Sunday, December 24, 2017

YOU KNOW!!!

There are some things which you KNOW to be absolutely true; and they can not be refuted; and you will not change your belief. You may not know everything, but you do know some things to be true. You do know what you should do right now today. If you know that you ought to repent, then you know that. If you know that you have not fasted and prayed sufficiently to know the perfect will of God; then you know that. If you know that your faith is weak and you are not endeavoring to put your faith in God and grow stronger, then you know that.

If you know that something is wrong and you do it anyway, your conscience will be defiled and your disobedience becomes sin which separates you from God.
If you know that something is vulgar and you say or do it anyway, your conscience will be defiled and your disobedience becomes sin which separates you from God.
If you know that something you are about to say is false and you say it anyway to deceive someone, then your conscience will be defiled and your disobedience becomes sin which separates you from God.

You know what you know, and you can not refuse to walk in the light of understanding and be clear before God. We are responsible and accountable to walk in the truth we know.

If you have the mind of Christ and the Holy Spirit in you, then you must walk in agreement with the counsel of the Holy Spirit.

John 14:1-9
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

Like Philip, you may say, “Show me.” And I say, you already know what to do next. The Holy Spirit has been teaching you and talking to you. Do what He has told you and is telling you. You know what that message is. The problem with most people is not that they don't know what to do; but rather, they are not doing what they know they ought to do. They are making excuses for their spiritual weakness. Some are making excuses for their willful disobedience.

John 15:1-8
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

These verses are very easily understood. No one can honestly say that they can not understand these simple words. They have a very clear and obvious meaning. You know what these verses say and mean. You know that unless you are in Him and He is in you; you know that unless you are part of His body; you know that unless you are one of His obedient disciples, then, you can not be saved, justified, born again or part of His body.

John 15:20
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

If you are listening to Jesus, you will listen to me. I speak the words He spoke. If they had known God the Father, they would have recognized and known Jesus. And so it is today, if you know Jesus, you will know that I am telling you the truth.

You know that if you live a holy life and keep the commandments of Jesus Christ, some people will not like you and they will persecute you.

Titus 2:11-14
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

God is faithful to all men and women, boys and girls. He has revealed Himself to each person at some point in time. You either know what God has spoken to you; or, you have known and you chose to forget what God revealed to you. According to God's judgment, if you have known then you are responsible for that which you have known. Even though you may have forgotten what God has told you, you are still responsible for what you have known.

John 13:17
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

1 John 2:29
If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

The apostle John wrote the book of First John, in which he states and reminds the people that there are many things which we do know. We are sure of. We know it to be true. John uses the words know, knoweth and known a combined total of 38 times in this short epistle. He was emphatic about what is known to be true. No honest person can study the Bible and history and not know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. We know that we must obey and serve Jesus Christ in order to have an eternal inheritance in heaven.

1 John 2:18-21
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

1 John 3:14-15
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

1 John 3:19-24
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

1 John 5:18-21
18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

What do you know?
How are you living?
Are you living in agreement with what you know?





Sunday, December 17, 2017

GOD'S WRATH

This is a subject most people, especially hypocrites and sinners, do not like to talk about or even think about.

Is there such a thing as God's wrath? Yes!
On whom is God's wrath poured out? The sinner, the wicked person.
What is the result of God's wrath being poured out? The sinner is punished.

The definition of wrath is vengeance, indignation, fierce passion.
There are many words in the Hebrew and Greek which are translated wrath, and they all mean approximately the same thing. We are talking about the indignation and vengeance of God. We are talking about God's punishment of sinners. The wrath of God against sinners is a reality. Sinners are without God's divine protection. They are subject to the cruelty of Satan and the vengeance of God.

John 3:36
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

God's wrath is a reality! All those people who hear and reject the gospel of Jesus Christ will be punished with God's outpouring of wrath. The wicked will not escape the wrath of God. They ought to have the fear of God upon them.

Romans 1:18
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

The wrath of God is poured out on them who are ungodly.
The wrath of God is poured out on them who are unrighteous.
The wrath of God is poured out on them who know the truth and continue in the works of unrighteousness.

Psalms 103:8-10
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Yes, God is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” However, God will not keep his anger for ever. Think about that. Sin has its wages.

The word “chide” means: to hold a controversy; (by implication) to defend: SYNONYMS: adversary, chide, complain, contend, debate, lay wait, plead. 

