Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before IN THE WORD OF THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL; WHICH IS come unto you, as it is IN ALL THE WORLD; AND bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day YE heard of it, and KNEW THE GRACE OF GOD IN TRUTH: For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might BE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WILL IN ALL WISDOM AND SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, BEING FRUITFUL in every good work, and INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD; STRENGTHENED WITH ALL MIGHT, according to his glorious power, UNTO ALL PATIENCE AND LONGSUFFERING with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet TO BE PARTAKERS OF THE INHERITANCE of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON: Colossians 1:4-6, 9-13. With many tears the Apostles warned of the dangers of falling into the pit of deception and its ultimate death. With those warnings in mind, here is the GOoD News to those who have stayed the course on the Straight And Narrow Path with Christ. There will be Much Fruit, Much Love, Much Faith, Much Knowledge of the Grace Of God in Truth, Much Understanding of The Truth of The Gospel, Much Love FOR AND OF The Gospel, Much being Filled with the Knowledge of His Will IN ALL WISDOM AND SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING, with Much Pleasing to The Lord in every GOoD Work, with Much Strength of Might in His Glorious Power, unto ALL Patience in Longsuffering with Joyfulness, with Much Thanksgiving at being made Partakers of the Inheritance of and with Christ, into His Kingdom TODAY, and for ALL OF ETERNITY. (Take a breath). And that's just Some of the Reward of you choosing to Follow Christ and avoiding deception. That's how to, Be Blessed.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, AND HE TO WHOMSOEVER THE SON WILL REVEAL HIM. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:27- 30. These verses, and many more like them, will encourage a person to come to Christ, from sin into Salvation, and to Grow deeper and deeper into Christ as Trust and Faith grow, and doubt and apprehension fade away. The Bible is designed to Call, and Draw, all men unto Christ and securely Keep men in Christ, that is, ALL MEN WHO ARE SEEKING TRUTH NO MATTER WHERE THAT TRUTH LEADS THEM. How does this happen? (There are a lot of "truth givers" out there all wanting to take you down THEIR path). The Proof is, THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL CONFIRM TO YOUR SPIRIT WITH THE TRUTH YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DOUBT, QUESTION, OR DENY, that Jesus Christ IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that all serious searches for Truth, will stop at the Feet of Christ. ALL men are Called to Salvation. ALL men KNOW The Truth. Those who Reject it will NOT, Be Blessed.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and THIS PEOPLE WILL rise up, and GO a WHORING AFTER THE gODS of the strangers OF THE LAND, whither they go to be among them, AND will FORSAKE ME, and break my covenant which I have made with them. Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and THEY SHALL BE DEVOURED, AND many EVILS AND TROUBLES SHALL BEFALL THEM; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? AND I WILL SURELY HIDE MY FACE in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. Deuteronomy 31:16-18. All these deceived people KNOW the Truth about the Lord God Almighty, AND THEY DON'T CARE!!! (See Romans chapters 1-3). They have no fear of ANY god BECAUSE THEY HAVE MADE UP A god FRIENDLY TO THEM. It's a god that only asks of them WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR. Satan offers up every size, shape, and color of "god" that anyone living on planet earth could want. Let your sin-filled imagination run wild, and he has a god for you. That's the beauty of deception, it caters to EXACTLY what you want and gives it to you. That's why most people turn away from you when you tell them about YOUR God. You know, The One Who requires sacrifice and obedience?! Unless and until there is a hearts cry of a speck of "hunger" for Christ, they will NEVER listen. They choose to be cold, calloused, and uncaring about The God Who died for them, BY CHOICE. Deception IS believing a lie as truth, and your Truth about Christ is a LIE to them. Remember, right is wrong and wrong is right, so generally, Christian, YOU HAVE NO HOPE OF REACHING THEM FOR CHRIST. BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN. Be KNOWS their heart, and once in a while He sends you to someone looking for Christ, to Encourage you, AND THEM, into His Word. So Be Encouraged Believer, Preach Christ, and, Be Blessed.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. THEN MY ANGER SHALL BE KINDLED AGAINST THEM IN THAT DAY, AND I WILL FORSAKE THEM, AND I WILL HIDE MY FACE FROM THEM, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. Deuteronomy 31:16- 18. For it came to pass, WHEN SOLOMON was old, that his wives TURNED AWAY HIS HEART AFTER OTHER GODS: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. And THE LORD WAS ANGRY WITH SOLOMON, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, 1 Kings 11: 4-6, 9. Moses was the meekest man on earth, a Great Preacher of the Word, with the largest church ever on this world, and millions of his flock ran after other gods. Solomon, the Wisest man ever to walk this earth, fell from Grace and died. And YOU, Preacher, Teacher, and Joe- Sheeper, THINK YOU CAN'T FALL FOR DECEPTION? You'd better think again. Only by KNOWING The Truth, (Jesus Christ), and fully Obeying the Leading of the Holy Spirit, do you have ANY semblance of making it all the Way through to The End of finishing your well run Race. Read, Study, Ponder On, and Muse Over Christ and all His Teachings, (He wrote ALL the Bible), and you can make it out of here in one piece, to hear those Wonderful Words, Be Blessed.