Jesus Says His “Flock” is “Little”

ANYTHING that is that popular and liked is false, right? Think about this biblically. Reason with me according to God’s Word. Jesus preached His truth and requirements for following Him and what happened? – 5,000 men fled and only 12 stayed with Him (John 6:66-69). Okay, also Jesus says “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26) Anything with a big following or any book with multi-millions in sales is false. Think about the runaway best sellers like “The Shack,” “Your Best Life Now,” and “Purpose Driven Life” and all the pagans and catholics who bought them and loved them. The original Gospel, which begins with the command to “Repent,” is never found in any of these filthy messages/books. The authors are “accursed” for preaching “another gospel.” (Galatians 1:6-9)

According to Jesus, will many or few be in Heaven? – “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Christ clearly indicates that “false prophets” always have a large following of religious, think-they-are-going-to-heaven people. – Jesus says “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26)

The Son of God says that His kingdom of people are “little” and “few”“Fear not, LITTLE flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)

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Just Who Shall be Slain Down to Hell?

Those who pander to the lustful, greed-filled, unrepentant hearts of those who have only a “form of godliness” are tapping into a financial fortune in this life and yet guaranteeing for themselves irreversible eternal misery (2 Timothy 3:1-8).

EVERYTHING in this life is fleeting – it is very temporary. If you truly believe that, you will cease striving to lay up for yourself riches in this life and strive to accomplish the things mere men count important here on earth. Remember, this life is the only thing unregenerate man has. He has no hope of the next life due to not being born again.  Those who love their life in this world will forfeit the blessed, blissful world to come with Christ. Jesus taught “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” (John 12:25) A key phrase here is hating one’s “life in this world.” And why? – because “this world” is temporary and yet what we do here determines our eternal place.

Pandering to the temporary desires of men is a booming business these days. As Paul foretold of this last hour, people who vainly believe they are saved are heaping to themselves leaders who teach them what their unrepentant, unpurged hearts which to hear instead of the original Gospel message – death to self (2 Timothy 4:3-4). The want to go to Heaven but don’t want any part of the cross Jesus said must be taken up daily (Matthew 16:24-25). The church world is filled with greed-driven, Christ-denying, enemies of the cross in the pulpits and in the pews (Philippians 3:18-19). There are so very many beguilers and gullible, unrepentant religious dupes who are responsible for funding these greedy wolves. They have a mere “form” or façade or front of godliness and yet deny the authority or power of God to reign in their personal, daily lives (2 Timothy 3:5).

“But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” Luke 19:27

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The Essential Cross of Christ

“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:20

Mankind was separated from God due to his sin (Isa. 59:2). In order for man to be saved after his fall, it was essential for Christ to offer His perfect and sinless blood on the altar of the cross, a reality that had throughout Old Testament history been depicted and foreshadowed in the shedding of the blood of animals (Lev. 16-17; Heb. 10:1-22; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Rev. 1:5). The “seed of the woman (Messiah)” had to be a sinless sacrificial offering, hence the virgin birth of the Son of God (Gen. 3:15; Matt. 1:18-23) – “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (God with us).” (Isa. 7:14) All men born after Adam were contaminated with sin and death, and therefore could not possibly bear a sinless child (Rom. 5:12). A divine Father was indispensable.

The sinless “blood of his cross” was the precious and sinless blood of redemption for all mankind (Col. 1:20; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:18-19

Of this sacrifice of our LORD Jesus Christ, James A. Fowler writes the following:

“The death of Jesus Christ on a cross is an important truth of the Christian gospel. In fact, it is crucial to the gospel, the crux of the message, if we might employ additional English words derived from the Latin word crux, from which we also derive the English word ‘cross.’

The Greek word which we translate into English as ‘cross’ is stauros. Stauros originally indicated a pointed, vertical stake firmly fixed in the ground. The word was used for ‘fence posts.’ Later the word was used in the Greek language for a wooden stake fixed in the ground and used as an instrument of torture or death. The primary meaning of the word thus became a reference to an execution instrument comprised of wooden timbers and affixed in the ground.” James A. Fowler, The Blood of Christ, www.ChristInYou.net/pages/crosschrst.html

Concerning the sacrificial death and blood of Christ, the spotless Lamb, and what it acquired, Fowler pens also these words:

Propitiation. The shed blood of Jesus in His sacrificial death was the objective satisfaction of God’s death penalty for sin. ‘God displayed Jesus as a propitiation in His blood’ (Romans 3:25).” The Blood of Christ, James A. Fowler   http://www.christinyou.net/pages/bloodchrst.html

The blessed hymn titled “There is a Fountain,” by William Cowper, attempts to capture the beauty and blessedness of the myriad of glorious benefits purchased by the blood the Savior shed for sinners:

“There is a fountain filled with blood,
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins,
And sinners plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.”

