Happy New Year 2019

To all our readers, we wish you all a Very Happy New Year in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The good news of Salvation always seems dominant at Christmas time and so it should be. As born-again Christians we celebrate Christmas because of the Salvation gift to us, sinners who were separated from God the Father, and now have been redeemed through His special gift and sacrifice.

Luke 2:10-11 – And the Angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; 11) for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

What is it that is most important to you at Christmas time? Personally speaking, for us it has become more about reaching out to people, whether family or friends and even strangers on the street. We reach out in love, with a smile, sharing a meal, sharing a song, exchanging a few gifts and if possible, sharing the word of the Lord. I say, if possible, because some doors are closed, some are slightly ajar and by the grace of God some are wide open. It is the easiest time of year to mention the Lord with least resistance and opposition. Our beautiful Christmas Carols exemplify the wonderful message, and we achieve an atmosphere of peace and love, His very precious gift. Those of us who live in the four seasons are also awe struck at the wondrous beauty of snow covered trees, deer leaving their well marked prints in the snow and the clear crisp air we breathe. We look to our maker and are thankful to Him for this bounty and beauty.

Meanwhile we leave the greater world at a mere distance, knowing it moves on in its secular views, its false ideologies, its anger and crime, its burdens of poverty and destruction, knowing there is a better way. We wish everyone could feel this peace and joy and think everyone has the right to feel it and to know there is something far better, far more secure even in diversity. Our Lord Jesus Christ has made the offer to become His child, please accept this precious gift and get to know Him.

PRAISE BE TO GOD, FOREVER, AMEN

The Holy Spirit #5

We are looking at an additional perspective of the Holy Spirit as outlined in the Jack Van Impe Prophecy Bible, King James Version.

This person of the Holy Trinity, also called “the Comforter” by Jesus Christ (John 16:7,8), came to dwell in believers when Jesus returned to heaven. It is evident that the work of the Holy Spirit is that of conviction and restraint concerning sin in those whose bodies He indwells (1 Corinthians 6:19).

He always glorifies Christ. Believers have a purifying effect upon the world (Mathew 5:13,14). No wonder the world is so wicked during the Tribulation – the believers are gone in the rapture and the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit with them (2 Thessalonians 2:1-8). This must not be interpreted to mean that the Holy Spirit is no longer omnipresent, nor operative during the Tribulation hour. At this time He will work in and through men as He did in the Old Testament times. His particular ministries to the believer in the present age are: baptism into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12,13,) indwelling (1 Corinthians 6:19,20) sealing (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30), and filling (Ephesians 5:18). During the Tribulation period He will return to working as He did in Old Testament times and will anoint 144,000 Jewish evangelists for service (Revelation 7:2,3; Joel 2:28,29).

He is the restrainer (2 Timothy 2:7,8).

1. As the wicked one is personality with operations in the spiritual realm, so is the Holy Spirit and therefore able to hold Antichrist in check until the time for the revealing.

2. The restrainer must be a member of the Godhead, stronger than the man of sin and Satan who energizes him. In order to restrain evil down through the ages, He must be eternal.

3. The Church age began with the Spirit’s baptism at Pentecost and will close with a reversal of Pentecost … the removal of the indwelling Spirit by the Rapture (catching away) of those He indwells, the believers. This does not mean that He will not be operative on earth during the Tribulation … only that He will no longer be resident in believers.

Lets delve into the Holy Spirit’s particular ministries to the believer in the present age:

BAPTISM INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST:
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 12) For the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. 13) For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

INDWELLING
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 19) What know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20) For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

SEALING
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed into the day of reclamation.

FILLING
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is of great importance to the believers, He leads us in truth and the way of the Lord.

To be continued……

PRAISE BE TO GOD, FOREVER, AMEN

THE HOLY SPIRIT >>>>>>>>Part #4

Experiencing the Holy Spirit…..

 

Personally we have experienced the Holy Spirit, through knowing Him and trusting Him, at one point He has sent up red flags at false teaching, which we immediately recognized. It was only years later, after careful study of Scripture that we recognized this was the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He was working in us and we did not know it although we experienced Him. In the effort of trying to counter this false teaching we were met with vicious resistance. That being said, we emphasize that the Holy Spirit will not lead you into believing false teaching. Jesus said, I am the truth, the way and the life, the entire Bible supports that and our choice has been clear, WE FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST, not man made doctrine. The question is always asked, what does Scripture say?

