Sunday, August 20, 2017

Were The Dinosaurs On The Ark?


Atheistic evolutionist wants man to believe the universe is millions of years old. Yet, they can't agree among themselves with the theories contradicting one another due to the flaw of carbon-14 dating. 

Quote: "The flaw of carbon dating is the atmosphere has not been steady throughout history. It has fluctuated a great deal over the years; cosmic rays, climate change, natural and human activity, pollution, decades of bomb testings.  The problem is calibrations can't be made because the amount of time passed can't be investigated using this method." (Quoted from Great Discoveries in Archaeology. Spring 2013 by Andrea Cohn. Found on computer search; Radiocarbon dating: a closer look at its main flaws.) In other words, carbon-14 dating isn't a constant and since there is no record of carbon-14 dating 100's of years ago(much less thousands, even millions of years ago) it can't be taken into evidence as fact.

Another thing the atheistic evolutionist haven't made known is the finding of a Tyrannosaurus Rex's bone that still contains red blood cells which "blows apart" their theories of millions of years. (See DVD "The Bible Explains Dinosaurs.") 

Ken Ham, a scientist and a Christian, shares about more on this (in the previous mentioned DVD). But the atheists will never expand on these findings knowing very well it won't support their "millions of years" theories.

Also mentioned on the DVD is "50 dinosaur kinds had the average size of a sheep." Yes, there were large dinosaurs. These can be found in the Scriptures of the Bible that speaks of "behemoth" animals (large land animals that had "a tail like a cedar...bones  (like) tubes of bronze...limbs like rods of iron...all the animals play near by...he lies hidden in the reeds by the marsh...the river rages, he is secure though the Jordan should surge against his mouth..." Job 40:15-23) That sounds like a brontosaurus to me!  Another mention is of dragons, Jeremiah 14:6, 49:33, 51:37 speaks of "...dens of dragons..." "...dwelling for dragons..." "... dwelling places for dragons..." Isaiah 34:13, 35:7, 43:20 speaks  "habitation of dragons..." "...the dragons and the owls..." Job 41:21 shares "...dragon in the sea..."Ezekiel 29:3 shares "...dragon in the sea..." Another mention is of the leviathan. Isaiah 27:2 says, "...slay the dragon and leviathan..." Psalm 74:14 "...you crushed the heads of the leviathan, you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness..." Still another mention is of sea monsters, Psalm 74:13 "...broke the head of the sea monster..." 
Isaiah 30:6 speaks of "...flying serpent..." (Is that a pterodactyl?) 

Where did the word "dinosaur" come from? It was first used by Richard Owen in 1841, (see previous DVD mention) It's meaning was "giant big lizard." So, dinosaurs, is the modern name for behemoth, leviathan, dragon, sea monster, flying serpent that was previously mentioned in Scriptures. They also existed after the flood. 

God told Noah to build an ark and gave to him the stipulations of it's size. (Genesis 6:14-16) GOD brought the animals by pairs, male and female to the ark and they entered into it. Seven pairs of every kind of clean animal and seven pairs of every kind of bird and two of every kind of unclean" in other words, the rest of the animal creation (which dinosaurs are of the animal population!)



"Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD." (Genesis 6:8) He, his wife, his sons and their wives along with all the animals GOD brought to the Ark entered in and "the LORD shut him in." (Genesis 7:16) GOD shut the door! Evil man and all of the animal kingdom upon the earth was destroyed. 

In our day in age we label the disappearing of species of animals as "gone extinct." Scientists are finding "7 species of the animal kingdom" are becoming extinct each day! Due to people killing them off, clearing miles of land at a time destroying their habitats and food sources, the gene pool being diluted, climate change.

Also, cross breeding brings the off-spring to be sterile. Man cross breeds a horse with a donkey and gets a mule which can't reproduce due to being sterile. He has also cross bred lions with tigers to get Ligers which also are sterile, unable to reproduce. There's no telling how many times this has happened in the wild. Yet, this contradicts the evolutionists theory that this is indeed how it occurred, but  it's a proven fact cross breeding different species only brings about sterile off-spring.