Though we know it to be true – because He told us, exactly how the sinless blood of redemption was imputed to sinful men is a mystery.

“How Jesus transported His precious Blood from Calvary to heaven is not understood by mortal men, but the Scripture shows that He fulfilled the type, and therefore He must have sprinkled His own blood upon the mercy-seat (the throne of God) in heaven.” H. A. Maxwell Whyte, The Power of the Blood. Springdale, Pa.: Whitaker House, pb, 1973, pg. 64

The blood of Christ’s cross is what gives us access to the Father and all of His heavenly treasures, beginning with the gift of eternal life. The New Testament is a “better covenant,” procured by the blood of Jesus, who made possible that “new and living way” of accessing the Father and His divine favor. Because of Christ’s priceless blood and what it obtained for us, born again saints can have complete confidence in approaching the “throne of grace.” (Read Heb. 4:14-16 and rejoice!)

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness (confidence) to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh.” Hebrews 10:19-20

It is the blood of Jesus that has procured for us a relationship with God, and granted us the divine grace to walk in what Jesus taught is a “daily” cross we are to “take up” in following Him (Matt. 16:24-25; Lk. 9:23-24). Both “the blood of his cross,” and the daily experiential cross, are vital to the spiritual life. It is the atonement of the cross of Christ that makes possible the grace of God in the life of the rooted and overcoming saint – “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Lev. 17:11)

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

All born after Adam are born spiritually dead and separated from God by sin. We are all hopelessly separated from Him who is “holy, holy, holy,” until He draws us and we choose to respond to His divine influence upon our hearts and repent, placing all our trust in Christ (Isa. 6:3; Rev. 4:8). It is then that we are made new creatures in Christ, regenerated and given grace (divine enablement) to live pleasing to God.

Only the people who begin to realize just how depraved and wicked in heart they are, and how undeserving they are of divine mercy, can begin to appreciate the blood of the Savior. This must be a reality in our hearts and minds, lest we be puffed up unduly. This disciple loves to prayerfully and regularly speak this truth out found in Titus 3:

“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:4-7

It is out of our own depravity and sinfulness that we are rescued by God’s grace and saved into His eternal kingdom (Deut. 6:23-25; Ps. 40:1-3; Eph. 2:1-6; Col. 1:12-14). By this we are then made able to obey His will, pleasing Him in all things (Eph. 2:8-10). Those who have been saved and are presently walking with or abiding in Christ, are being perfected: He is working in them. They are “his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” (Eph. 2:10) One thing is for sure: His workings in us are what matters first and foremost (Ps. 138:8; 1 Cor. 15:10; Phil. 1:6; 2:12-13). As we are given over to Him, He is working in us “both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:12-13)  When we are truly submitted, His grace-filled workings in us are shown in the works and fruit of our lives (1 Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:8-10; 3:7; 4:7). Those who are truly His adore Him (Ps. 37:4). They delight in obeying Him whom they love (Ps. 40:8; Jn. 14:15, 21; 1 Jn. 2:3-5). Those who will remain in Christ to the end and be the overcomers who are blessed to dwell with Him forever, will be those who choose to love the LORD their God with all of their hearts, souls, minds, and strength – choose you this day whom ye will serve.” (Josh. 24:15)

As we trust Him fully, daily presenting ourselves living sacrifices to Him, we are made victorious overcomers in all things that glorify the LORD (Rom. 8:37; 12:12). This was all made possible by Christ’s sacrifice, through which God poured out to us His priceless grace that brings us into His kingdom and enables us to walk with Him, pleasing in all things. Listen closely to Titus 2:11-12:

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”

The books of Romans and Hebrews clearly reveal to us that the law of Moses granted no victory over sin, and this is why the LORD replaced that inferior covenant with this “better covenant” and “so great salvation” purchased for us by Jesus’ very blood (Heb. 2:3; 8:6).

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:17

The law of Moses was replaced by the “grace and truth.”

