Are we the Sinner?

The secular world often says God is testing me with the temptation to sin.
This same group also promotes that satan has caused them to sin.
Guess what, our secular world is misleading us again, as usual.
God’s word clearly states, He would never test or tempt us into sinning.
James 1: 12-14. Blessed is the man who endures temptations, for when he has been proved , he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed’. God gave  us a free will, to choose between right and wrong. Satan creates situations and circumstances that entice us to sin, but he cannot make us sin. Satan was allowed to temp directly on four occasions. Adam and Eve in the garden, Lot in the book of Genesis, and Jesus in the desert. So don’t blame satan! We have only ourselves to be responsible for our voluntary sinful ways. Because Adam and Eve were the first to sin, we were then born into sin. We inherited a sinful nature, but that does not give us the freedom  to continue to sin as we please. Our selfish and evil desires within our hearts and mind causes us to sin in wicked ways.
Sin has consequences, sin separates us from God, sin hinders our prayers from being answered. In the book of Matthew Jesus lists seven sins to avoid, those seven sins capture the sins for all of mankind; pride, greed, lust, anger, envy, gluttony, sloth. Through out  the Bible God assures us that everyone’s sins can be forgiven, but we must keep  in mind sin has responsibilities and  ownership.
How can we overcome our sinful ways?
Jesus Christ gave His life on the cross for the forgiveness of all sins,  past, present, future.
We must change our mental and physical person by acknowledging and confessing our sins, repent and be more persistence to obedience , be confident within our  ability to overcome temptation, make a commitment to ourself, be courageous one day at a time. Further thoughts must be considered when we subject ourselves to a sinful environment, our thoughts, our words, our actions, our friends, selective reading materials, websites, etc.
Listed are a few Biblical scriptures that will help to strengthen you.
1 Corinthians 10:13. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure.
1 Timothy 6:9. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap into many foolish
and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
2 Peter 2:9  The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.
Matthew 6:13. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Luke 11:4. Forgive us our sins, for we forgive others who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation.
Luke 22:40. Pray that you will not fall into temptation.
Romans 3:23. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
James 4:17. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it , to him it is sin.
Pray every day, read God’s word, build up your faith and trust in Him, put on the armor of faith, He will sustain you. Find God’s love, grace, and forgiveness in His Word…

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Unity…

Unity…

Unity is such a simple word, easy to understand, spoken within  conversations daily, yet in our current social  environments makes this word almost impossible to achieve.
Unity is defined as being respectful of others, togetherness, oneness with someone or something. The opposite word would be divided, sound familiar?
Right now our nation lacks unity in almost all aspects of life, marriage, families, churches, schools, governments, sports, etc. Our social media promotes and sensationalizes this word then communicates just the opposite. There is constant pressure from all sides to buy into their platform. One life , one race is not superior to the other, all lives matter,  we are all made in the image of God. What’s wrong with our society today is a lack of biblical knowledge and understanding of the Word. Can you imagine what would  be more rewarding than for all of mankind walking in unity in step with Jesus?
What does God’s Word have to say about unity? There are many Bible verses relating to unity. Let’s start with the unequivocal verse found in Matthew 22. 37-39. Jesus gave us just two commandments to live by. First, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Second, You shall love your neighbor as yourself’.
If the people of this great nation could grow to understand, believe and practice this one verse, where would this nation be today? Unbelievable prosperity, health, joy would be shared by all. Throughout scripture God promises a multitude of blessings if we simply learn to trust and obey, walk in unity with Him, along side our brothers and sisters. Striving to co-exist with others requires  patience, understanding, meekness, and humility, avoiding hatred at all cost. To love others we must learn what it means to love ourself. ie. Accept who we are, accept what you cannot change, have self respect, positive attitude, unconditional self acceptance. Now apply this principle to others.

Some additional verses for your pursuit.
John 4:20 –  Whoever claims  to love God yet hates his brother is a liar. For whoever does not love his brother whom they have seen cannot love God whom they have not seen.
Psalm 133 –  How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live in unity.
Proverbs 17:17 –   A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Colossians 3:13 –  Bear with each other and forgive one another, if any of you has a grievance against someone, forgive him as the Lord forgave you.
Matthew 5:9 –   Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.
Ephesians 4:2-3   Make every effort to keep unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.
Philippians 2:2 –  Make my joy complete being like minded, having the same love and being of one spirit and of one mind.
2 Corinthians 13:11 – Rejoice! Strive for full unification, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love will be with you always.
Revelation 7:9. I looked and behold , a great multitude which no one could count, all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands.

