Monday, January 28, 2019

7 Words I Never Want to Hear Jesus Say to Me

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7 Words I Never Want to Hear Jesus Say to Me

There are 7 words I never want to hear Jesus say to me:
Depart from me, I never knew you. 

Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' -Matthew 7:23

I would be devastated to hear him say that or anything like it. 
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. Matthew 7:15
What Jesus meant by this was that there were and are many false
prophets and they come as wolves in sheep's clothing. (Matthew 7:15)

A person can seem like a Christian but they are putting on a front. They are the blind leading the blind. They take the Word of God and tickle their followers ears with what they want to hear and not the truth of what the Word of God is really saying. 

It is important to really pay attention to what people are preaching and fact check with what the Bible says and what it was literally saying. 

Some people like their ears tickled because they want to be comfortable living the life they are living, what they think, and (they think) no consequences. Hopefully they get the reality check they need before they meet our maker. 

Only the ones who do the will of God will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 7:21Only the ones who do the will of God will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 7:21) 

If you want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven be careful of what you're listening to, watching, and speaking. (Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil). When you go to a Church (or don't go to a Church) because you like your lifestyle and they wont tell you that you are sinning you need to find another Church.  

2 Timothy 4:3

 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

 As Christians we are suppose to hold each other accountable and only share the TRUTH, not twist the Bible to our personal liking. We are to go to our brother or sister in Christ about their sin. However, we need to make sure we don't have sin ourselves first. (Matthew 7:3-5)
Matthew 18:15-17 (NIV) 
 "If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listent to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of the two or three witnesses.' If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. 

Depart from me, I never knew you.Another thing that Jesus meant by "Depart from me, I never knew you" was that they didn't have Jesus in their heart. They didn't have a relationship with him. They wanted nothing to do with Jesus. And Jesus tells us very clearly that non believers (anyone without Jesus in their hearts) will not inhearit the Kingdom of Heaven.(Galatians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Matthew 5:20) They wont have the chance to go to heaven. 

When anyone choses to follow Christ and receives Jesus in their heart as their personal Lord and Savior they are restored and now walk with Jesus. 

If they are removed from the Church because they refused to listen (reference Matthew 18:15-17) they can be restored to the Church once they have repented and show that they have repented. (Philemon 17-22) 

As for me, I want to have and do have Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I never want to go into judgment day and have Jesus tell me that I can't enter the gates of heaven. I want to hear "Well done, good and faithful servant." 

Jesus is waiting for the unbelievers to turn their hearts to him. He is also waiting for the believers who are sinning to turn back to him and repent

For anyone that doesn't turn their heart to him, this is the end result:

 Revelation 20:15 (NIV)
Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Is your name in the Book of Life, or is Jesus going to say, "I never knew you, depart from me"?

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Spiritual Warfare: The Battle Belongs to the Lord

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Spiritual Battle: The Battle Belongs to the Lord

Spiritual Warfare: The Battle Belongs to the Lord

You may not know it, but we are in a spiritual battle. The moment you gave your life to Christ you started this battle. The deeper you go in your walk with God the stronger the fight will be. Why? Because the devil doesn't want you to have anything to do with God. The enemy fights hard to keep you from following the truth. We are fighting an invisible war.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 2 Corinthians 10:3 NIV

Christians fight a spiritual battle. We have a fight against evil rulers, evil people in authority, the demons, and any evil person plotting against us. We need to be ready for the spiritual battle by putting on the armor of God.

'For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.' Ephesians 6:12-13 NIV

We need to stand our ground and fight the good fight. When we fight it is important that we are ready and equipped. We need to be equipped with righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, and the word of God. We need to pray in the Spirit on all occasions. We always need to be alert and ready for battle because the battle won't end until we die.

It is important to stay in the word because if you know the truth you can fight the enemy with confidence and fight against deception. It is also important to pray against attacks.

Put on the full armor of GodThe armor of God:
'Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of
righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.' Ephesians 6:14-18 NIV

We need to be careful not to sin because sin will wage war against our minds. We will be a prisoner to guilt and shame.

but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. Romans 7:23 NIV
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:11 NIV

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No weapon formed against me shall prosper. The devil is a liar.

The Spirit that God gave us gives us the power to help us fight the battle.

'For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.' 2 Timothy 1:7

When we are fighting the good fight, it is important to remember that God has already overcome the world and has already won the war. The enemy doesn't win, he wants our souls but he will not conquer, he will be defeated. The battle belongs to the Lord. Let the Lord fight your battles.

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.  Revelation 17:14 NIV

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4 NIV

The victory belongs to Jesus. Jesus had victory over sin and death and we do too!

Are you prepared for war?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Guide to Become a Woman of Valor

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A Guide to Become a Woman of Valor

Proverbs 31:10-31 has been picked apart by many pastors and writers. While some believe that women should follow Proverbs 31 others read it for what it is.

In Proverbs 31, King Lemuel wrote an acrostic poem praising his wife. He wrote it as a guide for men so they could see how they should praise their own wife.

Proverbs 31:10-31This acrostic poem starts in v.10 with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Alph. Each verse down to v.31 has a letter of the Hebrew alphabet in order from Alph to Tav. explains in further detail how Proverbs 31 has themes (the preciousness of wisdom and the difficulty of obtaining it, the fear of the Lord).

(Read about the 7 steps to achieving wisdom).

I love how Rachel Heldevens explains Proverbs 31 in her article "3 things you might not know about Proverbs 31".

Proverbs isn't and never was intended to focus on women's "roles". It focuses on Women of Valor, "Women of Virtue" and a husband praising his wife for being so excellent to him.

Be an excellent wife to your husband. Be a woman of valor.
However, I believe Proverbs 31 is still a good guide for women to follow to honor God and to strive to be an excellent wife like King Lemuel's wife. It shows an example of how we can be women of valor:

*She is more precious than rubies
*She is trusted by her husband
*She does her husband good
*She works hard, whether at home or at a job
*She feeds her family
*She makes sure that her family is well taken care of at all hours of the day
*She is strong
*She helps the poor and reaches her hand out to the needy
*She makes sure her family is dressed well
*She has wisdom and speaks with wisdom
*She teaches kindness
*She isn't lazy
*She fears the Lord
*She is a virtuous woman (True, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellence, holy and beloved, compassionate, kind, humble, meek, and patient. - Philippians 4:8, Colossians 3:12, 2 Peter 1:5)
*She lives by the fruits of the Spirit (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. - Galatians 5:22-23)

Even if you're not a married woman, you can still live by most of Proverbs 31:10-31. If you plan on finding a husband, find one like King Lemuel that will praise you with a little poem or song.

All kidding aside, find a good, strong Christian man that will appreciate you and love you.

Your future husband should strive to be an Ephesians 5 man. One who
An Ephesians 5 man: One who wants to be an imitator of God, walks in love, be a light in the Lord, discern what is pleasing to the Lord, walk in wisdom, be filled with the Spirit, praising God, giving thanks always
wants to be an imitator of God, live as a beloved child of God, walks in love, be a light in the Lord, discern what is pleasing to the Lord, walk in wisdom, be filled with the Spirit, praising God, giving thanks always, wanting to fully love his future wife, wanting to spiritually lead his future wife, present himself in splendor, and willing to leave his father and mother to be united as one with his future wife.

Not only should he strive to be an Ephesians 5 man, but he too should be virtuous and live by the fruits of the Spirit.

No one is perfect, but in everything we do, we should strive to be more Christ-like and honor God.
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