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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Thursday, March 6, 2014
From behind, a big, gentle hand and arm in a white sleeve pulled me up into his lap and held me as a little boy, nine years old.
The vision showed me a force pulling horribly out-of-control to the brink of the churning black hole in the cosmos, the bottomless pit. I watched men and women sucked screaming into its infinite depths with no hope of return. I saw the terrifying entrance to death in hell.
“Am I going down there?” I asked in alarm.
From behind, a big, gentle hand and arm in a white sleeve pulled me up into his lap and held me as a little boy, nine years old. At lap-chest height, I could not see his face, but I sure felt his most tender love.
“No, you're not,” his voice spoke incredibly rich and kind, soothing my heart in tone. I'll never forget his most loving sound.
“I have some things I want you to do,” he said. I had accepted Jesus intentionally as my Lord and Savior at Baptism when I was five years old.
Weeks later, at the children's hospital, two medical interns proceeded to cut my full-leg cast off my surgically corrected clubfoot. This caused the worst pain I experienced over my one to nine years in periodic casts and night braces. The power saw felt like it was actually cutting through my leg with its round sharp blade. I really felt so. Tears ran down my cheeks and my teeth grit.
My Dad trained me to offer my pain to Jesus on the Cross. This time, it was beyond bearing.
That's when the stormy gray clouds parted, and Jesus revealed himself clearly in full color to me hanging on the Cross, crucified. He suffered horribly, beyond belief, pain in his hands and feet. Pain, in his head and whole being. The flow of my tender tears increased in my own heart for him. His head appeared massively swollen, and gray with blood-drained color.
At the height of pain, he slowly turned his face toward me and smiled! His whole being soaked with love. The clouds closed and the vision disappeared.
I told the medical interns what I had just seen. One intern tried to offer me a lollipop. I refused. The other intern switched off the power saw and finished removing the cast with a painless hand saw.
“I believe what he said, he saw,” the intern spoke deep voiced to the other.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
I suspect many barely believe in Heaven, and many know so little they don't venture to think about the unknown.
Believers forget their eternal future. Or, they at least take it for granted. Rarely, almost never, do we hear others conjecturing about Heaven. Yet, we are told it is important to keep our life's goals in sight. I suspect many barely believe in Heaven, and many know so little they don't venture to think about the unknown.
We know scripture tells much and implies more. Those who have died, visited, and returned, can tell us what they remember. I find it wise to notice what is most common in various witness reports.
Heaven is our eternal home in the presence of God, what is termed the Beatific Vision. All light emanates from the throne of God himself. God is Light. God is Love. “Be holy for I am Holy,” says the Lord. “Without holiness, no one can see the Lord.” The Father does not stand in the presence of sin.
We are in the eternal Heaven for one reason. Jesus the Messiah gave himself as the divine sacrifice of perfect love for the sins of mankind, for all those who believe in him. Or, innocents who died as blood martyrs, I might add, for instance aborted babies. Or, innocent persons, the Epistle to Romans implies, without sin, those determined by God. Otherwise, unrepentant sin against the Creator is the reason for condemnation to hell. I know one thing, those who rebel against the Creator, freely choose hell.
In Heaven, you are not a nameless or an ambiguous spirit. You keep your personal identity. Jesus, Moses, and Elijah appeared together on the mountain of the Transfiguration. Jesus appeared several times after his Resurrection, and believers always related to him. In Heaven you recognize your family, your relatives, your friends, likely anyone, according to visionaries.
People will be in their perfect glorified bodies, no disabilities, no eyeglasses. I believe Jesus will be the first to greet and welcome us. I told my wife I will then dance joyfully with her in a great field of flowers at the foot of a magnificent mountain range, no longer with my disabled foot. I've seen this in my dreams many times.
Glorified bodies in heart, body, mind, and spirit! We will not be just blobs of invisible spiritual cloud floating around. Think of Jesus as he appeared to the apostles in the upper room and ate with them. He was in his glorified, risen body. The only wounds in Heaven will be his, our license to the Presence the Ancient of Days. In our glorified bodies, heart, mind, body, and spirit, we will truly function. How will God use us in Paradise?
Just conjecturing. Since we keep our identity and person-hood, might he not use us in goodly ways he used us on earth? The use of singers, musicians, teachers, might be easy to perceive. But what about writers, builders, cooks, artists, painters? Maybe, some of us will need retraining! I know one thing for certain. God has no problem. He said he has a place for you, already prepared.
God is Mighty on you!
Whatever you need:
Ask, and you shall receive.
Seek, and you shall find.
Knock, and the door shall be opened
Vision in the night. Angel or demon? Clearly seen, tall through the ceiling, at foot of my bed. Total Pax. Could be an angel. Then, I saw the beard and his dark wavy hair, no it's him. In mystical light like a haze, He held two great broad swords in big strong hands pointed east and west. The giant swords shone in the room's real light. “He is here,” announced a voice. “I am here,” said the Warrior King who stood so tall. His spiritual gown of many folds waved softly. Very still, he stood in majesty, but full of Life and Presence. His mighty Protection powered over my wife and me. “Now I know he's coming,” I said, and turned over in peace. I glanced back. He stood there, mighty. I cannot otherwise account or explain this. 2-15-2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
God in his perfect justice judges those who exploit others.
