A Thanksgiving Message – An offering to the Most High

 

Isaiah 58

Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.

“If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
12 Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the Lord honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,
14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”


Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100

 

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How Precious are your thoughts about me, Lord. They outnumber the grains of sand. Psalm 139:17

Lord, how often do you think of us?

Do you know the Lord is always watching over you and He is always thinking of you. “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” Ps 139:17,Ps 139:1-7, 17-18, Ps 53:2, Ps33:13-19, Ps 11:4-7, Jer 12:3, Ps 139:1-3  Jer 12:2-4 )

  • He examines your heart and knows everything about you
  • He knows when you sit and when you stand up
  • He knows your thoughts no matter where you may be
  • He knows everything you do
  • He knows what you are going to say before you even say it!
  • He goes before us and follows us
  • He places His hand of blessing upon your head
  • We can never escape from His spirit
  • You can never get away from His presence! Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, to great for me to understand!
  • His thoughts of you cannot be numbered, they outnumber the grains of sand!
  • When you wake up he is still with you
  • He looks down from heaven on the entire human race to see if anyone is wise, if anyone is seeking Him-
  • The Lord looks down from heaven and observes all who live on the earth
  • The Lord made your heart so He understands everything you do.
  • He watches over ALL who fear him and rely on His unfailing love
  • He watches everyone CLOSELY
  • He examines every person on earth
  • He examines both the righteous and the wicked
  • The Lord knows your heart, He sees you and tests your thoughts

 As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay.  Psalm 40:17

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The Names of God – The Name of the Lord is a strong Tower. I am thankful for His Great Name.

 

As I sat and wondered on all the things I am thankful for this thanksgiving, my mind keep going to all of God’s goodness. Certainly we have trials, troubles and tribulation in this life but we can rejoice in any state because God is always good, He is always merciful. This is what I am most thankful for during this Thanksgiving Holiday:

Elohim – The God who created all things, He is the Alpha and Omega creator of all.  He is the great mathematician and the greatest scientist. Majestic sunsets stop me in awe, the way math and geometry work out so perfectly, it always amazes me. How could a scientist or anyone who studies math doubt that God exists? Look around! Each creature was given everything they need to survive on earth. How do two opposing sides of a triangle equal the opposite outside angle – all the time? Surely our God, Elohim, is amazing.

El Elyon – You are the Most High God, Mighty and powerful! His love endures forever. His hand is upon my life. God thinks it, He plans it, He speaks it, He makes it happen and NO ONE can frustrate His plans. He is always victorious! I remember all His great works both today and yesterday. I meditate on His works, how He saved Israel and brought them out of Egypt. He supplied all their needs. He brought water from a rock, He sent manna from the heavens, He opened the sea so they could walk across on dry land, He sent His angel to guide them , He lead them and kept them safe, the thoughts of His great works never end. He gives me strength, power, wisdom and knowledge. I exist because of Him. All my blessings are from El Elyon, my Most High God.

El Roi – O Lord, you see all my steps, you look down and know my thoughts, for you created my heart. You see everything. Your Word says that you look down on all the people of the earth, searching for those who are searching for you. Your eyes are on those who love and fear you, you keep them safe. The Lord see’s you and knows all you are going through. His thoughts of you outnumber the sands on the seashore. It’s just too amazing to think about.

Hosea 7.:2 : “Its people don’t realize I am watching them and I see them all

Ps 11:4 From heaven, the Lord watches everyone closely, examining each person on earth – both righteous and wicked.

El Shaddai- The Lord is the One who holds me, in whom I trust. Great and Mighty, the Lord is my All. His grace is sufficient for me, for power is perfected in weakness. What more do I need? It is only the Lord. In Him I find all I need.

Adonai – He is my beloved Lord and Master. He is my defense and my buckler. He always fights for me. In Him, I am victorious. I may live in a world of evil things, but the Lord protects me and covers me under His wings. No evil will touch me, my prayers reach His heights. He gives power to the weak and defeats our enemies. He is Lord above all, truly His loving kindness, tender mercies and unfailing love surround me all the days of my life.

Jehovah- There is no God like Jehovah! He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Zechariah 2:8 For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord. 11 “Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. 12 And the Lord will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. 13 Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!”

Let me tell you about my God….

Jehovah Jirah – The Lord who supplies all my needs and your needs. The Lord is my helper, I have set my face like flint to do His will. He is with me wherever I go. When I cried out to Him, He answered my cry. He sent His word from the heavens and comforted my heart. He supplies all our needs and blesses us with abundance so we can help others in need.

Jehovah Rapha – O Lord, this is one of my favorite of all your names! You are the Lord our healer. You are the God who heals, you protect all our bones, you care for each of us. God is our shelter and our protector.

“if my people, who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chr 7:14,
He heals the broken hearted.. He took away the curse and healed us. He set the captives free, healed the blind, and by His stripes we are healed. Ps 147:3

Jehovah Nissi- You are the God who fights for me, in You I am victorious. You are the Lord my Banner, you go before me and prepare a way and a safe path for my feet. I lift your name on High, you are my banner and my shield. We lift our hands up to the Lord, He will rescue us.

Jehovah Mekoddishkem – This is my top favorite name of the Lord! How can I describe this name of God? It is beyond words. He is to be honored, He is to be worshipped. In Daniel 3, Shedrach, Meshack and Abendego refused to bow down the golden statue made by King Nebuchadnezzaar even though they knew they would die if they didn’t. Their response to the king, is my response in this life as well “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Jehovah Shalom- The God of Peace, It is through the Lord God and His Son Jesus Christ that we receive this peace. His peace protects us, heals us, brings us joy and righteousness. God’s peace is an amazing gift I am so thankful for. It calms me in my storms, His peace quiets my soul, His peace heals my heart , His peace opens my ears to hear His voice and opens my eyes to the beauty of His creation and the blessings that surround me.1 Thes 5:2 The God of peace sanctifies us and makes our whole spirit, soul and body preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Phil 4:7 The Peace that comes from God guards our hearts and minds through Christ : Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Jehovah Sabaoth – The Lord of hosts, the Lord of heavens armies. When I imagine this, I think of Revelation 19 when Jesus arrives on a white horse with a great army behind Him. It also reminds me of the war the people of Israel fought when Aaron and Hur had to hold up Moses’ arms for them to win the battle. I wonder if lifting up our arms to the Lord in worship, praise and trust would also lead us to victory. Draw out that picture of the two men holdup up Aarons arms – I think it looks like a menorah….

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalm 46:10-11

Jehovah Raah- The Lord is my Shepherd, He leads me along paths of still waters and restores my soul. Apart from Him, I can do nothing Phil 4:13. I think that the Shepherd, the rod and staff in Psalm 23 may symbolize the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As our shepherd, He gives us rest, peace, all we need (surely my cup overflows), life, protection, safety and comfort. He leads me along the right paths and pulls me from the wide paths the world tries to lead me along. I never need to fear, for my Great Shepherd, Jehova Raah, is always near.

Jehova- tsidkenu :The Lord our righteousness – He made us righteous with Him through Christ Jesus. Through the death and resurrection of Christ, we have been made right before God, we are a holy kingdom of Priests before His throne. Is there any greater gift than that? To be able to stand before a Holy God, that He would make a place for us before Him, that He would hear us and answer our prayers. Truly I am thankful for the gift of prayer, that He hears my requests and my prayers for others. It is by the Passover lamb, the blood Jesus shed for us that we have this great gift to go into the temple and enter the Holy of Holies because Jesus made a way for us.

Jehovah- Shammah – The Lord is there. I know , without a doubt, the Lord is always by my side. He hears all my prayers, He leads me and He is always with me. “Behold I am with you, even until the end of this age”
Matthew 28: 18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Abba, Abba: My Father in Heaven. I go to Him often, He is always there for me. My heart cries out to Him and I rest my head at His throne. In awe and silence I sit and behold His majesty.