Most behemoths, leviathans. dragons, monsters of the deep have died off due to the previous mentions. However, there have been pictures taken of the "Loch Nest Monster."

LOOKS LIKE A DINOSAUR TO ME!!!

Another "monster" still alive today is the Monitor Lizard.

It definitely isn't your garden lizard!

Some other giants are the crocodiles and alligators. Some measure five feet across width wise! Can you image what their length must be!

What we know is dinosaurs exist(ed). There is so much evidence from there skeleton remains. Death did not occur until man sinned in the Garden of Eden. Therefore the dinosaurs did not die until after the fall of man who brought the entire world into the fallen state of condemnation. We have seen the mention of them in Holy Scripture after the flood named as behemoths. leviathans, dragons, great sea monsters, etc. We see because of man how even today 7 species a day is becoming extinct because of the sin of man.

There is coming a Great Tribulation upon the earth which will this time destroy by fire rather than water.

Whom do you believe; the second guessing of atheistic evolutionists with their flawed theories or GOD's WORD of truth given specifically to His called out writers of the Holy Scriptures? (I Corinthians 2:10) If you are not a Believer in Jesus Christ's salvation you won't understand because you won't have the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Scripture says, "To the unbeliever, these things are as foolishness. (I Corinthians 2:14) Salvation is a wonder of Almighty GOD Who reveals through His Holy Spirit the things lost man can never begin to understand. Hallelujah to His Holy Name!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Peter Denies Knowing Jesus


John 18:25-27, "As Peter stood warming himself, he was asked, 'You are not one of His disciples, are you?' Peter denied it saying, 'I am not.' One of the priest's servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter cut off (and Jesus healed), challenged him. 'Didn't I see you with him in the olive grove?' Again Peter denied it and at that moment a rooster began to crow."

Matthew 26:74-75 further entails, "He (Peter) began to call curses on himself and swore to them, 'I don't know the Man!' Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the Words Jesus had spoken, 'Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.' "

Mark 14:71-72, Luke 22:59-62 records the same incident.

"It is a serious sin to disown Christ, but Jesus forgave Peter (John 21:15-17). No sin is too great for Jesus to forgive if you are truly repentant. He will forgive even your worst sin if you turn from it and ask His pardon." (Bible commentary.)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cast Out

Last week we saw GOD cast out Adam, Eve, and the animal kingdom out of the Garden of Eden upon the fall of man. Due to her sin, GOD told Eve, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing. Your desire will be for your husband and he shall rule over you.' To Adam, He said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from The Tree, cursed is the ground. Through painful toil you will eat of it all of your life. Thorns and thistles will produce. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food." (Genesis 3:16-19)


(Genesis 4:1-7) Eve, by pain bore a son, Cain. Then later she bore another son, Abel.

Cain worked the soil and brought fruit offerings to the LORD.


Abel kept flocks and brought fat portions from the first born as an offering to the LORD (causing death to come to the animals offered). God looked with favor on Abel, but did not look with favor on Cain's. 

The first murder of man occurs when in jealousy Cain kills Abel.

The LORD questions Cain and then says, "What is this you have done! Your brother's blood cries out to Me. The ground will no longer yield its crop to you." Cain became a wanderer. GOD placed a mark on Cain as a warning for no one to kill him. (Genesis 4:10-15) 

Mankind and the animal kingdom began to multiply and increase in number (and size). The Niphilim were giants 9-10 feet tall and used their size to their advantage to oppress the people (Genesis 6:4, Numbers 13:33, 1 Samuel 17). 



The wickedness of man became great upon the earth and the LORD was grieved He had made man. the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind whom I have created from the face of the earth, men and animals, and creatures along the ground, birds of the air. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD." (Genesis 6:7-8) Again the animal kingdom will suffer due to man's sins.

Not much is focused on the animal kingdom in these few chapters of Genesis other than the mention of being used for sacrifices. Yet again we see where they suffer due to man's sins. 

