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Abiding in Christ

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(Hey ya’ll…it took me a long time to write this blog. It was for my own understanding of abiding and hopefully yours. I pray it brings you to a deeper understanding, joy and knowledge of how much Jesus has done for us so that we can abide in Him)

John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. (KJV)

Abiding is made possible in a person’s life post salvation only!

The meaning of abide: to remain, continue and stay with. To lodge, sojourn, and dwell with. To await, live and stand with.

Him in me and me in Him!    Him in me and me in Him!

Our abiding union with Jesus Christ is a very deep and profound relationship. There is nothing like it in the whole world. Who else’s god can actually live inside of them and can have such a unique relationship as to be so intertwined together?

Tanya Nemley’s interpretation of abiding: Accepting Jesus gift of salvation and attaching yourself to Jesus mentally and emotionally, never letting go of Him every day for the rest of your earthly life.

There are some people who say they have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior but they didn’t remain on the vine and were lost. They said the words with their mouth but in their heart they didn’t really hook up with their connection to Jesus. They had an empty conversion. Some people never connect to Jesus the vine. Those who have truly accepted Jesus Christ stay on the vine and they are abiding and are able to produce fruit.

Abiding is an ongoing process in order to stay on spiritual course!

This is done through your daily relationship with Jesus and your constant studying and obeying God’s word. Stay in the pocket with God. Don’t run ahead of God and don’t run behind. Stick very close which is abiding with Jesus. Don’t meet Him at church…be His church, be His mouth piece and be His kingdom builder. Allow the Holy Spirit to pour into your life which will help with the abiding. Imitate Jesus and be just like Him in all that you do and say.

Abiding in Jesus starts by:

1. Accepting the true vine “Jesus Christ”.
2. Staying on the true vine “Jesus Christ”.

Abiding in Christ is the essence of our whole Christ life.” Abiding is being so attached to the vine (Jesus) that we become a representation of who Jesus is to others and so proving to be true Christians.

There was a term from a movie that caught on around 2009 called “He’s just not that into you”. That means if you dated a man that he may not like you to much. If Jesus made a movie like that it would be called…”He’s so into you!” John 3:16 proves that. Isn’t it so cool that someone is so into you? But the ultimate abiding is that we are so into Him!

Abiding in Jesus is truly a symbiotic (a very close intermingling relationship) with God because of 3 things:

1. Jesus making this relationship possible.
2. The word of God being made real and alive in us.
3. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit living in us.

The benefits and results of abiding in Christ.

John 15:5-9 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

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The benefits of abiding in Jesus Christ are enormous!

1. You will have eternal life!!!
2. You will be in God’s will.
3. You will produce a lot of fruit and be spiritually productive.
4. Your life will be blessed and you’ll have great Joy.
5. You will be spiritually strong.
6. Your life will glorify God.
7. You will be loved and be able to love others.
8. You will prove to Jesus that you are indeed His disciple.
9. You will have unspeakable joy!
10. You will be sustained and nourished by your attachment to the vine.
11. You will be obedient to the word of God and be able to keep God’s commandments
12. You will have a life that is complete in all that God has planned for you!
13. You can be connected to everyone else who is attached to the vine.
14. You will have someone who is sympathetic to our suffering because of His suffering.
15. You will be put right with God and have an instant connection with him.
16. You will have the Holy Spirit in you for your entire earthly life.
17. You will have a close friend and will never be alone.
18. You will always have hope and can face anything in your life.
19. You will have power because of His name.
20. You will have a Shepherd and protector.
21. You will be clean and Jesus can present you to God on day.                                          22. You will have peace of mind and a calmness in your spirit.

 

You will have peace and calmness

Jesus went to the cross so that He would have the ability to abide in me and that I also will have the ability to abide in Him. I have accepted His gift. So now that Jesus has set everything up for my spiritual success…I need to stay as close as I can with Him to be successful in Him. I said this before but it needs repeating… “Abiding in Christ is the essence of our whole Christ life.”

How do you abide in Christ?

1. I need to be in God’s presence on and off all day long. I personally do this through prayer, singing, bible study, praying, praising God, listening to sermons or teachings throughout my day, talking to family and friends about Jesus, blogging about God and thinking about God constantly.

2. Pray continually means to talk to God all the time. It says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 To pray continually.