My Advocate : he defends me and intercedes for me before the Lord. He makes me right in His sight.
Lamb of God: He is our passover lamb, He shed His blood for us that we would be saved from death. Amen and Amen. He is to be glorified forever
Messiah: He is our savior. One day every knee on heaven, on earth and below the earth shall bow down to Him. What a great day that will be
Rock: He is the Rock of living water
Cornerstone: the rock that was rejected became the cornerstone
King of the Jews : Immanuel, God with us, is His name

He is the way, the truth and the life, no man goes to the Father except through Him
John 14:6

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Etiquette for Christian Youth

Etiquette for Christian Youth  (click here for printable download)
Source: http://www.letgodbetrue.com/index.php

(My disclaimer: I did not write these rules, the writer seems a little steamed at the youth
and messy people ( it sounds like it was written by a catholic nun I had in 8th grade.) It’s a good review for the upcoming youth,  but I don’t agree with everything – like the no flip flops rule and  I like my sloppy clothing style, I always wear blue jeans and comfy is what I’m all about, I havent tucked in a shirt since 1990 and I always eavesdrop. However, just for fun, I’m going to try this on my teens and try to keep a serious face and see what happens. Who knows, maybe they’ll listen )

Courtesy, Decorum, and Manners
1. This is merely an introductory presentation of a very large and wide subject to make you all think a little.
2. Your soft skills may contribute more to your success in any endeavor than occupational or technical skills.
3. There is not enough emphasis or instruction on these subjects today, though they were recently important.
4. As the world implodes and degenerates morally and socially, proper decorum will appear abnormal.
5. As Christians, youth must glorify God, adorn the gospel, and aim high maritally and professionally, at least.
6. Recall recent “C” character traits: cautious, circumspect, conventional, conscious, conservative, classy.
7. For more scriptural reasons for this study, see … http://www.letgodbetrue.com/pdf/great-men-in-public.pdf.
8. First impressions are important for spouses, jobs, good service, influence, and the gospel. Beware of it.
9. Perception (appearance) is valued over reality (substance), so wisdom adjusts to it (Pr 17:28; Eccl 5:3).
10. A dull man dressed well is perceived smarter. Which man is hirable? The sloppy or the refined one?
11. You are youth, with foolishness bound in your hearts, so listening to others, not youthful peers, can save you.
12. We do not want you to be ordinary any more than you want an ordinary job or spouse. Be extraordinary.
13. You do not have a right to your own opinions, for others, adults, set proper behavior to be void of offence.
14. Daniel 1:3-4,8 has four parts of a man: genetic package, academic training, soft skills, and fear of the LORD.
15. When a person exploits these four parts diligently, the results are outstanding, by God’s grace (Dan 1:17-21).
16. Joseph, Ruth, David, Daniel, and Esther adjusted to situations and took their various kingdoms! Copy them!

 SPEECH
1. Gracious speech (gentle, kind, cheerful, positive) goes far (Pr 11:16; 22:11; Eccl 10:12; Col 4:6).
2. Fewer words are better, to save yourself from gaffes and the rule of fools (Pr 17:28; Eccl 10:13-14).
3. Foolish talking or jesting is not convenient and should be replaced with thanksgiving (Eph 5:3-5).
4. Never be guilty of backbiting, slander, talebearing, or whispering, and stop others from doing so.
5. Replace fretfulness and anger in conversation with love, graciousness, cheerfulness, and kindness.
6. If you cannot say anything kind or edifying, say nothing at all, for silence adorns better than choler.
7. Do not repeat personal history that others have heard about you – how boring! In fact, never tell it!
8. Do not hold a private conversation within a small group, especially when eating a meal together.
9. Do not zone out in a group, if the discussion is not about you e.g. leaving, cell phone, yawn, etc.
10. Do not answer for someone else in a group discussion, even if you know the answer and could.
11. Do not correct a person in a group for a minor fact that does not affect the issue being discussed.
12. Do not talk over others that are talking, even when they are slow and you wish they would hurry.
13. Do not publicly ridicule anyone, especially siblings, the younger, parents, or anyone not present.
14. Learn the art of communication, which is less talking and more listening. Ask questions about them.
15. Too much talking, even about good things, is offensive. Much speaking is the sure mark of a fool.
17. Share conversation, especially at meals, by allowing others to talk more. Keep your answers short.

COMMUNICATION
1. Communicate all details clearly. Repeat them periodically. Follow up with confirmation if possible.
2. Emails are not texting or tweeting, so avoid shorthand or abbreviations successful people do not use.
3. Use proper letter-writing protocol when writing emails, for it reflects intelligence and education.
4. Communication skills are one of the most important soft skills – love speech and writing classes!
5. Those who can communicate clearly, easily, and graciously will advance very fast (Prov 22:11).
6. Be a good listener, because that is a big part of communication, and will protect you from errors.

CLOTHES
1. Fads and extremes are for fools. Classic clothes say… intelligent, educated, mature, and successful.
2. Men and women still wear the classic outfits and components they wore 70, 50, and 30 years ago.
3. Clothing standards are set by mature adults over many years, not by family, you, or especially peers.
4. Today’s casual, sloppy, rebellious choices are not attractive or becoming. Dress above the rabble.
5. “Being your own man” and other absurd statements of ignorance and arrogance will take you down.
6. Girls should learn our female modesty suggestions are followed by much of corporate America.
7. No matter what the event and the clothing chosen for it, make sure your clothing is clean and fits.
8. Do not play the peacock looking about you to see how dandy you look in hope others will believe.
9. Modesty must be observed not only by that which is covered but also by the shape the cloths reveal.
10. For any job, you should dress like your manager or the job you want, not the job you already have.
11. Flip flops are for the beach to keep your feet off the hot sand or hot asphalt or for public showers.
12. Blue jeans were taken from farmer’s overalls, so remember that they do not belong in most places.
13. An untucked shirt is for going to the beach or bed – it is not fit for any place outside your house.
14. Comfort does not determine how you should dress – proper behavior is seldom very comfortable.
15. A sport coat with slacks of the same color does not make a suit. It is shameful. Get yourself a suit.
16. Never wear a short-sleeved shirt under a sport coat or suit jacket. The bare forearms prove a fool.
17. Quality is better than quantity or variety; those able to promote or sponsor you know the difference.
18. Quality clothes based on informed purchases for your situation will also boost your confidence.
19. Identify the most successful persons in your industry, company, or situation and copy them.
20. There are websites and books to teach you how to dress for any job, function, or situation. Use them.
FOOD /EATING
1. Use the utensils from the outside in: appetizer fork, then salad fork, then dinner fork, etc.
2. Never touch your food with your fingers … unless you are at Bucky’s eating ribs with friends!
3. Never talk with food in your mouth. If you take proper amounts, your mouth will soon be empty.
4. Only put in your mouth a small amount to chew so that it may be quickly masticated and swallowed.
5. Do not look around while drinking, but keep your eyes downward toward the glass you are using.
6. Be temperate with food and drink – eat too little rather than too much – avoid dullness or elation.
7. Drunkenness and gluttony are equal sins to be avoided and hated by godly young men and women.
8. Avoid pensiveness, fretting, anger, or business when eating – keep meals a happy experience for all.
9. There are specific rules for table conduct, and you should learn whatever else you need to know.
10. Do not put your elbows or arms on the table. Keep your arms at your side and hands in your lap.
11. Dress appropriately for any meal, which should be a step or two up from attire for events around it.
12. Consider the appearance of over-drinking or over-eating and do not allow even the hint at such.
13. Remember basic courtesy of words, such as please, thank you, excuse me, it is excellent, etc.
14. Do not begin to eat until the host begins to eat. Do not begin to eat dessert until the host begins.
15. Do not leave a dinner table without explaining, in proper terms, why you are leaving your company.
16. Tip generously, but do let it reflect the level of personal and professional service provided.
17. Never put a knife near your mouth. It is made for cutting only, not for scooping or sliding food.
18. Do not use toothpicks in public to clean your teeth. Wait until you are in private or at home.
19. Do not let your teeth touch your silverware. It is annoying. God gave you lips for clearing your fork.
20. Never take the last portion or piece on a table, unless the host presses you to do so after deferring.

