Sin, lies, and the wrath of God is not among many
conversations today. We try our best to ignore talking about sin, lies we are
living, and His wrath or discipline. We bury our heads in the sand when it comes to discussing
what each of us truly should be dealing with among ourselves. There are many more conversations we desire to
talk about that helps us keep burying the one we should be facing and talking about. Most people are willingly committing sins and
ignoring His truth, and some maybe experiencing His discipline but they bury their minds and heart and do not face His truth, nor do they look to Him to tell them.
Romans 1:18 The
wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and
wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be
known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
What happens to people who continue to ignore His truth,
hold it back, or suppress it?
Romans 1:21 For although
they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but
there thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although
they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the
immortal God for images made to look like man and birds and animals and
- They knew God
- They neither glorified Him as God
- They did not give Him thanks
- Their thinking became futile
- Their hearts became foolish
- Their hearts were darkened
- They claimed to be wise
- They became fools
- They exchange the glory of the immortal God for other images
This tells us that when we continue to ignore God and who
He truly is because we are not glorifying Him in all we do and in who we are by
His given image in Christ, and we also are not thanking Him for who we are and
in what we are doing our thinking will become futile, our hearts will become foolish,
and be darkened. We will claim to be wise but we will become fools because we
glorify other gods as Him. This could be man in his own image, or anything we
are putting above Him.
Let us look at some words to help us understand His
Glorified – This word in Hebrew means to honor,
celebrate, to praise higher than any other person or thing in word, and deed.
Thanks – being grateful for all you have has come from
Because these people did practice either of these two
principles through His given Spirit, they became….
Futile – this word in the Greek language means foolish,
vain or empty. This means their “thinking” became foolish, vain, or empty.
Foolish – this word in the Greek language means without understanding,
no intelligence, stupid. This means your heart will become without any
understanding of who you truly are, your heart will become stupid.
Darken – without any of his light, can’t see through His sight,
and can’t understand through His thoughts
Since God has told us what happens to us if we do not
live by His truth, what then does He do?
Romans 1:24 Therefore
God gave them over to their sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity of
the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God
for a lie, and worshiped served created things rather than he Creator- who is
forever praised, Amen.
This scripture tells us if we continue to bury our heads in the sand and not acknowledge God in who He truly is, and if we continue not giving Him thanks for all we are
and what we have been given He will give our minds and hearts over or up to whatever we are desiring
above him. In this case these people in this scripture He is telling us about desired sexual
impurity of degrading their bodies with one another, they exchanged the truth
of God for a lie they believed so He gave them that lie they desired. A woman
having unnatural sexual relations with a woman, and a man desiring to have unnatural
sexual relations being with a man. They worshiped and served what they were
creating rather than Him the Creator in what He created, who is supposed to be forever
These people Paul is talking about through the Spirit of God desired a lie instead
of God’s truth, this does not only mean sexual relations, it could be any
desire that is not his truth. A hidden desire to steal, get rich, glorify
yourself for all your accomplishments, or desiring things and pleasures of this
world more than Him. It could be people desiring to please people above pleasing
Him, and their own good works.
There are many lies we could each be desiring
that are not God’s truth. What He desires for us is to be fully sanctified in knowing Him through Christ His Holy Son. Knowing His truth in who He is for all of us is eternal life, now and forever!
John 17:2 For you granted him (Jesus) authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
The true image of ourselves He can
only give and reveal to us through His Spirit as we follow Him through the
faith He continually gives us through each of our own relationships and circumstances. God’s truth is always
revealed to us through His Word and Spirit we are suppose to follow. The Spirit of God will teach us all things and give us His understanding of His word that can never be shaken.
John 14: 25 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
If you have been given the truth of who God is through
Christ, and you do not glorify Him, thank Him or praise Him for all His truth
of who you truly are, and you are desiring other things above getting to know Him
then today you can change that!!
You can go to the Cross and truly give
yourself to Christ, and ask Him for forgiveness for not glorifying Him and His
truth, and not praising Him in words and deeds in all that you do and say. He will forgive you and give you a true and
clear understanding of him through His Spirit, that is not futile, and you will be given a full
heart of love to purely glorify Him above all else in your life!! You can begin
being the real true person you are, and experience true freedom in the abundant
life He can only give you through His Spirit of truth! Today is your day to quit burying or suppressing his
truth deep within you, and put all the lies behind you through His forgiveness,
mercy and grace!
May His love keep you from burying your mind and heart in the sand, so you can live truthfully in His presence!!
Who are we living to please with our plans, ourselves, the world, or God?
We hear so much about the divisions in America today. We
hear about our divisions in our politics, races, sexual identities, what is sin
and what isn’t, and what is accepted and what isn’t. We here songs about it, we see different
people in all walks of life doing different things about it. We hear speeches
about it, but what wall of division should we keep up, if any, or what wall has
been placed that no one will ever break? Is there so much greed, ignorance,
hatred, and sin in America because many are living to please themselves, or the
First, we each must look deep within ourselves and ask
who each of us want to truly please, God, ourselves or the world? It is that
simple, either we can live to please the true God, ourselves, or the world. We
will never be able to please all, but only One. When we please ourselves or the
world we will not be pleasing our true God, and when we please God we will not
be pleasing ourselves or the world.
Let us look at what happens to people who live to please
themselves, the world and God through God’s Holy Word. There are many scriptures
that tell us not to follow or trust in ourselves, and the world. Today we are
looking at one in Isaiah, chapter 30, that tells us a lot of what happens when
we follow ourselves and the world, and what happens when we turn to Him.
