Thursday, September 21, 2017

Living and Dying For Truth

My wife is in hospice here at home with me and our daughter.  We were advised to give her morphine for pain and to increase the dosage for comfort. My wife was asleep all the time and somewhat delusional. She managed to say, "I do not want morphine."  It has always been her wish to have her mind working and she did not  want to be knocked out which is the usual treatment in nursing homes. She is fighting to keep her mind and even to be able to crochet some, in spite of the pain of stage 4 cancer. Fighting for a clear mind. 

I see the spirit of this age succumbing to delusions and by choice they prefer the lies of evil spirits to the truth of God. The truth that has given us life through faith in Jesus who has suffered and died that through him we may be saved from sin and eternal hell. Truth seekers are a minority today and this is making the arise of the evil one that the Bible warns us of. There will be a one world government, a common 666 mark to buy or sell. People wlll worship and be controlled by the devil in the evil one who we call the Antichrist Beast, the false man of peace.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 
2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 
2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 
2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

Are you willing to stand and suffer if need be for the truth of God? What is worth living for is also worth dying for.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Search Me, O God

I awakened from a troubled dream of a past problem. It was only a dream. There are enough problems that we face each day without making up new ones in a dream. I am grateful that I do not face problems alone, for the Lord is with me. We are spirit and spirit does not die. My spirit is made alive by the Spirit of God. He will not leave me. Thank you Jesus.

Psa 139:23  Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 
Psa 139:24  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! 

Search Me, O God
by James Orr

  1. Search me, O God, and know my heart today,
    Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
    See if there be some wicked way in me;
    Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.
  2. I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
    Fulfill Thy word and make me pure within;
    Fill me with fire, where once I burned with shame;
    Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.
  3. Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;
    Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine;
    Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
    I now surrender, Lord, in me abide.
  4. O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
    Send a revival, start the work in me;
    Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
    For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Stand up for Jesus

Php 1:27  Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 
Php 1:28  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 
Php 1:29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 

Paul writes this epistle while in prison unsure if he will be able to come to the church in Philippi again. But he is confident that through Jesus the church will stand together in one spirit, and one mind, the mind of Christ, for the faith. Faith in what? Faith in the word of God, in the gospel that Jesus has shed his blood as the atonement for our sins and that He has risen from the grave on the third day. Sin is paid for and eternal life provided for us by his rising up from the tomb.

Php 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 

God which has begun a good work in you shall continue with you until you are with Jesus. Jesus said; will he find faith when he returns? (Luke 18:8) We are not only to believe in Christ, but if necessary we may also suffer for his sake. Suffer for the truth of the gospel, not being afraid of ungodly men. We seek to save them, but some will want to do the work of the devil, to steal kill and destroy. 

Our nation has been sliding downward  and with the election of Trump, there is a window of opportunity to stop the downward slide. It will require that the church stands up for the righteousness of God together, in one mind and in one spirit. Boldly proclaim the word of God before we are silenced by law and by force. Will you stand with those who believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior?

Stand up, Stand up for Jesus
(by Bart Millard)

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 
Ye soldiers of the cross; 
Lift high his royal banner, 
It must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory
His army shall he lead, 
Till every foe is vanquished, 
And Christ is Lord indeed.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 
Stand in his strength alone; 
The arm of flesh will fail you, 
Ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armor,
Each piece put on with prayer; 
Where duty calls or danger, 
Be never wanting there.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Psa 92:12  The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 
Psa 92:13  Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. 
Psa 92:14  They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; 
Psa 92:15  To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. 

We inherited a house from my wife's parents. They put in a pool in the sixties and a cement deck with a yard wide circular cutout for a plant. There was a fragrant gardenia flower plant there. I moved the gardenia to but in a baby palm tree to add a tropical look.  That baby palm is now a towering forty feet high! You can say that it has flourished and being bigger than the original hole in the cement, it gets its water and nourishment underground. The gardenia that was moved soon died. The tree is like the righteous, those who Christ has forgiven their sins. They depend on God for growth just as the palm is not cared for by human hands. 

