When you canvas the Scriptures you will find a theme that will make any Christian uncomfortable. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown (Revelation 2:10).
Notice what our loving God has said about His children. Be faithful, even to the point of death. Let that soak in. When you see the prosperity ministers, promising you houses, that you did not build, when God has promised a mansion, vineyards you did not own, when Jesus is providing a banquet. Understand that God cares little of our death. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants (Psalm 116:15). He did not save Stephen from being stoned or John from loosing his head. This is our loving God.
It is important that you understand what God values. If you fail to understand what God values, you will become bitter when calamity comes crashing down on you. You will say all kinds of ungodly things & your faith will fail, because you failed to understand the God that you serve.
God cares about one thing and that is obedience unto death and his only promise to the believer is that you will spend eternity in heaven and in pleasure if you pass the tests on earth. None of us can tell when God will pull the plug on us, so we must be ready at all times. Who and what are living for? It should be God and the promise of entering into paradise. Any other main goals will only increase vanity.
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What does a Jesus pop-out look like? What does it mean? Do you pop Jesus out whenever you need him and pop him back when you are finished. Today, we see many people asking for prayer in their nearest storm, but soon as the coast is clear, they resume with swearing, getting drunk and doing things that they ought not to. They have no desire or hunger for the things of God. In a nutshell, they are displaying the fruits of the flesh and not the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5).
This is a stench in His nose because they are just paying lip service but their lives are consistently contrary to Gods word. So the question is, is Jesus your whole life or do you pop Jesus out like a lucky charm? Is your ‘commitment’ to Christ limited to just an ackowledgemnt that he exists and that he supplies for you or have you totally surrendered your life to him and desire what he desires and hates what he hates which is sin.
I know of Scarlett Johansson, but I bet if you asked her if she knew me, the answer would be no. In the same way, many people know and even acknowledge Jesus, believe that he died on the cross and rose on the third day but MANY of those very same people will hear Jesus say ‘ I never knew you’ when they stand before him to give an account (Matthew 7:23) because they continued to work iniquity.
So how do you know that you will not be amongst that number. The bible makes it clear. Examine yourself to see if you are in the faith.
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You want the cycle in your life to end. You recognize there is a problem and it has you by the throat. You are trapped under the weight and power of your will and the will of Satanic forces. You want to escape this cycle in your marriage and grow with the God ordained person you married.
It is good that you recognize that the days are alike and you know there are things you want to change in your life. You have grown weary of the cycle and you finally want it broken. The very first thing you must identify is where do you want to go? You must have a clear vision. Most cycles are perpetuated because you have no where else to go. What is your desire that God will give when you delight in him? Where do you want to go?
When you have identified the problem, you can begin filling in the blanks with the solution, but the problem must be clear and concise. Ambiguous issues in your mind make it easy for Satan to keep you in a cycle that has you going no where and affecting no one for the glory of God.
You must write the vision down and make it plain. That everyone in the house may read it, understand there role and execute the plan. If you have no vision you will perish within the cycle. The devil would have won. Don’t stop working on your vision. The devil will have you put off working on the vision and then you will perpetuate the cycle. Don’t put off the vision. Make it plain.
If I asked you want you wanted as a single person in a mate, what would you tell me? What is the vision for your marriage? What are you supposed to be getting from the marriage? What type of characteristics must a person have to fulfill those desires of your heart? Are these desires mentioned a true statement? Don’t deceive yourself.
If you are married already and I asked you the vision for the home, would I receive an answer or the same answer from the residents of the home? You must have multiple visions for the family. A marital vision, family vision, employment vision, entertainment vision. Where do you want to go with your entertainment? What is the destination of your marriage and family? You should have answers to these questions. If you do not have answers to these questions, it means you are locked in a cycle right now and the devil is making you ineffective for the kingdom of God. A stuck family is a dead family. A family in a cycle isn’t moving forward, but as time ticks is literally moving backward into the pit.
Where there is no vision my people perish. Prayerfully, create your vision today and make it plain for the entire family to read and execute.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
Your body comes with a predisposition for sinning. The fall in the Garden of Eden ruined the original genetic code for mankind. Sin corrupted the bloodline. Now running through your flesh is a demonic code that can only be eradicated by a new blood line, by faith through Jesus Christ. Once you receive the Savior, which is Christ the Lord, you still live in the old bloodline. Spiritually, you have been made new, hence a desire to live for Jesus and the awareness of heaven and hell. Unfortunately, death is inevitable as God specifically told Adam the tree in the midst of the garden would kill him, if he chose to eat of the fruit of that tree. He chose to eat the fruit of that tree.
Paul, comes along after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and tells us to “fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Timothy 6:12). This is the only prescription we have to ensure our salvation. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
The wrath of God is coming on the children of disobedience. We cannot win against our flesh without a direct assault against our flesh by spending time soaking in the presence of God and being busy doing the Fathers business. Being saved is work. Making sure you make it to the end is going to be difficult.