Next week's post will deal with the annihilation of mankind and the animal kingdom as well as the preservation of Noah's family and the animals GOD leads to the ark. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Annas Questions Jesus


John 18:12-24, "The soldiers arrested Jesus. They brought Him first to Annas. Peter and another disciple followed. Jesus went into the high priest's courtyard, but Peter waited outside at the door. The other disciple spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in. She spoke out, 'You are not one of His disciples are you?' the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, 'I am not.' Meanwhile the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples teaching. Jesus replied, 'I have spoken openly to the world. I taught in the synagogues, at the temple where the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question Me? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said.' When Jesus said this, an official nearby struck Him on the face. Annas then sent Him to Caiaphas the high priest."

Have you ever been accused of saying wrong things when all you said was the truth? If so, you can understand Jesus as He stood before those who wanted to get rid of Him. The saying, "The truth hurts," was what the Jews were feeling. They had ancient Scripture that prophesied Jesus and what He did for salvation of the human race. But, they were jealous because it included the Gentiles' salvation as well as their own. "The Gospel is the power of GOD for the salvation of everyone who believes, first to the Jew, then for the Gentile." (Romans 1:16)  Jesus said, "I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) He also said in John 10:9, "I Am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved." Have you entered that gate of His salvation by coming to Him with the confession of your sins and asking Him to come into you through His Holy Spirit? It is as simple as that if you do it from your heart and not your intellect. Meet your Savior today if you don't already know His salvation for you!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Animal Creation Continued


Last Sunday we saw from Scripture on the fifth day, the animals that were created in the waters after their own kinds and the species of birds created after their own kinds.

This Sunday we will look from the Scripture the animals that were created after their own kinds on the sixth day as was man after all the animals were created.

Genesis 1:24-25, "And GOD said, 'Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds; livestock:


creatures that move along the ground:




(as well as small mammals after all their own kinds.)

...wild animals after their own kind (just to show a few):


And, yes I believe even the dinosaurs as part of the "great Creatures" mention in previous post. I will speak more on that in future posts.



And so it was. GOD saw that it was good."

Genesis 1:26, "Then GOD said, 'Let Us (God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, in Our likeness, and let them (male/female) rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the livestock over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

Genesis 1:27, "So GOD created man in His Own image, in the image of GOD He created male and female and told them to be fruitful and multiply."

So, all was in harmony with God's blessings for all provisions for the animals and man/woman.
Man was placed in control over all the animals of the earth and the animals were all under man's control to tend...until the fall occurred (see previous Sunday posts).

Next Sunday we will see what man's choice to sin would do to mankind and the animal kingdom.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested


John 18:1-11, "When Jesus finished praying, He left with His disciples...Now Judas, who betrayed Him, knew the place (they went) because Jesus had often met them there. So Judas came to the grove guiding a detachment of soldiers, officials, chief priests and Pharisees. They carried torches, lanterns, and weapons. Jesus, knowing what was going to happen to Him, asked, 'Who is it you want?' They replied, 'Jesus of Nazareth.' Jesus said, 'I Am He.' They drew back from the Him and fell to the ground. 'If you are looking for Me, then let these men go.' This happened so that the words He spoke would be fulfilled: 'I have not lost one of you.' (Speaking of the disciples.) Peter drew his sword and struck the high priest's servant Malchus, cutting off his right ear. Jesus commanded Peter, 'Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?'"

Luke 22:51, "...He (Jesus) touched the man's ear and healed him." A miracle right before their eyes!

Matthew 26:53 shares Jesus' words, '...I can call on My Father and He will at once put at My disposal more than 12 legions of angels, but how then would the Scriptures  be fulfilled?' 

