The Journey Back To Heaven Amid Covid-19 is a Painful Process, But We Must Learn to Trust God–It’s Now or Never!

The Journey to Heaven is a Painful Process; However, We Must Now Make The Decisive Decision to Trust God.

In this journey to Heaven amid Covid-19 we will suffer through the process until we learn to depend and trust in God.

Sin Leads to Fear and Death; Believe God and Live.

The Journey to Heaven is Not Initially Free From Fear and Worry in This World.

As a result during this global quarantine, many of us even Christians find ourselves stressed out on our journey back to Heaven-Luke 21:26 [See also Matthew 24]:

 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Thus, this is the beginning of the end.  We must turn to God to receive true joy and freedom–Matthew 11:28-30

 

God Will Not Remove Our Stress and Anxiety Until We Believe and Obey Him and Trust Him with Our Life.

We Must Carry Our Cross on Our Journey to Heaven.
Jesus Death allows Us to Journey Back to Heaven.

 

We want to rid ourselves of our personal cross.  The cross represents an instrument of capital punishment in the case of Jesus, but in our case it is a figurative exposure to death i.e. self-denial: the implied atonement of Christ.

We seek to save ourselves (flesh) and avoid our crossMatthew 16:24 KJV. 

God, however, allows the pain to lead us back to Him. He is the only one that can help us via Jesus death on the cross.

Pain Comes From Sin That Hopefully Leads Us Back to God.

Therefore, we must stop trying to ignore the cause of our pain: sin!  We must reject sin to find peace. We must bare our cross so our spirit can find joy and come back to life via the indwelling of God and His Holy Spirit living in us–7 Bible verses of God Living in Us.

1) What happens when we avoid our cross? 

We prolong the suffering.

2) What happens when we trust God and we bare our cross?

Then the Holy Spirit intervenes in our life and miraculously sets us free from fear, suffering,pain and a life of disobedience to God.  The Holy Spirit help us to break the chain of sin and Satan from our life.

 

The Wide Road Leads to Hell; However, We Can Turn to God and Learn Now to Trust in Him

However when we lack understanding, we continue down the wide sinful road that the vast majority journey upon.  We tend to do what we see others doing. 

Lost Sheep

Unfortunately like sheep, we have all been led astray into sin. 

Thus, Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins.  You can look up these various Bible passages later by clicking on them: Isaiah 53:6-9, John 3:16, James 5:19-20, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 6:23, and John 3:3.

Like Jesus Died on the Cross, We Must Submit Our Will to God.
Submit to God and Begin Your Journey Back to Heaven.

 

Satan Sets Traps for Us Like a Spider Seeking to Catch a Fly; However, God Will Make a Way of Escape by Trusting in Him.

Truthfully sin for many initially appears glamorous. Unfortunately and tragically the end is death.

This World's Pleasures Leads to Pain, Suffering and Death.
The Journey Back to Heaven Requires Us to Reject Our Old Sinful Lifestyle.

Satan Runs the World, but God Will Protect Us From This Enemy When We Rely On Him.

Satan controls our minds from top down governance–make no mistake he plays to win, to out do God and destroy us.

The propaganda and lies start from the time of our birth.  We become inoculated by lies and deception that impact us the rest of our lives.  The chemical compote sheds light on these truths. 

Falling Into The Sin Trap

As a result, we move through life be-bopping along until one day we find ourselves stuck and suffering without a way of escape–sin traps us.  We cannot free ourselves.  We don’t know the way out. 

 

Jesus Teaches Us the Way to Escape Sin and Journey Back to Heaven By Putting Our Trust In The Words O

We need someone to help show us the way out of bondage to sin and Satan.   

Fear is a Tool Used by Lucifer

When we become fearful, we panic and we do not think clearly to free ourselves from the enemies trap. Like the fly, we fall victim to Satan’s many webs of deception and lies. We need God’s help to set us free.

The Lie That We are Free, Rich and Brave Keeps Us Bound, Poor and Enslaved.

Yes we become enslaved while falsely thinking that we are free. We believe the lie. We in America the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Yes brave to defy God–truthfully foolish to defy God’s laws Jeremiah 4:22 KJV.

22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

We are not free; we are trapped by sin.  You know this because sin causes suffering and pain.

 

The Truth Shall Set Free to Journey Back to Heaven

Are You Cold Lukewarm or Hot?

The Truth Will Set You Free From Bondage to Sin, Suffering and Death.
Pain, Suffering and Stress Can Lead Us to Turn to God: The Life Giver.

A Christian cannot live a truly joyful lifestyle that coexists with a sinful lifestyle. This lukewarm Christian will eventually come to their cross filled with heartache, suffering and pain. 

Choosing Sin or Obedience to God

They will need to make a choice to 1) obey God or 2) disobey God: leading to sin and missing the mark. 

You cannot continue to evade the Holy Spirit of God and win. Happiness comes from believing the word of God and obeying God.  Then the journey back to Heaven begins.

Don’t Allow the Things of This World to Cause You to Miss Out on God Who Loves You

No amount of Netflix, alcohol, a big house, a fancy car or new gadget can lead to true and lasting joy.  Things distract us from God’s  message in the gospel: the good news of our avenue of escape to receive the free gift of salvation: eternal life with God.  He is waiting for you to come back to Him.

The Key to Victory in This Life is to Believe God 

Finally we can outsmart Satan by sincerely obeying God’s word, and submitting to God’s will for our life:

1) Repent of sins against God on your knees with genuine heartfelt tears,

2) Ask God to remove all sins from your life and

3) Submit your life one hundred percent to God’s control.

Freedom, Joy, Peace and Heaven awaits Believers.
Submit Your Life to God and Live Free in Your Father’s Presence.                                                                                                  Photo by Luis Quintero on Pexels.com

God loves you, and He never stopped loving .you.  Though you walked away from Him into a life of sin.  He is merciful and made away for you to escape and journey back to Heaven to see Him face to face.

Again I am asking you the following: are you willing to die to self and live for God that loves you more than you can imagine? 

Satan Appeared and Spoke Through Friend

One day my friend you will reach a turning point in your life where you will need to choose between life or death.  I know and speak from experience. I’ve had an encounter with Satan and thanks be to God I’m am here to freely share with you the way to victory! 

The wrong choice will cause you to die in darkness and pain. I know, I watched a friend turn their back on God, and Satan took control of their life.  I alone am left to tell this story.

The right choice will put you back on your journey out of slavery into freedom, abundant living and a state of overflowing joy with God. 

You are the prodigal son or daughter of GodLuke 15:11-32.

You hold the key to the kingdom when you choose to believe God’s words to you and act on them in obedience.

The choice is yours–choose wisely between death and life.

What appears good isn’t always good. You must learn to believe and depend on your Father: God.  

