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Walking By Faith And Not By Sight

20 Sep

It is the nature of new Christian’s still untrained in the art of effective witnessing to attempt to win the souls of their fellow man based solely on human appearance and circumstances, rather than by allowing themselves to be led and directed by the Spirit of God. This is in no way to detract or discourage new believers from witnessing, but rather to hopefully inspire and encourage all of us to prayerfully consider what we are doing so as to have the best effect for the Lord and his Kingdom; bearing much fruit. To be frank, because of a lack of gut wrenching, heavenly influenced prayer, we often neglect many of God’s finest specimens (his special or elect instruments), all because of the very natural human tendency to instinctively judge our fellow man after the flesh.  We may see very little hope or value in a person because of sins they we know they have been guilty of committing in the past (take the woman caught in the very act of adultery in John 8:3) or because of their social or economic status (thus following in the footsteps of our friends, the self righteous Pharisees who secretly despised those whose wit, reason or finances did not closely mirror or reflect their own). On the other hand, we may see a creature full of pride, natural gifts, worldly talents, achievements, fame or notoriety that in someway excites our flesh (the part of our nature that still exists even after we have come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ,) thus making us ever so eager to babble about the gospel to them in spite of having to in some cases even deny what we know about God to be true, thus ignoring our own battered conscience. For instance, we all know the Bible says God resists the proud. Yet often Christians ‘feel compelled’ to share the gospel with those who inwardly have no hunger or need of God, thus they come to despise the message bearer for the intrusion. This cannot be good or what God had in mind.

Often the problem is a mixture of the heart that is responsible for producing this second mistake. We see something in a person that down deep inside we secretly admire, often to the point of even elevating that person above our own feelings of value and self worth in light of what the Bible says about us.  Therefore we sense a need or inward desire (even compulsion, perhaps) to somehow win them to the gospel, when in in all actuality this whole “spiritual” endeavor is more about us that it is about them.  Often it is us, that if we are honest inwardly desire something from them (whether love, friendship, acceptance, etc) rather they desiring the salvation that God offers: often he is far from their mind and from their heart.  In other words, it is often us that desires their presence rather than they who we claim are desiring the presence of Christ.

The disciples, on the day of Pentecost did not come out of that upper room with a need to mingle with sinners or learn their ways. Rather they were driven by the fire of the Holy Ghost and the high praises of Adonai that resulted in the true conversion of many that day which were seemingly lost and dead in their trespasses and sins. You see, the Holy Ghost had already met every inward need of theirs back in that upper room, thus enabling to see with heavenly eyes, while relieving them of any if their natural feelings of fear, inferiority and low self image.

In conclusion to this brief entry, I have made a list that I will post on a blog [below] that I feel was inspired by time with the Lord and past experiences. You may do with the list as you like.

Best wishes,
John

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A Guide to Effective Witnessing:

20 Sep

Here is a quick list that I hope will at least be considered by those who wish God to use them in the winning of souls.

1. The posture of the man may or may not represent the condition of his or her heart.

2. A joyous look may not always be so.

3. Many people have, in their hearts already fully rejected the love and forgiveness that God offers and therefore will be left behind to taste the bitter fruit of having their own way. (Proverbs 1)

4. Not many who are noble (what we would choose if we were in charge) are called but more often it is those whom the world sees as unimportant (the poor in spirit) that the Lord is most concerned with. These are they whom the world has in essence ‘trampled over’ thus creating within their wounded sprits a greater sense of the needing something more than what this world currently has to offer. At the top of this list would be those thousands who are the victims resulting in the crimes and sins of other people: including, but not limited to those that are caught up in the hopelessness and human despair that results from the bondage of human trafficking and forced prostitution. Also on this list would have to be unwed mothers who, because of low self esteem have willingly given themselves over to the passions and sins of another and who are in great need, children without parents who can love and protect them, the elderly, the disabled along with those who are without the resources to live a productive and meaningful life apart from human and divine intervention.
this is the most important group that we must diligently go after as they are comprised and make up every facet and phase of society.