Jesus is the salvation for all mankind who come to Him in forgiveness of their sins. Let Him save you from your sin if you have not done so. All you need do is admit you are a sinner, no matter how great or small your sin may be it keeps you from being "perfect" and GOD only expects perfection! Jesus takes your sin upon your request for Him to do so and you are made perfect in Father GOD's sight. When you have done this, the Scripture promises, "You (GOD) hurl all our sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:19) Isaiah further records, "I Am He Who blots out your sins, for My Own sake, and remember your sins no more."(Isaiah 43:25) Christ Jesus has opened up the Gates of Heaven for your salvation. Come to Him today and know in your heart you belong to His forever kingdom where He has gone to prepare a place for you! (John 14:3)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Animal Creation


As we saw last week, the animal kingdom (land and water) was created before man and they were placed in the Garden of Eden, flew across the expanse of the sky, and were in the depths of the sea.

Genesis 1:20-23, "On the fifth day of creation GOD created life teeming with living creatures in the water  and birds flying across the expanse of the sky (after all their own kind). He created the GREAT CREATURES OF THE SEA and every living and moving thing in which the waters teem. He told them to be fruitful and multiply."

Let's look at some of those animals:
There are so many of the beautiful  birds all over the world! Some live only in certain areas while others move all about the planet in 
their migratory flight. Even some don't fly at all such as the different species of penguins. Where I live, we have the Sandhill Cranes  
and Ibis all about our yards and owls in the woods of our backyards. Below are my pet birds that I've had for many years. What a joy they are!


Jerry is an African Gray Congo Parrot. I got him when he was 4 months old. I hand fed him until he was a year old. He is now 24 years old!   
  
Cuddles is a Cockatiel that flew onto the school campus where I was a teacher. The vet said he was about 8 months old. He is now 18 years old and talks "up a storm" as does Jerry, even to each other, ha!



Max is a Blue and Gold Macaw that I had for 13 years. I gave him to a friend who built an outside 25 foot flight cage that he spends part of his day then back inside the house he goes. I taught him to say, "I want out!" I surely miss him, but I know in my heart I'll see him again in eternity as so my other pets (future post).

The LORD also created the animals in the sea on the same day as He did the birds. Let's look at some of them.

Some of those animals are schools of fish after their own kind. Not only fish were created, but also mammals such as dolphins and whales.
They breath air where fish have gills which extract oxygen from the water. But some of the most fascinating animals 
of all are the GREAT CREATURES OF THE SEA. Sperm whales, which are mammals.
A GREAT CREATURE in the fish category are the Basking Sharks which feed on plankton, Krill. See the diver?
What about reptiles in the ocean? Not only sea turtles with flippers instead of feet like the land turtles, but there are also other reptiles such as 
Plesiosaurs which no longer are with us (future post).  There are so many animals but I'll list one more that is a reptile that spends most of its time in the water and that is the sea iguanas.
They look much like those that are on land, but as you will see in the next picture of a pet iguana, it has a slight difference.
One day we found an iguana that was in our yard. He loved to eat the hibiscus flowers as a snack! We never did find out to whom he belonged.
Frenchy was a French Angel fish we found around a bridge piling. She was only an inch long, but grew to 6 inches in the tank. In the wild they grow much bigger! Next week we will take a look at the animals GOD created on the sixth day before He created mankind.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jesus Prays For Future Believers


John 17:20-26, "...I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their (disciples) message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I Am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. I have given them the glory that You gave Me that they may be one as We are One. I in them and You in Me...complete unity that the world may know You sent Me and have Loved them even as You have Loved Me. Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I Am and to see My glory because You have Loved Me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, the world does not know You. I know You and they know that You have sent Me. I have made You known to them AND WILL CONTINUE TO make You known in order that the Love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them."

If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, He is in you by His Holy Spirit. You know without a shadow of any doubt you belong to Him and His forever Kingdom. Hallelujah! If you don't know our Almighty GOD's salvation, come to Him today by confessing your sins to Him and asking Him to come into you and save you. It's that simple to know our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

What About GOD's Animal Kingdom?

Psalm 36:6, "O LORD, You preserve both man and beast."

Psalm 145:21, "Let every creature praise His Holy Name forever and ever." That sounds like eternity to me!

