Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; AND YE SHALL BE BROUGHT BEFORE GOVERNORS AND KINGS FOR MY SAKE, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. BUT when they deliver you up, TAKE NO THOUGHT HOW OR WHAT YE SHALL SPEAK: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. FOR IT IS not ye that speak, but THE SPIRIT of your Father WHICH SPEAKETH IN YOU. Matthew 10:16-20. (For some of you). So, would you like to speak about Christ to Kings, Prince's, Presidents, and Prime Ministers? It can happen. Of course, it could be in chains with a death sentence hanging over your head. But that's a minor detail. To Preach Christ to the world is like waving the red cape before the bull. You're asking for trouble. And that's the GOoD part. The man of "authority", whether as your Judge to behead you, or as a friend to befriend you, IS ASKING TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR CHRIST. Whatever his reason, just open your mouth and He will fill it. Literally, just open your mouth and start to speak, and the Lord will put all the words He wants to say, in it. The Lord may condemn your condemner, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness". Matthew 23:27, through you, or He may Bless your new friend for his real interest in hearing you speak of Christ. Either way, the world does want to hear about Christ from you to either condemn you by your Testimony, or Be Blessed by your Testimony. Whatever their reason, it will be their testimony to hear your Testimony about the Testimony of Christ, AS THE LORD WORKS OUT THE DETAILS. Just speak the Words the Lord fills your mouth with and the results will be of the Lord. "The GOoD Life", what a Way to, Be Blessed.
And thou, Capernaum, WHICH ART EXALTED UNTO HEAVEN, SHALT BE BROUGHT DOWN TO HELL: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. Matthew 11:23. Obviously the city of Capernaum isn't going to Heaven or Hell, but the actions of its people will determine their outcome. They were a reasonably blessed city, UNTIL CHRIST CAME TO TOWN. All Heaven broke loose, AND THE PEOPLE REJECTED IT!!! This goes from, "Oh, I didn't know God was around", to, "CHRIST WAS IN YOUR FACE, AND YOU REJECTED HIM". It's a sad day when someone sees, meets, or talks to Christ, TURNS AND WALKS AWAY thinking, "Naw, He's not worth it". "But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more". Luke 12:48. If the Lord sends Christ your way, "much is given", and you reject Him, that will be a serious Thing to answer to. Everyone WILL meet Christ here in this earth, and everyone WILL answer for it. Many excuses will be offered for why they didn't follow Him, many "Lord Lord" people will desperately grab for any possible reason /excuse as to why they ultimately rejected Him, but not one excuse will "hold water". Only those who Follow Christ, AND FINISH THE RACE, will hear those most precious words, "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: ENTER THOU INTO THE JOY OF THY LORD". Matthew 25:21. It doesn't get any simpler than this. Whoever you are, you have already heard the "Call" of Christ on and in your life, the question is, what are you doing about it? "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation". Romans 10:10. Today is your day to come to Christ and His Salvation, and you WILL, Be Blessed.
GOD IS JEALOUS, AND THE LORD REVENGETH; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. THE LORD IS GOOD, A STRONG HOLD IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE; and he knoweth them that trust in Him. Nahum 1:2-3,7. We have two opposites here. The Lord is angry at the wicked, and He is a Stronghold to the just. You are in one camp or the other, the choice is yours. Here's how it works. This earth is half way between Heaven and Hell. You have opportunity to enjoy the gifts, goodness, and Glory of the Lord, or you can live a "Godless" existence and go it alone. Everything that comes into your life is designed to encourage you to seek out the Lord. Everyone starts off living and loving the ways of the world. The Lord offers a better Way and anyone who will listen, can find it. ALL are offered the better Way, sadly, most will reject it. God's offer is serious and strong enough to stand on Judgment Day. If you reject His offer, it to is serious and strong enough to stand on Judgment Day. Don't take His offer lightly and blow it off as "Ho-Hum". Your Eternity will be determined by what you do with His Offer. For those who choose to listen to His Offer, they will find that Life is much more tolerable because His Hand will be in it, and that will be a Great Comfort. It doesn't make life "Easy", but it does make life very do-able. Everyone has pain and suffering in their life, the question is, does your life end in eternal destruction, or everlasting Glory? This life ends in death, and only Christ can transform a dead life in a Glorious Life Eternal. It's your choice and you have your whole life to decide. The problem is, no one knows if they have a tomorrow, or does it all stop today? Choose Christ, and, Be Blessed.