Under the New Covenant, when we become born again believers the Holy Spirit indwells us, to guide, lead, teach and comfort us, however, recognizing Him in these early Christian years may not be so easy.

Where is the Holy Spirit in so many Churches today? The Holy Spirit will enable you to discern and understand sound truthful teaching from the pulpit. He will enable you to recall Scripture you have read, further enhancing your understanding of God. He will always guide you in truth. The more we study the Bible the more we understand God and what His plan and purpose is for us as children of God. If the truth is not in us, we are not led by the Holy Spirit and we lack the ability to discern and understand. THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL NOT LEAD US INTO FALSE TEACHING OR LIES, HE CANNOT.

Let’s examine the manifestation of the Holy Spirit and how He led some of the people in the Old Testament.

Genesis 1:2   And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:26   And God said, “Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Making man in their image, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit means it is His Holy Spirit that God wanted mankind to have.

The Spirit of God the Father, His Son, the living God and the Holy Spirit are one, each having distinct purposes in the creation. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, and His main attribute is HOLY. Therefore many passages reference Holy in the Spirit. The Holiness of God is set before us in Scripture.

Isaiah 6:3   And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.

Psalm 71:22   And I will also praise thee with psaltery, even thy truth, O my God unto thee I will sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 104:30   Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created and thou renewest the face of the earth.

The prophets of old all had experiences with the Holy Spirit, they were led by the Spirit to compose God’s message. God is love, in His Being and His Spirit. Let’s look at the prophecy book of Daniel for another account of experiencing the Holy Spirit. In Chapter One we see that Daniel was true to his Lord God and would not defile himself with a portion of the king’s meat and wine. Verse 17 says Daniel and his 3 friends were given knowledge and wisdom and understanding in visions and dreams. In chapter 2 Daniel was given the wisdom to interpret the dreams of the king and he blessed the God of Heaven in verse 20 Daniel said “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever, for wisdom and might are his:” In chapter 3, faced with the prospect of the fiery furnace for not bowing to Nebuchadnezzar golden image, Daniel and his companions not only survived the furnace but were accompanied by a forth man. Nebuchadnezzar said in vs. 25 “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the fourth is like the Son of God.” This is possibly the ultimate in experiencing God and His Spirit. Chapter 4 gives Daniel the opportunity to interpret another dream and declares in vs. 24 “that this decree is of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king;”

The Spirit of the most High God is moving over the kingdom of Babylon, giving charge to His most devout servant in order to further His purposes and His plans. Chapter 5 reveals in vs. 11   There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods and in the days of thy father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;

Again Daniel found favor with the new king who had been instructed by his council to heed Daniel as one having favor with the gods. We know it is only the God Almighty whom Daniel believed and obeyed and the Spirit of God led the way. In chapter 6 Daniel survives yet another assault on his person, when he is put into the lions den at the age of 81. His faithfulness, never bowing down to other gods regardless of his circumstance, God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths’. Daniel is surely a true and faithful servant trusting the Spirit of the most High God to lead him. This is indeed experiencing the Holy Spirit.

We recently began attending a new Church in our community and the book of Daniel is being taught during the Sunday Service. Although this has been predominately regarded as a book of Prophecy, we are seeing it with additional insight. This insight into Daniel himself, being taken from his home as a very young person and forced into a life he had not anticipated. He was guided spiritually every step of the way, knowing the way of the Lord and trusting in His Holy Spirit to be with him. Daniel was a person of the way, knowing that his Lord God was the way, the truth and the life.

David says in Psalm 51:10-11   Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  11)   Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

We have only scratched the surface of how the Holy Spirit has worked in the lives of so many Old Testament souls, God’s chosen people, Israel.

To be continued!

 

PRAISE BE TO GOD, FOREVER, AMEN

 

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT >>>>>>Part three

Let the Holy Spirit do His work and lead you into righteousness.

The Holy Spirit will not lead you astray, into a lie, into false doctrine, into evil and wickedness, HE CANNOT NOT. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God the Father and the living God, Jesus Christ. His spirit is pure and Holy.