5. Many bums choose to be bums by their own choosing and will use you if they can. Often they are better left with a kind word while you continue ministering to others. God knows they who are seeking after him and those who are not. Be wary of those who may have ulterior motives, who may lure you to a back corner somewhere under the pretense of claiming to want to get saved. If they are truly repentant they will pray out in the open, in a public place as well as desiring to be under submission to a local church body. To paraphrase from memory Martin Luther, “their is no more dangerous man than a rebel.” Often it may be more prudent to ‘provoke to jealousy’ like the apostle Paul those who are in this way of life; thus perhaps inspiring them to leave their condition (often self imposed) and find a good church home and stability away from the streets… Remarkably, many of the men and women that fit in this category have by theor own choosing have already made their choice in this world.  Apart from a miracle they are destined to go to hell. Though scripture says that we are to be kind to all men, we do not always have to preach to them.  In other words, let our actions do most of the speaking!

6. Brokenness (i.e. the feeling of lacking the ability to achieve anything for Christ without the divine help and governing of the Holy Spirit – see “The First Beatitude) is not an option but rather must permeate all our evangelistic endeavors so much so that unbelievers will be forced to take notice of the pure fragrances of gentleness and meekness in world that has gone clearly mad. This is to be the example and standard for all of us who are called by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

7. An attitude of prayer is also to be maintained throughout every evangelistic endeavor, as this is the most serious ingredient to effective souls winning. It can be said of prayer “that prayer is the fuel for the motors that must govern our lives.”

Many thanks again for all those who read this blog.

May the Lord be with you,
John

Hallowed Be Thy Name (Part One)

21 Aug

Matthew 6:9-13 9 1 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our 1 daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from 1 evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Jesus’ first task in teaching his disciples how to pray was to create in them an ardent zeal, desire and passion to protect and lift up the sacred name of Yahweh; thus distinguishing His will from their own. You will notice that he started this lesson with a declaration of praise: “Hallowed (or holy) is your name,” not petitions or requests!  When we come into God’s presence, we are to do so with this thought first and foremost in our mind: Hallowed (holy, awesome, sacred, terrifying) is thy most wonderful and glorious name: the name which is above all other names.  The word hallowed is translated from the Greek word a`gia,zw which is generally accepted as meaning “to set apart or to sanctify; to purposefully and intentionally distinguish between what is holy and what is common: between the sacred from the profane.   This word can be easily found in the LXX as far back as in Genesis 2:3, where we find this word used to describe how God intentionally ‘set apart’ the seventh day by declaring it be a day of rest and dedicated to be used as something special apart from the regular activities of the other six creation days.

When we come into God’s presence, we must have enough sense to rightly discern just how opposite our fallen adamic nature is from His; thus praying with true piety and reverential fear.  When one stops to examine the significance of the cross (in regards to our prayers in light of accepted New Testament theology) the mind should at once begin to rejoice at the incredible resources that we as believers have been given access to all because of the obedience of one man: the Lord Jesus Christ.  Can you name any other great leader in all of history that granted to their subjects unlimited access to theur throne anytime of the day or night.  Yet for those of us who are true believers in Jesus Christ, that fulfill in our spirit the essential and basic requirements for Christian living and who strive to maintain the accepted practices of the Christian life: we have been given open and unrestricted access to the very presence, source and author of all of creation by means of his Holy Spirit, which he gives with abundance to those that ask. Even the seemingly least and most insignificant in God’s kingdom (a kingdom that cannot be received or lived out by any earthly methods or means) have been granted equal access, strength, and ability to draw nigh to God; thus to approach the very throne room of his grace where Christ sits as the divine intercessor and mediator for all that put their trust in Him.  He does this by declaring us “not guilty” to the Father in the presence of the holy angels as well as to silence Satan, the accuser of the brethren, who just like a child seemingly has to be told over and over again that God chooses not to hold anything against those whom he has called to love him and receive his salvation in their inner man. This is true for all God’s children who sincerely love him no matter what their present circumstance our situation may be.


A`gia,zw is translated in the Greek LXX from the Hebrew Old Testament word q’dosh142 times (plus once in the book of Judith), much more than from any other Hebrew word. Therefore it may be safely assumed these words have very much in common and may even be held in the readers mind as almost identical (in regards to their respective languages) although q’dosh may in certain cases have a somewhat larger meaning that that is generally recognized as being attributed to a`gia,zw, as there are generally many more Greek words that are available to describe Hebrew words than vice versa; as the Greek language is by comparison a much larger entity of words.

[2] John 16:23-24 “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full”.