  1. The choice will hinge on pain and suffering leading you to the gates of death or
  2. peace and joy leading you to the gates of the kingdom of God and eternal life.

Which road will you take:

1) the way of the masses who refuse to listen (stiff-necked God calls them) or

2) the narrow road walking with the Holy Spirit submitting your life to God on your journey back to Heaven (knowing a loving God is waiting for you to return to Him)?

The Road To Heaven
Use Your Spiritual Eyes For Your Journey Back to Heaven–Walk By Faith Not By Sight.

 

 

 

How to Fight Satan and Win?

How do Christian warriors fight in a battle when they cannot see their enemy? We must do some of the following:

  1. pray
  2. study Yahweh’s words in the Bible to guide us
  3. maintain confidence in Yahweh: faith
  4. wisely go to war according to Yahweh’s words.
  5. maintain a relationship with Yahweh
  6. A faithful Christian warrior follows orders: the Ten Commandments spoken and written by Yahweh.
  7. We win battles and wars for our souls and the souls of others by following the voice of Yahweh.

Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day. (Deuteronomy 27:10 KJV)

and thou hast hearkened to the voice of Jehovah thy God, and done His commands, and His statutes, which I am commanding thee to-day.’ (Deuteronomy 27:10 YLT)

“So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17)


“Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. ” (Revelation 14:12)

 

A Christian warrior is a person engaged or experienced in warfare both physical and spiritual in nature. They are led by Yahweh.

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Christian warriors that lose battles and the ultimate war over who captures their soul Yahweh or Satan do so because their beliefs and actions do not align with the words and voice of the Almighty.

They may follow the traditions of their fore-parents rather than discerning and obeying the voice of Yahweh.

Satan binds them via sin thereby controlling and conquering them.  Disobedience to Yahweh means obedience to Satan (Lucifer).

The truth can and does set us free. I share the truth so that those who want to know the truth can study the words of Yahweh and discover hidden knowledge known as wisdom that can save their souls.

You see I’ve battled with Satan. I’ve overcome. It’s a daily choice to obey Yahweh and ignore the tricks of Satan. Once you overcome the evil one, you hate sin like Yahweh hates sin.  Yahweh knows you are serious about walking righteously before Him. Yahweh gives you a free gift: His Holy Spirit that writes His Ten Commandments on the tables of your heart.  The Holy Spirit given by God now empowers you from within to do what is right and pleasing to Yahweh.  The Spirit of Yahweh teaches you all things.

Ephesians 1:13 is a powerful verse that explains the steps to receiving the gift of the Spirit of Yahweh. That Spirit is your assurance and ticket to eternal life with God.

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,

For a Christian warrior to fight and win against Satan here on earth, s/he must obey every word spoken from the mouth of Yahweh. Yahweh gave us Ten Commandments based in love found in the gospels and throughout the Bible. If we break one, we break them all. They are found in Exodus 20 in the Bible when God came down and spoke aloud to Humankind a unique and distinct time in our history (a special time)–King James Version recommended.

The apostle James warned,

 

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10 King James Bible)

For whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of [breaking] all of it. (James 2:10 Amplified Bible)

Humanity struggles between obeying or disobeying Yahweh’s Ten Commandments that Yahweh spoke down the mountain to His people. He not only spoke them down, He carved His Ten Commandments on two tablets of stone– 1) love towards Yahweh and 2) love towards our neighbors.

Here we have hundreds of laws that we follow each day to avoid going to jail or receiving a fine. We choose not to steal because we know stealing is wrong. We could go to jail. We stop at a red light because we know the driving laws. If we fail to stop, we could get ourselves killed or our neighbors killed. We could also get a hefty fine in addition to a big hospital bill or taken to court and charged for damages.

What if a police officer would take us to jail if we were caught breaking any one of these Ten Commandments?  What if we were fined?  We would most likely readily obey.

Well the penalty is actually death: capital punishment!

Our judgement date is when we die and face Yahweh face to face. It’s not death of the flesh alone but death of the soul my friends!

Yahweh is not interested in our flesh anyway.  Why?  Flesh cannot enter the kindgom of our Creator.

Yahweh is interested in our eternal soul that only He can choose to destroy if we break His Ten Commandments. He will destroy the soul that sinneth–for disobedience to His Ten Commandments: based in love.  Yahweh gave us the Ten Commandments to guide our lives.

The Ten Commandments when kept represents wisdom: insight leading you on a narrow road towards eternal life.

Rebellion against anyone of these Ten Commandments will lead you on a very wide road that humanity marches quickly down leading to hell and death.  Our enemy (Yahweh’s enemy) has planned for each and everyone of us to suffer and die.

Yahweh gives us a choice: we can choose life or death. The choice is ultimately up to each of us. We either choose to listen to the voice of Yahweh who loves us and gave us His Ten Commandments to live by that leads to true and last freedom

That is why Satan loves to distract us with drugs, alcohol, pharmaceuticals from his high paid drug pushers (doctors), movie producers and actors and actresses, sport entertainers, rock and hip hop singers, movies that glamorize evil and all forms of entertainment that promote all things wicked. We no longer see the devices of the enemy because we grew up watching and amused by such evil all around from a very young age. We now mistake evil as good and good as evil.

When the show Lucifer hit the airways I couldn’t believe it! It’s based from story of the first fallen angel: Lucifer. I refused to watch it and never did. The information comes from the website: tvseriesfinale.com. Lucifer wants us to worship Him, but we are called to worship Yahweh and Yahweh alone.

Rebellion against the commandments of Yahweh leads humanity to suffer and die: separate from Yawheh the lifegiver.  Without the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, you cannot live.

First let’s acknowledge we are in a battle. There is a battle going on here on planet earth along with the plandemic. The vast majority are unaware of an invisible enemy working in another dimension attacking us in our three dimensional world.

Satan is like the wind that we cannot see in the visible spectrum; the effects we of course can feel. So we know the wind is real even though we cannot see the wind only feel the effects around us.  So you ought to know Satan is real because you can feel the effects in your life all around you.

Spiritual warriors must become astute deep thinkers thinking and reflecting and believing in Yahweh’s words to know that Yahweh is in fact real too like the wind is real.  Though we cannot see Yahweh or the wind in the visible spectrum, we definitely should feel the effects impacting us in life if we think, reflect and test God’s words to us.

That’s why children of Yahweh are taught to walk by faith and not by sight.

It’s easy for me to write this because of empirical evidence. I’ve walked with Yahweh for years–not perfectly of course.  Nevertheless I do my best to obey Yahweh’s commands. It’s been a battle fighting for my very life in this world that is a dark and dire place without the knowledge of Yahweh.

This is why I am writing because I’ve passed through many battles and I feel confident I have won the war for my life. I feel confident that I am on the narrow road that has led me back to the kingdom. Like the Apostle Paul (in 2 Thessalonians 3:3), I’ve learned the following: Yahweh is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. I’ve learned this in my walk with Yahweh over forty years. The key is to maintain a relationship with Yahweh by seeking Him daily to help us pass each test along the way until we see God face to face one day soon.