God will not indefinitely try to convince you to stop doing wrong and do right. God will not always plead, debate and contend with your excuses and hesitancy to do His will. Disobedience will be punished.

Revelation 16:1
And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

The earth upon which the wrath of God is poured out is not the terafirma literal. It is the earthen hearts and lives of sinful people. Sinner beware: your sins will bring destruction and punishment. Oh, careless soul, do not sear your conscience by continually refusing to obey that still small voice of the Holy Spirit as He calls you to obey and walk in the light of truth.

Zechariah 7:12
Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts.

When people rebel against God; when people willfully close their eyes and ears to the truth, they will suffer the “great wrath from the Lord.” Should you not fear God who is able to not only take your life from your body; but also, to send your eternal soul to a fiery lake of fire for eternity?

Zechariah 8:14-17
14 For thus saith the Lord of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the Lord of hosts, and I repented not:
15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord.

God hates some things. Do you care to know what God hates? Are you not afraid of the wrath of God? It is a very foolish thing to rebel against God and refuse to keep His commandments. You can not defend yourself from the wrath of God. You have no resources to resist and protect yourself from the vengeance of God against disobedience.

Proverbs 11:4
Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

No person or amount of money will buy an escape from the wrath of God in the day He comes to punish. Do not trust riches, doctors or relatives to protect you against the wrath of God. There is no power on earth able to protect you from the wrath of God. You may have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but God can send a foe against you for which you can not prepare a defense. You may have the best of doctors and the best of medicines, but they are powerless to defend you against the wrath of God.

Matthew 25:41-43
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

How will you defend yourself on the day of judgment? Are you prepared to defend yourself against God's wrath? It is foolish to think you can manipulate God and cause Him to accept your sinful conduct. God is not like some who are in authority. He is not permissive, nor will He judge after the manner of men.

Matthew 12:35-37
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

When God opens the “Book of Life” on the day of Judgment, and your record is read, there will be no defense for the iniquity in your life. Today is the day of salvation. Today is the time to amend your conduct and please God.

John 5:26-29
26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

You have been warned by the Word and the Spirit. Not one innocent person will be condemned or punished. But it is not so with the wicked. They will suffer the wrath of God. If you die in your sins, you can not go where Jesus is. (See John 8:21.)

Romans 1:16-21
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Believe this warning, lest you suffer the wrath of God with all the wicked who have mocked and rebelled against the laws of God.

Romans 1:28-32
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

At some point in time, every sinner knows that he is a sinner! The Holy Spirit is faithful to warn the sinner of the consequences of sin. Sinners do not want to believe their sins separate them from God. They do not want to think that they are going to die in their sins and suffer Hell's fire for eternity.

Revelation 22:11-12
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

When Jesus comes to judge all men at His second coming; every person will be sealed in their present condition. If you are unjust and filthy, then you will be that way eternally. If you are righteous and holy, then you will be that way eternally.

Proverbs 9:9-10
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

By God's perfect love working in our heart, all fear is cast away. But the sinner is guilty and should fear the wrath of God.  God's wrath will come unless the sinner repents of all his sins and keeps the commandments of Jesus Christ.

This truth we know: God's wrath will be poured out on the wicked and God's blessings will be given to the righteous. You decide which group you will be a part of.



Saturday, December 16, 2017

THE SILENCE

I heard Satan say: “You better be silent about all this holiness or the Devil is going to come after you and hurt you.” I know the Holy Spirit did not put that thought in any person's mind. I know that I do not want to be silent about holiness. Negative thoughts which are contrary to the Word of God, are most certainly from Satan. He is the angel of darkness, doubt and destruction.

Silence on the judgments of God is the result of apostasy. We must cry aloud and preach this gospel from the roof tops. We are living in the opening oeach f the Seventh Seal. Revelation 8:1 “there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” Some ministers will tell you that we have passed the “half an hour” of silence. But I say, “Look around you and examine the circumstances in the congregations of the church of God: and you will be forced to admit that the fruit of the evening time apostasy and the silence is still very much evident in the current conditions of the church of God congregations. Pastors are judging and shunning each other. Congregations who once enjoyed fellowship with each other are now separated. Faith is decreasing. Love is losing its strength. Divine healing is most often spoken of as a thing of the past. The vision of evangelism is dim. The fruit of the Spirit is scarcely to be found in its fullness. Where is longsuffering, patience and temperance?

