BECOME MATURE


Become mature picHave we become dull of hearing, slow to understand, or fallen away by becoming lazy? Have we forgotten why we were called? Time is passing by and we may have not been studying enough, and we tend to wander onto other things. We should be constantly learning so we can become a good teacher of God’s way. Some don’t want to grow up and have not fully developed enough and they want to stay a child, but we must mature.
Luke 8:14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way, they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature.
Are we stuck in a rut? Are we just standing still? Are we continuously trying to change our character each day to follow God’s way, or are we just comfortable staying a baby?
If we don’t grow, we only accept milk, but not solid food. God wants us to grow in character until we reach maturity, so he can return to us. We have a responsibility to learn between what is good or evil, what is wrong or right. Can you say that you are able to determine this?
Hebrews 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. We must continuously look to see what is appropriate or not and whether we need to avoid certain things that are evil or wrong. We must become mature. We may be holding Christ back from returning.
Ephesians 4:1-32 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, about your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Leave the foundation and build on top of it toward perfection, toward maturity. Change your thinking. Have faith toward God. Be diligent to make your hope and election sure. God promised us his inheritance and he is our anchor, our hope. Do we appreciate this?
Wake up! Grow up! Be mature!

Christ and our Heavenly Father are counting on us. They are watching.
Are we listening??

 

“Blessed are Those who wash their Robes”


Together we are running a race. We must fix our eyes on Jesus and run with endurance. This is our moment now to compete to win the crown of life. Those who are worthy are those who are clothed in white and have overcome all obstacles.

“Blessed are those who wash their robes and make themselves pure with the blood of the lamb. They are those who will come out of the great tribulation and will have the right to the tree of life and be able to enter the gates of the city.” (Rev. 7:14; 22:14)

HOW DO WE EARN A WHITE ROBE?

  • We are to make ourselves clean by washing away the evil thoughts and to stop doing wrong. (Acts 22:16; Isaiah 1:16)
  • We are to cleanse ourselves from sins, purify our hearts, and do good works in order to be used for a special purpose and then we will be made Holy. (2 Tim. 2:21)
  • We are to draw near to God with a sincere heart by cleansing ourselves from a guilty conscience. (James 4:8)
  • We are to ask God for forgiveness and repent of our sins. (Heb. 10:22) Jesus saved us through his mercy and washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. At baptism, we are washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of Jesus Christ by the Spirit of God. Without the shedding of Jesus’ blood, there would have been no forgiveness from our sins. (I Corinthians 6:11) (Titus 3:5) (Heb. 9:22)

 

HOW DO WE RECEIVE OUR INHERITANCE? 

  • To him who overcomes, they will be given the right to eat from the tree of life which is in the paradise of God and they will not be hurt at all by the second death.
  • They will be given some of the hidden manna and a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
  • To those who persevere to the end, they will be given authority over the nations and the morning star. They will be dressed in white and their name will never be blotted out from the book of life, but will have their name acknowledged before God and his angels.
  • To him who endures patiently, they will be kept from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
  • A pillar will be made in the temple of God and never again will they leave it. God will write on them a new name.
  • To him who overcomes, they will be given the right to sit with Christ on his throne, just as Christ overcame and sat down with His Father on His throne.
  • They will inherit all this and God will be their Father and they will be his son.

(I John 5:3, 4) (Rev. 2 & 3, 3:10-12, 21)

“Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb for these are the true words of God.” (Rev. 7:13-17; 19:7-9; 11-21)

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

 

THE UNVEILING IS COMING IN THE FUTURE


The world is blinded. They do not acknowledge that there is a God. They don’t accept that God is alive. In the future, the truth will be revealed and everyone will know God lives.

But there are a few now that do believe. They are a little flock whom God has chosen to open their eyes to see his truth and show them who he is and what he wants to accomplish. They are learning how to walk with God. Through many trials, they struggle, they persevere, they endure, they learn not to do evil, they learn not to sin and instead they follow their brother in Christ, Jesus. They know that their future holds the key to the Kingdom and the reward of Eternal Life.

(Read these scriptures: Taken from the book of Isaiah 29:18-24; 32:3; 35:4-10; 40:5; 42:7)

In that day, the deaf will hear the words of the scroll and out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind will see. The humble will rejoice, the needy will rejoice. The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear. Those who complain will accept instruction. The eyes of those who see will no longer be closed and the ears of those who hear will listen.

Be strong, do not fear, your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution, he will come to save you. Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.

A highway will be there (the pathway to God’s Kingdom) It will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it. It will be only for those who walk in that way (God’s way of life)

Wicked fools will not go about on it. Only the redeemed will walk there. The glory of the Lord will be revealed and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. He will open the eyes of the blind, free the captives form prison (those under the sway of Satan) and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

(Read these scriptures: 2 Corinthians 3:14-18; 2 Corinthians 4:3-18)

But their minds (Those in the world) were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.

