The very first person to be commissioned was a
women. And she was commissioned to go to men and share her
testimony….and then also to give His Word. I know there
are some people who will draw a line and say I can give a
testimony, but I can’t share the Scripture. But Jesus didn’t
make that distinction. He gave Mary Magdalene both
commissions, to share her testimony and to give out His word.
-Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz
daughter of evangelist Billy Graham
Asking humans this question, if you were a god and your people were waiting for you, how would you make your appearance? The majority of answers would be, definitely not quietly. Some would no doubt have a reality crew set up and ready to capture the theatrics of fireworks and flaming letters fanning across the sky to announce that you have arrived. There you’d be standing dressed and draped in brilliant regalia within a glistening chariot made from billions of dazzling gems and being pulled by a winged beast with a head of a lion and body of a dragon accompanied by a universe class band. Something like that.
How very opposite of our God. How very beautiful and intimately personal did Jesus come into the world for us! First of all the Creator of the Universe, of everything past, present and future came to the world burning with an incomprehensible love and compassion for us all. He came so that we may know Him and know that He desires a personal relationship with each of us. He came to set us free and to give all an even/steven chance of receiving His gift of eternal life ruling along with Him forever in His kingdom.
He arrived by way every human could relate to and understand, human birth and chose to do so in the most humble way. He became accessible to all who yearn to know and love Him. He came so that all can know and love Him. The kind of life our King chose here on earth announces that everyone, know mater your circumstance could become a part of His family and that all it takes is a willingness to see truth, see through the insignificance of mans world a fabricated merry go round of doctrine comprised of; depressing, limiting, self serving ,oppressing, listless, mindless, heartless callous, useless mandated redundant routine type existence……… requiring, obtaining, doing, going, being, becoming, having, needing, planning, occupying, lusting, wanting, gathering, consuming, using, exploiting and all willing to kill themselves following one person after the next down the escalator designated for mere men idolizing itemized lists, ideas, definitions and rules by which they delusion themselves into believing and declaring that this is life, this is what we are born and bred for and that this wasting of heart and soul is worth breathing for.
Side note-that ain’t being free.
But when you see through the cyclone of bull, see there under all the debris there to what has always and will always be, the magnificent simplicity and beauty of His Word(! ) illuminating our purpose our existence and the promise that He has given to us! The awesomeness of His power, glory, grace and promises He makes available at the insurmountable cost of free. All that He requires is our trust, belief, faith and love as we follow and live for Him.
Who will you serve? The men of this world at the cost that always is and always will be- everything? Can you breath without anxiety? Can you sleep without worry? Is your day meaningful..to anyone? Does your work come with an uncompromising love from caring, compassionate, considerate boss’ and co-workers who provide friendship and guidance and who are available to you 24 hours a day? Are you a valued, respected detrimental part of the company an aspect whose refined gifts and talents help keeps it together?
What happens 5, 10,20 years after you retire? Will any of those years you gave to that job mater? Would they even let you back in the door? Will new and future employees’ know about the work you did there? Would your old boss or company still even exist?
How about in the nursing home, when you’re terminal, and can’t walk or care for yourself will those people or that job come to your side and keep you company?Will they write or call?
How about family? Do you think that being connected by blood means family? Why, because they’re the most positive, influential, loving, understanding, intellectually and emotionally nourishing supportive people and you can’t live without their protection and comfort? Because they are the ones who put their arms around you and lift you up when you’re down or who hold you during the times you’ve made a mess of things? Is it because they’re the ones who’ve helped and will help guide your life? Have they raised you to be a strong, honest, selfless, resilient, virtuous person who can’t but help to positively affect people who are inspired by your genuine concern?
Who will be at your side when you die, your past or your future? Who will you give your life too? Who and what will you live for?