GOD IS JEALOUS, and the Lord revengeth; THE LORD REVENGETH, AND IS FURIOUS; the Lord will take vengeance ON HIS ADVERSARIES, AND He reserveth WRATH FOR HIS ENEMIES. The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath His way in the WHIRLWIND and in the STORM, and the CLOUDS are the dust of His feet. HE REBUKETH THE SEA, AND maketh it dry, and drieth up all the RIVERS: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. THE MOUNTAINS QUAKE at Him, AND the hills MELT, AND the earth is BURNED at His presence, yea, the world, AND ALL (THE WICKED SINNERS) that dwell therein. Who can stand before His indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of His anger? HIS FURY IS POURED OUT LIKE FIRE, AND THE ROCKS ARE THROWN DOWN BY HIM. (Now the GOoD news to all those who belong to Him, who are the Called Followers of Christ), THE LORD IS GOOD, A STRONG HOLD IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE (for the wicked); AND HE KNOWETH THEM THAT TRUST IN HIM. (Now back to the wicked and their day of troubles). But with an overrunning flood He will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue His enemies. What do ye (wicked) imagine against the Lord? He will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. (Once was enough). For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, THEY SHALL BE DEVOURED AS STUBBLE FULLY DRY (for the Furnace). Nahum 1:2-10. This is an illustration of the Lord's anger against those vile wretched sinners who will not heed His Words. And yet, in the midst of all this death and destruction is one little sentence about His ABSOLUTE Keeping Power of all His sheep, of all those who belong to Christ. Have NO FEAR about your future, IF YOU BELONG TO CHRIST. But, if you don't Belong to Christ and choose to continually fight His Wooing you to Him, BE VERY AFRAID, YOUR DEATH AND ETERNAL DESTRUCTION IS COMING. Say yes to Christ, and, Be Blessed.
For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world ARE CLEARLY SEEN, being understood by the things that are made, even His Eternal Power and Godhead; so that THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE: Romans 1:20. Atoms and Elements and Compounds Oh My!!! If you take enough atoms of "rock" and stack them together, you'll eventually have a grain of sand. And enough of them together will get you a beach. Add some water, throw in one gorgeous sunset, and you have a most Awesome Thing of Beauty. And the variety goes from prairies to mountains to forests to glaciers to deserts to oceans to..... And the list just keeps on going. There is no end to the shapes and sizes of all the things that God has built, just for us to stand back in Awe, and say, "Thank You Lord". That's all the Lord is looking for, just the Praise of man looking at His Creation. "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: THOU HAST BEEN FAITHFUL OVER A FEW THINGS, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord". Matthew 25:21. In this discussion, it's being faithful to Praise and Honour the Lord for even these little Beauties of His Creation. (After we see Christ), man has no concept and no words to describe the Glorious Things we will see on the Other Side. If the followers of the Theory of Evolution won't Praise the Lord for even a grain of sand, they certainly won't Glorify Him for streets of gold. The Lord has gone out of His Way to shew us The Beauty of His Creation, and silly man will run as far as he can into insanity just to NOT acknowledge the Lord or His Creation. If you want a perfect example of a "stiffnecked people" just look at people who adhere to the Godless theory of evolution. The Glory of the Lord is ALL around them, AND THEY WILL FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL TO NOT SEE IT. They'll believe anything, But God. The GOoD news is, they all will become believers of Christ and His Creation, ON JUDGMENT DAY, and they (too late) will NOT, Be Blessed.
Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song;... For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. LET ALL THE EARTH FEAR THE LORD: LET ALL THE INHABITANTS OF THE WORLD STAND IN AWE OF HIM. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. Psalm 33:1-9. FOR GREAT IS THE LORD, AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED: he also is to be feared above all gods. Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. GIVE UNTO THE LORD THE GLORY DUE UNTO HIS NAME: bring an offering, and come before him: WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth. O GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD; FOR HE IS GOOD; FOR HIS MERCY ENDURETH FOR EVER. 1 Chronicles 16:25, 27-29, 31-34. To Praise and Honour the Lord is such a simple thing, such an easy thing, it is a thing of beauty, it is a thing of Holiness, Righteousness, and Purity, IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. Those who Love the Lord will do so, and those who don't, won't. Is it hard for you to break away from the things of the world to acknowledge the Lord? Or is it hard for you to break away from the things of the Lord to acknowledge the things of the world? Consider, and, Be Blessed.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8. BUT YE ARE a CHOSEN generation, a ROYAL priesthood, an HOLY nation, a PECULIAR PEOPLE; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His Marvellous Light: 1 Peter 2:9. Yes, we all start off as wretched sinners on our way to Hell. If you are now a Christian, somewhere along the line you were seeking Truth, asking who Christ was, and looking for The Door to Heaven, through Christ. But to get to this end result of Chosen, Royal, Holy, and Peculiar people takes training, discipline, obedience and determination to go through whatever it takes, to get to this end result. Some people will find this fairly easy, some will find it difficult, but do-able. Both will find it well worth whatever it took to get there. And to "get there" is not the finished result, but a continual Growing in Christ and CHRISTLIKENESS. My point is this, if you're willing to run headlong straight into Christ and allow Him to do ALL that it takes for Him to take you from wretched sinner to Secure Saint, YOU'RE ALREADY PAST THE HARD PART. All you have to do is be WILLING, and Christ will do the Rest. He is Gracious, Tender, and Merciful to all His sheep. It does hurt when the Good Shepherd has to pull out thorns, cut out clumps of matted hair, and reset broken bones, but His sheep Know, and Trust Him to do these things the Best Way possible. To "trust and obey" is far better than to try to micromanage how WE think He should do the job. To run to Christ and ask Him to bring you into CHRISTLIKENESS is His Heart's Desire and THAT was the hard part. Now sit back and Obediently "enjoy the ride" as He takes care of all the details. Christ Loves You, and the world hates you, and He will bring you through ALL your troubles, and you WILL, Be Blessed.
ASK, and it shall be given you; SEEK, and ye shall find; KNOCK, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh RECEIVETH; and he that seeketh FINDETH; and to him that knocketh it shall BE OPENED. Matthew 7:7-8. Look at the following thoughts as a Heart's Cry, and not a legalistic wording of possibly wrong words. Generally, when these verses are discussed it's in the context of looking for nice things that will be a benefit to you. And that's fine. Consider this, we are generally sinful creatures and it literally takes a Mighty Act of God to clean us up. This "clean-up" process is painful, uncomfortable, and cuts open the "heart" to reveal some lousy attitudes that have to go. Man does not want to suffer. SO WHY NOT TURN THE TABLES ON "COMFORT" AND PURPOSELY RUN HEAD LONG, FULL SPEED AHEAD INTO THE GRINDING, CHASTENING, CHASTISING, CORRECTING HAND OF GOD ALMIGHTY, that with no resistance on our part, He has a Free Hand to gently work us over, out totally grind us to powder to reassemble us into the likeness of Christ? The point is, DON'T FIGHT WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN. Like avoiding the major surgery you know you must have to stay alive because there will be pain and suffering. So who wants more pain and suffering than we already have??? Why not Christians, KNOWING THAT THERE WILL BE A GREAT ETERNAL BENEFIT "ON THIS SIDE", AND FOREVER! How close to Christ do you really want to be, on planet earth? Are you willing to run headlong and be broken on the Rock of Christ, and allow Him to heal you in His Image? All this is a nice concept, but is it, or can it be, your Heart's Cry for your Life on earth, as you are fully prepared for Eternal Life in Heaven? Christ greatly suffered for you on the Cross to Save you, will you suffer even a little to be like Him? Or maybe suffer a lot, AS HE DEEMS NECESSARY? Let's face it, we suffered as lost sinners and we will suffer as Christians, so let's make it REALLY worth while and suffer WITH GREAT JOY, that we may, Be Blessed!!!