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep (die) with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that THEY ARE TURNED UNTO OTHER GODS. Deuteronomy 31:16- 18. To sum all this up, the people cry out to God for help, the Lord helps them out of their hard times and into great prosperity, the people forget the Lord, and again fall into great sin and idol worship. This cycle is rampant throughout all the Bible. America was founded by a people hungry for a place they could freely worship the Lord without any government interference. The Lord answered that cry and provided Great Prosperity, many Blessings, and Preachers On Fire for the Lord. In their Prosperity, people eventually forget about the Lord and go chasing after false gods. The anger of the Lord is kindled and Judgment falls. America has turned its back on the Lord and His Ways. Very soon, all this Wonderful Mercy and Grace will stop as OUR WELL DESERVED JUDGMENT WILL FALL AND TAKE DOWN AMERICA. When a sin-filled people try to throw God out of the government, the military, the courts, the schools, and even our churches, and just for good measure, kill 60 million babies, THE PARTY IS OVER FOLKS. Today is the Day of Salvation and the Merciful Hand of the Lord is still extending Salvation to all who will call out to Him. Decide today, is your heart cold and calloused against Him, or soft and tender for His Will and His Ways? Follow Christ, and, Be Blessed.
But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; THEN HE FORSOOK GOD WHICH MADE HIM, AND LIGHTLY ESTEEMED THE ROCK OF HIS SALVATION. They provoked Him to jealousy with (following) strange gods, with abominations provoked they Him to anger. They sacrificed unto devils, NOT TO GOD; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not. Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, AND HAST FORGOTTEN GOD that formed thee. And when the Lord saw it, HE ABHORRED THEM, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters. And He said, I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be: FOR THEY ARE A VERY FORWARD (disobedient) GENERATION, children IN whom is NO FAITH. They have moved Me to jealousy with that which is not (of) God; they have provoked Me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. For a fire is kindled in Mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend Mine arrows upon them. They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, ("You ain't seen REAL Global Warming, yet"). and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs. I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men: Deuteronomy 32:15-26. VERY FEW men come to God in Repentance unto Salvation. This death and destruction await those who ultimately Reject Christ and throw down His Precious Gift of Salvation WHILE THEY STILL LIVE. Hell awaits them after death. Be Saved, and, Be Blessed.
BUT REJOICE, INasmuch as ye are partakers of CHRIST'S SUFFERINGS; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also WITH EXCEEDING JOY. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, HAPPY ARE YE; FOR the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on (the world's) part he is evil spoken of, but on your part HE IS GLORIFIED. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man SUFFER AS A CHRISTIAN, let him not be ashamed; but let him GLORIFY GOD on this behalf. 1 Peter 4: 13-16. Would you be willing to do an experiment today? A full 24 hour time period? Do this, accept EVERYTHING that happens to you "today", (your 24 hour time period of your choosing), and take it as directly from the Hand of God, from Him straight to you. EVERYTHING. Let's see, that's 237 separate "things", or events, you can individually see. The question is, what are you going to do about each one of them, one at a time, all throughout your "day"? Can you first say, "Thank you Lord" for each one? Now, those that you can actually do something about, for example, your car ran out of gas, can you go and get some gas WITH A CHRISTLIKE ATTITUDE? People are watching, will they see Christ in You? Next, those things that are actual attacks from Satan, deal with them accordingly. For example, something porno flashes across the screen, will you close your eyes and reject it in Jesus Name? (Work with me here). And if something comes up you can't do ANYTHING about, for example, "The world will end in 12 years, take cover", can you decide to NOT WORRY about all those things, and leave them ALL in the Lord's Hands? Here's my point, can you take all 237 things STRAIGHT TO THE LORD FIRST, and deal with each one exactly as He shows you how, that you come through Victoriously, AND HE GETS ALL THE GLORY? This isn't rocket science, this is Growing in Obedience, which is also Growing in Hearing His Still Small Voice! Be Blessed.
