He Who is Holy, Let Him Be Holy Still.

The Fairness of Yahweh’s Judgement

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“Therefore you, O son of man, say to the children of your people: ‘The righteousness of the righteous man shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression; as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall because of it in the day that he turns from his wickedness; nor shall the righteous be able to live because of his righteousness in the day that he sins.’  When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, but he trusts in his own righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous works shall be remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die. Again, when I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right, if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die.  None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he shall surely live.  (Ezekiel 33:12-16)

“Yet the children of your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ But it is their way which is not fair!  When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die because of it.  But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and right, he shall live because of it.  Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you according to his own ways.”  (Ezekiel 33:17-20)

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And now Yeshua is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.   1 Corinthians 1:20

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For since by man came deathby man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Yeshua all shall be made alive.  But each one in his own order: Yeshua,

the first fruits,

afterwards those who are Yeshua’s at His coming. (I Corinthians 15:21-23)

Then comes the end, when Yeshua delivers the kingdom to Yahweh,

when Yeshua puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. (1 Corinthians 15:24)

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Signs Of The End

The Fall of Jerusalem 

The fall of Jerusalem took place on the twelfth year of our captivity in the tenth month on the fifth day of the fifth day of the month. One escaping the captivity of Jerusalem came and said unto me: “The city has been captured!  (Ezekiel 33:21)

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The Cause of Judah’s Ruin

Then the word of the Yahweh came to me, saying: Son of man, they who inhabit those ruins in the land of Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was only one, and he inherited the land. But we are many; the land has been given to us as a possession.’  “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “You eat meat with blood, you lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood. Should you then possess the land? You rely on your sword, you commit abominations, and you defile one another’s wives. Should you then possess the land?” ’  (Ezekiel 33:23-26)

“Say thus to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “As I live, surely those who are in the ruins shall fall by the sword, and the one who is in the open field I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the strongholds and caves shall die of the pestilence. For I will make the land most desolate, her arrogant strength shall cease, and the mountains of Israel shall be so desolate that no one will pass through. Then they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have made the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.” ’ (Ezekiel 33:27-29)

 

 

Hearing and Not Doing

“As for you, son of man, the children of your people are talking about you beside the walls and in the doors of the houses; and they speak to one another, everyone saying to his brother, ‘Please come and hear what the word is that comes from the Lord.’ So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them And when this comes to pass—surely it will come—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” (Ezekiel 33:30-33)

 

Judgement on Idolatrous Israel

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them, and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God! Thus says the Lord God to the mountains, to the hills, to the ravines, and to the valleys: “Indeed I, even I, will bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places. Then your altars shall be desolate, your incense altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your slain men before your idols. And I will lay the corpses of the children of Israel before their idols, and I will scatter your bones all around your altars. In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols may be broken and made to cease, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. The slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I am the Lord. 

 

A False Prophetess: Jezebel

Jezebel, the wicked queen of Israel in the 9th century B.C.  led the covenant people into the worship of pagan gods.  She encouraged Yahweh’s people to commit both physical and spiritual fornication by the idolatrous worship of other gods.  This “harlotry” was intolerable to Yahweh, and He condemned both Jezebel and her husband Ahab as well as all her children to death (1 Kings 21:23-25)–The Woman’s Study Bible, Second Edition, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2006, page 1672.

The Dead Corrupt Church

In Revelation 2:20, the church of Thyatira was rebuked for tolerating “that woman Jezebel” in their midst.  This historic Jezebel had been dead for nearly one thousand years; however, a false prophetess with the same spirit had appeared in this church in the first century.  Similar to the first Jezebel, she acted fiercely independent and lacked a humble personality–The Woman’s Study Bible, Second Edition, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2006, page 1672.

 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write,

‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:  “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.  Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.  And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.  Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.  I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. (Revelation 2:18-23)

In Revelation 2:20, the church of Thyatira is rebuked for tolerating “that woman Jezebel” in their midst.  The historic Jezebel had been dead for nearly a thousand years, but a false prophetess with the same spirit had appeared in this first-century.  Like the first Jezebel, she was fiercely independent and unsubmissive in character.  Also like Jezebel, she led the people of God into into idolatry and immorality under the guise of religion…Her doctrine bore semblance to orthodox Christianity to “seduce” Christ’s servants, but in essence, her degenerate mysticism promoted “the depths of Satan” by encouraging believers to accept idolatry and pagan state-worship (Rev. 2:24)–The Woman’s Study Bible, Second Edition, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2006, page 1672.)