CELL PHONES
1. Unless on call for life or death, reduce to vibrate in public settings and check calls later or in private.
2. Do not call anyone before 9:00 A.M. or after 9:00 P.M., unless circumstances require such a call.
3. Never receive or send text messages or receive cell phone calls during dinner. Turn it to low vibrate.
4. Never interrupt a conversation with someone to check your cell phone. Check it later in private.
5. Texting is a child’s game, unless necessary; you will give an account for every idle word you text.
6. Texting is a child’s game, unless necessary; adults seeing you at play will discount you as a child.
7. Since texting allows immediate and private words, how much of texting is slander or whispering?
8. Tweeting is for the fan club of fools, as nothing important is communicated by the unimportant.
9. Do not call anyone in the presence of others unless absolutely necessary and understood by the rest.
10. Cell phones are a recent invention that has added little value and much nuisance. Value them rightly.
11. Never let your cell phone ring in any assembly or meeting of any kind. Keep the thing on vibrate.
12. Never flinch or reach for your pocket when it vibrates, for you indicate to others you are distracted.
APPEARANCE / HYGIENE
1. How many showers in a day would be too many? 4! How many showers in a day are too few? 1!
2. Body odor or bad breath is unacceptable at anytime for any reason. There are very simple solutions.
3. Remember carefully, you cannot smell your body odor or your breath before others are offended.
4. Facial hair should be appropriate to the situation or event, and it should be impeccably groomed.
5. Body weight says more about you faster than anything else and will affect your jobs and a spouse.
6. Remember that youth have the worst body odor, the greasiest hair and skin, and need showers most.
7. Parts of your body visible with clothing e.g. hair, face, teeth, hands, etc. must be impeccably clean.

CARRIAGE
1. Never touch any body part in public that you do not expose to public view e.g. crotch, butt, etc.
2. Never touch your hand to your face or hair unless absolutely necessary. It is annoying and childish.
3. Stand tall and erect without slouching and sit the same way. Walk with head up and shoulders back.
4. When sitting, feet should be flat on the floor and legs together. Who invented crossing legs? Why?
5. Never sing, hum, or whistle to yourself in the presence of others. It is annoying and insensitive.
6. Do not drum with your fingers or tap your feet in the presence of others. It belies boredom.
7. If you must cough, sneeze, sigh, or yawn, do so in private or in a handkerchief or turn your head.
8. Never chew or gnaw your nails, especially in public. Keep your nails clean and short. Clip at home.
9. Do not encroach on another’s space, which is one pace from them. It is offensive for you to enter it.
10. Do not point with your finger at the person to whom you are talking. Let body language be relaxed.
11. Details from posture to the content of your car trunk should enhance your character and reputation.
12. Do not walk too fast – spastic look of the immature; do not walk too slow – slothful look of fearful.

CARRIAGE
1. Never touch any body part in public that you do not expose to public view e.g. crotch, butt, etc.
2. Never touch your hand to your face or hair unless absolutely necessary. It is annoying and childish.
3. Stand tall and erect without slouching and sit the same way. Walk with head up and shoulders back.
4. When sitting, feet should be flat on the floor and legs together. Who invented crossing legs? Why?
5. Never sing, hum, or whistle to yourself in the presence of others. It is annoying and insensitive.
6. Do not drum with your fingers or tap your feet in the presence of others. It belies boredom.
7. If you must cough, sneeze, sigh, or yawn, do so in private or in a handkerchief or turn your head.
8. Never chew or gnaw your nails, especially in public. Keep your nails clean and short. Clip at home.
9. Do not encroach on another’s space, which is one pace from them. It is offensive for you to enter it.
10. Do not point with your finger at the person to whom you are talking. Let body language be relaxed.
11. Details from posture to the content of your car trunk should enhance your character and reputation.
12. Do not walk too fast – spastic look of the immature; do not walk too slow – slothful look of fearful.

POSSESSIONS
1. Your house should be as clean and orderly as the hotel or restaurant where you entertain guests.
2. Your vehicle must be kept clean at all times, in preparation for the angel that needs a ride (He 13:2).
3. The trunk of your vehicle should be kept clean as well, for the need to haul something for a friend.
4. Interior decorating is not a fetish of the rich and famous, for the virtuous woman used it wisely.
5. If you have too much stuff in your bedroom or closet, throw it out before your survivors must do it.
6. Keep quality and useful items that enhance your life; throw everything else away to be organized.

VISITING
1. Do not pretend you are a doctor and give medical advice when visiting a sick person or in a hospital.
2. Do not try to be a stand-up comic for those cast down or sick, for your contrariness aggravates them.
3. Make all corrections of another person in private, unless it must be done publicly for good reasons.
4. Hospitality is a Bible duty and is more than at restaurants. Saints are to be given to it (Rom 12:13).
5. Seek to have prayer at the beginning and the ending, even meals out, to keep things honoring to God.
6. Invitations to your home and a restaurant may have starting and ending times to avoid confusion.
7. True entertainment is more than creating a teen hangout – it is structured with designed hospitality.

HONOR
1. Always show cheerful deference without any fretting to both parents, no matter the issue at hand.
2. Do not wander near others talking – you are eavesdropping. They will invite you, if they want you.
3. Young men, it does not matter you are male, have absolutely no authority over your female peers.
4. Your example is greater than your words, so let your conduct do your preaching, not your speech.
5. A gentleman will give up his seat for a woman or for an older man, if he has any character or class.
6. When a person older than you enters a room, you should stand up and show them honor (Lev 19:32).
7. Never wear a hat while eating in any setting or during any prayer. Uncover your heads, young men.
8. Guys protect girls by giving up their seats, walking next to the street, opening doors for them, etc.
9. Tip housekeeping for your hotel room, barbers for doing a good job, and other low-level servants.
HABITS
1. Unless recovering from surgery, do not oversleep, but establish habits of only necessary sleep.
2. Smoking cigars is a stinking mess at best, so be considerate of the 98% that despise cigar smoke.
3. While speaking to your age group and those under it is necessary, prefer the group above you.

MEETINGS
1. Always be early to public assemblies and take your seat before the announced time for it to begin.
2. Never be early (or late) to a private function unless instructed to be so for a surprise to another guest.
3. Never assume you are invited anywhere without an invitation – do not boldly tag along with a friend.
4. Leave a private event when it ends. Do not linger thinking that the host enjoys your extra company.
5. If you invite a person out to eat, let it be known if you are paying or splitting the tab with your guest.
6. Do not whisper to the person next to you, unless there is a life or death matter that must be disclosed.
7. Do not fidget, turn sideways, turn around, look sideways, or any other immature motions of a child.

INTERVIEWING
1. Know the industry and company and what is expected in employee attire and dress one step above it.
2. Do not dress two steps above those around you, for that is offensive and will undermine your cause.
3. Be prepared. You should research the industry and company and prepare answers for all questions.
4. Follow up. Distinguish yourself from other applicants by classy, gracious, enthusiastic follow-up.

MONEY
1. Never offer to pay for something e.g. a meal and then forget to follow through and actually pay.
2. Do not assume an invitation means they will pay for your meal. Make a full effort to pay yourself.
3. Do not spend beyond your income, even if you can, because perception of a spendthrift will hurt.
4. Living within your means is a duty of the gospel, and even an appearance of evil should be avoided.
5. Repay debts as soon as possible – personal borrowings – by eliminating all discretionary spending.
6. Make sure in any arrangement involving money that each party fully knows who is due how much.
7. The more you use a checkbook, debit card, or credit rather than cash the better paper trail you have.

FACEBOOK
1. It is for children and fools who have no friends but want to pretend they have a large circle of them.
2. Your page should reflect the sober, serious, gracious, and edifying content of good Christian speech.
3. Your posting to your own or other accounts should be weighty and sober, not frivolous and foolish.
4. If this is a large part of your life, it shows you are a loser. Close it and learn to interact with adults.

