“(s)atan’s Sales People” or “Yeah, But…” or “Jesus Is god With a Little g…I Think Not”

“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of antichrist…”  (1 John 4:3)

“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.”  (2 John 1:7)

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses are deceivers and have the spirit of antichrist. They believe in deception if it brings victims into the Kingdom of Hell…err…I mean Kingdom Hall. I don’t like calling them Jehovah’s Witnesses because God’s Name is Holy and in vain do they abuse it and blaspheme Him. From Henceforth we shall refer to them as J.W..

The J.W. is to the Christian Truth what Joker is to Me…errr…Batman. The J.W. is to Christian truth what Lex Luthor is to Superman. The J.W. is the archnemesis to Christ-ianity. The J.W. Is not a new cult. The J.W. Cult is thought to have been started by a man called Russell. They were called by some, “Russellites” and like the other “ites” in Scripture they are the enemy. However, their damnable doctrine of demons goes back to the late 200’s nad even as far back as the days of Christ.

In the terrestrial days of Christ, that is to say, when He walked this earth, His adversaries denied His deity. They denied that He was God of Very God…God Incarnate…God in The Flesh…God tabernacling with man… Immanuel or God with us. They tried to murder Him when He took upon Himself the Name of I am That I am.

In the late (200’s) Two-hundreds there was a man…an antichrist named, Arius. He taught that Christ was a created being and not Everlasting God of Very God. The church was close to adopting this doctrine except for one man, raised up by God, Athanasius. He stood strong for the deity of Christ. He was exiled multiple times and was told that the whole world was against him to which he replied, “Then I am against the whole world!” God bless the rebel.  Athanasius fought for truth and eventually won and the doctrine of Christ’s deity was established.

However….This damnable heresy whether it is called Arianism, Russellism, or J.W. , it is false and damnable. Christ said, “Except you believe that I am he, you shall die in your sin.” Please note that the he in that verse is in italics. This tells us that the KJV translators added it for clarification. However, when the he in italics is ignored we have Christ stateing , “Except ye believe that I am…ye shall die in your sins.”  He again claimed the Name I am! In John 8 He claims the Name I am and the religious men picked up stones to murder Him. They knew exactly what He was saying.

We have faced off against the J.W. many times. This morning in fact. The J.W. this morning stumbled all around the I am doctrine. I saw him lying to a man in the McDonald’s parking lot and we attacked. Thankfully the man in the car was not deceived. He understood the doctrine of the Trinity and was not victimized by (s)atan’s salesman. Whenever I see the J.W. (and I have J.W. Radar), I follow them and tell people that they are deceivers. I ask them about Christ’s deity in front of their intended victims, I ask them about Hell in front of their intended victims, I bring out all their damnable doctrine right in front of their prey and usually the prey is warned off.

The J.W. is the spiritual predator, a wolf in sheeps clothing, a deceiver, a manipulator (they bring their children in winter so people will allow them into their homes). They prey on the unchurched, the immigrant, the disgruntled ex church member. Scripture directs us to never allow these false witnesses into our homes and to never wish them God’s blessing or Godspeed. These are those that you can pray against. Ask God to shut doors, to expose their lies, to send dread before them so no one listens to them.

There are many ex J.W.s that have written books and have exposed the wickedness of this cult. Praise God for His mercy as He has saved many from this demonic religion.

If or when you hear their knock at your door and if you choose to cross swords with them, be strong and direct. Usually it will be a team. An old witch or warlock and a newer, younger person (a trainee). Focus on the younger inexperienced person, not to gain an easy win, but to possibly reach him or her with the truth. It is not impossible to reach the experienced liar because nothing it impossible with God but humanly speaking, they have been so brainwashed for so long there’s not much independent thought in them.

You may think I’m harsh but in this case harsh is good and nice is bad. Atleast I don’t kill them like Elijah or beat them like our Lord did the money changers or throw them around by their hair like Nehemiah, or strike them with an animal’s jawbone, or send a bunch of burning foxes in to their homes or slaughter them like Samuel did Agag, or send a stone flying into their forehead like David.

“Ways To Share Christ” or “Changing ‘Scared’ into ‘Sacred’ ” or “What Is The Christ-ian Predestinated For”

“God has not given us the spirit of fear…”  (2 Timothy 1:7)

“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are…”                                                                                                                                      (Romans 6:16a.)