Let God’s Blessings be with you.
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Is Hell Real?

Is Hell Real?

This subject is not pleasant to address, but it is critical for everyone to be made aware of and understand that hell is a real place. It is very difficult if not impossible to describe and understand the Bible’s description of hell. In Luke 16, Mark 9, hell is described as a place of torment and everlasting punishment. Your senses will be revealed, enabling one  to see it, smell it, breath it, hear it, feel it. There will be weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth, burning flames, unquenchable  flames, a place where the worm never dies. All hope is abandoned.
However….. God has a plan, He said, ‘I will never forsake you or leave you’. There is hope for you today if you trust and have faith in your Lord and Savior. Read John 3:16, ‘ 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. God sent his Son into the world, not to judge, but to save the world through him.
God does not want us to go to hell. Hell was not made for man. Hell was created  for satan and his fallen angels, Matt 25:41. God does not send anyone to hell, you choose hell when you reject God’s grace , His love, His gift of eternal life. Jesus Christ took on your sins and the sins of the world, He died on the cross for the remission of your sins.  Don’t deny Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He is your only hope for salvation.
Consider reciting this prayer,, pray with a sincere and contrite heart and mind.
Heavenly Father, I ask that you hear my prayer, I am a sinner, I confess and repent of my sinful ways. Forgive me of all of my sins and unrighteous ways. I ask you to come into my heart, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. From this day forward I will be obedient to your word, lead me not into temptation, deliver me from the evil one. Record my name into the ‘Book of Life’, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Additional verses to comfort your reading…

Hebrews 9:27
Mathew 25
Titus 3:5
Acts 16:30
Romans 3
2 Peter 2:20
Revaluation 1:5
Revaluation 20

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Rebellion….

Why do we rebel against God?  After all that God has given to us through His Son. Jesus came to this earth as our example, He suffered and died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. His resurrection defeated sin and death so that we may have eternal life. Yet we continue to sin. Christians understand that we were born with a sinful nature, but that does not give us the right to habitually sin. Sins of rebellion are premeditated, we think about them, we may talk about them, then we act upon them.
God has given us His Spirit, to help us overcome our sinful nature.

The secular world we live in today promotes rebellion, people do not to listen to authority. There are many ways to live in rebellion. Living a life style of sin, refusing to live as God would have us conduct our lives, trusting in our self, rejecting God.
“There is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God”.  (John Calvin)
“The beginning of man’s rebellion against God was and is the lack of a thankful heart”.
(Francis Schaeffer)

2 Timothy 3: 1-5.  But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.
For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving , unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal , despiser of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away.
*The above list of sins do not happen by accident, they are premeditated and planned.*

2 Chronicles 7 : 14. If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face , and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land.

Please read the following verses for your continued study addressing rebellion.
Proverbs 17:11
Like 6:46
Romans 13 : 1-2
Mathew 7 : 21-23
Psalm 119 : 67
James 1 : 22
2 Thessalonians 2 : 3

Make every effort to spend time  in God’s Word, it will change your life.



Jesus – The Bread of Life

John 4:35, ‘ I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.’

This verse appears to be relatively simple and straightforward. In the natural, bread and water are universal for eating and drinking.  The Bible provides a deeper and more significant understanding where bread and water may seem symbolic but are used as covenants between God and man. Sharing bread and water with others draws people together, both create an environment of comfort and hospitality.
Verse, 1 Corinthians 11, the Institution of the Lord’s Supper, the night Jesus was betrayed,  took bread and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you, do this in remembrance of Me.’ Jesus was about to give up His life on the cross for the sins of mankind.
Verse, John 4, Jesus asked a Samaria women for a drink of water from the well she was drawing from. Then Jesus said to her ‘ Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.’
Natural bread and water provide nutrition to the body. Spiritual bread and water feeds the spirit.
How do we partake of the living bread and water, we do so by exercising our faith and trust, trying our best to living a righteous life.

Additional Bible verses for you to study..

John 8:12… Jesus said, ‘ I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’
John 6:53… ‘ Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.’
John 14:6… Jesus said, ‘ I am the way, the truth, the life, no one will comes to the Father except through me.’
John 6:7… ‘Truly, truly I say to you, whoever believes in me will have eternal life.’
Mathew 26:11… ‘give us this day our daily bread.’
John 7:38… ‘ out of His heart will flow living water.’
John 3:16… ‘for God so loved the world He gave His only begotten son, whoever believes in Him will have everlasting life.’
Romans 10:9… ‘if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.’
Romans 10:13… ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

Make every effort to spend some time in God’s word, it will change your life…
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