Cross Principle-Enemy Falls Victim To His Own Plan For Victory

by Travis Bryan III

At Red Sea, Pharoah pursues the Israelites into what he believes is a trap for them but he and his army are the ones destroyed.  Israelites arise victorious.

2 Chron 20–God’s people vastly outnumbered and caught in a trap by enemy, march down into battle anyway.  Result–Enemies destroy themselves.

Esther 7, Haman, enemy of God’s people, hung on the same gallows which he himself built to destroy Mordecai.

Proverbs 1:31–Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of the own way, and be filled with their own devices. . . . The prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Proverbs 3:34–Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

Psalms 7:15-16–He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.  His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

Other examples of our enemy falling into his own trap are in Psalms: 10:2; 35:7-8; 37:14-15 (their sworn shall enter into their own heart); 57:6; 69:22.

And of course the chief of all examples, the reality of the principle: Satan and his followers killing Jesus at Calvary, an event which led, is leading and will lead to Satan’s total downfall.  Col 2:15.  Christ triumphed over Satan “in it,” the cross.  If they had known what they were doing they would never have crucified the Lord of Glory.  1 Cor 2:8.

This principle of the cross is still working today.  The cross events that the enemy brings into and around us, responded to in faith, will result in our salvation and transformation but will also mean our enemies’ defeat. 

Who are these  enemies that will fall into their own pit?  They are both internal and external but all are rooted in Satan.  The flesh, the self-life, the sin nature, sickness, bad thoughts, death, the curse of the Mosaic Law (Gal 3:10-13), Satan, his angelic and demonic powers, the elements, the “powers that be,” evil people, religious people, legalistic people, slanderous people, controlling people, malicious people, etc.  These are all enemies.

We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Eph 6:12.

So how do we repond to enemy tactics?  Do we realize the benefits they bring us?  Or do we run away from the pit they have dug for us?  Do we try to handle their opposition to us in our own ability?  Do we avoid it by drinking or taking drugs?  Do we try to escape in some manner or kill the pain? No, all these counter-tactics will mean we miss the victory!  Our response is to stay right in the misdt of it and embrace the situation, the suffering, believing God will use it to rescue us from and destroy the enemy in it.  Our enemies cleanse and prune our vine.

We let ourselves be handed over to death daily trusting that God will raise us up but will also destroy our enemies in the process.  2 Cor 4:7-18 especially @ v11.

This is a great spiritual principle of the cross and a way God uses to purge the earth of all opposition to Him and His people!  It is done thru His Son’s suffering, death, burial,  and resurrection but only as we agree to participate in it.  He lets the devil fall into His own pit.  He destroys Satan with the very weapon Satan constructed against Him and us, the Cross of Christ.

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Law Sickens–Grace Heals by Travis Bryan III

“But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.” Mark 1:30

Notice the mother-in-law was sick.  Living “in law” or “under law” makes one sick with sin.”  Why?  The mosaic law arouses sinful passions.  Rom 5:20; 7:5.  Human effort will not overcome this curse of a plague wrought thru Moses at Sinai.  Gal 3:3, 10-13.  Only resurrection life and power can overcome the sinful nature and “the law of sin and death.”  Rom 8:2-4.  Only by Christ, the Great Physician, can the curse of the law be removed. 

The sickest of all were the Chief Priests and Pharisees.  They were totally unaware of their terminal illness.
Jesus told them “the harlots will go into the kingdom of God before you.”

So Jesus went to her bed, took her hand, and RAISED HER UP.  The fever left her, and she began serving them.  Mk 1:31.

Only resurrection can heal sin.

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66 Course Meal by todd tomasella

“A Continual Feast”
66 Course Meal

“He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15

Those who partake of, participate with, and experience relationship with Jesus Christ enjoy the bountiful and unending benefits and blessings of the KING’s kingdom (Revelation 21-22). Is your heart merry today? If not – feed it with God’s holy truth, turning fully to Him afresh in unreserved surrender. Then, you will have “a continual feast.” He will fill you, and bless you by His grace to love and serve Him in the blessed fear of the LORD.

Abiding in fellowship with Jesus means that you can ask what you will and it will be done. Jesus promised that “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7) That is part of the “continual feast” the LORD has reserved for those who know and seek His face continually. Blessed be Jesus!