Was Jesus a Motivational speaker? Absolutely! But just absolutely nothing like the motivational teacher speaker preachers of today that are flooding churches and Christian TV. If you need a quick but fleeting pick me up you can tune in to the Trinity Broadcast channel any time of day and get a confidence boost from preachers like Joel Osteen who in a half hour will leave you pumped up and ready to put your foot down to stand up to your unappreciative and demeaning boss or your mother in law. But that’s false motivation,that’s not Jesus type motivation. If your looking to learn everything about Jesus and the Bible, pick the Bible up yourself and read the truth because it would take years of watching these preachers in order to string together the entirety of each Book.
What preachers don’t have today is absolute truth. They choose instead to pick out and scale down a topic into a couple of words from the Bible and insert emotions trending in line along with popular public feelings. But Jesus didn’t aim for the title of most popular preacher.He was and is complete truth and when a person gets a hold of the truth there is nothing more motivating than truth eternal.Jesus motivated people right down to their soul, He awakened their Spirit and lifted the veil off the materialistic world of man and exposed our higher purpose. He motivated people into action. He stirs the sleeper . The transformation within a person may or may not be immediate but something amazing and powerful happens. His motivation exists within you 24 hours a day everyday. You want to know how to deal with the negative, with the sorrow, anger frustration and disappointment? Every single problem you could face its solution is right there in His book. Do you need motivation to learn how to be a better parent, teacher, leader and overall person? Don’t waste your time on “experts” who’s knowledge comes from their own beliefs, learn the only way that maters, His way the truth. His way is worth leaving everything behind that has to do with man ,it is worth the persecution and its worth dying for; millions have. He teaches the ultimate state of mind and He doesn’t make exceptions or coddle those who are weak and wishy washy, a lifestyle not even imaginable to those who hear and understand. He plainly laid out everything that has to be done in order for us to reep rewards and ultimately join Him and rule along with Him in His kingdom . He didn’t pepper His speeches with comforting words, He wasn’t concerned about the reaction of those selfish (today their called sensitive) people whose only reaction is a defensive one accompanied by huffing and puffing out the question who does He think He is?
Jesus loves mankind.His desire is that none parish. He’d rather everyone be saved but He knew that few would be. Man’s hearts are naturally evil, and those who refuse to hear choose instead to live a lie that soothes and comforts their conscious allowing them to exist without a care in a fantasy land.
Heaven is a place more majestic and pure than anything we can imagine. Its a place you wouldn’t expect to find people who’d live out their whole lives for them self, who wouldn’t recognize God and who refused to be obedient to Him and to the commandments and laws plainly stated in the Bible. For those who don’t respect the laws of obedience laid out in the Bible and who believe it’s ok to pick and choose which to follow I say, you follow the silly rules of man, you follow laws because there are consequences .To those that believe that by just saying they believe in Jesus they;ll get into heaven I say is it as simple as making a statement in this world to get into Oxford? To participate in the Olympics, or ride in the Kentucky Derby, to live on Park Ave or be an astronaut, get into a private New York club for millionaires? If mere people put restrictions on and requirements by allowing only the “best of the best” in and restrict 99% of peoples from entering than what makes you think access to the most supreme place in the universe would be any less restrictive?
A true preacher will equip people with every thing they need to know and they will have personal contact and keep watch over every single one of their members making sure their on the straight path. A preachers only job is to be like Jesus and teach what He taught in the Bible. Congregations are to be disciples and nothing less. It’s that simple.The choice is yours whether you want to be a part of the His family and have the honor of calling yourself Christian. But it’s an all or nothing choice. Just knowing Jesus and hearing His preaching motivates people to accept nothing less from themselves and if you’re deliberately living for the system created by man, for your job your car your house your title your golf team your shopping sprees, anything that is not Jesus centered, than stop abusing the word Christian by demeaning and sulling it. If preachers have the same congregation members in their pews year after year and in a life that hasn’t changed, that’s a failing ministry. Today’s preachers aren’t selective with who they let stay in their church. The Bible clearly describes what the church is and what happens when blatant sinners are allowed to remain in it. Is it no wonder that the states these mega churchs with 10s of 1000s of members are located in is the poorest in the nation along with the largest homeless population? If these churches were true to God, the reality of the state would be one of success and prosperity. But the sad reality that most churches have created is an outcome that never fails when the only thing motivated is the ego and the only motivation is money.