 

“Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations

‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron;

They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—

as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ (Revelation 2:24-29 NKJV)

The Faithful Church

 …‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:  “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.  Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.  Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial  which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.  Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.  He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ (Revelation 3:7-13)

 

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the answer to this question: How many seals are already opened?

The Seven Seals

First Seal: The Conqueror 

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Revelation 6:1-2)

Second Seal: Conflict on Earth 

When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.”  Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

Third Seal: Scarcity on Earth

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

Fourth Seal: Widespread Death on Earth

When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.”  So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:7-8)

Fifth Seal: The Cry of the Martyrs

When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed. (Revelation 6:9-11)

Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances

I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.  Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.  And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,  and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!  For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?(Revelation 6:12-17)

The Time Is Near

Then he (the angel) said to me (John), “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God (Yahweh) of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.

Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”  And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.  He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”  (Revelation 22:6-11)

 

Deceive Oneself

 

To DECEIVE ONESELF is to pretend in one’s mind that what we say is the truth; however, Yahweh sets the standard.

Yahweh says the book of the ordinances (laws) are nailed to the cross–Paul explains below.

Galatians 5

1     ¶ Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,​

and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ​

2    Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ***ye be circumcised**,​

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Christ shall profit you nothing. ​

3    For I testify again to every man ***that is circumcised,**​

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that he is a debtor (to do*** the whole law.***)​

//Paul is talking about ***the law contained in ordinances*** ​

Galatians 3​

1     ¶ O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?​

10     For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are​

written ***in the book*** of the law to do them. ​

19     ¶ Wherefore then serveth the law? It ***was added*** because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.​

 

IT WAS ADDED TO BUT SEPARATE FROM THE TEN COMMANDMENTS KEPT ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ARK.​

IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE PERMANENT.​

Hebrews 9

1     ¶ Then verily the first covenant ***had (also) ordinances*** of divine service, and*** a worldly sanctuary.*** ​

10     Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them ​

***until the time of reformation.*** ​

13     For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, ​

sanctifieth **to the purifying of the flesh***: ​

Yeshua (Jesus) speaks the commandments sent by our Father.

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John 12

48     He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. ​

49     For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. ​

50     And I know that ***his commandment ***is life everlasting:​

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whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. ​

John 14

15     ¶ If ye love me, keep my commandments.

 

The tempter Satan came to Yeshua.  Satan said, If thou be the Son of God…

Matthew 4​

3     And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. ​

4     But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by ***every word*** that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. ​

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets… ​

Matthew 5

17     ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. ​

18     For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.​

Matthew 19:16     ¶ And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? ​

17     And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.  ​

Easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail

Luke 16​

17     And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. ​

18     Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery. ​

 

Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God that’s everything! That’s the duty of humans.​

Paul wrote the book of Corinthians.    He (Paul) was the same person that wrote Galatians chapter 3.​

1 Corinthians 7:19

19     Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.​

Acts 18

4     And he/PAUL reasoned in the synagogue ***every sabbath,*** and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. ​

The Holy Commandment Leads Us in Right Living: The Way of Righteousness.

2 Peter 2:21     For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from ***the holy commandment*** delivered unto them. ​

22     But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. ​

1 John 2

¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. ​

4     He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. ​

5     But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. ​

James 1

21     Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

The Engrafted Word That is Able to Save Your Souls.

22     But be ***ye doers of the word,*** and not hearers only, deceiving*** your own selves.***​

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2 Corinthians 5

10     For we must ***all*** appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done,*** whether it be good or bad.**​

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Revelation 22

14     Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

 

So those that walk in the narrow way of truth, they will do his commandments.  They will have a right to the tree of life.  They will joyfully enter in through the gates into the heavenly city to see Yahweh face to face.

