Genesis and in Jesus’ words becoming one flesh also seems to imply something more, that in this sexual union there is a deeper level of bonding, as 1 Cor 6:16 also seems to imply. Importantly too, the context both of Genesis and of Jesus’ words in Matthew and Mark strongly suggest that this deep bonding is only appropriate in the context of a marriage relationship between a husband and wife.

If, then, as the evidence suggests, Jesus understood sexual intercourse to involve a deep level of bonding between a man and a woman that is only appropriate in a marriage relationship, He would certainly not have condoned homosexual acts. The sayings on marriage and divorce attributed to Jesus in the Gospels therefore constitute a further weighty piece of evidence that Jesus believed that all homosexual acts are sinful.

We have now completed our survey of the relevant passages. In summing up our findings, we can say that when all these texts are taken into account, the Gospels provide significant evidence that Jesus believed that all homosexual practice was contrary to the will of God. And of course, because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8), His attitude will not have changed since.

As I mentioned above, one thing that has struck me in examining the views of those who claim that Jesus supported homosexual practice is how poorly this position is argued. Often when people argue in a careless way it is because they think that they have would have nothing to lose even if it were to turn out that they are wrong on the issue in question. I get the impression that many of those who say that Jesus endorsed homosexual practice have a similar attitude; they think that there will be no price to pay even if they are wrong, and so they are not really trying to be honest in their analysis of the Bible.

This is foolishness of a very high order and also very tragic. In 1 Cor 6:9-10 Paul explicitly tells his readers not to be misled into believing that practising homosexuals (and those who practise other vices) will inherit the kingdom of God, i.e., end up in heaven. It is tragic that there are many who have allowed themselves to be misled in exactly this way, and we can be sure that they will end up in hell if they die without repenting. God’s warnings are meant genuinely and He will certainly follow through on them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Live In a World of Darkness

The devil comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. Satan is not your friend, but he pretends that he is, and he will do whatever it takes to keep you from God. We once were of this world and a friend with the devil, but now we belong to God and are a friend of God. We need to be such an example to our friends, neighbors, and the stranger down the street, that they would want the joy we have. We changed from a life of destruction to a life of eternal joy.

Satan will do whatever it takes to keep this world in darkness. He is totally against anything that God has planned for us. He is a great imitator of what God does but always in the opposite direction against God. We must learn from the mistakes of the Pharisees who took God’s laws and made them into man’s laws.

We live in this world, but we belong to another world yet to come. But even though we are of the light and should have no part of this darkness. We must live here to be a light for others.

Have you ever been in the candy store? See all these different kinds of candies and goodies they look so good and tempting. They are made that way so they can catch your attention and you will buy some. The world can be seen the same way as having many different kinds of pleasures to tempt you but we need to remember that everything of the world leads you away from God.

What good would it do if you if you went through your hold life thinking you were doing what God wanted you to do but in reality you’re weren’t doing what God wanted but what made you feel could. What is the Lord, tell us in Luke 6:4646 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Jesus always referred to doing the will of the father who sent him. Jesus did whatever the father told him to do. He said he never said or did anything on his own. We are to do the things that God has for us. We must do God’s will in our life and not our will. How would you feel if Jesus were to tell you depart from me you’ll evil servant? (Matthew 7:21-23).

We had to be careful and just do GODs direction in our lives it so easy to go the wrong way by that I mean we will get so involved in the things that we think God wants us to do; then in the things that God really wants us to do.

The monks who withdrew and isolated themselves from the mainline society during the middle ages or medieval times were a poor testimony to Christ. They kept to themselves instead of going out and spreading the gospel to help those in darkness. Jesus Who lived and dined among sinners was a very good example as to how we should be. We are not to isolate ourselves from the world we are to live here with the ungodly people.

The world is in darkness because of sin and whoever is born of this world has a sinful nature; so we must be a light that shines in the darkness to help those who are blinded by this world and living in darkness to see the light of Christ.