The First Beatitude

10 May

“Blessed (happy) are the humble (or poor) in spirit, for they are in fact the very essence of the kingdom of heaven.”

Please note: This commentary is only designed and intended to but briefly deal with the translation as presented to the reader above.  It is my desire to extend this commentary a bit further at a later date; focusing more on the original grammar and syntax from the Greek perspective and text as well as to trace it’s origins to the Hebrew, from whence it was originally translated.  But for now, may it suffice to say that I believe this is by far one of the most accurate of the English translations that we have available at our disposal today; that fully embraces the thought and mindset of the Hebrew author and his intended audience.  For those that cannot (or simply do not) wish to for me to write an additional commentary on the said above, I will most happily provide for you a link (here) to a source that will help to aid you in your pursuit of understanding the linguistic nature of this passage, as it did my own.  Happy reading, God’s blessings and peace be upon you all.

Sincerely,                                                                                                 John Mark Butzu

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The focus of this text is not geared (as some have thought) toward the physical aspects surrounding the creature, but rather is concerned primarily with the inward status and condition of the human heart.  It is this condition above all else that determines whether the professing Christian truly experiences for himself the blessings and benefits of being identified with the kingdom of heaven; and frankly from knowing God at all.

What qualifies a believer to receive the gifts and blessings of this verse?  The answer is actually found in one word: poverty.  What qualifies a soul to partake in the kingdom of heaven is just what this verse implies.  One must be morally and spiritually without hope (and destitute) in their own sight (and in the all consuming presence and love of the Savior) to receive the love of Christ into their earthly lives.  It is strictly those men and women who possess in themselves the knowledge that without Christ they are absolutely nothing: spiritually destitute and without strength to perform anything on their own that generally receive the blessings that come from Almighty God.

The proper attitude one should always possess can be clearly seen from reading the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector who were praying at the temple found in Luke 18: 9-14.  The Pharisee, who believing in his own goodness, sought to commend himself to God being motivated by his own religious efforts apart from the workings of the cross (the grace of our Lord) is beautifully contrasted against a detestable and vile sinner, who in sheer desperation, and having had the realization of his own worthlessness and wretchedness, beat his fists repeatedly upon his chest, not daring to even lift his eyes toward heaven, while pleading with God for mercy for his wicked behavior.  We see it is the first man that is clearly condemned by Jesus while the second is in essence received with open arms into the tender embrace and compassion of the heavenly Father.

It is this inward nature of the human heart that willingly embraces its own poverty in exchange for the power and love of Jesus Christ that is in essence the prerequisite if you will for obeying all other known scripture.  Without this coveted and truly remarkable, wonderful condition all hope will be lost for the individual who wishes but in vain for spiritual advancement and progress.  The human heart must above all else learn to quickly and readily identify and to despise all of its even most positive and genuine self interests apart from Christ as well as its desires and natural feelings of pride and feelings of self worth at having secured perhaps many victories and accomplishments apart from the knowledge and cross of Jesus Christ.  The following thought taken loosely from Hannah’s song of thanksgiving (1st Samuel 2) “the rich he hath sent away empty but the lowly (humble or poor in spirit) he has satisfied to their hearts content and upmost desire” is most appropriate.”  This is the heart that Christ is well pleased with and so desires.  This is the heart that hears the Saviors’ voice and obeys its every command.  And this is the kind of heart that will, as it is spend all of eternity with God.