People are here sent by God to be tested and tried. We have an opportunity to return back to God or continue in rebellion against the commands of Yahweh.  

The gospel is the good news of who we are, why we are here and what God expects of us. 

Who is your enemy?

How does your enemy attack?

Can you recognize your enemies tactics?

 

The Bible says we have an enemy. The Apostle James says in James 4:7 the following:

Submit yourselves to Yahweh. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.

 

So how do you fight your enemy?

You submit your life to Yahweh and give Him one hundred percent control of your life.

He will break your bondage to sin and slavery to Satan.  God will make want to walk in righteousness and to live and operate in love. Yahweh wants the best for you and those around you.

King David says that Yahweh is our true shelter that we can depend on to protect us from our enemy.

Psalm 91:1-4 says,

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart…  

Yes, Yahweh is our shelter.

A warrior needs to know where to find protection. When challenged you must know how to go to Yahweh. He will protect you.

You must put your full trust in Yahweh (His words to us). You either put your trust in Yahweh or by default you put your trust in yourself and your enemy.  Pray and ask the Yahweh to make you strong and teach you to fight.  This is a spiritual fight and you must learn how to fight.  I bought a famous book about physical warfare to give me insights into the mindset of a warrior.  Perhaps you may like to purchase this little book.

 

In Art of War by Sun Tzu chronicles the most famous military treatise in Asia for the past couple of thousand years. I thought this might be an interesting read; however, I skimmed the book–will read another time. I pulled some famous quotes and added below: 

“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”

“Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”

“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.” 

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”

“If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected .” 

“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”

“To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.”

“Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.”

“There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.”

“Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory:
1 He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
2 He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
3 He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
4 He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
5 He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.”

“Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.” 

“Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.”

“Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.”

“The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.”

“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” 

“When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.”

“When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.”

“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.

There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination
they produce more hues than can ever been seen.

There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of
them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.”

“know yourself and you will win all battles”

“If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.”

“So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.”

“who wishes to fight must first count the cost” 

“When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.”

“Be extremely subtle even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.”

“Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.” 

 

 

 

Meditations from the books of Timothy

This image of Paul above comes from wikimedia.org.  Paul may or may not have written both books of Timothy. Timothy was a son of a Jewish mother (Afro-Asiatic) and a Greek father.  Paul profoundly took interest in the development of young Timothy.  He provides instructions for his Christian development into a strong leader. He reminds Timothy of his personal testimony regarding his early history; he implores Timothy to behave in a righteous and moral way worthy of his calling.

I Timothy 1:12-14  “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.  Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.  The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”

I Timothy 2:1-2  “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in godliness and holiness.”

I Timothy 2:8 “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”

Quick reflections:  … first “without anger or disputing”.  The enemy’s domain is anger, dispute and disunity.  Think of examples where this is true in personal/home life and also in the larger community and society.  Note the word “unity” is a root within the word community.   The other root is “comm” as in “come together”.   There can be a society without community or communities, but such a society … if there is not community is a society that is filled with chaos and dissension and disruption which leads to destruction.  

Take note in personal life as well as in the broader society what forces and/or influences promote unity and community vs. those that cause and or create disruption and disunity.  There can be a spiritual dimension to this as in the elements of spiritual warfare.   Take note of subtle or unintended actions or influences that push toward disunity and disruption as opposed to unity and community.  We have to choose carefully our friends, associates, environments and what we feed our minds.  Ask the question if those things promote community and unity in a way that promotes Godly and Christ-centered values or if those influences work against that.  Sometimes the unintentional or unintended influences can, over time, do as much damage as the ones that are very clear and intentional.   That is why the unintentional influences fall under the heading of “deception” which is one of the enemy’s most used tricks and tools.

We must accept that we are in a constant arena where to a greater or lesser degree there is some level of spiritual warfare taking place.  The level of intensity may vary from time to time.  The enemy has limited resources….unlike our God….who has unlimited resources.   There are times the enemy will deploy a specific line of attack against us and times when it will not be as direct.  However, we are always, quite literally “on the battlefield”.   As such we must establish habits of consistency, caution and vigilance to ensure that we do not get caught “off guard” by the enemy and harmed when the serious attacks come.

This challenges us to be diligent in seeking and communing with God at all times, not just in times of crisis.  God is our friend.  God is always available.  God loves us.  God will always help us and is always a constant force for our good.  We can trust God’s constancy and presence at ALL times.  It does not depend on us.  That is the message of the Cross.  There is nothing any of us did to merit God’s favor to die for our sins.  Not a single thing at all.  He did it as a complete gift of unrequited love for fallen humanity. There is nothing any of us could do or could have done to merit God’s favor in this.  THAT SAID…God gives us free will to commune with Him or not.  WHEN we choose to stay in communion..or direct community with Him…He can give us access to His vision, His power, and His plan for our lives and that can be an amazing plan.  It is better and more fantastic than anything we can conceive of for ourselves.  BUT,  we have to seek God and intentionally find Him (He is not hard to find, but we have to put some effort into it.)  When we do this it does not mean everything in life will become immediately clear or easy or direct or painless, BUT it does mean we will have better (spiritual) vision of how to meet life’s challenges and what actions to take and what to avoid.  In doing this we can better enable God’s love to extend into the world and bring joy not only to ourselves but to others. 

When we do not intentionally do this, there is a likelihood that we may fall into traps…sometimes the same traps if we have not matured or progressed out of certain habits, shortcomings and failings (this also can be a gentle/or not so gentle message from God).    If we fall into a trap, or traps, God is still there and God still loves us BUT God may not remove the consequences of us falling into traps.  God is a loving God, BUT also God is a JUST God.  Love and Justice go hand in hand.  Without justice there can be no true love.  Without love, God’s justice loses its meaning and foremost of all “God is Love”…BUT…God is a God of order as He created an orderly universe that is governed by laws of order (some physical, some spiritual).  So with order, there comes justice.  And in a universe governed by order and justice (and love) actions (or inactions) have consequences.  As this is in nature and the natural/physical world that we observe..so it is in the spiritual world.  

So this is an admonishment to “sow good seeds” in our lives so that we may reap a God harvest overtime.

 Theme to consider in closing:

How are my current habits (good or bad) influencing my walk with God and my daily walk in life?

What steps can I or do I need to take to change or improve in areas of habits and disciplines that will create better outcomes for me?

Are there any influences in my life or my personal space that may be impacting my walk with God (for good or bad)?  Are they “intentional” influences…i.e. choices I am making consciously and what are the consequences of those choices?   Are there subtle or “unintentional” influences that are impacting my walk…are they disruptive?   If they are present, how can I address them and make changes?