 

 

Finding the Kingdom of God Within You

Preaching the Gospel of the coming Kingdom

Finding the Kingdom of God within you is your work that God sent you here to accomplish.  You also must help others find their way back.  Yeshua sent us to preach the gospel so others can know the way and the truth.  We can live in the light and not in darkness.   The good news is that Yeshua paid our sin penalty. So we can return to the Kingdom by repenting: rejecting sin.  Yeshua’s death on Calvary allows us this privilege for those who hear, obey and repent.

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Faith and Works

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This takes work on our part.  Yeshua did His.  We must do our part–like James said faith without works is dead: useless.  So again we must hate sin with all our mind, body and soul fully cognizant that sin only leads to suffering and death–no escape for those who choose this route.  We must learn to strive wholeheartedly knowing within ourselves the futility of a life of sin to live according to the will, voice, and commands of God.  That’s the key to discovering the Kingdom of Yahweh in our midst.

 

Knowing  a magical God

How many of us seek eternal life and wish to know that Yahweh accepts us now?  Well you can know.  We need to know God for ourselves–keeping in mind all the words of the prophets, Yeshua and family/friends.  Like scientist, we must start investigating these truths.  We must run our own experiments and test God’s words.

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Its only in searching and trusting God that we become awed by His sudden presence right in our midst.  God who is Spirit shows up and makes His presence known to us.

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Others may or may not believe us.  We can always tell them to run their own inquiry and see the results for themselves.

That’s what I’m saying to you friends who lack these encounters with the living God, run your own experiment and discover what others have discovered: a magical God in our midst right under our very nose.  Most times we do not sense God because we do not look for Him and obey Him.

 

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Obeying the voice of God is crucial

We lack a personal relationship with God.  We, however, would like to know how to attain this relationship. We haven’t seen a burning bush like Moses nor heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire.  We haven’t walked on water with Yeshua like Peter.  We neither were stricken and heard the voice of Yeshua on the road to Damascus like the apostle Paul.

How can we get these same supernatural experiences today like so many we read and hear about in the Bible?  These experiences generally come (when we search for the truth and for Him).  We gradually develop a personal relationship with Yahweh via spiritual investigations–via a profound desire to know God.

 

Pray and think

In addition, you must think often and ask questions.  For instance, “How did Yeshua connect with Yahweh?  What did he do? How can we learn from Him?  Why did He choose to fast?  How can fasting help my spiritual growth?”  He is our model that we ought to follow. We must learn to trust in God like Yeshua and the prophets.  We will find Him when we obey Him and seek Him daily through prayer.duerer-prayer

Let’s look at some Bible verses that offer us some insight and direction.  These verses will help to lead us on our journey from sinful living, to a repentant heart and to everlasting life in the Kingdom of God.

It really isn’t complicated, you just need to know what steps to take and take them.  When you learn the truth, the truth will indeed set you free–let’s begin.

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True Repentance and Baptism–Step 1       

 

1. [Godly] sorrow that is in accord with the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation; but worldly sorrow [the hopeless sorrow of those who do not believe] produces death. (2 Corinthians 7:10 Amplified Bible)

2. “As for me, I baptize you with water because of [your] repentance [that is, because you are willing to change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret your sin and live a changed life], but He (the Messiah) who is coming after me is mightier [more powerful, more noble] than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to remove [even as His slave]; He will baptize you [who truly repent] with the Holy Spirit and [you who remain unrepentant] with fire (judgment). (Matthew 3:11)

 Oswald Chambers  wrote the following:

“Have I ever come to a place in my experience where I can say–“I indeed–but He?” Until that moment does come, I will never know what the baptism of the Holy Ghost means.  I indeed  am at an end, I cannot do a thing but He begins just there— He does the things no one else can ever do.  Am I prepared for His coming?  Jesus cannot come as long as there is anything in the way either of goodness or badness.  When He comes, am I prepared for Him to drag into the light every wrong thing I have done?  It is just there that He comes.  Wherever I know I am unclean, He will put His feet; wherever I think I am clean, He will withdraw them.”  (My Utmost For His Highest, Discovery House Publishers, August 22) I’d recommend you get this book My Utmost For His Highest–it will give you the insights that will help you strengthen your spiritual walk with God.  

I  added a few quotes from Oswald Chambers from the book The Utmost for His Highest because his writings helped me to understand more of the words of the Bible.  This strengthened my understanding and relationship with Yahweh.