Other examples of this beautiful condition of the human heart as well as of this beatitude can be seen in men like the apostle Paul, who in his letter to the church at Ephesus writes: Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints.” There is no hint or trace of selfish boasting or feelings of pride at his spiritual achievements.  He knew that it was not by his own strength, might or reason that miracles occurred and many sinners were saved.  The human heart that has this revelation is most precious in the eyes of the Lord and is the finest thing we as Christians have to willingly offer back to God.  That is why all work and spiritual activity no matter how great it may appear to be from man’s perspective, but that does not stem from essentially a “broken heart” and “filled with compassion,” is in God’s sight essentially rubbish and an affront to his true nature and holiness.  Christian works, motivated by hearts not smitten with the love, humility and respect for a holy God will be swept away and will burn on the day that they are judged; through which all believers must stand.  Paul knew this, and I believe that this above all else is why God could truly do so much with his life.  Thus his prayerful and joyful declaration in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Another example (or aspect) of this type of heart behavior can be found in the book of James 4:9-10 which reads: Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” Here we see James instructing believers to return to their first love and to “break up the fallow ground” so to speak of their calloused and hardened hearts. (Hosea 10:12)  We find that these believers had never truly been exposed to the light and deep, inner probings of the Holy Spirit; for we find from the beginning of this chapter up until these verses complete spiritual confusion and chaos in the lives of these believers who were constantly seeking to run after and excel strictly in the things of this world. (See James 4:1-9)  It could be argued that perhaps many of these believers had at one time known the breaking of the exterior condition of the human heart, yet through willful negligence, laziness and spiritual apathy had grown cold and/or indifferent to the things of the Lord, thus allowing the flesh to dominate and wreak havoc in their personal lives.   James was calling for true and genuine repentance of exalting one’s self before the goodness and grace of our Lord, and if necessary to re-circumcise the callousness of the human heart in order to partake and to receive of the promises of the Lord once again in their lives.

The human heart in many ways is like the skin that seeks to live and to grow on top of our fingernails and toes (the cuticle).  Although some element of the cuticle is necessary for protection against bacteria and disease, too much of it tends to make the body look bad.  To stop this undesirable growth from taking place, we must continually take the pruning knife (or blade) into our hands; seeking to remove what we deem as unnecessary and counterproductive to the beauty and body as a whole.  Without careful diligence to restrict the unwanted growth, we would have a mess on our hands: literally.  In the same way, Christians must continually be on their guard against all unnecessary growth and development in the human heart that at its core is counterproductive to the life of Jesus Christ and the cause of Christianity as a whole.  If not brought under submission and checked on a daily basis through prayer, meditation and contemplation of the Word of God; our natural thoughts, mental processes and human reasoning (not the actual tissues and organs) will be alive and actively searching for an avenue to seductively creep into our daily lives, thus mixing the vile with sacred, all with the singular purpose of destroying our fellowship and sweet communion with the Spirit of God.  It is true that the apostle Paul cries out in the 8th chapter of the book of Romans: “What shall be able to separate me from the love of Christ?” with the implication that nothing of this world; neither angels or death or principalities or powers would be able to stop God from loving us.  It is we that stop ourselves from loving Him!  Note that in Jeremiah God says that our hearts are desperately wicked: who can know it?

In light of our present condition, there is only one thing that has the power to boast of possessing the remedy to our current crises: prayer!  Paul instructed his converts numerous times to be on the lookout for anything foreign that would attempt to come between them and their love for the Father.  We must continually be on our guard and endeavor to seek to maintain a watchfulness against all counter-productiveness in our walk with the Lord, so that He might be free to fully use our earthen vessels while on this earth for His awesome glory and His glory alone.  Hallelujah!  Amen.

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The Secret Power of Suffering

7 May

1212192289iFohlz Today I was waiting in the car for what seemed like hours (actually it was a few hours) as a friend if mine was visiting one of her relatives.  As the process of what seemed like death was happening, (it was very hot) and as feelings such as “God, are you punishing me?” was floating around and around in my brain, yet being careful not to yield to…
1) anger at myself for allowing myself to be trapped into this kind of position:
2) bitterness toward God for allowing me to suffer like this  (I had planned to study all day back at the dock).
I was suddenly and rather unexpectedly asked to come inside to refresh myself on the third floor of the elegant looking condo.  Shortly after my arrival the Holy Spirit came upon me as I proceeded to share some of the testimonies I have seen and read of believers in other parts of the world that are being subjected to horrible injustices and unimaginable suffering.  I quoted from “The Heavenly Man” by brother Yun, a Chinese house pastor who miraculously escaped from China, as well as from the late Richard Wurmbrand, founder of the Voice of the Martyrs magazine, a free monthly publication sent to my address that tells true stories of those suffering for the cause of Christ today.  I then moved from the living room into the kitchen where I began to talk to one of the ladies who was the housekeeper where she proceeded to tell me about both her sons who were far away from God.  The first, a father of four is an alcoholic.  The second younger, only 22, is addicted to crack cocaine.  Both have been in prison before and said that she prays for them day and night.  Her father was an alcoholic, her late husband was an alcoholic, and her sons are both as I previously have mentioned in desperate need of God’s divine intervention.