(Those God calls) But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

(God’s chosen followers) But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

It is written: “I believed; therefore, I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Does God hide? Find out more about the unveiling here by clicking on the link. http://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/evil-and-suffering/does-god-hide/

 

 

 

Where is peace?


Where do I get my peace? My peace is with God. He gives me peace of mind.

God wants to share his peace with us, but not many people seem to want it. If they did, they would seek it out and seek God.

This is where I find my peace:

  • My peace is knowing that God is there for me anytime I need him.
  • My peace is knowing that there is a future beyond what this world of troubles gives me.
  • My peace is knowing about God’s plan for our future.
  • My peace is knowing that my Father God provides all my needs: protection, guidance, wisdom, understanding, clothes, food, shelter and best of all love and peace in him and his truth.

He can do this for you too. How? What is your part in obtaining peace?

Go to God in prayer, repent of your sins, ask God for his forgiveness, make a commitment to live a new life with God by your side. Do good to all by showing love and compassion. This is the only way to find true peace.

(Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.)

First, you have to believe that God exists. Faith is the key to believing. Understanding follows and you gain knowledge through studying God’s word and what he wants from you.

(Psalm 119:2-3 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— they do no wrong but follow his ways.)

You see, God wants you to acknowledge that he is God by believing that he sent his son Jesus to pay for all of our sins. He wants us to make a commitment to him, be baptized and upon baptism, receive his gift of the Holy Spirit that will help you during your journey toward living a better life, changing your attitude, striving to stop sinning and live as Jesus did.

(Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.)

(I John 3:23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.)

If you do this, God promises to wipe the slate clean and reward you with Eternal life to eventually partake of the tree of Eternal life. God promises to give you many blessings and he has done this in my life.

(Acts 10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”)

(Acts 13:38 “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”)

So, where is my peace?

My peace is listening to God’s word, trying to do the best that I can to live as Jesus did and live peacefully with everyone.

I found my peace with God.

Where is your peace?

Check out: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/christian-living/the-way-of-peace/

 

Love Conquers All


What is our calling?

God called us to do good to all and to create a bond of togetherness. He is preparing us for works of service to others and wants us to build unity. If everyone does their part in the body and builds each other up with encouragement, it will bring us closer together as a family. We are God’s workmanship, created to do good works. Ephesians 2:10 & 3:19

God arranged all parts of the body just as he wants. We are many parts but just one body. If one part suffers we all suffer. If one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.      I Corinthians 12:18, 19, 26

God wants us to love like he does and be imitators of him by living a life of love. Why? Because God is “love” and love comes from God, therefore we should love one another.

We need to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. We were called to one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God, Father of all. From Christ, the whole body is joined and held together by every supporting ligament that grows and builds itself up in love because everyone in the body does its work. Ephesians 4:3-6, 16

We know we belong to the truth by how we set our hearts. We know that Christ lives in us if we obey the commandments and we show our love to one another by walking in love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God and God in him. Ephesians 5:1-2; II John 1:6

We must love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and with all of our strength and also love our neighbors as ourselves. If we do this, our God is pleased with us because this is the greatest commandment of all.

How can we love one another?

We can love one another by being compassionate, gentle, patient, kind, considerate of others feelings, peaceful, encouraging one another, hopeful, caring, forgiving, comforting, concerned for the welfare of others, respectful and show outgoing concern toward each other.

God wants us to live in peace within the body and did not call us to be impure, but to live a Holy life. When we choose to show our love to others, we also are showing our love toward God. I Peter 1:16

Let our gentleness be evident to all and the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds. Phil. 4:4-7 God is not a God of disorder, but of peace. I Corin. 14:33 God’s love endures forever through all generations. Psalm 100:5

We can be shining examples by showing these fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control and by this we know love, that Christ laid down his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. Galatians 5:22; I John 3:16

This sums up what love means to God. He shows us that “Love conquers all”.

The Planting of a Seed


Jesus said to his disciples: “The knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that though seeing, they may not see and though hearing, they may not understand.” (Luke 8:9-10)

In the parable of the sower, Jesus said that the seed is the Word of God (Luke 8:11). When God calls someone, He plants a seed inside them that starts to cultivate their thought process and they start wondering about what and who God is. God draws that person to Him and they start wanting to know more and more by studying and learning about his way of life. God leads them to find out about His plan and what His purpose is for them. There are many He calls, but few are chosen, because some will not understand and the seed never takes root. (Matthew 22:14)

    • There are those who hear God’s word, but the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts so that they may not believe and be saved.
    • There are those who receive God’s word and hear it with joy, but it does not take firm root and it’s just temporary so that when sickness or persecution because of the word comes, they fall away from the truth.
    • There is another who hears, but as they go on their way, they get choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures and they do not mature.
  • Then there are those who hear, who have a noble and good heart and they retain God’s word, persevere and produce a crop. (Luke 8:12-15)

 

Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it. (Luke 11:28) For those who hear and retain the word and persevere, they will take their calling to the next step. They commit to follow God’s way through baptism. Once committed, God plants the ultimate seed, the seed of Eternal Life. God then continues to help this seed grow, his Holy Spirit, to help them flourish and begin to understand more each day.