God cannot lie.

All Scripture references are from the King James Version.

Last year about this time the realization came to us about the line in the Lord’s Prayer:

Luke 11:4   And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us. AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION; but deliver us from evil.

THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL NOT TEMPT US.

God cannot and will not tempt us or lead us into temptation, He will however test us. This realization was finally noticed by the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis. What purpose this mistake had through the early history of the Catholic Church is unclear but it has now been nearly 2000 years of misrepresenting God’s word in our Bibles. The Reformation Churches (Protestant, Calvinist) did not correct this mistake because their God is Sovereign. Sovereignty meaning He is in control of everything and thus leads us into temptation. This poor man made translation is about power and control over people the church is supposed to shepherd. God is Sovereign but His Sovereignty does not interfere with our free will.

Remember always….2 Timothy 3:16   All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

 The New York Times recently reported:

In a new television interview, Pope Francis said the common rendering of one line in the prayer — “lead us not into temptation” — was “not a good translation” from ancient texts. “Do not let us fall into temptation,” he suggested, might be better because God does not lead people into temptation; Satan does.

In an article dated Dec. 2017 by Daniel B. Wallace, he writes:

Have translations of the Bible gotten this verse wrong for 2000 years?

Jerome’s Vulgate—the version that has been the official Bible of the Catholic Church for centuries—reads here ne inducas nos in temptationem: “Do not lead us into temptation.” Perhaps intentionally, but certainly ironically, the pope said in his interview, “ti induce alla tentazione satana è quello ufficio di satana.” That is, Satan is the one who induces or leads us into temptation, not God. He used the Italian equivalent to Jerome’s Latin (‘inducas’ means ‘lead’ or even ‘induce,’ as the English cognate suggests), but seems to deny what the Vulgate plainly says. ufficio di satana.” That is, Satan is the one who induces or leads us into temptation, not God.

James 1:12-14   Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13)   Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for GOD CANNOT BE TEMPTED WITH EVIL, neither tempteth he any man: 14)   But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Mathew 22:17-18   Tell us therefore. What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 18)   But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?”

In the desert Jesus was tempted by Satan and HE resisted because He was filled with the Holy Spirit, thus fulfilling the importance of the third person in the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit.

Although Satan’s purpose was to destroy Jesus before he ever went to the cross, God’s purpose in using Satan was painted on a broader canvas. God tests; Satan tempts. The Son of God went through similar testing as the children of Israel in the wilderness. They were there for forty years; he was there for forty days. Where they failed he succeeded.

The emphasis here is on being tempted and scripture is clear that God will tempt no one and He Himself cannot be tempted. Recently French Churches began using “do not let us give into temptation.”

Ideally, a translation should give the readers of the Bible in their own language the same interpretive options that a reader of the original will have. And this means that it is important for readers of the Bible to struggle with the same, often intentional, ambiguities found in the original text.

When changes are made to our Bibles, the contents must differ by 10%, we are obligated to check out original manuscripts for accuracy. Some newer publications have corrected some mistakes and it is time that the correction is made in our Churches. The false interpretations were not made by GOD, they were made by man. Who are we to try to change God’s words and why?

As born again believers, we are born anew “IN CHRIST”, into His Spirit, we are led by HIM, we follow HIM and enjoy the peace of Blessed Assurance.

 

Where there is Faith

There is Love

Where there is Love

There is peace

Where there is Peace

There is God

Where there is God

There is no need.

 

PRAISE BE TO GOD, FOREVER, AMEN

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT >>>>>>>Part Two

HIS OFFICE OR WORK

We began the series on the Holy Spirit to illuminate His existence and ultimately to glorify God for fulfilling His promise of this precious gift. Continuing in that direction we concentrate on the Holy Spirit’s office and work. Explaining the integral parts of His office and work in our Christian life completes this vital understanding. The Scriptures are especially the product of the Holy Spirit.All scripture references will be from the King James Version.

2 Timothy 3:16   All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

With reference from the New Unger’s Biblical Dictionary Van Oosterzee writes: “Happily, not the sounding the depths of the Holy Spirit’s nature, but the receiving and possessing of the Holy Spirit himself, is for us, even as Christian theologians, the main point.”