 

I knew a person once that would think everyone should do as they did.  If they started a weight loss regiment then everyone should start a weigh loss regiment. I know that bosses want every employee to read the book they just read because they think this book is THe answer. I get it.

I have been given the gift of boldness so I have no problem in approaching persons on the street, at the store, in the mall, in a parking lot…anywhere and speaking of Christ. I have not always had this gift. I’ve always known that I should speak of Christ but the courage was not present. So I understand the difficulty in sharing Christ.

I also know that there should be no difficulty in sharing Christ. But it’s there.  What is it that causes the difficulty? 1. The flesh, the old man, the old nature. 2. Fear  3. Pride  4. Tapping into Holy Ghost Power.

The flesh kicks or rather wars against anything that is spiritual.  It is the flesh that gets in the way of doing and being right, it is the flesh that causes Sunday morning to be filled with friction and obstacles. It is the flesh that keeps us from speaking about the things we think others do not want to hear. We have been conditioned to think people will be angered and offended by our witness. I have found many, many more times than not people to be gracious and respectful outwardly. Many times people will appreciate the courage of your witness. People are like snakes and dogs, they can sense your fear or worse, your doubt in what you are saying. The flesh can be and must be mortified by the Holy Spirit and renewed and always renewing mind.

Fear is a cruel and mocking task master, fear is without mercy or grace. One cannot serve both Christ and Fear. As it has been said many times, “Courage is not the absence of fear but the over-ruling of fear. Our Lord feared in the garden but his fear was over-ruled by loyalty to His Father and Love to His siblings (you and me). The more fear is over-ruled the less fear will waste it’s time on you. Also keep in mind, most persons will be to terrified to react harshly to your tract, booklet or witness.  It’s like i tell my kids, “The spider is more afraid of you than you are of it.”  We are told many, many, many times not to fear, not to be afraid, to fear not, to fear not their faces, to fear not their words, etc. Once you enter the ‘Fear of the Lord’ all other fear fades away. Once you see God (by faith) all else, everyone else, everythings else shrinks and becomes puny. The great lions in Daniel’s den were kittens to Daniel. The great fire in the furnace was a nice (70) seventy degrees to the (3) three men in the fire because of the (4th) Fourth Man in the fire with them.  We are told that Christ was hungry AFTER His (40) forty days of trial in the wilderness. The great and ferocious lion became a riddle to Samson, and the great giant Goliath became target practice for David.

Pride is the other obstacle, we fear so often because we are too pra pra pra proud. My readers, We must be happy to be come fools for Christ. But before your flesh rears up and says, “Nope…no way.” Let me speak to your spirit.  The word fool in Hebrew and the way Paul uses it means…….wait for it……..wait for it………….Rebel.  Yes! we aren’t expected to act foolish before others, though they may perceive it as such, no we are to be rebels for Christ!  What is it we rebel against? We rebel against the flesh, fear, pride, the world’s fallen system, all that is bad and evil and wrong.  The Christ-ian is a (forgive me) rebel with a cause…the greatest of all causes!!! Yes, We may and can rebel against the nasty looks, the nasty words, the heads that shake, the condescending looks. If you are looking at their condescending looks you must be looking up……look past them and see the Heavens that are declaring God’s Glory.  Each and every man and woman of God has been a rebel against something.  Even the symbol of the Christ-ian fish is swimming against the stream.

Some very practical ways to share Christ and your Faith in Christ:

  1. Christ-ian T-shirts are second only to a personal testimony or tract.  People read them. I have one that says, “Every Knee Shall Bow” and it has all the world’s religion’s symbols adorning it as to say, all false ways will bow to THe Way, THe Truth and, THe Life. I would suggest shirts with Scripture instead of witty sayings. Instead of the “1 Cross and 3 Nails = 4given” how about, “Christ Died For Sinners and All Have Sinned”  If this shirt is not available have it made.  A shirt that says, “Repent” speaks volumes.   You can find many shirts on Google Image if you look up Christian t shirts.
  2. Use Bible language like, “Amen,”  “Praise The LORD,”  “Hallelu-jah,”  “God Knows, ”  I’ll pray for you,”  “God is Good,”  “God forbid,”  “God Willing/Allowing,”  “Thank You, LORD,” etc. These are not a full witness but these will open the door and others will know who and what you are.
  3. Do Right. Simply obey God in all things. Let others know why you do what you do and why you don’t do what you don’t do.  Christ-ians do not steal because “it is wrong” but because God says, “Thou shalt not.”  Christ-ians do not speak truth because it is the best policy but because it is what God wants.  The truth is rarely the best policy, by the way, but we do it even if it is to our own hurt.
  4. Ask God for an opportunity…a specific opportunity to speak to someone about Christ. Paul prayed for an open door of utterance. God will open this door and it will be obvious to you.  You might say, “I know this may seem like it is coming from left field but may I say……”  or “I Know this mightb be uncomfortable for both of us but, …..”  or  “Are you a church going man or lady?” or  “You look like you are a believer….” They may say yes and you will have a good time listening to them. If they say, “No” ask them why, especially if they look guilty about it.”
  5. Tracts, Booklets, Books, invites to church, invites to Christ-ian movies or concerts or plays. Invite them out with a group of your Christ-ian friends or family.  Invite them to game nite if you have one.
  6. Simply ask a person, “Did you know Christ died for sinners?” and see what happens.
  7. If you feel fear or shyness, simply tell yourself, “I will probably never see this person again in my life, so hear goes…..” or even better, you may see them again in church and or eternity!!!

 

The more you put yourself or rather Christ out there you will turn “being scared” into something very “sacred,”  We, as Christ-ians, have been predestinated to become like Christ.  My readers, this transformation begins hear and now.  Once one is saved, s/he is told to be baptized by God’s Word and this is the first step in Christ-likeness, which is obedience and committment.  To do good and to teach is another Christ-like action, and to tell of Christ is a Christ-like action. To be compassionate, to be merciful, to be slow to anger, and quick to forgive one who seeks it are all Christlike behaviours.  The closer you walk with God, the more intimate you become with Christ, the more sensitive you become to the Holy Spirit’s direction and instruction the less you will fear, the less pride will you exhibit and be imprisoned by, and the less like the old man you will be and the more like Christ you shall become.

Godspeed

“Promises Betray A Lack Of Wisdom” or “Only The Sovereign Should Make A Promise” or “The Dangers Of Promising” or “Who Are You To Say, ‘It’ll Be Okay’?”

“The Lord is not slack concerning [H]is promises…”  (2 Peter: 3:9a.)

“Let your, “Yes” be Yes and your, “No” be No.”  (Sermon on the Mount)

 

I can not remember ever making a promise to anyone and especially not my children.  They may have asked me for a promise early on when they were younger but not anymore. I explained to them that I cannot control enough to make a promise. The weather, health, other events, and many other things can interfere with a promise. The will of God may over-rule a promise. I will say, “If God wills I will do my best to…”  James in his epistle warns us of saying, “I will do this or that …” Instead he tells us to say, “the Lord willing I will do this or that.”

We are also warned in Scripture not to swear upon anything…” I swear to God” or I swear on …”  This is because we have no power over God or anything else for that matter. I have heard others swear upon the life of their mother or their children…this is evil and very foolish for you have no power over either and thank God for that.

Why is it so foolish to make a promise? It is foolish because it is a sure way to loose your children’s confidence in you and your word. Your word will loose more and more worth or value with every broken promise. However, if you say God willing or I will do my best they will come to understand that you can be trusted to keep your word. Another piece of counsel, help them understand the will of God and that though His will may not always allow their every wish His will is best. You will want to tell them of times God over-ruled your desires or plans and why it was for your best. How many of us would not have the life and or families we now enjoy if God would have allowed us to “get the girl” or the guy from our youth? How thankful I am that He says “No” as often as he does. Thank Him today for all the times He said, “No” or “not yet”? Explain the blessedness of God’s “No” to your children.

There are only (3) that can promise. One is God. God can control all events to make His promises unbreakable.  God is not slack or slow and it is only God Whose will is not over-ridden by outside events. The other persons that can promise is the God called prophet who speaketh the Words of God. The Old Testament prophet could promise based upon the God-Spoken Words and the New Testament prophet can make general promises based upon the revealed Word of God as can the well taught Christ-ian man or woman.

