Lesson 5: The Truth for man's salvation:
Most of us want peace of mind and a tranquil soul.
We usually blame others or circumstances when we
can't find them. All too often, we blame ourselves; but cannot find the answers we need.
Then we seek all kinds of escape solutions with alcohol, drugs and desperate measures trying to solve these inner problems. We have to face the truth in ourselves.
When we accept the salvation of Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit of Truth becomes part of our being. This Spirit guides and directs us from within. It tells us what is right and wrong in the eyes of God; and warns us when we go in the wrong direction.
When we obey this gentle voice, the Spirit of Peace & Tranquility floods our mind and soul. When we ignore the warnings and harden our hearts; our mind takes control and does what it wants anyway. Then comes the disruption & conflict within ourselves.
We are God's children and we pay a price for disobedience. Every child of God is different and each of us has our own personalized set of rules. Some of us have the inner liberty to do things that others don't have. Then others have the inner freedom to do things
that we ourselves are not allowed to do.
Peace of mind and tranquil soul comes by obeying the
inner, special rules of Truth the Lord designed for you.
We continue with the mystery of Babylon ( the world of business, pleasures and fame) in Revelation 18:1-5:
"Another angel came down from heaven...saying, Babylon the great is fallen, and is become a habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird."
"The nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornications and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed (made) rich through the abundance of her delicacies."
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." continued tomorrow:
"Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God,
that I will send a famine in the land. Not of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord." Amos 8:11-13:
"They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east, they shall run to and fro, seeking the Word of the Lord (Jesus Christ), but shall not find it."
In that day (period of time), the fair virgins and strong young men shall faint for thirst (spiritual drought)."
Our failure to provide guidance and training in the Lord's Word to our youth is causing a "Lost Generation" to emerge. They will continue to fill their spiritual void of God with evil substitutes of this world unless we take action and obey the Lord's commandment to teach our children of Him.
Lesson 7: The Truth for man's salvation:
All of us are born with a spiritual hole in our heart
where God wants to dwell. This void in our lives can only be filled and made whole by the Holy Spirit using the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Adam & Eve were made perfect and filled with the Spirit of God. Their rebellion and disobedience caused their spiritual death and all following them.
Jesus came as the second Adam to restore man with God in spiritual rebirth and all accepting him.
Nothing in and of this world can fill that void in our heart and make us whole; no matter what man tries.
The only true and pure source of spiritual life to make us complete is Jesus our Christ abiding in our heart. Without Him you are spiritually dead already. With Jesus we are reborn again for eternal life. Amen The end of this series of lessons.
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Jesus revealed that He is Christ (the Messiah) to the woman of Samaria at Jacob's well in St. John 4:23-26:
"Jesus saith unto the woman..."But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him."
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."
"The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messias (Messiah) cometh, which is called Christ: when He is come, He will tell us all things."
"Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He."
The Love of God put in action:
This past week I had the privilege of participating in the Wyoming Disabled Hunters sponsored annual hunt in Cody, Wyoming. Disabled civilians & disabled veterans from various states with their caregivers, had successful hunts while lodging at the Bull Moose Retreat just outside Cody, WY.
The unselfish love and attention by the Board members, their wives, volunteer workers and hunting guides provided an indescribable experience to be cherished forever. Many of these people use their vacation time at their own personal expense just to travel and serve the disabled persons and their caregivers. Wyoming Disabled Hunters is a non-profit organization whose primary source of income is donations & gifts to provide this free respite care and experience of a lifetime. I urge you to contribute to their efforts so this program can continue & expand its outreach.
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Why did Abraham tell Abimelech, King of Gerar, that Sarah was his sister, and God warned Abimelech in a dream not to have sex with Sarah
because she was Abraham's wife in Genesis chapter 20?
When Abimelech asked Abraham why, Abraham said, "Because I thought surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake."
Many times we are tempted to lie and deceive others, while justifying our actions in fear of God's absence.