John 7:11-13
11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?
12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.
13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.

People are still afraid of being put out of their congregation if they disagree with the pastor or question something they do not understand. The grace to discuss doctrines and matters of faith is very weak and that hinders healthy, spiritual dialogue. I am totally against that spiritual condition which turns a child of God into a disgruntle who refuses righteous counsel from a godly pastor. However, I also recognize that not all counsel is godly counsel. Not all pastors are ordained by the Holy Spirit. And, there are those situations where a true man of God, by transgression, falls from his heavenly place in the church.

John 7:50-53
50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)
51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?
52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.
53 And every man went unto his own house.

The religious Jews ridiculed Nicodemus and caused him to shut up for fear of being put out of the temple. Spiritual leaders must resist the temptation to be proud and carnal when their teachings are called into question. We must embrace the opportunity to explain and teach. We must not condemn sincere questions. This endeavoring for unity of Spirit and faith, will not exist until the carnal nature is purged.  I speak of that carnal nature which is a perversion of the human nature and remains in the justified child of God, prior to being filled with the Holy Spirit, bringing entire sanctification and holiness.

Revelation 8:1
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

Some ministers think that this entire event of the “silence in heaven” happened from 1930 to 1960. There is no scriptural evidence to teach that 30 minutes represents 30 years. The evidence and conditions of the silence are still with us today. I believe that the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet and the pouring out of the Seventh Vial is near at hand in our future. And, I know that my opinion, statement and belief is not the commonly held belief of most ministers today. But, I do believe that my position is in agreement with what the Bible teaches.

Psalms 30:10-12
10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.
11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Praise is wonderful. But praise will not break the silence! The Holy Spirit ordained and inspired message of the Seventh Trumpet Angel is what breaks the silence! And, what is that message? It is the same message that we have heard from the beginning. It is the holiness message of the two works of grace, JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION coupled with fulfilling the great commission. What is the commandment of the great commission?
Matthew 10:7-8
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Psalms 28:1-2
1 Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

Are the congregations of the church of God filled with people who are able to pray the fervent prayer of a righteous man? Is there truly a burden of prayer and supplications which is a present reality in the congregations?

Ecclesiastes 3:7
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

You will not, and can not, know the right time without the help of the Holy Spirit. It is not in man to direct his own steps. In all of our communications we need to deliver the right message at the right time.

Psalms 39:1-5
1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,
4 Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.
5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

David was silent when the Holy Spirit did not put words in his mouth. We do not improve a situation when we get ahead of the Holy Spirit and seek our own mind instead of the mind of God. Sometimes you may think that you know exactly what good thing you should say to someone; and when you tell them it hurts them and discourages them. Your words did not produce good fruit.

Psalms 31:18
Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

We must have the help of the Holy Spirit to understand and discern when to speak and when to be silent. There is a proper time to speak against evil. And there is a proper time to be silent when we are being opposed by evil men.

Satan wants to silence the children of God so that they do not speak the truth in love. Satan does not want us to preach the gospel of holiness and deliverance from all sin. Satan does not want us to testify of the saving grace and healing power of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Satan wants us to talk about politics, weather, worldly success and failures. He wants us to talk about EVERYTHING EXCEPT what the Holy Spirit tells us to say.

Matthew 10:17-20
17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

When we hear you speaking, will it be the words which the Holy Spirit has put in your mouth; or, will it be the words from another spirit?

Revelation 8:1
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

The silence, which is the subject of Revelation 8:1, is not the absence of sound or conversation. It is the absence of the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet message. Preachers are speaking many words of little benefit to the person living holy or the person wanting to understand how to live holy.

We have failed to do the work of the Kingdom of God, if we fail to bring people to an experience of entire sanctification and perfect love. Think about it.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