As she was speaking I had an intense desire to pray right then for her two sons, the most precious things to her left in this world.  At first I began to hesitate, because I do this all the time, and Satan attempts to instill in me unbelief as to how effective my prayers are in these type’s of situations.  (Often I never see the people that I pray for again!)  Today was different!  Immediately, the Holy spirit directed my prayers as the new tongues came forth that I had never known, without any interference from my emotions in the least.

Side note: For those that may be skeptical of “tongues,” the gift of speaking in unknown languages marked the beginning of the early church.  As we continue to draw nearer and nearer to the return of Jesus Christ, you can be sure that all the gifts mentioned in the early church will be in full operation; welcoming the Creator Redeemer back to his earth.)

Evangelism, suffering, the dying to all that is worldly divine healings and the like will be common activities in the body before the return of the Lord.  America wake up!  The church as a whole in our nation is the church that is found in the book of revelation chapter three.  We are the poor, the blind the weak the needy the crippled the lame, yet we boast of going all the way and enjoying sweet fellowship with Jesus Christ.  What a slap in the face of a Jesus.  I know the Lord has directed me to live according to the scripture found in 2 Corinthians 6:17,  saying “be ye separate and clean and i will receive you … touch not the unclean thing”  My dearly beloved and much loved ones, do not be fooled. To have fellowship with this world is to commit spiritual adultery and fornication.  Never allow anything to break your fellowship and communion with Almighty God. Before I was a Christian, I did all sorts of wicked, evil deeds, committing crimes and playing music on behalf of the prince of this world, Satan.  Do not be deceived my dearly beloved, God is not mocked; for what ever a man sows that will he also reap.  (And that is my message for the secular so called Christian music and entertainment industry.)  God will judge sin, all sin, and according to a good, sound understanding of the Old testament as echoed in 1 Peter 4:17 “Judgment begins at the house of God.” Be careful whom you chose to associate with!  Your life may depend upon it, either in this world or else in the world to come.  And take my advice, you will wish you had listened as heaven is a very real dwelling, as is hell.

Going back to my story, as I began to pray, immediately I began to pray first for her older son, the father of four girls.  As I proceeded to begin to pray for the younger one again, I felt God began to direct my every word and the Spirit began to make intercession through me as i yielded to His will.  It was not a long prayer but I knew the will God had been sprung forth, or as I will use the phrase “was motivated into action.”  It is not that he needs us to pray, he refuses to act unless we do.  This is the Word of God.  In the Old Testament God marveled “that there was no one to stand in the gap* for the land, that he might not destroy it…”

*[stand in the gap = to intercede by much prayer and fasting]

Abraham in the Old testament also was literally “sprung into action,” interceding remarkably not only for his wayward nephew Lot, but for an entire land filled with sodomites and wicked, proud, sinful people so given over to their vile passions that they even tried to raping angels sent by God!  We must do the same beginning today, pouring out our hearts to the Lord, and pleading for His will and mercy for those we know, in spite of the severe persecution and judgments that lay ahead for this nation.  A remnant must be saved!  Christian, will you partner with me by fasting and praying for the souls of this great land?

[Back to the article]  To recap my adventure today, one thing above all else stands out.  Learn to suffer now, during the good times.  Many times my negative attitudes in the past have literally stopped the Holy Spirit from being able to use me in the way that I know he would have desired to in certain situations.  Yet God is faithful, and will not allow his children to go unchecked for too long when necessary.  The way to know whether or not your are truly God’s child is this -do you trust Him?  Does He gently correct you, often if necessary?  Do you wake up in the morning with His praise on your lips, His word in your heart?  Dear friend please, one day it will be too late… accept His blood and atonement for your sins now while you read this post, before it’s too late… “The night is far spent, the day is at hand, let us therefore cast off [all] the works of darkness, and let us put on the [full] armor of light.” Romans 13:12

Your comments here are always welcome.  Shalom.  Peace be with you.

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The Tribulation has begun!

6 May

Editor’s note:  This is an urgent message copied directly from Choo Thomas’ website (minus one grammatical correction) at www.choothomas.com

During 2006, 2007 and 2008 God showed so many Christians the rapture as well as some unbelievers.  These visions made so photoman070300224_thumb[36]many people excited about the rapture and at the same time some of us were very disappointed because it had not happen yet. I believe God wanted to stir our hearts up for the rapture so we can be prepared for it at anytime.