Understand what I mean when I say general promises and revealed Word. I Can say, “If you sense the drawing of God and if you will repent and believe the Gospel, you can be saved.” I can make that promise without heitation or doubt. If a broken hearted Christ-ian comes to me over a matter of sin, I can promise Him or her God’s forgiveness if s/he will confess them before God and I can make that promise without hesitation or doubt for it is God’s Word  and will that I am speaking of and not just my own. I cannot promise that we will do this or that tomorrow because it may rain, I may be sick, I may die! I do not control the events that will allow or disallow my promise. I can say, If God wills it and all things go well we can do this or that. This will lead all of us to prayer and to have our thoughts upon God.

God caused the sun to stay for Joshua, It was God the Son that caused the wind, the waves, and the storms to bow to His will, It is the Spirit of God that can cause the unchangeable person to change. It is God that raised Christ from the dead. It is God that called the animals to the ark, It was God that caused to Red Sea to split and the ground to become passable, It was Christ that caused the blind man to see, the lame man to walk, the dumb man to speak, the deaf man to hear and the poor man to become rich through the Gospel.  It is the Holy Ghost that changes the heart of stone into a pulsating and beating heart of flesh, it is the Holy Ghost that causes the spiritually blind to see, the spiritually lame to walk, the spiritually dumb to speak with a new tongue, the spiritually deaf to have an ear. You see God can remove all obstacles and make all obstructions bend to His perfect will.  That is why we say, “If God wills” instead of I promise.”  We can do none of the above.

Another wise act is to let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no.  We want to be a Christ-ian of our word. If someone asks you, “Did you do this?”  Your answer is yes or no and nothing more. Do not swear upon anything…simply let your answer be yes or no.  There are not many honours above being known as a person of your word. To be known as a good or honourable person is the highest compliment one can be given. My wife gave me a Father’s Day card that said I was a good man and a great father. There is no better compliment or honour a husband/father could be given in this world. The only honour greater than this is, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

To be known as a person of your word; to be known as a good and honourable person means that if someone says something negative about you, those that know you will disregard it immediately. If someone came up to a family member and said, “Your Dad/Husband/Pastor promised me…….” My people would know immediately that they are not speaking truth.  If someone approached my kids or wife and said, “Your Dad/Brian sent me to pick you up.”  My family would know to avoid this person at all costs and they would be prepared to defend themselves.  A family should have codes: names, symbols, signals, pass words, etc. to let each other know that this person is okay or what I am saying is true.  These codes should never ever, ever, ever, ever………………………be shared with anyone, not even extended family or friends. If the code is ever used change it immediately.

God has made many promises in His Word. Some of His promises are unconditional and others conditional. All of His promises of hope are conditional upon relationship and covenant. In other words, His promises are made to the elect. God’s promises of hope are not for the lost, God’s promises of hopelessness are not for the saved. A conditional promise is based upon a condition and an unconditional promise is without condition.

Salvation is a promise made upon the conditions of repentance and belief. Salvation is promised upon the submission to the Spirit’s drawing. THe promise of God’s love for His person, persons, people, and peoples is unconditional. He does not promise His love to you if you do this or that. His promise of love is not even based upon the condition of your unbroken faithfulness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No, God has promised Himself  as well as you that He would remain faithful to you unconditionally!!!!!!!!!!! God is so Good! Everything that hath breathe, praise ye the LORD God!!!

It is important to know God’s promises because our prayers should find their strength in these promises. His promises do not back Him into a corner. You cannot hold God hostage over His promises. You can, however, Call upon Him and ask Him for X which is based upon His promise. You may go to Him with boldness AND humility petitioning His perfect and wise will and knowledge of what is best. I can state unequivocably that God has answered all of my prayers and sometimes in ways that are too wonderful to share. Sometimes one should keep things between self and the Lord…these are truly sacred things.  It is enough to say, “God has answered my Prayer”  as in your “Yes” being yes and your “No” being no.