Footnote on being in community with other believers and seeking God in organized settings.

God does want us to be in community with other believers.  He designed us to be in community.

He established community for His earthly ministry, primarily through the close bonds He formed with the original 12 disciples and other very important people, like Mary and Martha, and Mary Magdalene, whom He drew close to Him in his ministry.

In saying this, we must be discerning and wise, however.  Too many people are not discerning and wise on this.   The Bible warns us in the “last days” of many “false prophets” and so-called religious leaders who claim Godliness but “deny His true power”.   In today’s so-called contemporary Christian scene in America many of these “false prophets” are easy to identify.   They preach or teach people what “their itching ears” want to here.   They do not preach, or teach, a full gospel.  They only preach, or teach, a partial gospel that by omission distorts the truth of God.

People need to be uplifted by God’s Word and loved an attracted to God.  

At a certain stage, they also need to understand God’s justice and that side.

All love and no justice is an incomplete picture of the true God.

All justice without love is also a distortion…and a very unattractive one the drives people away.

Also, actions have consequences.  And people must understand that.

Part of God’s love is that God can meet anyone, anywhere, under any circumstance and bring peace and calmness.  Even in the midst of consequences of sin or things gone astray, God can still come in there and do His work.  BUT that does not mean the consequences (i.e. of sin) are necessarily changed or eliminated.   God can do redemptive work and restorative work, but God will do this work in His timing for His purposes.

Faithful ministers of the gospel need to present a balanced view of God.  One that emphasizes all aspects of who God is.   This allows people to really “get real” about God and with God and actually have true community.

Undergirding all of this is God’s undeniable and deep, deep love for all of us.  He loved us first “while we were yet sinner”, so people (all of us) need never fear drawing close to God.  Even when we have failed or done wrong.  God forgives us.  There may be consequences.  But God loves us and can bring us through those consequences  BECAUSE he loves us and wants us to be in community and unity with Him.

It can also be said that God may perform “miracles” and “transformations” which may totally alter the present reality.  And this applies to anything that has been written above.  Sometimes we yearn for “miracles” in our lives.   But God uses all miracles and transformations for His glory and to point people toward Him.  We may benefit from the miracles and they can bless us..BUT…if our yearning for miracles and transformations is a self-centered attempt to “end run” or avoid consequences of decisions we make in our daily lives then it is not likely God will perform such miracles because those would serve our selfish human desires and not God’s higher purpose.  So when, sometimes in periods of struggle or pain, we pray or wish for “miracles” to remove our struggle, we must remember that God is sovereign and looks to our good in all circumstances, but that does not mean He is going to immediately “snap us out” of whatever pain or struggle we are experiencing.

A final note on evil, pain and/or injustice we do not understand OR on what seems to be unjust suffering of innocent people.  This is a real situation and the answer is not easy.  To try to answer, in any form, may fall short.  What we can observe and know that is true is that in the natural world we inhabit we know for a fact that ALL PAIN is temporary.  All suffering in this world has an end.  It is not an eternal state.  We see birth, life and death before us in this limited natural world.  For now it is the only world we know or have experienced, so to us it “seems” permanent because we do not know anything else.

Because we observe that this world is corrupted by sin, there is suffering and injustice that impacts people undeservedly out of no fault of their own.  What we do know is that God observes all of this and in God’s eternal evaluation, all of this is accounted for.   From an eternal perspective, when all of us reach the eternal world that God tells us about and look back on this temporary world, there will be no more pain, no more suffering, no more injustice, BUT whatever God’s purpose in allowing it in this temporary world, we will be able to more completely comprehend it from the eternal perspective looking retrospectively back into this “temporary” space we now inhabit.

If we are in the midst of a challenge or suffering, or struggle, perhaps because of our actions BUT also in some cases not because of our actions…this is difficult, admittedly very difficult, to process.  If we are in great pain it can be very difficult.   So this is an acknowledgement of that difficulty and an acknowledgement that any human answers to this, no matter how intelligently worded or reasoned, are incomplete.  We are incomplete creatures and limited as humans.  God is not.  So we have to pray and try and hope as best we can and trust implicitly that God’s infiniteness has the answers that we cannot yet comprehend.   When and if we have felt God’s very real presence and love in our lives (I have), just that experience alone, even if temporary, can give us the trust and hope to accept and hold on beyond and through what we may not immediately understand.

How Can I Avoid Suffering Destruction and Acquire God’s Seal of the Holy Spirit?

“Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.”

Knowledge of the Law of God

The Bible says my people suffer due to a lack of knowledge in Hosea 4:6 below:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Isaiah 5:13 says, “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”

 

What is the law of our God?

God gave the Israelites the ten commandments and handwritten ordinances in the original covenant.  

The Ten Commandments previously written on tablets of stone; God presently writes in our hearts.

2 Corinthians 3:3 “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

Was tithing apart of the ordinances nailed to the cross?

Colossians 2:14 says, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross”.

 

Deuteronomy 5:22 says, “These words the Lord spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.” 

The Holy Spirit makes God’s laws a part of our character

Hebrews 10:16 “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;”

Romans 2:15 “Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)”

 

How do we get the seal of the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit God gives to us when we accept His words–without additions or subtractions.

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,”

Once you trust in God’s words after you hear the gospel and you believe the truth you hear then you are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise

 

Ten Commandments Remain Forever Defining Sin

Psalm 111:7-9 says, “The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.  He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.”

Here is the link to the ten commandments in Exodus 20:1-17 in the Amplified Bible:  Ten Commandments for those who may not know them.

What does it mean to love God?

1 John 5:3 says the following, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

2 John 1:6 reminds us that to love God means to obey His words: “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”

How Should We Give To Share And Teach The Love Of God Today?

In 2 Corinthians 9:7 Paul asked people to give as God has blessed you as they decide in their heart:

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

 

God Warns Us

Matthew 7:14-16 “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.

Wash Your Heart From Wickedness–Reject Satan and Live Part 2

I would rather be absent from my flesh body and be present with God in my spirit body!
I would rather be absent from my flesh body and be present with God in my spirit body!

Satan caused division in heaven by causing a third of God’s angels (stars) to sin against God.  Angels are divine beings  or messengers of God created perfect by God.  These divine beings created without sin and perfect in heaven disobeyed God and sinned against God.

Satan the fiery dragon deceived a third of the stars of heaven to sin.  This led to their fall to this earth.

Revelation 12:3-4  3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child (Jesus) as soon as it was born. 

Revelation 12:7-9

7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven (Garden of Eden with God) any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

When a third of the stars fell along with the morning star Lucifer or Satan, their wicked hearts caused God to suffer the loss of a third of His creation or children to sin.  We were removed from the presence of God.  We didn’t have to be removed from God.  God gave us an opportunity to repent.  

Jeremiah 4:1   If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.

