The Kingdom of Heaven

The Kingdom of Heaven is in your grasp if you’re ready for it. Are you ready? Do you know the Lord Jesus? Does He know you? He gave us this parable:

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Mat. 25:1-13)

Folks, this is a somber warning to those of us who claim His name. For if we don’t know Him and He doesn’t know us, how is it you are ready to come into His Kingdom. The foolish virgins did not know their bridegroom and weren’t ready for Him. They sought the provisions of those who were ready. The wise virgins knew not to give up what they had received. For the wise virgins had walked with their Bride-groom and He was the one who filled their lamps.

The oil represents the Holy Spirit. But I also believe it represents our walk with Him. For if we do not walk with Him we do not know Him and neither He us. Now He also gave us this Scripture:

35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. 38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and[d] not allowed his house to be broken into. 40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

41 Then Peter said to Him, “Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?

42 And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. 45 But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:35-48)

Now if we give up what God has given us or don’t seek Him and His filling , it’s just like spitting in His face and trampling His name underfoot. Would you dis-respect your own parents? If not then why would you dis-respect the Lord?

If you desire to come into the kingdom, then I encourage you to lay down your life for Him.

23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:23-27)

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Fear IS Doubt IS Sin

In each of our lives we can experience many challenges and trials. For those of us who claim to follow the Lord Jesus we should know that He is the one that is there to help us overcome all things.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into. (I Peter 1:3-12)

So then, as Peter has declared our faith in Him is being tested by various trials. But why? Because as we overcome each challenge our faith becomes stronger and stronger. God loves us. He loves us so much that He wants us to be challenged in our faith. He wants us to overcome all things. For He is our Father and He is proud of those who overcome. Paul declared God’s glory in this way:

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If this is true, and I know it is by His stripes on my life, then we have no need to doubt what God has said. He stands with the faithful of His truth. If He has pronounced something, it will come to pass. It can only fail through the individual who becomes too afraid to overcome or doubt of His word. Or through dis-obedience. Then that individual is cast aside for someone else of God’s choosing. His will be done! But how do we know this to be true? Consider what happened to King Saul. I will refer you to chapters 15 & 16 of I Samuel. Here God has rejected Saul for his disobedience and anointed David in his place.

10 Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, 11 “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the Lord all night.
(I Sam. 15:10-11)

 This demonstrates clearly that our God seeks obedient children right? I suppose your thinking, “yeah but this is Old Testament stuff”. Your right, but Jesus the Son of God also had plenty to say about obedience.

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)

Is that clear enough? For if we have faith, then comes love, then comes obedience to His commandments. His truth. That is what I am demonstrating through Scripture. For if we have fear or doubt about what He said and do not walk in these truths then will any of us be found to be His? Of course not. We would then be counted unworthy and cast out. Fear and doubt is of cowards and unbelief.

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Mat. 6:25-34)

Yes we can be temporarily scared of what lay before us. But we can overcome all things. Be encouraged! He is there, He is real. So then my friends, let us repent and follow the Lord in His Glory! Let us lay down our lives so that we can all be found in goodness and peace of His Glory! Amen and Glory to the King of kings, Lord of Lords!

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Outlawing Microchips?

Outlawing microchipping humans not so far fetched, Nevada senator says

A recent article regarding microchips reminds us that it will not go away. As we move forward in history there will come a time where people will be forced to be chipped. Scripture bears witness to this reality. Be prepared brothers and sisters. Be strengthened in the Lord. He will help us over come.

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Rev. 13:11-17)

Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”
(Rev. 14:9-13)

And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:

“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!
Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested.”
(Rev. 15:2-4)

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More Than Words

When you read or hear Scripture, what does it mean to you? This is a general question as most folks derive their own meanings from Scripture. But there can only be one truth derived from Scripture.

