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“How can we be The BRIDE OF CHRIST and be the Girlfriend of Satan???”-Brother Marcus
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Hosea 4:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
By SUZIE ELLER
|“I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (NLT)
They showed up at my door when I was 14.
Because they went to my school, my mom let them in. They stumbled into my room, standing awkwardly with their youth pastor behind them. One invited me to come to church. Another teen shuffled from foot to foot and asked if she could tell me about Jesus.
I didn’t want to hear it. I was angry at God, if there even was one.
I didn’t grow up in church, so I didn’t know a lot about the Bible. All I knew is that life was hard, and I didn’t want anyone to fix me.
Thank you very much, now here’s the door.
I can only imagine the scene afterwards. A bunch of teenagers clustered on the sidewalk outside our home on Latimer Street, wondering what in the world just happened.
I’m sorry. I really am.
Wherever you are, I want to thank you for trying. I don’t know why you picked me, but I love the fact that you wanted to tell me about Jesus.
That day you didn’t find fertile soil, but a small seed was planted. Jesus eventually rooted His love in my heart and changed not only me, but also generations after me. I wish you knew that the angry girl in the bedroom became a woman of faith who loves nothing more than telling others about Jesus.
In today’s passage, Paul and Apollos had faithfully planted seeds of teaching in a new church body. We see the newness of the church as members debate about who is the most important, Paul or Apollos.
Paul diverted the attention away from himself to remind them of a simple truth: Telling others about Jesus is not about one person or another. It’s not about recognition. It’s not even about success or failure.
It’s about faithfully planting seeds, watering them and allowing God to grow them.
If someone were to look at those teens standing in my room, they might think that their words had little effect. One day in Heaven I plan to thank them. For every person, including them, who bravely shared the truth with me planted a seed of faith in my heart.
Like Apollos and Paul, one planted. Another watered.
And then, at just the right time, a seed sprouted and broke the crusty soil of my angry heart.
Why am I telling you this?
Maybe you’ve sensed for a long time that you’re to talk to someone about Jesus. You’ve hesitated because you don’t know how or you don’t want to fail. Perhaps you even experienced someone like I once was, and it made you think twice about trying again.
But I want you to know something.
When you move beyond your fears to tell someone that Jesus loves them, it may be exactly what they need to hear that day even if they don’t know it yet.
I want a front seat one day in Heaven when those teens discover that their bravery wasn’t in vain. I want to hug their necks and thank them. In fact, there will be a lot of seed sowers I want to thank, because all of them together made a difference.
They sowed. Some watered. God grew me.
If God is leading you to tell someone about Jesus, don’t miss that moment. There might be someone in your path — a woman, a girl, a friend, a loved one — who doesn’t know Jesus loves them and His love changes you forever.
Lord, thank You for allowing me to plant a seed, or water a seed or perhaps to even watch a seed come to fruition in the life of another. Lead me. Guide me. Show me what to say and when to say it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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by John D. Morris, Ph.D.
“These things write I unto thee, hoping to come into thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:14-15)
The church has been ordained by God to be the primary instrument through which His work on Earth is to be accomplished. Here Paul uses three phrases to describe three aspects of the church:
The house of God: The Christian family with husband, wife, and children performing their God-given roles, provides a beautiful picture of the relationship of the church (the “bride” of Christ) to the Lord. The household of God consists of a family of believers where love controls and where He is honored. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).
The church of the living God: The ekklesia, or “called-out ones,” serve the living God. “The blood of Christ [shall] . . . purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14).
The pillar and ground of the truth: A facade pillar of a building is not used for support, but rather for display by elevating or calling attention to something else. The ground provides the support. The church should function to support and display the whole truth in such a way that all men can see and believe it.
It should be a family of believers exhibiting brotherly love, individually and corporately serving the living God out of a pure conscience, defending the truth, and displaying it to the lost. May each of us as church members enjoy and support such a church. JDM
“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.”
