DREAM: GOD WARNS HIS PEOPLE THAT ONLY OBEDIENCE WILL SAVE THEM IN THESE LAST DAYS

“Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the Earth.”” Revelations 16:1

Child of God, be assured that we ARE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS before the tribulation which is referenced in Revelation, Chapters 16-19.  Take heed to what the Lord has to say…

I feel an urgency in my spirit to repost this dream, and its message, which was given to me on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at 2:30 A.M. This dream forewarns of God’s judgement and wrath to come in the last days that will precede the return of Jesus Christ. It also speaks of God’s provision given for His children. Though rough times are surely ahead for all true Christians, be encouraged for God has made a way for those who love Him, follow Him and obey Him.

“And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.” Revelation 19:19

I dreamt that I was walking alone through a vast and desolate land that was barren as far as I could see. I continued to walk when to my left suddenly appeared an army of soldiers on horseback. The army were racing forward with swords drawn as if running into battle. As I looked at the army, the Lord made it known to me that I was seeing the ‘world’s army.’ He also made it known to me that the ‘world’s army’ had control over the people of this world for they feared its power. However, as I looked at the ‘world’s army’, I felt no fear for I am not of this world, and I continued to walk.

And the Armies in Heaven, clothed in fine linen white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.” Revelation 19:14-15

Suddenly, to the left of the ‘world’s army’ appeared another Army. This Army was also on horseback racing forward with swords drawn as if running into battle. However, I saw that this Army was different. The Lord made it known to me that this was a spiritual Army – not visible to most in this world – and yet I was able to see them. The Lord made it known to me that this was God’s Army!

Then I saw a few soldiers from the ‘world’s army’ turn their heads to their left to look upon God’s Army, for they could also see. (The enemy and his demons are here in this world and have access to unsaved people. They dwell in the spiritual realm and can recognize that which is also in the spiritual realm.”)  Then they turned their heads away from God’s Army for they had disregard for those Holy things of God.

As I looked upon God’s Army, I began to feel an urgency in my spirit. The Lord then impressed upon me to immediately run to seek shelter and safety for imminent destruction by His hand was sure to come. So I looked to my right and immediately I saw a small building that had not been there before. I was moved to run towards the building as fast as I could. As I approached the building, I was tempted to hesitate for I feared that the door would be locked. Yet, I continued to run towards the building and up the steps towards the front door. I turned the door knob and to my surprise, I found that the door was unlocked. I opened the door and saw people on the ground floor but, I was moved to immediately run up the stairs as fast as I could to the top floor. The moment my feet reach the top floor, I heard a massive explosion. At that moment, it was made known to me that everything outside of that building had been destroyed. As I looked at the people on the ground floor of the building, I saw that many had been gravely injured and some had even been killed. I knew immediately that God had delivered me through it all!

It was then made known to me that God alone had given me the revelation concerning the two armies. It was made known to me that God alone had prompted me to run – and not walk – to seek shelter and safety. It was made known to me that God alone had provided the provision that was not there before. It was made known to me that God alone had opened the locked door. It was made known to me that God alone had guided me to the top of the stairs. It was made known to me that all these things were done for me by God alone.

Then it was made known to me that had I not BELIEVED God’s Word, had I not RECEIVED God’s Word and had I not OBEYED God’s Word, I would NOT have survived.

Child of God, all these things were shown to me and made known to me for my good and for yours. KNOW that Jesus’ return is imminent. KNOW that the days that will precede Him will not be easy. KNOW that those whose lives are not lined up with the Word of God will not survive. Regardless of what you see and hear in this world, KNOW that your truth must be God’s truth. KNOW that EVERYTHING is and always will be in God’s hands. KNOW that your life will depend on your OBEDIENCE.

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

VISION: AN ANGELIC VISITATION TEACHES ME THE HIGH COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

The process of being conformed to the image of God’s son, Jesus Christ, and being transformed into His nature is certainly not for everyone.

Following Jesus Christ does not come without many sacrifices made and high costs being paid. Only those who are truly desperate for a deeper, more powerful relationship with God are willing to go through all that is required to weather them, mature them and purify them.

Only those who are willing to allow God to stretch them will encounter what transcends our wildest imagination. Only those will experience the most amazing and rewarding relationship made available to mankind.

Many are not willing to pay the price required to achieve God’s definition of righteousness. The fear of man labeling them a self-righteous, overly religious fanatic is too much for most to bear. Many also fear the supernatural and feel that submerging themselves into the depths of the unknown is far too intimidating.

Mature Christians have discovered that their level of spiritual gain is based on their degree of fleshly loss. We must be willing to die to self and we must be willing to lose all that we believe gives us life here on this Earth to truly live for Jesus Christ. Anything that does not draw you closer to the Lord, draws you further away from Him and keeps you from experiencing the most intimate relationship with God made possible on this side of Heaven.

Child of God, you must know that for you to go deeper with God, you must be willing to reach further beyond the basic Christian requirement of reconciliation with the Father. Allowing God to have His way with you so that He can purge your flesh, your soul and your spirit, will hasten your sanctification. And why do you need to go through this?

In order to progress in your walk with the Lord, God needs to purge your flesh of sin and carnality. He needs to purge your soul so that He can cleanse your mind of unrighteous thoughts and emotions. This includes your stubborn nature and all of your false self-assurances. He needs to purge your spirit of your self-righteousness and your self-sufficiency. All this is necessary for you to be move to a level of spiritual maturity where you can receive the fullness of all God has for you.

The Lord was in the process of purging me of a stronghold that was hindering my spiritual growth, as well as my ministry, at the time that I received the following vision. I would not have believed this about myself if the Lord had not allowed me to have this experience.

In the early part of 2016, I lay in bed one night wide awake for I was restless and could not sleep. My husband, who slept through this entire experience, was laying next to me sound asleep.

in the distance I heard the sound of what I can only describe as a whirlwind. I did not see the whirlwind itself but, I could hear it. As it came closer to me, it’s sound became louder and stronger and intensity. At the same time, I saw a small, bright light appear and grow, widening and spreading, until it consumed my bedroom. I could see nothing around me but a brilliant light. It was brighter than anything I had ever seen. I was not frightened for knew that it had come from the Lord. In fact, I lifted my head up off my pillow and struggled to hear what I hoped would be God’s Voice through the sound of the whirlwind which was getting louder and stronger.

You see, in the summer of 2001, I heard the Lord audibly call out my first name. The night that it happened also found me in bed. When I heard the Lord’s voice, I was frightened. All I could do was cover my head with my bed sheet, and I did not respond. As I lay there, I listened intently waiting to hear something else but, the Lord did not say another word. The next morning after recovering from the shock of the experience  and explaining everything to my husband, I prayed and ask God why He didn’t say more to me. I did not get a response at that time. I came to the conclusion that God did not speak further because I did not respond to Him. So I made a promise to God that if He ever saw fit to speak to me again, I would most definitely respond. 

So as the light in my room  grew brighter and the whirlwind grew stronger, I struggled to listen for the sound of the Lord’s voice hoping that He would speak to me again – however He did not.

The brilliant light in my bedroom consumed everything, and although I could see nothing around me I could still move around as I lay on my back in my bed. Then out of the corner of my right eye I saw a figure. The bodily figure stood to my right and was even brighter than the brilliant light that had consumed my room. As my eyes focused on the form, I saw it lean over and place its arms under my body. Then I felt my body begin to lift up off the bed.

Within a split second, many thoughts began to flood my mind. I was reminded of a prophecy that was spoken over me, also in 2001, by a woman of God who told me that the Lord had spoken to her about me. She said that He had instructed her to anoint my feet for I would walk on Holy Ground. I also had thoughts of my four-year-old grandson growing up without me. I remembered my son whom I have not seen in over 10 years, my two daughters whom I love dearly as well as the lives of my four sisters. Finally, I remembered the plans my husband and I had made for our future.

Then suddenly, a different thought occurred to me. “What if the Lord is taking me away and I am not able to return.” I then thought to myself, “I am not ready.” So I reached out my left hand to feel for my husband, who was laying next to me, and I grabbed his pajamas. Within an instant after grabbing ahold of my husbands pajamas, everything disappeared. The sound of the whirlwind stopped, the brilliant light vanished and the Angelic vision was gone. I immediately woke up my husband and told him everything that had happened.

Later that morning, after praying to God about my experience, the Lord spoke to my spirit. He explained to me that He allowed me to experience the vision so that I could learn a few things about myself. He wanted me to know that He has called me for a work but, until I am willing to break the ties that are binding me, He would not be able to use me to the extent that He desires.

Jesus said, ” If any man come to Me and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yae, and his own life also he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26

Reading and understanding the scripture above in its context, we know that this statement is a metaphor. Jesus, in essence, was saying that we must count the cost of discipleship and be willing to pay it to follow Him. He is also saying that we must also understand that if we desire to be His disciple we must be willing to give up everything for Him. Jesus sacrificed everything He had to give for our salvation. The question He asks His Church is just how much are we willing to give up for Him?

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

TO CHRISTIANS CONCERNING ABORTION IN THE CHURCH

“For you formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being made in secret…” Psalm 139:13-16

For a Christian, the choice of abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose. It is clearly a matter of death to those whom God has made in His image.

It is not for me to enter into a discussion that covers all the different scenarios that one may believe justifies an abortion. It is for me however, to make perfectly clear that the act of abortion is considered murder in God’s eyes, and murder is a sin. Although this may be an accepted practice to man, it is not acceptable to God.

Child of God, we have all made mistakes. We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Whether this was a past mistake or a recent error in judgement, know that God loves you so much that He has made a way out for you. He has made a way for all who are truly repentant and choose to sin no more.

Remember, all unconfessed sin gives the enemy the right to access your life as well as the lives of your family. When  the opportunity presents itself, he will, by all means, take full advantage of that opened door. For his only desire is to kill, steal and destroy us.

Generational curses are also something to be concerned about. These are curses that are passed down from one generation to another due to sin. Child of God, as a Christian, you have the right and the authority to cancel these curses. This is a process called deliverance.

If you have ever had an abortion, encouraged or paid for an abortion, participated in an abortion, performed an abortion or played any part in an abortion, remember that YOU CAN BE FORGIVEN through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

All sin can be forgiven if only you are willing to humble yourself and confess your sin, permanently turn from it and ask the Lord for forgiveness.

DO NOT DELAY. Many people are spending eternity in Hell for sin they are continuing to commit as well as for sin they have never repented for. DO NOT LET THIS BE YOU.

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

TO CHRISTIANS CONCERNING ABORTION IN THE CHURCH

“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being made in secret…” (Psalm 139:13-16)

For a Christian, the choice of abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose. It is clearly a matter of death to those whom God has made in His image.