 

3. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. (Matthew 6:33) 

Jesus is saying that the great care of life is to put the relationship to God first, and everything else second.”  states Oswald Chambers.

I hope to attain eternal life in the Kingdom with Yahweh.  I aim to live in a perfect place filled with beautiful things and riches beyond my wildest imagination.  Everlasting life with Yahweh is a place of joy and love and real freedom from sin, sorrow and suffering–and might I add death.  My dream of heaven made this clear.

How do we get eternal life?  Let us continue.

Consecrated to Yahweh–Step 2

4.  Consecrate means to make holy or to dedicate to a higher purpose.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [that is, separate you from profane and vulgar things, make you pure and whole and undamagedconsecrated to Him—set apart for His purpose]; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete and [be found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own]. ( I Thessalonians 5:23-24)  

Amen!

5.  Brothers and sisters, pray for us. ( I Thessalonians 5:25)  

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We all need others to pray for us, especially, facing spiritual assaults from the enemy.

Christianity Misunderstood by Believers–listen to (or read the book) The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy

6. So then let us not sleep [in spiritual indifference] as the rest [of the world does], but let us keep wide awake [alert and cautious] and let us be sober [self-controlled, calm, and wise].  (I Thessalonians 5:6)

thank you text on black and brown board7. Rejoice always and delight in your faith; be unceasing and persistent in prayer;  in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.  Do not quench [subdue, or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of] the [Holy] Spirit.  Do not scorn or reject gifts of prophecy or prophecies [spoken revelations—words of instruction or exhortation or warning].  But test all things carefully [so you can recognize what is good]. Hold firmly to that which is good.  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-21)

 

Fellow Citizens with the Holy Ones–Step 3

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8.  When you pray and seek God with all your heart, mind and soul, God shows up and speaks to your heart, mind and soul within you.  You learn that once the Holy Spirit is given to you by God, you have The Kingdom of God within you.

 “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones, and of the household of God,” states Ephesians 2:19 (Hebrew Names Version).

A citizen is a member of a state or kingdom or a  native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it.  Yahweh will protect you.  You are citizens of the the heavenly kingdom of God.

Paul says in Ephesians 2:16-22 the following:

And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Yahweh lives in you; therefore, The Kingdom of God is found within you.

Luke the physician wrote in Luke 17:21 “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Luke warns us in Luke 21:8 saying there will be many false teachers and preachers preaching and teaching in the name of Jesus, but Luke says the following regarding these deceptive teachers:

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not…(Matthew 24:23-28).

And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: (Mark 13:21)

Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ don’t believe it. (Mark 13:21 HNV)

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17)

God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. (Colossians 1:27 Message Bible)

heal anyone who is sick, and tell them, ‘God’s kingdom is right on your  doorstep!’ (Luke 10:9 MSG)

closed blue wooden doors“When you enter a town and are not received, go out in the street and say, ‘The only thing we got from you is the dirt on our feet, and we’re giving it back. Did you have any idea that God’s kingdom was right on your doorstep?’…”  (Luke 10:10-11 MSG)

But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. (Matthew 12:28 KJV)

“But if it’s by God’s power that I am sending the evil spirits packing, then God’s kingdom is here for sure.” (Matthew 12:28 MSG)

John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; (John 1:26)

photo of man wearing hoodieJohn answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, (John 1:26 English Standard Version)

 

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Please comment on one or more of the following questions below (this will encourage my ministry—thank you):

 

 

 

1) How have you helped others discover the Kingdom of God within them?

2) How did the Holy Spirit play a role?

3) How do you keep yourself from burning out preaching the gospel?

4) What did you like and/or dislike about this article so I can improve to help others?

5) Do you have a question you’d like me to address?

6) Please share you’re prayer request so everyone reading can see and pray for you.

7) If you knew God was listening and sees you, what would you ask Him or tell Him? Why?

 

 

Beware The Temptations Of Sin

Sin leads to death, and lying is a sin.  How many of us lie to ourselves?  We tell ourselves that what we do pleases Yahweh.  We lie not only to Yahweh but to ourselves.   We do not see that our lies lead to our ultimate demise.