3. Keep studying, applying and obeying to what’s written in the bible.

4. Loving other people.

I do abide in the Lord but I have to be honest and admit that there are times that I have kicked God to the curb or I have pulled away from the vine. As I have gotten older and more mature in my faith I don’t do this as much anymore. Kicking God to the curb is a harsh statement to make… but it’s what happens in our lives when we let obstacles and distractions interfere with our ongoing relationship with God. Some distractions are, busyness, illness, jobs, even ministry, and a host of other things can get our minds off of God. We can sometimes put God on the back burner too. This disconnect from God can weaken our walk with God. When we start to again abide steadily with Jesus we can get ourselves back on track.

If we don’t abide in Christ the bible says we really have nothing. This means if we are not connected to the vine and have not accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior we as unsaved humans are dried up, shriveled up and will be gathered up and put into the fire and burned. YIKES!!! Not abiding in Jesus is dangerous and spiritually and eternally life threatening.

My dad grows a garden every year. This year he tried to grow corn. He planted a lot of it and it looked like it was doing well. The stalks were green and tall but when it came time to produce corn the cobs were very small and inedible. He also had some tomatoes that fell of the vines and just rotted and were also inedible. This is a fact….anything that doesn’t cling, stay or remain on the vine will not be sustained enough to produce a crop. It will be useless and eventually destroyed. As Christian can be affected by not staying close enough to the vine. We can become weak in our faith. We will not lose our salvation because the bible promises us in His word that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. (Romans 8:31-39)

The bottom line here is that if you’re not saved and you are not attached to the vine which is Jesus you are eternally lost. You will not get into heaven. If you are saved then you need to stay and remain close to God for your spiritual growth. Every soul born is NOT attached to the vine. Every person will have an opportunity to make the choice to be able to abide with Jesus. He did so much to make this possible. I hope this blog has opened your eyes to keeping your connection to Jesus closer now that you understand that He is truly the strength of your life. May Jesus bless you and keep you in His loving care…amen.

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YOU KILLED YOUR WIFE AND DAUGHTERS? WHY?

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This scripture is the answer to the above question:

John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
A Colorado man recently was arrested for killing his pregnant wife and 2 small daughters. Everyone is shocked at this heinous crime. There’s been many shocking crimes like this one and worse.

 
Also last week 2 husbands and fathers used an airplane to take their own lives and one of these fathers crashed the plane into his wife’s house so he could kill her and his son.
The 3 men in the above stories were said by family and friends to have been very nice people who didn’t show any signs of being capable of committing a crime like this. There has been an extreme lack of value for human life these days.

 
As more and more of these unspeakable acts are occurring I’m sure people are scratching their heads and asking why?

 
                                     WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

 

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If you are not God’s child as a result of you accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savoir then, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.” John 8:44   This is what the bible says!

 

By this the children of God are distinguished from the children of the devil: Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is anyone who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:10

 
The devils attributes are: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

 
So what is happening in this world right now is that less and less people are living moral lives. Christianity is not popular anymore. The bible… even amongst some Christians… is considered old school. People are watching lots of horror movies, horror video games, and participating in all types of witchcraft for entertainment. A portal from hell is opened up in a person’s life when they allow these things to be a part of their lives. If you do drugs or alcohol…this will give you less control over your ability to control your actions. Since you are not God’s child the bible says that you are the devil’s child and he will have his demons put bad suggestions in your mind and you might act on them.

 
This is what is going on in the world today. Even if you are a Christian the devil is still very busy trying to get you to slip up so you will bring shame to God. Many Christian are suffering from moral failure.

 
Let me tell you all…it’s ok to enjoy the life that God gave us. I love to have fun and good times too….but know that there is a difference in this time in earth’s history. Something is different!!! I’m personally on high alert!!! This world belongs to the devil!!!  He’s doing what he does best…promoting evil acts through humans.  He works in their minds! (His plans don’t work on people who have their mind on Jesus and are obedient to the word of God.  This submission to God cancels his butt right out!!!!!)

 

 

2 Corinthians 4:4 satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

 
All of us need to be on high alert and do these things to guard against the devil:

  1. Being in prayer at the beginning of your day.

2. Having an ongoing relationship with God.

3. Repenting for any sins committed.

4. Obeying God and doing His will.

 

 

That is if you’re a Christian. If you are NOT a Christian….then I have very bad news…you are at risk for a crisis with no help or worse for the devil to influence you to do something you would never thing of doing.

