Accountability

Brothers and sisters, we are living in a dangerous time. A time full of distractions and temptations. Especially those of us in western countries where we are not being openly persecuted as our brethren in the Middle East and Asia. Over the past 15 years I have seen many brethren I have been close to fall away from the Lord Jesus. They have fallen victim to false prophecies, self delusion, love for family over Jesus, lording over others or lifting up other brethren above Jesus. All of these fell victim to walking in the flesh rather than walking in the Spirit as the Lord called us to. A slow warming of the pot so that they didn’t notice how far they had fallen from their Savior. It was one step, then another, and another and another. And before long there was disagreement over Scripture, ignoring Scripture or making accusations without listening to sound reason. And now I and my family who have loved them. Miss them and are lonely with out them. But we have been strengthened in the Lord as we seek Him in these darkening hours.

If we are listening though, we were warned millennia ago to beware of strong delusion. To keep our focus on Christ alone.

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (2Thess. 2:1-4)

No doubt it seems to me a great falling away has been happening for quite some time. I am not the only one to have noticed this. For it is prevalent in institutional churches. But we are also seeing this with those who also claim to have come out. For many, including those I have known have left the accountability of following Christ and the love of the Truth and have turned aside to their own knowledge. For if you refuse the truth no matter how much it hurts, where will you find yourself?

We were exhorted not to forsake the gathering of ourselves so that we do not fall away.

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Even Christ Himself warned us about being accountable.

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. (Mat. 12:33-37)

If we will then be condemned by our words will it profit us to ignore the Truth of Scripture when we have tasted of His goodness? Is there not time to repent while there is still breath in our lungs? Yes!

Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. (Hosea 1:1)

Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
(Mat. 3:8-10)

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

If you love the Truth and I have walked with you, return to Christ Jesus that we may feast abundantly in Him! Just as we did in the past. If you love the Truth and we have not yet met. Let us rejoice in the Lord together. Even if the road is long and hard we are called to be over-comers.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’ (Rev. 2:7)

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’
(Rev. 2:11)
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’(Rev. 2:17)
And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— (Rev. 2:26)
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
(Rev. 3:5)
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Zealous

zealous:

full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent.
Synonyms: enthusiastic, eager, fervid, fervent, intense, passionate, warm.
Antonyms: apathetic; lackadaisical.

There are many in this world who are zealous in spreading what they believe. Even those who claim to be Christ’s can be zealous in contending for what they believe is truth. But if we do not rightly divide the truth then we are then not contending for the faith but for our own interpretation of Scripture.
Paul wrote:

14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

There are many ways we do not rightly divide God’s word. And the apostle Paul mentions a few ways in the Scripture quoted above. But there is one I want to mention here which is considered to be the most common in this generation. It is through the teaching of others by men and women who hold themselves out to be someone of authority. Who show themselves as approved by men with their doctorates and degrees real or forged. It is these who sway the masses with promises of unfolding the secrets of God. Who promise no one can gain this vitally important “manna from Heavan” without them. And for the masses the believe without testing them against what is written in Scripture. I tell you honestly that if you read this blog or any other, it is your responsibility to read your Scripture and ask the Lord.
For by the Holy Spirit the apostle Peter wrote:

16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.(2Peter 1:16-21)

For anyone of us can seek Christ and His truth in Scripture by the Holy Spirit. If indeed we are seeking the truth. But if you hang on every word of a personality who claims to be the source of truth you need to check yourself. Are you Christ’s or do you belong to this personality

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. (IJohn 2:26-27)

So then as we consider our walk in the Lord are we really zealous for the Lord? Or are we indeed zealous for the teachings of men? Let me then point to how Paul exhorted the Galatians.

Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.

12 Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you. You have not injured me at all. 13 You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first. 14 And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15 What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

17 They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them. 18 But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, 20 I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.

21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— 25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children— 26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written:

“Rejoice, O barren,
You who do not bear!
Break forth and shout,
You who are not in labor!
For the desolate has many more children
Than she who has a husband.”