Who is it that defines the truth? Is it God or is it your pastor, priest, yourself or someone else? Truth can only be defined by God through the Holy Spirit. For Christ stated

26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. (John 15:26)

Now if we accept this and want to know the truth, the truth will be established in our lives. If we accept the truth we know this is more than just words. It is life. The life of Christ. We no longer need to sit in a church listening to a pastor or priest preach to us. We can live out the truths that are taught by the Holy Spirit.

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. (Philippians 2:12-16)

63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)

So then if you have rejected God’s truth you will not understand His words and will not be able to follow Him. If this scares you then I urge you repent of your sin so that you may follow Him who loves you and calls out to you.

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
(I John 2:3-6)

I pray now that the Word of Life abide in you.

13 I write to you, fathers,
    Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
    Because you have overcome the wicked one.
I write to you, little children,
    Because you have known the Father.
14 I have written to you, fathers,
    Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I have written to you, young men,
    Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you,
    And you have overcome the wicked one.

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (I John 2:13-15)

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He Made Them Male and Female

And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh
(Mat. 19:4-5)

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Gen. 1:26-27)

As Scripture is the Truth and there is none who can rightly argue against it, there are some who would bend the natural order of the world that God has created. They would pervert the young minds of children and tell them, even encourage them to be something they weren’t born to be.

Any person who is born with male or female parts, That’s a fact of life. Someone with female parts is a girl who becomes a woman and someone with male parts is a boy who becomes a man. Who are we as God’s creation to tell Him we are something else? It’s a blatant swipe at God to call Him a liar. Does God lie to His creation or make mistakes? No. Scripture says

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
(I John 5:10)

39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. (John 5:39)

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
(2 Tim 3:16-17)

So you see Scripture bears witness of God, His Glory and His plan to save men from their sins. If people are testifying that a boy is a girl or a girl is a boy because that’s what they think or believe, then they are flying in face of reality against what God has ordained in their natural body.

Tell me, can a woman create a child naturally without the seed of man? Can a man carry a child and give birth the way a woman does naturally? The obvious answer is no. So then why are we perverting God’s natural order and lying to our children and ourselves that we are anything other than what God created?

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The Greatest Gift of All

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In this season of giving gifts, have you considered the greatest gift of all? A gift that takes away the burdens of life, of guilt, of oppression? It is commonly referred to as a gift of salvation. A gift that will set you free from your guilt and the traditions of this world. You should know by now I am speaking of Jesus who became Christ, the final sacrifice for the remission of sins for many. This same Jesus declares to us:

16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:16-22)

To those who are conflicted about Jesus and what he stands for. I was once conflicted and resistant as well. I couldn’t understand why I would want to follow a way that pulled me away from drinking, chasing women and living life for myself. But as He continued to call out to me and I realized how dead I was, how could I continue a lifeless life?

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Rev. 3:20)

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Rev 21:3-8)

If you find yourself on this blog, the Lord Himself has brought you here. If you have any questions I can help with, I will point the way to the Lord. I will pray with you that the Lord will open your eyes to the truth and that He alone helps you to understand who He is, what His purpose is and how to follow Him. God Bless you in this time of gifts. Let the gift of Salvation be granted to all who desire relief from this world to enter the Kingdom of God.

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Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Surely as we who are disciples in Christ are walking in the valley of the shadow of death. For there is death all around us. We are surrounded by the walking dead. Why? Anyone not found in Christ Jesus are dead in their sins. And that is exactly where Satan wants us.

Though this Psalm is uttered at funerals on a continual basis, it is no cliche’ that they are words of comfort for those of us who are alive in Christ. Take heart brethren. Christ is at your door step, even at your side ready to pull you up and dust you off. Lay down your troubles and take hold of His robes. Come into times of refreshing and prepare for the day of His arrival. The Day of the Lord!

Even as Peter preached in Solomon’s porch, he declared:

19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.(Acts 3:19-20)

23 Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints!
For the Lord preserves the faithful,
And fully repays the proud person.
24 Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.
(Psalm 31:23-24)

And again, the Lord says ‘do not doubt’.

18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.