Christians who separated themselves from the world and seek to escape it do not know Christ. As Christians we must live among the people who live in darkness in this fallen world. We live in this world so our light well shine in the darkness, for light exposes darkness. Therefore as Christians our outward life should reflect our inward life the work that the Holy Spirit has done inside us should come out for the world to see and that would glorify our heavenly father.

We live around sinful people, though we don’t have sinful partnership or fellowship with them. We do not partake in their unfruitful deeds of darkness for God has delivered us from the power darkness. We must also understand that being in the world, but not of it, is necessary if we are to be a light to those who are in spiritual darkness. We are to live in such a way that those outside the faith see our good deeds and our manner and know that there is something different about us.

Being in the world also means we can enjoy the things of the world such as the beautiful creation God has given us, but we are not to immerse ourselves in what the world values, nor are we to chase after worldly pleasures. worldly pleasures is no longer our calling in life as it once was but we must pursue godly pleasures. As Christians we can have wants and needs God wants to bless us and to live an abundant life.

As Christians we are called upon to have the discipline to stay away from the things that would turn us away from God. There is so much temptation in the world and that makes it difficult for Christians. Even for Christians who are rooted in the word.

The Pharisees perhaps meant to obey God, but eventually they became so devoted and extreme in very limited parts of the Law (plus all that they themselves added to it), that they became blind to the Messiah even when He was in their very midst. They saw His miracles, and they heard His Words, but instead of receiving it with joy, they did all that they could to stop Him. Ultimately to the point of getting Him killed because He truthfully claimed to be the Son of God.

Priests and bishops made their living from the so-called tithes, a special fee paid by the peasants. A tenth of the crops and a tenth of the meat was to be given to the church. A third of this was used for the upkeep of the clergy – the rest was shared by the church, the Bishop and the poor. The money which belonged to the church was used to buy books and candles and for repairs.

The position of the Pope, and bishops could be bought by those with the most money. They were not anointed by God. The priests, some which were not familiar with the Scriptures would just tell fables to the people in church they just wanted the money supplied by the people. Without the Bible the people were kept in darkness and in understand about grace and the forgiveness of sin or salvation, so the priest took advantage of the people.

At that time the bible was very limited because there was no printing press to make copies in a mass volume to supply all people.

Today we have the opportunity of having at least one bible in each household and yet most of the time the bible just sits there being unread. Christians have gotten to the point that they just want to hear about the Word and not read about the Word. The bible speaks about false prophets and being deceived in the last days. There are a lot of evangelists who speak what the people want to hear and not necessarily what God has to say or wants.

A lot of evangelists today are like the priests in the Middle Ages who only perform their duties for the money. They were not anointed by God. We are in the last days and this world is truly in darkness. We need to study God’s word to give us the strength to overcome the things of this world.

Have we gone back to the middle Ages where the people were kept in darkness because the priests were the only ones who had access to the Bible? The priest could say whatever they wanted and the people wouldn’t have any idea if he was saying the right thing. We have Bibles in our homes but doing go through them and study the Scriptures to make sure what we are being told by preachers, evangelists, and teachers correlates to the Scriptures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His name is JESUS