28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. (Gal 4:1-31)

Do you see what I am tying together here? For if we are bound by the teachings of men then we are not free in Christ. We are then not zealous for Christ, but for the teachings of men. Yes there is some truth that can be found in what they teach. But are they pointing to Christ or are they pointing you back to them and ignoring many of the teachings of the Bible?

I urge you this day not to harden your hearts, but to be as the Bereans that the apostle Paul wrote about.

10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.
(Acts 17:10-12)

For if you have not sought Christ alone you may at the end of your journey in this world find you are not where you wanted to be.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. (John 14:23)

Be therefore Zealous in Christ Jesus.

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Many Tribulations

21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
(Acts 14:21-22)

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Mind Games Convention Designers Play

Don’t worry folks, I’m not abandoning Christ. This and the last post are meant to wake you up to the mind games men play to subjugate you. We must all continue to walk in Christ regardless of the evil surrounding us. Please share your thoughts below.

Here are some of mind games that convention designers play

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In Light of the Police Shootings…

I post the link to this story because I think it’s important for us Americans to consider what is right and the laws we follow in the United States. For evil and tyranny cannot have a free, unobstructed path to overcome mankind in the name of safety or law and order. History is filled with examples of how tyranny has been raised it’s ugly head.

In Light of Shootings…

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Unity

It would only be proper if I wrote something about unifying in Christ Jesus. For we who are called by His name are His work. Yet we are yet still imperfect because we are in the flesh.

We can walk perfectly though if we choose to do so. For Jesus Himself said:

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Mat. 5:43-48)

So then is this a promise or a command to be perfect? I think both. For if we are saved and filled with the Spirit we have been perfected in Christ Jesus already. Then we have a choice in how we walk before the Lord of lords, King of kings. If we act obediently then we are rewarded. For again the Lord said:

15 If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”

23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. (John 14:15-24)

So let’s tie a couple things in here. If we have the ability through Christ to be perfect, if we obey His commandments (His Truth) then we will have unity with our brothers and sisters. It’s just that simple. No one reading this needs to look to men to find this truth out. We can all look to Christ. So what does  a unified Body of Christ look like? The Lord gave us a picture through the prophet Joel. Check out chapter 2:

Blow the trumpet in Zion,
And sound an alarm in My holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble;
For the day of the Lord is coming,
For it is at hand:
A day of darkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,
Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains.
A people come, great and strong,
The like of whom has never been;
Nor will there ever be any such after them,
Even for many successive generations.

A fire devours before them,
And behind them a flame burns;
The land is like the Garden of Eden before them,
And behind them a desolate wilderness;
Surely nothing shall escape them.
Their appearance is like the appearance of horses;
And like swift steeds, so they run.
With a noise like chariots
Over mountaintops they leap,
Like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble,
Like a strong people set in battle array.

Before them the people writhe in pain;
All faces are drained of color.
They run like mighty men,
They climb the wall like men of war;
Every one marches in formation,
And they do not break ranks.
They do not push one another;
Every one marches in his own column.
Though they lunge between the weapons,
They are not cut down.
They run to and fro in the city,
They run on the wall;
They climb into the houses,
They enter at the windows like a thief.

10 The earth quakes before them,
The heavens tremble;
The sun and moon grow dark,
And the stars diminish their brightness.
11 The Lord gives voice before His army,
For His camp is very great;
For strong is the One who executes His word.
For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible;
Who can endure it? (Joel 2:1-11)

And yet this is followed by the call to repentance. I post this with all people who call on the name of Christ to repent and follow Him. To be obedient to His commandments if you claim to love Him!

12 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
13 So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.
14 Who knows if He will turn and relent,
And leave a blessing behind Him—
A grain offering and a drink offering
For the Lord your God?
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
Consecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly;
16 Gather the people,
Sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and nursing babes;
Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber,
And the bride from her dressing room.
17 Let the priests, who minister to the Lord,
Weep between the porch and the altar;
Let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord,
And do not give Your heritage to reproach,
That the nations should rule over them.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’” (Joel 2:12-17)

I plead with you in Christ. I am seeing too many fall away from Christ. Loveless and forsaken. Repent therefore and return to your first love.