CHURCH ASSEMBLIES
1. Be in your place before church assemblies are to begin for quiet meditation and preparation.
2. Move forward in your seating to leave back rows available for visitors or those with young children.
3. Services are short enough to avoid leaving for any reason – it is solved by planning and temperance.
4. Families sitting together are family worship for best results – youth with youth create temptations.
5. Coughing, clearing throat, sneezing, yawning are unacceptable and unnecessary. Use inventions.
6. Greet visitors with a friendly and relaxed greeting. There is no need to press them or question them.
7. The nursery is to get young children out of the adult assembly. Worship should occur there also.
8. Ties are always appropriate for a Sunday service, just as they are for an interview or a decent job.
For Further Study:
Note: Most sources are not by Christians; we do not endorse content or intent of any; these sources are to show a generation rejecting manners that they are wrong. These are not in any order, and they are only a suggestion that much more information is available for those that want to polish their image against the rebellious, anti-establishment appearance and conduct now promoted among youth. Adapt practically like Joseph, Ruth, David, Daniel, and Esther to take your kingdom like they did!
Dale Carnegie Leadership Courses
2. Final Touch Finishing School
3. Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette
4. The Art of Manliness: Reviving the lost art of manliness.
5. The Etiquette School of New York
6. Young Marine Etiquette
7. Dining Etiquette at a Glance
8. Email Etiquette at a Glance
9. Wikieducator Business Etiquette and Grooming
10. Etiquette School of Ohio
11. Beaton’s Classes for High Society (New York and London)
12. Book Advertisement (BJU): Man in Demand
13. Book Advertisement (BJU): The New Christian Charm Course
14. Book Advertisement: Dale Carnegie Updated for Digital Age

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Living Water, The Water of Life, notes from Spurgeon sermon #770

( Spurgeon lists 8 attributes of the living water described in John 4 . The sermon has been shortened, link below for full sermon)

“Lord, give me this water; give me this water tonight!”

1. Water, first, is thirst-removing, and so is the Grace of God. The man who drinks water, thirsts not, his bodily need is removed; the man who receives the Grace of God in his heart, gets that which his nature is lacking, and his painful longings are over.
2. Secondly, water is also life-preserving. In the wilderness, where there is no water, the lips becomes chapped; the skin is dried; the tongue is like a firebrand, and the mouth is like an oven; and the weary traveler must drink or die. O for a draught of water there! A bag of diamonds could not buy a cup of water there! Priceless is the life draught. And far out on the salt, salt sea, with— “Water, water everywhere, But not a drop to drink,” the mariner, though he may seek to satisfy himself with the brine around him, feels that it will be death sooner or later to him unless he can get some pure, clear, refreshing drops of water to drink. O Soul, if you get God’s Grace, you shall never die! Do you believe this? If that Grace of God shall come flowing into your soul, you shall possess Eternal Life, an immortal principle which shall bid defiance to the grave, and make you sing in the very jaws of death, for He who drinks of this Water, shall live in Christ forever. “He who lives and believes in Me shall never die.” “He who believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” This Grace of God, then, is life-preserving, as well as thirst-quenching; have you found it so? For, Friend, I cannot afford to let you hear me, and yet escape a squeeze or two. If you forget this sermon, it shall not be because I did not press you to remember it.
3. Water, in the third place, is filth-purging.Man seeks no more than to get to the stream to wash when he is defiled. Many and many a time in passing through a country, the poor traveler comes to a brook so clear that he can see his face reflected in it, and he stoops down and washes his brow again and again, and takes his bath, and goes his way all bright and shining, as though he had exchanged sorrow for gladness, and received the oil of joy for mourning. Now, the guilty sinner, and such are we all by nature, however foul he may be, has but to stoop down at the river of Eternal Grace and wash, and he shall be clean. This stream can take out spots which nothing else can remove. Our sin is of such a crimson dye, naturally, that it might contaminate the Atlantic before it should be washed away, but this Water of Life can do it; it takes away the stain of blasphemy and lust; it removes the pollution of theft and murder. All manner of sin shall be forgiven unto that man who comes to the Cross and trusts in Jesus. Whoever believes in the world’s great Redeemer, shall find full and complete pardon for every offense that he has committed.  This filth-removing is the Grace of God streaming from the Cross, where Jesus suffered in our place the wrath which was due to us for our transressions— “Calvary’s wonders let us trace, Justice magnified in Grace; Mark the purple streams, and say, Thus my sins were washed away.” Friend, can you do this by faith, trusting for pardon in the blood of God’s dear Son?
4. Water, again, is well known very frequently to be softening. There are some things which, when laid in water, soon lose their hardness, and become soft and pliable. This Water of the Grace of God, which it is my longing desire to commend to you, has a marvelous softening power. Adamant,millstone, yes, the nether millstone, northern iron and steel, have been melted when laid to soak in this Fountain.The hardest heart yields before the Power of the Love of God revealed in Christ Jesus. I think I hear one of you exclaim, “That is good news for me; I know that Christ can pardon me, but I cannot feel my sin as I ought; I am such a stiff-necked sinner, so hardened, so perverse, I cannot feel my need as I would wish to.” Soul, if the Grace of God shall flow upon your heart, it shall turn the stone, by a wondrous transformation, into flesh at once. There is no stubbornness which the Grace of God cannot overcome. What a blessed thing it is for the preacher that he has not to give his hearers soft hearts, nor even to find tender hearts in them to begin with; how delightful it is for him to remember that he preaches a Gospel which works wonders, wonders even greater than the rod of Moses; for when with the Gospel we smite even a rock, penitential streams gush forth, and yet more, the rocky soul is itself dissolved under a sense of sin. May the Lord give it to every one of us who have hard hearts remaining. Gladly would I bathe in it anew, that I might the more tenderly feel for you. Friend, will you never feel for yourself?
5. In the fifth place, this Water has the property, like earthly water, of being fire-quenching. There is nothing like water after all, with all your new inventions, for putting out fire. But when the Grace of God comes, how soon that fire is dampened, and even quenched forever! And there are other fires which burn in the soul—the fire of envy and of malice, the flames of anger and of unholy desire—how these will rage and glow until the Grace of God comes! I know it puzzles many a man to know how he could live without such-and-suchsins. “Oh,” he says, “I could not live without them, I have fallen into the habit of them, and I must have them.” Ah, but you shall be made a new man, such a new man that if you were to meet your old self, you would avoid the wretch or struggle with him in deadly hand-to-hand combat, out of sheer hatred to so
mean a thing. Let me tell you, you will never be on good terms with your old self as long as you live. O Sinner, the very flames of Hell are put out by this Grace of God; I mean as far as the saved soul is concerned—for the soul that is washed in this Fountain, there is no Hell in which God can punish it. How can He punish a pardoned sinner? How can he that is in Christ Jesus be cast into the flames?— “No condemnation now I dread, For Justice smote my Surety’s head.”
6. A sixth property is one that is not found in ordinary water, and that is that it is a spring-creating Water. Wherever the Water of Life falls, it makes a new spring, which begins to bubble up directly. By this I mean that if the Grace of God enters into a man’s heart, it is an Immortal Principle, and, as the Savior says, “Out of the midst of him shall flow rivers of living water.” “The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” What a great difference there is between a pool and a running spring! What a blessing it is when the Living Water makes a spring within the Christian! What a curse to be one of the stagnant ponds of formality exhaling the putridity of hypocrisy. Friend, where are you? I must have my hand on you again, what are you in this matter as in the sight of God?
7. Seventh, it is fruit-producing Water.What fruit would there be upon the trees, what pasture in the meadows, what harvest in the field, if it were not for the rain? Everything would be barren without water, and even where there is fruit, if there is not, also, a fair share of water, what poor stuff it is! You cannot give Him true praise, nor true prayer, nor true service, nor anything that is acceptable, unless He first shall give you of the rain of His Grace—Grace for Grace. “By their fruits shall you know them.” Friend, what fruit have you? O that Grace may turn the barren fig tree into a good fruit-bearing tree!
8. And, lastly upon this point; it is Heaven-ascending Water. Now, the Grace of God will rise as high as its source. If you and I have grace that began with us, it will never get higher than we are. If you have grace that the priest gave you when you were christened, it will never get higher than the priest; but if you get the true Grace of God which descends from Heaven, it will take you as high as the New Jerusalem from which it came. High up in the Throne of God are the Ever-lasting Springs of Divine Mercy; at the foot of Divine Sovereignty it wells up a spring, clear as crystal, pure without a stain, and it flows down to earth, leaping down by the way of the Cross. And it will ascend as high as its Source Friend, do you know anything about this in your very soul?

