Monday, November 3, 2014
“For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
How does GOD regard you? God is Big! He created a Universe from nothing 14 Billion light years across precisely orbiting some 100 Billion Galaxies. Two primary qualities of God are infinite Holiness and Love. “Be Holy, for I am Holy,” says the Father (1 Pet 1:16). “Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) according to Our likeness” (Gen 1:26).
To man Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). And God sent Jesus to redeem you and to cover your sin, to teach you how to love. When you turn to him, he forgives your sins perfectly, he forgets perfectly, and he cleans your sins perfectly.
Put on the Savior Jesus in your body, mind, heart, and spirit as a cloak to stand before the all Holy God. He calls you to dwell constantly in his Holiness and Love. That's how God regards you.
Simply stated, God is perfect Light, Love, and Holiness. He can not sin. Justice is one of his perfections. As Master of all Creation, he is also the Healer. Jesus came to show us the Way to God, the Truth about God, and Life with God. God is divinely three persons in One God. He created Creation from Love.
(To understand One God as Three Persons in the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, look at this number “123”. It's one number composed of three digits with different values or functions.)
Satan, with his demons, is a rebellious angel who absolutely hates and deceives. He is the father of evil and lies. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. People often blame this work on the Holy God. God is Never the author of evil. Followers of Jesus can defeat the attacks of the devils with warrior angels to help.
God gives us the gift of free will to choose between good and evil, but not without eternal consequences.
It is certain, when wicked men steal, abuse, kill, and destroy the Master Artist's creation, this evil arouses God's Wrath. Perfect Justice demands just punishment. Rebellion against the Eternal God and his instruction demands eternal punishment, itself. False gods, false doctrines, false priests, man's deceit and lies are no excuse against the Holy Divine Spirit of Truth or even his instilled truth in man's internal conscience.
As Jesus the Messiah warns, the wicked are sentenced to “where the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” This is the lot of Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tze-Tung, and any unrepentant authors of rebellion, great or less, against the Creator.
To activate God's flowing Love, Man keys his mind with Faith, receives Divine Love into the chambers of his heart, and disperses it to the two-fold being of his body and spirit. Love is not just a manifestation of God; Love is the essence in the Divine Trinity. “God is Love.”
It is also termed God's Presence, God's Grace or Favor, the Anointing of the Spirit, his Healing Power, or his Life Force. All in reality is God's Love.
God creates and sustains by his Love. His Love is the Gift of Life in man's body and spirit. Man's body contains some 80-100 trillion cells, each more complicated than a computer as seen under a high power electron microscope. The known Universe contains some 100 Billion Galaxies. All by God's Love. Conclusion: learn to pray and to love.
Why does God completely reject unforgiveness? Entrance to Heaven is locked from unforgiveness. (NKJV Mt 6:15) "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Imagine the putrid stink of a skunk; it is gagging. God will not admit such a smell into his House!
Conversely, there is an aromatic perfume dominating Heaven. (Eph 5:1-2) “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
To the Holy God, we are in our witness to Jesus His Son the sweetest smell existing. (2 Co 2:15) “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
At one time, I smelled such an overwhelming perfume, I went to the door in my hallway to find the, I thought, “feminine” source of such beauty. No one was there! Returning to my desk, I now discovered the aroma stopped and started as I closed and opened my Bible! It was indeed the “fragrance of Christ,” the WORD.
Seek the Loving God,
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
A disciple must first give up everything.
The secret of following Christ the Messiah is ignored by many. For the servant of God, there is only one agenda.
The thing a disciple must do is give up every thing.
(NKJV all scriptures, Lu 14:33) "So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”
2) Repent. There are those who think achieving Heaven is a piece of cake. At the end of life, they surmise, God will simply forgive them. But there is no salvation without heartfelt repentance. I have seen it. Most people die the way they have lived. People choose their destiny, heaven or hell, by the way they live. Every day the choice is made.
(Lu 13:3) "I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
3) Humble. God desires servants contrite of sin and humble in spirit.
Humble is not weakness but a strength which seeks the benefit of others. “No greater love has anyone, than to lay down his life for another.”
(Isa 57:15) For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
4) Forgive. Men little realize the Hebrew in the Lord's Prayer requires the forgiveness of every-little-offense, no matter how small, to merit God's forgiveness. The All Holy God will not stand in the presence of sin. Total redemption is achieved only by the cross of Jesus.
(Mt 6:14) "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
5) Love. Don't make Love your pretense.
Be the most loving person your friends know.
Every true hug brings healing in the heart.