Isaiah 30: 1-3 Woe
to the obstinate children, declares the Lord. “To those who carry out plans
that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon
sin; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge.
But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame, Egypt’s shade will bring you
If a person has faith in himself making his own plans and
not considering God, they will be counting on other things and people while
making there on plans along the way. They will be forming alliances but not
with His Spirit. He will not be leading them, they will be living a life of
sin, upon sin, and those who they are relying on whether it is themselves, others,
a job they have, or a government that gives them assurance or protection all
will end in them feeling shameful and who they are relying on will bring them
NIV Isaiah 30:15 In
repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness
and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, No, we
will flee on horses. Therefore, you will flee. You said, we will ride off on
swift horses; Therefore, your pursuers will be swift.
Repentance - The
KJV uses the word “return” in the place of repentance. The Hebrew word is shuwbah is sounds like shoo-baw’ which
means retirement, withdrawal or surrender. This means God wants us to get to
the end of ourselves in our own strength and retire, withdrawal, surrender or
return to Him as being Lord of our lives. He is the only one that can deliver
us and save us from our sinful natures, greed, ignorance, and break the walls
of hatred toward one another.
Rest – Hebrew word nachath
sounds like nakh’-ath. this word means rest in attitude, chill out, don’t
be afraid, anxious or loose self-control when sin comes knocking at your door.
This means our attitude only rest in Him in all circumstances when we return or
surrender ourselves to Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives. Through His Spirit He
will give us a restful heart and delivers us while we wait!
Quietness – this word is shaqat it sounds like shaw-kat’
it means to be undisturbed while you wait or rest. All this is what God gives
us through Jesus and our repentance or surrender to Him at the Cross, and we
keep surrendering, resting, and being undisturbed by His presence. But the rebellious
children who do not want to live by God’s Word and His teachings would not have
anything to do with surrendering, resting in quietness of His Spirit they want
to make their own plans and live their own lives the way they chose too.
Have you noticed a lot of “Christians” are desiring to
only listen to pleasant things, and some have quit wanting to be confronted by
the truth of God’s word they would rather live in illusions?
Isiah 30:9 These
are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the
LORD’s instruction. They say to the seers, “See no more visions and to the
prophets, “Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy
When we take our own way after God has told us to repent
of our sins or to return to Him, our rest in Him alone is our salvation, in quietness
of spirit and complete trust in Him is our strength, and we say NO, and want to
go our own way he will let us to prove we are nothing without him in this
world. Our sins will pursue us along with the wicked in the world, and one day
we will cry to Him for help!
When one lives to please God and waits on Him there is
Isaiah 3018 Yet the
Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD
is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him! O people of Zion, who
live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry
for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you
the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden
no more; with your own eyes, you will see them. Whether you turn from the right
or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the
way; walk in it. Then you will defile your idols over laid with silver and your
images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and
say to them, “Away with you!”
When we live to please God by waiting in surrender, rest
and undisturbed spirit relying on Him and His Spirit as our Lord we will always
hear His voice telling us where to go living out his plans and will for our lives. We will be giving up all things in
ourselves, and in our lives, that are not Him that we idolized before. Not only
do we have rest in our souls, and our hearts are full of His gracious
assurance, He does more for us!
V 23 He will also send
you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the
land will be rich and plentiful. IN that day, your cattle will graze in broad
The day we surrender and wait on Him He will give us
strength, and begin blessing us in all we do, and we will have all we need to
share with others!!
If you find yourself being rebellious against God because
you have chosen not to live by His word, and not to return or surrender your
soul and spirit in rest and quietness to Him. You can return, and surrender now
this day and he can begin blessing you and giving you all you need!!! Never
let Him go as you surrender your spirit, soul and body to Him everyday living
out His Word through His given Spirit that clothes you in His righteousness, strength, restful soul and unending peace!!! He loves to prove these words to all His children in Christ!! He loves to prove to you through Him you will have
all need in this life spiritually, physically and emotionally as you continue to live out His plan! Begin truly today, take that step of faith in Him and watch Him work in, through you and all around your life as you continue to follow His plan!!!
Have you been “Thunder Struck “by God’s word?
Jesus gave the name Boanerges
to John and James the sons of Zebedee. This name means Sons of Thunder. For me it happened that way, I, like them became a
daughter that had been struck by my Father’s Thunder, as if I was “Thunder
Mark 3:17 James son
of Zebedde and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which
means Sons of Thunder);
Our will to surrender, as John and James will to
surrender, came and comes today by the Holy Spirit of Jesus giving us His faith
in the Father, and His mercy and forgiveness for our sins by way of the Cross
that washes over us transforming our spirit, body and soul as if we have been “Thunder
Struck” by God as they were, willing to give Him All of themselves, we are too.
What He gives us in mercy compels us to surrender all of who we are that is not
Him daily, and when we do the fullness of Christ is given to us, and we become
Daughters and Sons of Thunder as He spoke through John and James He speaks
through us the same way. His mercy and forgiveness is like being thunder struck
by God. His words are like thunder in our hearts, powerful and majestic, and
they come through us to others the same way.
Psalm 29:3 The voice
of the LORD is over the water; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders
over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the
Lord is majestic.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your
bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual
act of worship.
