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Friday, March 29, 2013

An era of confusion

We are living in an era of confusion.

The enemy always wants to distract us and confuse us.  The enemy wants us to believe a cartoon version of the gospel rather than the actual truth that comes straight from God's word.  There are two enemy lines that build a lot of smokescreens that distract us from following Christ....the Judizing Talmud version or the Roman version. The general world has a tendency to believe that Chirst isn't real or necessary to follow because they are looking at the religious dogma rather than actual truth.  Its kinda like trusting in the media without double checking the actual evidence your self.

Below is a wonderful explanation of how God's word clearly explains when Christ died and rose from the grave.  This is taken from www.joyfulchristianhomemaking.com....I could not get the link to the site

There is no "Good Friday"

The Word of God says we are supposed to worship Him in spirit and in TRUTH.

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. -John 4:23

It is not TRUTH that Jesus was crucified on Friday. It is not TRUTH that Easter is a Christian holiday. It is not TRUTH that Christmas is a Christian holiday. In this article, we will take an honest, Scriptural look at the TRUTH about Jesus' death, burial, and ressurection.

To learn more about the trickery of Christmas, Easter, and Halloween, click here.

God specifically says that His people are not to worship Him in the same way the heathen/pagans/unsaved worship their gods. Perhaps you don't think it matters about Good Friday and the other holidays. Perhaps you think it matters what you make it mean. Truth may not matter to you, but it matters to God. The heart is deceitful. We must follow the TRUTH, not what's in our hearts.

To read more please visit www.joyfulchristianhomemaking.com

Further there is another BIG deception going on in the United States today.  It is the belief that homosexuality deserves a special right called marriage.  In the bible we are aware that God does not give favors to marriage.

Luk 17:27  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

God never favors humans who indulge in wicked behaviors....ever!  Many homosexual persons find their life shortened because of the indulgence in the sin.  That is God's judgment on such wicked practices.

Some claim that the favor to homosexual lifestyle occurs because persons in the United States claim that it is a woman's choice to use the birth control pill.  The result of refusing children into the home is the same as homosexual marriage in that sense.  There are many studies which show that when a woman chooses to use birthcontrol practices outside of natural family planning, she puts her life at risk for various female cancers and emotional disorders.  Visit www.ladiesagainstfeminism.com and www.aboverubies.com for more of this information.
 
So what are we to do when we are surrounded by decieved people and family members.  First, maintain your own sanity, love and forgiveness for the people.  Second, pray for them by actually writing down their name (we are not God and we do need to write things down).  Third, if they are open to the truth, then share it with them.  If they are not discuss other topics with them that seem to keep the heat down until they are willing to accept God's word as truth.
 
 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Divorce and Remarriage

 I posted this issue on a forum.  Some woman that visit the forum are confused about issues like this so I thought I would expand on this topic as it is often twisted in what people would claim to be Christian circles but are in fact circles in the middle of a hurricane and a battle against the throws of impurity that surround all of us.. Below it begins:



Sorry this is such a difficult situation.  I hate issues like this but I like it when I turn to scripture first and not our own "emotional" feelings.  I have my various thoughts on this matter and hate the idea of throwing stones [verbal and physical].  I sway with the church or the worldly thinking like anyone else....but I know that Christ offers ultimate purity on issues like this.  There are times where woman are married for abusive purposes before coming to the knowledge of Christ in persecution countries etc......the list can grow about the battles of impurity.  Sorry this is more of a blog post.
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When God says "love your enemies" how can two Christians decide to get divorced?  When God says "love your enemies" how can a Christian who was married to a non-christian, get married to another person and say "I hate my former spouse" that would mean that the remarried person did not follow God in the first place.

Following Christ is a narrow way and is not easy.  Following Christ is a separate matter from building a large home and homeschooling.  Even Muslims can do that.  Following Christ is just that, putting God (the father of Christ) first no matter what.  [By the way muslims do not believe God had a son....may we show them the love of God]

Woman at the well.......stay with the man to whom you are currently with even if you have had 5 boyfriends/husbands.  You are called to follow Christ with where you are at.  If you are called as a servant.....follow Christ as a servant. etc.  John chapter 4 is a wonderful passage that shows us how to find true PURE living water that reaches to everlasting life.  It has nothing to do with following the ways of this world ---> divorce-remarriage-boyfrined-divorce-remarriage-boyfriend pattern etc.  His spirit is pure enough to keep us strong enough to face the battle ALL woman have to face: the battle against impurity.  Please please please read John chapter 4 over and over again until you feel secure in the loving hands of Christ alone.  The love of man will follow AFTER you find the love of Christ's holy spirit presence.

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I like the messages from this man and he has much knowledge first century churches and isn't catering to emotional feelings of the people.  Scripture first mentality.  He doesn't cater to fornicators nor to divorced and remarried people.  He also doesn't cater to "strict" unscriptural celibacy. Sharp swords are necessary in our western churches who are leaving the cancer of hatred and disease right within the churches as the western churches cater to worldly thinking rather than scirptural thinking.

I encourage you to listen to these messages and study further in scripture so that you do not make wrong turns in life.  21 is still a young age.  They say that full maturity isn't until woman are 27 or 28.  An age where most woman can handle their marriages effectively by scientific sociology study.

http://www.thefaithoncedelivered.info/Sermon%20Index.htm

http://www.thefaithoncedelivered.info/tape_index_g000080.mp3

http://www.thefaithoncedelivered.info/tape_index_g00007a.mp3

I can guarantee that many distractions and emotional "feelings" will get in your way.  Someone will distract you with "Yay hath God said."  Even the intelligent miss the mark if they have no knowledge of the word and what it says.

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So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth [refers from believing to unbelieving departed]; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
(1Co 7:38-40)

The passage above by Paul didn't encourage second marriage in any way.  Rather he expounds upon the fact that a relationship with Christ is BETTER than marriage on this earth.  Hence he says [she is happier if she so abide].

I believe the books "every woman's battle" by shannon ethridge and "before you meet prince charming" by Sarah Mally really really help women understand how valuable and precious purity AND a relationship with Christ is and can be when it is nurtured.  I hope ALL of you decide to read those books, and give them to your daughters at some point in your lives.  Our society and our world thrives on what it thinks to be living water which is infact dirty and impure water.  These books also help expand upon 1 co 7:38-40