Psa 92:14  They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; 

I can identify with being old, still going, being fat and flourishing. The wicked have their time of growth, but if not connected to God they perish.

Psa 92:7  When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever: 
Psa 92:8  But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.

Let it be heard that God sent his son to forgive our sins. Ask Jesus to forgive all your sins and to make you an adopted spiritual son or daughter of God. Read the Bible in the New Testament, and follow Jesus.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Greatest Servant

Luk 22:24  Later, the apostles began to argue about which one of them was the most important. 
Luk 22:25  But Jesus said to them, "The kings of the world rule over their people, and those who have authority over others want to be called 'the great providers for the people.' 
Luk 22:26  But you must not be like that. The one with the most authority among you should act as if he is the least important. The one who leads should be like one who serves. 
Luk 22:27  Who is more important: the one serving or the one sitting at the table being served? Everyone thinks it's the one being served, right? But I have been with you as the one who serves. (ERV)

I love how the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, humbled himself and became a servant. He is not a wrathful God, but He is a Gentle Shepherd of his people. Some may say, "How could this be the Son of God" ?  Paul, in the letter to the Philippians gives us more light on this topic.

Php 2:5  In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought. 
Php 2:6  He was like God in every way, but he did not think that his being equal with God was something to use for his own benefit. 
Php 2:7  Instead, he gave up everything, even his place with God. He accepted the role of a servant, appearing in human form. During his life as a man, 
Php 2:8  he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death--death on a cross. 
Php 2:9  So God raised him up to the most important place and gave him the name that is greater than any other name. 
Php 2:10  God did this so that every person will bow down to honor the name of Jesus. Everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth will bow. 
Php 2:11  They will all confess, "Jesus Christ is Lord," and this will bring glory to God the Father. (ERV)

If we want to be greater in the eyes of our God, then we are to be a servant. Be like our Lord and Savior who came not to destroy, but to seek and to save that which was lost. He did good works. I am speaking to those in Christ Jesus. I plead with those who have not come to Jesus as their savior to do so now.  The wrath of God will come to all who do evil. Submit now to the Gentle Shepherd for this evil world is ripe for judgment.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Paul's Prayer

This could very well be a prayer and a pattern of life for all Christians. 

Php 1:9  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 
Php 1:10  That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 
Php 1:11  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. 

There is much to meditate on in these verses. Let me hear from you your thoughts.

More and more love, channeled by knowledge and judgment. By this we may approve what is excellent (Phil 4:8)  and  be careful to be sincere and to control our words so as not to offend our fellow saints.  Our life is to be filled  with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and by his Spirit we are under authority, and are given power to do what is right to the glory and praise of God.

Thank you Jesus, amen

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Persecution Comes Frst

Luk 21:10  Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 
Luk 21:11  And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 
Luk 21:12  But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. 
Luk 21:13  And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 

We are seeing all the signs of the coming of Jesus. Wars; the year I was born Hitler's armies marched into Poland, There have been wars and rumors of wars all of my life. Think of North Korea's threat to the United States and then there is Iran and wars and divisions within our country. Physical wars and spiritual wars for the souls of our nation. Kingdom against kingdom; the kingdom of satan against the people of God. A recent poll has (white) Christians as a minority of 43%, down from 67%  in 1996. There is something wrong here, when they separate white Christians from the overall population. They wish to divide us by race now as well as our beliefs. There is no separation in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 

There will be earthquakes in various places. Recently Idaho has been having earthquakes. There were earthquakes in Mexico and other countries as well. Famines and diseases; Venezuela and North Korea suffer from lack of food because of their communist, socialist leaders. Fearful sights, Isis atrocities and storms and signs in the sky like the recent eclipse of the sun. But first  and before all of these things, there will be persecution of Christians. All over the world Christians are becoming a minority and are suffering persecution. With the outrageously liberal laws in our country, Christians are seen by some as the intolerant ones that need to be eliminated. Do they not know that we will judge the angels?  Do not fear the world, but fear and reverence God the father and Jesus his son. These things must come before the great day of the Lord. We are kept by him as his beloved. We are to continue to share his good news in a world at war with God. Jesus was persecuted by the darkness and so shall we be. He overcame and so shall we.

Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

It Ain't Necessarily So

Luk 20:41  And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David's son? 
Luk 20:42  And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 
Luk 20:43  Till I make thine enemies thy footstool. 
Luk 20:44  David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son? 

Psa 110:1  A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 

Two things I want to say. First, the Lord Jesus quoted a Psalm as proof that he was greater than a man, even greater than the son of king David.  Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, the Christ, the anointed one from God. Jesus believed that all the scriptures were true.  The world does not see it this way. One part of scripture many mock at is the story of Jonah and the great fish. Jesus used this true story as an important illustration.

Mat 12:39  But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 
Mat 12:40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 
Mat 12:41  The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. 

One once popular song was called "It ain't necessarily so" Written by Harlan Howard

It ain't necessarily so
It ain't necessarily so
The things that you're liable
To read in the Bible,
It ain't necessarily so.

The song mentions Jonah and the whale, David and Goliath and Methuselah who lived 900 years. The song suggests that we take what we read in the Bible with a grain of salt, for it ain't necessarily so. I clever song of a popular worldly viewpoint. However the Bible is true and Jesus often quoted from the Old Testament. The world has taken the truth of God's Bible and made it a fictional story book. Is there any wonder that the nation is divided about what is the truth? What the world teaches as truth; evolution, abortion, gay marriage, promoting aberrant lifestyles, this is not truth as taught in the word of God. Jesus offers truth and life, eternal life in him. The world seeks to destroy and to kill  those who disagree with them. (John 10:10)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Faithful to Your Calling

Saul who had been a persecutor of the church had a visitation from Jesus. He became the great and faithful apostle Paul.  He was faithful to his call to preach the gospel (that Jesus is God's son who came as a human to  offer his blood up for the atonement of our sins. He died and is risen to eternal life. He offers us forgiveness of sins and eternal life through believing in him.) His calling was to share the good news to the Gentiles and also to the Jews.

1Co 9:16  For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 
1Co 9:17  For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. 
1Co 9:18  What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. 
1Co 9:19  For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 

The prophet Jeremiah was called from the womb to be the voice of warning to God's people. He suffered much abuse because they would not hear the truth; but he kept on in the face of opposition.

Jer 20:7  O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me. 
Jer 20:8  For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, "Violence and destruction!" For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. 
Jer 20:9  If I say, "I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name," there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. 
Jer 20:10  For I hear many whispering. Terror is on every side! "Denounce him! Let us denounce him!" say all my close friends, watching for my fall. "Perhaps he will be deceived; then we can overcome him and take our revenge on him." 
Jer 20:11  But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten. 

As a man Jeremiah looked for vengeance towards his persecutors. Jesus proved his calling of a human who was also the Son of God from heaven. His response to his tormentors, even from the place of his torture was grace; "Luke 23:34  And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." And they cast lots to divide his garments."  Jesus offered forgiveness from the cross and even while dying he bore fruit, for a thief repented   "Luke 23:42  And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." 
Luke 23:43  And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

I appeal to you as a believer in Jesus Christ to be faithful to your calling. Jesus came not to curse and destroy, but to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10) Do not quit but be still and listen to God. Feel the burning desire to be faithful to your calling. Get busy and do the work you were created to do. I have a friend called Susyshines who has remained faithful to share God's word, even from a raging storm. Life will have it's storms and people will be looking for hope. You keep going and show them their hope is in Jesus, their savior from sin and death. Well done faithful servant.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A New Kind of Man

Psa 89:48  What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah. 