 

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Divisions

Brethren, I have been considering a serious issue before the Lord. One that has saddened me. A question is before us. That question is: Does God author division in the Body of Christ? For sure there is already much division for we have hundreds of thousands of so called Christian denominations. Do you think God even ordained that? One group splits from another and then another group splits from that one and so on. But what does Scripture say? I think what Paul wrote to the Corinthians sums it up.

10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
(I Cor. 1:10-13)

Kind of makes it clear doesn’t it? But for a moment imagine if Paul was writing to those who have faith in Christ today. Wouldn’t he write kind of like this:

10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of the Pope,” or “I am of Protestantism,” or “I am of the Baptists,” or “I am of Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was the Pope crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of the Pope or Protestantism or the Baptists?

Wow. Think about that for a moment. So if we look at it like that, isn’t it a sin to be divided? Yes of course it is. But of course when we do come together is has to be in the way the Lord authored right? Do you think the Catholics and the Protestants and the Baptists and so on should all coming running together willy nilly in a sea of blind love for each other?

I think first we need to unlearn that which we learned in these churches and look to Scripture alone as our guide. For many of these groups are already trying to forge themselves together. But they are forsaking the Truth of Christ in Scripture to do it. Do you think it’s right to forsake the Lord’s commands to come together or is that sin too? We can look into God’s Word for that too.

15 If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:15-18)

Continuing

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”

23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. (John 14:21-24)

These are Christ’s own words quoted from Scripture. Doesn’t that make perfect sense? If a soldier won’t follow the orders of his or her commander will they not be found in contempt? Even traitors? Of course. For Christ is looking for those who are loyal to Him. Those who will not compromise  His truth. And the great promise of Jesus and Father making their home with those who are faithful! Thank you Jesus!

But now let’s take a slight turn and look at the relationships we might have with brothers and sisters in the faith. What if we have a disagreement between us? Again does God want there to be any disagreement between us? Let’s look to Scripture, our plumb line of Truth. Here’s just a quick data dump copy from the Bible website.

[ Sectarianism Is Sin ] Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the samemind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,

That should be abundantly clear shouldn’t it? For if we are walking together in God’s Truth then there will be no reason for disagreement. If any disagreements arise it is because the desires of the flesh have entered one or more in the assembly. The sins of pride, arrogance and everything self serving are in play.

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
(James 4:1-6)

21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
(James 1:21-27)

Brothers and sisters, let us indeed keep ourselves unspotted from the world and learn the ways of Christ from Him in His word, the Holy Bible. We don’t necessarily need a pastor or “man of the cloth” to guide us. For again Scripture says:

24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
(IJohn 2:24-27)

Be encouraged brethren, the Lord will strengthen you and enable you as you continue in Truth and Spirit. If not, delusion and darkness await. And the way back is more difficult than struggling against this world. I have seen it with mine own eyes.

 

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Hear and Obey

11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.

15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.
(Deut. 30:11-16)

Whenever God speaks a truth or commandment to His people He expects action from us. For if we have faith in Him our actions confirm our faith and become a witness to the world of our love for Him.

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
(James 2:14-26)

Let us then consider our ways and look to God through Christ Jesus who is our foundation to love the Lord our God and live in Him!

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The Simplicity of Christ

Is following our Savior that difficult? I don’t think so. But in the end, it doesn’t matter what I think. What did Jesus say?

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
(Mat. 22:37-40)

How much more does the Gospel of Christ hang upon loving the Lord with all our heart mind and soul along with loving our neighbor as ourselves? I don’t think it gets anymore difficult than that to follow Jesus. Everything else fills in with this simplicity.

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Self Seeking

This is so true. For when we leave the Truth of Scripture and begin to seek our own outcome, then what do you think the results will be? Will a person who still claims the name of Christ still have Salvation at the end of their life if they were self seeking? The apostle Paul wrote this:
But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God. (Romans 2:5-11)
Let us consider our walk before the Lord and continue on the path He set us on. Let us ask the Lord for endurance and faith overflowing within us to finish the race. No matter how hard the narrow path is. For our Savior is awaiting our arrival at the end! What Glory and Praise and Joy there will be.
For those who fall away there awaits weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Take courage! Remember who you are called to be!
Praise Jesus!
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