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If you’re not a Christian this scripture verse can save your life in more ways than one: Acts 16:31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”

Ya’ll… this ain’t no joke!!!!! This is what we all are dealing with….Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
This is real serious!!!!
I’m a prayer intercessor (A person who prays for others on a regular bases.). Ever since I became a committed Christian in 1984 I have been interceding for souls. I’ve seen a lot of spiritual things from visions, dreams and messages in the heavenly spiritual world but I’ve also seen things from the dark side.

 

Before I became a committed Christian I attempted suicide a few times. My last and most serious attempt, I can tell you I heard the voice of the devil or demon telling me to kill myself. It was real. I was in a trance. I didn’t care about myself or my husband and kids at that moment in time. The devils influence was so powerful over me that I almost lost my life. Another example I experienced this time after I became a Christian… I was driving down the street in a really bad neighborhood and I heard the demons of drugs and all matters of evil roaming the street. I’ve seen a few other demonic things over the years so I know that our enemy is real and out there lurking to see who he can get to obey to follow his horrible and evil commands. I’m not trying to scare anybody. I’ve seen things and I know what the bible says about the spirit world. I feel the Holy Spirit is telling me to share these things today. God speaks I listen and share.

 
God knew all of this was going to happen to mankind and that’s why He sent His only Son!!!!

 
This is a difficult blog for me to post today. I walk around every day trying to warn people and win people to Christ. I’m 66 years old and I only have a certain number of years left. I’m gonna make every day count to encourage someone and to win as many souls as I can for the kingdom of Jesus Christ. I do this through my music ministry, my blogs and handing out my pamphlets about my personal testimony of what Jesus has done for me.

 
I want to share again this VERY POWERFUL scripture with you today that will help you immensely with the subject matter for today:

 
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.

 
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They slapped Jesus right in His face!!!

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Matthew 18:22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.

 

Matthew 26:67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him

 

Matthew 27:30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.

 

Mark 14:65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.

 

Immanuel עִמָּנוּאֵל‬ means “God with us”.

So let me get this straight…God Himself came down to the earth that He created and fixed things so we could straighten out our relationship with Him so that through Jesus Christ we could be holy and clean enough to be presented to God and live with Him forever in heaven? Yes!!!

 
So the most Superior Supreme and Holy being in the entire universe allowed Himself to be tortured by His own creations so that we could be adopted by Him and become His very own child? Yes!!!

 
So God is now my Father because I accepted His Son Jesus as my Savior and nothing will ever separate me from Him? Yes

 
Knowing all the horribleness that God allowed Himself to go through….how does that make me feel? Very loved!

 

To all who read this blog today….please read those 4 scriptures verses above one more time and then close your eyes and just think for a few moments about what God went through to make you His….How does it make you feel? Who would do that for somebody? If you’re not sure that God loves you…just keep reading those 4 verses.

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Thorn In The Flesh, God Why?

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One of Paul’s thorn experiences!

I usually have lots of pictures on my blog but today less pictures so that you can just take this all in and let God’s scriptures and commentary do its work in you. If you are going through a thorny time and you got the tee shirt…I’ve got the same tee-shirt because I’m going through the thorn experience too.   I feel for you! I’m here to tell you today that we can do this!!!! (With Jesus…I ain’t that crazy to do this alone!)

Let’s read the scripture about Paul’s  thorns:
2 Corinthians 12: 1-10 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. 3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.

6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

There is a purpose for the thorns….let’s explore this.

What is a thorn in the flesh? In doing my bible research from several scriptures that mentions thorns I came up with the following answer:

A thorn in the flesh is any difficulty that causes pain and torment to a person because of the work they are doing to build the kingdom of God. For Paul the thorn was the obstacles he faced during his evangelistic work.  Paul’s obstacles might have been as a result of his suffering for promoting Jesus Christ, having heavenly visions, writing the scriptures and for training up other Christians to promote Jesus.

Some examples of thorns can be:
1. Being bullied, persecuted or harassed by people who treat you with contempt and insults.
2. Situations that cause you extreme weakness and severe hardships.
3. Beatings, abuse and torture almost to the point of death.
4. Unbelievably hard difficulties from excruciating physical pain or extreme mind blowing attacks.

