Some of the most important words in this world are written here for you today.
"Except a man be born of water and of the Holy Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." John 3:5:
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?" John 11:25-26:
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
Dear brethren, keep the Faith, love one another and we will all share new life in Heaven.
Has your wedding garment for Christ's wedding been washed in the Blood of Jesus to make it white?
Everybody is being invited to attend, but only those dressed properly will be allowed inside.
Matthew 22:9-13 explains:
"Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests."
"And when the King came in to see the guests, He saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And He saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?
And he (the man) was speechless."
"Then said the King to the servants, 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."
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
We continue with Jesus describing the "End Times" and what to watch for in Matthew 24:31-39 (Living Bible):
"Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When her branch is tender and her leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is almost here. Just so, when you see all these things beginning to happen, you can know that My return is near, even at the doors. Then at last this age will come to its close."
"Heaven and earth will disappear, but My Words remain forever. But no one knows when the date and hour will be- not even the angels. No, nor even God's Son. Only the Father knows."
"The world will be at ease--banquets and parties and weddings--just as it was in Noah's time, before the sudden coming of the flood. People wouldn't believe what was going to happen until the flood actually arrived and took them all away. So shall My coming be." continued tomorrow:
We continue with "Resolving Family Problems" from the Holy Bible, concerning our children, siblings and others.
Proverbs 17:1, "Better with a dry morsel, and quietness
therewith, than a house full of sacrifices and strife."
Proverbs 23:13-14, "Don't fail to correct your children, discipline won't hurt them! They won't die if you use a stick (switch) on them. Punishment will (help) keep them out of hell."
Proverbs 19:18-19, "Discipline your son in his early years while there is hope. If you don't you will ruin his life."
"A short tempered man must bear his own penalty: you can't do much to help him. If you try once, you must try a dozen times."
Matthew 7:6, "Don't give holy things to depraved men. Don't give pearls to swine: they will trample the pearls and turn and attack you."
Matthew 18:15-17, "Moreover, if your brother shall trespass (sin) against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him privately: if he will hear (listen and agree) with you, you have won back your brother."
"But if he will not hear (listen and agree) with you, take one or two others (witnesses) and go back to him again,
proving everything you say with these witnesses. If he still refuses to listen, tell it to the church. But if he refuses to listen to the church, let him be as a heathen man to you."
You must forgive him always, but you can avoid more mistreatment from him and trust the Lord to help him.
When our strength or beauty starts to fade, our concerns about them often interferes with
"Resolving Family Problems". Self-preservation is a trait in our human nature that gains strength & priority when we begin to feel endangered, whether immediate or long-term.
While protecting self-interests (our needs & fears), it becomes much more difficult to have concern for the needs & concerns of others.
When this happens on both sides of the problem
(everyone involved), it can quickly erupt into uncontrolled situations. Someone has to yield by giving up self-interest in loving concern for the others involved.
Jesus Christ did this for us and He expects us to do the same for others. The Love of Christ in us is the most powerful force on earth. 1st Corinthians 13:4-8:
"Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant. Does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered;"
"Does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails...".
The power of forgiveness can restore peace & love in your home. Forgiveness removes revenge, anger, bitterness, hatred and hurt in family relationships.
Forgiveness will improve your physical, mental and emotional health in body and soul.
Forgiveness is not optional in the Kingdom of Heaven.
"For if you forgive men (others) their trespasses (sins against you), your heavenly Father will also forgive your trespasses (sins)."
"But if you forgive not (refuse to forgive) men (others)
their trespasses (sins against you), neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses (sins)."
Forgiveness requires courageous Faith, because it is an act of will that releases healing power in you and others.
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
We conclude our series on "Resolving Family Problems" from 1st Peter 3:8-12 :
"And now this word to all of you: You should be like one big happy family, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds."
"Don't repay evil for evil. Don't snap back at those who say unkind things about you. Instead, pray for God's help for them, for we are to be kind to others,
and God will bless us for it."
"If you want a happy, good life, keep control of your tongue, and guard your lips from telling lies."
End of this series.
Do you know the quickest way to restore peace and love with your loved ones and get rid of disruption & discord?
It all starts and ends with self-discipline. It takes two to start an argument and one of them is you. We all let our minds and mouths get disrupted & respond sometimes without the Lord's control. Then we let loose.