Our act of worship toward God is giving ourselves to Him every
day, and His mercy given to us is what compels us to give our bodies as
sacrifices. If a person has not experienced God’s mercy which is his
forgiveness of sins given to them through the Cross they will not be compelled
to surrender their bodies as an act of worship to please God. Most of us worship
God through service, traditions given by men, and through worshiping others.
The only worship God wants is offering ourselves to Him in faith as sacrifices,
in view of the mercy and forgiveness each of us have received by Him from the
Cross, and the rest will come through us by His presence.
Today if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts
toward Him and be disobedient going your way, or following others that are not
following Him. If you have not experienced God’s voice living and active in
you, through his word penetrating your soul like thunder dividing your soul and
spirit, joints and marrow, and judging the thoughts and attitudes of your heart
then you need to go to Him and ask Him to reveal His word to you this way.
Ask for his forgiveness in view of His mercy because you
have been ignoring His Word as the truth of who He is; if you have. Ask Him to
forgive you in view of His mercy for following others that truly have not been following Him; if you have. Ask Him in
view of His mercy to forgive you for putting others, or service before giving
yourself wholly to Him; if you have. He will uncover and lay bare the truth
about you through His presence so you can give a correct account of yourself to
Him. He will reveal the truth to you through
His Word of truth, that penetrates like thunder. Listen and obey his truth that He reveals and you can begin to be a Daughter
or Son of Thunder penetrating the world through His word with His power and
Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later
he spoke through David, as was said before: “Today, if you hear his voice, do
not harden your hearts.”
Hebrews 4:12 For
the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it
penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts
and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must
His thunderous peace and love always!
Revelation 3:1b-2 I
know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake
UP! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your
deeds complete in the sight of God.
Is the majority of the “church” in America, and in the world
sleep walking into death today when it thinks it is alive in Him? Do we need to
Wake Up and truly follow Him and His life through His Spirit?
The definition of sleep walking was interesting to me. It
is called somnambulism, and it is when an individual walks or does activities
while they are unaware they are a sleep. With God and His relationship we can
be deceived having a case of sleep walking, thinking we are awake and alive in
him but truly we are a sleep and dead spiritually. I think we have been
thinking we are fully alive in Him for quite some time as a church majority
when we have been dead. God is telling us to Wake UP from our deception!!
Why isn’t the “church” or the majority of God’s body of believers
resembling the first church in the New Testament? Why isn’t many of His
children being healed spiritually, physically and emotionally? Why isn’t the
world looking at His church and wanting to be a part of it, and why does His
church look no different than the world that helps themselves?
Are we following His death within ourselves, His resurrection
within ourselves, and within ourselves His life? The answer is clearly No, when
I look at the majority of his body of believers today. We are not following Him
or His Word through the Spirit He can only give. Let us look together and see
His proof He has revealed to me. We
truly need to clean out our closets before He will give us our new wedding
clothes of white.
Do we follow his child like Spirit as a Son wanting be
taught by His Father, being a virgin bride clear of all other wisdom, trends,
and traditions of the world that want to enslave us? Let us look at His life as
our model and check and see if we are only married to one Spiritual husband?
First, like Him, where are we getting our wisdom from?
Only from His Spirit, and only through receiving Him from the Cross will His
Spirit open up the understanding of His words in our hearts. A natural man cannot
see, hear, or conceive what God has prepared for them. His Holy Spirit will
never add or subtract anything in our hearts that He does not open up through
His written Word. In other words what is in the Bible is in our hearts through
His direct Spirit, He does add or subtract anything that is not already written
in the Bible. His Spirit and the Bible will always coincide with the same
reasoning with one another. First comes the Spirit of God directly into the
heart and mind of his children, then His Word opens up in their hearts and
mind. The person then has the mind of Christ through His Spirit and are capable
of knowing for certain the deep things of God. When a person experiences this
revelation it is quite overwhelming at first, but He will calm his child down
where they can speak through His self-control as their soul rest comfortably in
2:9-10 However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind
has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him, but God has
revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep
things of God.
1 Corinthians 4:15
The spiritual man makes judgments about all things but he himself is not
subject to any man’s judgment. For who has known the mind of the Lord that he
my instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
With this written let us begin and see if the majority of
his “body” of believers today go by His Written Word through his death, resurrection,
and life, or do they follow another Jesus they are creating, with a different
gospel, and are we putting up with it easily?
2 Corinthians 11:3
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your
minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we
preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different
gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
Did His "church" long ago let someone come in and preach another Jesus other
than the Jesus Paul preached? Let us look at the life of Jesus and see if the majority of the “body” has been following the same Jesus Paul preached about, the same gospel, and the
same spirit Paul received.
Did Jesus go to seminary school to learn about God, to
know God, did he have to pay to get a degree before He could be a Priest, council
or do His ministry? Did any of his disciples, or apostles? God chose Him, called
Him, and gave Him all He needed to be all of what God His Father was asking Him
to be through His Spirit? All though we know He was God he still was a perfect
human with no blemish or sin He had to depend totally on His Godliness to
accomplish all His Father was asking Him to do. Jesus sent us out into the
world just like God sent Jesus out into the world, although we are not perfect,
He does a perfect work in and through us every day as we die every day to our
nature giving him our own personalities to be used for his purpose. We should
be looking at his life and our life should follow His spiritually, physically
and emotionally through His Spirit. Is it?
Clearly any believer as well as non-believers can see the
difference in His first “church” and the church we are claiming to be His today.