There are 66 glorious books in God’s Word to feast upon. Read, study, chew on, and digest these words of life. His Holy Spirit is the Teacher of all who know Him. “Blessed is he that readeth.” (Revelation 1:3)

What happened to the LORD’s servant Jeremiah when he chose to find and eat the words of the LORD? …..

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16

“A continual feast” happens when we continually feed our hearts and lives with the precious Precepts of the LORD, counting them more important than our life-sustaining physical food.

“Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12

To be bless you must read and do His Word. That’s when the “continual feast” begins.

Abiding in fellowship with Jesus means that you can ask what you will and it will be done. Jesus promised that “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7) That is part of the “continual feast” the LORD has reserved for those who know and seek His face continually. Blessed be Jesus!

“The Good of the Land” …..

Tuck your feet under the table of the LORD beloved. Seek Him! There is nowhere else to turn except toward death.

God really does want to bless you – BUT that will only happen as you seek and serve Him – on HIS terms – His way and not your own (Proverbs 3:5-7).

“Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11

God does want you to “eat the good of the land” but how does that happen?

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 1:18-20

When you “Come” to the LORD, you must be “willing and obedient” to confess your sins and when you do He will cleanse them completely and you will then begin to “eat the good of the land.” Yet, if you “refuse and rebel,” attempting to do things your own way – on your own terms – you will be “devoured by the sword” of His perfect judgment.

Have you ever scheduled, planned, and invited others to come over and eat with you only to have very few or no one show up? How did that make you feel? Not good, right?

I wonder just how the LORD feels when those He saves refuse to come and partake of the blessings He died to procure and lives to provide for them?

Spiritual food and feeding is essential to sustaining a life with God. Eat up and you will be blessed. Otherwise, you will famish to spiritual death (Matthew 25:1-13).

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” 1 Peter 2:2-3 (KJV)

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A FRESH START WITH GOD by todd tomasella

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A FRESH START WITH GOD

“Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” Ezekiel 18:31

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Ezekiel 36:26-27

New Creatures in Christ

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

Fresh Forgiveness

“Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.” Lamenations 3:19-26

Fresh Oil

“But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.” Psalms 92:10

Are you in need of a fresh beginning? Are you genuinely open to and ready to hear and obey the truth in order to be blessed with a new beginning? If so, keep reading, open your whole heart, and get ready to be blessed.

1. Schedule God into your very waking moments for prayer communion and the study of His Word (Ps. 5:3; 63:1; Mk. 1:35). He is the Cornerstone of your day and life.

2. Study God’s Word diligently: Get blank index cards and get ready to begin capturing God’s Word and memorizing it (Prov. 4:4, 21; Jn. 5:39; 2 Tim. 2:15). Carry those Scriptures on index cards where ever you go and read, meditate and memorize them. Feed on God’s Word (1 Pet. 2:2).

3. Get a King James Bible and discard all artificial, supposedly “easy to understand” counterfeit, corrupt Bible versions. See “Bible Versions” page at www.SafeGuardYourSoul.com

4. Confess, repent of, and forsake all known sins before the LORD, beginning with the sin of not placing the LORD first in your life (Exod. 20:3-4; Prov. 28:13; 1 Jn. 1:9).

5. Be resolved in the truth that you have been granted a whole new life and that you are not your own but the LORD’s who bought you with His precious blood (Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 5:17-18).

6. Daily expect persecution, suffering, testings, and trials for the Word’s sake (Mk. 4:17; 2 Tim. 3:12; James 1:2-4; 1 Pet. 4:12).

7. Communicate the Gospel of Jesus to others in everyway that you possible can. Number your short days on this earth and redeem or buy back for lost time (Ps. 90:12; Eph. 5:16). Ask the LORD to make you fruitful in His eternal kingdom and that your fruit will remain (Ps. 2:8; Jn. 15:16).