“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:3-4

Now what is “grace?” What does it entail? Grace is defined as the divine influence upon the heart of the believer and the divine enablement in the life of that trusting saint. These definitions seem to be consistent with how the whole of Holy Scripture would qualify grace (in part).

Two Adams – Two Dispositions & Two Destinies

Speaking of the two Adams, the Scripture tells us:

“For since by man (Adam) came death, by man (Jesus) came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” I Corinthians 15:21, 22

All men are born in sin – after their natural progenitor, Adam, the first man. In that inherited state of spiritual death, natural man is separated from God, “alienated from the life of God.” (Eph. 4:18). He has the disposition of depravity and wickedness (Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3). Because of this, the Bible says: “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Eccl. 7:20)

Of the two Adams and the natural and spiritual man, the Bible says this:

“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening (life-giving) spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven (second Adam). As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we (the saved) shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” 1 Corinthians 15:45-50

Jesus is the second Adam and “quickening spirit” and “life” who breathes spiritual life into all who repent and believe, as He translates them into His kingdom, causing them to pass from spiritual death to spiritual life (Jn. 1:4; 5:24; 14:6; 1 Cor. 15:45; 1 Jn. 3:14; 5:12).

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” John 5:24

Any person outside of Jesus Christ is in spiritual death and darkness. God the Father plainly and repeatedly told us that the possibility and surety of pleasing Him was exclusively wrapped up in knowing His Son – the One in whom He is “well pleased.” (Matt. 3:17; 12:18; 17:5; 2 Pet. 1:17, etc.)

“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17

“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 1 John 5:12 (Do you have this one memorized yet?)

Of Jesus Christ, the Bible says: “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” (Rom. 4:25)

How did Paul “die daily”? He sentenced himself to death, kept under his body of sin, and was crucified with Christ to the world and the world to him (Gal. 2:20; 6:14). In this God’s grace was overwhelmingly sufficient, granting the victory made possible only by the grace of God provided to us in the blood of Jesus (2 Cor. 12:9-10).

Taking up the cross to follow the Savior who bled is a command, and for good reason, considering that which can be understood from the message of Holy Scripture. The perfection of Christ should become a lived-out reality – manifested – in the lives of all whom He has purchased (2 Cor. 4:10-11). This can only happen by His enabling grace, Holy Spirit, and a continual “bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus.” All that are His are not their own, but bought with the price of His blood (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

In the biblical picture, the saved person’s point of initial salvation is only the beginning of his participatory life in the Gospel with our LORD, who bled to buy him back from sin and the wrath to come. His moment of being brought into the kingdom is merely the starting point of his daily, ongoing partaking in the Gospel – the death, burial, and resurrection life of Christ. The genuine disciple of Jesus never outgrows his need for participating with Christ in the Gospel. The “Gospel … is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” (Rom. 1:16) The true disciple follows Christ “daily,” and that includes denying himself so that Jesus can reign in his mortal body (2 Cor. 4:10-11). The person who truly loves the LORD, chooses to obediently delight in daily abstaining from serving self-interests so that he can serve Jesus (Lk. 9:23-24). In daily participation with Christ in His Gospel, the disciple is “raised up” in the power of the Spirit to fully please God (Rom. 8:11).

We must suffer. We must suffer the death of sin and self, and all those who do – only those who do – will be raised up and blessed to be overcomers, who will one day dwell in that New Jerusalem (Rev. 3:5; 21:7).

There is no way to become regenerate outside of the blood of Jesus, which deals with the sinful nature in regeneration (Jn. 1:12-13; 5:24; 2 Cor. 5:17-18; Tit. 3:5-7; 1 Jn. 3:14). Divine “propitiation” creates a new man who is empowered to live powerfully pleasing to God – if he lives by faith in the Spirit (Rom. 3:25; 5:17-21; 6:14; 8:1-14; 2 Cor. 5:17-18; Eph. 4:22-24; 1 Jn. 2:2).

Christ shed His perfect blood on the cross to atone for mankind’s sins, and to redeem and forgive sinners (Col. 1:14). Additionally, His atoning death released divine grace for overcoming victory over all sin, for all who will take seriously His command, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matt. 16:24; Heb. 4:14-16) The cross was an execution instrument the Savior bled upon. When taken up by believers, the cross is an instrument of death to the sinful nature and defiling sins of the body, that the power of God might triumph in magnificent victory in their daily personal lives (Mk. 7:20-23; 2 Cor. 4:10-12, 14; Gal. 2:20; 6:14).