How to forgive and pray for your enemies isn’t a course offered in grade school curriculum. If we’re lucky enough to have wise parents to teach us both why and how to forgive are we able to react without hesitating.
Forgiving and praying about my enemies wasn’t something I ever thought about prior to being reborn. I got the forget part down though. I would choose not to think about those who’ve betrayed me, those who’ve caused so much damage to my life and those who have tried to kill me. I just emptied their existence from my thoughts until they ceased to be. I was good at blocking things out. That’s how I coped with the never ending cycle of psychological warfare that was afflicted upon me every single day of my life . The fact that I wasn’t allowed to ever feel any thing about any event, traumatic or wonderful, let alone process the situation, made it easy for me to act like it was no big deal and that nothing could hurt me no matter how bullied I was. Forgiving them wasn’t even on my mind. I didn’t know about the power of forgiving and praying for enemies. I didn’t know just how important both are to the victim and the criminal.
It wasn’t until I receive the Holy Spirit did I learn what prayer and forgiveness can achieve. This is just one aspect of truth that He makes known to you that helps raise us out from the lies of the human world. In mans world their idea of rehabilitation hasn’t yet advanced out from the dark ages. You can put criminals in jail for punishment and forget about them but evil abounds where evil exists. What difference is it when an evil person serves decades in jail only to be released as he was or worse? That punishment serves no purpose. It allows the crimes to be repeated upon others. What justice is there if the criminal repeats the crimes? Over 40% of convicts released are jailed again for the same crime or worse. A spouse that cheats will cheat again or they will live in denial. The verbally abusive boyfriend doesn’t stop with the next person. The lazy worker, the mean boss the delusional selfish politician believe only in their cause and can see nothing wrong with it. Killers and sex criminals claim to have no control over their urges and no amount of punishment will cure them.
Until the day when Americans finally realize violence begets violence and humans when treated like animals will act like such, prayer and forgiveness is a power we all possess and the best weapon against evil .
God works in people and one way I believe He decides to impart the Holy Spirit within people is by the prayers of others requesting it. Philippians 4:6 says to make your requests known to God and James 5:16 says to pray for one another that you may be healed. Anything is possible through prayer. God takes the impossible and makes it possible. He sees promise where we see hopelessness. The Holy Spirit has given me answers and insight to areas where my mind was closed too before.
I understand what blindness does to unbelievers and those who are fake Christians, I know because I used to be one. But when they’re reborn some of the worst kinds of souls make the best hero’s in history. And when there is tremendous change there is such strength and dedication and passion that even a lot of average life long Christians haven’t yet matured into. Look at Paul of tarsus. An evil and most hateful man. What a transformation to the apostle responsible for most of the new testament writings and along with the other apostles, for changing the world and bringing hope, life and salvation to us through the words of Jesus Christ.
C.S Lewis became one of the most influential contemporary Christian apologetics after rejecting God for over half of his life. “”Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.”
Charles Colson who during the Nixon administration was labeled by Slate magazine writer David Plotz as “the evil genius of an evil administration” and Nixons hard man. He did a lot of bad/dirty stuff in politics. But after reading Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis his whole life changed and in 1973 became a Christian and then become a leading evangelical Christian leader dedicating his life to the Lord. In 1974 he went to jail and in 1976 after prison he created Prison Fellowship , which today is “the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families.” He received 15 honorary doctorates, wrote 30 books and was the recipient of some of the Salvation Armies top civic award and the worlds largest cash prize award the Templeton.
Colson was famously quoted in contemporary Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapmans song Heaven in the real world as saying;
“Where is the hope? I meet millions of people who feel demoralized by the decay around us. The hope that each of us has is not in who governs us, or what laws we pass, or what great things we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. And that’s where our hope is in this country. And that’s where our hope is in life.”