When this question was written the answer had not yet arrived. Jesus is the answer to a new kind of man whose soul he himself delivered from the grave. Jesus was in the form of a man, with a soul, but whose  Spirit is God. God the Son created all there is with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The three are one God. They are one Holy Spiritual God.

Num 23:19  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? 

Contrasting God with the sons of Adam. God is not a man like they knew men, that would lie. Neither was he like a son of Adam that he should repent. The only men known at this time were the sons of Adam. Contrast this to the actions of the LORD. When God speaks, shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make good? Those who are in Christ today have his faithful nature in contrast to the sons of Adam who continue to lie and need to repent.

1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

The scriptures that show the purpose of this new kind of man, the Son of God, the last Adam are John 3:16 and 17.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

John 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 

Having trouble understanding? Ask Jesus for the infilling of the Holy Spirit of truth. The new Spirit filled man walks in the truth of God.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Pleasure to God

I believe that there is a sifting going on to separate the people of God from those who seek after their own lusts. Be assured that we will be tested to see who we make our master.

Heb 10:38  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 
Heb 10:39  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. 

I do not want to draw back from God, I do not want to be a back slider. Lord help us to live by faith and to give you pleasure as obedient disciples and children of God.

Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Our adoption in him, gives the LORD pleasure. As children we want to bring honor and pleasure to our Father.

Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye 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. 
Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

It is by the power of God that we follow him and do his works. It is also apparent that many seek only their own pleasure and ignore God to their own destruction.

2Ti 3:1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 
2Ti 3:2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 
2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 
2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 
2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 

It is important to associate with like minded people of faith. We share the gospel message with the lost, but we do not do as they do. We are called apart from the world unto God. False teachers pretend to be of God, but deny his power having not his Spirit. We are not to have fellowship with them.

1Pe 1:14  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 
1Pe 1:15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 

1Pe 1:16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 

We are holy if Jesus is our Lord and Savior. As a result of our holiness unto God, we set our mind and will  to do what is right and good to bring pleasure to the Father and to be examples to the world of lost people. We are not to be puffed up as holier than thou people, but we are to show the spiritual fruit of love from the Holy Spirit of God.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 

Gal 5:24  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 

Let us trust in Jesus, for this brings pleasure to the Father in heaven.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hold that Thought

Pro 13:3  Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. 

Our president is a good man, but being a man who speaks his mind, it often causes problems. A prophet who speaks the word of God may be offensive to some, but the word is pure and the truth. Some will not hear the man because they have formed a negative opinion of him. We must all learn to hold our tongues and to speak as from the Lord with wisdom and grace.

Moses was fearful to speak what the LORD told him to speak to Pharaoh. He made excuses.

Exo 4:10  But Moses said to the LORD, "Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue." 
Exo 4:11  Then the LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 
Exo 4:12  Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak." 

If the LORD calls you for a purpose he will supply what is required. It is the word of God that we speak. We get into trouble when we speak from our own thoughts, or lack of thinking. James had a lot to say about our tongue.

Jas 1:26  If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 
Jas 1:27  Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Jas 3:6  And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 

Those fiery darts from the devil may just come from our talking too much without thinking.

Jas 3:8  but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 
Jas 3:9  With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 
Jas 3:10  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 

What spirit are we of?