After the fall of man in the Garden of creation, the claims of divine justice were only satisfied by the offering of the spotless Lamb of God (Lev. 16-17; Jn. 1:29). This blessed offering is what allows men the opportunity and privilege to come to God. Heaven’s salvation is wrapped up in one Person – Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Christ stated:

“I am the way … no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6

PRAYER: Father, thank You kindly for sending Your only begotten Son for me – for all my sins. I am not my own but rather bought with the price of Your blood, Jesus. My life is no longer my own but Yours. I am all yours and You are all mine. This moment I am asking you to multiply Your grace to my life and fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit. I want to know You more and be blessed to be conformed to Your holy image. Amen.

This is a chapter from the book “I Die Daily.”

Capture Points

1.      What was man’s dilemma that Christ came to solve? Genesis 6:5, 12; Isaiah 59:2;  Jeremiah 17:9; and Romans 6:23

2.      Enjoy a triumphal discussion of the sole solution God provided for man’s core problem and dilemma by sending His only begotten Son. Examine the following Scriptures in this dialogue:  Matthew 26:28; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:14, 20; 1 Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 9:22; 1 Peter 1:18-19; and Revelation 1:5 (KJV recommended)

3.      Transcribe 1 John 5:12 onto an index card:  “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (KJV)

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Prepare Now for the Days Ahead

PREPARE for your Future – GIVE. That’s right, give! God’s kingdom works usually opposite of the world system. God will preserve tomorrow those who steward today the monies He put in their hands now.

“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19

“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.” Proverbs 19:17

Now, read this treasure of a passage with me from Job 5 and watch the promises of God for those who walk with and obey Him:

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole. 19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. 20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword. 21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. 22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.” Job 5:17-22

  • Correction (v17)
  • Chastening (v17)
  • Blessed wounds (v18)
  • Healing (18)
  • Wholeness (18)
  • Protection in times of trouble (19)
  • Provision even in the land/time of famine (v20)
  • Deliverance from the sword of judgment even in time of war (v20)
  • Protection from strife and slander (v21)
  • Peace instead of fear (v21)
  • Joy and laughter in the time of destruction, famine and plague (v22)

One Source

ALL “sources” and institutions that have spent millions convincing people that they are the “safe” place to invest, will fail soon. Jesus is coming to change everything (2 Peter 3).  There’s only ONE unfailing Source. Whatever institution, bank, real estate, or otherwise you are investing monies into, will fail. There end is coming. But the LORD is our eternal Home and in Him our investments are safe, secure, and forever!

Give Generously, Don’t Withhold

“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. 25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. 26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.” Proverbs 11:24-26

Jesus taught that we should “Give”:

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38

Invest Ahead

What does God do when we give? – He lays up treasure for us in the place we shall be for eternity.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” Matthew 6:19-22

Concerning giving, Jason LeMaire writes:

“God loves a ‘CHEERFUL’ giver–one who wants to give vs. one who feels they have to give!!”

Of the stewardship of our monies, the apostle Paul writes:

“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

God says here that He gives seed to those who sow the seed He places in their temporal possession. That’s right – That which we give now becomes a seed that will spring forth into new life provisionally in the days ahead when/if famine hits and in eternal places with Christ!

WOW, look at this … Does stewarding monies have anything to do with the coming of Christ and how He is going to judge us concerning our giving of lack of giving? It sure does. Read this warning passage in James 5 carefully:

“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. 7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.” James 5:1-9

In James 5, the LORD makes it clear that the monies we keep in our possession that we should/could have given, will be sit on the stand and witness against us in the Supreme Court of the Universe when we are judged.

Of giving, Brian Jones writes:

“Giving will set fire to your life! And we have so much need to reach many with the Gospel right here in the U.S. before it becomes a ‘Third World Country,’ and godless to boot!

We have so much freedom and everything we could ever hope for right here in the U.S. yet we are the greatest apostate branch of the Church today! We need not look back very far to see where we jumped the tracks! But for those of us who are truly Born Again and Repentant, we will be brought to a place in our spirit that will require nothing less than to Give and Give much! Our money, our time, whatever we can give to see the True Gospel of Christ preached today to a country of tens of thousands of buildings filled with dry bones on Sunday! Our mission field is Here. The time is now! Let’s do this!!”