We must rely on the Lord's supernatural presence when fear attacks us. Amen
Lesson 2: The truth for man's salvation.
There is no justification for schisms (separations or divisions into factions) in the body of Christ.
1st Corinthians 12:12-13 and 25 (KJV):
"For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have all been made to drink in one Spirit."
"That there shall be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another."
The only name tag for admission into heaven is
Jesus Christ. Amen
This Word of the Lord for those preparing for Christmas and those beginning Hanukkah comes in Amos 5:6,14,15,24:
"Seek the Lord, and ye shall live...Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken."
"Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgement in the gate: it may be that the Lord God of hosts shall be gracious unto thee...".
"But let judgement run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream."
"Prepare to meet they God...". Amen
"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them..." Leviticus 4:1-13: "...then let him bring for his sin a young bullock without blemish unto the Lord for a sin offering...and kill the bullock before the Lord...take of the bullock's blood...and sprinkle the blood seven times before the Lord, before the veil of the sanctuary...even the whole bullock shall he carry without (outside) the camp."
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus as the Christ who was slain as a one time offering and His Blood shed (sprinkled) over all our sins.
Jesus Christ on the cross said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." Amen
Lesson 6: The Truth for man's salvation:
Who or what is pulling the strings in your life today?
We own things and have loved ones & friends that we are tied to in some fashion. These cords of pride in ownership and cherished relationships we attach to them work both ways.
We stay connected in our efforts to control them, without realizing that they can influence and control us as well. Material things are subject to wear & tear and all too often become burdens instead of blessings.
The same is true in our relationships with others.
Sometimes our love and desire to please others, becomes stronger than our desire to love and please God. Then we lose self-control of our personal lives and the ability to guide & influence others.
When we fail to let God control us; then the things of this world will take control of us in His place. Amen
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise a Righteous Branch and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgement and justice in the earth." Jeremiah 23:5-8: "In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is the name whereby He shall be called,
The Lord Our Righteousness ( Jehovah-tsidkenu )..."
"But the Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land."
Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) and the Righteous Branch. Amen
Worry about the past and present is usually accompanied by fear and concern over tomorrow and what the future will bring. This robs us of the Security and Comfort we seek.
This often creates such a tangle in our physical, financial and soul welfare until we want to just give up and find a way to escape. Depending on others and the things of this world for our Security and Comfort often fails or offers relief that may not last.
Everlasting, never failing, Security and Comfort only comes from the Lord for those that seek and rely on Him first. Isaiah 40:31 tells us: "But they that wait
(trust, have Faith, patience) upon the Lord (Yahweh)
shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Amen
We continue with "find peace of mind and calm a troubled soul" in Romans 8:23-28:
"And we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of a future glory, groan to be released from pain and suffering. We wait anxiously for that day when God will give us full rights as His children; including the new bodies He has promised us- bodies that will never be sick and will never die."
"We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we don't yet have. For a man who already has something doesn't need to hope and trust that he will get it. But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn't happened yet,
it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently."
"And in the same way- by our Faith- the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying.
For we don't even (always) know what we should pray for, nor how to pray as we should. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feelings that it cannot be expressed in words."
"And the Father(God), who knows all hearts, knows of course what the Holy Spirit is saying, as He prays for us in harmony with God's will. And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good, if we love God and are fitting (obeying) into His plans."
We continue our lessons on "gifts of the Holy Spirit" in
1st Corinthians 12:8-13: "To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; someone else may be be especially good at studying and teaching, and this is his gift from the same Spirit. He (the Holy Spirit) gives special faith to another and to someone else the power to heal the sick. He gives power for doing miracles to some and to others power to prophesy and preach. He gives someone else the power to know
(spiritual discernment) whether evil spirits are speaking through those who claim to be giving God's messages- whether it is really the Spirit of God speaking. Still another may be speaking in languages he never learned; and others who do not know the language either, are given power to understand
(interpret) what he is saying. It is the same and only Holy Spirit who gives all these gifts and powers, deciding which, each of us should have."