*AMEN Rev. 3:14
*ANCIENT OF DAYS
Dan 7: 9
*AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF MY FAITH
Heb. 12:2
*BAPTIZER
Mat. 3:11
*BREAD OF LIFE
Jn. 6:35
*BRIGHT MORNING STAR
Rev. 22:16
*BURDEN BEARER
Isa. 53:4
*CAPTAIN OF MY SALVATION
Heb. 2:10
*CHIEF CORNERSTONE
Eph. 2:20
*CHIEF SHEPHERD
1Peter 5:4
*CITY OF REFUGE
Deut. 19:1-3
*COMFORTER
Mat. 11:28, Jn. 14:18
*COUNSELOR
Isa. 9:6
*CREATOR
Jn. 1:3,10; Heb. 1:2; Col. 1:16
*DAYSTAR
2Peter 1:19
*DELIVERER
Rom. 11:25
*DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS
Hag. 2:7
*EMMANUEL
Mat. 1:23
*EVERLASTING FATHER
Isa. 9:6
*FAITHFUL AND TRUE WITNESS
Rev. 3:14; 1:5
*FRIEND
Jn. 15:14
*GIFT OF GOD
Jn. 4:40
*GOD THE SON
Isa. 9:6; Jn. 3:16
*GOVERNOR
Mat. 2:6
*GREAT PHYSICIAN
Jn. 5:1-9
*HEAD OF THE CHURCH
Eph. 1:22
*HOLY AND TRUE
Rev. 3:7
*HOPE OF GLORY
Col. 1:37
*HORN OF SALVATION
Luke 1:69
*I AM
Ex. 3:14; Jn. 5:58
*KING
Ps. 21:1; Rev. 20:1-6
*KING OF KINGS
Rev. 19:16
*LAMB OF GOD
Jn. 1:29
*LIFE OF THE WORLD
Jn. 1:4
*LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Jn. 8:12
*LILY OF THE VALLEY Songs 2:1
*LION OF JUDAH
Rev. 5:5
*LIVING STONE
1Peter 2:4
*LORD OF ALL
Acts 10:36
*LORD OF LORDS
Rev. 17:14; 19:16
*LOVER OF MY SOUL Songs 5:8
*MEDIATOR
Heb. 8:6; 1Tim. 2:5
*MESSIAH
Luke 9:20; Jn. 1:41
*MIGHTY GOD
Isa. 9:6
*MIND OF GOD
Jn. 17:6
*MY ATONEMENT
Rom. 5:11
*PRIEST
Heb. 3:1; Heb. 4:14
*PRINCE OF LIFE
Acts 3:15
*PRINCE OF PEACE
Isa. 9:6
*PROPHET
Deut. 18:15
*REDEEMER
Isa. 62:12
*RESTORER
Ps. 23:3
*RIGHTEOUS JUDGE
2Tim. 4:8
*ROCK OF OFFENCE
1Pet.2:8; Deut. 32:4
*ROOT OF DAVID
Rev. 22:16; Rev. 5:5
*ROOT OF JESSE
Isa. 11:10
*ROSE OF SHARON Songs 2:1
*SANCTIFIER
Rev. 22:13
*SAVIOUR
Jn. 3:17; Mat. 1:21
*SHEPHERD & BISHOP OF MY SOUL
1Peter 2:25
*SIN BEARER
Isa. 53:10-12
*SON OF GOD
Jn. 1:34; Heb. 4:14; 1Jn. 4:15
*SON OF MAN-
Rev. 1:3; Dan. 3:25
*SOON-COMING KING
Rev. 22:7,12
*STRONG TOWER
Prov. 18:14
*SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Mal. 4:2
*THE ALMIGHTY
Rev. 1:8; 15:3
*THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA
Rev. 1:8
*THE CHIEFEST AMONG TEN THOUSANDS Songs 5:10 *THE FIRST AND THE LAST
Rev. 1:17
*THE LIGHT
Jn. 14:6
*THE RESURRECTION & THE LIFE
John 11:25
*THE TRUTH
Jn. 14:6
*THE VINE
Jn. 15:5
*THE WAY
Jn. 14:6; Acts 4:12
*THE WORD OF GOD
1Jn. 5:7; Jn. 1:1; Rev. 19:13
*WORD OF LIFE
1Jn. 1:18
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father [
Phil 2:9-11 NKJV].

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved [Acts 4:12 NKJV].

Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” [John 8:24 NKJV].

Give your life to Jesus. Serve Him with all you have got and you shall have rest unto your soul.

 

 

 

 

You Know It Now!

“Hello God!”

“Hello Charlie! What’s on your mind today?”