Psalm 50:7, 10-11, "GOD claims His animal kingdom for Himself when He says, "I Am GOD...every animal of the forest IS MINE, and the cattle on a thousand hills (ARE MINE). I know every bird in the mountains and the creatures (of all kinds) of the field ARE MINE." GOD claims His animal kingdom! I believe the word "creatures" includes the bugs, insects/spiders right on up through what we label as the animal chain.

Genesis 2:30, "GOD brought the animals to Adam to give them names." Modern man has classified the animal kingdom into the categories of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibian, insects (bugs of all kinds), spiders, and even other groups into the microscopic level.

Genesis 2:19 states the animal kingdom (as was man) was formed out of the dust of the earth. However, man is the only one GOD mentions of breathing the breath of life into making man to become a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)

Genesis 1:27 Also speaks of man being created in the image of GOD. What is this image? It is 1. Personality - GOD is perfect, sinless, and hates sin. Each individual person has their own individual personality recognizable by other individuals.
2. GOD became flesh in the Man of Jesus Christ. - We all have a body of flesh. Christ has always existed. Genesis 1:26 says, "Let US make man in OUR image." We each have a body of flesh recognizable to others.
3. GOD is also Spirit. At the first of the Creation, GOD's Spirit was hovering above the waters. (Genesis 1:2) We each possess a spirit which became dead at the fall. Now our spirit becomes reborn in the acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Savior. "To all who receive Him, to those who believe in His Name (Jesus Christ) He gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12, 13) The rebirth of our spirit occurs at salvation in Jesus Christ.

The animal kingdom is paralleled in that they have a body of flesh (according to their own kind) which also entails their individual attitudes and characteristics. (Genesis 1:21, 25) Some animals are even spoken of by being "spirited," dealing with their personality.

Animals and man were vegetarians before the fall of man. Genesis 1:29 says for man, "GOD gave every seed bearing plant for food." Genesis 1:30 says for the animals, "To the animals GOD gave every green plant for food."

Genesis 1:31 says, "GOD saw all that He had made and it was very good."

Genesis 3:8, Everything was heavenly bliss as our Almighty GOD walked in the Garden of Eden with man, woman, and the animals that surrounded them.

BUT THEN...THE FALL

Genesis 3:1-11 Shares  when man chose to disobey ONE rule, "Do not partake of the fruit of the Tree of Life." Once Eve and Adam did, the Fall occurred! Sin entered and corrupted everything GOD had created! It wasn't the animal kingdom's fault that man chose to sin and bring down all creation including them! Some may want to blame it on the snake (as Eve did) but it wasn't the snake, it was Satan through the snake that tempted Eve. (Revelation 12:9) In the Garden did animals have free will to talk? Possibly so, since Eve was not surprised when the snake began talking to her. However, today, I think we would think twice if a rattle snake slithered up to us and started talking to us! Of course we are now in the fallen world, where even the animal kingdom has had the curse of death through predator/prey, food source for man, old age, and disease come upon them as well. 

The animals along with man were expelled from the Garden of Eden. Man no longer had the safety because many of the animal kingdom became meat eaters. Man was cursed to till the soil by the sweat of his brow for food. (Genesis 3:15, 23)

The joy of all is: GOD has His Eternal Plan
                       For the animal kingdom and man.

Continued next Sunday!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jesus Prays For His Disciples


John 17:6-19, Jesus continues His prayer to His Father, "I have revealed to those whom You gave Me out of the world. They know everything You have given Me comes from You. I gave them the Words You gave Me and they accepted them. They know with certainty that I came from You. I PRAY FOR THEM. I Am not praying for the world, but for those You gave Me for they are Yours. All I have is Yours and all You have is Mine. Glory has come to Me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, I Am coming to You, Father. They are still in the world, protect them by the power of Your Name, the Name You gave Me, so they may be as one as We are One. My prayer is that You not take them out of the world, but protect them from the evil one. They are not of this world as I Am not of this world. Sanctify them by the Truth, Your WORD. I sanctify Myself that they too may be sanctified."