Godspeed

“Politics Are Fake; Pro-Wrestling Is Real” or “Do They Hear Themselves” or “I Detest The Ways Of The Left”

“[We] were never in bondage to any man…”  (John 8:33b)

 

Whenever the topic of Pro wrestling is brought up someone will invariably say, “Pro-Wrestling is so fake” or if someone sees it on tv they will remark with the same comment.  As an observer for most of my life I have heard this many, many, many, many times. After hearing it so many times you would think that I would have gotten used to it and that it wouldn’t bother me anymore. You would be wrong. When someone feels the need to remark on the fakeness of the SPORT I usually will ask them what is fake about it. They will point out things like the punches and the kicks aren’t real and that the ATHLETES stomp their feet whenever the punch or kick the opponent. I will typically point out that movies are fake yet the commenter enjoys the movies. Much of todays news is fake yet it is usually believed.

What is fake about Pro wrestling?  Are the flips from the top rope fake?  Are the steel chair shots fake? Are the broken bodies fake? Is the torn off ear fake? Are the scars on the foreheads fake? Are the open handed slaps to the face or chest fake? Are the broken and missing teeth fake? The answer to these questions is, “NO, not at all.” The only thing that is “fake” about this sport is the scripting. Everyone knows that pro wrestling is scripted.  The Sport, itself acknowledges as much.  They admit that the athletes are actors playing fictional characters. But the atlhletism is (100%) one-hundred percent real.

Most of these athletes, behind the scenes, are friends and form a lifelong fraternity. One should not be surprised to see two “enemies” dining together at a hotel restaurant after the night’s matches. As a young man I spent much time around these athletes and boy could i tell some stories. I learned early on that celebrated athletes are as “normal” as you and I. They have their families, their bills, their debts, their flaws, their weaknesses, their like and dislikes. The only thing that makes them different is their familiarity to many.

Therefore, Pro Wrestling is not fake as it does not attest to any realism in terms of winning and losing. The Athletics are very real as are the real injuries (sometimes the injuries are scripted). Most in the business will call their business “Sports Entertainment.”

Politics on the other hand claim to be real when in fact it is scripted. When I say scripted I mean to say that both parties pretend to be open to each other’s ideas when, in reality, they are as closed and locked as my front door. I am convinced that many of our politicians are either psychopathic or sociopathic. I have come to this conclusion based upon the ease in which many of them lie and contradict themselves without any embarrassment or shame. The blatancy in which they lie would be unbelievable if I didn’t see it and hear it with my own ears. One should not be surprised to see a democrat dining with a republican nor should one be bothered by the friendship. While their constituents may have very hard feelings against the “opposing” party, the constituent’s representative does not. The politicians are for the most part are friends.

Mrs. Clinton when in the south tries to speak with a southern draw.  Some Obama person said that the Obama administration was without scandal. I heard a politician say just yesterday, that in Trump’s presidency there have been more hearings than in all of Obama’s administration. I was dumbfounded when I heard that. While it is a true statement, let us look at the reasons. 1. The democrats would never bring their own to a hearing and 2. The republicans didn’t want to get bogged down with hearing after hearing after hearing. If there was a hearing for everytime a hearing was needed in the Obama presidency there would be hearings for the entirety of his administration.To prove that politics is scripted all we need to do is look at all that Trump has gotte done. Whether you like him or not you must admit that he has done more in his presidency upto now than did any other presidents of recent times. The reason why he gets things done is because he is not a politician going off of a script.

I have often wondered if the politicians realize that they are being recorded. You would think that they do not know that they are being recorded. How could a person say one thing and then an hour later say the opposite in different company and not expect to get caught? Do they even care when they are caught?  “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor period,” Obama said this repeatedly all the while knowing it to be a lie. One would think that to be a politician in the democratic party one must be a liar.

Harry Reed (D) Nevada said, “Why would I do that?” when he was asked to free up some money for the Children’s Cancer hospital during the last government shutdown…”Why would I do that?” Reed is a textbook sociopath. Reed demonstrated his callousness towards those who suffer. This man is certainly an anti-Christ and those that follow him must be also by their free association.

Pro Wrestling is scripted, politics is scripted, and Readers, Life is scripted.

“And as Jesus passed by, [H]e saw a man which was blind from his birth. And [H]is disciples asked [H]im, saying, Master, who did sin, thisman, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in Him.” (John 9:1-3) This man was cast as the blind man that would be blind for half his life. He was cast to be the man to give God great glory for his healing.