It is not for me to enter into a discussion covering all the different scenarios that one may believe justifies an abortion. It is for me however, to make perfectly clear that the act of abortion is considered murder in God’s eyes and murder is a sin. Although this may be an accepted practice according to man, it is not acceptable to God.

Child of God, yes, we have all made mistakes. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Whether this was a past mistake or a recent error in judgment, know that God loves you so much that He has made a way out for you and others who are truly repentant and choose to sin no more.

Also remember that unconfessed sin gives the enemy the right to access your life as well as the lives of your family and he will, by all means, take full advantage of that opportunity to kill, steal and destroy. Generational curses are also something to be concerned about. These curses are passed down from one generation to another because of sin that was never dealt with. As a child of God, you have the authority to cancel these curses. Even those brought on by the sin of past relatives. This is called deliverance.

If you have ever had an abortion, encouraged an abortion, participated in an abortion or performed an abortion, remember YOU CAN BE FORGIVEN through Jesus Christ, our Lord. ALL sin can be forgiven if only you are willing to humble yourself, confess and turn away from your sin then asking the Lord for forgiveness.

DO NOT DELAY. Many are spending eternity in Hell for continued, unconfessed sin. DO NOT LET THIS BE YOU.

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

VISION: MY ANGELIC VISITATION & THE HIGH COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

Being conformed to the image of God’s son, Jesus Christ, and being transformed into His nature is not for everyone. It does not come without many sacrifices made and high costs being paid. Only those who are truly desperate for a deeper, more powerful relationship with God are willing to go through what weathers, matures and purifies them. Only those who are willing to be stretched to uncommon depths will encounter what lies beyond our imaginations. Only those will have access to life’s most amazing and rewarding experience made available to mankind.

Many are not willing to pay the price that is required for God’s definition of righteousness. The fear of man labeling them a self-righteous, over-religious fanatic is too much for them to bare. Many also fear the supernatural and feel that submerging themselves into the depths of the unknown is far too intimidating for them to fatham.

Mature Christians have discovered that the level of our spiritual gain is based on our degree of fleshly loss. We must be willing to die to self and we must be willing to lose all that we believe gives us life here on this Earth to truly live for Jesus Christ. For anything that does not draw you closer to Him draws you further away from Him and keeps you from experiencing the most amazing, most intimate relationship that is possible to have with God on this side of Heaven.

Child of God, you must know that for you to go deeper with our Lord, you must be willing to reach further beyond the basic Christian requirement of reconciliation with the Father. Allowing God to have His way with you so that He may purge your flesh, your soul and your spirit will hasten your sanctification. And why do you need to go through this? In order to progress in your walk with the Lord, God needs to purge your flesh of sin and carnality. He needs to purge your soul to cleanse your mind of unrighteous thoughts and emotions including your stubborn nature and your false self-assurances. He needs to purge your spirit of self-righteousness and self-sufficiency. All of this is necessary for you to move up to the level of calling that is on your life and so that you will receive all that God has for you.

The Lord was in the process of purging me of a stronghold during the time that I received the following vision. I didn’t realize it at the time and would not have believed it about myself if the Lord had not shown me. What was hindering my growth, as well as my ministry, was my strong attachment to the things of this world that are dear to me. This stronghold was preventing me from walking in the fullness of the call God has on my life.

In 2016, I lay in my bed one night wide awake for I was restless and could not sleep. My husband, who slept through this entire experience, was sound asleep next to me. In the distance, I heard the sound of what I can only describe as a whirlwind. It’s sound became stronger in intensity as it drew closer to me. At the same time a bright light began to envelop the entire room. It started as a small circle of light and began to widen and spread until it consumed the entire bedroom. I could see nothing around me but light. It was brighter than anything I had ever seen. I was not frightened for I immediately knew it had come from the Lord. In fact, I lifted my head up off my pillow and struggled to hear what I hoped wold be His voice through the sound of the wind which was loud and strong.

You see, in the summer of 2001, I heard the Lord audibly call out my first name. I was in bed then too the night that it happened. However, although I knew it was the Lord, (I don’t know how I knew, but I did) I was so frightened that all I could do was shake from fear so I covered my head with my bed sheet and was afraid to respond. That night, the Lord didn’t say anything more to me. He only called out my name. Ever since then, I have always regretted not responding to Him and wondered if that may have been the reason why He didn’t say more. After I recovered from the shock of the experience, I prayed and told the Lord that if He ever saw fit to speak to me again, I promised Him I would respond. So as the light grew brighter and the wind grew stronger and both drew closer to me, I struggled to listen for the sound of the Lord’s voice hoping that He would speak to me again. However, that evening He did not.

The bright light in my bedroom had consumed everything. Although I could see nothing but light, I could still feel myself laying on my back in my bed. Then out of the corner of my right eye, I saw a figure. The figure was in the shape of a human body and was brighter than the light that was in my room. I could not make out any features for all I saw was a brilliantly bright bodily form. As my eyes began to focus on the form, I saw it lean over me to place its arms under my body and I felt my body begin to lift up off the bed.

Within a split second, many thoughts began to go through my mind. I was reminded of a prophecy that was spoken over me also in 2001 – a week or so before I heard the Lord call my name. A woman of God told to me that the Lord had spoken to her about me. She said that He instructed her to annoint my feet for I would walk on Holy Ground. Thoughts of seeing my four-year old grandson, Prince, grow up also came to my mind. As well as thoughts of my son whom I have not seen in over 10 years, my two daughters whom I love dearly and my sisters. Finally, I had thoughts of the plans my husband and I had for our future.

Then, suddenly a different thought occurred to me. “What if the Lord is taking me away and I am not able to return?” Quickly, I thought to myself, “I’m not ready.” So I reached out my left hand to feel for my husband who was laying next to me and I grabbed his pajamas as I was not ready to go. Within an instant after grabbing my husband’s pajamas, everything was gone. The sound of the wind and it became quiet, the bright light disappeared and the Angelic vision left me. I then woke my husband and told him what happened.

Later, after praying to God about my experience, the Lord spoke to my spirit. He explained to me that He allowed me to go through that experience for there was something I needed to understand about myself. He wanted me to know that He has called me for a work, but until I am willing to break the ties that are binding me here on this Earth, He will not be able to use me to the full extent of His plans.

Jesus said, “If any man come to Me and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yae, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26

Reading and understanding this scripture in its context, we know that this statement is a metaphor. Jesus, in essence, was saying that we must count the cost of discipleship and be willing to pay it. We must also understand that if we desire to be His disciple, we must be willing to give up EVERYTHING. Jesus gave everything He had to give for us. The question He has for His Church is, just how much are we willing to give up for Him?

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

TO CHRISTIANS CONCERNING UNFORGIVENESS IN THE CHURCH

Unforgiveness is like drinking a cup of poison believing it will kill the other person.  “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37

God hates unforgiveness. This most commonly committed sin also comes in the form of bitterness, anger, hurt, resentfulness, hatred, grudges, Which of these are you holding on to? Unforgiveness is a self-induced cancer that slowly eats away at the person who is living with it. When you embrace it, it robs you of your peace and your holiness. It places a barrier between you and God which blocks your prayers and blessings. And ultimately, it will rob you of your salvation.

Do you remember the king from Jesus’ parable in Matthew 18:21-35 that forgave an extremely large debt that belonged to a servant that would never have been able to pay it off. Later, that same servant refused to forgive another man a debt that was owed to him. When the king heard of this, he became so angry that he called him a wicked servant and rescinded his forgiveness of the debt that he had formerly extended and the servant was given over to the jailers. Jesus tells us that this is how the Father will respond to us when we, likewise, choose to not forgive others.

When we can truly appreciate the depths of sacrifice Jesus had to go through to extend the gift of forgiveness to us, we should consider it a privilege and an honor for us to extend that same gift to others while also being blessed in the process.

In this evil world full of fallible people, it is almost impossible to get through a day without being hurt or offended by someone. Likewise, it is highly probable that others are being hurt and offended by you. It is a pretty accurate statement to say that you will never have to forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you. So, when others hurt you, use you, abuse you and take advantage of you, what’s a child of God to do? It’s very simple. Obey God and forgive.

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

FOR A TRUE BELIEVER, FIRST COMES REPENTANCE THEN COMES DELIVERANCE

“So they went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons…” Mark 6: 12-13. For true believers, first comes repentance then comes deliverance.

God’s people are waiting for God to deliver them while God is waiting for His people to repent. If you want to be delivered from the strongholds of sin, from demonic oppression and from evil spirits, you and your life must completely line up with God’s word.

Who wants to be oppressed and in bondage? No one does. And yet every day people walk around suffering from demonic oppression and trapped in bondage to sin. Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” John 8:34

Child of God, there is evil behind every sin and once a sin has been committed, it opens the door to demonic oppression. Sin gives demons authority to access your life as well as the lives of your family. This is called demonic oppression and it can afflict you and your family in many ways such as with illness, poverty, curses, disease, death, etc and even eternal damnation if not stopped in time.

The evil that is attached to sin also has a way of taking hold of a person’s life. This evil can set up destructive habits inside of a person that are very hard to break. This is called demonic possession. Once a demon, or even demons, have taken possession, it can wreak havoc in the lives of you and your family in ways such as alcoholism, drug addiction, pornography, sexual immorality, anger, hatred, bitterness, violence, etc. Freedom from this bondage is possible. However, it can only come through deliverance from a qualified man or woman of God who has been given the authority to cast out demons. And permanent deliverance is only possible for the believer through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

All oppression and possession is subject to verbal repentance made to our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the only One who is able to permanently break these chains. Once a truly repentive heart has confessed their sins and submitted their lives to God, then and only then does he have the capability to resist the devil and cause the devil to flee.

There are many prayers available out there to assist you with your concessions and repentance. However the secret to deliverance is not in the words that you pray, it lies within the heart of the one that speaks. (Luke 6:45)

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

IS BEING HOLY JUST TOO HARD FOR YOU?

Is following Jesus just too hard? Yes, it is not only too hard, it is impossible. But, for Christians who have the Spirit of God resident inside of them, it is not too difficult for God’s power is at work.

There are many who flippantly excuse the sin in their lives. The sad truth is that they also believe God excuses them as well. They say things like: “God knows my heart.” God does not expect me to be perfect.” “I’m only human.” “I can’t be holy for I’m not God.”

If holiness was impossible for us to achieve, God would not have made it a requirement. For the Word telIs us: “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14

God is inherently holy and it is true that, in and of ourselves, we are not. However, we can become holy through a true relationship with and obedience to Jesus Christ. This pursuit of holiness begins immediately after we dedicate our lives to Jesus. Upon becoming His born-again followers, God requires us to cultivate a lifestyle of holiness (1 Peter 1:14-16). Then, as we mature spiritually in our walk with Jesus, our ability to obtain and maintain holiness increases.