This prayer of Jesus is also for us today for we too are chosen by Him. Jesus says in John 15:16, "You did not choose Me, but I chose You." Each one who has salvation in Jesus has Jesus to thank! For, in Ephesians 1:4-5, it says, "For He (Jesus) chose us in Him before creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In Love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ in accordance to His pleasure and will." Accepting Jesus' call to salvation is so simple a child can understand! Confess you are a sinner and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins and begin living your life in Him. His Holy Spirit will enter you and confirm your salvation in our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD! Amen!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jesus Prays for Himself



John 17:1-5, "After Jesus spoke, He looked toward heaven and prayed, 'Father, the time has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You. For You granted Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those You have given Him. Now this is eternal life:  that they may know You, the only true GOD, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent. I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me in Your Presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.' "

"The world is a tremendous battleground where the forces of Satan's power and those under GOD's authority are at war. Satan and his forces are motivated by bitter hatred for Christ and His forces. Jesus prayed for His disciples, including those of us who follow Him today. He prayed that GOD would keep His chosen believers safe from Satan's power, setting His followers apart and making them pure and holy, uniting them through His truth. How do we get eternal life? Jesus tells us clearly; by knowing the Father Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. Eternal life requires entering into a personal relationship with GOD in Jesus Christ. When we admit our sins and turn away from it, Christ's Love lives in us by the Holy Spirit.  Before Jesus came to earth, He was One with GOD. Now at this point in His mission on earth was almost finished, Jesus was asking His Father to restore Him to His original place of honor and authority. Jesus' resurrection and ascension (and Stephen's dying exclamation in Acts 7:56, attest that Jesus did return to His exalted position at the right hand of GOD (where He makes intercession for the saints Romans 8:34)" Bible Commentary explanation.

Do you know Almighty GOD? You can! Romans 3:23, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD" and it continues to say in verse 24-25, "(We) are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ. GOD presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in His blood (shed for the sins of mankind.) But you must accept Him by asking for forgiveness of your sins. With a truthful heart in doing so His Holy Spirit will confirm with you your salvation. 2 Corinthians 5:5, "It is GOD Who...has given us His Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come (eternal life with Him.)" Repent of your sin and He will guide your path.   

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Jesus Continues Teaching


John 16:29-33, "Then Jesus' disciples said, 'Now we can see that You know all things and that You do not even need to have anyone ask You questions. This makes us believe that You came from GOD.' Jesus answered, 'You believe at last! But a time is coming and has come when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave Me all alone. Yet, I Am not alone, for My Father is with Me. I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. IN THIS WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLES. But, take heart! I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.' "

"In spite of inevitable struggles (we will) not be alone. Jesus does not abandon us to our struggles. If we remember that the ultimate victory has already been won, we can claim the peace of Christ (that passes all understanding of lost mankind) in the most troublesome times." One Day, there will be no more troubles, trials, heartaches, or pain. Our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD has promised to us in Revelation 21:4, "He (GOD) will wipe away every tear from (our) eyes. There will be no more death or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the old order of things will have passed away."

As we venture in this fallen world, hold on to the Truth and righteousness in Christ Jesus. For one Day all these former things will pass away and behold the New Heavens, New Earth, and New Jerusalem will be our Eternal Home with our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD forevermore! Hallelujah!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jesus Teaches About Using His Name in Prayer



John 16:17-28, "Some of His disciples said to one another, 'What does He mean by saying; in a little while you will see me no more and after a little while you will see me?' Jesus saw that they wanted to ask Him about this, so He said, 'I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. Childbirth is painful to a women, but once the baby is born, she forgets the anguish because of the joy for her child. Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice and NO ONE WILL TAKE AWAY YOUR JOY. You will no longer ask Me anything. I tell you the truth, My Father will give you whatever you ASK IN MY NAME. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete...the Father Himself Loves you because you have loved Me and have believed I came from GOD. I Am leaving the world and going back to the Father.'"