The Lord told me a few months ago that the tribulation has already begun. He is warning and preparing people for the rapture but realized not many are paying attention to the signs of the rapture and they will be very surprised because He is going to only bring those who are ready and waiting for Him. God also said He has given enough chances for everybody to be ready for His coming. Now the tribulation has begun and this means the rapture could happen at any time for those who are ready and waiting. After He raptures His chosen ones, then the antichrist will take over the world and great disasters  will come to those left behind especially those Christians who refuse to receive the Mark of the Beast (#666). God said not too many Christians will be raptured and whoever does get raptured will have to stand before the judgment seat (2 Corinthians 5:10) and our work will be tested by fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Even after we are raptured not too many Christians will enter His Kingdom because their hearts are not pure enough. When God says these words they really scare me and whoever has read the book should already know these things.

Clear WaterWhen the Lord took me to Heaven the first couple of times, He showed me crystal clear water and said one’s heart has to be as clear as this in order to enter His Kingdom. When the Lord told me this, I was very scared and I wondered how anyone’s heart could be this pure. I always live in fear of God ever since He showed me the water. This is the reason why I still spend a lot of time with the Lord by praying and having a relationship with Him daily. I know it is hard for people who work to spend long hours with the Lord but please do your best to spend as much time as you can and let Him be the center of your life not just sometimes but always. Without a relationship with the Lord and not living in fear of God, one cannot please Him. We have to make sure the Holy Spirit is pleased with us continually. He is the one who raised Jesus from the dead to Heaven (Romans 8:11). My heart’s desire is that all my brothers and sisters in the Lord will be raptured.

When I saw Linda’s prophetic words, it really impressed me. I prayed about it and the Lord told me to have it posted on my imv061000030website. Some people complained about who Linda is but the truth is I did not know Linda but rather the message (the part posted on my web site) and how it is biblical. The message posted on my website from Linda is very similar to what God tells me and also what He wants His Bride to be. It hurts me to see the way some Christians live and behave and they don’t know what it takes to be the Bride of Jesus. We cannot let anyone or anything come before God no matter what the situation. We have to know that He has to be above everyone and everything in our lives. According to Luke 14:26-27, none of our family members or loved ones can ever be put before our Lord Jesus who died for us. PRAISE THE LORD. Anyone who wants to be holy has to live by the word of God. We have to walk a narrow path (Matthew 7:14). Whatever hardship comes into our lives we have to endure as good soldiers of the Lord (2 Timothy 2:3).

Some Christians believe by doing great wUnforgivenessork for God they will enter the Kingdom (Matthew 7:22-23). The most important part of our salvation is total obedience and love (Matthew 5:19; Mark 12:30-31; John 14:23-24). We must love others enough to witness to them to also be saved. Jesus died for our soul, if we truly love the Lord and want to please Him, we have to die from the world because we cannot love both (1 John 2:15-16). God is love and He wants us to love all not just believers and if we have unforgiveness in our hearts that is a great sin. We have to forgive and not hate others no matter what they have done to us. His word says the people who are living in darkness are the ones who do not forgive (1 John 2:11). If one does not forgive then they also cannot be forgiven by God and that will prevent that person from entering the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 6:14-15). As much as the Lord suffered for our eternity, whatever we sacrifice for Him is really insignificant because no suffering that we will ever endure can ever be compared to what He went through.

Some Christians think when they receive the Lord into their hearts by faith that is all they have to do in their Christian life but this actually is a deception from the Devil. According to Philippians 2:12, we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling. We must never forget that without a pure heart no one can see the Lord (Matthew 5:8, Ephesians 5:27, Hebrews 12:14). God is so holy that any defiled thing cannot enter His Kingdom. I believe this is why God showed me so many people outside His Kingdom and that is called the valley. Some people tell me that being in the valley is better than Hell. Yes, of course it is better than Hell, but we still have a chance to receive the wonderful promises of God if we enter His Kingdom. All He requires from us is a small sacrifice and that is to be obedient and to love Him above all. Jesus suffered and died for our eternity so why shouldn’t we receive all that He prepared for us?