What does it mean to cultivate a lifestyle of holiness? It means that we willingly go through a process of purging ourselves of all uncleanness from the flesh, the soul and the spirit. In this, our lives begin to outwardly and inwardly reflect an increase of spiritual growth and a decrease of a desire for the things of this world. However, we live in a world surrounded by evil and sin therefore, there is not a one-time fix. In our daily pursuit of holiness, it is necessary for us to continuously confess and forsake sin. As we do this, we perfect our holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

Child of God, if you are struggling in the area of holiness, seek God for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. For without Him, holiness which is righteousness in God’s eyes will be impossible for you to achieve. However, be mindful that the Holy Spirit will not dwell inside of an unclean vessel. If there is sin in your life, you must remove that sin and go through the process of repentance and deliverance. As the power of God will not work if there is a barrier between you and the Lord. The good news is that you, as a child of God, have all the tools you need to remove these barriers. Use them. There is no time to waste. You are called to be about the work.

“May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” I Thessalonians 5:23-24

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

POEM: SIN & FORGIVENESS

My light is taken over and the darkness covers all.

Swollen clouds are hovering as the drops begin to fall.

Dismal skies bring somber eyes and the fullness brings the rain

As sorrows, through a hazy view, stream down my window pane.

 

The rhythm of my heartbeat meets my heavy soul’s release.

A silent storm is raging and it’s pain begins to feast.

Thunder is my anger and it’s lightning strikes my mind.

A binding wind is blowing cold for I’ve failed the test of time.

 

Yet, Your canopy extends to me against an air so bleak.

Your branches touch my weary soul and nudge me on to seek.

In a clearing, I see shelter with a Light that shines within.

Amidst the pour, You’re the open door that forgives me of my sin.

Written by R’chelle Cyrus-Hughes

IS YOUR NAME WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE?

It is written in Revelations 20:15 that those whose names are not found recorded in the Book of Life will be hurled into the Lake of Fire.

Is your name recorded in the Book of Life? If you are not sure, seek God. He is willing to forgive you of all your sins no matter what you have done. He is the only One who can purify you from all unrighteousness. You only need to seek Him and ask for His forgiveness. You may do this by sincerely praying this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I have sinned against You. I repent of and permanently turn away from all of my sins. Please forgive me and free me from all evil and wickedness. Loose me from all curses. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness and write my name in The Book of Life. Lord Jesus, I am asking that You dwell in my life forever and seal me with Your Holy Spirit. It is in Your name that I pray this prayer. Amen.

CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR WORLD

The Word of God is like a captive lion. It must be released for it to operate in the fullness of its power and it is only then that you see it is perfectly capable of defending itself against anything and anyone.

God’s Word is not just a book full of inspirational characters and stories. God’s Word is true and alive. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Child of God, truly the words you speak forth (and even think) have the ability to curse you and hold you captive or it can release the power of God in your life. Most people speak careless words of failure and fear not realizing that they are doing themselves and others harm. There are spiritual laws that God has put into place that govern the universe. When you work against these laws, they will work against you. There is power released in the spiritual realm everytime we open our mouths and speak.

When you speak negative words concerning yourself, your life, your family, your loved ones, your job and even your financial situation, you are speaking the words of the enemy. When you do this, you are giving the enemy a legal right to step into and operate within your life. They then have the right to make sure that you have what you say.

On the other hand, when you speak forth life-giving Words of God, angels rush to fulfil them. When you speak words that are contrary to the Words of God, you are binding the angels from moving on your behalf. Saying words like “Nothing ever works out for me” or  “I never have any money” or “I am so stupid” hinders angels from doing what they were created to do which is to serve you, the true follower of Jesus Christ.

God wants to bless every area of your life but, there are principles that must be adhered to before He is able to do so. When you choose to operate within these principles, you are essentially choosing life over death, prosperity over poverty and health over sickness. This is not just an exercise of positive thinking. This is a true demonstration of how to activate and release God’s power into your life. If your situation does not reflect God’s best, it is better to say nothing until you see a change manifest than it is to speak negative words that will continue to bind and curse you as well as others.

What are these life-changing principles? At the top of the list, I must stress that holiness, obedience, purity of heart and commitment to Jesus Christ is a prerequisite for all power and authority over the enemy. You must listen to and obey God’s every word. Honor God with your life through every decision you make. Learn God’s Word for yourself by reading your Bible. Agree with all that God says about you and your circumstances. Always speak forth God’s Word concerning those circumstances, regardless of what you see. Be patient and wait on God and watch your life transform and begin to line up with God’s good and perfect will.

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

THE SEER PROPHET

Eyes that ‘look’ are common but eyes that ‘see’ are rare. Called to proclaim the Word of God before my forming in the womb, surely the Lord does nothing unless He reveals His secrets to His servants, the Prophets.

I carry with me His visions, I breathe His air of inspiration and I am nourished by His Holy Spirit. He has placed a rod of authority in my left hand and the power of the Lord in my right. I am unquestionably controversial, indisputably bold and at times, my hostility is unbearable. I am forthright and outright but I claim no birthright. I am the villain today and the hero tomorrow. I am violated and I am vindicated. God, alone, will I serve at all cost, yet my gifts cannot be bought. During a time and for a season, I am compelled to be a voice that cries out in the wilderness. At night, the future comes knocking at my door and I refuse to allow it to walk away unseen or unheard. In dreams and visions, I see you and am shown what shall be, what may be, and what can be. My burden is for the Church. I intercede for them all. My eyes see beyond the natural and into the spirit. I see the Holy and I see the evil. I bind and I loose with my words for they are anointed. I am a unique replication of an ancient gift. I am a distinct reverberation of historical writings. My feet are anointed for I shall walk upon Holy ground. I feel the healing power of God burn in me. I feel His powerful surge flow through me. I hear the audible voice of God.

WHY DOES GOD ALLOW BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?

“Now I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth, for the first Earth and the first Heaven had passed away. Also, there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from Heaven saying, “Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. THERE SHALL BE NO MORE PAIN for former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:1-5

What was shown to John is destined to come to past when the old Earth gives way to the new after Jesus’ second coming. As scripture states, in that New Place, there will be no more pain for there will be no more death, there will be no more sorrow and there will be no more crying for the old things will have passed away.

What are the old things that will pass away? The sin and the evil that is in this world. But this blissful event will happen only when ALL things have become new and are fully submitted to God such as it will be in the New World that is to come.

This New Place that will consist of an unimaginable peace and joy clearly does not describe the current world we live in today. For clearly this world, and the people who live in it, do not fully submit to God. Therefore the influence of evil and the effects of sin will continue to run rampant.

Is it really God’s fault that good people go through bad things? Let’s think about this question. Do you allow God to control everything you do? I would guess not. Have you made decisions that you knew were going to negatively affect others? Of course you have. Multiply that times the amount of people that are in this world and imagine the worst case scenario. What you have as the result is the world that we live in. We are not puppets and God is not a master puppeteer operating all of our strings from Heaven to His liking. He has given us free will to make our own decisions – even if they are completely devoid of Him. This is where our problems originate.

If God really was the culprit, the new world – that will be completely submitted to God along with all the good people living within it – would also be a place full of pain and all of its causes but scripture clearly states that It will be absent of all these things. The truth is that it is not God’s fault that we experience the pain that we do here on this Earth, it is the fault of the people. It is the evil that resides in their hearts and the sinful actions that are birthed from that evil that causes all of the suffering we experience.

As long as we live on this Earth, we will all be subjected to pain for here lives the fallible and imperfect and it is the fallible and imperfect that fall prey to evil and sin. The only escape we have from it all is through the hope we have in Jesus Christ. He is the only One who is worthy of our praise. He is the only One who loves us unconditionally. He is the only One whose promises are never broken. He is the only One guaranteed to never disappoint us. He is the only One and only those who truly follow Him today will be able to follow Him tomorrow into the glorious new after the old has passed away. Only then will we experience NO MORE PAIN.

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

DREAM: THE VISION OF IMMINENT

May 14th 2017, the Lord gave me a dream of warning to share with His people. Five days later, on the evening of May 18th, 2017, the Lord gave me yet another dream of warning…

In this dream, God showed me one word. It was the word IMMINENT.

IMMINENT means ‘impending,’ ‘about to happen’ and ‘close at hand.’ No man knows the day or the hour of Jesus’ return. Yet, in His extravagant love for us, God is warning us that time is winding down and drawing near so that we will have no excuse when our time comes to go before Him for judgment. How much time do we have? That has not been revealed.

Child of God, do not take His graciousness for granted for although He is a loving and patient God, He is also an all-consuming fire whose wrath you do not want to come up against. At any moment, God could call you home. Then, it will be too late. So why wait any longer? Confess your sins and repent. Appeal to God’s merciful nature while you can.

Messages of warnings from the Lord are becoming more and more frequent. You would be wise to heed these warnings now. God will only speak for a time. When that time is exhausted, He will cease speaking and turn away from those who refuse to listen. He will turn His face from these lost sinners and for them, hope will be no more.

The time has come that judgment will soon begin at the house of God and if it begins with us, woe to those who do not obey the gospel of God. 1 Peter 4:17

This message was meant for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

DREAM: A WARNING TO GET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER!

On May 13th, the Lord gave me a dream… God is reaching out to His people in these last days. Messages such as does given through dreams and visions seen by His Prophets, He is preparing and warning the Church body of Jesus’ imminent return.

In this dream, I saw myself managing a multi-family community. In the community, there were many buildings. In each building were two single-story apartments on the left – one on the top-level and the other on the lower-level – and one two-story townhouse on the right. I saw myself going from building to building examining the front doors and the back patios of each apartment and townhouse looking for trash and debris. At those dwellings, I left a notice that included a warning. The warning informed the people who live there that I would be returning soon but on an unspecified date. The warning also informed them that when I returned, I would be imposing a penalty on those choosing to remain in violation. This penalty would include an extremely heavy fine.

Some of the people were obedient and heeded the warning by cleaning up their dwelling place. Some were complacent not thinking it important and did nothing. Others were angry and wanted to know why they couldn’t do exactly what they wanted for it was their life and they felt they should be able to live it exactly the way they chose. I explained to them that they would not live in this place forever. I told them that eventually they would want to move on to an amazing brand New Place. I further explained that when that time came, this New Place would call on me for a reference. The reference I would give them would speak on their behalf. I continued to explain that their compliance in this place will determine the type of reference I gave. I made it clear that at that time, if they received a good reference from me, they would be approved for the New Place and only then would they be able to enter into it. If they received a bad reference on the other hand, they would be rejected and denied entry into the amazing New Place. Furthermore, they would be forced to live in a horrible place that was not fit for any person to live in. I then awoke from this dream.