When you compare the first followers of Christ they clearly followed
his death, life and resurrection, and He worked through them because of it. Today not so much and it is easily seen.
Did Jesus tell his first followers to celebrate
Christmas, and Easter, or did He? Did the first body of believers? No He didn’t, and His first body of believers
did not either. What did He tell them to do in remembrance of Him?
Luke 22:19 And he
took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying “This is my
body given for you; do this in
remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup,
saying, “This cup is the new convent in my blood, which is poured out for you.
When we look at the life of Jesus he was living through
the law at the time. He was a Hebrew Jew and was raised with their sacrificial
laws, offerings, festivals, and Sabbath days so He lived them out in his life
because He came first to fulfill all their laws, offerings, festivals and
Sabbath days through His Spirit first. While he was still alive he gave them
little rain drops of his truth because they would not be able to understand all
of what He was saying at the time, until he resurrected, and then the Spirit
would remind them of all He said, and through the Spirit each person could then
fulfill the law being free of doing all those things, but through Him could be
right with God.
Luke 4:18 “The
Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to
the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of
sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s
John 1:16 From the
fullness of his grace we have all received on blessing after another. For the
law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one
has ever seen God, but god the One and only, who is at the Father’s side, has
made him known.
Romans 5:9 Since we
have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s
wrath through Him! For if, when we were God’s enemies we were reconciled to him
through the death of his Son, ow much more, having been reconciled, shall we be
saved through His life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through
our Lord Jesus Christ in whom we have now received reconciliation.
John 14:25 “All this
I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the
Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of
everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I
do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart’s be troubled and
do not be afraid.
This would mean the Jews would not have to do all these festivals,
offerings, and laws physically any more. He would complete them within himself through
His Spirit when they receive Him after the resurrection through the Cross, and be reconciled to
God through Him and not have to live through the law anymore! I can't imagine how much weight was lifted off of the first Jews. Not only for their sins, but for having to live through the law of keeping all those sacrifices and laws they themselves could not ever keep.
Another piece of evidence that the “body” is not
following today that the first church did is through the orderly worship
instructions that is in 1 Corinthians 14:29-31, the majority of believers today truly do
not worship this way. Many are in too big of a hurry to do what they want to
do, and do not give Him first priority on Sunday much less in their daily
lives. Many want to keep the one speaker and all listening method without sharing God's revelations from others with the whole body gaining more of Him through it. Others have been taught a certain way and they are sticking to what they
have been taught by others, justifying it in many ways, and again man following
other men and not God.
14:29-31 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh
carefully what is said, and if a revelation comes to someone sitting down, the
first speaker should stop. For you can
all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.
We can truly see from what has been written by way of His
Spirit of truth that Jesus did not tell his children to go to Seminary school,
celebrate his birth, his resurrection on certain days, and we can clearly see His first followers in the Bible did not either. He clearly knew in Him
they would every day hold on to what He could only give.
How much of a virgin do you think God sees when He looks at His majority of
churches today, are they presenting themselves to him as a complete virgin? Sadly to
say not many, and for a very long time when you go back in history.
Thank God we can Wake UP, be the few that truly follow
Him, His life, death and resurrection and prove His Word through His Spirit can
turn His children around! It is not too late to repent and Him begin working in
and through His children just like He did through the first church and then the
world can truly see how different we are from them and many more will be drawn
Revelation 3:4 Yet
you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will
walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will,
like them, be dressing white. I will never blot out his name from the book of
life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit says to the churches.
We can repent and begin again only keeping what He wants
us to keep, clean out our closet with all the clothes that do not belong to Him,
and that means EVERYTHING! I know how tempting it is to keep some of the old,
but clean it out for Him and He will give you the strength and will power to do
it!! If we only want to put His wedding clothes on, we will give up all things
for Him and His sake, and we will test everything. If we want to be a virgin Spiritual
bride and Him being our only Spiritual husband we are married too, meaning the only God we listen to as Lord of our lives, we will, if we do not then we will not; He will never force us.
Would He then be working in and through us like He did in
His first church? I do not know that is up to Him, but I am willing to give up
all for His sake, are you? This was a
huge step for me to give up what I followed most of my life, but He has brought
me too far to continue not giving up all he is asking of me, and pressing on
each day through His Spirit of truth to be more like Him as He molds me into
His true image, his love compels me to move and do and I must follow if I want
to remain in His love and guidance. The same goes with you where ever you are.
It is up to us all to be obedient to Him
giving up what He is asking us too so he can work freely in and through us for
His purpose of creating a Kingdom of His very own as He did through His first church. If you are willingly please
join me, and we can rejoice in Him together growing more into his image while he works in and through us more freely as He did His first church.
Are you neglecting God’s gift?
Have you ever got a gift you didn’t need or couldn’t use? You like the gift, but it is put in a closet somewhere
or sits on a shelf collecting dust. Sometimes you use the gift for something it was not made for, and you don't get the full benefit of why it was made. Maybe you don’t need it, and it has no true
purpose but to “look good” on a shelf for all to see.
God’s gift of Jesus, His Holy Son, is different. He is not wrapped in a
pretty bow, or in a box like other gifts. He doesn’t want to sit and look
pretty on a shelf. He wants to be used in you, and through you for others for
His purpose. He is active and does not sit on a shelf. He does not give like
the world gives. His gift came a different way, from the Heavenly realms of
God, through a Cross, through a crucifixion, through persecution, betrayal, and
blood. His gift came through atonement of our sins, through a resurrection, and
the giving of His righteousness through His Spirit.