I have a thorn in the flesh. It hurts a lot. It’s very painful everyday day. Some days are more painful than others. It’s been constantly tormenting me for a long time now. It doesn’t get to the point of killing me but it has been close a few times. For those of you who follow my blogs you know that I’ve been through a lot.  There have been many more events that are to long to post.  I have asked God to take stuff away but so far it’s still  continues to be a part of my life. I’m thankful though for God’s sustaining grace! Like Paul said:  “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

 
I use to think what’s happening to me was really cruel. It’s very hard to process this sometimes. In fact I use to get very angry about it. I didn’t understand how could someone who said they love me could let me suffer and be tormented like this.

Over the years I’ve figured out that suffering for Christ has its “purpose.” I also know that God has explained as much as He’s going to about this kind of suffering to me.  I believe this kind of torment and its complete purpose will eventually be revealed to me when I go home to heaven.   Until then I gladly accept my Father God’s amazing grace. Many people say it’s wrong to be tormented in this way. They have accused me of not having enough faith or that I must have unrepented sin in my life as well as other reasons.

There are plenty of people in the bible who went through extremely painful situations and torment. Two that quickly come to mind is Job and Paul. I’m sure you know their story so I’m not going to retell it today. Many of Jesus disciples who were personally trained and loved by Jesus were also subjected to torment and died a horrible death. Many famous evangelists and ministers also had extreme difficulties in their lives.

 
This is Gods ways and He has offered grace to all those who suffer in this way. He has His reasons as to why He has allowed it all. This is His world, it’s His rules and His way. It is what it is!  I still believe, have faith and ask God for help during my difficulties.  He always responds  through His word or with direct help.  But many times He just doesn’t explain some things.

There have been many many times that God has answered my prayers. My family and I have been healed hundreds of times and delivered from crisis’s.  Looking back at my past troubles I have always made it through.  Yet… there are still many times that God just says… wait! 

 God has used me for His kingdom in unique ways over the years since I became a committed Christian. He’s given me many visions and some dreams. God has also given me hundreds of messages for people. I’m in constant communication with Him and have a deep relationship with Him.  He’s given me spiritual gifts which I use for His kingdom and most importantly I try to share the gospel with someone almost every day. God does not want me to be conceited, puffed up or haughty about how He uses me. I do try hard to humble myself.   But to make sure that I know that everything I do for Him comes from His power, the thorn in the flesh keeps me in check. Let me tell you…the thorn is no joke!!! It’s very painful but it gets the job done!  Thorns do this: Less of me…more of God and God gets all the glory!!!  Gotta’ love those thorns!

God’s plan to keep us humble by use of a thorn in the flesh is peculiar to me but again it’s God’s way. It’s in the bible. Paul made the explanation of why his thorn was there very clear. 

 A thorn is a wood-like prickly projection and the hardened pointy sharp part of a plant or bush. These thorns can be anywhere from an 1/8 of an inch to over 1.5 inches. Thorns protect the plant against anything that would try to destroy it. I believe our thorns also protects us from  being proud like satan by keeping us humble. Paul had a thorn and even Jesus Christ had thorns that caused Him to suffer but for different reasons. The soldiers twisted together euphorbia milii which is a thorny plant and they made a crown of thorns and pressed it into Jesus head.  We workers for the kingdom truly share in Christ sufferings with the presence of our thorn in the flesh.

 
Everyone will suffer when they have come in contact with a thorny bush.  Can we view the thorns purpose in our lives as beneficial?  How we respond to the thorn is up to us.  We can either boast gladly about our weaknesses or we can fear our thorns, curse our thorns or have a fit about them.

Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 I do know that we will be rewarded for our suffering and that God will wipe away our tears and we will never suffer like this again. I know that our eternal life will be more than we can ever imagine. This may seem like a Debbie downer blog today because who likes suffering…but clarity about suffering can be a relief. I needed my own blog today. I needed clarity for my present thorns. Recently I’ve been praying for many people who love the Lord but are going through tremendous trials. Knowing that God has a mysterious perfect purpose for our trials should calm us down and help us not to be afraid. God is a Holy and powerful supernatual being! He is our Father. He knows what’s best for us. His motives are at the highest level for us. He told us not to lean on our own understanding and that His ways are much higher than ours.

 

God’s got this…God’s got you!!!