Jeremiah 4:17-23  

17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the Lord.

18 Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.

 God felt the loss due to sin.  God felt the pain to His very bowels. Satan caused this war in heaven because God’s children (angels or divine beings) listened foolishly to Satan’s lies.

 

19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.

20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?

22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

Satan caused the destruction of the earth.  He destroyed everything.  The earth was left without form and void.  The heavens had no lights.  This is where Genesis 1 begins.  God recreates the earth that was destroyed by Satan during the war to overtake God’s throne. 

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

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.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

 

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

 

Study this carefully to understand that we existed in heaven with God without sin, then sin entered our world causing sudden destruction, God recreates the earth.  He gives us a choice to decide whether we will return to Him or continue to walk in wickedness with Satan.  He says we can choose life or we can choose death.  God wants us to wash our hearts from wickedness through the blood of Jesus (Yeshua) on calvary.  The choice is ours to make.  

If you worship me, I will give you the kingdoms of this world.

Satan is here on Earth.

You may not know who Satan (Lucifer son of the morning) really is or his history, but he knows who you are and your history!  

Job 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Isaiah 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Satan fell to the earth from his high standing in heaven and deceived us into disobeying God.  So, God placed him here on this earth as well as humanity due to our sin against God.

Revelation 12:9  “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” 

 

San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

Yeshua (Jesus) Sent To Educate Us About Our History With God

There is the good shepherd named Yeshua (Jesus) sent to bring us back into good standing with Yahweh (God).  

John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Creator of Heaven Above and Earth Beneath
Creator of Heaven Above and Earth Beneath

Jesus (Yeshua) came to set the ignorant and uneducated captives free.  His death at calvary became a game changer for God’s children who choose to repent and return to God–the prefix re- means “again” or “again and again”.  God gives us another opportunity through Jesus’ death on the cross to live with Him again free from sin.  

This is the promise of eternal life God gave to Abraham and His seed (children).  This promise is the Holy Spirit.  This is, also, the gospel Jesus came to deliver to humanity from His Father.  God in His infinite mercy made a way for us to return to Him.  God loves us (His children) and sent Yeshua (Jesus) to die and pay the sin penalty of death for us.  Satan no longer possess the authority enslave us once we repent of our sin towards God.   We must each walk on our own away from a life of sin towards a life of righteousness and holiness.  

Satan deceived and captured many of God’s children through sin.  They are enslaved on earth and left uneducated about who they really–without their true history and education they will never escape due to ignorance.  Satan a terrorist and hijacker does not want publicity.  

Satan’s Revolution to Overthrow God’s Kingdom

Lucifer, better known as Satan since his fall in God’s kingdom thousands perhaps millions of years ago, started a revolution in heaven to overturn the Creator of the universe: Yahweh.  However, Yahweh threw him to the Earth.

Luke 10:18  “And he (Jesus) said unto them,  I beheld Satan as lightning falling from the heavens.”

 

Satan Thrown Out of Heaven
Revelation 12:7-12 ‘And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.  Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”’

Satan is after the destruction of God’s children.  He caused you to lose your identity as a child of God, deceived you and enslaved you.  If you continue to sin willfully, you are Satan’s slave.  He exploits you for his advantage and intends to finally destroy you.  The last thing Satan your enemy wants you to know is that he exist.  He would rather you think he is just a myth.  He operates in the spiritual realm.  

 

Alive To God and Slave to Righteousness (Narrow Road to Life) or Dead with Satan and Slave To Sin (Wide Road to Death)

You’re either a slave to righteousness or you are a slave to sin and Satan according to Romans chapter 6.  Romans 6:9-11 makes it clear that God’s children must flee sin and walk in righteousness.

8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

Paul goes on to say in Romans 6:20-23 the following:

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We were born here in the flesh on earth in slavery and that’s all we know of our history; however, Yahweh sent Yeshua (Jesus) to educate us an free us from sin and the fear of death.

Romans 6:16-19

16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.

So Paul is crystal clear about believers needing to eliminate sin from their mortal bodies.  God’s grace is not cheap grace.  Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin against God.  Do not be deceived, you cannot continue to walk willfully in sin and think you are covered by the blood of Christ.  Sin must go!  Otherwise you are deceiving yourself with lies from Satan.  Let God’s words to us be true and every man and woman a liar.

Romans 6:1-2  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

 

 God is allowing us to choose life with Him free from sin or a life of sin and death.  Satan is here on Earth in the spiritual realm intent on making sure you continue to sin and die captive to him!

So, while we are here on earth passing through the physical stages of life and death in our mortal bodies, there is a war going on behind the scenes in the spiritual realm that we cannot see with our physical eyes.

 

How to Overcome Our Accuser

So how do we overcome Satan our accuser who accuses us night and day before God?  

According to Revelation 12:11, we can overcome God’s enemy by asking God’s forgiveness for disobeying Him when we listened to the lies of Satan.  When we repent and acknowledge our sin against God by asking God to forgive us for sinning against Him, by turning from our sinful lifestyle and acknowledging that Yeshua (Jesus) died to pay the sin penalty for our sins and sharing our stories of God’s goodness with others, we can help others to know the truth about the mercy of Yahweh.  

Revelation 12:11-12   11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

You can overcome Satan by Jesus’ death on calvary and your testimony.

 

Jesus is not of this world. This is not His home. He came from God and returned to God. He sent us here. This is not our home.
Jesus is not of this world. This is not His home. He came from God and returned to God. He sent us here. This is not our home.

Why Did Satan Take The Risk and Disobey God In Heaven?

 In Isaiah 14:14, Isaiah wrote that Satan said the following:

 “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

Satan intended on being like God.  What he really wanted was to replace God and take His position.  He told us in heaven if we disobey God’s commands,  we would be just like God knowing both good and evil.  Since we believed Satan’s lie over God who provided us with everything beautiful in the garden of Eden (heaven), we disobeyed God’s commands.  We were foolish.  Thus, God removed us from Eden (heaven with Him).  This is our true history with God our Father and Creator.  This is also the history of slavery to Satan we humans found ourselves born into here on earth.  Satan is our God and he rules us here on earth as long as we continue to walk in sin.

 

The Battle to Overcome The Enemy

We must want our freedom and risk our mortal lives to get it!  This takes courage and faith in the record God left for us.  We do not need to continue to listen to Satan’s lies.

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
Maya Angelou

We can return back to God and beg for forgiveness and intentionally eliminate sin from our lives–with the power of God’s Holy Spirit living within us. 

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mahatma Gandhi

We can make a difference in our eternal life not only for ourselves, but we can help to save others in our family and among our friends.  We can save our brethren that God sends to us.  This takes courage.  We fight a real enemy we cannot see with our mortal eyes, but we know Satan exist.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

 

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
Nelson Mandela

 

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Nelson Mandela

 

 

I’ve Discovered Our Real History Through The Holy Bible and My Experiences

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
Napoleon Bonaparte

 

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
Mark Twain

I want you to keep these quotes in mind knowing Satan is behind the scenes of this world.