He is given to us for a purpose, and He works in us, and
through us by all the spiritual gifts He gives us of Himself to use in building
up His Kingdom for God, His, and through Him, our Heavenly Father. We are not suppose to neglect his gift like we neglect others. His gift is the gift of God, of Himself; He
is given to us for His purpose. Many today are neglecting His gift by putting other gifts above Him. They have a love for money, and a love of other things and people above Him. They are wandering from His faith
and putting their faith in themselves, other people, money, and pleasures of this world in making them whole and true.
1 Timothy 4:14-16
Do not neglect your gift, which was given to you through a prophetic message
when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters:
give yourself wholly to them, so that every may see your progress. What your life and doctrine closely. Persevere
in them, because if you I, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
Today we who are in Christ are anointed by God through
His message of salvation from the Cross, and this anointing can come from God
alone as it did with Paul or through His children as it did with Timothy. We
have been anointed the fullness of Christ to be used in us for His purpose not
for our own motives, and we do not choose what part of Him to mold and shape as
we determine, He molds and shapes us as He determines.
Colossians 2:9-12 For
in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been
given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In
him you were also circumcised in the putting off of the sinful nature (flesh)
not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done
by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through
your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
We are to guard the gifts of Christ, the fullness of Him
that has been entrusted to us by God. He and His gifts should be the most important
gifts in our life, and not neglected. They come from God Himself! His gifts have been entrusted into our care.
We guard them by turning away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas that
is falsely called knowledge because it will draw us away from our faith in Him,
and we will not be able to use the gifts He has given us properly when we lose faith in Him.
1 Timothy 6:20 Timothy,
guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and
the opposing ideas of what I falsely called knowledge, which some have
professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.
Through the Spirit we are given all the spiritual gifts
of Christ that help our physical, and emotional lives. If we neglect Him we are
neglecting His gifts and we will not be walking and speaking through His will
for our lives in His fullness in the building up His Kingdom. God does not ever take Him and his gifts away, but we neglect Him and His gifts when we are not obedient to His will. He can’t use
His spiritual gifts to work in and through us for His purpose of making us whole
in body, spirit, and soul for His sake, if we are neglecting our faith in Him
and His gifts.
Ephesians 1:3 Praise
be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the
Heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him
before the creation of the world be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he
predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with
his pleasure and will-to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely
given us in the One he loves.
Today if you notice yourself neglecting His gifts, and you do not want to continue neglecting what He has given you from the Cross, the good news is you can repent, tell him with a sincere heart that you are sorry for putting Him on a shelf, or using parts of Him for your own purpose and use. Tell Him you want to experience the fullness of Him, and He will forgive you and restore your gifts of His Spirit so you can begin speaking and walking through life from all He gives you through His fullness for the building up of His Kingdom.
Grace be with you.
Have you truly given your life into the Potter's hands?
God uses different parables to describe our relationships
with Him, and many today have not received the meaning of the Potter and the clay.
There are a lot of other images today walking around that clearly are not being
made as Him being the Potter and them being his clay. Their fruit, wisdom, and
image reflect they are not, and many are being deceived.
For a piece of pottery to be made there has to be a lump of clay, a wheel, and there has to be a Potter that molds it. The clay is hard pressed on all sides so
it becomes a design the potter desires. If the clay is hard it will not mold so a potter has to
add water to it, and has it moves on the potter’s wheel the potter presses it and
molds it to the shape he wants.
Spiritually speaking in God’s parables we are the clay,
and He is the Potter. He is the Potter molding us into the image of His First
Holy Son. He has been molding his children in this way since the creation of the
Isaiah 45:9 Woe to
him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the
potsherds on the ground. "Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?' Does your work say, 'He has no hands’?"
A potsherd is a pottery fragment, and to God we are
nothing but little fragments waiting to be shaped and molded into some design,
and if you do not know He is the Potter you will be making yourself into something
that he cannot use for his plan and purpose for his new Kingdom.
The clay cannot tell the Potter how it wants to be
designed that is up to the Potter, so the clay has to yield to whatever the
Potter wants it to be if the clay wants to be what the Potter wants to use for His purpose. If the clay yields then the Potter can design it has He determines,
and it will be what it was intended to be, but if the clay does not yield to the
Potter it will be of no use to the Potter for his plan and purpose for the building of his Kingdom.
Jeremiah 18:2-6 Go
down to the Potters house, and there I will give you a message. So I went down
to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was
shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another
pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O
house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?”
2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing
power is from God and not from us. We are
hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted,
but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry about in our
body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our
This clearly tells us God is molding us by the power of
the Holy Spirit into the image of his son, and we are yielding to Him as the Potter and we are His jars of clay. In Christ when we are
hard pressed on every side, we are not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed. We have Him and
what He gives us of himself surpasses, and delivers us from all we go through. We
know Him by what He himself gives us, and we are clay being molded by His hands!
When we feel we are hard pressed on every side by trails
and hardships He lightens the pressure by his peace, and we are never crushed. Because we are perplexed about others at times
he gives us joy in Him, and we are not over taken by despair. When we are persecuted
at times He blesses us through His Spirit and through his other children, and we
are never alone. We may be struck down
but we are never destroyed because we live in him now and always for eternity. We are continually being made in the image of
Christ becoming one with the Father as the Son was, is, and always will be with
the Father. We deny our power and live through His power denying ourselves
every day as we carry our cross so His life can be revealed in our bodies.