How can we deal with a thorn in the flesh?

1. Have a very close relationship with God!!! Know Him for real!!!
2. Pray as often as possible!!! Be a blabber mouth with God!!!
3. Stay calm, fear not and don’t be anxious!!!
4. Keep your heart clean!!! Repent!!! Get rid of any sin!!!
5. Do your job for God!!! You know…kingdom building!!!
6. Put on the whole armor of God!!! You’re gonna need all of it too!!!!
7. Accept His grace!!! (Very important!)
8. Don’t get weary!!!
9. Encourage yourself in the Lord!!!
10. Read and believe the bible!!!
11. Encourage others with thorns!!! This really helps your own thorns!!
12. Trust God!!!

This scripture brings it all home……….
1 Peter 4:12-13 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

 

God is going to “whap” His glory on you when you see Him face to face!!! Hang in there!

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Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Revelation 2:10 

 

Morality is fading…Why?

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MORALITY... is what you know about what is right for you to do or wrong for you to do. It’s having an inner consciousness to do the correct thing which separates a human being from an animal.

James 1:21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Even if you weren’t taught good morals as a child, I believe ones inner’s consciousness can eventually figure out that there is right in this world and there’s wrong from experiencing human nature from others. I believe that parents are the first teachers of this concept. Parents set up a system of moral conduct and hopefully a system of spiritually guided conduct. It’s the biblically based spiritual guidance that can really shape a child’s life to make good moral choices in life.
If a child doesn’t get this from the parents it’s harder for them to develop good basic moral behavior. As an adult one has to figure out how to be a good person by developing good conduct. But our society has been sending out some very immoral images that have been stumbling blocks in people’s lives. That along with the decline in spiritually and especially in Christianity is a major cause of concern.

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Morality is a system of principles and values concerning people’s behavior, which is accepted by the general population.
You can check your morality by asking yourself a few questions:
1. Do my ethics, principles, accountability, integrity, values, respect, consciousness, honesty, decent human behavior, law abiding virtues, and conduct express a high level of morality?
2. Do I follow The Ten commandments and principles Jesus has commanded?
3. Do my personal choices or behavior hurt others?
4. Do I live by good values all day every day?
5. Do I feel remorseful for my bad behavior and try to make things right?

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I see people doing a dance called the limbo. There’s a horizontal bar that dancers take turn bending backwards under without touching the floor. Whoever can bend back the lowest without touching the floor is the winner. Morality is that horizontal bar being lowered. People are bending lower as the bar is dropped. As the people are going lower and lower…some fell on the floor and were swooped down right into hell.

2 Timothy 3:1-4 …People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…
How did we get here?
We were supposed to let our light shine brightly as to draw people to Jesus like a spiritual pied piper.  Jesus said that we were to be the following 2 things.
1. “You are the salt of the earth…” (Matthew 5:13)
2. “You are the light of the world…” (Matthew 5:14)
The result:

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven…. (Matthew 5:16)
Jesus intended us to gospel the word and do this:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20)
The churches effectiveness has dimmed. Christians have less anointing and passion to want to save the loss. On top of that it is said that only 39% of Christians believe that the bible is the literal word of God. Without the word of God Christians are not believable anymore and other religions have moved up the ladder. Lack of biblical knowledge equals no faith and no faith equals no power!
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Where is the power? …The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 Where are the righteous people? Oh I know…Inside the place of worship/the building. Where are the sinners? Oh I know… they are in the field… Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Matthew 9:38

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As a result of the condition of the church… (Christians, not the building or place of worship) very low morality in human nature is the norm now. When morality is lowered it brings evil into a whole other realm. Satan isn’t doing more… Christians are doing less. Evil isn’t getting worse…it’s always been evil but more people are losing their morality because of the influence of sex, violence and mysticism on TV, in video games and in the movies. Also the bible teaching/preaching has been altered and biblical principles and spiritual laws have been changed by spiritual leaders. Even the government has overruled biblical principles the years. People’s hearts and minds have harden to truth.
Be warned… Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7!

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This is some very serious stuff here.
Matthew 24:37-39 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

(I’ve been doing a lot of warning lately. I’ve been feeling an urgency in my spirit. I can’t explain all that I’m feeling but I know what I know. To the church…we are the bride of Christ. Have we done all Jesus has commanded? Are we really ready to meet the Bridegroom? To the unsaved…Have you changed your mind? Are you ready? Judgment day is fast approaching!)