Every good deed pays forward.
God created you to love Him and others.
All his Words teach his Love.
God does not give Love, He is Love.
It's his very Being.
Jesus first loves you, so you'll know Love.
(Lu 10:27) So he answered and said," 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.'"
6) Faith is the key to involving God. You cannot please God without Faith.
(Mt 17:20) So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there!' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
7) Holy. We achieve holiness only through redemption of Jesus on that cross. I am bought, paid for, ransomed, and redeemed only through the Blood of Jesus. He alone is the sinless sacrifice for all repented sin. Put on Christ. He alone is perfectly sinless.
(Heb 12:14) Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
8) Each day, put on Jesus like a garment.
Walk as Jesus walked. Love as Jesus loves.
(1Jo 1:7) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
9) Live for God. Where is God's true servant? Take up God's daily cross, tasks, and assignments, even to the point of death.
(Lu 9:23) Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
24 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
25 "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?”
10) Trust God. No matter what, even when you don't understand.
Trust in God with all your heart, and you will see his miracles and care for you. I have prayed, “Lord, whether I live or whether I die, my life is in your hands.”
(Pr 3:5) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
11) Overwhelming Joy. There is power and strength and Faith in the Joy of the Lord. Joy is a prime attribute of God's power and marks his divine presence.
(Neh 8:10) “For this day is holy to our LORD. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
12) Resist the devil. Block him. In spiritual circumstance, be ready to fight the devil's schemes.
(1Pe 5:6,NKJV all scriptures.) Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
- Blessings, Bill
Friday, June 6, 2014
They're stoning Religious Freedoms in America.
|CRUX, Art by Daniel Casey (1817-1885).|
They're stoning Religious Freedoms in America. How disheartened I am as a descendant of early Colonial pastors. Our nation was dedicated to God in Virginia by Rev. Robert Hunt and hallowed by the prayers of Pilgrims on the Mayflower or sanctified by the work of my own ancestral Puritans like Rev. William Witherell of Massachusetts and many others. Now I grieve as Christianity and Jewish foundations and, indeed, religious tolerance everywhere, so interwoven in our foundations, is under attack by those who have no regard for our American Freedoms.
This attempt at obliteration is strikingly surveyed by Todd Starnes in his book GOD LESS AMERICA as he surveys the current War on Christianity through the alleged administration's affiliations with Worldwide Muslim Jihad and Atheistic Socialistic-Communism so seen in our daily news. The hostile proponents do not know or respect America and its foundational freedoms and are actively determined to destroy them along with those who ignorantly ignore so great a heritage. Also ignorant, are those so calloused they will not stand and can not stand to protect her. Every political, civic, educational, religious, commercial, community leader, or citizen should read this book. Or lose full scale through this dumbing of America.
Hundreds of documented examples are illustrated. The book initially mentions the firing of a North Carolina State House Honorary Chaplain for mentioning the name of Jesus in prayer. Senior citizens in Fort Wentworth, Georgia, forbidden to pray over their meals. A federal judge orders the prohibition of prayer at the Medina Valley Independent School District graduation in Texas. An eight year old school boy in Massachusetts is ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation after he drew a picture of Jesus on the cross. A professor is rejected from working at the university observatory by the University of Kentucky because he is a Christian. Bibles are banned from Walter Reed Medical Center. A New York public school teacher is ordered to remove inspirational Bible quotes from her classroom, and a quote by President Ronald Reagan. This quote read, “I we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
Delegates to the 2012 Democratic Convention voted God off the party platform. When authorities ordered him written back for the sake of public relations, the delegates booed God. A secret move was started later by Obama Democrats, termed GOD, said Miles O'Leary of Obama's Office of Theological Repatriation, “It stands for Get Obama Deified.” The task is the process of destabilizing other religions, to marginalize Christianity in the Armed Forces and the public schools. Obama signed the executive order declaring himself to be Lord and Savior. About two minutes later, a small earthquake shook Washington D.C. Miles said screenwriters are employed to write “The Gospel According to Barack.” The Family Research Council and the Liberty Institute have each documented 600 stories of religious hostility, some used by Todd Starnes in writing this packed reference.
How do I see the roots of this attack? A negligent or abusive father causes lack of respect in the home, rebellion against authority, contempt for society, despite for heritage and culture, denial of the rights and freedoms of others, and unbelief in God--other than a narcissistic isolating power love of one's self.
--Reviewed by: Bill Hunt, Veteran
GOD LESS AMERICA by Todd Starnes
Published by Frontline, Charisma Media/Charisma House Book Group
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