“Well I was reading in your Word today and I’d like to ask You a question. According to Ephesians 2: 8, 9, salvation is a gift and has nothing to do with the good works I have done. Well, you know I’ve gone to church all these years trying to be as moral a person as I could, so I could get to heaven. I became involved in church activities, gave in the offerings, feed the poor, and even helped some needy widows. However, according to this verse, my being good and doing nice things has nothing to do with my salvation. Is that right God?”

“That’s right, Charlie”.

“I didn’t know that!”

And God said, “You know it now!”

“OK, God, I have another question. In Romans 10:17 it says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Well, I’ve been listening to our pastor preach from scripture for years, yet I never read the Bible much myself or understood all the contents thereof. I’m thinking if I read this book myself and ask You to reveal what’s being said, then maybe I can really understand what salvation means, and receive the faith to believe. Is that right, God?”

“That’s right, Charlie”.

“I didn’t know that!”

And God said, “You know it now!”

“Let me ask you this one last question, God. In John 3:16 it says whoever believes in You shall have eternal life. I’ve heard that verse so many times and I’ve always thought I believed in You. Yet the other day I heard a preacher say that even the Devil believes in You. So, I figured there must be more to this verse than I understood. Believing You exist and believing all that You say in Your Word as truth, is two different things. I asked myself if I really believed Jesus died on the cross to save me from my sins. Did I believe He turned the water into wine and that he healed the blind man? Did I really believe He feed the five thousand with five loaves of bread and a couple fish? I wondered if my faith would allow me to believe the apostles were empowered by your Holy Spirit to perform many miracles.

“Then I asked myself if I did believe in all those things You did for others, would I believe you would do the same for me. You would do the same for me, wouldn’t you God?”

“Yes I would!”

“I didn’t know that”.

“God, I’ve prayed a lot of prayers in my day, like the Lord’s Prayer, you know, but never have I sat down and just talked to You like I am today. I can just feel Your presence here with me and know that You love me very much. I have a desire to get to know You more and have a lot more conversations just like this one. So, I’ve decided to believe what You say in Your Word is true, to ask You into my life, and receive this salvation personally. You know that God?”

And God said, “I know it now!”

If you will listen you will hear a hum in the heavens as the angels sing praises to God for the salvation of another soul!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under New Management

We have all seen the sign at one time or another: “Under New Management!!” It may be written in large letters on a banner across the front of a store, or on a small placard on the door of a restaurant. Whatever form the sign itself may take, the reader’s assumption is always the same: “The management is new, so look out for some changes!” One always hopes the changes are for the better, but they may be for the worse. Even when the new manager strives to keep everything “just the same as before”…it won’t be, for the new manager is just that–“new”–and he or she can’t possibly have the same temperament, abilities, ideas, or motivation as the “old” manager. Those differences that are an inborn part of the new manager are bound to show up in the business itself–either as good changes, bad changes, or perhaps a mix of both.

When Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about being born again in John 3, He was talking about allowing oneself to be put under the new management of His spirit, the Holy Spirit. Prior to taking the step of being “born again”, each person tends to see him or herself as being in “self” control, but that is not the complete picture. Each person is actually under the control of a management “team”. This age-old, world-wide management team could be called: “Sin, Self & Satan, Incorporated”, or “S. S. & S., Inc.” for short.

The good news is that God has His own management team: “God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Unlimited!” However, many persons believe they have to change themselves before they can be “good enough” for God to accept them as “team players” serving under His management team. This isn’t true. His Son, Jesus, died and rose again to open the door for all to be freely accepted, no matter how “good” or “bad”. Once a person believes and accepts this as fact–is “born again”–then the Holy Spirit can become the motivator, encourager, and supporter of positive change, either gradual or sudden, in the life of that person. I say “can become” because many who accept Christ’s salvation, turn right around and block the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives by insisting on continuing as their own head managers–which, as we’ve already seen, leads only to the reality of being controlled by the “S. S. & S., Inc.” team. It is no wonder that little or no positive change will be evident in the lives of those “Christians”–they are still under the “old” management, regardless of what their “signs” may say!