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw: John 4

It cannot be to His profit to shut His door in a seeking sinner’s face. It is impossible that the bleeding Lamb should cease to be pitiful to poor bleeding hearts. I TO URGE YOU TO PRAY THE PRAYER OF THE TEXT. A desire is like seed in the bag, but prayer sows it in the furrow. A desire is like water in the bottle, but prayer drinks it. Now I commend to you the prayer of my text—“Sir, give me this Water.” Begin then, your prayer by honoring Christ. Do not call Him, “Sir,” but call Him, “Lord.” She gave Him the highest title that her respect could accord. She did not know Him in any other capacity, so she called Him, “Sir.” Now, call Jesus, “Lord,” for you will get no Mercy if you dishonor Christ. Think of Him as God’s only Son suffering for sinners. Call him, “Lord.” Can you do that? If you reject His Divinity, you shut yourself out of His Kingdom. He must be acknowledged as Lord and God as well as Savior. “Oh,” you say, “I have long ago called Him Lord, I know Him to be Divine; I rejoice in the thought of His Eternal Power and Godhead; I would honor Him with all that I have.” Well, then, you have well begun, but may Divine Grace make you go further. Now in the next place, if you would pray this prayer aright, notice it, and confess your undeservingness. It is not, “Sir, sell me this Water,” but, “Sir, give me this Water.” Confess that it is a gift. You shall never have it otherwise. Away with your merit-mongering. Away with your trusting in your prayers, and your tears, and your sense of need. Mercy must be given or else you shall never have it. “Sir, give me, give me, give me this Water. O Lord, give me Grace, or else I die; give it to me of Your free Mercy, because You have promised to save the chief of sinners; give it to me, Lord. I am done with boasting; I am done with the Pharisee’s thanking You that I am not as other men are; I come with empty hands; I come naked, poor, and miserable;give it to me; I have nothing to buy it with. Oh, give it to me without money and without price, Your salvation!” Friend, does your pride kick at this? Be wise, I pray you, and bow your neck to the yoke of Divine Grace. Take care, too, that you make it a personal prayer—“Lord, give it to me.”Never mind your neighbors just now. Care for them after you are saved. Look after their salvation when your own is secure; but just now you have first to do with yourself. Your children? Yes, pray for them. Your relatives? Yes, consider them. But, meanwhile, now it is yourself, your own proper self that is concerned. Do not think of the whole congregation. Think now personally of your own soul, and say, “Lord, give me this Water.”

Source: http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols13-15/chs770.pdf

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What is the Living Water? What does it mean to eat the living bread? John 6:35

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. John 7:38

What is the living water? Some say it’s Jesus, some say it’s the Holy Spirit. Living Water is a gift from God when you believe in Christ Jesus. Read on……

Living Water comes from the Living Rock

Living Water is a gift for those who believe in Jesus Christ. It is given when a person believes in Him. It flows into our heart cleansing us from all unrighteousness and flows out as rivers into each area of our life. This living water wasn’t available to us until Christ died and gave us the promise. Just as the Rock in Exodus sprung forth water after it was struck by Moses, Jesus was struck and from His sacrifice we are given rivers of living water. The Rock is Christ who brings us salvation.
This living water enters our heart when we believe. He (Jesus) is the fountain and source of the living waters. The bible tells us we are a temple of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit of God lives within us. The living water from Christ cleanses us and creates a Holy place within our heart for the Holy Spirit to dwell.
The living water not only cleanses us, it also brings the promise of eternal life. Scripture tells us. “The fountain of living water within us will spring forth into everlasting life”. All we need to do is believe in Him and ask for it. Remember Jesus told the woman at the well that she needed to ask for it. Speaking of asking, the bible tells us also to ask God for wisdom and the gift of the Holy Spirit James 1:5 . Luke 11:13

Living Water is given when you believe

Let’s start at the beginning – We need to believe first. In order to believe, we have to hear the gospel. Faith comes by hearing. It’s like a seed planted in your heart. God gives us free will and allows you to believe it or reject it. The parable of the farmer explains this further showing some believe and receive the message with pure joy and delight but soon the worries of the world and pull of worldly possessions stop the seed from growing. Someone can believe at first – but there are more steps after believe. One in particular that we will discuss here is eating the bread of life, but for now, let’s look further into this living water.

The Living water and the seed of the gospel

In order to believe, you have to hear the gospel – that’s the seed the Lord tells us about in the parable of the farmer. So what happens when the seed of good news is watered with the living water? Here we have a picture of the great tree in Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17:7-8 and this person is referred (if you translated Hebrew) to as a great and valiant warrior! So we went from living water, to seed and now a living tree. Consider the verses :

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;  But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1: 1-3

The righteous man will be like a tree by rivers of water. How does a tree start? With a seed!! You see, the words in the bible aren’t there for nothing, everything has great and deep meaning. Let’s look at Jeremiah 17:7-8

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Do you see that? The One who trusts in the Lord will be like a tree by the river. Notice that before Jesus came, there were no rivers of living waters in us, the Holy Spirit was not in us either. Notice the verses talk about a tree by the rivers, just as those in the old testament did not have the Spirit of God in them, but there were times the Spirit was upon them- just like being by the river! Okay, let me rephrase. Before Jesus, Psalms and Jeremiah tell of the Godly man who trusts in the Lord is like a tree BY the river and after Jesus, the Godly man is like a tree with the rivers through Him.

Consider also Isaiah 55:1 and 55:1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price”. In verse 10, the Lord’s words are compared to rain from heaven watering the seed in the ground for the farmer being the same as God’s word coming from heaven and His Will being done. The Water is the Word of God being sent out and it waters the seed,the plant grows just as God sends His Word and it does not come back void. It accomplishes all as He has spoken. So again we see (free) water, the seed and God’s Will.

And what about the fruits of the spirit? They are from the tree that is watered by the living water. For now , remember: When we believe, the rivers of living water flow into us from the Lord, these waters also water the seed or the beginning of the good news we heard.

Moving on…..
Ezekiel 36:25 tells us the water cleanses us and will satisfy our eternal thirst. Jesus told us the same thing. It cleanses us from all filthiness and worship of idols. Just a water cleanses in washing and bathing, so the living water of the Lord Jesus cleanses our hearts of all filth, sins, iniquity and idolatry. Isaiah 55:1 calls out to EVERYONE “COME TO THE WATERS! COME BUY AND EAT, BUY WITHOUT MONEY AND WITHOUT PRICE.” We are called to the waters that are free for us, this is the living water. I’m convinced the food this verse is talking about is the living bread, because that too is free for us. In Proverbs 18:4, King Solomon compares the words we speak as deep waters and the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. Hopefully the words you speak are from the well of living waters within you, something to think about.

Is the Living Water also the Holy Spirit?