Jesus had to leave for His Holy Spirit to come upon all believers at Pentecost. Through His Holy Spirit we may ask in His Name. His promise is, "Whatsoever you ask in My Name believing, you shall receive." (John 14:14) Now that doesn't mean greedy requests of the flesh! "When Jesus says we can ask for anything, we must remember that our asking must be in His Name; that is, according to GOD's character and will. GOD will not grant requests contrary to His nature or His will. We cannot use His Name as a 'magic formula' to fulfill our selfish desires. If we are sincerely following GOD and seeking to do His will, then our requests will be in line with what He wants and He will grant them." (Commentary on John 14:14)  Be in the will of Almighty GOD and He promises to meet all your needs. Matthew 6:8 Jesus tells us, "...your Father knows what you need before you ask Him." Philippians 4:19 tells us, "My GOD will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." GOD owns it all and He Loves His children! He is not a stingy Creator! He wants His own to have it all. It may not all be filled in this fallen world, but He takes care of His own. Nahum 1:7, "He (GOD) cares for those who trust in Him." If you don't know Jesus Christ as your Savior, trust in Him to forgive your sins and watch His promises come true for you!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jesus Teaches About the Holy Spirit



John 16:5-16, (Jesus speaking) "Now I Am going to Him Who sent Me, yet none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?' Because I say these things you are filled with grief. But, I tell you the truth: It is for your good  I Am going away. Unless I go away, the Holy Spirit will not come  to you. If I go I will send Him to you. When He comes He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment in regard to sin. Because I Am going to the Father, where you can see Me no longer, and regard to judgment  because the prince of this world (Satan, the devil) now stands condemned. When the Spirit of Truth comes He will guide you into all truth...He will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to Me by taking from what is Mine and making it known to you. In a little while you will not see Me anymore, and then after a little while you will see Me."

Christ had to leave after His resurrection in order for His Holy Spirit to come and enter each believer and follower of Him.  This first occurred at Pentecost (Acts 2:2-4) "Suddenly a sound like a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit..." Since then each new believer who accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and LORD, the Holy Spirit enters. Ephesians 1:13-14, "Having believed you were marked in Him (Jesus) with a seal, the promise of the Holy Spirit Who is a deposit guaranteeing...redemption of those who are GOD's possession - to the praise of His glory." Follow His Holy Spirit's leading, guiding, and direction of your life with your thoughts, words, and deeds to be to His glory, honor, and praise! And, watch His promises to you be fulfilled even into Eternity with Him forever and ever! Amen!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jesus Warns About the World's Hatred


John 15:18-27, "If the world hates you, keep in mind it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. You do not belong to the world, for I have called you out of the world. That is why the world hates you...If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also. They will treat you this way because of My Name, for they do not know the One Who sent Me...they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father as well. They have seen these miracles, yet they have hate both for Me and My Father. This is to fulfill what is written in their Law. They hated Me without reason. When the Counselor (Holy Spirit) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, He, the Spirit of truth will testify for you who have been with Me from the beginning."

Upon salvation, the Holy Spirit enters and testifies to you the salvation of Jesus Christ. Those who do not know salvation hate those who testify to this truth because they don't have the truth of the Holy Spirit testifying in them. Come to Christ Jesus in admitting you are a sinner and ask for His salvation and the Holy Spirit's truth will testify to you as well and you will not any longer be a part of the world's hate. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jesus is the True Vine


John 15:1-17, "I Am the true Vine and My Father is the Gardner. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit while every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes so that it will be more fruitful...I Am the Vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch thrown away and withers. Such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you. This is to My Father's glory that you bear much fruit...If you obey My commands, you will remain in My Love...Love each other as I have Loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command...You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name. This is My command: Love each other." 