Who is the real manager of your life–the “new” team of “God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Unlimited”–or the “old” team of “Sin, Self & Satan, Inc.”?

What does God’s Word, the Bible, say about this?

John 3:3b “‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.'” NIV

John 3:16-17 “‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.'” NIV

II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” NIV

Ephesians 4:23-24 “…to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” NIV

Now read the following Bible passages in your favorite version of the Bible:

John 3:1-21
II Corinthians 5:17
Ephesians 4:14-32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Thirst In The Desert When Led By God Almighty

Do you feel led into wilderness by God? Are you afraid of obeying God because of the desert ahead of you? I have good news for you; the Lord who made the dry places knows how to bring out water from them. This article is to encourage you to walk with God through the desert without fear.

They thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out. (Isaiah 48:21 KJV)

And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. (Deuteronomy 29:5, KJV)

And he said unto them, when I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye anything? And they said, nothing. (Luke 22:35 KJV)

Many people desire to fulfill the plan of God for their lives but they are afraid of stepping out of their comfort zones. The desert or wilderness life they foresee is scaring them away from God’s perfect plan for them. They see a life with little or no provisions, uncivilized conditions and a life of solitude; and they struggle with the uncertainty of tomorrow.

If you are in such a state and you walk uprightly, relax for when you are led by God you will lack no good thing – Psalm 84:11. God will never send you without providing for you – Philippians 4:19. He will never leave you nor forsake you – Hebrews 13:5. He will always go before you and make the crooked places straight – Isaiah 45:2

When God led the Israelites through the desert, they had food and water in abundance. He provided these from unimaginable sources: water from a rock, wind blowing in quails and manna descending from heaven; amazing I must say!

Furthermore, when God led the Israelites for forty years in the wilderness, their clothes and shoes did not wear out! Also, when Jesus sent His disciples out to go and preach the gospel, they went with nothing and they lacked nothing.

Your God is not a wicked father, He can’t own the whole world and refuse to give you the little good things you Him ask for – Matthew 7:11. Also the scriptures say that if you delight yourself in the Lord He will grant you the desires of your heart – Psalm 37:4, no matter the desert or wilderness life before you.

All you need to do is to take a step of faith in obedience to God’s leading and leave Him to cater for your needs. Even in the face of impossibilities, God is able to make a way out, for with God nothing is impossible – Mark 10:27. You will not thirst when you are led by God.

Now, there is always a testing time which you must pass. You have to prove to God that you are with Him all the way. Remember the three Hebrew boys, they said that God would deliver them but if He chooses not to they would still not bow to the king’s gods. God didn’t deliver them before they were thrown into the fiery burning furnace. He waited for them inside the furnace before delivering them – Daniel 3:16-27.

I followed my husband to all the places God took him to after our wedding and the Lord proved Himself faithful the entire time. I have been to a country where we didn’t have electricity for eighteen months in our house and we fetched water from a well, but God provided many other things for us. After that time, God took us to a place in another country where we had electricity and water from taps twenty-four hours, seven days in a week for almost six years.

Another time, we needed money even for food for a short period but God provided cooked food for us throughout the time. Now, God has changed our story completely. But if we are to go through all those again, I will gladly do so as long as God is leading us. He truly goes ahead of us when He sends us, to prepare the way for us, even if it is a desert or wilderness life. He is too faithful to fail.

Therefore, if you are struggling within yourself whether you should obey God or not, I encourage you to take a step of faith in obedience to God’s leading and allow tomorrow to take care of itself – Matthew 6:34

Matthew 6:31-33 tells you not to take thought of what to eat, drink or wear because your heavenly Father knows that you have need of these things. Instead, you should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you. Surely, there is no thirst in the desert when you are led by God.

 

 

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