Many decades ago, I once knew a young girl that tried to convince me to smoke her mother’s cigarette.  I unwaveringly said no to her request to smoke.  She smoked the cigarette coughing.  After catching her breath she began to grin showing me how wonderful it was to do something she should not do.  We were both eight or nine at the time.  She even confessed her mother would not approve in the empty apartment.  We parted ways.  I went home to my mother and younger siblings.  My friend remained at home thinking up mischief.

How many of us do things knowing that Yahweh would not approve?

This friend came by on another day to tempt me to steal this time.  She took me to a neighborhood liqueur store.  I had no idea that she intended to steal.  I thought she had money to shop.   So I went along with her to discover she steals too.  She asked me to take something, but I said and gestured no.  We walked out the store.  She offered to share her chips, but I said no thanks.  I wouldn’t eat anything stolen. I knew it was not right, and I possessed a keen sense of right and wrong instilled in me from home. 

Children like adults need direction and guidance growing up to know how to decipher right from wrong.   A lot of children suffer as children and as adults because they did not possess a proper upbringing with clear standards of right and wrong.  Others had poor examples and/or grew up in a chaotic home environment with a missing parent for various reasons.

My upbringing a bit more traditional allowed me to learn the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behaviors.  I chose to obey the lessons instilled in me in my family.  When tested, I passed.

Another day she invited me to a baseball game at a park and brought along her cousins.  We went into two different types of stores on the way to the game and the same two stores on the way back home.  I observed these children steal with ease.  They encourage me to steal, but I said no.  I didn’t participate.  

This is what sin does.  It tempts us and lures us into things that will lead to our ultimate destruction.  It makes it easier to steal or lie the next time around.  It looks easy and the rewards seems immediate and inviting, but the end of sin is ultimately death.  This unfortunately is not apparent to those seemingly sinning  with impunity. 

When you take even a one degree turn off the path that leads to life by choosing to sin, the path eventually after many years will take you so far away from the true path that leads to life that you will lose your way.  You won’t see or discern the way of life. These dishonest habits will change you into someone you no longer recognize nor respect. 

Then you must go to Yahweh upon your knees and ask Him humbly to forgive you and help you to overcome sin in your life.  Yahweh will forgive you and remove the chains of sin from around you freeing you from your addiction to lying, stealing and/or whatever sin you may find yourself entrapped with due to a bad decision to walk away from the way that leads to everlasting life.

Yahweh gave us Ten Commandments that He spoke down the mountain to all humanity not just the Israelites in the desert.  Those Ten Commandment represent and hold the key to wisdom.  When you come to appreciate and respect these fundamental commands that come from the Creator, you come to know and understand true wisdom that ultimately leads to life eternal with Yahweh

Study the Ten Commandments below and see if your life aligns according to Yahweh’s standards.  If you discover you fall short in any area, you need to go on your knees and ask Yahweh to forgive you and remove all sins from you life.  Then you can walk free of sin and holy with Yahweh as Enoch walked with Yahweh.  As Abraham was called a friend of Yahweh, you can be called a friend of Yahweh too!

Exodus 20 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Ten Commandments

1 Then God spoke all these words:

2 “I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself any idol, or any likeness (form, manifestation) of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth [as an object to worship]. 5 You shall not worship them nor serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous (impassioned) God [demanding what is rightfully and uniquely mine], visiting (avenging) the iniquity (sin, guilt) of the fathers on the children [that is, calling the children to account for the sins of their fathers], to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing graciousness and steadfast lovingkindness to thousands [of generations] of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain [that is, irreverently, in false affirmations or in ways that impugn the character of God]; for the Lord will not hold guiltless nor leave unpunished the one who takes His name in vain [disregarding its reverence and its power].

8 “Remember the Sabbath (seventh) day to keep it holy (set apart, dedicated to God). 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath [a day of rest dedicated] to the Lord your God; on that day you shall not do any work, you or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock or the temporary resident (foreigner) who stays within your [city] gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and everything that is in them, and He rested (ceased) on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy [that is, set it apart for His purposes].

12 “Honor (respect, obey, care for) your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land the Lord your God gives you.

13 “You shall not commit murder (unjustified, deliberate homicide).