OPEN OUR EYES

Genesis 3:7-12
(Adam Clarke Commentary)
The eyes of them both were opened - They now had a sufficient discovery of their sin and folly in disobeying the command of God; they could discern between good and evil; and what was the consequence? Confusion and shame were engendered, because innocence was lost and guilt contracted.
Let us review the whole of this melancholy business, the fall and its effects.
  1. From the New Testament we learn that Satan associated himself with the creature which we term the serpent, and the original the nachash, in order to seduce and ruin mankind; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 12:9; Revelation 20:2.
  • That this creature was the most suitable to his purpose, as being the most subtle, the most intelligent and cunning of all beasts of the field, endued with the gift of speech and reason, and consequently one in which he could best conceal himself.
  • As he knew that while they depended on God they could not be ruined, he therefore endeavored to seduce them from this dependence.
  • He does this by working on that propensity of the mind to desire an increase of knowledge, with which God, for the most gracious purposes, had endued it.
  • In order to succeed, he insinuates that God, through motives of envy, had given the prohibition - God doth know that in the day ye eat of it, ye shall be like himself, etc.
  • As their present state of blessedness must be inexpressibly dear to them, he endeavors to persuade them that they could not fall from this state: Ye shall not surely die - ye shall not only retain your present blessedness, but it shall be greatly increased; a temptation by which he has ever since fatally succeeded in the ruin of multitudes of souls, whom he persuaded that being once right they could never finally go wrong.
  • As he kept the unlawfulness of the means proposed out of sight, persuaded them that they could not fall from their steadfastness, assured them that they should resemble God himself, and consequently be self-sufficient, and totally independent of him; they listened, and fixing their eye only on the promised good, neglecting the positive command, and determining to become wise and independent at all events, they took of the fruit and did eat. Let us now examine the effects.
  1. Their eyes were opened, and they saw they were naked. They saw what they never saw before, that they were stripped of their excellence; that they had lost their innocence; and that they had fallen into a state of indigence and danger.
  • Though their eyes were opened to see their nakedness, yet their mind was clouded, and their judgment confused. They seem to have lost all just notions of honor and dishonor, of what was shameful and what was praise-worthy. It was dishonorable and shameful to break the commandment of God; but it was neither to go naked, when clothing was not necessary.
  • They seem in a moment, not only to have lost sound judgment, but also reflection: a short time before Adam was so wise that he could name all the creatures brought before him, according to their respective natures and qualities; now he does not know the first principle concerning the Divine nature, that it knows all things, and that it is omnipresent, therefore he endeavors to hide himself among the trees from the eye of the all-seeing God! How astonishing is this! When the creatures were brought to him he could name them, because he could discern their respective natures and properties; when Eve was brought to him he could immediately tell what she was, who she was, and for what end made, though he was in a deep sleep when God formed her; and this seems to be particularly noted, merely to show the depth of his wisdom, and the perfection of his discernment. But alas! how are the mighty fallen! Compare his present with his past state, his state before the transgression with his state after it; and say, is this the same creature? the creature of whom God said, as he said of all his works, He is very good - just what he should be, a living image of the living God; but now lower than the beasts of the field? 4. This account could never have been credited had not the indisputable proofs and evidences of it been continued by uninterrupted succession to the present time. All the descendants of this first guilty pair resemble their degenerate ancestors, and copy their conduct. The original mode of transgression is still continued, and the original sin in consequence. Here are the proofs. 1. Every human being is endeavoring to obtain knowledge by unlawful means, even while the lawful means and every available help are at hand. 2. They are endeavoring to be independent, and to live without God in the world; hence prayer, the language of dependence on God's providence and grace, is neglected, I might say detested, by the great majority of men. Had I no other proof than this that man is a fallen creature, my soul would bow to this evidence. 3. Being destitute of the true knowledge of God they seek privacy for their crimes, not considering that the eye of God is upon them, being only solicitous to hide them from the eye of man. These are all proofs in point; but we shall soon meet with additional ones. See on Genesis 3:10; (note), Genesis 3:12; (note).
Verse 8
The voice of the Lord - The voice is properly used here, for as God is an infinite Spirit, and cannot be confined to any form, so he can have no personal appearance. It is very likely that God used to converse with them in the garden, and that the usual time was the decline of the day, היום לרוח leruach haiyom, in the evening breeze; and probably this was the time that our first parents employed in the more solemn acts of their religious worship, at which God was ever present. The time for this solemn worship is again come, and God is in his place; but Adam and Eve have sinned, and therefore, instead of being found in the place of worship, are hidden among the trees! Reader, how often has this been thy case!

Verse 10
I was afraid, because I was naked - See the immediate consequences of sin. 1. Shame, because of the ingratitude marked in the rebellion, and because that in aiming to be like God they were now sunk into a state of the greatest wretchedness. 2. Fear, because they saw they had been deceived by Satan, and were exposed to that death and punishment from which he had promised them an exemption. How worthy is it of remark that this cause continues to produce the very same effects! Shame and fear were the first fruits of sin, and fruits which it has invariably produced, from the first transgression to the present time.