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 
2Co 10:4  For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 
2Co 10:5  We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 

A Christian has the mind of Christ, so let his mind speak, not our own careless words. Speak words that build up the hearer, even words of correction, if given in mercy and love.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Signs of Change

Mar 13:28  Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh; 
Mar 13:29  even so ye also, when ye see these things coming to pass, know ye that he is nigh, even at the doors. 
Mar 13:30  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, until all these things be accomplished. 
Mar 13:31  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 

The birds deposited a fig seed near our kitchen window. In the years following, It has grown branches in all directions. My wife is enjoying the light green figs. We call them white figs, but their name is Adriatic figs. Harvest time is August before Fall comes. Our latest fruit is from the persimmon tree that ripens in November. Jesus pointed to natural things that occur at a known season. He also referred back to the signs of the end times, " even so ye also, when ye see these things coming to pass, know ye that he is nigh, even at the doors. " The generation that sees signs in the heavens, false prophets and teachers, the new world order, a false religious alliance, the antichrist; this generation shall see all the things of the last days come to pass before the Lord returns. I do not plan to stick around and to go through the tribulation. Hopefully the church will have been taken up to be with Jesus before this time. The important thing is to be ready to meet Jesus, for he could come at any time for his church. Make Jesus your master and savior from the wrath of God on a sinful and prideful people. The word of God is true and will never pass away.

Rom 10:8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 
Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 
Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 
Rom 10:11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Eclipse of the Sun, a Sign

Joe 2:28  And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 
Joe 2:29  and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit. 
Joe 2:30  And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 
Joe 2:31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of Jehovah cometh. 
Joe 2:32  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those that escape, as Jehovah hath said, and among the remnant those whom Jehovah doth call. 

At Pentecost, Peter quoted this scripture passage at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit with the speaking in tongues. 

Act 2:15  For these are not drunken, as ye suppose; seeing it is but the third hour of the day; 
Act 2:16  but this is that which hath been spoken through the prophet Joel: 
Act 2:17  And it shall be in the last days, saith God, I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all flesh: And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams: 
Act 2:18  Yea and on My servants and on My handmaidens in those days Will I pour forth of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy. 
Act 2:19  And I will show wonders in the heaven above, And signs on the earth beneath; Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: 
Act 2:20  The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the day of the Lord come, That great and notable day. 
Act 2:21  And it shall be, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

If it was the last days 2000 years ago, with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It is closer to the day of the LORD now. This eclipse of the sun could be a prophetic sign. There is so much interest in this eclipse, thousands of cars journey to the best viewing areas. How many are in the light of God? How many have come to Jesus, the way to eternal life with God? There will be another eclipse in seven years. Will it be a time of the antichrist and the New World Order? Will people come to Jesus before the great Day of the LORD and tribulation? Jesus spoke this prophesy.

Mar 13:24  But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 
Mar 13:25  and the stars shall be falling from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens shall be shaken. 
Mar 13:26  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 
Mar 13:27  And then shall he send forth the angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Righteousness is of God

Pro 14:34  Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

Speaking to the 2015 Women in the World Summit,  Hillary Clinton declared that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

Recently Mz Clinton declared that she would like to become a Methodist preacher.  I would hope that she will study the Bible, for by it we are changed.

2Ti 2:15  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 

To become a preacher while seeking to change God's word is a dangerous desire. Preachers seeking personal power or wealth only to seek their own gain are not of God. These were as the religious leaders at the time of Christ. They envied his power and righteousness and used false witnesses to have him killed. Their plans were evil, but it was part of the purpose that Jesus was sent to fulfill, that his blood be shed for our sins. Is this the kind of Pastor that we need? One that sheds other peoples blood for their own power? We need pastors who have a calling from God, a righteous calling. America needs righteousness. I believe that the LORD allowed Trump to be our president to slow the decline of America's morality. To make America great again we must seek God in prayer. His righteousness exalts a nation. He has taken our sins to the cross. He offers us his blessings and eternal life. We do not want to rely on "swamp" creatures, the creature from the black lagoon? We cannot find righteousness from those who dwell in darkness. Hold the torch, lady liberty. Our liberty is in the light of God's truth. Our greatness is by making him great again.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Spirit and the Word of Truth

Is it possible to have received the Spirit and then to lose your salvation?