(Jer 30:16 NKJV) Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured; And all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; Those who plunder you shall become plunder, And all who prey upon you I will make a prey.
Across the world, man's inhumanity to man will recoil on his own head. Gods expresses his perfect justice in the ancient book of Job.
(Job 18:5-10 NKJV) The light of the wicked indeed goes out, And the flame of his fire does not shine. The light is dark in his tent, And his lamp beside him is put out. The steps of his strength are shortened, And his own counsel casts him down. For he is cast into a net by his own feet, And he walks into a snare. The net takes him by the heel, And a snare lays hold of him. A noose is hidden for him on the ground, And a trap for him in the road.
Turmoil will in return strike those who are cruel to others. Those, who chose not to heed the second great commandment to regard others as themselves.
Turmoil will in return strike those who are cruel to others. Those, who chose not to heed the second great commandment to regard others as themselves.
(Job 18:11-21 NKJV) Terrors frighten him on every side, And drive him to his feet. His strength is starved, And destruction is ready at his side. It devours patches of his skin; The firstborn of death devours his limbs. He is uprooted from the shelter of his tent, And they parade him before the king of terrors. They dwell in his tent who are none of his; Brimstone is scattered on his dwelling. His roots are dried out below, And his branch withers above. The memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name among the renowned. He is driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world. He has neither son nor posterity among his people, Nor any remaining in his dwellings. Those in the west are astonished at his day, As those in the east are frightened. Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, And this is the place of him who does not know God.
God sees evil men as bullys who devour others as with the ease they would consume a loaf of bread. Such are those as wicked leaders, politicians, judges, enforcers, criminals, murderers, slanderers, the angry, sexually immoral, spouse abusers, abortionists, all those who fail to exercise moral responsibility and who abuse others.
(Ps 14:4 NKJVV) Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call on the LORD? There they are in great fear, For God is with the generation of the righteous. You shame the counsel of the poor, But the LORD is his refuge.
Scripture warns humanity there is worldwide day of God's judgment coming against all those who rebelled against him. I see that men choose judgment individually long before they come before the throne. There will be a worldwide rapture for the godly, an end-all battle against the evil, and a divine feast for the holy welcomed by the King.
(Zep 1:14-18 NKJV) The great day of the LORD is near; It is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the LORD is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out. That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of trumpet and alarm Against the fortified cities And against the high towers. "I will bring distress upon men, And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the LORD; Their blood shall be poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse." Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the LORD'S wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land.
And Jesus, Yeshua HaMashiach, will draw his people in the kingdoms of the earth before the throne to serve him.
(Zep 3:8-9 NKJ) "Therefore wait for Me," says the LORD, "Until the day I rise up for plunder; My determination is to gather the nations To My assembly of kingdoms, To pour on them My indignation, All my fierce anger; All the earth shall be devoured With the fire of My jealousy. "For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him with one accord.”
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus, Come.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
More ‘killed for faith’ in Syria in 2013 than in whole world during 2012.
Christian Deaths Double in 2014 World Watch List
Nearly twice as many Christians died for their faith in the past year than in 2012, according to Open Doors International’s 2014 World Watch List.
Open Doors International, a charity that supports Christians under pressure for their faith, said 2,123 Christians were reported to have been killed during the 12 months ending Oct. 31, 2012. That compares to 1,201 during the previous 12 months. During the most recent period, more Christians were killed in Syria alone than were killed globally in the previous year.
The World Watch List, which annually monitors the media worldwide for all reported incidents, emphasizes that this is the “very, very minimum” count – only those who have been documented as killed.
Estimates of the total number killed range from around 7,000 or 8,000, according to the International Institute for Religious Freedom’s Thomas Schirrmacher, to the lofty 100,000 estimate of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity.
Beyond those killed, the World Watch List recommends that three more categories of Christians should be considered: Christians whose death is never reported; Christians killed due to increased vulnerability, such as those in conflict areas; and Christians who die due to long-term discrimination.
Taking these into account, as well as those whose deaths are reported by the media, the World Watch List suggests Schirrmacher’s estimation is roughly accurate, although the figure may be higher still.
“Christians aren’t always directly killed, but are so much squeezed with regulations and vulnerabilities that they just perish – not at once, but in the course of years. If we would include them in the counting, it would be an enormous number of people. However, the precise number of Christians who die due to these factors is very difficult to quantify,” according to the World Watch List.
Not surprisingly, Syria heads the list of the countries in which the most Christians were killed for their faith (1,213), followed by Nigeria (612), Pakistan (88) and Egypt (83).
Of the top 10, six are in Africa – with Kenya (20), Angola (16), Niger (15) and the Central African Republic (9) joining Nigeria and Egypt on the list.
The World Watch List states that the number of Christians killed in the Central African Republic is especially likely to have been under-reported because “most analysts still failed to recognize the religious dimension of the conflict”. The list says the same is true of North Korea, where “it is extremely difficult to get public information”.
Beyond the number of Christians killed, the World Watch List focuses upon other instances of violence, including: physical aggression; threats; the destruction of churches or other Christian buildings; attempts to destroy churches or Christian buildings; the closure of churches or Christian buildings; house expulsion or destruction; kidnap for ransom or intimidation; sexual assault; arrests; and displacement.
Considering only the sum of violent incidents recorded, Egypt (167) tops the list, followed by India (125) and Nigeria (118).
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--New Year 2014 Blessings,