The Spirit is the immediate source of all life, both physical and intellectual.

We are born body, soul and spirit, our earthly body will perish, our soul lives on forever and our spirit is the driving force in how we live this life and beyond.

Genesis 2:7   And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Psalm 104: 30   Thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created and thou renewest the face of the earth.

Job 33:4   The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breadth of the Almighty hath given me life.

The spirit had an important role in the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Speaking to Mary:

Luke 1:35   And the Angel answered and said unto her. The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Jesus Christ’s human nature exemplifies every aspect of the Holy Spirit, the walk, the talk and the revealer of all divine truth.

John 3:34-35   For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.    35)   The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

Clearly God gave an unmeasured Spirit to Jesus for the work He was to do, as well the power with which to do it, giving all things into His hand.

John 14:26   But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Jesus is speaking to His disciples assuring them they will never be left alone.The Scriptures are especially the product of the Holy Spirit.

Micah 3:8  But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

1 Corinthians 2:10-13   But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  12)   Now we have received, not the spirit of the world; but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13)   Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

When we become born again Christians, the moment of our conversion we exercise saving faith in Jesus Christ, our Spirit is renewed and we freely and willingly trade our old life for that which is in Christ Jesus. The Spirit of God indwells our hearts and becomes our conscience convicting us of sin. By the power of the Holy Spirit, valuable Godly lessons are revealed to us and understood. While walking in these divine awakenings, the power of God’s Holy Spirit moves over the entire earth even where it is not known and His divine light shines. With the aid of the Holy Spirit we begin to understand the things of God, begin to understand Him and therefore long for a deeper relationship with Him, knowing Him better. Recall the Scripture where it said God first loved us, by knowing Him more, by knowing Him better we are able to love Him back. There is no better relationship than one of mutual love.

From the New Unger’s Bible Dictionary: “He convicts men of sin; graciously aids them in repentance and faith; regenerates, comforts and sanctifies believers; bears witness to their acceptance with God and adoption as God’s children; and dwells in them as THE principle of a new and divine life.”

The Church is the body of Christ and with the aid of the Holy Spirit, men are called into leadership roles, The Holy Spirit aids them in teaching, reproof, correction and instruction for the Godly life, a life of righteousness.

Ephesians chapter 1 – adamantly reveals to us that we were chosen IN HIM, to the praise and glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted IN THE BELOVED – IN WHOM we have redemption – IN WHOM we also have obtained an inheritance – IN WHOM ye also trusted, vs. 17:   That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give unto you the SPIRIT of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge OF HIM.

The Gospel according to John, chapter 1 reveals to us the Levites asking John the Baptist why he is baptizing if he is neither the Christ nor Elijah: vs. 29-34

(29)   The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world, (30)   This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me; for he was before me. (31)   And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore I come baptizing with water.  (32)   And John bare record, saying, I saw THE SPIRIT descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  (33)   And I knew him not, but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me; Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  (34)   And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

John baptized with water for the repentance of sin, Jesus baptized with the HOLY SPIRIT. As a true believer, we are indwellt with the Holy Spirit and as we know God and grow in our relationship with Him, His Spirit increases in us. As we live, He must increase and our former self must decrease. John the Baptist made way for Jesus also saying He must increase, I must decrease.

 

To be continued:

 

PRAISE BE TO GOD, FOREVER, AMEN

WITNESSING

 

Our previous post began the series on the person of the Holy Spirit, although there will be much more written in future posts on this subject, we are deviating this time for an inspired reason.

We are currently reading in the book of Acts, and reacquainting ourselves with the Acts of the Apostles. In Acts 17 while Paul was waiting for Timothy and Silas in Athens, he preached in the synagogue and disputed with the Jews there and also in the market place. We were particularly inspired when reading vs. 22-28, which led to this blog post.

Act 17:22-28 KJV  Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars Hill and said “Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23)   For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an alter with this inscription; TO THE UNKNOWN GOD, whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him I declare unto you.  24)   God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25)   Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing; seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  26)   And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth. And hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27)   That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from everyone of us.  28)   For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

As so many others, this too is a powerful piece of Scripture.