In this dream, God showed me that I was representing Jesus, the Master Property Manager. The buildings in this dream represented all the places in the world. The apartments and townhouses represented three categories of people. The lower-level apartments represented those who are considered the least in this world. The upper-level apartments represented those who are considered just above the least in this world. The two-story townhouses represented those who have done well in this world. Each dwelling place represented a life and the front doors to each dwelling place represented everything about our life that is visibly seen by others. The back patios at each dwelling place represented everything about our life that we try to hide from others – even though nothing is hidden from God. Jesus has access to it all.

In this dream, it was clear that the Lord is no respecter of persons for it showed everyone being grouped together in one place and expected to live according to the same rules. No one was allowed preferential treatment. Everyone was judged exactly the same. The trash and debris in this dream represented the sin and disobedience in our lives. We know that the penalty for sin and disobedience is death which is, indeed, a heavy price to pay. Only a few will be approved while many will be rejected from entering into the amazing New Place, which is God’s Heavenly Kingdom, for many will reject the Master Property Manager, who is Jesus Christ, and His word. However, these people WILL gain acceptance and entrance into a different place – a horrible place called Hell.

Child of God, are you violating God’s word? Is your life still cluttered with sin and disobedience? Will you receive a good reference from Jesus or a bad one? Will you be approved or rejected from entering into the amazing New Place? Do uou know where you will go when you leave this place?

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

CHRISTIAN YOUTH = SATAN’S #1 TARGET

Allow me to be quite frank here: All Hell has broken loose and its aim is at your children. Now, what are you going to do about it?

As you must know, Satan is the temporary god of this world. Therefore, you can believe that he has his hand in everything concerning it. Your focus may be on many things in this life however, you must know that Satan’s focus is unrelenting and is on one thing and one thing only: How to kill, steal and destroy – this especially applies to our children. If the enemy is after your children, where do you think he orchestrates his plans of deception and corruption? Let’s talk about this.

THE ATTACK

Of course you are aware of the many traps he sets in this world to ensnare our youth using drugs, alcohol and sexual immorality, right? Well, are you aware of the enemy’s control over the media? Do you know that Hollywood (with all of its acclaimed indoctrination into every form of witchcraft and the occult), and everyone involved in it, are all puppets in the enemy’s hand? How about the music industry with all its demonic curses and satanic rituals? Are you aware of this? And then there are the industries of advertising,  fashion and pornography. You have to know that these industries thrive on the exploitation of our youth. And let’s not forget the video games – do we really need to go there? Oh, and let me throw one into the loop that you might not be aware of – or maybe you are. Can everyone say (so-called) secret societies i.e. the Masons and the Illuminati? What about the generational curses that have been passed down to the children as the result of their parents’ (and their parents before them, etc.) association with these affiliations? How about your children’s education? I’ll bet you weren’t aware that Satan also goes to school – or maybe you are. Let’s just pause right here for a moment.

You know that our schools today are programming our children to believe and accept everything that goes against the word of God, right? I am sure that this is no surprise to you. Of course this includes teachings such as false theories of evolution, the acceptance of gender changing and the embracing of the homosexual agenda – just to name a few. But are you aware that the educators that are teaching your children are now permitting Satanic education and allowing Satanic clubs into the schools? Hmmm, maybe you weren’t aware of that one. SATAN IS TRYING TO DESTROY YOUR CHILDREN – no holds barred. His intent is to leave nothing to chance.

Child of God, how are you going to counteract this attack? Now, that I have your attention, let’s talk about that.

THE COUNTER-ATTACK

The Bible tells us that we (the children of God) are to be in the world but not of the world. So, we are not expected to live in a bubble or hide under a rock. However, we are expected to walk in the authority that’s been given to us by the power we have in Jesus Christ. Are you doing that? Let’s talk some more.

First and foremost, you must PRAY for your children every day – if not multiple times throughout the day because they need it. Then, you must take everything you know (and possibly don’t know) about spiritual warfare very seriously. For the fight that is upon us is truly a matter of life and death – especially where your children are concerned. What’s next? Okay, let’s talk about something else you may not take very seriously – your WORDS.

I know you have heard this said plenty of times before but now, I really want you to listen. THERE IS POWER IN THE WORDS THAT WE SPEAK. Be careful about what you say to your children and be careful about what you think about your children. For as soon as your words leave your mouth, something happens in the spiritual realm. Now, just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. If you speak negative, hurtful words to your children, you are speaking curses over your children. When you do this, you open a door for the demonic to come into the life of your child. This gives authority to the demons and they take those words and run with them, using them against your child in every way they possibly can. Think about it. We all know people who continue to struggle with something that was said to them, as a child, by someone who was in authority over them? Maybe this is you.

Likewise, the same thing happens when you speak positive, encouraging words to your children. Only now, you have spoken words that bless your child and IF you have the authority of Jesus Christ – and you MUST be in good standing with Him for this to work God will honor what you say. When you walk in His authority, you can actually operate in a principle called binding and loosing: “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18 – and God will honor what you say. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather speak blessings over my children than curses. The good news is now that you know this, IF you are operating under the authority of Jesus Christ, you can break these curses – both off of yourself as well as your children.

Now for the fun part. You (as a child of God) must cover your children in your home by practicing godly parenting. Parents, DO NOT leave biblical teaching and the training up of your children to the schools and the churches. You must take responsibility for instilling an uncompromising biblical mindset – even as early as in the womb and most definitely from birth. So, how do you enforce Christian parenting?

I’m so glad you asked…

  • Commit your life to Jesus Christ.
  • You must put God first in your own life before you can require it of your child. Then live it, don’t just talk it.
  • Show your children how to live in ‘pursuit of holiness’ and set an example for them to live by.
  • Don’t compromise – even in the small things. For your child is watching everything you do.
  • Commit to a godly marriage and choose your dates (which will lead to your mate) accordingly.
  • Nurture your children in a godly household, i.e. be mindful of what is entering their ear-gate as well as their eye-gate. Also be mindful of the people you allow them to interact with. You can’t control what goes on in the world but you can control what goes on in your home.
  • Train your child up in the way they should go by teaching them the words of the Bible. (Proverbs 22:6)
  • Encourage an intimate relationship with Jesus by sharing your testimony with your children.
  • Teach your children to pray – about everything.
  • Don’t be afraid to engage them in dialogues of real truth concerning everything. Truth is not subjective. Truth is absolute – and according to the word of God.
  • Teach them to make independent decisions based on the word of God. Walking this walk is not for the faint of heart. It can be a lonely journey at times. If your child buys in to group-think, they will never make it. For what they, themselves believe WILL be challenged.
  • Lovingly and consistently discipline your children.
  • Forgive your children when they fall and when they fail – for they most definitely will.
  • Love your children unconditionally – always.
  • Bathe your children daily in prayer.

The Lord holds you, the parent, responsible for giving proper instruction to your child. You will be held responsible until your child reaches the age of accountability. When will that be, you may ask? Only God knows for sure. However, we do know that this age is determined by the child’s ability to truly distinguish the difference between what is right and what is wrong. If you are wondering if children can go to Hell, the answer is YES. Now that you have been warned, what are you going to do?

The Lord has been impressing upon me for a time to continuously pray for the children. I invite you to join me in this, for the life of your child may depend on it.

In all things, to God be the glory.

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DO PROPHETS STILL EXIST?

“Hear now My words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make Myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.” Numbers 12:6

When God speaks, He speaks to edify His children for His glory.

Modern-day prophets are called to prepare God’s people for the Lord by pointing them to an intimate relationship with Jesus (see John 3:29), by equipping them to discern His voice (see Ephesians 4:11–12), by speaking words of warning or correction that God gives them (see Matthew 3:2–3) and by standing in the gap between man and God (see Ezekiel 22:30), usually through intercession. Not all intercessors are prophets, but all prophets are intercessors.

Prophets today indeed not only exist, but we are needed. We are being used by God more now than ever busy preparing the Church body for the imminent return of Jesus Christ. Through revelation and impartation given by God to the Prophet – in the case of a Seer which I am – by way of revelatory dreams, visions, words of knowledge, angelic visitations, divine encounters and even the audible voice of God – is communicated messages for the purpose of drawing, teaching, inspiring, refining, interceding as well as for warning and correcting the Church body.

So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:11-13

WHY DOES GOD ALLOW CHRISTIANS TO SUFFER?

pixabay-sunbeamFirst, we must understand that God is almighty. He is self-determining and self-governing. He is Creator of all things and is in complete control of the heavens above us, the universe surrounding us, the world we live in as well as everything and everyone within it all – this includes Satan and all the powers of darkness. Nothing catches God by surprise. He either causes  or allows everything that happens to happen. With all the suffering that goes on in this world, this may be a difficult message for many of us to understand. However, we still must remember that God IS God, He has a plan and He includes you in it.

This Is Far Above Our Pay Grade

In Isaiah 55:8-9, God boldly reminds us that when we attempt to apply the limited amount of understanding – that He has given us – to anything that takes place in this world and beyond, we are trying to operate in things that are far above our pay grade. As God says: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

In the beginning, God caused what was perfect to exist in this world and within mankind. Thus He created the heavens, the earth and Adam and Eve, and yet He allowed sin to take place. God had the authority and the ability to stop it all, however it was His decision not to. For reasons only known to God, He has also chosen not to fully disclose all of the details to us. What He has given for us to know is that everything God does is for the purpose of establishing His good and perfect plan.

When Adam and Eve rebelled, their actions set into motion an invasion of evil that God did not cause, but yet He allowed. Out of the influx of this evil, much was manifested in the world that affected mankind in more ways than we will ever understand. These manifestations include death, corruption and deterioration to our bodies, our soul and the world around us. Out of this evil comes sin, disease, illness, worldly disasters and struggles of all kind. As created beings with a limited amount of understanding, all of this is complex to us. No one has all the answers except God. However, He does allow us to know this: God, who controls all things, also uses all things for His sovereign plan and purpose, and at the heart of all things is the Savior of the world, His precious and mighty son, Yeshua (Jesus, the Christ.)

We See Little Picture, God Sees Big

God uses everything for the purpose of glorifying and exalting His Holy name. Unfortunately, our limited vantage point does not allow us the privilege of seeing ‘the big picture’ that is God’s plan. But God knows what we don’t know and God sees what we don’t see. Our ‘blindness’ only allows for us to see what is within our limited peripheral vision when God has an aerial view of everything.

I’m sure you can think of many circumstances where you were not privy to all the details in a situation that caused you grief and pain. Not having all the missing pieces may have tempted you to come to a wrong or even inappropriate conclusion. When this happens, these wrong assumptions can cause you to operate in misunderstandings, bad decisions and even a loss of faith in God, if not careful. We’ve all been there. However, since we are not omniscient and omnipresent beings, we simply cannot always have all the details that are necessary for us to see things as they truly are. This is where our faith in Jesus Christ comes into play. When we know God loves us and cares about us, we can trust Him with ALL the circumstances that come into our lives even when they hurt and we don’t have all the answers.