Isaiah 48:21 mentions the rock that was split and gushed out water. When Jesus died, this same thing happened. Jesus is the rock and the wellspring of living water. The living water comes from Jesus but what is the living water? In John 7:37-39, we are told that the living water from Jesus is for those who believe and it will flow out of our hearts. The next verse tells us that Jesus spoke this about the Holy Spirit, those who believe would receive the Holy Spirit, because until this time, the Holy Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified. In Eph 1:13-14, we have another indication of the Holy Spirit possibly being this water, but indirectly as if putting a puzzle together. Is it the Holy Spirit or does it cleanse our heart for the Holy Spirit? We know that the living water gives us, when we believe, eternal life and cleanses us, we also know that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit when we believe. Eph 1:13-14 tells us that when we believed in Jesus, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the promised possession. So here we are given 2 benefits to believingone is the promise of eternal life through the living waters, the others is our guarantee of this inheritance, the seal until redemption. It gets a little deep here, but I don’t know for sure if the water is the Holy Spirit, I see a link but not a 100% connection that the two are the same. In Act 2:38 The Holy Spirit was given to believers who repented, were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. In Acts 10:44 The Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word, and in Ephesians 1:13, those who trusted in the good news and believed were sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Living Water cleanses our hearts and it’s given when we believe in Christ. I don’t know if this is also the Holy Spirit– we know the blood and the water do sanctify and cleanse us. The Holy Spirit leads us, helps us, comforts us, gives us strength, wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, teaches us, reminds us….  and the Holy Spirit can be grieved. I believe the living water prepares the temple, cleansing the heart, for the Holy Spirit to indwell in us. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Power, Love, Wisdom, Fear of Lord, counsel and might. We are the temple of the Living God.

How do I eat the living bread? The flesh of Christ?

Now if we are cleansed through our belief in Christ (living waters) and the Holy Spirit indwells within us, we have another command to eat the bread or the flesh of Christ. This means to go forward, to walk with and to seek Him with all your heart.

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35

If you just believe and you turn back to your old ways and the world, you are like the seeds in parable of the farmer, who received the message with all joy but soon the cares of the world or satan snatched the truth or the seed from your heart. See, after you believe in Christ, you need to learn how to walk in His Ways by reading His word and living in righteousness and Holiness. This is what it means to eat the bread, and as you walk with Him. (Jesus call out “Come back to Me!”) This is what the bread is, it means coming towards Him, going to Him or coming back to Him from your wayward ways. Then those first rivers that flowed into your heart will now be a fountain within you.
Bread nourishes, bread strengthens. Don’t forget that seed…what happens when living water and the nourishment of the bread of life pass over the seed of the good news planted in your heart? Here we have the biblical example of that great unshakable tree in Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17:7-8. Somehow, and I can’t quite describe how, but I do know it’s true.. there are two parts or three functioning parts of the spiritual heart. It is the Holy Place in the temple – 1) you spiritual heart where the seed is planted and grows, 2) it is the well of living water that flows out as rivers and 3) it is also the heart of the precious Holy Spirit in the form of spiritual fire, sparks or a great flame. (Ezekiel talks more on this (water flowing from the temple chpt 47) but to add that in, would be too long. Hopefully I can put more study time into that concerning the living water as well and find my notes on it which have disappeared somewhere)

You may have believed at one time, but never did anything about it. It’s time to eat the living bread. He tells us if anyone eats this bread, they will live forever. Faith /Believing brings rivers of living water and eating the bread, or going forth walking in Him and with Him following His ways, will lead you to eternal life.

The bread which He gives is His flesh and He gave it for the life of the whole world. (John 6:41-) to eat His flesh and drink His blood brings life in you and to those He will raise up on the last day because they abide in Him and He in them.

*** I did have a vision of the heart and I could see the flames ( or no flames for some) of the Holy Spirit. Each trial and trouble looked like a demon spirit trying to blow out the fire. The more trials and tribulations the person had endured and overcame, caused the fire to grow. The bigger the flame, the more resistant the person was to new attacks – they weren’t bothered, that flame was too large for the enemy to snuff out.
On the other hand and at the same time I saw the heart with the outflows just as the bible says and also in Proverb 4:23. These outflows came from the heart and flowed into different areas of the persons life but also I could see that they connected the believer to Christ as if it were on a great vine- everything was connected through the vine and the heart. ***

 Zechariah 14:8 And in that day it shall be That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur.Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst

A promised River of Cleansing for the Jewish People
(my disclaimer: these are my findings, everyone has different opinions and ideas on these verses, but for now in my life, this is what I believe these verses to mean)

In Zechariah, the One they pierced will be before them (the House of David and inhabitants of Jerusalem) and they will mourn for the One whom they pierced. That’s Jesus and this time has not happened yet, so Zechariah is talking about the last days or the last day. After this great mourning and repentance, a fountain will be opened for them to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness, this fountain has to be the fountain of living water- that the House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will receive. This apparently will happen in the last days/day. Jesus will restore and fill those descendents of Israel with living water, those who did not believe, and now do believe because of His great Mercy on them. He has been watching and recording these families from the beginning of time, so awesome to think about! What a great day that will be. I think this verse directly relates to Revelation 7:17 where there is a seal of protection put on 144,00 of the tribes of Israel. Why? Well. A few reasons #1 both Zechariah and Revelation tell us that there will be salvation of the Jewish people in the last days, also #2 we know the Holy Spirit seals us. If the seal in Revelation 7 is the Seal of the Holy Spirit, then they believed in Jesus, which happened also in Zechariah and #3 further down in the chapter we are told the Lamb will lead them to rivers of living water which we also see in Zechariah. The Seal of the Holy Spirit, according to scripture is a guarantee, a promise and it seals us for the day of redemption. In revelation, it seems to be a protection over them from what is about to happen or redemption before whatever wrath is about to hit the earth. (This is all making me see the Jewish people as the prodigal son who returns home, interesting!)

 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. 11 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves;  the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves;  all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves. In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.  “It shall be in that day,” says the LORD of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered .Zechariah 12:10-13:3

Revelation 7: After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.  Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,  saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”  And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:
5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed;[a]
of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,Be to our God forever and ever.Amen.”13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”14 And I said to him, “Sir,you know.”So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.  They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;  for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.(remember they were mourning as if they lost a son in zechariah, could these tears be those of the House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem as Zechariah tells us?

Cracked Cisterns, Hearts that hold no water (look at all the 13’s)

In the book of Jeremiah, the Lord said that the people had forsaken the fountain of living waters – we know from previous scripture that this is Christ. The people turned and forsook the Lord , their hearts were then as a broken down well that could hold no water. Water would be poured in, but it would never be an outflow into their life because of the decision they made to reject the Lord, the fountain of living water which would have led them to eternal life.

Jeremiah 2:13 “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,And hewn themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Jeremiah 7:13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed.“Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the LORD, The fountain of living waters
John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.
Zechariah 13:1 “In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.
Hosea 13:15 Though he is fruitful among his brethren, An east wind shall come; The wind of the Lord shall come up from the wilderness. Then his spring shall become dry, And his fountain shall be dried up. He shall plunder the treasury of every desirable prize.

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35

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Pastor Saeed’s letter to his daughter Rebekka. A message of Hope

Saeed Abedini, the American pastor imprisoned in Iran, writes an encouraging and beautiful letter to his daughter on her eighth birthday.Pastor Saeed Abedini wrote this letter to his daughter for her 8th birthday, which was on September 12. This is the third birthday of Rebekka’s that Pastor Saeed has missed while he languishes in an Iranian prison for his faith. Source: Samaritan’s Purse

My Dearest Rebekka Grace,

HAPPY 8th BIRTHDAY!

You are growing so fast and becoming more beautiful every day. I praise God for His faithfulness to me every day as I watch from a distance through the prison walls and see pictures and hear stories of how you are growing both spiritually and physically.

Oh how I long to see you.

I know that you question why you have prayed so many times for my return and yet I am not home yet. Now there is a big WHY In your mind you are asking: WHY Jesus isn’t answering your prayers and the prayers of all of the people around the world praying for my release and for me to be home with you and our family.

The answer to the WHY is WHO. WHO is control? LORD JESUS CHRIST is in control.

I desire for you to learn important lessons during these trying times. Lessons that you carry now and for the rest of your life. The answer to the WHY is WHO. The confusion of “WHY has all of this happened?” and “WHY your prayers are not answered yet” is resolved with understanding WHO is in control…LORD JESUS CHRIST, our GOD!