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal [secretly, openly, fraudulently, or through carelessness].

16 “You shall not testify falsely [that is, lie, withhold, or manipulate the truth] against your neighbor (any person).

17 “You shall not covet [that is, selfishly desire and attempt to acquire] your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

18 Now all the people witnessed the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the smoking mountain; and as they looked, the people were afraid, and they trembled [and moved backward] and stood at a [safe] distance. 19 Then they said to Moses, “You speak to us and we will listen, but do not let God speak to us or we will die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him [that is, a profound reverence for Him] will remain with you, so that you do not sin.

Reflections of Seneca

Seneca a Roman stoic philosopher, tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero has some keen insights into human nature that I believe would align with the teachings of Yeshua.  I cannot speak for the character and all saying of Seneca.   I am sharing some wisdom from a secular person that struck me.

All cruelty springs from weakness.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution.

No one can lead a happy life, or even one that is bearable, without the pursuit of wisdom, and that the perfection of wisdom is what makes the happy life, although even the beginnings of wisdom make life bearable.  Yet this conviction, clear as it is, needs to be strengthened and given deeper roots through daily reflection; making noble resolutions is not as important as keeping the resolutions you have made already.

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

It is the characteristic of a weak and diseased mind to fear the unfamiliar.

It is only luxury and avarice that make poverty grievous to us; for it is a very small matter that does our business, and when we have provided against cold, hunger, and thirst, all the rest is but vanity and excess. 

Eyes will not see when the heart wishes them to be blind. 

We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.

 

Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods. 

The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a man’s ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company. 

He is most powerful who governs himself.

 

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.

Shall I tell you what the real evil?  To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.

We are members of one great body.  Nature planted in us a mutual love, and fitted us for a social life.  We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole.

We are mad, not only individually, but nationally.  We check manslaughter and isolated murders; but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?

Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life.

The mind is never right but when it is at peace within itself.

To err is human.  To repeat error is of the Devil.

These individuals have riches just as we say that we ‘have a fever,’ when really the fever has us. 

There is nothing the wise man does reluctantly.

There is no evil that does not promise inducements.  Avarice promises money; luxury, a varied assortment of pleasures; ambition, a purple robe and applause.  Vices tempt you by the rewards they offer.

The Fates guide those who go willingly.  Those who do not, they drag.

The willing, destiny guides them; the unwilling, destiny drags them. 

It’s all in your head, you have the power to make things seem hard or easy or even amusing.  The choice is yours. 

What difference does it make how much you have?  What you do not have amounts to much more.  

What need is there to weep over parts of life?  The whole of it calls for tears.

We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed?  What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. 

I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?

The best cure for anger is delay.

Never to wrong others takes one a long way towards peace of mind. 

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

He who asks with timidity invites a refusal.  

Do the best you can. . . enjoy the present. . . rest satisfied with what you have.  

True friends are the whole world to one another; and he that is a friend to himself is also a friend to mankind.  Even in my studies the greatest delight I take is of imparting it to others; for there is no relish to me in the possessing of anything without a partner.

Money does all things for reward.  Some are pious and honest as long as they thrive upon it, but if the devil himself gives better wages, they soon change their party.  

Study rather to fill your mind than your coffers; knowing that gold and silver were originally mingles with dirt, until avarice or ambition parted them.  

In every good man a God doth dwell.

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.

The bad fortune of the good turn their faces  up to heaven; the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.

Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them.

Everywhere is nowhere.  When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.

He who is brave is free.

He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule.

Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both; this is an observation of  the Middle Way.

You want to live-but do you know how to live?  You are scared of dying-and, tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different from being dead?

As the mother’s womb holds us for ten months, making us ready, not for the womb itself, but for life, just so, though our lives, we are making ourselves ready for another birth…Therefore look forward without fear to that appointed hour- the last hour of the body, but not of the soul…That day, which you fear as being the end of all things, is the birthday of your eternity.

 

 

 

Is God With You? How Can You Know For Sure?

Do you know for certain that God is with you?

Ponder seriously these questions below and see if you feel confident or insecure in your answers.  If you feel confident, that’s awesome–you probably growing in feeling free and fearless!  If you feel perplexed, you can find God by searching for Him with all your heart!  He is not far from us.