Verse 12
And the man said, etc. - We have here some farther proofs of the fallen state of man, and that the consequences of that state extend to his remotest posterity. 1. On the question, Hast thou eaten of the tree? Adam is obliged to acknowledge his transgression; but he does this in such a way as to shift off the blame from himself, and lay it upon God and upon the woman! This woman whom Thou didst give to be with me, עמדי immadi, to be my companion, (for so the word is repeatedly used), she gave me, and I did eat. I have no farther blame in this transgression; I did not pluck the fruit; she took it and gave it to me. 2. When the woman is questioned she lays the blame upon God and the serpent, (nachash ). The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. Thou didst make him much wiser than thou didst make me, and therefore my simplicity and ignorance were overcome by his superior wisdom and subtlety; I can have no fault here, the fault is his, and his who made him so wise and me so ignorant. Thus we find that, while the eyes of their body were opened to see their degraded state, the eyes of their understanding were closed, so that they could not see the sinfulness of sin; and at the same time their hearts were hardened through its deceitfulness. In this also their posterity copy their example. How few ingenuously confess their own sin! They see not their guilt. They are continually making excuses for their crimes; the strength and subtlety of the tempter, the natural weakness of their own minds, the unfavorable circumstances in which they were placed, etc., etc., are all pleaded as excuses for their sins, and thus the possibility of repentance is precluded; for till a man take his sin to himself, till he acknowledge that he alone is guilty, he cannot be humbled, and consequently cannot be saved. Reader, till thou accuse thyself, and thyself only, and feel that thou alone art responsible for all thy iniquities, there is no hope of thy salvation.



VICTORY OVER FEAR

I am concerned about people who are afraid and frightened of what might happen. They are afraid of thieves, murderers, catastrophic events, sickness, death, etc. We are told by the Word of God that the Just shall live by faith. If a person is too fearful to trust God to keep him through unseen dangers, sickness and death, he is likely to fall into some snare of the Devil and commit a sin of disobedience. Too many people who claim to be Christian are not trusting God for their health and safety. We need to know what God wants us to do and then do it without fear of what might happen. 
 
1 John 4:16-18
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fear as: “to be afraid of.”
What are you afraid of?
Why are you afraid if you are trusting God to take care of you?

SEC: NT:5401 GREEK; phobos (fob'-os); from a primary phebomai (to be put in fear); alarm or fright: KJV - be afraid, exceedingly, fear, terror.

The Greek word “phobos” is the root word for our English word “phobia” which means: “an exaggerated usually inexplicable (i.e. not clear or explicit) and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation.”

Some people have a phobia of some particular animal, usually because they have been hurt or badly frightened by that animal as a child. We must understand that we can be cautious of a known danger. This is not the same as being frightened or fearful. Can you believe that God will remove the danger, which may seem to be in your immediate future, as you do the will of God?

Some people have a fear of people who are of a different race. They are very uncomfortable anytime they are near a person of a different race. Some people are afraid of a person of a different gender. Women have been abused by a man and therefore are afraid of men. Men have been seriously hurt by a woman and therefore are afraid to trust a woman and avoid getting close to them. They are afraid they will be hurt again. Again, I say that we must have faith to trust God to remove us from perceived danger.

Matthew 6:25
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Our life is more than what we see and know with our five senses. The spiritual part of us is much more important than what we eat, drink or wear. Take care of your soul and you  not need to worry about the physical. God knows what you need before you ask. He is ready to help all of His children in their time of need. Trust God and do not be afraid.

Matthew 14:26-27
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

The disciples were afraid because they saw something they did not understand.
They thought they were seeing a supernatural ghost. They did not know what to expect. They were afraid of what they did not know. When you understand something, you will not be afraid of it. The disciple's perception of danger appeared to be justified; but, when they realized it was Jesus their fear went away.

Luke 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

When people get sick, they do not know what is going to happen to them; so, they are afraid they will suffer hurt, pain or death. They are afraid of sickness because they do not have strong enough faith in God; and, they can not fully trust the doctors.

If you have not obeyed God, then you will not have the faith to trust Him. If you know that you have done the will of God, then you can safely trust Him to help you do what needs to be done.