It’s Not About Us – It’s All About God

Jesus healed all kinds of illnesses, infirmities and diseases – all for the purpose of giving glory and honor to God. He even raised Lazarus from the dead – whom He dearly loved and yet was allowed to die – for the sole purpose of giving glory and honor to God. The struggles we must endure in our lives are no different. Although God may not choose to keep all of them from us, He uses all of them for us just the same. You must also realize that in His love for us and by His grace, He does spare us from more than we will ever know – again, all for His glory and honor.

Just as God can, and will, allow illness, infirmity, disease and even death for the purpose of His glory and perfect plan, He also can, and will, allow the same as discipline and judgment for sin. There are plenty of references in Scripture that attest to this as well. To keep things in its proper perspective, we must remember that although God has the ability to intervene, He has given us all free will. This freedom also includes those who are intent on doing evil in this world. If you add to this mix a defective world, defective bodies and lifestyle choices, it is easy to see how so much can and does go wrong around us.

Why Me?

To Holy Spirit-filled followers of Jesus Christ who are asking the question, “Why me?” or to those who do not fully understand why you are struggling in life or to those who are battling illness and disease, I say, “Be encouraged and be of good cheer.” For as you go about your day making decisions and talking to people, you must know that God has chosen you to glorify and honor His name in the midst of your trials and circumstances. What a powerful witness you are! For when we love, honor and glorify God even through the very hard things, without ever saying a word, we are loudly and boldly giving a mighty and strong testimony to the world about the mighty and strong God that we serve.

You may never know the ‘big picture’ surrounding all of your circumstances and why God chose to allow the pain and struggles you have had to endure in your life. However, one day you will go before Him. Then you will have the opportunity to ask Him why and have all your questions answered. Only, I have a feeling that when that inevitable day comes, you will be so overjoyed to be in the presence of your Savior surrounded by the glory of God and the loved ones who have gone before you, that everything you overcame on this side of Heaven will have been more than worth it, and I doubt that you will even care as to why things had to be as they were. So praise God today regardless of where you are and what you are going through, and make it known that all the glory and honor is His!

IS GOD CALLING YOU?

pixabay-the-callIt was a hard pill for me to swallow when I came to the understanding that not everyone will go to Heaven when their time comes to die. Likewise, I had a difficult time with the fact that although there are many who actually believe that there is a God as well as acknowledge the existence of Jesus Christ, they too will NOT come into a ‘saving knowledge’ of Him. What does all this mean, you may ask? It means that only through the drawing of God and through special revelation given to us – by the power of the Holy Spirit – is it even possible for any of us to come to Jesus Christ and thereby receive salvation…

Does God Call Everyone Or Only Some?

God is loving and just. He sends out an ‘invitation’ to know Him to EVERYONE and He does this in several different ways. There is the ‘universal call’ which is a declaration of God’s eternal power and divine nature addressed to all mankind through what is seen in the heavens, on the earth and in the life thereof. There is an ‘invitational call’ of the gospel – given by God to mankind through men – inviting them to receive salvation in Jesus Christ. Finally, there is the ‘call to the elect’ which comes only to those who have already made the conversion to Jesus Christ.

The Universal Call

According to God’s word, EVERYONE will have equal opportunity to know God and to acknowledge Him. When all is said and done, no one will have an excuse for not for all will be ‘told’ that the true and living God is the Author of life and the creator of the universe. How so? Well, Scripture tells us that the Heavens declare His glory and the sky demonstrates His handiwork to EVERYONE. Day after day, the Heavens and the sky above us utters His speech and night after night, the Heavens and the sky above us reveals His knowledge. No one can deny what is already there for our natural eyes to see. There is no place on this earth, with no language being the exception, where God’s voice cannot, and will not, be heard for all that the Heavens and the sky reveal speak forth God’s indisputable words of His eternal power and divine nature throughout the earth and to the end of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4)

The General Call Of The Gospel

In His Great Commission, Jesus told His disciples and the church body to: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19) This command is considered the general call of the gospel. Jesus Christ came to address all mankind commanding repentance, faith, holiness and obedience to Him in order to be saved. “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isa. 45:22).

According to Jesus, this gospel message of the Kingdom – a call to all mankind – must be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations BEFORE the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14) 

The Call Of The Elect

Jesus states, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matt. 22:14). The ‘elect’ come to know God the same way as does everyone else. However, these people receive an additional call that is made to them only after their conversion to Jesus Christ. This is considered the ‘effectual’ call in which they are effectually given power from the Holy Spirit that moves them into action according to God’s will for their lives. All who are effectually called – and who maintain obedience to God for the remainder of their life on this earth – are saved. Scripture describes the elect as follows: “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Rom. 8:29-30)

However, in spite of all these revelations, there are, and will be, those who still refuse to see and hear the voice of God, as He reveals it. These are those whose hearts are hard and whose minds are darkened. These are people who have no desire for God’s truth. God considers these people His enemies. This is explained in the Scripture below:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God IS manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.” Romans 1:20

The people who do not have the Holy Spirit directing them have the corruption of sin ruling them instead, therefore it is impossible for them to understand the things of God much less have the ability to make the decision to follow Him. This explains why Jesus tells us that no man can come to God unless He draws them to Him: “And He (Jesus) said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” ( John 6:65).

It is only by the gracious and merciful call and drawing of God that we are all saved. We cannot accomplish this without Him doing so. For in His drawing, God supernaturally opens up our minds giving it understanding that inclines the soul to move towards Him. The apostle Paul explains this in Ephesians 1:15-21:

“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.”

How Do You Know If God Is Drawing You?

During a time in my life when I began to question the direction in which I was moving, I clearly felt God drawing me to Him. The decisions I had made up to that point had left me remorseful, unhappy, empty and unfulfilled. Like many, I was following the world’s ways and my pursuits were leading me into a place I realized later I did not want to go. I needed answers and yet I was not finding them in the way that I was going. It was only then that I began to question and consider the things of God and He provided me with all that I needed and had been searching for.

The call of God is unmistakable. It will be evident to you when you begin to notice changes much like the ones that took place inside of me twenty eight years ago:

  • You will begin to be convicted of your sin and recognize your need for a Savior from the penalty of sin, which is death. This will lead you to Jesus Christ. After making the decision to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you will be indwelled by the Holy Spirit.
  • God will awaken within you an interest in things that are spiritual. He will give you a desire for spiritual things that you did not have before.
  • You will begin to desire God’s word as well as understand it in a way that had not been made clear to you before. This will move your heart closer to His. The understanding you gain through His word will give you a new excitement and fascination for everything concerning Him.
  • Your spirit will begin to discern deep spiritual truths that had not been given to you to understand before. God will continue a process of revealing more and more of His secrets to you as His will for your life dictates.
  • Finally, you will begin to have new desires for what is Holy and a new distaste for the old sinful ones. This will be evidence of the new heart God will have placed inside of you. This new heart will desire to know Him more, obey Him more and walk closer with Him.

Through God’s calling – and by your answering His call – you will be able to experience  the “newness of life” God has promised: “…do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4 )

Keep in mind that this new life does not promise an easy life. However, Jesus promises that He will send the Holy Spirit as your Helper and guide. If you allow Him, He will direct you along the way. Jesus, Himself, also promises that He will be with you always. (Matthew 28:20)

WHY NARROW IS THE GATE?

narrow gate.jpegJesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to Life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Have you ever wondered why a loving God doesn’t make it easier for everyone to get saved and make it into Heaven? I mean, wouldn’t that be the most loving thing to do? Well, actually, He went far above and beyond to do just that…

There are conditions for everything in this life, wouldn’t you agree? Does Harvard, Princeton and Yale grant admission to just anyone and everyone who applies? Can just anyone decide on a whim to skip the arduous education and training to become a gifted brain surgeon? Would you marry just anyone and allow them to move into your house and make decisions for you and your family? Of course not. There are qualifiers for everything… this also holds true for God.

Jesus also said: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) The path to eternal life is open to everyone – however, everyone must meet the qualifications, as difficult (and as unfair as some may think) as it may be, first.
God is God. He, alone, is ruler of the universe – all by Himself. He is Holy. He is just. Therefore He retains all rights to set the standards for what qualifies as sin and righteousness, what determines good and evil, and who will make it into Heaven because He created it all. Thus, the requirements to receive His many blessings, including entrance into His glorious world, are all set according to His terms.
So, what are the qualifying requirements? They are simple and yet they are challenging at the same time. WE ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE FAITH IN AS WELL AS LIVE IN OBEDIENCE TO JESUS CHRIST. God has given all authority and all power to Him for He, alone, is worthy. Salvation and eternal life can only come to those who seek it through Jesus Christ, alone. There are no exceptions.
Yes, this requirement may be considered unfair, annoying, inconvenient and narrow-minded (as thought of by many). It also makes for a very “narrow” gate into Heaven. However, the less restricting “wide” road, also referred to by Jesus, is another way to go. In fact, this is the path most people prefer to travel. It is much more populated (you can’t get lonely there), it allows you to embrace everyone’s different beliefs (because it’s the open-minded thing to do) and there you can participate in all the things this world has to offer that represents comfort, convenience and pleasure without any limitations or accountability placed on you – all of which goes against everything Jesus tells us is good and acceptable according to God. Granted, the “narrow” path IS a much more unpopular way to go. It is inconvenient, it creates conflict and, at times, it can often be a very lonely path to travel. It’s definitely not a walk for the faint-hearted. But wait, isn’t this the way to go to achieve anything considered truly honorable, uncommon and exceptional? (Sigh) Yes, it is.

 

Jesus warned us that the road that leads to the “narrow” gate will be hard and rocky. Meaning to walk this road guarantees that we will encounter sacrifices, hardships and difficult decisions along the way. Walking by faith and not by sight, enduring trials with Christ-like patience and denying our fleshly desires is extremely challenging, especially while living in a world that encourages and thrives on doing the opposite. Not many are WILLING to do it. And, unfortunately, because of this not many will meet God’s requirements nor will they make it into Heaven. This includes many people who call themselves Christians. They are the ones Jesus refers to when He said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” They will also be disqualified.
Our flesh will always gravitate to what is easier and to what gives us pleasure which is why Jesus tells us “difficult is the way which leads to Life, and there are few who find it.”