1. Bear fruit. What does that mean? Those who have the salvation of our LORD spread His good news of salvation that is eternal. We share that by our words about Jesus' salvation for mankind. We share that by how we live our lives for Christ. We share that by our joy of what He has promised in His Word; eternal life with our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD forevermore!
2. Accepting His "pruning" of our lives to be more like Him. This pruning includes ridding ourselves of sinful habits we had before we came to His salvation; lying, gossiping, drunkenness, sexual immorality, stealing, killing...sin. You may say, I don't do any of these. His Word tells us, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD." (Romans 3:23) As we are "pruned" we become more like Jesus to carry on His Word of salvation.
3. Jesus chooses us. (Verse 16, "You did not choose Me, but I have chosen you.") Ephesians 1:4-5 shares, "For He chose us  in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In Love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will." Have you realized your salvation in Jesus Christ? His gift of eternal life comes by you realizing you are a sinner and can do nothing by yourself to change that. Let Christ change it for you by accepting Him paying your penalty of sin upon the cross. He has already done it and all you need do is come to Him in repentance and His Holy Spirit will verify to you your salvation in Him. Hallelujah!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit



John 14:15-31, "If you love Me (Jesus), you will obey what I command. I will ask My Father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever - the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and is in you...On that day you will realize I Am in My Father and you are in Me and I Am in you. Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me. He who loves Me will be Loved by My Father, and I too will Love him and show myself to him.' Then Judas (not Iscariot) said, 'But, LORD, why do You intent to show Yourself to us and not the world?' Jesus replied, 'He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching. The Counselor, the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My Name will teach you all things and will remind you everything I have said. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. I Am going away and I Am coming back to you. I o exactly what My Father has commanded Me to do.' 

The word,Trinity, is not found in the Bible, but the concept is. GOD the Father, GOD the Son, and GOD the Holy Spirit is Who Christians call the Trinity; GOD in three persons. Just as we have been made in the image of GOD, we each have an individual personality (our individual dispositions and attitudes). We each have a body of flesh. We each have a spiritual nature (which is dead until made alive by salvation in Jesus Christ). GOD the Father's personality is pure and hates sin. Jesus is GOD in the flesh to be the penalty for mankind's sins. He was perfect without sin, yet became sin for us by taking all our sins upon Him while on the Cross. The Holy Spirit is GOD Who enters every believing Christian who has accepted His dying for our sins. Are you three different individuals? NO! We cannot separate ourselves as GOD can. Death will separate the body and spirit.  Praise our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD we will be resurrected with a new Body that will be eternal like Jesus' Body was, is, and forever will be. What a change is coming!!! Those knowing the LORD Jesus GOD will never know sin again! He will wipe every tear from our eyes.

The significance of 3

GOD: 1. Father 2. Son (Jesus) 3. Holy Spirit
Mankind: 1. Personality 2. Body of flesh 3. Spirit (dead until brought alive through salvation in Jesus Christ.)
There is coming: 1. New Heaven 2. New Earth 
3. New Jerusalem 
Final judgments: 1. Fallen Angels - banished to the Lake of Fire forever 2. Judgment Seat of Christ - Christians for rewards 3. The Great White Throne Judgment - the unbelievers to receive eternal judgment and then banished to the Lake of Fire.

Significance of 2
The Son 2. Jesus Christ is the only Way to Heaven 2. Man's body is to be changed to be like Christ's Body at the Rapture 2. The old earth (and heavens) will pass away and the New Earth be the dwelling place of Almighty GOD and His Chosen from all ages 2. Judgment Seat of Christ will reward Christians for eternity in Heaven with Almighty GOD.

Significance of 1
1. GOD the Father has always existed, there is no other! He will abide with His chosen forever.
1. Man will have new personalities that will be nothing like this fallen world's sinful attitudes.
1. Heaven will come to the New Earth and GOD will be our GOD for eternity.
1. GOD's heavenly angels will be our servants.

Do you know Jesus as you Savior? It's very simple. 1. GOD is perfect. Admit you are a sinner. 2. Truthfully ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins. 3. His Holy Spirit will enter and you will begin to change your ways by His leading.
Don't wait for no one is guaranteed their next breath!