These men whose hearts were once black came to know Christ and went on to make the world a better place in the name of God.I want all enemies to have a radical transformation and go on to better our world. I want to be a part of praying for that chance. Do I forgive my enemies? Do I pray for them and that God will work in them? Absolutely! I don’t forget about them and act like nothing happened anymore. I do the best thing I can for them and the best most powerful thing that I can do for all of us , I hope and pray for their salvation not for their downfall. It is that simple.
HE IS RISEN
When a person has faith and accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord, when he/she repents and confesses and believes with all of their heart that Jesus was sent by God to die (which He did willingly out of Love for us) for our sins to set us free and give us eternal everlasting life ruling with Him in His kingdom after death—our old life, the way we think, feel, and act is crucified, it dies and we are reborn, we rise up with a new life with new eyes and with a new fantastic freedom in Christ.
When our old life dies, the Holy Spirit is able to fill us making us brand new. The transformation is amazing and powerful. You are ready to move forward in your walk with Jesus. You see the perfection of all of His teachings. You see how simple and easy it is to obey and adjust your life to moving on the straight path of truth and love.
There isn’t any such thing as a luke warm Christian. It’s called NOT being a Christian. Don’t let anyone tell you lukewarm Christians are good, that they are the peacekeepers that they are the comforters. NO they are the weak and ignorant. God hates lukewarm Revelation 3:15-16.
Jesus died for us. What friend or neighbor would submit themselves to hours of extreme torture and then death for you? No one. People today sue over being called a name. Don’t waste your life trying to appeal to those around you by being everything to everyone. That is a sure way to lose your life and take others down with you. If you aren’t strong enough to live in truth and you seek popularity instead of Heaven, don’t embarrass yourself by calling yourself a Christian.
To those who have just accepted Christ or who haven’t yet received the Holy Spirit, keep studying the Word, keep praying and keep around Christians who do have the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes to you get ready for the most awesomely amazing, fantastic, unbelievable transformation experience ever! !……and
Welcome to this powerful life in Christ!
Divine Sign for Israel? Hagee Explains Blood Moon : CBN talks to Pastor John Hagee February 4, 2014
Seeing 4 Blood Moons consecutively is rare and they coincide with Bible prophecies including Revelations. Like tonight”s they will appear on Jewish Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. I am not proficient in prophecy so I will give you links to professional articles from the worlds leading experts on Biblical Prophecy.
ITBN is an excellent source of Videos for learning from the world’s most qualified experts on Biblical Prophesy.
Perry Stone, Hal Lindsey, John Hagee, are three world know and respected writers on Biblical Prophecy.
These Blood Moons Are in The Bible. Over the past few millenniums, since the Bible’s beginning, Bible prophecy has been 100% accurate.
2014 Landslide Oso Washington
“Why would God do this, why would He allow this happen?” An Oso women resident asked in the news camera.
It is a question asked too often after tragedies. And the question that follows is always ” We couldn’t have foreseen this.”
The answers to both; He doesn’t and you did. God sends us warnings all the time through people or nature itself. Sadly history is full of tragedies that have ignored both.
If we look closely we can find the root cause for everything. We’ve pushed nature so far out of reality, arrogantly believing something as small as We can bend it to fit our needs. We continue to live in la la land thinking we can live without respecting it. We’ve become a sobriety that under values life and accepts greed and crapiness in productivity as normal.
The Landslide in Washington is incredible to imagine. A town gone. Going to bed expecting to wake. It’s something we all do. We go to bed unprepared for our death which could happen just like that. The horrible thing about it is the town should never have been built. Everyone including residents knew its history of landslides. One took place in 2008. In fact 4 new home had been built since then. How was God involved? By way of Danial Miller a gemologist working for the army corp wrote a report telling how dangerous mudlsides in the area were inevitable.