If you feel deep inside as if you are being crushed by the cares of this world, in
deep despair, abandoned, and destroyed little by little everyday then you may
not be yielding to Him as the clay into the Potters hand. For others they
may feel like they are going on the right path but are being deceived and their
path will lead them to destruction.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to destruction.
Many today including "Christians" are being the potter, and Him the clay as if He is the clay in their hands. Sexual immortality, alcohol, drugs of all kinds, lying, greed, and idol worshipers worshiping
many people, themselves, and other gods is more reflected today in the world
and among his believers. Many of his children do not reflect His holiness, and His redeeming power of grace
through the image of Christ, his life, death,and resurrection.
Today I urge all of us to look in the mirror check and see
if our image is something we are creating for our own purpose of who we want to
be with our own motives, or are we being molded into someone the Potter wants us to be by putting our lives into the Potter hands. We have His Spirit to live by within ourselves, and His Word that
follows His Spirit that testifies if we are giving ourselves to the Potters hands. His Spirit, and His true word will always testify for us if we are reflecting His image and truly putting our lives into his hands, by him molding us and shaping us to His image. Is your image in the mirror reflecting the life, death, and resurrection of Christ through His Spirit?
If you see that the image in the mirror does not reflect,
or is not being molded by His Spirit of himself and His Word the good news is you can
repent of your sins; He is waiting for you!! Ask Him for forgiveness, tell him
you are sorry for trying to be the potter, and you want Him to be the Potter
and mold you into the image He wants you to be through Christ so you too can
know Him as the Potter and live out His plan for your life as being His true
child! He will give you His Spirit to begin molding you, and I urge you to
continue to listen to Him through His Word of truth, and your true life can
truly begin being molded by the true Potters hands!!
A life being molded by God the true Father and Potter is an amazing life that takes you far past yourself! If this is what you truly desire
he will do it! Your new, and true life can begin growing and being shaped until
He is finished with you on earth, and you will know with no doubts your
beginning into eternity starts now in the Potters hands!
There are “knows” God wants us to know. God gives us
knowledge we are supposed to receive in the Bible through His Spirit of truth
that is supposed to convict us through the Holy Spirit, and some of us are
ignoring it, or some of us are ignorant to this knowledge. If you are in Christ this will grieve the
Spirit of Christ in you that goes beyond your own shame for the sin you are
committing or the wrong way you are going. Godly sorrow you receive from the Spirit of Christ will always lead you to a better way of life if you are wanting to please Him. I guess it truly depends on who we are truly wanting to please in this life we are living.
If you are not in Christ you will be judging your own sin, or your wrong way, and it may seem right by your own understanding and no change within will be taking place, and you will continue to live in it
or going the wrong way.
If you do know these “knows” and receive them as His knowledge
and then get all tangled up in the corruption of the world all over again you
will be worse off then you were before you knew them through Christ. You may be deceiving yourselves and don’t even
2 Peter 2:20-21 If
they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at
the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not
known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn
their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the
proverbs are true: A dog returns to its vomit, (Proverbs 26:11), and “A sow
that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”
The First “Know” we know within ourselves is if we have
escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior from the
Cross. We know and want to follow His Spirit and power that gives us all we
need in this life to escape the corruption of the world, and if we know Him we
know this truth within ourselves. We will not want to be like the pig that goes
back to wallowing in the mud, nor will be like the dog returning to its vomit.
Are you being like the pig or the dog today or a true child of God? Have you
received this knowledge of Him?
2 Peter 1:3 His
divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our
of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given
us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may
participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused
by evil desires.
If you know Him like this, God is telling us not to get
tangled up again in the corrupted life we once led. Do not be like a pig
returning to the mud, or like the dog returning to his vomit. Do not be drawn
to the mud or the vomit keep your eyes on Jesus your Lord and Savior, repent,
ask for forgiveness and commit your lives truly to Him.
The word entangle in the Greek language is empleko and it
sounds like em-plek’-o. It means to get involved with, or weaved together with
a thing, person or a way of thinking. If you are a child of God you want to be
entangled with God, His Spirit, his love, and His purposes, if not you will
return to the mud or the vomit like the pig and the dog. God is warning us not
to go back to the mud or sin like the pig goes back to the mud after they are
Another “know” we are to acknowledge in our lives that
many are ignoring or being ignorant too through Christ comes from God through
Paul to the Corinthian church in Corinth.
1 Corinthian 3:16
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit
lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s
temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
I see all kinds of people ignoring the knowledge of their
bodies being a temple He lives in. Some of the people who are among the body of believers today continue to smoke cigarettes, do drugs, over eat, over drink, live in sexual immorality,
boasting of themselves and others, and with no change of heart.
God is saying
through Paul to the body of believers in Corinth “You yourselves are God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in you.” Why do you continue to follow your own way and live by your own wisdom? God says the same thing to us today as His children through His word. “Don’t you know that you
yourselves are God’s temple, how can you do that knowing I want to live in you, don't you love me more than these?”
Paul pleads with them as a child of God knowing God lives
in Him and Paul knows he has surrendered His life to Him. Today we who know Him
and know He lives in us, because we have fully surrendered are pleading the
same thing to His children. It is not only for their health and well being, it
goes beyond that, it is for God and because He wants to live in them by way of
the Cross, and He can’t fully because they will not give up things He is asking
them too. They are not living in His will and plan for their lives.