Before Christ came to endure an indescribable sacrifice for us, sin was the roadblock that kept us from getting to God. But through His death on the cross and the shedding of His blood, Jesus destroyed that barrier and paved a way for us. After raising from the dead, He took His place at the right hand of His Father and received victory over death and sin. His victory is now our victory! Although God has paved a road for us to travel, Satan and the powers of darkness, who rule the world we live in, are determined to make it as difficult as they possibly can for us to walk it. Even still, we must come the way God has made for us. We cannot create our own way for only His good and perfect way is acceptable to Him.

So, do we blame God because He has raised the bar high and given us clear, uncompromising terms to strive for? Is it God’s fault IF we choose to not meet the requirements He has set for us – or is it ours? It is unacceptable and, frankly, impossible for a Holy and just God to allow just anyone and everyone to do as they please, to violate and dishonor His Son and the sacrifice He made for us and still qualify to receive the most highest honor given to mankind. This very simply will not happen. God freely offers salvation and the gift of eternal life spent in Heaven with Him to everyone who chooses to accept it however, they must meet the requirements, as challenging as they may be.
So, do you have what it takes to enter the “narrow” gate? Is it worth it to you to step away from the wide road? Or will you take the path of least resistance? There are two very important lessons in life that I urge you to learn today, if you haven’t already learned them. They are the R’chelle’s principles to What Is Truly Valuable:
1. “Nothing worth having is ever easy to get yet always worth the sacrifice you must make to obtain it.”
2. “Always look closely and test what sparkles and glitters, for most of the time you will find it’s not gold.”

 

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

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This is truly an unconditional Love. This Love is an every day kind of Love, an every night kind of Love, an every moment kind of Love, always… This Love never leaves you all alone and never forgets its own. This Love takes you in and lifts you up… This Love opens your eyes, opens your ears, opens your arms, opens your heart… This Love walks with you, talks with you, always wants to be with you… This Love doesn’t see your past, He forgives it and He forgets it… This Love can open any door, casts out darkness, cancels fear, helps you forgive, gives you peace and lifts your head… In this love, He gives you faith, gives you hope, takes you in and lifts you up above it all so you can fear no more, so you can run real fast, so you can stand real firm, so you can be real strong, so you can hurt no more, so you can feel His joy! This Love rules the wind, this Love rules the waves, this Love rules the world!

There is true freedom in this Love for there is no shame this Love can’t take, there is no chain this Love can’t break. This Love is oh so sweet. This Love is oh so Jesus. Oh, if you could only truly know Him. Come taste and see…

TO THE HANDS THAT ROCK THE CRADLE…

godly-parenting-family-article-witicles-olabisi-ajayiYou may have heard the saying: “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” What does this mean? Parents, the influence you have over your children is not one to be taken lightly. It reminds me of yet another phrase: “The fruit never falls far from the tree.”

Godly parents, beware! Those who are serving the Lord and have been given the immense responsibility of raising, training and guiding children, you are, and will be, held accountable to God. Do not become stumbling blocks for your child.

Teach your children what it means to know and follow God’s word at a very young age so that their feet will be firmly planted on the rock, which is Yeshua (Jesus Christ). As Satan and the powers of darkness are committed to stealing, killing and destroying all God has for them in this evil, sinful world that they live in.

Teach your children to be leaders instead of followers. Teach them to measure their thoughts and their deeds against the word of God. Teach them that right and wrong is not subjective – as many today believe – but instead, is absolute according to the absolutely Holy and righteous word of God. Teach your children as they follow your example. Teach your children… while you still can.

There is an age of accountability for each child – which God alone will determine. He knows the heart of us all, young and old, and each child will come into the knowledge and understanding of what is truly good and what is truly evil on an individual basis. At that designated age, they will then become accountable to God for their own actions.

God commands His people to commit yourself wholeheartedly to knowing and obeying His word. He then tells us to teach His word to our children. He tells us to talk about His word when we are at home, when we are on the road, when we rise in the morning and when we retire at night. He tells us that we must do this as long as the sky remains above the earth so that we, and our children, will flourish in the land… (Deuteronomy 11:18-21).

God commands His people to teach His word to our children so that each following generation – even those who are yet to be born – will come to know Him and His word so that we will set our hope anew on Him and not forget His glorious miracles, all in obedience to Him. (Psalm 78:5-7).

If we will obey these commands, God gives a promise. He tells us that if we teach our children about Yeshua (Jesus Christ), if we teach them to obey His word, if we train them up according to His ways and His wisdom, and if we direct them onto the straight and narrow path that leads them to Him – when they are OLDER, they will not depart from these things. This promise gives hope to many parents of children who have (temporarily) strayed away from this path.

For godly parents, raising godly children should be a sobering responsibility not to be taken lightly – but prayerfully, obediently and in full submission to almighty God.

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WHO ARE YOU WEARING?

A model presents a creation by Italian-Swedish designer Marco Zanini for Rochas during the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 ready-to-wear collection show, on February 29, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/ALEXANDER KLEIN

THE FASHION SHOW & THE MESSAGE

A fashion show is an event put on by a designer to showcase their line of fashions. Models are employed to walk the catwalk dressed in the apparel that is created by the designer as all is illuminated on the runway for everyone to see. All are drawn in to the show by the beautiful sights and the alluring sounds. However, what meets the eye does not represent the full picture – there is always another agenda. In the show, the order of models that are presented is planned in advance. The show is choreographed around the message the designer wishes to communicate. Truly, the fashion show is really all about the underlying message. It is then up to the audience to interpret, if they can, what the designer is really trying to say.

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The Message

There is a message behind everything we see and hear in this world. There is a message behind everything we learn and are taught in this world. There is also a message behind everything we do and say in this world. Do you know what message you are communicating? Don’t be deceived. Know that everything that takes place in the natural, and in the supernatural, has an ulterior motive. Nothing – and no one – happens by chance.

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The Evil Designer

Satan is no exception. His evil and corrupt agenda and motives began many, many years ago. We have learned that here on earth he, temporarily at best, rules his wicked kingdom of demons in an organized plan to corrupt mankind. He uses sin as his weapons and through the corruption it causes, he will, in fact, take as many as he can with him to Hell after Jesus returns to destroy him. As the official designer of this world, Satan’s goal has always been to deceive – which he does very well by using deception and lies. He takes full advantage of his audience (the world) and their weaknesses. He knows that people are easily fooled and are easily distracted by the sights and the sounds of the show which is this world. He counts on this weakness to cause people to fall into the traps he has laid for them.

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Why Does God Allow It?

We know that Satan is, temporarily at best, being allowed to rule in this world that we live in. The Bible even goes as far as saying that he is the god of this world. This is clearly evident by the state of affairs going on all around us. As a Christian, you are not to worry though. God is allowing it as part of His master plan. Yes, I said allowed. Remember, God is still, and always will be, in control. Satan, a God-created being, is on a short leash which is being held, and controlled, by God. He can only do what the Lord has allowed him to do within the time-frame He has allowed him to do it in. Why does God allow it, you may ask? God has given Satan a job to do. Through his existence, we know the difference – and choose – between what is right and wrong, what is good and evil, what is holy and sin. It is necessary for all of us to be tested and tried so that those who are called of God can come through the trials victorious and be counted as worthy. Those who choose to not be, will be counted as unworthy. The Bible explains this in the parable of the wheat and the weeds below.

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“Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’ “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. “‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’” Matthew 13:24-30

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The Devil Is Defeated

Nothing happens by chance. There is a reason for everything. And those reasons are not always revealed to us by God. Thankfully, there is also a beginning and an end to everything. There are many things that we will not be able to understand in this life. We are not to get caught up in those things. Subjects surrounding life, death, Heaven and Hell will bring up many questions that only God, alone, can answer. Remember, God’s ways are always higher than our ways and His thoughts are always higher than our thoughts. When we are devoid of answers, we must trust Him in all things.

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When Satan’s time is up, he will not longer be free in this world to torment and corrupt. The Bible tells us: “Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur; joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Revelation 20:10

Rejoice, for Jesus is returning soon!

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The Truth Behind Happiness & Success

Before I answered my own call from the Lord twenty seven years ago, I was living a life of deception. I believed the lie Satan tells us about what is required to achieve happiness and success in this world. Many have been fooled into thinking that we must exalt ourselves through the pursuit of money, status and pleasure, at all cost. Always remember that Satan is evil and is a master counterfeiter. He works very hard to mock God by copying and distorting everything God does. He takes what is Holy, godly and true and tries to destroy it. He does this by deceiving the world into thinking the opposite of God’s truth. The Holy Bible tells us that “Those who are in the flesh (self) cannot please God.” (Romans 8:8). Therefore we are not to exalt ourselves. No one but Jesus Christ, alone, shall be lifted up. It also tells us: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21).

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Deception In This World

Jesus gives His followers the necessary discernment and wisdom we need to live in this world and we must use it to survive. “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10;16).

Those who do not believe, will be deceived into believing Satan’s lies and, unfortunately, they will be destroyed in the end. “For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and destroy him by the splendor of His coming This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the Truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the Truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12

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Satan has corrupted this world by using the media, entertainment and people for his evil purpose. He puts on a very attractive show that entices and lures people into sin and corruption. He is truly the designer of this world and his models are his puppets who work together, knowingly and unknowingly, to promote his evil agenda.

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So, Who Are You Wearing?

I tell you the truth. You, as a Christian, are to model Jesus Christ in this world. Just by living your life every day, you are promoting the fashions of either Jesus Christ or Satan. You can only follow one. You cannot do both because one cancels out the other. As you go about your life, you become a walking, talking message that impacts the world, either for good or for evil.

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Do you know what message you are communicating to the people you meet every day? Those who choose to follow Jesus Christ are speaking eternal life, they are sharing the gift of salvation and they are furthering the Kingdom of God. Those who are not serving Jesus, are considered, by God and by default, to be a follower of Satan. This means they are speaking death, they are promoting sin and they are encouraging and leading others to follow them to Hell.

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You will be held accountable for the choices that you make. So, who are you wearing?

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WHO DOES GOD SEE WHEN HE LOOKS AT YOU?

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“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

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Don’t Allow What You See To Conflict With What God Sees

We all come from many different backgrounds and with many different experiences in tow. Some have suffered very little in life compared to others who have endured an unusual amount of heartache and pain. Sometimes our life, including all that we strive to overcome, has a tendency to blind us to God’s truth and God’s plan for our lives. Satan uses everything at his disposal to try and keep us from seeing what God sees when He looks at us. Although life may feel overwhelming at times, we must remember that God has EVERYTHING under control. Reminding ourselves of this helps us to keep things in their proper perspective.

We must remember that God truly does have a plan for us. We must also remember that Satan has a plan for us as well. The two plans counteract which make living in this world, with all of its sin and distractions, a great challenge to say the least. The goal is to remain focused on the real reason we are here which is to honor Jesus Christ in everything we do.

How Does The World See You?