20 And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?”

21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
(Mat. 21:18-22)

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Who Is Your King?

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”
(I Sam. 8:4-9)

During this past week a new president of the United of States of America has been elected. The so called leader of the free world. But we who are of Christ know there is only one true leader who is King of kings and Lord of lords. The one who died for our sins and set us free to follow Him and share His Gospel.

But let me ask you a question. If you voted in this election. Who did you vote for and why? Are you concerned about how this world is being corrupted? Do you think a man can stand in this world and correct the wrongs or clear a path to return this nation back to it’s presumed roots?

To tell you the truth, it really doesn’t matter. For those of us in Christ were charged with only 1 duty.

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Mat. 28:16-20)

Now you might be wondering if I and my wife voted. Yes we did. But we didn’t choose any candidate on the ballot. We actually wrote in the name of the one who already rules. Yes, we wrote in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Why? Because it ultimately doesn’t matter who the new king or queen would be in this nation.

It matters most if we preach the Gospel. The more people who hear and accept the Gospel, the more disciples there are to keep evil at bay. The fewer there are who preach and share the Gospel, the fewer there are who will hear it.

Think about it for a moment. If two people share the Gospel with twenty people and  ten accept and begin to share and more people accept the Gospel then the Body of Christ begins to mushroom. Yes there is a day appointed for the return of Christ and the majority of the world rejects Him. But does that loose us from our bonds to His charge to us? No. Why? Because He suffered and died on the cross for us. Why would He not expect at least as much from us?

23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.
(Luke 9:23-26)

So then let us not be ashamed to proclaim our Lord and Savior! Let us stand firm together proclaiming the Gospel. Let us not bow down to earthly powers where it concerns His Truth! Even if these earthly powers are mothers or fathers, wives, husbands, sons or daughters.

25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Luke 14:25-35)

Now then, who is your king?

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Strangers in a Strange Land

21 Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses. 22 And she bore him a son. He called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a stranger in a foreign land.” (Exodus 2:21-22)

How appropriate that Moses would name his son Gershom which is translated “Stranger There”. For we who are called in Christ are indeed strangers in a foreign land. For all the practices of this world are foreign to us. Just as Moses was called out of Egypt we are also called out of the ways of men.

If we have been baptized in the Lord we are baptized into His kingdom and His ways. And that brings me to a short discussion on this years election cycle in the United States. There is no doubt that the news on both candidates isn’t very good. Neither one appears to very appealing if we are focused upon being holy in the Lord.

I recall how dismayed I was along with many other believers when the current president was elected. For we all saw darkness coming upon the land. And our fears were for nought. Darkness indeed has fallen upon the land. Well, I should say it became darker, because darkness has been in this world since Adam and Eve sinned against God by eating of the fruit they were told not to eat.

I’m sure you along with I are very concerned about who will be crowned as president of this country. But this post is not about wallowing in fear. For the Lord is reminding me that He is sovereign. His plan of redemption will not be derailed by the enemy. He will still bring His faithful people home. Praise Jesus!

We remember Psalm 104 and Psalm 97 which speak of His sovereignty.
But let us also remember what the Lord did as shown in the Gospels:

22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”

Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?”(Luke 8:22-25)

So then let us remain faithful in the storm, knowing the Lord is sovereign even in this season. He is ready to further cleanse His Bride to prepare her for the Day of Redemption. The Day of the Lord.

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.[a]
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.[b]
Though they lunge between the weapons,
They are not cut down.[c]
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)


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Archaeology Confirms King Hezekiah’s War Against Idolatry

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I am greatly encouraged everytime I read an article that confirms Scripture. People always want proof that Scripture is true. Yet even when it is presented they still look for a reason to doubt God’s word. That’s OK with me. I know better. I have received the Holy Spirit and know for a fact that He is real.

This is why He is revealing these archaeological finds. To show that He is the true and living God.

57 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”

58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
(John 8:57-58)

13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”

14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 15 Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ (Gen 3:13-15)

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