Imageseeker-1100134267_thumb[21]We should be looking forward to being the most beautiful Bride of Christ. Why shouldn’t we give up all worldly habits and try to please the Lord? We are only on this earth for such a short period of time but with the Lord it will be forever and the happiest time we could ever imagine. Whatever we sacrifice while we are here on  earth is all worth it. In Linda’s message she commented on how Christians are watching too much television. Truly reborn Christians do not watch worldly things on television or listen to worldly music. Like God says, we cannot enjoy both the world and Him.

We must understand that the tribulation has begun but none of us will know the day or hour when the rapture will actually occur. We have to patiently wait and never give up, just be ready and waiting for the Lord because no one can understand God’s will (Isaiah 55:8-9). I believe those who are not ready and waiting are going to be very surprised how soon the rapture could happen.

The Lord is concerned about some pastors and He is very dissatisfied with them because they are not teaching about the End times, Rapture and Mark of the Beast (# 666). God says these pastors are going to be left behind with members of their 1186521270KHdSg7 congregation and most of those church bodies will receive the Mark of the Beast because they have never been taught what will happen to them if they receive this number. This is why the Lord says most Christians left behind will become Satan’s. The Lord also said most churches that have business on His holy day (buying and selling things) and are not teaching His church bodies not to spend money on the Lord’s day. According to the Lord, Christians should only use money on the Lord’s day for tithes and offerings (Nehemiah 10:31 and 13:15, 1 Corinthians 16:2).

I am humble and thankful to God for allowing me to write this for my brothers and sisters in the Lord. I pray this message from our Lord will be a blessing and an eye opener to every reader so His Bride will be ready and waiting for the rapture of the Body of Christ, Amen.

Peace and all spiritual blessing to every reader.

To God be all the glory and honor.

MARANATHA!!!

Choo Thomas

Editor’s Note: This post has been copied with permission from Choo Thomas’ website [minus the pictures]…  You may visit her site here at www.choothomas.com.

Why do Christians love to disagree?

21 Apr

This too was taken off of an older blog… sometime in the spring of 2008.  Hope you enjoy it.

Today I was introduced to a woman who hosts a Messianic Christian talk show program online.  I was hoping to have a nice quiet, edifying discussion about the Hebrew Bible, particularly since she too claims to have a love for the Hebrew language and is  a Jew by birth!  Not the case.  Right away, I knew there was going to be problems basically because of her unwillingness to allow me to even communicate with her without her attempting to control and alter the conversation.  She claims to have studied under different rabbi’s and from I can tell is probably somewhat educated.  Yet while she talked her only agenda it was obvious was to convert me to her beliefs on practicing our faith with the keeping of the levitical, Mosaic law; by observing the different feasts and so forth.  She claims that the early church, both Jews and Gentiles, kept these feasts and we are clearly wrong from scripture not to do the same.  I would have at least listened politely to what she had to say if it had not been for the way that she had said it.  I can remember when I first began studying Hebrew, I felt such a love for the ancient themes and cultures of the Holy land (and still do) and even remember the Holy Spirit leading me to observe the Sabbath on a different day of the week, such as on Saturday.  But what stuck me as being so distasteful was her lack of interest and total self absorption for anything but her own point of view.  I think she may have wanted to check to see if I had been properly circumcised if I had allowed the conversation to continue.  (Please don’t dwell on this point!)  I quickly excused myself and when back to my work.  Ughhh!  There is nothing more stupid in my opinion than for a Christian who willingly and intentionally is comfortable with causing a division over carnal pet doctrines and the teachings of man.  How you know what a person truly is like is not by their words but by their actions.  I don’t care what any one is trying to tell me.  If in their words you sense a readiness or a willingness to cause divisions and strife, watch out!  If during any debate (and there has been a few legitimate debates by Christians in the past usually over a newly learned piece of information) you do not sense above all else a deep and abiding, pure river of love emanating from whomever is heading the discussion, the best thing is probably to excuse yourself politely and walk away.  They are not really after your best interest but their own.  Remember what the apostle Paul had to endure when Jews that had been supposedly converted to Christ came to spy out the liberty and freedom of the churches in Antioch.  Not once did Paul allow their words to have any place in his meetings as they were trying to add to the message of the gospel of faith alone in Jesus; much to their own sense of Jewish traditionalism and nationalism. Man inherently always tries to find a way to spoil the simple truths of the Gospel.  When the crowd on the day of Pentecost cried out in Acts 2 “what must we do to be saved,” Peter’s answer was simple: Repent and be baptized“.   No seven steps to this or three steps to that, no, just a simple acknowledgment of having done wrong and a willingness to want to change. I guess that is why I am also so against much of the “self help” books that are published for and by the church today.  Don’t they read their Bible’s?  Your flesh cannot be altered or improved!  It must be crucified!  Imagine Peter, instead of his recorded sermon in Acts 2 choosing instead to preach a message entitled “Your Best Life Now” or some rubbish of the like.  What a hypocrite he would have been called by the people he had seemingly just converted, as just two chapters later we find him sitting in a holding cell after being arrested for holding a street meeting, preaching and healing a cripple!  Later, they were beaten, kicked, stoned, rejected thrown in prison, delivered from prison, mocked, ridiculed, thrown back in jail, condemned to death, put on crosses, set on fire, and publicly denounced as being stupid and blasphemous: the very rejects of a pagan society!  Their women and children may have been forced to become slaves of the vilest types.  Not what most people would esteem as their best life now by even most third world countries’ standards of living.  Yet this has always been the design and craftsmanship of God, to separate the wheat from the chaff.  What a horrible judgment awaits these false bishops who claim to represent a God they know nothing about!  You could have been raised in church all you life.  It really doesn’t matter.  What does matter is your relationship with God – do you really know Him?  Do you sense His presence when no one else is around, or do you prefer the internet, movies and hours and hours sensual, vile television?  I write these blogs as preparations for messages that one day I may be asked to preach and as well as to hone and develop my skills as a writer and critical thinker.  (Not really, I hardy have time to proof these for grammatical errors as you by now may have noticed!)  But rest assured, my treasures are not in things of this world.  No way!  My treasures are in heaven!