Many people in your life have helped to form the identity you have of yourself today. This identity is based on who you represent to them and who they represent to you. You have been taught by your teachers how to make the grade and you comply because you want to prove that you are more than capable (according to the world’s standards). You have been trained by your employers on how to excel and progress in your choice of profession and you comply because you want to be a success (according to the world’s standards). You have been conditioned by your friends to conduct yourself in a way that makes them happy and you comply because you need acceptance (according to the world’s standards). You have been programmed by this world to chase after people and things and you comply because you want to be happy (according to the world’s standards).

How Does God See You?

God is the creator of all things and all people. He desires to be in relationship with those He has called unto Himself. He also desires to, one day, bring His children home to live in His Kingdom and be reconciled unto Him. However, because He is sovereign and Holy, there are requirements that we must all meet. God cannot violate His own laws. This includes the law of sin which carries with it the penalty of death. Therefore, knowing that none of us were capable of living a sinless life, God made the ultimate sacrifice and sent His Son – who is Jesus Christ, God-personified – to live among the people of this world for the purpose of sacrificing His life on the cross as an atonement for our sins thus allowing us to be in right standing with God. That is, IF we choose to believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him. “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (New Living Translation).

God does all of this for you because He loves you. He has no ulterior motive. He ‘sets you up’ so that He can bless you. Do you agree?

How Do You See God?

When we follow Jesus Christ, nothing on this earth should take precedence. NOTHING. There are no relationships, no establishments and no pursuits that should take priority in your life and be more important than your relationship with Jesus Christ. Anything you pursue above, or in opposition with, Jesus will lead you into a life of disobedience. God will then be forced to reject you, cut you off from His blessings and you will have no inheritance with Him. How do you see God in your life? The decisions you make every day reflects how you truly see Him. If you are placing the demands of this world over God’s demands, you will be lost to Him. If you desire to be the person God has created you to be, you must repent from your sins, turn away from the lifestyle that displeases God and live for Jesus. This is the only way to be accepted by Him.

The Bible explains: “A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be My disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison – your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be My disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow Me, you cannot be My disciple. But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’ Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. So you cannot become My disciple without giving up everything you own. Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!” Luke 14:25-34 (New Living Translation).

See Truth, See Life

The decision to follow Jesus Christ must be a sober and reverent one. It should not just represent a simple prayer that you pray to ask Jesus to come into your life, as many are teaching. The decision to follow Jesus Christ is a worthy and rewarding cause. Those who take it seriously receive much from God therefore much is required of them by God.

Commonly taught today is the belief that once you have been saved, you will always be saved. This teaching is a deception and a very dangerous lie. You make a decision every day to pick up your cross and follow Jesus. At any given point, you can renounce His covering over you simply by rejecting Him and His word. People who believe and teach this lie will only accomplish three things in life. 1) They will prevent themselves, Christians who believe this lie and those who are truly searching for truth from seeing the true power of Jesus Christ. 2) They allow Satan to gain access into their lives and the lives of others. 3) Their destination will be Hell when they die. When you chose Truth, which is Jesus, you truly do choose life.

Who Does God See When He Sees You?

Regardless of the image you see when you look in a mirror, it is not the image God sees. When you look in God’s Mirror, He sees only two images. One image is a vision of Holiness. This is the vision of Jesus… Are you seeing what He sees when you see the world? Are you hearing what He hears when others speak to you? Are you speaking the powerful words of Jesus into the lives of those around you? Are your arms reaching out to heal the sick and mend the broken in the name of Jesus Christ? Are your feet walking towards others eager to share the gospel good news of Jesus Christ? If Jesus is not the image God sees when He looks at you, He sees the other.

The other is the reflection of Hell.

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WILL YOU RECEIVE THE GIFT?

Jesus Christ is a gift. He is the most extravagant gift you will ever be offered. To follow Him is not to follow a religion. To follow Him is to enter into a personal relationship with God Himself. Though there are many faiths and many religions in this world, I ask you to consider this: Who among them can say that they are the one and only virgin-born Son of the almighty God? Who among them can say that they have walked this earth and lived a perfect and sinless life? Who among them can say that they have made the blind to see, the deaf to hear and the mute to speak? Who among them can say they have healed the sick and cast out demons? Who among them can say they gave of themselves for others to be brutally abused and crucified on a cross? Who among them can say that though they were dead, they rose again to receive victory over sin and death for you and me? Who among them can say that they ascended into Heaven and is alive today and rules at the right hand of God, His Heavenly Father? Who among them can say that they will return very soon to ransom their Bride who is the Church? Who among them can say they have overcome Satan, his demons and all the evil in this world? Only One can make these claims. Only One. His name is Jesus Christ.

 

Following Jesus Is NOT Easy

I want to be honest here. Following Jesus Christ is not easy, and yet entering into this amazing relationship will be the most challenging, most rewarding experience you will ever encounter in your life. To know Him and to love Him is life-changing to say the least. Everything about you will be transformed. Over a period of time, you will begin to notice a change in the way you talk, in the way you think and in the way you see the people around you. Your perspective of life, and death, will take on a whole new meaning. In reality, the old you will die and a brand new you will be born. You will never be the same again. God will draw you closer to Him. He will speak to you and manifest Himself to you in many ways. The closer you get to Jesus, the more you will develop a distaste for the evil and the sin that is in this world. This newfound relationship will create conflict with those who do not share your beliefs and passion. You will experience painful persecution from the people in your family as well as the people who are in the world.  These experiences will challenge you to your core and you will be tested. How much you are willing to endure for Jesus Christ, your Lord and Savior, will continue to be an open show for all the world to see as well as your decision to remain faithful to the end.

 

Jesus endured much for us. We are likewise required to endure much for Him which we do by continuing to honor Him as we live in this world that is openly hostile to Christianity and the principles Jesus teaches us to live by. The Bible says it better: “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad – for these trials make you partners with Christ (Jesus) in His suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing His glory when it is revealed to all the world. If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by His name! For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? And also, “If the righteous are barely saved, what will happen to Godless sinners?  So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for He will never fail you.” 1 Peter 4:12-19

 

Jesus Desires A Personal Relationship With You

Did you know that even before you were born, God personally chose you to be His very own? He desires nothing more than to have a loving, personal relationship with you. Jesus Christ went through all that He suffered to make that possible. For this reason, it is an honor for you and I to serve Him. For this reason, you and I were given life. God sanctified a covenant between Himself and all who will commit their lives to serving His Son. If you are among those who have made Jesus your Lord and Savior, your sin debt is paid by Him and by God’s grace, you have been redeemed. Who wouldn’t desire to have a close and personal relationship with the one and only true God who loves you so much that He gave His life for you?

 

Twenty seven years ago, I was introduced to Jesus through a Bible that was given to me as a gift. The more I discovered about Jesus, the Man, the more I learned about Jesus, the God. Entering into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ was THE best decision I have ever made in my life. I can testify to the fact that God’s word is true. He does exactly what He promises He will do if we will accept His invitation to enter into a relationship with Him. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:20.

 

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IF THERE IS A GOD, WHY WON’T HE STOP ALL THE EVIL IN THIS WORLD?

The Question: “IF THERE IS A GOD, WHY WON’T HE STOP ALL THE EVIL IN THIS WORLD?”

The Answer: “HE IS…”

why-does-god-allow-suffering-and-evil…And that day is coming very, very soon.

And when Jesus returns, not only will He put a stop to ALL the evil in this world, He will put a stop to ALL who commits the evil in this world. This will include ALL of those who lie, who cheat, who steal, who murder, who covet, who lust, who are sexually immoral, who commit fornication, who commit adultery, who deceive, who slander (smears one’s name), who envy, who are lascivious (who arouse and cause inappropriate sexual desire), who are wicked, who are prideful, who are foolish, who are impure, who practice idolatry (to worship something or someone and make like their god), who practice witchcraft (and all of its forms), who cause hostility, who cause strife, who are jealous, who have fits of anger, who cause rivalry, who cause conflict, who cause division, who envy, who commit drunkenness , who are selfish, who are greedy, who are arrogant, who are abusive (all forms), who are disobedient to parents, who are ungrateful, who are unholy, who are merciless, who are slanderous, who have no self-control, who are brutal, who do not love good, who are treacherous, who are reckless, who are conceited, who are godless, etc. This also includes those who deny that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Are you ready for that day? Are all of your loved ones ready? Do you believe we are all truly ready for God to put a stop to everyone who commits the evil in this world right now?

You see, God is tarrying for you. He has been holding back His judgment, and His wrath, to give you and others time to repent, turn from their sins and turn to Him. For when He signals the return of His son, Jesus Christ will come and finally and eternally put an end to it all.

Unfortunately, the same delay God is allowing to give us time to repent unfortunately, also allows time for evil to be committed. God is a just God. He allows the wheat and the weeds to grow up together until His appointed time of harvest. When that time comes, what is of Him will be gathered, the rest will be thrown in the fire. God is righteous, Holy and sovereign. “…He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45. Yet, there will come that day when righteous and evil will be separated:

“Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. The farmer’s workers went to him and said, “Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?” “An enemy has done this!” the farmer exclaimed. “Should we pull out the weeds?” they asked. “No,” he replied, “you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.” Matthew 13:24-30 (NLT)

So, the question for you to consider is not, “Is there a God?” or even, “Is God a good God?“ Look around you. The answer is clearly, unequivocally, “Yes.” The real question for you to ponder is, “Are you ready?” Jesus is coming very, very soon and He WILL put an end to it all.

Jesus said, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” Matthew 24:42

THE HIGH COST OF OBEYING GOD

THE HIGH COST OF OBEYING GOD

paying-the-price-pig-with-stack-of-coinsWe are all so interconnected and intertwined together within the fabric of God’s universal purpose that the minute one obeys Him, others immediately become affected. As a Christian, you can expect to endure all manner of persecution on account of your faith. Because of this, you may find yourself being tempted to keep quiet about the word God has given you to share. Or you may want to guard the word in an effort to protect it from those who do not appreciate it. Satan will use everything, and everyone, to test your allegiance to God. And God will allow some of these tests as an opportunity for your growth and to strengthen your resolve. Some of these tests will come in the most challenging of circumstances causing many to persecute you simply because they have had their feathers ruffled by your beliefs. When this happens, and it will, what will you do? Will you rise to the challenge? Are you willing to risk it all to obey God and allow the consequential chips to fall where they may? Your response to each challenge that is placed before you will reveal much about your true relationship with the Lord.