Heb 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

I fell away once, but was able to return. I had the Spirit given to me but did not continue in the word. I had not partaken of the good word of God. I returned and learned the word and am living for Christ by his grace. The body trinity, is body soul and spirit. The Spirit is the first step of salvation and then the mind must receive the word, with soul and body actions being changed. A lot of old churches do outward religious things but have not the spirit of God. I think that a lot of them do not have born again pastors. They speak of world peace and love, but they leave out sin and Jesus being our savior. One church in my area advertises as being a supernatural church. This draws in a lot of young people who are curious. The supernatural is the Holy Spirit and it is a new life in Christ that is active in all aspects of life. Some things of this  "supernatural church" I do not care for. People in public places will be approached by well meaning young people and be given prophecies. I question any prophecy from a stranger, especially to the unsaved. Young people search for a "cause" to believe in. Young women run away to join Isis. Some march in feminist parades or gay pride foolishness. They need Jesus and a new heart and Spirit. Fake church and devilish causes are no substitute for the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church needs born again Spirit filled pastors and teachers. They lead by example and the LORD will increase His church.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mercy and Truth

Many think that they are good people and when they die they will go to heaven. Often they reject the concept of hell, but if there is a hell they should seek truth to stay out of that place. We do not get to heaven by our efforts, we need the mercy and grace of God. We can know the truth and as Jesus said, the truth will make you free. (John 8:31-32)

Psa 85:8  I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. 

The people here are the people of God's covenant to Israel. What of the people in general?" The people do not want to hear from God; they deny he exists, only using his name in oaths and vain talking. What about the people of the Church? Do we want to hear what God the LORD will speak, or has spoken? A voice from heaven spoke to Peter, James and John on the mount of Transfiguration. Jesus was transfigured before them and with him were Moses and Elijah, the law and the prophet.

Mar 9:7  And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 

Hear Jesus, the Living Word of God.

Psa 85:9  Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

To fear God is the beginning of wisdom. Respect God, obey him, listen to him. Our Salvation comes through faith in Jesus, his Son. The will of the Father is to receive him.

Joh 6:39  And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 

Joh 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 

Psa 85:10  Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 
Psa 85:11  Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. 

Mercy is not receiving what we deserve. Mercy comes from above and truth has been given to us on earth by the law and prophets; by Jesus and the apostles and by the wonder and glory of his creation. People often reject the truth because they will not acknowledge God as the creator.

Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 

Psa 86:5  For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Mercy and truth are met together. God is truth. His word is true and his creation glorifies him. Mercy and grace come from truth and accepting it. The truth of God is that salvation is in his son. We come to him in truth, for he is real. Jesus spoke to a sinful woman the truth of God.

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 

Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 

The sinful woman received Jesus and his forgiveness of sin and became a witness bringing others to him. We are grateful for the truth of God and we express our delight in Him through worship and praise. Our worship music should speak truth from the heart that does honor God. You must have His Spirit with you to worship in spirit and in truth. We should block out the negative and worship God from our heart. I love the old hymns but we also can make up songs from the heart, groanings even that the Spirit receives which are accepted as worship. (Sometimes new music makes the older folks groan, longing for the hymns that they love.)

Exo 20:6  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 

Exo 20:7  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 

We are not to turn again to folly, forgetting or refusing to worship God, we are to honor him and to walk in his truth. There is a woman in a chat room that has the name Allahpraise, or something like that. She chose to change her religion to Allah. We do not change truth. We do not pick a religion. Some believe in reincarnation, others follow a religious person or cause. We are not to study under a false teacher using the Bible to prove what they think is truth. Yes, even the Bible can be used to say something that is not truth if not taken in context and in whole. We are not to be converted by force, taught to kill those who do not believe as we do. Truth is truth and it is revealed to us by God. God is true and his Son died and is risen again to give us eternal life and the forgiveness of sins. Thank you LORD for mercy and truth; righteousness and the peace of God. By this we have the assurance of everlasting life and we shall dwell with the Lord forever.