Sooner or later, His Word and our conscience comes in with guilt, regret or shame. However long it takes us to overcome anger, self-justification and defending our actions; determines how long the disputes lasts.
Many times, even when we are right in our response, we are often wrong in how we do it. This is the part we must admit our attitude in response was wrong, apologize and ask forgiveness.
The faster we do this, the easier it gets to restore peace and love to the household. Focus on the Lord and ask Him to forgive you for slipping and to help you find the strength & wisdom to seek peace with others.
Then you are submitting to the Lord and not surrendering to the other person being right or wrong.
"Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven, and all these things will be added (given, come( to you."
We need to know the cause of "Family Problems" so we can resolve them; before they become more than we can bear.
This present generation experiences far more complex "Family Problems" than prior generations for many reasons. Here are a few:
Most of this generation lacks discipline and enforced training in early youth, with little exposure to the
Word of God.
Selfishness and entitled fulfillment has been allowed free rein in their lives; with few moral and spiritual guidelines to control them.
Rebellion, witchcraft and unrestrained lustful appetites (sex, drugs, alcohol), make constant attacks against Christian conduct and moral values.
Most have heard some version of Jesus and Salvation, but have not seen it practiced in truth; because most of the world today rejects Jesus and is growing in open defiance and violence toward Him and His followers.
This era of fast-paced communications and entertainment divides families and eliminates family
personal interchange. Each doing their own thing without regard to family needs or values.
So what does the Holy Bible tell us to do about it?
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
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We all sin and fail to obey the Ten Commandments and keep the Word of God. Thank God for His Salvation and redeeming Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ.
We continue with part 2 in Romans 3:23-31:
"For all have sinned and come short (failed) of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."
"Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation (payment, atonement) through Faith in His Blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins
(erase, take away) of sins that are past through the forbearance of God."
"To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus."
"Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law?
of works? Nay: but by the Law of Faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by Faith without the deeds of the Law. Is He God of the Jews only?
Is He not also the God of the Gentiles (Christians)?
Yes, of the Gentiles (Christians) also."
"Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by Faith and uncircumcision through Faith; Do we then make void the Law through Faith?
God forbid: yea, we establish the Law."
This concludes this series: Amen
When a person has been married several times before they die, who will they be married to in heaven?
Jesus answered this question in Mark 12:25-27: (KJV).
"For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven."
"And as touching (discussing) the dead, that they rise:
have you not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I AM the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob."
He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living:
therefore do you greatly err."
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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Do you need help to understand why some family members keep causing trouble? We continue with
"Family Problems" in 2nd Timothy 3:1-9 where
St. Paul describes why people do these things:
"...in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian. For people will love only themselves, and their money; they will be proud and boastful, sneering at God, disobedient to parents, ungrateful to them, and thoroughly bad."
"They will be hardheaded and never give in to others;
they will be constant liars and troublemakers, and will think nothing of immorality(sin)."
"They will be rough and cruel, and sneer at those who try to be good. They will betray their friends; they will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride
and prefer good times to worshiping God."
"They will go to church, but they really believe anything they hear. Don't be taken in by people like that."
"They are the kind who craftily sneak into other people's homes and make friends with silly,
sin-burdened women and teach them their new doctrines. Women of that kind are forever following
new teachers, but they never understand the truth."
"And these new teachers fight truth just as Jannes and Jambres fought against Moses. They have dirty minds, warped and twisted, and have turned against the Christian Faith."
"But they won't get away with all this forever.
Some day their deceit will be well known to everyone, as was the sin of Jannes and Jambres."
We continue with "Resolving family Problems from the Holy Bible in James 5:9.16,19 (The Living Bible):
"Don't grumble against each other , brothers. Are you yourselves above criticism? For see! The great Judge is coming. He is almost here. [Let Him do whatever criticizing must be done]."
"Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other, so that you may be healed. The earnest (sincere, believing) prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results."
"Dear brothers, if anyone has slipped away from God and no longer trusts the Lord; and someone helps him understand (believe) the Truth again: that person who brings him back to God will have saved a wandering soul from death [converts the sinner from the error of his ways], bringing about the forgiveness of his many sins." Amen
There is a way to regain "Control of Mind & Tongue"
for self and family. Most of us make a determined effort to stop violent words and abusive actions, but somehow we still lose control. Even when it starts with someone else, our uncontrolled response gets triggered and all Hell gets unleashed.