Perhaps many of us can relate to being born again into the Christian life and the subsequent effects it had on family and immediate friends. With our zealous attitudes but lacking in thorough Biblical knowledge, we were on fire for Christ and wanted to share this experience with everyone. Many years have come and gone since then and we realized that a new born again Christian should listen more, study more and read more before he speaks. Speaking prematurely alienates the ones closest to us at times and causes more harm than good. Having experienced this within our own family, the topic of the Bible does come up at times, is taboo at times but is generally loosely tolerated. Recent discussions with one family member inspired this blog post. A letter was written which we would like to share with our readers.

Dear Robert:

On the heels of our many conversations regarding God, I thought it best to put my views down on paper. Please do me the honor of at least reading the context of my writing. Check the facts out for yourself, even if you do not agree. I will be writing over several days as the spirit and knowledge move me.

Oct 9, 2018     I begin with a request from you to research some people in history, using any other historical documentation, not the Bible.

Nimrod –  Nebuchandnezzer  –  King David  –  Saul  –  Paul (Jewish name Saul)

Pon’tius Pi’lot –                                                                                                                                                                 Simon Peter (Simon the Zealot)  –  Tiberius

A research of places should also take place.

Ephesus  –   Iconium  – Pergamum – Nazareth – Judea

These are just a drop in the bucket to begin understanding that these are real places and real people in history, not just the Bible. They provide documented accounts of historical events. If, as you say, the Bible is just someone’s words written on pieces of paper or (scrolls) as they used then and are not credible, then no other historical event ever written is credible, nothing Charles Darwin wrote is credible and the list can go on. Again, science documents experiments with definitive results, these are repeated and the results are the same. You cannot repeat history, and history cannot be proven by science. Winston Churchill, said, “history will be good to me, for I intend to write it.” Eye witness accounts to history prove to be very reliable and cannot be discounted. Much of the New Testament accounts come from eye witness accounts.

The Bible begins with “In the beginning, God”, this presupposes that God existed before the beginning. God is outside of time and within time, time, space and matter came into being together, one cannot exist without the other. When we know the universe is so big, by scientific measure, how does that translate into denying the existence of God. Again, one has to know everything there is to know, to know that there is no God. King David wrote in Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God, they are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Biblically speaking in Scripture “fool” is with respect to moral, meaning (wicked) rather than intellectual deficiencies. It applies to one who is rash, senseless or unreasonable. Foolishness is opting for folly and opposing sound thinking.

Then we come to the Gospel of John, where it states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2) The same was in the beginning with God. 3)  All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made.

The Word was Jesus Christ who became flesh and walked among men, He was fully man and fully God. History provides many eyewitnesses to His existence, His birth, His ministry, His crucifixion and His resurrection.

God gave us dominion, choice and free will. His will for the lives of all human beings is to live according to His will. This sadly is not what has happened. The evil that is so commonly applied to God (why do so many ugly and evil things happen in this world, if there is a God it should not be so), these things have not happened because God has caused them, it is because mankind has caused them. Just look at history itself.

God did set a people aside for Himself to carry His word and Oracles, and on careful study of the Old Testament, the people constantly went sideways. They were warned, they were overtaken again and again and they received just punishment for what they have done. The just punishment they received, they brought on themselves. The Catholic church as well as the Protestants which followed, allowed and perpetuated the thinking that God controls almost everything, Read Romans chapter 1 in its entirety. This chapter shows the character of God, His instructions and when they are not heeded even after countless intervention, He will give a person or a people over to their fleshly passions and desires, be they greed, power, sexual, addiction, idolatry or any number of other lusts mankind can muster. This is the character of God from the beginning to the end of the book we call the Bible. He does not change.

In Genesis, God holds each one accountable, in Genises 3:11-14   To Adam, “Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof  I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?  To Eve, What is this that thou hast done?  To the serpent,  Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.

Sadly, some of our history books are being altered and each time the Bible is rewritten and copyrighted, the contents are required to be different by 10%.

In the third century when Constantine was Emperor, he declared Christianity to be the state religion while still allowing other religions to exist. He joined the governing system to the church. This practice was enhanced by the Catholic Church and history proves it was not corrected but carried on under the Reformed Churches. The Bible does not support this, but endorses separation of church and state.