God is in control of the whole world and everything that is happening in it is for His good purpose, for His glory, and will be worked out for our good (Romans 8:28). Jesus allows me to be kept here for His glory. He is doing something inside each of us and also outside in the world. People die and suffer for their Christian faith all over the world and some may wonder why? But you should know the answer of WHY is WHO. It is for Jesus. He is worth the price. And He has a plan to be glorified through our lives.

I want you to read the book of Habakkuk. He had the same question as you. But see that the Lord answered him in Habakkuk 2:3, “the vision comes and doesn’t delay on time, wait for it.” Mommy and I always had big desires to serve Jesus and had great vision to be used for His Kingdom and for His Glory. So today we pay a cost because God, who created us, called us to that.

And so I want you to know that the answer to all of your prayers is that God is in control, and He knows better than us what He is doing in our lives and all around the world.

Therefore declare as Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-­‐Nego did in Daniel 3: 17-­‐18!

17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

And learn and declare as Habakkuk did that even if we do not get the result that we are looking for, God is still good and we WILL praise His Holy Name.

Habakkuk 3:17-­19

17 Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.

Then my dear beloved daughter Rebekka Grace, I pray God will bring me back home soon. But if not, we will still sing together as Habakkuk did HALLELUJAH, either separated by prison walls or together at home.

So, let Daddy hear you sing a loud Hallelujah that I can hear all the way here in the prison!

I am so proud of you my sweet courageous daughter. Glory to God forever, Amen.

Kisses and Blessings,

Daddy

If I have nothing, I will always have hope. If my world crumbles and the earth quakes, I still have hope to cling to. If I hear of sickness and the dread of evil, I will not fear for I always have hope. I know that there will be a day of no more tears and no more fears.

A hope in the evidence of things unseen, which is my faith Hebrews 11:1

A hope, that now through Christ, I can draw close to God Hebrews 7:17-19

A hope, that is the anchor of my soul. Even though this life I may go through storms, trials and troubles that try to sweep me away into the waters, I will always cling to my hope, always looking ahead, always running for the prize, never doubting and finding my strength to endure in this hope Hebrews 6:1-

A hope that brings me behind the veil, into the Holy presence of our creator and Lord Jesus Christ who entered for us. This hope is sure and steadfast Hebrews 6:19

A hope that endures through the end Hebrews 6:11

A hope in eternal life and heirs to His Kingdom Titus 3:17

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The Armor of God: How do I put on the Belt of Truth?

The Whole Armor of God

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—  and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,  for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Put on the Belt of Truth –(Jesus is the Truth)

We are told to STAND having GIRDED your waist with truth. (Notice you need to keep standing even if you feel like collapsing. Put on the armor of God and you will not only stand but you will be victorious) We could go on a lengthy lesson on belts and truth but I want to make this easy to understand. Girding your waist/ putting on your belt of truth is simply knowing the truth and knowing how to walk as Jesus walked. It means you must know the truth and in order to know the truth, you must learn……. then to learn you must study God’s word. This is the foundation of every other piece of warfare.

  • If you don’t know the truth of righteous living, how can you put on your breastplate of righteousness ?
  • If you don’t know the truth of peace in Jesus, how can you put on the shoes of peace?
  • If you don’t know the foundational truth of your faith , how can you lift your shield of faith?
  • If you don’t know the truth of scripture, how can you lift up your sword, which is the word of God?
  • If you don’t know the truth eternal life in Christ, how can you put on your helmet of salvation?

How do I put on the belt of truth?
Begin each day by putting on the Belt of Truth, which is reading God’s word.  I just recently spent time reading 1 John. Here are truths I learned in the first two chapters: I am to live in obedience, I am to walk as Jesus walked, I am to live in love, I am to hold no anger or hatred to anyone, I am to abide in Him and His word in me, I am to live in fellowship with the Father and with others and I am to obey His commandments.

I needed to be reminded of these truths this past week. You could also study the Beatitudes in Matthew 5  or read 1 Corinthians 13 about Love. When I read the bible, I find truths to righteous living on every page. If you are just beginning, start by reading Proverbs and Psalms. Psalms 1 teaches us the importance of having the right kind of friends. Those are just examples.
Are you angry? Full of bitterness? Unforgiveness? Laziness? Lacking self control? Filled with lust? Search the scriptures for verses on these topics so you will learn how God wants you to live, this is learning the truth, this is putting on your belt of truth. Bible gateway has a topical index if you wanted to search an online bible.

Putting on the Belt of truth, Examples from 1 John 1-2:

1 John 2:3 we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
  Truth: I must obey Him

1 John 2:5 -6 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
  Truth: I am to walk just as He walked

2 John 2:9-11 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
  Truth: I need to forgive anyone that has hurt me or made me angry. The bible says to hate someone is the same as murder. If I hate, I am walking in darkness and neither is their light in me nor is their light around me to see the truth. It seems hatred for another causes spiritual blindness.

1 John 2: 15-17 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
  Truth: Do I love the things of the world more than God? Would I rather sit in front of the tv or internet instead of spending time with Him? Do I put anything before God? Being prideful of accomplishments, wealth, material things is not from God the Father – check your life and see is this pride has snuck in. Am I living in the will of God, because only then I know I will abide forever with Him. Have I been helping others? Would I rather buy name brand items than help someone in need? Just thoughts……

29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him
  Truth : Is my life a life of righteousness? Do my words speak righteousness? Am I an example of righteousness to my family.

As I ponder these truths, I can see areas where I am borderline or not living righteously… maybe in my sarcasm, my jokes, maybe my words haven’t been acceptable before God. I can see times where I’ve neglected my prayer time and put things of the world first before God. I know these are things I need to change.

Putting on the Belt of Truth, examples from Proverbs:

Proverbs 13:13 He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
Truth: This shows me the importance of Godly living, that I need to spend time reading God’s word. If I don’t understand, I keep going and all the while asking for understanding for God will certainly hear my prayer. I will fear God and honor His commandments.

Proverbs 13: 20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
Truth: Are my friendships with questionable friends the right thing to do before God? If I want to be wise, I must walk with the wise. If I chose fools for companions ( and we know who they are) destruction is ahead. (yikes, I needed that one too)

You might also enjoy reading : 77 DON’TS FROM KING SOLOMON (PROVERBS)

Putting on the Belt of Truth, Examples from Psalms:

Psalm 52:1-4 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually. Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah You love all devouring words, You deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy you forever; He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah 6 The righteous also shall see and fear, And shall laugh at him, saying, 7 “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.”
Truth: Why do you keep boasting of your angry explosions? Do you think you’re so tough? Why do you boast in your evil? You tongue is full of lies, hurting others like a sharp razor And you even enjoy it. You would rather lie than speak righteously. You are proud that your words can knock others down , your words devour others. In the end, your strength will be as nothing, your will be thrown out of your living place and God will destroy you forever – so stop being a jerk

Applying these truths to your life

I didn’t know and understand everything when I first decided to live for Christ. The Holy Spirit will give you understanding and help you understand how to apply the scripture to your life. It’s dangerous when you start to make your own ways and your own rules about your Salvation and your beliefs. In Romans 1, we are told that those who go their own way and make their own god based upon their own thoughts are living in confusion. The bible is your foundation, it is true and trustworthy. It is Holy Spirit inspired and every single letter is there by God’s will. It will change you and make you the New Creation in Christ that the bible speaks of in 2 Cor. 5:17

Okay, so now you understand your belt of truth. You can’t put on a belt of truth without the truth. The next two things you must put on are the breastplate or righteousness and the shoes of peace. Simply put, this means you are to apply these truths to your life and walk in them. There is protection in righteous living. There is protection when you live in peace with others. The two go hand in hand. You can’t have peace with others unless you are living righteously and you can’t live righteously unless you are living in peace . You can’t live righteously without the truth and you can’t live in peace without the truth.
Without this, you are unguarded and opening a door for the enemy to come in – maybe in anger, unforgivinenss, bitterness,  etc.