V 18 Do not deceive
yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age,
he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this
world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: He catches the wise in
their craftiness,” (Job 5:13) and again, The Lord know that the thoughts of the
wise are futile.” (Psalm 94:11) So then no more boasting about men, all things
are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or
the present or the further- all are ours and you are of Christ, and Christ is
Paul is telling God’s children to become poor in wisdom
as a “fool” not knowing anything in the presence of God, as a child wanting to
be taught by Him, so He can live in them and they can follow Him as their
Father knowing what is best for them. Paul wants them to have faith He will
give them all they need to live by through His divine power to reject the
corruption of deception and all ungodliness in this world, and through that
same Spirit of Christ we too tell the same thing as Paul is telling the church in
Through His divine power we can all receive these “knows”
within ourselves and can all break the addiction to any drug, over eating, over
drinking, sexual immorality, boasting of ourselves, and living by any standard
this world lives by. Today do not be deceived, and answer the question God is
asking you, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are my temple and that I want to live in you?”
If you don't know then go to the Cross and receive Him as Your Lord and
Savior so you can be His temple that He lives in. Tell Him in all truth you know you are
foolish and have no way of knowing Him, His thoughts and ways. Tell Him you want Him to truly change your life into His child knowing His wisdom and ways. Confess to Him with an open heart. He will change your life into what He wants it to be, and you will know He lives in you and you want to give Him all of yourself so He can!! Don't be the pig that continues to wallow in the mud, or goes back to wallowing in the mud, be His temple through Christ He lives in and through!
Romans 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the
sinful nature but by the Spirit, IF the Spirit of God lives in you. And IF anyone does
not have the Spirit of Christ he does not belong to Christ.
Our Heavenly Father through Paul is not
telling these people in the church in Rome that they all have the Spirit of
Christ in them, he is telling them IF the Spirit of God is in them they will want to be or not
want to be controlled by the Spirit of Christ as their Lord or controlled by
the sinful nature. God never forces anyone to be controlled by the Spirit.
Our Heavenly Father explains through
Paul what the Spirit of Christ accomplishes in them IF He is in them, and IF they want to
be controlled by Him.
1) Your body is dead because
of sin. Everyone’s body is dead spiritually because of sin. Meaning no human
being is right spiritually with God.
2) Your human spirit is
alive because of the righteousness of Christ His Spirit gives your spirit
within. If you want to be controlled by this person you will be made into His righteousness.
You are willing to be controlled by this new person that is within you.
3) “The Spirit gives life
to your mortal (natural) body.” This means your mortal body will be given a supernatural lift of life from His Spirit that goes beyond your mortal body, beyond your mortal understanding, mortal knowledge, and mortal righteousness.
In other words, IF you willingly want your body to no longer be
controlled by the sinful nature or the world, and you willingly want it to be
controlled by His Spirit, and through
His Spirit you can overcome your sinful nature and the world.
V10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because
of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And IF the Spirit of
him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the
dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit.
He then tells them IF the
Spirit of God is in them they have an obligation to fulfill as children of God
to live by the Spirit of God, and IF they continue to live according to the
sinful nature they will die.
V12 (A) Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation-but
it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For IF you live
according to the sinful nature you will die;
This does not mean they will
die only physically when the time comes, but spiritually as well. This means
they will remain dead inside and not live true to themselves as His children by
His life giving Spirit If they continue to live according to the sinful nature.
Only those who live by the Spirit of God can see the change His life giving
Spirit gives them. Only the Spirit of Christ saves us from living in hell for eternity. He then gives them another if.
V12(B)but IF by the Spirit you put to death the
misdeeds of the body, you will live, because
those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
These words lets us know
we can live by our sinful nature or by the Spirit, IF the Spirit is
within us we then have the power to put to death the misdeeds of the body. IF the Spirit of God is not in us then Christ is not in us
and we cannot live through His Spirit, and live now and for eternity, but if by the Spirit we want to put to death the misdeeds of the body we can now and live for eternity with Him.
Today IF we are not
being led by the Spirit of God because we are not willing to, or because we
would rather live by the sinful nature and all the pleasures it gives us, we will
be spiritually dead toward God as long as we want to live by our sinful nature. Even our good is not God’s spiritual best and
His holiness. We will never know Him personally as our Lord and Savior, and He
can never reveal to us who are now and live for eternity with Him.
IF you do want to live now and for eternity by the
Spirit of God, but you know the Spirit of God through Christ is not in you then truly go
to the Cross, tell God you have had a change of heart, you truly want to know Him,
confess your sinful nature, and hand it all to Him to be crucified so you can
come to life through His Spirit.
It is a huge leap to leave
all behind, but what His life giving Spirit gives overcomes all you think you
have lost.The true life He can only give you within is the only spiritual life
within that completes you now, and all others things in life will come to you
now for eternity! It is a narrow road full of His riches.
Where you spend eternity
is a life much greater than the life you will spend here, and if you do not
live according to His Spirit your life for eternity will not be with Him. What "if" do you want to follow? Your sinful nature, or the life giving Spirit of Christ? One is spiritual death now and for eternity in hell, and one is a life giving Spirit now and for eternity in Heaven.
DO NOT BE LIKE THE HORSE AND THE MULE!