Revelation 1:17-18
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

This fear which John felt was a reverence (not frightful) because he knew that he was in the presence of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. John's mind was full of respect, worship, reverence. He was not frightened by being in the presence of Jesus Christ. John was in the spirit on the Lord's day. He was in sweet fellowship with His Savior. He was not fearful.

1 Peter 2:17-18
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

Here again we have an example of that fear which is reverence.
We should respect our elders, supervisors and those in positions of authority.

Luke 12:5-7
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

If we are born again, justified by faith, then we should have that fear of God which is reverence for who He is. He is God and He deserves to be held in great reverence.
If we have been disobedient, then we should have that fear which is frightened by the expectation of God's vengeance and wrath. God will punish the sinner.

Matthew 10:26-31
26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Don't allow Satan to cause you to fear men more than you fear God.
The people in this world can only affect you and hurt you in this life.
God is able to affect you and hurt you for eternity.

1 Corinthians 15:55-58
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Where there is no sin, there should be no fear.
God wants you to understand that if you are an obedient child of God, you need not be afraid or fearful of what might happen to you.

We can be cautious without being fearful.
Put away all disobedience and you will put away all fear.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

WHO IS JESUS?

Who is Jesus to you?
There are many different beliefs of who Jesus is.
To some people, Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior of the world.
To others He is a historical person who did good works.
To some Jesus is a belief which defines Him as whatever they want their Jesus to be.
To these Jesus is a loving god who would never hurt anyone or damn them to hell fire and punishment.
Some accept Jesus as a religious prophet, but they do not believe Him and keep His commandments.

There is a Jesus as defined by the Islamist.
There is a Jesus as defined by the Buddhist.
There is a Jesus as defined by hypocrites claiming to be Christians.
Every false religion has a false definition of who Jesus is.
Every sinner and unbeliever has some idea of who they think Jesus is.
Who is Jesus to you?

If Jesus is your King, then He must be the ruler in your life. Is He?
If Jesus is your Savior, then He has delivered you from all your sins. Has He?
You can not simultaneously be delivered by Jesus and be in bondage to Satan.
If Jesus is your Protector, then you will not fear what might happen to you.
If Jesus is your Physician, then you will go to Him in faith for your healing.
If Jesus is your companion and friend, then you will ask Him for the Comforter.

Mark 8:27-29
27 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?
28 And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.
29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

Why did Jesus ask His disciples the question, “Whom do men say that I am?”
Surely He wanted the disciples to think about their own personal belief.
Did the disciples really believe that Jesus was the Son of God and the promised Messiah; or, did they have doubts and think perhaps Jesus was not the Messiah?
Who do you think Jesus is? Is He the Son of God to you?
Is Jesus your Savior and Redeemer?
Is He the only way to heaven and eternal life?
If He is God and the only true way to eternal life; are you honoring Him with your faith and obedience? Are you keeping His commandments?

Based on your attitude, actions and personal testimony, who is Jesus to you?

Matthew 9:27-30
27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.
28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
30 And their eyes were opened...

Why and how could these two blind men believe that there was some man who could heal them and give them eyes to see? Surely they had heard the report and had come to believe that this was not just some ordinary religious man. They believed that they were coming to the promised Messiah, the Son of God.
If they had come with doubt or unbelief, I do not think their account would be in the scriptures.

Matthew 27:41-43
41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

These evil and doubting Jews received nothing from the Lord. Their request for a sign was not granted. Jesus and His Father did not do anything special for these doubting sinners.

We have this same report confirmed again in the Gospel according to Mark.
Today, there are people in the same spiritual condition as these in the Bible.

Mark 15:31-32
31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

Luke 16:27-31
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Signs and miracles are not enough to change the mind and thoughts of a wicked person. A sinful person will always find some reason to defend their unbelief and argue with the truth.

John 5:43-47
43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

If you do not believe what I am teaching you, then you would not believe, even if Jesus was here in the flesh. When Jesus was here in the flesh, people did not accept Him as the Son of God and the only way to eternal life.

Who is Jesus to you?
Is He just a historical person whom many people admired and exalted as a god?
Can your Jesus deliver you from all your sins?
Can your Jesus meet all your needs and deliver you from all your troubles?

Is your Jesus the same as the one described in the Holy Bible?
Is your relationship with Jesus one between LORD and servant?
If you are not an obedient disciple and servant of Jesus, then you do not know the Jesus whom I would like to introduce to you.

I invite you to give your life to Jesus and enjoy all His gifts and blessings.