 

History is a set of lies agreed upon.
Napoleon Bonaparte

 

Personally, I’ve always believed in God from a very young age.   This child like faith helped me to recognize early spiritual experiences in which God manifested himself to me.  These spiritual encounters over the years served to strengthen my faith.  

I learned that God is not only real, but He is faithful to those who love Him.  

I’ve, also, discovered for myself that Satan exist.  I heard his voice speaking through another individual.  It wasn’t the individual I heard that I knew, it was Satan.  I knew it in retrospect.  I cannot use the scientific method to prove it, but I can say empirical evidence should suffice!  The behavior, personality and everything had been taken over.  The arrogance, haughtiness, calm and deliberateness like a high profile attorney trying to gather information.  Within forty eight hours this individual took someone else’s life and then took his own–based on the evidence I heard and what I knew of the individual.  

When you stand on God’s word and remain obedient to God’s will for your life, Satan attempt to thwart your plans to serve God.  If this means he needs to come and speak to you audibly through someone else, he will do so.  Remember the story of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days and nights getting prepared to do what God sent Him here on earth to do.  Satan attempted to stop Jesus (Yeshua) like he tried to hinder me.

Matthew 4:3-10 (KJV)

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.

5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

 

You must remain obedient to God!  The more I trust in God’s word and record sent through His Son recorded in the New Testament of the Bible, the more evidence I discover that supports God’s record to us.

My belief in God stood not for long on blind faith, but living faith built upon experiences and encounters with God.  

One day I gave my life to God–asking God to help me remove all sin from my life to serve Him.  

A few months after I had this encounter with Satan.  I did not immediately recognize him speaking through an individual I knew.    

Satan turn his head towards me and said with arrogance, “What are you doing?”

Struck by the odd question, the odd voice, the odd personality and the stranger before me, I said “what?” 

The what was also me saying who are you, what is this strange voice and what is this odd personality coming through this individual.  I felt perplexed.

In addition the question made no sense to me.  I obviously was not doing a thing.   I had just sat quietly down.  

He repeated the question: “What are you doing?”

 In irritation and with indifference “I’m not doing anything. What are you talking about?”  He did not respond.  He just turned his head ending the conversation and left with the coldness and arrogance of Satan.

It did not occur to me until several events quickly transpired within forth eight hours following the death of two individuals that this was an encounter with Satan.  Once I contemplated what had transpired and  I took in all the evidence, it suddenly occurred to me that I faced Satan and survived.  

The individual Satan took possession of died within forty eight hours and another individual too.  This individual had recently gotten on antidepressants and decided to get off shortly without their doctor’s permission.  This all transpired following the sudden and unexpected death of their relatively young (mid 50s) and previously healthy mother.  

Our enemy is looking for every opportunity to destroy us.   So make sure that you do not leave yourself wide open for His attacks.  

The first thing when you go into battle is to recognize who your enemy is and how He attacks so that you don’t get ambushed.    When attacked do like Jesus and quote scripture starting off with “It is written” like Jesus.  You cannot go wrong using His model for us against Satan.

 

You may wonder how I knew it was Satan that I heard in this individual.  I just recognized Him!  After giving it just a little thought after the fact, it all made sense.  I looked at all the pieces of the puzzle and put them together and it painted a clear picture.

Perhaps, also, God revealed this knowledge to me.  There is evidence of this in the Bible. 

Matthew 16:13-17   “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

Sometimes God reveals things to us for His own purposes that help to build our faith and reveal spiritual truths to us.  Thus, we can share and strengthen others in their journey with God.  

I know the enemy uses subtle tactics to manipulate us into turning away from God and serving him.  He tries to convince us that sin is no big deal.  

Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

2 Corinthians 11: 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

The Holy Spirit, however, convinces us that we must eliminate sin and walk righteously before God.  We serve Satan when we sin against God whether we realize it or not.  Slaves are ignorant and cannot see the truth–they are blinded by ignorance and lies.

We are not even aware we are slaves to Satan until we decide to finally do away with sin in our lives and become a slave to righteousness and to God.   As slaves we do not know anything other than a life of slavery until we escape and get a taste of freedom from sin and the fear of death.  Satan will probably show up to stop you.  He will likely attempt to get you under his control again so you can become a slave to sin and to him.  He will may question you to see if he can control you and get you to commit sin against God.  I learned all this through my own personal walk with God.  When you are on track with God, he will attempt to intervene to get you off course like he did with Jesus in the wilderness.  

If Satan has not appeared to you and attempted to get you from following the bidding of the Holy Spirit, you may be a slave to him–based on my personal experience.  

You may not realize that you serve Satan because you read your Bible and you go to church like me for years.  Satan goes to church too.  He runs many of the churches–sad to say but true.  

Satan enslaved me to a life of sin until I had enough of feeling convicted by the Holy Spirit.   I asked God to break any bondage of sin that controls my life.  I cried out to God giving Him full authority to do what I learned that I could not do for myself despite all my attempts.  I decided to follow faithfully the Holy Spirit wishes for my life–that’s 100% control by the Holy Spirit no matter what!   I not only surrendered my life to God, I gave God full authority to run my life.

Sin had to go–no excuses!   I heard about a life of freedom from sin and death from another, and I wanted that freedom.

If the Holy Spirit convicted my heart about anything, I immediately listened.  I turned to God, and God answered my prayer setting me free from a life of sin and a life bound by Satan.

Satan and His demonic spirits could no longer control my life and convince me to go against God’s will for my life.  Satan appeared to check out the scene to see if it was true that I would not sin willfully against God.

I chose God’s will for my life over a life of sin against God.  

When Satan intervened, I rejected Satan.  Satan left.  

Satan’s voice was a familiar voice I immediately recognized after thinking about it like I said.  It certainly was not my friend.  Satan invaded my friend’s body and took control.  This person did not act the same after this experience.  I know the Holy Spirit warned me several times within this 48 hours not to go anywhere with this individual, which I heeded each warning–three to be exact.

I never saw my former friend again. Even prior to this 48 hour period the Holy Spirit warned me to end this friendship and to stay on alert.

I had never formally ended a friendship, but I felt compelled to do so.  So I kept my distance.  I intended on ending the friendship; however, the individual died.  

This person changed and seemed angry all the time.  I certainly did not possess a clue at the time of how to help.  Satan took this individual over and destroyed their flesh.

This experience thought me that Satan is real.  God is, also, very real.  

Sometimes the most trying experiences teach us the most about God if we trust Him and look for Him operating in the scenes of our lives.   

 

Jesus came to earth to teach us about God and how to overcome Satan.  He revealed the way for us to return to the kingdom and how to become reconciled to God.