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way
you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse
or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and
bride or they will not come to you.
God is talking to His children in this Psalm telling them
not to be like the horse or the mule who have no understanding.
Most of my life I walked around like a “horse” and a “mule”
with no understanding of who my Lord and God truly was. I went my own way, and I was my own councilor leading me where I thought I should go. I never came to Him
willingly because I had no understanding of His love for me and my love for Him.
I had no councilor or Holy Spirit to teach me the way I should go. I found out the only true way to know Him and which way in life I should go is through Jesus and the Cross.
When I went to the Cross I quit being that horse and
mule with no understanding because I received the Holy Spirit and now I go
willingly where ever he takes me because I have all I need from Him to be and
do whatever He ask of me as His Holy child. His love surrounds me and keeps my heart upright in
His presence, and it molds me into the person I was created to be as His true
Mules and horses are very stubborn animals, they will not
come to you every time you call them, and you cannot control all of them
without a bridle or bit.
I was raised around horses, and have heard stories about
mules. I knew some horses that would come to me easily because they knew I took
care of them and fed them, but still they would do as they wanted when they
wanted. Horse lovers know they have to respect horses because of their size and
stubbornness to a certain degree if they want to gain their trust.
I knew some that could be easily trained with bit and bridle.
I also have known horses that you would
have to chase and trick for an hour or more before they were caught. I have also heard about mules that would not
move no matter what you did, and the next morning they would be standing in the
same place you left them.
I have known horses that have gone without water and not
drink when water was right in front of them. If you have been around horses or
mules I am sure you have some stories about how stubborn they can be at times,
and God being the one that created them knows them more than anyone. He tells
His people not to be like them, but many are.
How many of his children today are still being “horses”
and “mules” doing what they please and going the way they want to go when God
plainly councils them to go another way?
How many of His children know He gives them all they need
but still go the way they want to go?
How many of his children today walk away from Him when He
is holding out his hand with food and water to live for eternity?
How many wander away from God and for years he has
blessed them over and over and over again but they do not listen?
How many of His children have to go through hardship
after hardship before they will acknowledge who He truly is?
Today if you see yourself in the mirror as a mule or a
horse with no understanding of God then listen to Him calling you from the
Cross, repent and confess your sins and He will forgive you. He will send you
His councilor the Holy Spirit to lead you as He lead Jesus, and you can be made
into His child in His presence every moment, and going where ever He calls you
in word and deed, and have all the understanding of Him that you need.
John 15:26 When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to
you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will
testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the
As you put your
trust in Him giving you all you need for His will for your life, His unfailing
love will surround you and guide you for eternity. You will testify to others
about His love you received from Jesus, and the love you now give Him through
Jesus. He will keep your heart upright and you will rejoice in Him always.
Psalm 32:10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s
unfailing love surrounds the man who trust in him. Rejoice in the LORD and be glad,
you righteous, sing, all you who are upright in heart!
Do not be like the horse and the mule and miss out on the
understanding of Him He has for you through the Cross of Jesus Christ our Lord
and Savior! Let Him be your guide to who you truly are!
Good day to all, grace and peace from God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ.
What does the correct measure of salt give your food? Doesn’t
it lighten up all the natural food flavors beyond what they would taste like without
it? We need some salt in our food to make our bodies healthy, but not too much,
and not too little. There are time we have used too much and our health is in jeopardy.
I have tasted some food that taste very bland like card board with no life, but
add a little salt and it taste great!
Jesus tells us He is
the salt of the earth.
Matthew 4:13 “You are
the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made
salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled
Colossians 4:6 Let
your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may
know how to answer everyone.
If you are led by the Spirit of God you can experience the
change within yourself if he has altered your behaviors to the image of His.
For example their might have been a time in your life you would have acted with
harsh sarcasm, mocking someone, or making fun of them to the point your
attitude may be a little too spicy. Like your food when you add too much pepper.
Proverbs 22:10 Drive
out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
The word mocker means a person who ridicules by mimicry of action or speech; mimic in
contempt. If you see yourself being this person, or God is revealing to you
another person being this way you would like to help, you could always say to
yourself or to another person, “Jesus is the salt of the earth, I believe I am,
or you are using too much cyan pepper.”
Another example might have been a time when you my have snapped at someone without self-control, and when we are lead and
being led by the Spirit self-control and discipline is something His Spirit
gives us. In this case you may have used to much cyan pepper.
Proverbs 22:24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered
man, do not associate with one easily angered. Or you may lean his ways and get
Then there is another time we may have experienced bitterness,
resentment toward someone because they don’t think and like the same things you
like. Then you would be using too much salt.
Romans 3:14 their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness,
their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the
way of peace they do not know.
Still another time you and I may have been, or are being now too sweet and no change in us,
and no change in the other people around us will occur, we may be more concerned with
pleasing ourselves and others more than God.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 On the contrary, we speak as men
approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please
men, but God, who tests our hearts. You
know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed-God is
our witness. We were not looking for praise from men, not form you or anyone
If we see our behaviors being examples of using to much pepper, cyan pepper,
salt, or sugar by all these behaviors being revealed to us then we need to turn to Christ
and repent. Receive His forgiveness and grace so you will be able be His salt
of the earth allowing Him to speak when and how in His correct measure, so you
can remain in his peace, guarded by His love, so others may be drawn to Him. He is the only "salt" that keeps it's saltiness and does not loose it's flavor!
His peace, and saltiness always!