The Lord promises to do what we are unable to do.
Isaiah 40:29-31: "He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait (call) upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint."
We live in a generation where respect for others is no longer a priority. A generation that has lost respect for law because the fear of punishment is no longer considered a threat. A world where regard for the elderly, homeless, poor and hopeless has become secondary to "me and mine first" and to Hell with you. Most of you are aware of these problems and have to deal with them personally and within your family as part of daily living.
Our Lord is also aware of them and warned these times were coming. He told us to prepare and hold fast to His teachings and to be faithful to exercise them. Continued tomorrow:
Christian solutions to "Resolve Family Problems" begins with self-examination.
Why are you trying to direct or correct others?
Is the ultimate purpose to control them or love them in the name of Jesus? Are you imposing your opinions or the world's, instead of pleasing God?
God's Grace is unmerited love (we did not earn it or deserve it), yet He gives it to us in Jesus Christ. That unmerited love is what we are to share and give to others (especially our own family).
When our mouth or our actions gives others complaints, condemnation and uncontrolled emotions; that is not God's Grace and Love.
When we whine, complain, constantly correct or act like know-it alls; we cannot expect good responses or peace and love. What we dish out to others is usually served back to us with added ingredients.
Self-cleansing with the Lord's Truth should be done before cleaning house in others. Amen
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Who thinks they are better than others? The Lord's
2-day message for us comes in Romans chapter 3:
verses 9-21 for today: "What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise (way): for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews), that we are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God."
"They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre (grave);
with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes: Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them that are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world become guilty before God."
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; " continued tomorrow
Solutions to "Resolving Family Problems" can be readily found when you know where to look.
Most people look to their physical, mental or emotional strength to cope with family problems.
Then they look at the power of the evil actions coming against them. When loved ones come raging against you, it's not the human vessel you are dealing with, but the spiritual power of the evil they have yielded to.
Don't look on the enemy, but focus on the spiritual good (Jesus) in you and speak His Name to the evil.
Then trust the Holy Spirit to rise up and defeat your enemy. Persist in doing this and the evil will be overcome. 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
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
Many times we lose hope & our Faith falters, when we don't see any changes or improvements in
"Resolving Family problems".
We pray, then begin to have doubts that our prayers are even being heard or seen by God.
We find confidence in Revelation 8:3-5 that our prayers do go before God, to seek help to meet all our needs.
"And another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne."
"And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand. And the angel took the censer; and he filled it with the fire
of the altar and threw it to the earth...".
Our prayers return to us filled with the fiery power of the Holy Spirit; to fulfill God's Will in answer to them.
We continue with the Lord's describing His return and the end of this world in Matthew 24:14,21,22,29-31:
"And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then, finally, the end will come."
"For there will be persecutions such as the world has never before seen in all its history, and will never see again. In fact, unless those days are shortened (ended)
all mankind will perish. But they will be shortened (ended) for God's chosen (elect) people."
"Immediately after the persecution of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give light,
and the stars will fall from the heavens, and the powers (foundations) of the earth will be shaken."
"And then at last the signal of My coming (return) will appear in the heavens and there will be deep mourning all around the earth (world)."
"And the nations of the world will see Me arrive in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And I shall send forth My angels with the sound of a mighty trumpet blast, and they shall gather My Chosen Ones from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven."
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.
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.
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The best solution to "Resolving Family Problems" is ignoring what others think or say, and enforcing the Word of God in your family.
Mark 12:14, "...Teacher(Master), we know you tell the truth no matter what! You aren't influenced by the opinions and desires of man, but sincerely teach the ways of God."
Hebrews 12:7, "If you endure chastening, God dealeth with you as sons; for what son is he the father chasteneth not?"
Hebrews 12:11, "Being punished isn't enjoyable while it is happening- it hurts! But afterwards we can see the result; a quiet growth in grace and character."
We must correct loved ones when we can; before they are overcome (in too deep) with the terrors and destruction of evil in violation of God's Laws.
Chastening loved ones now helps them avoid Hell later in life. Amen