There will be many situations in life that will sneak up on you and catch you off guard. You may even be surprised by the way you respond to these circumstances when they happen. However your response will never be a surprise to God. He knows how you will handle every challenge that comes your way. Whether you choose to do the right thing or whether you choose to falter, God will use it all for His greater purpose. Yet, it is important for you to know that every decision you make will equal either a penalty or a reward for someone, as we ALL have to pay, in one way or the other, the high cost of obedience…

Living With Self & Death Of Self

There are two periods in the life of every Christian. These time frames combined make up the person you are as a whole. Each period plays an important part in your life. There is your life as it was once lived pursuing Self, before Christ (BC) and there is your life as it is currently being lived pursing Jesus Christ, after the death of Self (AD). Your BC life was necessary as it has enabled you to have a testimony. One is not separate from the other for without the prior, there would be no appreciation for the latter. One gives fuller meaning to the other.

To truly follow Jesus Christ is to live for Him with all of your heart, soul, strength and mind. However, this is impossible to do unless you have first crucified Self. You will know when you have successfully denied Self for it is only then that you will be able to successfully live for Jesus Christ. “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ (who) lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.

Self vs Jesus

Living for Self is living to glorify and serve YOU through the pursuing of fleshly desires. These are pursuits that are contrary to the word of God. This is completely the opposite of living to glorify and serve Jesus Christ through the pursuit of God’s word. Are you willing to honor Jesus Christ by obeying God’s word? Are you pursuing God or are you pursuing YOU? Obedience to God is choice-less. This means you do not have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to doing what He says. You cannot say that you are living for Christ based on your own definition of Christianity. I hear people often say, “You honor God your way and I’ll honor Him my way.” However, there is only one way to honor God. That is according to His word, which is not negotiable or optional.

No Regrets

Obeying God is not always easy. However, if you truly love Him, obeying Him should be a pleasure. I have been a Christian for over twenty-nine years. When I made Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior, there was much in my life that needed to change. As I began to live my life pursuing Him, there was much that did change. In fact, thanks to Jesus, I am still changing. He is taking me through a complete transformation. The changes He makes never stops and they don’t all happen overnight. As God miraculously changed my heart, I saw a gradual change in me, and as I gradually changed, so did the choices I made for my life.

Though the changes in my life have not all been easy, none of them do I regret for they have all drawn me closer to the Lord and enabled me to have a witness that testifies to the wonderful love, grace and mercy of God. I consider it a privilege to have been called by God to serve Him and sacrifice Self for Him. Nothing, or no one, is too important to me that I would not be willing to give it, or give them, up if He asked me to do so. Everything that God has given me, or has removed from me, has worked, or is working, towards my ultimate good and towards His ultimate will for my life – as He promised me it would. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NLT).

You Have An Obligation To God

In my relationships with my family and friends, there are times when I feel it necessary to keep my own personal opinions to myself, that is unless my opinion is solicited. However, when it comes to sharing the opinions of Jesus Christ, I see things quite differently. As a Christian, you have an obligation to God to share your faith with others. God gives you the opportunity to honor Him by demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ to the world. When you do this, you are engaging your relationship with God through your obedience and giving others the opportunity to be blessed in the process. It is important to know that your obedience may cause you to become a target for conflict, disagreements and ridicule. Yet, be encouraged for God’s word says: “I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when He comes to set up His Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5.

Love Requires Action

Jesus was asked by one of His disciples: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 (NLT).

Many people confuse love with emotions and feelings. Love is not a feeling. Love is a decision you make. It is a decision that requires action for it to manifest. There is no better way to demonstrate love for someone than to obey God by sharing His Son. However, as it is when you give any gift, not everyone can or will appreciate the value of your sentiments. You never know how someone will receive a gift you give. Those who see and receive the beauty and extravagance in the gift of Jesus Christ will be eternally blessed. Those who don’t won’t. This is why it is so very important and worth any amount of inconvenience or ridicule you may have to experience to give it.

You Can’t Save Anyone

Allow me to make something perfectly clear. You sharing Jesus with people does not save people. As a Christian, you are only a vessel that God uses to plant a seed through. It is up to God to water that seed and bring forth fruit. It is not your responsibility to save anyone. You couldn’t do it if you wanted to. That is God’s job. In fact, no one can come to the Lord unless He draws them to Him. The Bible tells us that those few who find God will enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to Hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT). Because of this fact, it makes sense that everyone will not be able to accept Jesus when you share Him. So, don’t be surprised when they turn you away.

Leave The Consequences To God

So, what do you do IF obeying God causes others to be uncomfortable or even suffer? The truth is that your obedience to God WILL cause others to be uncomfortable as well as suffer. There is no avoiding that. However, know that you are ONLY responsible for your obedience. You must leave all the consequences that will follow to God. He does NOT hold you responsible for what happens as the result of your obedience. However, He does hold you responsible for what happens as the result of your disobedience. Remember, God is sovereign. EVERYTHING is under His control.

God’s Word Is Alive!

God’s word is alive… “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12. (NLT).

God’s word is a living demonstration of His power. It speaks of His law over everything in and outside of this world. God’s word also rules over each and every person, regardless of their belief in Him. “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with My word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 (NLT).

Because God’s word does not come back void, His living word carries with it costs, or consequences. Those who obey God are positively affected through these consequences which are called blessings. Likewise, those who disobey God are negatively affected through these consequences which are called curses. And yes, God does curse people. “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on Heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying Him, and committing yourself firmly to Him. This is the key to your life.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NLT)

Are You Willing To Pay The Price?

Your obedience to God will require your willingness to give up plans, give up people and possibly even give up your life. Though many profess to love God, many are not willing to make that sacrifice. “Jesus was aware that His disciples were complaining, so He said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again? The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But some of you do not believe Me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and He knew who would betray Him.) Then He said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to Me unless the Father gives them to Me.” At this point many of His disciples turned away and deserted Him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” John 6:61-67.

Are you willing to pay the high cost of obedience to God?

WHAT’S NEXT, NOW THAT I’VE BECOME A BRAND NEW CHRISTIAN?

WHAT’S NEXT, NOW THAT I’VE BECOME A BRAND NEW CHRISTIAN?

stages-300x300This was the question I asked myself twenty nine years ago when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Honestly, I felt completely lost. Although I looked forward to moving full speed ahead into my new life in the Lord, I knew absolutely nothing about the things of God. Yet, through God’s grace, alone, I stumbled along. Even though there was much trial and error, I made it through. However, there is an easier way.

Now before you read on, allow me to be completely honest with you. Following Jesus Christ, in spirit and in truth, will be the most difficult, as well as the most rewarding, experience you will ever encounter in your life. Not everyone will be able to see it through to the end. As the Holy Scripture tells us: “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to Hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life (Heaven) is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT).

Because of this fact, I highly recommend that you pray for the resolve to stay the course and never give up, no matter what. If you will do this, you will be on your way towards an exciting, fruitful and supernatural relationship with the one and only living God. Pray this, in Jesus’ name.

STEP 1 – GET BAPTIZED
Jesus tells us: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” John 3:5 (NLTV). Baptism represents the partaking of the burial and the raising of Jesus Christ so that we, too, may walk in the newness of life. It is for this reason, we are told to repent AND be baptized in His name for the forgiveness of our sins. We are also told that the baptism will allow us to “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38), who is our Helper.

The first thing Jesus did before He began His ministry was to be baptized, (Luke 3:21-22). Where do you go to get baptized? Any true follower of Jesus Christ (believer) is authorized, according to Jesus Christ, to baptize. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV).

Baptism can be done in a Jesus-following church or even in a bathtub within the home of a true believer. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to follow His example. So regardless of where you get baptized, get baptized as soon as you can!

STEP 2: BEGIN READING YOUR BIBLE
You cannot truly follow Jesus Christ if you do not know who He is and His word. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV).

There is no substitute for reading your bible every day. Begin immediately. There are many translations available. Find one that is most faithful to the original text. I recommend beginning with the King James Version. If you are sincere in seeking Him, God will open up His word to you and give you understanding (discernment). Do not allow yourself to become too busy to read God’s word. This is a tactic of Satan who is your worst enemy. Set aside time when and where you can meditate on Him without being interrupted. The quantity of time you spend reading your Word is not as important as the quality of time you spend with the Lord as you read. If you allow yourself time to listen to Him, He will speak to you through His word.

STEP 3: PRAY OFTEN
As a follower of Jesus Christ, you are to pray always without ceasing. Prayer, very simply, is talking to Jesus. Talk to Him about everything. He cares about everything that concerns you. There is nothing too small or seemingly too insignificant that you can’t share with Him, no differently than you would share with a very dear friend. Speak to Him for Jesus has now become your dearest friend. Through prayer, you are developing a very real relationship with the true and living God.

I suggest that you begin by praying every morning before you start your day and every evening before you go to bed. Pray, also throughout the day. Begin by thanking Him for all He has done for you. Pray for others as well as yourself. Commit decisions you have to make to God by asking Him to lead you according to His will. If you find it difficult to find the words to say, ask the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts as you pray. “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6(NKJV).

STEP 4: BUILD FRIENDSHIPS WITH OTHER TRUE CHRISTIANS (FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST)
The Christian life is not an easy life. As a true follower of Jesus Christ, you will be under constant attack and scrutiny from your enemies who will come by way of Satan and his demons. Not only is it good to fellowship with like-minded Christians for times of enjoyment, it is also wise to fellowship with those you trust for encouragement as well as admonishment (correction), during life’s challenges and struggles. “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting (encouraging) one another, and so much the more as you see the Day (the day of Jesus’ return) approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV).

Also be mindful that we, as Christians, are warned to not be unequally yoked with non-believers “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV).

STEP 5: OFFER YOUR GIFTS & SERVICES FOR GOD’S PURPOSE
As a new Christian, the Lord will begin a miraculous new work in you. You will go through a process that will transform you from the old to the new for the purpose of transforming you into the spiritual image of Jesus Christ. The new Spirit that is now alive in you will cause you to have a newfound love for all that is godly. Go for it!

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV).

STEP 6: ALWAYS LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE YOUR FAITH & YOUR TESTIMONY WITH OTHERS
Through Jesus Christ, your Lord and Savior, you have received salvation. You can now stand alongside of Him and claim your inheritance to the Kingdom of God. Through Him, you also have access to the power of healing and deliverance as well as access to the throne of the one and only living God. There is much for you to be excited about! So, share your excitement whenever you have the opportunity.

It is through your testimony, and the testimony of others, that Jesus Christ will be shared with the world. You also share in His victory of overcoming Satan and the evil that is in this world. “And they (Christians) overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Revelation 12:11(NKJV).

As you continue in your faith and your walk, remember that there is nothing you have done that was deserving of the wonderful and mighty blessings you have received through Jesus Christ. You have been saved by grace alone. Even still, God has started a work in you and His promise is to finish it. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6 (NKJV).

STEP 7: PRAY FOR GOD TO LEAD YOU INTO YOUR DESTINY
Only God knows the plans He has for you. Pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit. Pray for spiritual sensitivity to hear Him and obey His every word.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

To God be all the glory!