“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in [T]hy [N]ame: those that [T]hou gavest [M]e I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the [S]cripture might be fulfilled.”  Judas was cast to be the betrayer of the Christ. Some may see this as unfair. They should not think this unfair as Judas did as Judas wanted to do.

“Known unto God are all [H]is works from the beginning of the world.”  (Acts 15:18) God, like any author or writer knows how his-story will end from the beginning. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle knew Roylott would be bitten by his own snake before he began writing, “The Speckled Band.”  Before the foundations of the world were set, God knew the ending from before the beginning. Your life and my life are scripted by a Great and Good and All Powerful Author and Finisher. Our lives are being directed by a Director of directors. This should give comfort and boldness in times of pain and weakness.

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD…”  (Psalm 37:23)  The steps of the saved are directed or ordered by the Godhead. Our direction comes from God. Sometimes the script calls for a valley and sometimes the script calls for a mountain, but it is the same Writer and director. Job asks, “[S]hall we receive good at the [H]and of God, and shall we not receive evil?” We can, we should, we must always trust the Writer and His Script whether we are in the valley or on the mountain.

God has cast you to be you so Be the you He has cast you to be.

Christ told His adversaries to search the Script – tures for they testify of Him.

“Sin Boldly” or “Condemnation Or Confession” or “Abounding Grace” or “Sin or The Saviour”

“…[W]here sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”  (Romans 5:20)

“The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”  (1 Corinthians 15:56-55)

” My little children, these things I write unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the [R]ighteous…”  (1John 2:1)

 

Dear Readers, The Christ-ian wants not to commit sin. The Christ-ian wants to be rid of sin. While the Christ-ian may have pleasure in sin like a lost person does but unlike the lost person, the Christ-ian does not pleasure in that pleasure. While the Christ-ian saint will not be sinless in his temporal state, the Christ-ian will, indeed, sin less as he grows closer to Christ, walks with Christ, and grows in the grace and knowledge of Christ. The Bible knows nothing of a sinless saint, but nonetheless He encourages us and exhorts us to be without sin. While the Christ-ian sins he is not committed to sin nor does he sin habitually as a way of life. As Luther said we are saints and sinners at the same time.

Christ did not take our place on our cross so that we could blatanly sin and never give it a second thought. Christ set us free from the penalty, the power, and the pleasuring in the pleasures of sin. Peter warns us not to use our Christ-won liberty as a cloak of lasciviousness. Grace does not give us a license to sin. Grace and liberty gives us license to look to Christ for strength not to sin. We are invited to come boldly before Him as He sits upon the throne of grace, for we have great need of that grace in times of failure. Paul reminds us that where sin aboundED, (past tense) grace does much more abound (present tense).

Christ tells us we can not serve (2) two masters. We will, He says, serve one and hate the other. This is true of sin and salvation. We can not focus upon our Saviour and His abounding saving graces AND live in the condemnation of our guilt over sin. You must pick one or the other. You can live a defeated life dwelling upon your sin or you can live (and sin boldly) while dwelling upon the Saviour Who has defeated sin fully and completely and slayed the sin you are dwelling upon. God has chosen to remember your sin no more. He has cast it away. Your sin, yes, todays sin has already been dealt with. Do you understand that? The sin we commit (not committed to as in in a marriage) today and tomorrow and next week has already been dealt with by our Champion.

My daughter plays volley ball and she used to get so down on herself after making a mistake (not being perfect) that she would be less effective for the rest of the game. She would be less effective because she was dwelling on her past misdirected ball. We discussed this and we explained to her that she could take that mistake and put in into a mental box and pack it away in her mental attic while she continues to play and play effectively. She could then, later on, unpack that box and review what had happened and learn from that. The same is true of sin. If we focus on sin, like our adversary and accuser would have us do, we will be less effective for Christ’s Kingdom and Glory.

If or rather when we sin we should look at it, judge it, confess it, and then praise God for His forgiveness and love. We should confess it and praise our Champion, Who overcame sin and removed it’s sting and strength. Luther said we should sin boldly. He’s not saying to sin freely or to sin as a practice, but to remain bold in the grace of God when the accuser throws sin in our face. Paul asks the question, if God has forgiven you and justified you, based upon the work of Christ, who is it that can then accuse you or condemn you. The answer is no one. When your sin is thrown in your face, thank God for His grace and then mock the devil with that sin for neither does he or sin have any place or part in you. If he can get you bogged down in guilt you are not effective nor are you glorifying Christ for the victory He has already won.