Some Past Disasters Involving Human Neglect
Mount St. Helen
In 1847 after visiting Mount St. Helen, Canadian artist Paul Kane painted a scene depicting its eruption as Indians looked on. For Hundreds of years Pacific Northwest Indians have called St. Helen the Smokey Mountain. 1800 saw a major eruption and inbetween 1831 and 1857 there were smaller incidents. Even in the early 1900s there had been activity. In 1968 an article in the Christian Science Monitor stated it was “worried” over its snow covering. In 1975 3 geologists who had been studying the volcano sine the 1950s reported “Mount St. Helen “the one volcano in the continuous USA most likely to erupt before the end of this century” Dwight Crandall.
Missouri Kansas Hyatt Regency Skywalk Collapse
1981 newly opened Kansas City Hyatt Regency collapsed from structural defects injuring 216 people and killing 114. It was the worst engineering disaster in the US before 911. Even though they had many set backs including disputed communications between the Steel Co and contractors even when a 2,700 square foot roof of the atrium collapsed and even when on-site project representation during the construction phase was requested, none were not acted on by the owner (Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation because they refused to spend the money) the Hotel opened.
Since 1718 ,176 Hurricanes have been documented of Louisiana’s coast from then until Katrina. New Orleans was wiped out by one in 1722. After facing more Hurricanes over the next century the town continues to build and in 1922 another Hurricanes flooding killed 275. And in 1947, 51 people were killed. But this wasn’t enough information for modern Americans to move away from what is and will always be an absolute danger zone.
Mount Tambora in Sumatra
In 1815 Mount Tambora one of the tallest peaks in the Indonesian archipelago at the time erupts eradicating a whole Island culture. Over 100,000 people were killed. Three years prior rumblings could be felt and a black smokey cloud appeared. Britain had gained control of the island 4 years earlier. Not recognizing what volcanic activity sounded like, they dismissed it as cannon fire. Since its been inhabited since 500 B.C you can bet the natives knew.
Disaster upon disaster spanning over millenniums occur. A recent few-
1847-51: One million Russians die from cholera
1969: 20 million Chinese die of famine after 9 million deaths by the same in 1847-51
1984-In Bhopal India 40 tons of toxic chemical soup fell over the million sleeping residents. The horrific mind blowing effects of Worlds Worst Industrial Disaster by american majority owned pesticide plant, Union Carbide (used to own Energizer and Everready and now is owned by DOW Chemical Company) in Bhopal India was caused by faulty and non functioning materials which owners and senior officials refused to update even cutting back on employee benefits and making them read english manuals, all so they could fill more of their own pockets. Prior reports and 4 reported accidents since 1974, one involving 24 +deaths but deafness falls on greedy ears. Over 500,000 people were affected, 15,000 bodies and 1,000s of animal carcasses filled the streets the morning after dying torturous deaths. 18,000 suffered the same fate within two weeks. Three generations later children are still being born with grotesque abnormalities, limbless, speechless and having deformation in brain and other horrendous disabilitis. Many are left alone to rot. The toxicity of the water and ground today are 1000 x higher than the World Health Organization allows. In 2013 the India courts decision required DOW chemical to explain its continual absconding from serious criminal charges (CEO Warren Anderson fled back to America and the Supreme Court refused to extradite him) from the chemical disaster and from helping with the ongoing medical treatment of victims. No One served Jail time.
God doesn’t cause disasters, HE lets us know they are coming.
The mind blowing, devastating, residual consequences of human arrogance, ignorance and greed will forever be a cause of death. Until compassion and integrity are instilled within humans and we start demanding as mandatory teaching in schools and communities so that it becomes an inescapable human characteristic, the bottom line will always be selfishness and death.
Each day is a welcomed challenge to remember upon waking what each of us has known from birth and what each Christian must hold on to.
To remember that this world man calls reality is nothing more than fantasy
a world comprised of rules and trials, traditions and rituals
of holidays and vacations and schedules
tasks kept in time on clocks made from human hands
tick toc- tick toc; ticking away our day demanding obedience of our conscious and our hearts
chipping away at our life in a constant symphony of distractions,
souless activities of which the ends provide nothing of salvation and prosperity
but instead beg us to exchange that eternity by coaxing us to listen away Power and Truth
with the hot breath of streaming lies used for
weaving temptations into dances and waltzing us straight into hell