  • Do you recognize your Father’s voice when he speaks to you?
  • Do you know His foundational beliefs?
  • Can you describe to a stranger what your Father’s character is like?
  • Are you confident you are His daughter or you are you his son?
  • Do you resemble your Father’s character of love?
  • Do you embody wisdom?
  • When others see you, can they get a glimpse of Yahweh?
  • Do you show compassion towards your brother or sister in need?
  •   Are you fearless in the storms or do you shudder in fear?  These are all questions to deeply ponder.
  • Again, do you know for certain that God is with you?

 

We Are Spirit Beings Created By Yahweh

We are all spirit beings born into a flesh body created by the Spirit of the living God: Yahweh.

All men and women on the face of the earth came from one blood--we are all related.  God appointed the bounds of where we will live and move on the earth.  God says that we should seek for Him; however, he is not far from us.  Acts 17:26-28 states,

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;

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

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.

The spirit that speaks, thinks, moves, plans and reason comes from Yahweh. We are God’s children.  When we walk in the spirit and recognize our spirit within our flesh bodies, we can come to recognize the Spirit of Yahweh around and within us.

Beloved, we are [even here and] now children of God, and it is not yet made clear what we will be [after His coming]. We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will [as His children] be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is [in all His glory]. (1 John 3:2)

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Yahweh created us in God’s image.  So, we ought to look like our Father.  Our Father’s character is based on love.  Our character trained and educated by our God should reflect His love.  Yahweh molds and trains us through His Words how to navigate through this life.  He disciplines His children so that we learn the importance of reflecting His love.

When We Operate In Love, We Come To Know God.

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (I Johns 4:7-8)

When we obey His words to us, He reveals Himself to us.  When we operate in love, we obey God’s words to us.  We develop a relationship with God that the world cannot understand, but we will understand in knowing God.

For the Lord disciplines and corrects those whom He loves,
And He punishes every son whom He receives and welcomes [to His heart].”  (Hebrews 12:6 AMP)

 

God Will Discipline His Children

  • Have you received discipline and training by God to keep you walking holy before God all the days of your life?
  • Can you turn to Him for help in a crisis and know He hears your cries for help?
  • Can you depend on Him to come to your rescue?

If you can say yes to these questions, then you may indeed know and have a relationship with your heavenly Father. If you have doubts, you may want to re-examine the state of your relationship with God.  You may want to ponder what being in a relationship requires on your part with God.  It will mean far more than just acknowledging the Father’s existence–Satan knows God exist and Yeshua (Jesus) died to save humanity from their sins against Yahweh.  We must repent of our sins against God detailed in the Ten Commandments–sin is the transgression of God’s Royal Laws.  In order to know God, we must know what God expects from us and reflect that love and holiness by exhibiting the fruits of the spirit: love, peace, patience, long-suffering and kindness.

This life is all about knowing God and reflecting the light of God’s love flowing in and through us so others can see the presence of God.  God loves you and wants to know you, but you must take the time to seek God through His Word and prayer.

This is your time to know God. When Yeshua returns,  you ought to personally know Him through the Holy Spirit living in you.  His Holy Spirit will teach you, illuminate your life and share all things pertaining to the Father.  You will know the Father; the Father will know you.  So, Yahweh will recognize you as one of His children who honored His ways and did what was pleasing in His sight.  He will welcome you into the Kingdom of Heaven where sin cannot abide.

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If you do not seek a personal relationship with your heavenly Father via the Holy Spirit, you may miss the bountiful blessings He wants to bestow.

 

 

 

Evidence of God’s Presence With You Will Become Evident In The Fruits You Bear

To examine your life further to see if you may find grounding to deepen your understanding and strengthen your relationship with God, you might consider Matthew’s words in Matthew 7:18-24.  He compares your life to a tree that bears either good fruit or bad fruit–not both.  He offers words of wisdom to help you establish a solid relationship with Yahweh.