Readers, I trust you understand what I am saying. We are not giving license to sin so that grace may abound. In the words of Paul, “God forbid.” We are simply exhorting you to focus on your salvation and the grace of the Saviour and not upon the already defeated sin. Some might ask, “Why then are we told to confess our sin if it is already dealt with?” When we confess our sin we are simply acknowleding what we have done, judging ourselves so that our Heavenly Father need not chasen us. With the lost man, God sits as Judge but with the Christ-ian God “stays up late” as a Father and is unhappy that we have come home late. That is the difference.

Therefore, one can live in defeat and let the accuser steal one’s joy or one can live joyfully, gratefully, and thankfully knowing that Christ has taken the sting and strength from sin. I choose the latter for the Joy of the LORD is my strength.

“If It Be So…But If Not” or “Tearful Eyes and Goosebumps” or “The Greater Of The Two Miracles.” or “His Grace Is Miraculous For It Breaks Through…”

“But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”  (Daniel 3:18)

“[A]nd Jesus marveled…”  (The Gospels)

 

Those who know God and His Greatness and Power should never be surprised when He intercedes or intervenes on one’s behalf or the behalf of another.  However, one should be amazed that He does intercede and intervenes on our behalf and the behalf of another. David asked the question, “What is man that Thou visits him?” David said further, “Such knowledge is to wonderful for me.” Those that have seen the intercession of God on their behalf say, “I stand amazed.”  But let me say it again, one should not be amazed only at God’s Power but at His willingness to manifest His Power and His grace in thy sight and for thy good.

The recorded events concerning the (3) three captive Jews and the fiery furnace contain two miracles and (1) one is greater than the other. Before we discuss the (2) two miracles let me give you the backstory. God had raised up a pagan king, Nebuchaddnezzar, to attack and to take captive God’s chosen people for they had abandoned Him for other false gods. After the Israelites are taken captive, the king decreed that the best of the young men should be taken and trained in the ways of their captive nation.

Four (4) men are named amoung those that are taken. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men are trained over time and show themselves to be the best of the best of the captive youth. As time went on they moved up and bacame respected by the king and other leaders.

At this time the king had a distressful dream and he called his magicians and wise men to not only tell him the meaning of the dream but the dream itself! None were able to do this and the irrate king ordered all wise men to be put to death. Daniel, a man of God went to the king and promised to tell him the dream and to interpret the dream, thus saving many lives. Daniel was true to His word as God gave him the needed information. The meaning of the dream was of future kingdoms and empires. The dream contained a giant idol which was made of various metals and materials.

As time went on the king decreed that a giant idol be built and that it should be made of the materials that he saw in his dream. Once this idol was built King N. ordered that all his people would bow down to this image when they were signaled by the music. All but (3) three brave men bowed. As is usually the case, the faithful men of God rebelled against this Godless law. [Sidenote: There are many ways to tell if a person is a Christ-ian. One of these ways is trouble making where and when trouble needs making.] Part of this decree was death by fire to anyone who would not bow.

They were then taken to the king and the king gave them another opportunity to bow down to the image, but again they refused. The king is outraged (possibly because he had great respect for these men. He would be losing (3) three of his best men.) The king ordered that the fire be turned up (7) seven times higher than is usual.  Some preachers and commentators see this increase of heat to be a sign of the king’s out of control fury and they seek to make him look foolish. This I refute. The king turned up the fire so that the torture and death would be quick, for he resepected these men and these men respected him. The king was like any parent that was about to issue discipline, “This is gonna hurt me more that it is gonna hurt you.” The men would be dead but the king would live with this most painful of decisions.

Methinks the (3) three men, wanting to alleviate the kings fury, outrage, and sorrow, said, “If it be so, our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and [H]e will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not worship the golden image which thou hast set up.  To this refusal the king ordered the furnace to be heated (7) seven times greater than is normal. The fire was so great that the mightiest of men in the king’s army were burned and killed by the fire when they cast the (3) three Jews into the furnace.