I’ll leave you with this message and perhaps we can discuss it when we see each other again. I come from a place of caring for my family members, whether they agree with me or disagree, my choice is LOVE.

Lots of Love

Both Old and New Testaments document many miracles with hundred and sometimes thousands of witness. These miracle displays enforced God’s power, but mankind lacks the ability to believe wholeheartedly, his earthly, fleshly desires somehow often triumph over true faith. The Scripture from Peter’s first Epistle reads:

1:7-9   7)   That the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.  8)   Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.  9)   Receiving the end of your faith even the salvation of your souls.

What does it take to prove God? There are no simple answers, walking in love though will go a long way in telling God’s truth.

PRAISE BE TO GOD, FOREVER, AMEN

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Part One

The person of the Holy Spirit has often taken a back seat in modern churches, either He is not identified well, not studied sufficiently, over emphasized and lastly not understood. In the next few posts we will shed some simple light on the person and position the Holy Spirit will take in our lives once we become born again believers

In the years we attended a local church, the Holy Spirit was not taught well or mentioned enough. Our understanding of Him was not enlightened as it should have been. When Calvinist teaching came into the church, we believe the Holy Spirit shrank back completely and a different spirit took its place. The Holy Spirit will not lead us into falsehood.

Using a variety of modern Bibles, the Holy Spirit is mentioned on average 111 times. The King James refers to the Holy Spirit 23 times and the Holy Ghost 89 times. He is not to be ignored.

Distinct from the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity and equal with God the Father, and the Son Jesus Christ, ALL THREE TOGETHER REPRESENT THE GODHEAD. He is the spirit of God, in Hebrew he is called Elohim, or ruah Yahweh (YHWH), in the Greek He is called pneuma to hagion. God is Spirit and reference is made throughout the Bible; as the Spirit, the Spirit of the Lord or the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of Jesus Christ. It is His Spirit which should dwell in every born again Christian in the whole world.

From the beginning God devised a plan to include everyone ever born to become His child, operating in His Spirit. It was not for a lack of trying, when God breathed life into Adam’s nostrils and man became a living soul. God’s Spirit was with man and the plan was for mankind to become God’s children and live forever on the earth IN HIM. This was thwarted with the introduction of sin, and fallen man has struggled ever since. God had a fail safe plan to remedy this situation, beginning with Abraham saying in Genesis 17: 1-2   I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect 2)   And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. Thereby as history follows, the election of a small nation of people who became the Israelites were given the oracles by which mankind should live according to God’s will. He sent His prophets to warn the nations and lastly, in His steadfast love He sent His own begotten Son to finish the work He started. His Son obeyed the Father, died on the cross to redeem us that we should believe in Him and He rose again on the third day as prophesized. God’s Spirit remains the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

When we think of the Holy Spirit, we must think of Him in reference to His personality, His Deity, His relation to the Father and the Son, and His office or work.

HIS PERSONALITY:

The Holy Spirit personifies and expresses the divine energy or operation of the triune God. He is intelligent and possessing self-consciousness and freedom. The Spirit strives with man, guiding him, comforting him, enabling him to recall Scripture when necessary and the Spirit will never lead you into temptation or sin.

1 Corinthians 2:10   But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep thing of God.

1 Corinthians 12:14   For the body is not one member, but many.

This scripture verse represents the body of the Church, although this body may have many members, they are to be of the same Spirit of the same personality and mind, which represents God.

John 3:5-6   5) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. 6)   That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

HIS DEITY

The Holy Spirit is distinctly called God, and names are given to Him that properly belong to God. Knowledge, sovereignty, wisdom, understanding and eternity are all attributes describing the Holy Spirit and therefore sin against the Holy Spirit is unpardonable

Hebrew 9:14   How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God; purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Hebrew 10:15-17   15)   Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us; for after that he had said before, 16)   This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts; and in their minds will I write them; 17)   And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

2 Corinthians 1:22   Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

We are born of the flesh, but we walk in the flesh by choice. Let us believe in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ and walk daily in the wonderful Spirit of HIM.

To be continued:

 

PRAISE BE TO GOD, FOREVER, AMEN