 

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A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.   Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.   Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.   Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: (Matthew 7:18-24 KJV)

 

Wisdom Comes From Knowing God

Yahweh’s people become wise in knowing God.  God’s people know and obey His words and produce fruits of love, joy, peace, patience and long-suffering doing the Father’s will here on Earth–Galatians 5:22.  As a result of their close communion with God over decades, they develop the loving character and attributes of God.  The Holy Spirit guides God’s people. Yahweh is with them, they speak with God and rely on Him.  They come to love and seek wisdom above money, gold and things.  Wisdom is precious int their sight.  They come to daily ask the Lord to give them wisdom.

I ask God to give me wisdom as great as Solomon on a foundation of righteousness.

 

Famous Bible Verses On Wisdom To help You Develop Your Relationship With Yahweh Your Creator

  • For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  (Proverbs 2:6)
  • The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
  • The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15)
  • My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; (Proverbs 2:1)
  • Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.  (Psalm 119:66)
  • And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; (Isaiah 11:2)
  • There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. (Proverbs 20:15)

Now can you reflect back and answer the question once again: Is God With You?  How do you know?  Drop me a note reflecting your thoughts?  I am happy to read and share my thoughts with you.  God bless you in your journey home to the kingdom of Yahweh–our heavenly home!

 

 

7 Healing Steps To Walking In The Spirit

Would you like healing not only for your physical ailments, but true healing for your soul?  Would you like to see the kingdom and walk in the kingdom of God?  How about the ability recognize the voice of God when He speaks to you?  

True healing can come to your present circumstances with God directing your life.  With discipline, perseverance and a deep reliance on God and His word, you can live in freedom from the effects of sin.  Discipline yourself by obeying all of God’s commands, follow the 7 steps and discover the healer (God’s Holy Spirit) living within you.  

1) Keep all ten of God’s Commandments–Exodus 20 Amplified Bible.

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15 (KJV)

 ” For I assure you and most solemnly say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke [of the pen] will pass from the Law until all things [which it foreshadows] are accomplished.

So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:18-19 

Remember the Sabbath (seventh) day to keep it holy (set apart, dedicated to God)….”  Exodus 20:8, 9, 10 and 11

We choose each day by the way we live our lives to say yes to God or NO!  Remember, He gave us ten commandments on tablets of stone–not ten choices.  

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For an insightful understanding of how to keep the fourth commandment you can click on Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary (on Exodus 20) for verses 8-11 in bold.

2) Flee sin: simple yet so hard! 

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (King James Version)   1 John 3:4   

You first take responsibility, recognize sin, obey God’s commands, refuse to participate in sin and run when the opportunity presents itself.

3) Pray and ask the Lord to help you overcome sin.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.   John 14:14  (KJV)

It’s an arduous journey to overcome sin within.  Nevertheless, freedom is within reach if we persistently strive to obey God.  God says we have not because we ask not.  Ask God to help you overcome all sin in all areas of your life–on bended knees humbly before your creator.

4) Ask God to forgive you for all your sins with a humble and sincere heart (knowing he hears you).

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.  1 John 1:9 

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18  

If you earnestly seek God with a humble heart and ask Him to forgive you, He will.  You will see the results of your prayer impacting your life.  

5) Acknowledge your sins, tell God you cannot free yourself (though you’ve tried) and ask Him to break the chains of sin from around your life.

He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.  Proverbs 28:13  

“He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.”  Psalm 107:14 

You should admit and talk to God about your sins–problems you struggle to overcome.  He will do the work in you that you cannot do on your own and set you free.  You will reject sin and live in peace.

 6) Go before the Father on your knees standing on His promises, reminding God of His words and trusting in Him.

Psalm 34:15  The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.  John 14:14

Dear God, I beg you to set me free from all my sins.   I’m sorry for all my sins against you.  Please forgive me and help me to live pleasing before you.  I thank you for hearing my prayers and answering me.  Amen.

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7) Wait expectantly upon God to answer your prayers.

Micah 7:7  But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation My God will hear me.

He will answer your sincere heartfelt prayer–wait, watch and see for yourself!

In conclusion when things appear complex, we must to take them to God.  I’ve experienced the living God for decades–these innumerable empirical data substantiates for me that God is real.  Their is a genius (God’s Holy Spirit) operating within if you authorize Him to do so. The Holy Spirit corrects, guides and makes Himself known.  You likewise can possess a profound peace in the midst of life’s storms by discovering the healer!