1 Peter 4:13
Whether or not a person acknowledges the truth as a fact or considers it as a fictional fib, the truth will always remain the truth. Therefore, the truth can never become a lie irrespective of people’s disbelieve, opinions or amount of antagonistic information or materials presented as evidence against the truth by none other but the actual disbelievers of truth. The fact remains, that whether a person believes it or not, there are invisible spiritual forces behind the scenes of the seen world that are working overtime to deny mankind the benefit of the truth. Every human being in the natural world is a spirit being. As spirit beings that are living in the world as human beings, the reality of the status of our existence is actually a spiritual matter and not physical. At the very heart of our human existence is our beliefs. Our beliefs dictates our ways, reasonings, actions, behaviour, character, and, what we consider as wrong and right. Belief is at the heart of practice of human cultures, traditions and religious practices. People are in fact generally passionate about their beliefs because belief is actually seen as the very source of our identity. Therefore, when a person feels attacked on his or her beliefs, that attack is more or less equivalent to an attack on his or her identity. And if indeed as human beings our number one priority is to protect what we see as our identity, it is obvious to see why people are generally so passionate about their beliefs and often prepared to do just about anything to preserve it and, also to make the belief a popular one in the world by grafting other people into.
Strictly speaking, no one in his or her own right mind would rather have a lie as his or her truth. If belief is at the very heart of who we identify ourselves to be and also how we relate to others in the human society, then each person in his or her own mindset of belief must clearly believe that his or her beliefs are indeed the only truth. The fact however is, that if every belief is an absolute truth then it clearly means there is no absolute truth. Truth in this regard will be more or less subjective and not objective. One person’s truth will of course be another person’s lie and if everyone is right in his or her belief of truth then it means none is wrong and all is right. The fact of the matter is this cannot be right! And if the truth cannot simply be, that everything believed in as truthful by man is in fact truthful, then the question remains what is truth and how can we find the truth in a world whereby every belief is arguably presented as the absolute truth?
Interestingly enough, the exact same question Pilate asked Christ during the trial of Christ is: What is truth? Christ of course had already previously answered this exact question as follows:
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6)
Christ clearly as emphatically stated in His answer in the above Scripture, by no means suggest, that the truth is separate from Him or that it is anyone or anything else but that He is in fact the truth! Therefore, if we were as believers of Christ to only preach just this one verse of the Bible, what we will in effect be saying to the world is that all other beliefs, ideas, doctrines, etc, that are suggested to be the truth are actually false and not the truth at all! And in a world whereby everyone would very much like to believe that his or her truth is the absolute truth, it is clearly obvious to see why a believer of Christ in this respect will be passionately hated and deeply persecuted.
The question however is, are the genuine believers of Christ after setting up a monopoly belief ideology in the world that is meant to wipe out other beliefs of truth, therefore rightly hated and persecuted? Or, are they wrongly persecuted and hated for spreading the message that Christ is indeed the only truth in a world whereby several lies are in fact masqueraded as truth by the hidden evil forces, and passionately believed to be so by many to the detriment of their own souls? If Christ is indeed the truth and, the one thing people who consider themselves to be right minded people are after is indeed the truth, why then are people so anti any message of Christ as being the only truth? The fact of the matter is, if we go by our human emotions and rely on our carnal mind of reasoning it will be impossible to end up with the right answer to these thought provoking questions. Our only means of ending up with the correct answer is not by information only but, when information becomes translated into revelations.
Revelations does not come by the processing of information with our ordinary minds. It only comes by the revealing of the hidden mysteries of this world to us by the one who knows all and sees all, which is believe it or not God. As human beings, we are indeed on a discovery journey and the greatest discovery a man can ever make is not scientific but supernatural. Supernatural life is reality realm and the natural is in fact controlled by the supernatural. The ruling Head of the supernatural, which the natural is subject to is God. Therefore, our only means of finding the final answers to the mind boggling questions we endlessly ask in the natural world can only be if we enter into the supernatural presence of God, through the only accessible door into His presence. The supernatural is inarticulable by the natural mindset of reasoning. Indeed man’s number one hindrance to understanding the supernatural is actually to do with his natural beliefs. Therefore, in order for a person to understand why Jesus is indeed the only truth, and as the only truth the only door of entering God’s supernatural presence, he or she must first and foremost do away with his or her natural mindset of thinking and reasoning (John 10:1-18).