Through trials and tests, the Holy Spirit guides them and helps them to put off the old man, the human nature inside of them. It shows them how to create a new being within themselves to become more like God in every way. (Ephesians 4:20-24)

As they continue on their journey toward becoming more like God, they find that the path they once took was no longer what they should have taken. Little by little, God helps them peel off those layers of sin until they become more and more mature.  Each trial is their training period that strengthens them to endure and grow.

There are choices that need to be made in order to stay on the right path toward God’s Kingdom:

    1. Stay close to God – Satan is our enemy and we need to resist him so he will flee. We do this by staying steadfast with studying the scriptures and standing firm in the faith with prayer and fasting. We must focus on the Kingdom and what is in store for our future. God gives us the power to endure with his Holy Spirit. (I Corinthians 16:13)
  • Avoid Satan’s traps of deception – Christ sets us free from the bondage of Satan by the Holy Spirit. Christ then transforms us through his spirit into the likeness of God if we follow what the Spirit says. Through God’s Spirit, he allows us to shine out of the darkness, as he makes his light shine in our hearts and minds. (James 4:7; I Peter 5:8)

 

  1. Resist temptation – Jesus was also tempted by Satan, but he resisted and we must learn to do this too. He had to be made like us in every way. He suffered when he was tempted, so that he would be able to help us when we are being tempted today. (Matthew 4:1-11)
  2. Overcome – God has offered the tree of life to those he calls now. Those who listen to His call and respond are given an opportunity to repent of their sins, accept Jesus as their savior, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. They are reconciled to God and can reap the reward of partaking in the tree of life and entering the Kingdom of God for all eternity. If we overcome our sins, the pressures of this world, resist Satan and endure to the end as Jesus did, we will be rewarded. (Matthew 25:34; Galatians 3:22)

 

Which path will you choose? The future is in your hands.   God provides us with the strength we need through the seed of God’s word planted within us. We can flourish and grow toward God’s Kingdom—so that we can one day say, “We won the race, we persevered, we stayed strong, we grew to maturity, we have victory!”

(1 John 5:4-5; 1 Corinthians 15:57)

The Key to God’s House


Is there a place for you to hide from the evil of this world? Those who follow the ways of the world are blinded by a veil that Satan has over them to keep them away from the truth.  Satan is holding the world captive. He broadcasts his negative energy toward them.  But, God has a house you can enter that is a special secret place where no one can find you and He can shelter you there, if you want to enter.

There are a few people God has chosen from the world to follow Him. They listen to God’s Spirit, His word. They are not deterred by Satan from following the path to God’s house.  God’s people have the ability to understand His truth. They have the peace of mind because they trust that He will take care of them while inside.  Only peace can be found in God’s house.

You can trust that He will shelter you and that His place is secure.  You must not doubt God’s goodness because He knows what He is doing. He will see you through any difficulties. Just ask Him for help.  (Psalm 31:20, 24)

The world does not belong in God’s house, nor can they enter because they don’t know Him.  Only true Christians who follow God’s ways are allowed to enter and will be given the key.  (I John 3:1; 5:19)

When you are in God’s house, there is no need to worry anymore. He shields you with His armor.  Yes, the world is still going to be evil. The terror will be there outside of God’s house, but inside, you are protected. As long as you stay close to Him, follow His commandments, and live by His laws, you can count on His protection.  (Psalm 5:11) (Ephesians 6:10-18)

You can pray and sing with the Lord during difficult times because this is your hiding spot. It is a place where God is ready to listen and provide you with shelter.  Those who live with God will find rest.  (Psalm 32:7)

God promises to protect and rescue you as long as you set your mind on the things above and not on earthly things.  If you maintain closeness, no harm will befall you, nor disaster will come near you and God has angels that will protect and guard you in all your ways.  (Colossians 3:2-3)

How can you obtain the key to unlock the door to God’s house?

  1. You cannot be distant and just visit His place once in a while when you feel like it. You will not be protected unless you maintain a close relationship with Him and visit daily.
  2. As long as you draw close to God, you will be protected from the effects of this evil world and it won’t affect you as much as if you were apart from Him.
  3. God will hide you as long as you seek Him on a day to day basis.
  4. If you do not stay close to God by studying, praying, and fasting; you will be easily swayed by the traps of the devil. You may fall into despair at times, unless you draw near to escape.
  5. If you love God, He will rescue and protect you. He will acknowledge your name if He hears you knocking at His door.
  6. If you call upon the Lord, He will answer, honor, satisfy, and show you all His salvation.

So, yes, there is a place where you can dwell with God whenever you need to have rest. He will provide you with a key to enter, as long as you are willing to obey, seek, and learn from Him.  (Psalm 91:1-16)