So taking one step at a time, learn the truth (it will set you free) and walk in it. Once you have the 3 pieces of armor on, you will be able to easily pick up the last 3 pieces of armor – the shield, the sword and the helmet.

 Below are a few more keys to the Belt of Truth that I discovered while studying a book on Warfare by T.Evans

1. adjust your life/thoughts/words/actions to the truth of God’s word
2. The belt is the foundation and place to keep the other armor
3. The Word sanctifies us and sets us apart for special use John 17:17
4. Be careful of the devils temptations, he mixes the truth with lies and knows your weak points
5. the devil tempted Jesus at his weakest point, after he had fasted for 40 days. Be careful when you feel weak, strengthen yourself in God’s word Matt 4:1-11
6. Put on truth, which is the word, which is Jesus
7. Endure through a testing time – in strife, discord, disunity, anger, malice, etc endure with your shoes of peace
8. Check your heart, actions and words. Be quick to repent when you realize your sins
9. Spend time in prayer…always. Ask for understanding, for a renewed mind and to show you if anything unacceptable is in your heart
10. Take my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ
11. Fix my thoughts Phil 4:8
12. Jesus is the truth

 

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Being a Christian takes effort on your part, Salvation and Grace are free, do you honor what’s been given to you?

Wow, I can feel the steam of anger rising up in many at this topic, but for the rest of you – beware! If you think you can believe in Jesus, go to church and live your own life according to your own desires you have been horribly misled. If you go to church and believe, but go home to live a secret life of anger, unforgiveness, malice, bitterness, lust, pornography, idolatry, adultery, drunkenness, strife, lying,  obscene talk and other sins, the bible says you will not inherit the kingdom of God. Let me put it plainly, those who live that way will end up in hell. He warns us in revelation of being lukewarm – they have no salvation.

Don’t let anyone tell you that as long as you believe in Jesus that you can go on living in sexual immorality and lust. Lust will lead you to hell. There is terrible sorrow ahead when you let sin rule your life. Read the scripture and stop listening to false teachers who don’t care about you or your salvation.

It’s true! Yes, there is nothing we can do to obtain His grace and Salvation – it is a free gift to us. However, we have to honor it, not abuse His grace. We must heed the warnings because many who have been told they are saved will find themselves weeping and gnashing their teeth on that great and terrible day. It’s like receiving an engagement ring. The bride to be didn’t have to do anything to deserve it, the groom to be gave it freely out of love. What happens if the bride runs off with other men during the courtship? What happens if the bride doesn’t honor the commitment? What happens if the bride really doesn’t love her fiancé? Will the marriage ever happen? Jesus said “If you love me, you will obey me” . Obedience takes effort. It takes knowing the scripture, knowing what the Lord has commanded us and taking the steps and the effort to walk in obedience.

  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God 1 Cor 6:9-10

“Let us” obey and hear the Word of the Lord

Below are scriptures that tell us that we must make an effort in our walk. When the scripture says – Let us – that means we must step out in obedience.  It takes an effort to stop in your busy day and pray, an effort to put time into studying His word and effort to teach our children. The Lord says “Be Holy, for I am Holy”. You may feel weak, but He is strong. Take the first step, get up and fight against the desires of your flesh, resist the devil and  don’t be a slave to sin. When you take the first step and each one thereafter, the Lord is there always to help you and strengthen you along the way as He is perfecting your faith. Here are a few:

Let us be diligent to enter His rest and not fall to disobedience. Hebrews 4
Let us lay aside the sin that ensnared us
Let us walk properly Romans 13:13
Let us not walk in drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy Rom.13:13
Let us put aside obscene talk
Let us lay aside malice
Let us lay aside envy
Let us lay aside evil speaking
Let us come boldly to the throne of grace Hebrews 4
Let us walk on in perfection Hebrews 6
Let us draw near to Him by the blood of Jesus with a true heart Heb 10
Let us hold tightly to our hope without wavering Heb 10
Let us consider one another to stir up good works Heb 10
Let us not forsake the meeting of ourselves together Heb 10
Let us encourage and exhort each other as we see the day approaching Heb 10
Let us work hard to prove we are really those God has chosen
Let us make every effort to confirm our calling
Let us follow after the things that make for peace and edify one another Rom 14:19
Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that ensnares us Heb 12
Let us run the race that is set before us Heb 12
Let us not sleep, as others do, but let us be watchful and sober 1 Thes 5:6
Let us put on the breastplace of faith and love and the helmet of salvation 1 Thes 5:8
Let us forget the past and reach forward to those things ahead Phil 3:12
Let us press forward to the goal for the prize of the call of God in Christ Jesus Phil 3
Let us walk in the Spirit if we live in the Spirit Gal 5:25
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying one another Gal 5
Let us not grow weary while doing good Gal 6
Let us do good to all Gal 6
Let us walk in the same mind Phil 3:15
Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit , perfecting holiness in the fear of God 2 Corinthians 7:7
Let us not commit sexual immorality 2 Cor 7
Let us not tempt Christ 2 Cor 7
Let us not complain 2 Cor 7
Let us not grieve the Holy Spirit
Let he who stands beware lest he fall 2 Corinthians 10
Let us cast off the works of darkness Romans 13:12
Let us put on the armor of light Romans 13:12
Let us walk properly as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness Roman 13;13
Let us not walk in lewdness and lust, nor strife or envy Romans 13:13
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths eph 4:29 people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:36-37
Let us show ourselves approved in good works Titus 2:6-8

As a Christian, you are called to holiness. This may take a while, but you have to lay aside the sins that are tripping you. Understanding this is step one in the breakdown of the strongholds and captivity that many Christians are suffering with. Don’t let sin rule your life. Ask God to show you if there is anyway in you that needs to change. Read the Lord’s warning to the churches in Revelation 2-3. He is calling the churches out in love to repent, to change and avoid punishment and disaster. Rev 2-3

1- they had forgotten their first love, they needed to go back to that first love they had of the Lord
2- they held false teaching and put stumbling blocks before the people, they needed to repent and change their false ways
3- they taught seducing doctrine, teaching sexual immorality, they needed to quickly repent and turn
4- they were dead, they were told to strengthen what little remains, their works were not perfect before God
5- they were to continue to keep His word, to hold fast so no one would take their crown.
6- They were lukewarm and would be “spewed out” of his mouth if they didn’t change

Repent and call on Him: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:19-21

Run the Race to Win :  Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Everything in life takes effort. If you want to run a race, you have to train. If you want to learn, you must discipline yourself to study. If you want to be healthy, you have to tell yourself no to things that could harm you. Why is it okay for us to work so hard for everything in life, but when I tell you that you must work hard to be holy you want to kick and scream? It’s really not that difficult. If you love Him, you’ll want to obey Him. Freedom comes with obedience, why do you want to continue to be a slave to sin?

Let us look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:1

Let us stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6

We are not perfect yet, but the Lord is helping us get there. Don’t give up and don’t be a lazy lukewarm Christian.

 Steps of Salvation from the THE BOOK OF ACTS:
1-BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST- FAITH
2-CONFESS YOUR SINS AND REPENT
3-TURN BACK TO GOD- He wants you to SEEK HIM – TURN FROM YOUR WICKED WAYS
4-BE BAPTISED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST-WASHING AWAY YOUR SINS
5-PROVE IT BY THE WAY YOU LIVE
6-GET RID OF ALL SIN AND WICKEDNESS
7-WATCH OUT FOR FALSE TEACHERS AND WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING

Ugh! I’m so sick of lying teachers leading people to hell. No one tells the truth anymore!

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Fox News “Christians Under Attack” with Greta Van Susteren #waronchristians

In case you missed Friday’s live show on Fox News, THIS IS A MUST SEE


   Pray without ceasing for the Saints who are suffering, remember them day and night in your prayers. Fear not in all things, for Christ is always triumphant – Trust in Him always and God Bless Israel.

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.  And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you.” 2 Thes. 3:1, 1 Peter 4:7-8

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