It is of course easier said than done for any human being to simply do away with his or her natural human beliefs. And the main reason for this is simply because beliefs are not just something that takes its root and foundation in the natural, but a conviction stemming from the spiritual supernatural world, and embedded deep in the soul of the spirit man as being the truth even though it might be for all intent and purposes a spiritual lie. The fact that belief is actually a soul conviction and not just a natural ideology means that, a belief rooted and sourced from the evil foundations of the evil forces fallen angels can only work to keep the spirit man firmly in bondage of sin, and in sin death, which is the consequence for sins. The only belief that can work to liberate a spirit man from sin, and spiritual death as consequences of sin, is the belief that is of the truth. And it is for this exact reason that the invisible hidden forces of the spiritual world whose main objectives are to keep man’s soul bound in death, always present their lies to human beings in the world not as outright spiritual lies but, as a lie that is masqueraded as absolute truth.
To be convicted in lies and believe those lies are in fact absolute truth is to have a spiritual identity that is rooted in lies. A person whose spiritual identity is rooted in spiritual lies will only identify his or herself with lies and as such, he or she will be passionately angered by the spiritual truth, that goes to highlight that the spiritual foundation is of a rotten one of lies. In addition, he or she will not only passionately despise spiritual truth but, will see it as his or her primary human life mission to antagonise the truth by any means that is humanly possible in order to protect and preserve his or her spiritual identity, which unknowingly are rooted in nothing but lies. The truth, which is the only means by which the spirit man can be delivered from the foundation of lies into reality of truth, is entirely a matter of spiritual determination and not just a physical outlook matter. Jesus of course in regards to the question of what is truth, not only claim to be the truth but also emphatically stated that He is the Resurrection and the life itself (John 11:25-26). No other before Christ came to this world and, since His death and resurrection has claimed to be the resurrection and the life itself. And, even if there were to ever come another making such claim, those who are supernaturally awake in the true Christ will know for certain that the claimant can only be nothing but an imposter antichrist spirit.
The conviction that we have as believers in Christ, that we will in fact have eternal life through Christ is a supernatural conviction that is understandably inarticulable by anyone operating in the natural mindset of reasoning. But, for any believer that is fully covered by the blood of Jesus, and through Christ reconciled with the supernatural Holy Spirit of God, our conviction of eternal life through Christ is not a hoax idea but a living hope truth, guaranteed in our soul mind as an unfailing promise, which is assured to come to pass as it is already sealed by the covenant eternal life promise blood of Christ. However, for an unbeliever that is in a state of spiritual unconsciousness in the supernatural, and operating only in the carnal mind of the flesh all these things will of course be considered as nothing more than an unbelievable mysterious hoax concept!
The supernatural is indeed a hidden mystery for the mortal man and believe it or not unlocking this hidden mystery is only by having the right belief. The right belief according to Christ, is to believe that He is the only truth, and as the only truth, man’s only way of having eternal life. The issue for consideration therefore for every human being is simply one of belief. The question remains, do you believe He is who He says He is, and if NO, can your disbelieve by any chance change who He says HE IS? The simple answer of course is that, if Christ is the only truth, then your disbelieving Him as truth does not render Him a lie. Instead, the eventual discovery of Him as the only truth will in effect reveal to you that what you believed to be the truth outside of Him all along is in fact the lie.
Do I believe Christ is the only way of having eternal life? You’ve guessed right: Yes! I believe without a shred of doubt that He is who He says He is. Why? My supernatural answer is, that I know I am alive as a spirit being and assured of eternal life through Christ as life itself in me not just because the Bible says so, but because my soul man testifies and bear record daily of His indwelling presence as life itself in me (Galatians 2:20-21).
The fact of the matter is that, Christ did not come to this earth simply to teach us some doctrines that we can practice or observe as means of earning some good deeds browning points from God. In essence, He came from heaven to earth to reveal to us that He is in fact as the Resurrection and life itself the only door to God’s eternal life presence. And His question for you today in order for you to enter into Him as the only door to everlasting life, that can bring your spirit man to awakening, and in awakening access to the perfect revelation that you need in order to begin articulating God’s kingdom innermost sanctuary supernatural world of heavenly mysteries is: Do you believe He is who He says He is?
Your answer believe it or not is what makes a difference between your spirit man having eternal life and eternal death. Eternal death of the souls is not a scary monger ideology but indeed a supernatural fact of life if indeed Christ is the truth, the resurrection, and the life itself that He says He is and you disbelieve who He says HE IS, when as the truth itself, His words are actually entirely truthful!
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”