Going back to my conversation with this woman, I can disagree with you but still believe with you and pray for you and most of all love you: even while continuing to disagree with you about nonessential doctrines.  Maybe this observing the feasts was to her an essential doctrine, but them I would have to conclude (as I do) that she is living far from the grace of our God and very near to the bondage that comes with trying to keep the law.  Her life is spent far from the cross at Calvary, my guess would be more like incorporating into her preconceived ideas of learned religion the redemptive work and blood of Jesus Christ.

Please do not be mistaken, even though my flesh felt like pulling away from her in mid-sentence, when I did walk away the Holy Spirit allowed me to feel apart of how much He loves her in spite of the trouble.  She still belongs to the body of Jesus Christ and is loved by the Father.  And he has allowed me to feel that love for her.  So even though we do not agree, if she was willing to “put down the gloves” so to speak” (and by putting her false doctrine away), we would be able to have beautiful communion because of the fact we are still members of the same true church; the body of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Please do not allow your personal views and preferences to cause strife or division toward any other member of the body of Christ.   It is embarrassing.

Quote: “Satan loves to promote disunity, for he knows something that many Christians don’t – God refuses to work in a context of disunity.” (Tony Evans)

“Satan has always been a deceiver and must truly rejoice when any thing is allowed to be elevated higher than the finished work of Jesus Christ, his death on the cross, and thus His payment for our sins.”  (Me!)

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Psalms 90:1 (Quickly)

17 Apr

Psalms 90:1 “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling places throughout all generations.”

I have been quite puzzled by this verse for some time now – what was the Moses (the author) really trying to say?  What was going through his mind when he wrote this?* At least part of the answer, I believe is found in the title.  For forty years Moses faithfully led a seemingly rebellious and stiff necked generation of people around in a wilderness who choose again and again to do exactly opposite to what the Lord had intended for them to do, thus negating God’s promises and blessings.  Yet in spite of this, Moses, while looking back on the faithfulness of God, I believe cries out from the depths of his heart in verse one in wonder and holy awe: “Lord, you (you alone) have been our dwelling place… our refuge in all generations.” Not a particular place nor tent or tabernacle – no, the Holy Spirit on earth: He is and always has been the supply and source of refuge for all believer’s no matter where they been forced to lay down their heads from time to time in each and every generation.  He is protector and comforter, our hope and our shield.  And He is the one that gently whispers to us the promise of that great reward for those that sincerely walk according to his plan and purpose, striving for His best in and for our lives each and every day.  Praise be to God.  Amen.

*I believe this is a correct model for studying all scripture: to look at the words from the writers perspective: not our own.

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