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10

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“Our Eyes Are Upon Thee”

“O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” 2 Chronicles 20:12

Enemy armies had conspired and enjoined each other, mounted up, and were on their way to destroy the people of God (read this fascinating chapter – 2 Chronicles 20). King Jehoshaphat was informed of his enemies approaching and was smitten with fear as were all of God’s people. The enemy overwhelmingly outnumbered Judah. If the LORD didn’t intervene, their demise was sure. The danger of death was looming, closing in on them. What did the King Jehoshaphat do? He cried out to the LORD in desperation. In essence, this God-fearing leader said “LORD we don’t know what to do! The odds are completely against us! This enemy is much more powerful and insurmountable! But LORD, our eyes are upon Thee O GOD! We will unceasingly seek and praise Thee! We will cling to You O LORD our God! You alone are our Deliverer! God forbid that we commit spiritual adultery by looking to anyone else, including ourselves! We wait upon Thee O LORD. We are fervently seeking You LORD and we know You alone will deliver us! Nothing is impossible with You our LORD!”

“… neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” 2 Chronicles 20:12

In other words “LORD Jesus, this situation is impossible, but you are the God of the impossible, so we look to You LORD!” Help Jesus! The LORD Jesus says:

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23

Ever felt overwhelmed? Do you have a situation that is causing you to feel snowed under even now? Do you feel displaced and incapacitated? Is your situation seemingly hopeless? Does this very season find you in dire straits? Fret not beloved saint! Take courage in your God. You are not alone! Even when all men would forsake you, the LORD is standing with you (2 Timothy 4:16-18). Your Redeemer lives and is undertaking your cause. He sees all – the big picture – and is working all these things together for your ultimate good and His glory (Rom 8:28-29).

David, the mighty psalmist and king of Israel, was often attacked, persecuted, and hunted by the enemies of the LORD whom he served. In those situations which appeared overwhelming, impossible, and insurmountable in his limited human site, David cried:

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalms 27:13-14

Because you have saving faith, your faith is on trial and the LORD is going to see you through!

“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7

Being broken and desperate is the place to be with God.

“Blessed are the poor (desperate for God; spiritually impoverished) in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6

Jesus, please bless us with a heart after You! (Acts 13:22) Unite my heart to fear Thy holy name LORD! (Psalms 86:11)

Bill was Right!

Sitting with my good friend Bill a few months ago, with force and deep hurt and anger I told him that I was done! I was giving up and told him that I was at the end of my rope in the situation I had been enduring and toiling with for a long season. To my surprise Bill looked at me and just broke out into an uncanny and uncontrolled laughter. It was seemingly unbefitting to what I had just told him. There I was, totally distraught, isolated in hopelessness. Bill begins to laugh nearly uncontrollably. He caught me completely off guard with this reaction and then he replied “Todd, this is the exact place to be! You are right smack in the middle of where the LORD wants you! Only now that you are at an end in yourself can the LORD take over and bring the miracles you need!” Bill continued with “Brother, I have seen it over and over that when someone is where you are, the LORD is about to do something big!” Bill was overcome with the joy of the LORD and it outweighed my determination to throw the towel in concerning the seemingly impossible situation I was in.

Bill was right! Jesus truly is our Deliverer.

Friend, you may be in a desperate place at this very hour (season) of your life. This writer, frail, simple, and in need of so much more of Christ, knows exactly this place. God will see you through precious saint. A distressed place is a good place (Matt. 5:3, 6). God has allowed these things in our lives to do a deeper work inside of us which will ultimately result in Him receiving glory and for our good (Romans 8:28). The LORD specializes in hearing and delivering His saints who are more than precious in His holy eyes.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them ALL.” Psalms 34:19

King Jehoshaphat and God’s people were trapped. They were in big trouble if the LORD didn’t do a miracle as only He could do. Do you think the LORD specializes in showing His infinite might on the behalf of His children? God’s children were cornered with no possible way to defend themselves against this mighty and enormous army that was marching their way with a vengeance. “But” they set their affections upon the LORD and He delivered them as He who is unchanging promises for all of His beloved children. He will do the same for you if you will but cry out to Him as they did.

“O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” 2 Chronicles 20:12

Are your eyes set upon Him? Are your heart affections gazing adoringly at Him who is your LORD, mighty God, Deliverer, Salvation, Alpha and Omega, and Savior?