“Then Nebuchadnezzer was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the [F]ourth is like the Son of God.”

There is present in this event a number of awe inspiring moments. 1. The Idol  2. The Music  3. The united front of the Chaldeans  4. The (3) three Jews standing  5. The refusal to bow after being given a (2nd) second opportunity.  6. The Fire  7. The Son of God. There are more but these (7) seven shall suffice us.

Which of these (7) seven do you see as the most awe inspiring?? My choice is (4) four and (5) five. As we have said before, God is Powerful and He does interject Himself into human matters and that is Awesome/ful. We are not surprised only by His great power but by His willingness to visit man and to intervene on man’s behalf.

That which inspires me and gives me goosebumps and wet eyes is, “If it be so, our God Whom we serve is able to…But if not be it known unto thee…”

“If not…” This is faith, my readers. This is experiential faith that causes faith to grow into hope and hope into burning love for God. Methinks events like these will happen again very soon. Let us all amaze God by our love, by our loyalty, by our faith in Him, Who amazes us each and every day. God breaks through the natural with the  supernatural and inspires us, and empowers us to do well and to do good works and to give all glory to Him. The Church…the Body of Christ… is a miracle.

“I have not seen such faith…” Lord Jesus

“Roses Prove The Goodness of God” or “We Make It Difficult, We Really Do” or “Knowledge Puffs Up…[and we can’t see our feet”

“Taste and see that the LORD is good.”  (Psalm 34:8)

Sometimes a person can get in their own way. A person can be so intelligent and live in the realm of deep thought and observation that they are absent minded when it comes to the ordinary.  G.K. Chesterton was a brilliant journalist and a devoted Christian. He excelled with the paradoxical. He was a man that loved to write and to inform so he wrote and informed. The public considerered him to be a great and gifted intellect of their time. However, when he would got out he would often times send a telegram to his wife asking her where he was suppose to be going.  It was so that she would pin his destination upon his great big coat. Some might say, “He was so Heavenly minded that he was of no earthly good.”

We have observed that Bible readers can be much the same. The reader may read a passage and wonder to themselves, “What does this mean?” We might at times look for a deeper meaning when their is none. We may try and interpret the Scripture as code or seek the double meaning in the Words of Holy Writ.  “When I am weak then I am strong.” What deep and mysterious truth is held in that declaration? There is nothing deep or mysterious in Paul’s declaration. Paul means exactly what he wrote. When Paul is weakened in the flesh, when he has been worn out, when he is physically and mentally exhausted the Spirit of God strengthens him. The Lord said to His inner circle of (3) three, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Our ensouled living & spirit encourages us to “Faint not.” A preacher i know says, “Keep on keeping on.”  God tells us to, ” Go forth and…” Much of Scripture is to be taken at face value. Scripture means what He says.

Psalm 34:8 says to you and me, “O’ taste and see that the LORD is good.” What doth that mean? I know that this verse has a deeper meaning AND a practical meaning. (DV), We will focus on the practical. We will see (DV) that practical becomes spiritual.

O’ Taste and see that the LORD is good.”  When you sit down for a meal, the expectation of taste is present. That taste should and could cause you to know that God is good. We eat to live, it is a staple of life. The enjoyment of taste, however,  is an extra, “It is only goodness that gives extras,” said Sherlock Holmes.

Holmes goes on, “There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion, It can be built to an exact science by the reasoner. Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence [God] seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But the rose is an extra. it’s smell and it’s colour are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.” [Side note: Our greatest assurance is the Indwelling Holy Spirit of God in Christ.]

Taste is necessary to discern what is good and healthy or bad and toxic. Taste is also an extra. The Creator, our Maker could have omitted the pleasure of taste in His creation. Eating foods could have been tasteless. Eating could have been simply a staple of life and no more. Eating could have been a necessity only. In the wild, one does not see or hear the animals preferring one prey over another. The animals eat to live; it is a necessity of life. …..BUT we can enjoy and find great pleasure in our food. Therefore, when thou sitteth down to feed, think upon the goodness of God. Eat sloooowwwwwllllyyyy and be enraptured, and be engrossed by the Greatness and the Goodness of God.