Jesus, also, had visits from Satan.  Satan worked hard to get Jesus from following the Holy Spirit.  Jesus did not budge from His allegiance to to bidding of the Holy Spirit.  Satan attacked Jesus in the wilderness when He started to prepare for His ministry and do what the Holy Spirit wanted Him to do.

Luke 4:1-13  “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:

10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:

11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”

  Yes, Satan is real and wants to tempt us to sin against God.  He would like you to think of him in mythical terms.  Satan wants you to think he doesn’t exist.   He is a spirit and operates in the spiritual realm most of the time behind the scenes hidden out of sight.  He does appear and can speak to us when he choses to do so. His goal is to tempt us to sin against God.  

 

There is a Spiritual Battle Going On and Many of Us are Too Busy to Notice.

We are like sitting ducks in the hands of a highly skilled duck hunter.

God warns us that our fight is not a physical one but a spiritual fight.  We need to understand God’s enemy and our enemy.  Satan works in the spiritual realm unbeknownst to us–behind the scenes of our life. 

Ephesians 6:12  “ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Satan tricks people into falling under his leadership.  In the process they lose their liberty and become slaves to him.  We become separated from God when we live a life of sin.  We lose our freedom.

 

Sin Hides God’s Face From Us

Isaiah 59:2  “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

If we want to live a life pleasing to God, we must choose a life apart from sin.  We must ask God to help us live a righteous life that pleases Him.  Until we are committed to becoming slaves of righteousness, we will remain  enslaved to a sinful life–enslaved to Satan.  

 

Satan is a Subtle Snake that Enslaves Those Captured by Sin

In our physical realm, we cannot easily recognize spiritual beings at work.  Nevertheless, the spiritual invisible realm exist.  Satan exist and so does God in the spiritual realm.  Satan lies against God to get God’s creation to serve him rather than God.  Let’s look at the scene where we fell in heaven in the Garden of Eden when we walked and talked with God.

Genesis 3:1-5 “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

So Eve and Adam did what God asked them not to do.  As a result, they sinned against God hoping to become like God.  Satan tricked them and they were forced out of heaven (Eden).

Genesis 3:24 So he (God) drove out the man (humans); and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Free In God

Due to this sin, they  were removed from the presence of God.  They no longer had access to the tree of life nor the life giver–they lost their freedom in God.   They made a decision based on what appeared to be good and safe rather than what God said for them.  Disobedience to God led to their fall and removal from God’s kingdom.

Genesis 3:6-7 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Sin brought guilt and shame upon them both.

 

The Wisdom of Sin: Shame, Fear, Guilt, Selfishness, Pain, Sadness, Loss, Bondage

After obeying Satan, this couple immediately felt shame and guilt within themselves.  While obeying God, they felt free from shame and guilt and at peace.  

God a wise, all-knowing and just God created an escape route for those lost due Satan’s lies and deceitfulness.  God has allowed Satan a certain level of freedom while He allows His plan of salvation to go forward.

 

Free to Love versus Enslaved to Selfishness and Sin

God gave Satan and all of us a choice.  We could choose obedience to God by abiding and honoring His rules to 1) love God and 2)  love your neighbor as yourself.  The other alternative Satan focused upon is to 1) not love God and 2) not love your neighbor as yourself.  God always gives us freedom of choice.

None I would imagine had ever disobeyed God in the realm of paradise until Satan full of wisdom fell from grace and deceived others to join him.

 

God is Both Just and Merciful–Satan Wants to Discredit God’s Great Name

God could have immediately destroyed Lucifer (Satan); however, God chose not to do so until His specified time.

God a just God has a plan of redemption for those that fell due to Satan’s deceitfulness and their lack of obedience to God’s word.

On the other hand, Satan wants to argue God is unjust.  God gave him freedom, beauty, wisdom and wealth. God showed love to Satan. Satan showed ungratefulness and selfishness towards God. God had already made him the highest in the kingdom. Greed led him to hate God. He wanted God’s great name. His wasn’t great enough. There was only one being that had a greater name than him and that was God.  He orchestrated a plan to take God’s place and fell from grace in the process.

Although Satan messed up, God still communicates with him which the book of Job 1:6-12 reveals. God did not react in anger and destroy him. He did, however, throw him out of heaven upon this Earth.

 

We are all on trial here on this earth. The host of heaven watches from above.
We are all on trial here on this earth. The host of heaven watches from above.  I hope Jesus is your lawyer because He already payed the penalty of sin for those who come to him.  Yahweh is the judge.  Your accuser is Satan your prosecutor.

God allows Satan to try his case in court.  What is Satan hoping to attain?  He already lost the battle in trying to overtake the kingdom of God yet God has not destroyed him.  He serves a useful purpose in God’s plan to redeem the lost from the grips of sin.

Satan attempts to destroy God’s name in the garden of Eden Gen 3:1-5.

Satan tries to convince Adam and Eve that God isn’t who He says that He is. He is not a God of love. He is not worthy of the name He goes by. Adam and Eve doubted God’s name; God’s actual character is his name. They lost faith in God and opted out of obedience to God. They decided that God could not be trusted.  Satan became their new master; they trusted Satan.

Satan is trying to prove that we all have a right to distrust God and to live by our own rules in this world.   He offers us freedom and liberty from God’s rules of love for God and love for one’s neighbor as oneself.

Satan is saying why be a slave to God and a servant of God when you can have freedom to be a servant to self and a slave to no one.

Satan has a manipulative and bad argument; however, he convinced  Adam and Eve to obey him rather than God.  He convinced humanity to obey him and fall likewise alongside him.  God gave Adam, Eve and us everything.  Satan gave us nothing, but lies that led to our fall from a state of perfection–the way in which God originally made us.

This separation from God due to sin against God resulted in fear, guilt, shame, which did not exist in the kingdom of God. These undesirable attributes only exist in the world of Satan away from God.

 

Why does God continue to toy with Satan’s theories?  Why not just destroy him?  

God is wise and all knowing. He abides within his own laws of love.  He wants to give each and every lost soul an opportunity to repent and return to Him.  He even sent Yeshua (Jesus) to the Earth to die on a stake to pay the sin ransom to allow us to return to the kingdom in heaven–Eden.

A Holy and Loving God Worth to be Praised!
A Holy and Loving God Worthy of Praise!

 

Yes, Jesus left the spiritual realm to come into our physical realm to help us understand that our Father in heaven wants us to understand the mysteries of His will.  He wants us to return home to the kingdom.  He wants us His prodigal children to not remain slaves to sin and Satan.

Satan argues that beings only serve Him because of the good that they get from God. If God took away His goodness, we would no longer serve Him. He argues Job’s righteousness is self-serving.

Satan demonstrates complete disrespect for His Maker.  

God’s name (His character) is on trial before the universe. 

God says the wages of sin is death.