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Starbucks Makes Me Wanna Pray!!!

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The second title for this blog is….”Park and Pray”

Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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Sometime a person just needs some real alone time with God. I love to go to my favorite Starbuck spot, get my coffee and park in their large parking lot and just drink my coffee and talk to God. I love when it’s a sunny day with big poufy clouds. I look up at the sky knowing God is way up there somewhere and I just talk to Father God about what I’m feeling, I pray for myself and others, but most of the time I spend just worshiping God.

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For those who don’t have a car find a quite spot in a safe park or some special place outside and just talk to God.
I have my special Starbucks time with God at least twice a week and sometimes more. I talk to God all day every day but my Starbucks time is a little different. There is something about praying in a car. It’s so quiet and intimate. Then you have the visual by way of looking up at the sky. Sometimes I play a song that moves me into deep worship.
When I get to heaven there won’t be a Starbucks. I’ll just have straight up GOD in all His glory!!!!!
P.S. – If you turn your car off…turn off your headlights. I have recently learned that lesson 2 months ago. LOL! I’ve got my newly purchased jumper cables to prove it.
Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

 

 

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A lot of people pray at Starbuck!

 

Free will-ers

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God gave all human beings a free will. The Holy Spirit who is God and the most powerful being in the universe cannot break into your free will and mind and make you do what’s right. He can influence you but He can’t make you do what you don’t want to do. This is what He the Holy Spirit does:

John 16:8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:

This free will is very powerful in us. We can choose to do right or we can choose to do wrong. We can follow Jesus or we can make a decision to never follow Jesus. We have a choice to sin or not to sin.

I don’t like it when I use my free will choices and it hurts myself. When I’m doing right I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit on me and in me. When I’m doing things that I have no business doing, it wrecks my relationship with God until the Holy Spirit taps me on the shoulder to let me know I messed up. Then I ask Jesus for forgiveness.

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I want to do what I want to do, it’s my human nature. Like when I want to eat too much of something or spend money on something I know I can’t afford. I stick my head in the sand hoping to block out the Holy Spirit trying from to correct me. Then I go ahead and do what I want to do. I’m just being real here folks. Free will is not always good. God has given this to us because He doesn’t want to control us like puppets.

Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Free will is difficult at times to manage. You can make really good decisions with it and then not so good decisions with it. I would like to address the not so good part:

Dear Free will…I’m concerned about who you have become. I’m concerned about your rejection of holiness! I’m concerned about how you don’t want to pay God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit any mind! I‘m concerned about how your blind to truth sometimes. Free will… you were created with such good intentions. You have the ability to make choices and to see you using your gift of choice to cut Jesus out of your life pains me greatly.
Some of you freewillers have never accepted Jesus as your Savior in the first place. You say “I don’t need God at all.” You say “there is no hell” also”. I pray for you guys all the time and I know that the Holy Spirit is trying to contact you all! I know He is trying to get into your heart and mind so you can know truth. But oh freewill is hanging around to say “let me alone and leave me to myself!” Freewillers also say “get away from me, I don’t believe in all that nonsense.” Some other freewillers say “I don’t have time for Jesus right now…maybe later”.

 

 
God gave you a choice for you to refuse to believe in Him. You don’t have to have Jesus in your life! You can believe in anything you want to. The reason for my concern is simply that I care what happens to your soul. A soul is who you are as a person. You might say “well who do you think you are to try to get me to believe all this stuff?” I want to tell you these amazing things. God saved my life from suicide attempts!!!!! God saved the life of 4 of my kids when they were in intensive care. All of the blessings in my life has been amazing so why would I not want other people to have these blessings too?

 

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I care about the freewillers and most of all God loves you all so much. You only get one shot at eternal life with God because the minute you die…that’s it!!!!!!!!! You will know whether you were right or wrong immediately. Freewillers please reconsider things and just look into the historical evidence of the Jesus story. Please reevaluate your decision to not accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You have nothing to lose! You can still say no because you have your…free will.

 

Hebrews 9:27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
God gave us all a free will. What WILL you do with your choices? If you are already a Christian, will you obey the bible and make good choices for yourself? If you are not a Christian, will you say no or yes today? Your choice!

 

 

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