ASK, and it shall be given you; SEEK, and ye shall find; KNOCK, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that ASKETH RECEIVETH; and he that SEEKETH FINDETH; and to him that KNOCKETH IT SHALL BE OPENED. Matthew 7:7-8. Oh Lord, I come before You this morning to Praise You, Honour You, and Worship You in Spirit and in Truth because You are Who You say You are, You are Lord God Almighty, and your Words says that EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords, so I come now to Willingly, Desirously, and Joyfully Praise you with all my being. I come before You to ASK You for EVERYTHING that Christ Paid For for me for today, when He died on the Cross of Calvary. I'm ASKING for you to Chasten, Chastise, and Correct me from any and all evil ways still lurking in my Heart. Would You crush my self, flesh, and old man nature to such a degree that only Christ can be seen in me. Would You Purify and Cleanse me of anything and everything that even hints of sin in my life. Would You Grow me in Holiness, Righteousness, Purity and Patience, and trash anything in me that isn't. Would You cut out of me, surgerize with, or without, anesthesia, anything in me that displeases You. Would You Break me on the Rock of Christ so completely that there is no need for that Rock to fall on me and crush me to powder. And whatever it takes Lord, would You build Your Perfect Patience in me so that WHATEVER my day holds, I may Patiently Walk with Christ all the day long and see His Hand in everything He sends to me through the Throne Room. That I may Patiently Wait on You, even for all of Eternity. It is CHRISTLIKENESS I desire in whatever Way Christ deems necessary to build it into me. This IS my one shot in ALL of Eternity to get it right. No excuses Lord, WHATEVER IT TAKES ON THIS SIDE, to prepare for the Other side, I ask for, and seek after ALL these Things in Jesus Holy Name, Amen and Amen. And you WILL, Be Blessed.
Then saith (Jesus) to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: AND BE NOT FAITHLESS, BUT BELIEVING. And Thomas answered and said unto him, MY LORD AND MY GOD. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HAVE NOT SEEN, AND YET HAVE BELIEVED. John 20:27-29. Let's look at those Followers of Christ, they are Saved and Christ knows they will Follow Him to the very End. They will hear those most Wonder-Full Words, "Well done... Enter into the Joy of thy Lord". "Staying Saved" is no longer the issue. Moving on, how much of the Bible will you accept with the Mind of Christ, and how much will you hold to with the mind of man. For example, the Rapture as man sees it, or the Return of Christ as Christ sees it. THIS IS NOT A SALVATION ISSUE! Another example, "Be ye Holy, for I am Holy". To what degree, or what percent, of your Life will you follow in Holiness? For example, some Believers will see "G" rated movies, some will not see ANY movies. Again, not a Salvation issue. What is YOUR standard of HOLINESS? What "agreement" have you and the Lord worked out for your Life? How close to Perfection and the Mind of Christ do YOU want to strive for? Your answer is totally between you and the Lord. If your friend sees a "flaw" in your Walk with Christ, will you listen to him? Or are you Christlike enough to suit you? How well you follow Christ here, on this side, has some Huge Exponential Increase on the Other Side. No idea how that actually works out, BUT IT DOES. Don't go get legalistic and watch numbers, this is a Heart's Cry Issue strictly between you and Christ. What will it take for you to Walk in CHRISTLIKENESS, in Holiness, Righteousness, Purity, and Patience, Loving Christ with your Whole Heart? You'll get a for sure answer when you talk all this over with the Lord God Almighty, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit. And you WILL, Be Blessed.