How can God’s name simultaneously represent both love and justice?    How can God destroy a life that He loves? Will God’s name stand up in the face of Satan’s arguments?

Yeshua (Jesus) dies in our stead which shows He is a God of Justice–the penalty of sin is death.  Yahweh sent His Son to pay our sin penalty so we can enter back into His kingdom: Eden.  God sent His Son to die and pay our sin penalty.  Justice is served because the wages of sin is death.   God sent His Son to save us from our sins, which shows He is a God of mercy and love!  Now it is up to us to decide that we no longer wish to continue to sin against God.  We must flee sin by turning back to God, repenting and asking for His help!  When we turn to God; God will receive us.

We serve a loving and just God!  His name and character is worthy to be Praised!  God’s name is His character.

Satan continues to this day to try to destroy God’s name and character to all that will listen to his lies.  He convinces people God does not even exist.  He says we are free to live as we please and as our own God with liberty and justice for all who reject God.  We can become Gods–rulers over ourselves.  Right and wrong is dependent on what we say it is and laws are meant to be broken.

Remember the truth will set you free from a life of sin and bondage to Satan.  You can choose life with God or death with Satan.

God is all powerful.  His word and laws of love will stand.  His name will stand long after Satan is destroyed!  So, I hope you choose wisely on a foundation of righteousness whom you will obey.

The host of heaven watches what takes place here on this Earth.  They’re rooting for you!  From their vantage point, they know who’s name is worthy to be praised–Yahweh (God)!  They live in splendor with God.   They see the suffering amongst the inhabitants on Earth under Satan’s control.  The problem is the inhabitants on earth cannot see Satan and cannot see the kingdom of splendor they walked away from in choosing a life of sin.  If they could see paradise lost, they would quickly return.    Slaves of are not educated so they remain enslaved to their ruler: Satan.  Yeshua (Jesus) came to spread the gospel of the coming kingdom of God.  He died to pay our sin penalty so we can return back to God the Father.  We have a better future in store for us as children of God.

Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Satan will burn.  This is his future that awaits him. He is angry and wants to take with him as much of God’s children as he can take.  Satan your adversary is real.

Flee a life of sin and live.  How you may ask?  Read Mark 16:15-20.

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

How Can You Know For Sure You Are Saved?

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A creature of God at the aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia.

How did Jesus describe this enemy of God?

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

John sent by God shares the truth.

John 1:6 “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”

John came from the kingdom of God to Earth with a mission from God.

 John teaches about who sent him to the earth, who sent Yeshua (Jesus) here and ultimately  who we really are in the book of John.  

John 20:21 “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”

Jesus is not of this world. This is not His home. He came from God and returned to God. He sent us here. This is not our home.
Jesus is not of this world. This is not His home. He came from God and returned to God. He sent us here. This is not our home.

Who sent Jesus here?  

Who sent us here?  

Who sent John to this earth?

 God sent them from the kingdom to the earth to fulfill a purpose: reconciliation to God.  Reconciliation means “to restore friendly relations between…cause to coexist in harmony; make or show to be compatible”…”processes of dealing with the past”–according to the dictionary for the former and Wikipedia for the latter.

 Humans belong to God; however, we fell short in God’s kingdom.  Under the leadership of Satan, we took a gamble and decided to trust Satan’s words over God’s words to us.  We thought the ways of Satan and sin more alluring than the ways of God so we left the kingdom by knowingly breaking God’s laws.   Thus,  we caused a division between ourselves and God.  Jesus came to help us understand the truth of why we exist here on earth in flesh form and how to return to God’s kingdom.  

Jesus known as Yeshua reconciles believers back to God by paying the penalty for our sin: death at Calvary–the hill outside Jerusalem on which Yeshua was crucified.  Yeshua obeyed God’s command reconciling us back to God.

The cross is famous throughout the world. This reminds Christians throughout the world of the price Yeshua (Jesus) payed for our sins at calvary over 2000 years ago.
The cross is famous throughout the world. This reminds Christians throughout the world of the price Yeshua (Jesus) paid for our sins at Calvary over 2000 years ago.

We once belonged to God in heaven long ago.  Unfortunately our sins separated us from God.  Satan tricked us.  God removed us sinners from the kingdom.  Yeshua (Jesus) sent us to live with our new master here on Earth to learn that God’s ways of love supersedes Satan’s ways of selfishness and sin.  Jesus came to Earth in flesh form to die for the sins of humanity to allow for reconciliation between us and God.  Yeshua (Jesus) sent by God gives us the truth.  He demonstrates God’s love for us by His interaction with humanity.   The writings of His mission accomplished on the day of Calvary lives on today in the Bible. 

A Holy and Loving God Worth to be Praised!
A Holy and Loving God Worthy to be Praised!

 

John 17:1-3, 8  “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.”

 God made a way for our restoration back into the kingdom by the death of Yeshua (Jesus) on Calvary to pay our sin penalty for us.   This is the good news: the promise of eternal life.

I John 2:25 “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.”

Paul and other disciples remind us throughout the Bible that God’s kingdom opened up for us when Jesus paid our sin penalty at Calvary.  He allows for the reconciliation between us and God when we repent of our sin against God and become baptized.  Baptism symbolizes our death of the old self and our commitment to living a new life with God.  

So, how can you know for sure you are saved?  Well Mark clearly stipulates the signs of fellow believers in Mark 16:15-20 below:

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.   He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

This is a simple explanation of how to be saved.  These express  Yeshua’s (Jesus’) last words to the apostles before He left to return to the Father.  This is the truth!  This tells the difference between being saved and being damned!

We are buried with Christ.
We are buried with Christ.  This is a cemetery in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Our enemy Satan tries to hide the truth from us.

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”  (2 Corinthians 11:3) 

 John and other disciples help us to understand the gospel about what Yeshua (Jesus) has done for us.  

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  (John 3:17)  

Yeshua (Jesus) was sent here on earth by God to reconcile sinners back to God.  Reconcile means to restore friendly relations between or to settle (a disagreement)– between humans and God.

We once belonged to God in heaven long ago.  

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, [after] ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.

34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, [knowing in yourselves that ye {have} in heaven a better and an enduring substance.]–[knowing in yourselves that ye {have} in heaven a better and an enduring substance.]

34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.  

35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.

36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.  (Hebrews 10:31-39)

 

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  (2 Corinthians 5:5-8)

 

Unfortunately our sins separated us from God.  Satan tricked us.  We then suddenly were enslaved to Satan and removed from God due to our sin.  We could no longer stay in God’s presence and under God’s rulership.  God removed us sinners from the kingdom and sent us to live with our new master here on Earth to learn that God’s ways of love supersedes Satan’s ways of selfishness and sin.  

Jesus allows us the only way back to God.  He sent by God gives us the truth about our fall from grace and allows us to become reconciled back to God the Father.