The LORD bless each of us to fear His holy name and to walk in His wisdom, investing each day and each dollar wisely for His eternal glory!

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The Measure of Christian Maturity

“Come … Learn of Me”

Are you a mature disciple?

There is a Savior who is ever ready to teach. He beckons His followers to “Come … Learn of Me.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Now, the problem is never with the Savior but rather with the willingness of the student. The writer of Hebrews addresses this very issue:

“Therefore leaving the principles (foundational truths) of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection (maturity); not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” Hebrews 6:1-2

The Measure of Christian Maturity

“Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:11-14

Christian maturity is measured by the use of the sword by the student, most importantly, upon his own heart and in his own life. The disciple never ceases to be the Master’s student and yet, his maturity is measured by how diligently he engages in using the sword of God’s Word.

1 Peter 2 states: “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 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 2:1-3) The undeveloped believer who has not been a good student may get entangled with “malice … guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and … evil speakings.” Yet, the exhortation here by the apostle Peter is for us to “desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” If we have “tasted that the Lord is gracious,” we should go on to maturity – to study and obey God’s Word around the clock, making it our most important meal and undertaking. When we do, we will become “good ministers of Jesus Christ” to others by making His truths known to them.

“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers …” Hebrews 5:12

The one who becomes Christ’s disciple takes it upon himself to obey His Master and teach others.

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20

The person reading this who sees himself/herself as a mature believer and yet is not regularly teaching God’s Word to others, is deceived. True disciples of Jesus who are maturing, take responsibility to communicate the things they are learning of Him to others.

“If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained … Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” 1 Timothy 4:6, 16

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations …” Matthew 28:19

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Truly Enjoying the Rest of Your Life: Shocking Denial

Truly Enjoying the Rest of Your Life
Shocking Denial

In the 1960’s, in Geneseo, NY, there were several household pets who would band together at night and attack and kill sheep on a nearby farm, and then disband and go home. Confronted by the owner of the   now dead sheep, the dog owners were outraged that he would “dare suggest such a thing!!” So, after repeated warnings, he loosed his 12 gauge upon the dog pack which had just again killed one of his lambs. Then, the farmer took pictures of the dogs lying on the ground dead, including the fluffy white poodle, and a Pekingese. Each of the dogs had blood and wool in their mouths. Shockingly, even after seeing the photos and now in the absence of their house pet dogs, these pet owner would still not admit to it then.

So, nothing is new about this! Dishonest people will die that way – in denial.

Some parents are so bent on believing that their child would never do anything wrong, they will go to the furthest extend of denial and rage when the call comes from the school teacher or principal.

Still, some forge ahead with their sins and guilt, knowing they are guilty before God who sees all, and yet never stopping to repent and turn to God.

It’s like the little boy who has a wood splinter in his finger and it hurts and is bothering him and yet, he does not want to stop and let his daddy pull it out. Once his dad makes him stop and pulls that splinter out which causes a momentary ouch, the young boy smiles once again and is off running free, playing and enjoying life.

Do you want to enjoy the rest of your life? If so, stop and make peace with your Maker who is also your Judge whom you will stand before and give account of your life on this earth. You will never experience true peace until you turn your life to the One who gave it – the Prince of Peace. He loves you and has made full provision for your life both now and forever. Now, go here and learn how to make peace with Him … Making Peace with God

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God Operating in Your Daily Life

“The Operation of God” – God wants to operate in our lives. How does He convey that this will occur? Colossians 2:11-12 uses the phrase “The operation of God.” “The operation of God” is something we have faith in – that is, we know He will raise us up as we identify with His own death and burial, laying down our lives that He might reign in us.

Solidifying your identity with Christ involves cementing yourself to the daily cross He ordained, commanded, and instructs you to take up. When you do, you will live raised up by His resurrection power, and will not only overcome those things which displease Him but much more, bear much fruit for His eternal glory.

Those who are dead and buried with Christ or resurrected daily and reign by Christ in this life (Rom. 5:17). His reciprocal resurrection power lifts up the laid down believer in His power.

Is the “operation of God” transpiring in your daily life friend? God will operate in my life in accordance to my love obedience to Him in laying down my life. As I go down in death to self, the One who is “the resurrection and the life” will raise me up in His glorious anointing to bring glory to His holy name as He advances His heavenly kingdom in and through my vessel (John 11:25).

“Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.” 2 Corinthians 4:10-12

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True Happiness by todd tomasella

TRUE HAPPINESS

“Behold, HAPPY is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.” Job 5:17-18

“The man whom God correcteth…maketh sore…woundeth” is “happy” in the true sense – in God’s economy. Not the man who is told by false prophets that he is okay in his sin, but rather the one who endures the chastisement of the LORD and sound doctrine to his own hurt and wounding, that Christ, the Master Potter might “bindeth up” and “make whole.”

Doctrine – how can true Christianity by lived out if sound doctrine is not being taught? Impossible.

Beloved, do not fall prey to the fairy tale messages of modern-day moral pansies who like Joel Osteen, teach a happy message that is yielded through the serving of self (as he supposes). Christ came and died to make us holy not happy (Matt. 1:21; Jn. 1:29; 1 Tim. 1:15, etc.). Modern day beguilers, who wield great influence in this self-serving last day generation, are leading millions to eternal damnation. They purposely leave out biblical truth such as the guarantee of sufferings, tribulations, judgment for sin, fasting, eternal damnation, the holiness of God, and essential nature of personal holiness for all who will be His, etc. True believers are called to endure sound doctrine and suffering (Matt. 10:22; 24:10-13; 2 Tim. 3:12; 4:1-4; 1 Pet. 2:21; 4:1).

The joy of the LORD truly is our strength and yet such a priceless spiritual fruit is yielded only as we abide in Jesus (Neh. 8:10; Jn. 15; Gal. 5:22-23).

These deceivers weave the tapestry of a false, featherbed “Christianity” that is totally irreconcilable with the Holy Spirit-inspired words of Jesus and His holy apostles and prophets. – “By good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” These men and their myths are to be marked and exploded with divine truth. See Romans 16:17-18; Jude 3-4.

Beloved, it is moral cowardess that causes people to migrate to such foolishness. Don’t we want to get real and be authentic to the core – broken and contrite in heart and willing to suffer anything for Jesus’ precious name?

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” 2 Timothy 4:2-5

Those who refuse to obey Christ by enduring sound doctrine and denying self instead of esteeming self, will be deluded by the pied pipers of this last hour. God Himself personally sends these people “strong delusion.” Why? – “BECAUSE they deceived not the love of the truth.”

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they deceived not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

Here is a striking and telling e-mail we received from a true believer who loves God and His truth and seeks to help others in the same:

“God’s Word is alive and healing!…I recently e-mailed the truth to a good friend and she doesn’t want to hear from me anymore. She said she won’t read anymore of my e-mails. She’s into Joel Olsteen now and all she can do is think about herself – determined to move away and not caring if her husband comes with her or not. She told me she only wants to hear encouraging and uplifting things and if I continued to talk about sin, I would lose everyone in my life. I guess that is a real possibility. Speaking the truth in love is hard, but absolutely necessary. After finding out about the lie of OSAS (“once saved always saved) and the problems with the modern translations, I’m sad to see how many ‘Christians’ are not willing to seek the truth. I know it’s a spiritual battle, and as I seek God, he will heal the sadness I have in my heart. I am so grateful to know His truth and pray my friends and loved ones would heed to His warnings and obey.” L. S.

The false teachers feed the self-life instead of preaching what Jesus and His apostles declared as the truth – that one must deny the self-life in order to have His life (Lk. 9:23-24; Mk. 8:34-38; Jn. 12:24-25, 2 Cor. 4:10-11; 7:1; James 4:4; 1 Jn. 2:15-17). Either one is in his personal life denying, self or he is denying Christ.

Saints, do we want to be broken and put back together by the perfect hands of the Potter of our clay? Then we are blessed or happy in the true sense.

How “happy” do you think the followers of these false prophets and their messages are really going to be when they are led astray, die, and go directly into the flaming fires of eternal hell? What do you think they will be “happy” about then? How proud will they be of the smiling deceivers who led them down the wide road that led them to everlasting horror and conscious torment? How glad will they be for believing the lie of unconditional eternal security? Will they still be defending those false prophets then?

“Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:13-14

“And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 24:51

The LORD calls all those who will be His to be broken before Him – true joy will be one of the myriad of blessed benefits:

“The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” Psalms 34:18

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Psalms 51:17

Prayer: Father, please break me to the core of my being! I have no hope without You! Do a deep work in me Jesus! Break me, wound me, and make me whole my LORD! You are the Potter and I am so thankful that You created me – Your clay. Sobeit!

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