BUT REJOICE, IN- asmuch as ye are partakers of CHRIST'S SUFFERINGS; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may BE GLAD also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, HAPPY ARE YE; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busy body in other men's matters. Yet IF ANY MAN SUFFER as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but LET HIM GLORIFY GOD on this behalf. 1 Peter 4:13-16. Christ suffered for "doing wrong" when He did no wrong. He suffered "heartache" when He saw a world going to Hell and it wouldn't listen to His Answer to their problems. And He suffered great physical pain when they nailed Him to a cross as punishment for things He didn't do. Yes, Christ did have times of Joy, but nobody complains when they "share" in His Joy, they only complain when they hurt. "Why is God doing this to me, how can a Holy and Righteous God allow this to happen to me"? If you are a Christian, you will share in His times of Joy and Peace, THE SAME AS, you will share in His times of agony and hurt. This isn't punishment, this is the Life and Times of Christ LIVING THROUGH YOU. Please understand, if you do sin, it may cost you, and if so, then it's still your place to suffer quietly and He will still help you to endure all. Here's my point, your life IS Joy and suffering, Peace and upheaval, Exuberance and pain, JUST LIKE CHRIST. Pray without ceasing, take EVERYTHING to Christ, and He will help you through IT ALL. Your Life, and everything in it, is your "proving ground" to prepare you for the next one. You know, the GOoD One, being with Him in Heaven, FOR ALL OF ETERNITY!!! A sinner without Hope also has pain and suffering, so why should you expect any different? You HAVE Hope, and GOoD reason for your suffering, so allow Christ to help you with ALL of it, so that you AND He, May, Be Blessed.
IN EVERY THING GIVE THANKS: FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS CONCERNING YOU. 1 Thessalonians 5:18. (I only capitalize, for emphasis, the important words of this verse). The following is a list of exceptions that allow you to NOT give thanks to the Lord. "I just lost my job, my car's transmission just fell apart and I can't afford to fix it, my kid got arrested for selling drugs, my underage daughter just got pregnant, my dog bit the mail man, my wife just got diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, my married Pastor just quit, he has a girlfriend on the side, I'm giving up on church, they're all a bunch of hypocrites", and the list just keeps on going until pretty soon, THERE IS NOTHING TO THANK GOD FOR, LIFE IS MISERABLE!!! To the unsaved sinner, this IS their life of no God and no hope. But, if you call yourself a Christian, a Believer, a person who has been Washed in the Blood of Christ, you have been asked to, it has been suggested to, you have even been commanded to, IN EVERY THING GIVE THANKS: FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS CONCERNING YOU. Why? Because the Lord will use EVERYTHING about your life, all 24 hours per day, to draw you to Him, to build you up in Christ to be able to "handle" everything that comes your way, and to Prepare you for the Life to come after your body drops off, that's why. A Believers Life is not, doom and gloom, but a Victorious Life in Christ TODAY, in spite of what the world tries to throw at you. This short life time is ALL to prepare you for the next one, with Christ, for all of Eternity. Yes, it's tough, THANK GOD ANYWAY, deal with each "thing", each situation, WITH CHRIST, and come through it VICTORIOUSLY. Learn from your mistakes, get up one more time than you fall down, AND GIVE THANKS TO GOD THAT NO MATTER WHAT, YOU BELONG TO CHRIST. If He is your Everything, nothing can take you down. As you Grow in Christ, it ALL gets better. Everyday is a lesson on Growing in Christ. So GROW, Give Thanks, and, Be Blessed.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5: 5-23. OK Believers, these are good marching orders. Read this about 50 times, live, talk, and pray these attributes into your life every minute of every day until you become so saturated with this part of His Heart's Cry, that you then can't wait for Him to put more "Marching Orders" into your Life and make THEM into more of His Heart's Cry in and through you, as this cycle continues, and you can GREATLY, Be Blessed.