"I will tell the mystery of the woman (Babylon, the Whore, the world of business) and of the beast which carried her." Revelation 17:7,15-18:
"The waters where the woman sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
"And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire; For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill His will, and to agree, and to give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled."
"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city (Babylon) which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
"Babylon the great is fallen..." continued tomorrow:
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"And His name (Jesus), through Faith in His name, has made this (lame) man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the Faith which comes through Him
(Jesus) has given him (the lame man) this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. Acts 3:18.
Then Peter said in Acts 3:22-26, "For Moses truly said to the fathers, The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren.
Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who shall not hear the Prophet (Jesus Christ) shall utterly be destroyed from among the people...".
"To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities." Amen
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The "gifts of the Holy Spirit" are given among us through God's love for us all. We continue in
1st Corinthians 12:29-31 and 13:1-5:
"Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet I show you a more excellent way."
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind, love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
Does not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own way, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil."
Lesson 1: Many people are soul searching for truth concerning their salvation. This is the first of a series of lessons that Jesus taught to reveal the truth for man's salvation. In St. Luke 10:30-37 (KJV) Jesus answers the question, 'Who is my neighbor?' with the parable of the Good Samaritan.
It is a story about a traveler who is robbed, beaten and left for dead by the roadside. A priest passed by and ignored him. Then a Levite (a member of a priestly Hebrew tribe of Levi), came and looked at him and left without helping. Then a Samaritan (the Samaritans and Jews hated each other), came and cleaned up his wounds, took him to an inn and paid for his care.
Being religious in name only is not true salvation.
Actions speak louder than words. Amen
"And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful...who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms." Acts 3:1-8: "Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have, I give you:
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk."
"And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them walking,
leaping , and praising God." Amen
This Word of the Lord to all God's children comes in Joel 3:18-21:
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim...".
"But Judah shall dwell forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion." Amen
In Isaiah 24:1-5, the prophet warns us of the coming judgements of God upon the earth and the people:
"Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof."
"And it shall be , as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him...".
"The earth is defiled under the inhabitants thereof;
because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant."
We learn about Abraham's Faith in Genesis 15:5-6:
"And He (The Lord) brought him (Abram, Abraham) forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and
He (The Lord) said unto him (Abram, Abraham), So shall thy seed be."
"And he (Abram, Abraham) believed in the Lord: and He (The Lord) counted it unto him (Abram, Abraham)
Even so, we who believe (have Faith) in the Lord; that is counted to us for righteousness. That is the
"Good News" of the best kind and why we celebrate the birth of Jesus as Christ.
The Lord bless you all in your celebration honoring our Lord. Amen
We continue to "find peace of mind and calm a troubled soul" in Romans 8:15-22:
"And we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves (outcasts). but we should behave like God's very own children, adopted into the bosom of His Family, and calling Him, "Father, Father". For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep within our hearts, and tells us that we really are God's children."
"And since we are His children, we shall share His treasures- for all God gives to His Son Jesus is now ours too. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give us later (that is coming to us)."
"For all creation is waiting patiently and hopefully for that future day., when God will resurrect (bring to life again) His children. For on that day thorns and thistles,
sin, death and decay...will all disappear, and the new world around us will share in the glorious freedom from sin which God's children enjoy."
Do you know that the word "Armageddon" means
"mountain of Megiddo" in Hebrew? The current name of this city is Tel Megiddo and is the site of the ancient city Megiddo in northern Israel, near
Kibbutz Megiddo, about 30 miles southeast of Haifa. It overlooks the pass between the Plain of Sharon and the Valley of Jezreel (Zechariah 12:11) where the final battle of Armageddon will take place.
This is where the vast armies of the Beast and the False Prophet will be destroyed by the Lord as prophesied in Revelation 16:13-16.