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4

The covenant people of the LORD recognized that they were helpless in themselves but that their unchanging LORD and Savior loved them and was ALL-powerful and ALL-mighty. Jahaziel was moved by the Holy Ghost to encourage and tell the people of God – “for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” Watch this:

“And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground (worship, thanksgiving, humility): and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.” 2 Chronicles 20:15-19

Does somebody need to throw those hands up in the air toward Heaven and shout to God with the voice of triumph!? No one is bigger than your LORD and God or even to be compared to Him! He is the only God, Creator, Judge, Deliverer, Savior, and soon coming King of all kings and Judge of all judges. Your sentence comes forth from His holy presence and that’s all that matters. All else will be soon vanquished for ever and ever!

“Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.” Psalms 17:2

Child of God, What do you do when seemingly impossible circumstances surround you? Like King Jehoshaphat and the people we read about here, we should learn to cry out to God and resolutely announce to Him that we do not know what to do and that our eyes are upon Him.

“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalms 34:4

How many times do we find ourselves without the answer? Without the solution? Without hope? At the end of our rope? What do we do in those pinch time valleys of decision? From now on, may God bless each of us to cry out to Him – to depend upon and seek His holy face, and know He will deliver!

At this time, in your heart, you may be saying “LORD….

• “I have a sin that is plaguing my life that I can’t seem to overcome!”
• “I need fellowship with other believers! Please send me some Jesus!”
• “My finances are doomed!”
• “My rent or mortgage is past due!”
• “My child(ren) are not walking with Jesus! Please help LORD!”
• “I feel so lonely!”
• “My spouse is not doing right!”
• “I am facing a horrendous legal battle. Please help me Jesus!”

No matter what you may be facing or will face in the coming days – the LORD is greater than that problem no matter how big or impossible it appears. Always remember these words of hope our Savior left us with:

“And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27 (memory verse of truth)

PRAYER: Jesus, You are the LORD Almighty and I look to You this very moment! I love You my LORD. Thank You for creating, dying for, and finding me, and for bringing me into Your kingdom. Right this moment, if never before, I lay my life in Thy holy hands and rest in You alone and not in my own ability to manipulate the situation I am currently facing. Release me from all fear and the torment it brings. I trust You LORD and know that You truly are working all these things I am enduring for your glory and my good. Please break me deeper and multiply Your grace and the fear of the LORD in me. I agree with Your Word which tells me that the joy of the LORD is my strength! I shout unto God with the voice of triumph because I know You alone have given me and all Your children the victory! Amen Jesus!

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ALL THINGS WORKING TOGETHER FOR YOUR GOOD

Are “all things” good? Or, do “all things work together for good” in the life of the person who is truly seeking after the Lord?

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:28-29

Notice that this Romans 8 text doesn’t say that all things are good, but that “all things work together for good.”

It is more than obvious that all the things that come our way are not coming from the Lord, yet He allows those things and even helps us “escape.” (1 Corinthians 10:13; Job 1-2). It is clear that the Almighty cannot be tempted with evil (James 1:13) and that “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” (Proverbs 10:22) Furthermore, we know that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

In “all things” that come our way the Lord is working to form the Person of Jesus Christ in us as we have been predestined to be conformed to (Rom. 8:29).

At this time you may be entangled with trials and tribulations from seemingly every angle – coming at you relentlessly. Are you experiencing financial, marital, work-related difficulties?

“Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.” Isaiah 50:10

Remember that your current season will change. This trial shall come to pass (1 Peter 1:6).

Persevering and overcoming in trials, temptations and struggles provides the stepping stones to maturity.

Determination and perseverance are the indispensable character traits possessed by life’s greatest achievers.

In all this that you may be suffering, please prayerfully remember that ALL these things are working together for the glory of God in your life. He is using them to cause your heart to be conformed to the image of Christ as you seek His face, totally relying upon Him in these tests. He is making you complete, mature so that you lack nothing spiritually.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting (lacking) nothing.” James 1:2-4

One of the temptations of the trial is to turn on God and blame Him, or to imagine that He doesn’t know your state of struggle or care.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

Have you ever blamed God? Are you blaming Him for anything in this season of your life? Remember, the LORD is for you. He loves you more than you could know and, “If God be for us, who can be against us”? (Romans 8:31)

“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:22

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Lavish Televangelist Wolves

Message from Brian Jones:

WARNING: There is a foul and loathsome smell coming from Televangelism today! Multiple Rolls Royce’s, Multi-Million dollar mansions, multiple homes, extravagant vacations several times a year, personal use of a “Ministry” jet, supposed men of God “owning” nothing themselves, and protect it all under the 501c3. JESSE DUPLANTIS: Newest mansion is just over 22 thousand sq ft of living space, with garage and other areas covered at just over 12 thousand sq ft. At a cost of over $3 million to build and the house is owned by…. Jesse Duplantis “ministries.” Hmmmm I wonder how much “outreach” is being done from his private theater and the balance of that massive complex? Hmmmmm”

My 2 Cents:

ANY “ministry” not fulfilling the Great Commission Command of Jesus to win and teach men His Word, is not fulfilling a New Testament purpose and is a false ministry! Wake up, repent, and stop funding this filth! Start supporting ministry works that fulfill a New Testament purpose! Ask God for misusing and mis-stewarding the previous funds He gave you!

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Who Do I Love Most?

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” Revelation 2:4-5

We are working out our own salvation with fear and trembling and our LORD, as He promised, is working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil. 2:12-13).  The disciple must be consumed with the Word and Spirit of God and unduly and excessively tending to menial, non-eternal things which in themselves are not sin, crowds Christ right out of our lives. Didn’t Jesus call these things “the cares of this life” and tell us they could disqualify us? (Mark 4:17-19) It would seem that the 5 foolish virgins may have deliberately chosen to not seek the LORD as the “first love” diligently enough and allowed themselves to be drained of the oil of His holy presence and shut out! (Matthew 25:1-13) Picture yourself is the excruciating and conscious pains of eternal damnation, in the prison of fire, filled with remorse with no second chance, and why? – Because you refuse to authentically get real with and obey God in your brief earthly life. Wow!

Some people say it’s hard to lose one’s salvation? I don’t think that’s what the Bible teaches. There are many pleasurable lures in this life that are easy to buy into and squander God’s time on. There are 17 soul-damning sins listed in Galatians 5:19-21 and some of them are quite easy to participate in. It all boils down to who we truly love most – self or the Savior.

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalms 90:12

Jesus also speaks of “the lust of other things” and those things don’t have to be sinful in themselves yet become idols when we make them more important than the only LORD and Savior.

“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” Mark 4:19

LORD, please cleanse us today from spiritual adulteries and idolatry!

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16

Notice that the writer of Hebrews deals with “weight(s)” and “sin.” Perhaps “weight(s)” are not necessarily actual sin yet become an idol and sin when not kept in moderation and when they become more important than that One “exceeding great reward” Himself (Genesis 15:1).

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

One thing’s for certain and that is that our Father has called us to look unto Jesus who is the very “author and finisher of our faith” and overcame all that stood in His path to the cross to redeem us! This He did with a heart filled with pure divine joy to save you and me! He poured out His own life blood to save you.

As I “work out” (not for) my own salvation with “fear and trembling,” God is working in me “both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13) As Jesus Christ continues to be more and more my “first love,” having no one more important than Him, I find myself able to enjoy all the other aspects of this life much more thoroughly! “He giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” (1 Timothy 6:17)

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False Ministries are Christ’s Enemies

Concerning false ministries and the reason why wolves who are “enemies of the cross of Christ” do not want you to die to self, pastor Gary Price says:

“All of it (false ministry) is orchestrated by the devil to distract and pull people off to the side … if you begin to seek God and you are fleshly still, and you’re moving toward God … They stand in the way to hinder you from getting to God so that you won’t die to the flesh, because if you die to the flesh then they can’t control you and steal your money. Real ministry says ‘Get to Christ. Get to Christ. Forget people and get to Christ. Don’t worship people. Don’t worship personalities. Get to Christ. You get to Christ and you walk through that cross and you get crucified in the process.’ The Bible calls it they’re enemies of the cross of Christ – the crucifixion process – that’s what they’re the enemies of. They stand up and they don’t want you to be crucified because if you’re crucified, ‘I’ll be nothing to you.’” Crucified with Christ, audio message, Price, OmegaMinistry.org

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The Lost Art of Serving

Learning to Die Daily

THE LOST ART OF SERVING is the place to die so that Christ Jesus can raise you upward in His blessed power – to serve Him and others, not self. – “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” (Matthew 23:11-12)

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