This city is real, the coming battle is real and our Lord's total victory is real. The Lord will then establish His millennial throne in the city of Jerusalem. (Revelation 11:15; 19:16). Amen
Don't be afraid of the devil because he is going to get his due; and death & hell will burn with him.
The Lord tells us exactly what is going to happen in Revelation 20:10-15:
"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."
"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works."
"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the Second Death. And whosoever was not found in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Amen Amen Amen
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"In the beginning was the Word...". Jesus Christ is the Word of God. Before anything else existed, there was Christ with God. He created everything and eternal life is in Him.
This life gives light to all mankind and shines through the darkness; and the darkness cannot extinguish it.
May the Lord grant you and all yours, good life and great light for this New Year 2020. Amen
"And the Light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." Saint John 1:4:
"This was the true Light (Jesus Christ) which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."
"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name...Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
"For the Law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."
We all celebrate the earth birth of that Light, one way or another. Amen
"And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee,and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all." Revelation 18:14, 8-11:
We conclude this series with the end of Babylon (the world's business and pleasures) that controls the souls of the people. "Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her,
shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning. Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgement come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more.." Amen
When our will-power fails to break "bad habits" and resist temptations; this often leads to depression.
Then the dark clouds of our mind overshadows our soul and robs us of peace and hope. So we try to use the same mind to solve these problems.
We refuse to accept the truth; that our mind allowed the formation of these "bad habits" and sought these temptations to begin with.
We need the Spiritual Power of the Lord to intercede for us. Relying on the mind that got us into trouble to start with, to get us out of trouble, can certainly lead to failure and cause depression.
When depression comes and we are overcome, we don't know what to do. We try family, friends, others
or things in desperation.
These efforts often fail because we are trying to use their will-power or man-made solutions to control our minds and will. Bad habits are evil to our mind and body and usually end up causing far more harm than the pleasures they bring.
Worldly temptations are constantly increasing in power and appeal; all designed to lure & entice us and our money. The dark forces behind the temptations are smarter and stronger than our human efforts to resist.
We need to ask our Lord to stop the "bad habits" and overcome our temptations, by taking away the desire for them and giving us disgust for them.
Our Lord Jesus Christ will do for us what man cannot do. Amen
Lesson 4: The Truth for man's salvation:
Many people have secret doubts about their salvation because they were never formally water baptized or sprinkled. We know Jesus received water baptism and encouraged others to do so. This was in symbolic recognition of their sins being washed away.
The spiritual baptism of the Holy Spirit is what removes our sins and births our heart for true salvation. In St. Luke 23:39-43 we read that Jesus saved the thief hanging on a cross next to him without ceremony the same day.
"And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward for our deeds; but his man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Today thou shalt be with me in paradise." Amen
Lesson 3: The Truth for man's salvation:
We are forbidden to worship the messengers of God,
the churches and their doctrines instead of God.
In Acts 14:14-15 (KJV) Paul and Barnabas stopped the people who wanted to worship them as gods:
"Then the priests of Jupiter ...brought oxen and garlands...and would have done sacrifice with the people; Which, when Barnabas and Paul heard of, they rent their clothes and ran in among the people,
crying out, Saying, sirs, why do ye do these things?
We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you, that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God. which made heaven and earth, and the sea and all things that are therein."
In Revelation 19:10 we see John about to worship a messenger angel and was forbidden to do so:
"And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, see thou do it not; I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:
Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy."
Leviticus 26:1 (KJV) is very clear to all: "Ye shall make ye no idols, nor graven images, neither rear you up
a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land to bow down unto it. For I am the Lord your God. " Amen
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Today, we all need to be reminded that God made a covenant with Abraham (father of the Jews) and promised that He (God) would curse those that cursed Abraham and his descendents:
"Now the Lord said to Abram
(Abraham): Get out of your country , and from your kindred, and from your father's house, To a land I will show you."
"I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing."
"I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse
him that curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." Amen