A Pure Virgin

 

I am jealous for you, just as God is; you are like a pure virgin whom I have promised in marriage to one man only, Christ himself. 3 I am afraid that your minds will be corrupted and that you will abandon your full and pure devotion to Christ—in the same way that Eve was deceived by the snake’s clever lies. 4 For you gladly tolerate anyone who comes to you and preaches a different Jesus, not the one we preached; and you accept a spirit and a gospel completely different from the Spirit and the gospel you received from us! (2 Corinthians 11:2-4)

 A different Jesus is any message, gospel and way of salvation which contradicts the goods news as preached by Jesus and the apostles.

 

Pure devotion to Christ

We notice that Paul talks about pure devotion to Christ and proceeds to lament over false doctrines and gospels. The objective of every false gospel or way of salvation is to lure us away from pure devotion to Christ. Pure devotion to Christ means pure devotion to His word.

We are promised in marriage to the word of God alone and our purity proceeds from Him alone. We are to cherish this purity and virginity so much that we desire the word of God alone in humility and love.

By the time we have spent quality time loving and practising the word of God with praise, prayer, worship and thanksgiving, the presence of the word of God with fill us up and surround us. He will beautify us and crown us with love, peace and joy.

May we always love and cherish our purity and virginity in Christ. May our devotion be to the word of God alone as we reject lies and false doctrines.

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House On The Rock

 

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: “and the rain descended “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24- 7:27 NKJV)

 

In this Scripture, Jesus is stressing the importance of building our lives on the word of God. So it is all about hearing the word of God and doing it. It is very possible to hear the word of God everyday and refuse to do it.

It is very possible to be in Church everyday like the pews and chairs in church and refuse to change. Inanimate objects remain constant just as stone hearts remain constant. Only the power of God can break and change stone hearts – that is, if we are willing and cry out for grace.

Nobody can force anyone to practice the word of God and God does not force us. We have to decide that we love God enough to desire, treasure and practice His word.

The Bible describes us as being slaves of righteousness. This means that even though we have a free will to obey or disobey, we must obey. It is just like having a free will to eat poison, yet most rational beings will not take poison so as to preserve their lives and keep living.

Righteousness is not a choice but a mandate and a commandment – we have a choice but we really have no choice but to obey because disobedience is judgement and death.

not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Ephesians 6:6

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:18

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24

Sin is spiritual poison – we are free to eat spiritual poison but spiritual wisdom will warn you not to try it because sin when it is full blown leads to death. It kills and is a killer.

The root cause of judgement or death is sin. God who is the author of life does not cause death and Satan does not cause death because he has to take permission from God before he can test us, tempt us or afflict us. He took permission from God to test Peter. Death comes from the sinful nature of man – period.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat. Luke 22:31

 

If God is testing us it means that there is an unfinished work in us. The purpose of testing is to purify our faith so if we determine to be purified and not give up on our journey to spiritual maturity, we will get to a state that is acceptable to God. We will never be perfect like God is but if we are mature and acceptable in our ways before God, God will regard us as perfect.

Remember God called Job blameless – it means that Job was acceptable to God in his ways. God boasted with Job and the Bible also boasted about Elijah being a man with passions like ours yet he stopped rain for three and half years. These men were exceptional.

When we disregard the word of God, a fall or many falls await us because our lives are built on chaff instead of the rock. In that state, a wind or wave can knock us down and leave us spiritually breathless. We become wells without water and trees without leaves. We become dry and empty.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

The word of God is bread and water to our soul. May God give us the wisdom to desire and practice the word of God so that our souls will grow and be saved. May the word of God dwell richly in us.

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And The Blame Game Continues

Adam blamed Eve,

Eve blamed the devil

The devil was not asked any question

And he was not even interrogated

Why?

Because He has no free will

He was created evil,

Loves evil and lies,

Delights in evil,

And is the father of lies.

He knows himself,

And he can’t be bothered,

Because his destiny in hell is guaranteed

And he knows that his will is fixed in evil.

 

How about man?

Does man not have a free will?

Does man not enjoy the rewards or pleasures of sin?

Is it the devil that gets the gain, pleasure and happiness

On earth or is it the person who sins?

 

The truth is that sin has pleasures

Attached to it.

To resist sin is to resist the benefit

Or the pleasure attached to sin.

 

 

Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy

the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater

riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. (Hebrews 11:25-26 NKJV)

 

The devil does not benefit from gossip,

He does not benefit from idol worship,

He does not benefit from robbery,

He does not benefit from bullying,

He only tempts man and men fall.

The devil has already fallen

And is a fallen being,

But man can choose if he stands

Or falls.

 

So why shift all the blame to him?

Makes no sense.

Except we can describe his clothing

The day that he came and forced us to sin.

 

I am of the opinion that if a woman or man cheats

On their spouse, they must not play victim

And blame their partner in crime.

Some even blame their spouse for cheating.

Cheaters should

Accept that they cooperated and ultimately

Chose to cheat.

I hope it makes sense.

 

Adam and Eve precious beloved of God

blamed God, their spouse and the devil – the partner

in crime but never looked inwards or blamed themselves

or admitted their guilt.

 

Only acknowledge your guilt– you have rebelled against the LORD your God, you have scattered your favours to foreign gods under every spreading tree, and have not obeyed me,'” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 3:13

 

He – the devil or death might have been glorified. 

But can death have pleasure or life? No.

So he did not benefit because he can never have joy or life.

He is dead and nothing can change that.

Even if he drags everybody to hell, he is still

Dead.

The only power he has is the power of deception

And through deception he makes man sin.

 

He is filled with misery and will want as many people

To roast with him

At the second death.

 

Man is blessed to have a free will which is superior to no free will

Our focus must be on us, grace and God and not the devil since

He is changeless and fixed in evil and temptation.

 

When Eve was given her own temptation

She saw that the fruit was good,

So she imagined or perceived good, pleasure

And benefit in disobedience.

 

We have been commanded to resist sin and the devil

So we must not play smart with God

By denying any form of responsibility

By blaming the devil.

 

Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the devil,

However, they Got their judgement

And the serpent got its judgement.

 

Yes,

The devil tempts us

But we ultimately have to yield

And cooperate to have his baby

Or the fruit of sin.

 

Our focus should not be on the devil

Or if he made us do it or not

Our focus should be on the grace

Of God, the blood of Jesus,

And our ability to resist sin.

We must loose sin consciousness,

And accept grace consciousness.

 

God Himself was aware that He threw the devil

To the earth.

The devil has a job to do on earth

And that job is to tempt man,

Test man,

Persecute man,

Accuse man,

Oppose man,

Irritate and annoy man

And carry out God’s judgement on man – He is the prison guard. 

The devil even tested righteous and blameless Job

And Job did not fall.

 

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him[b]because He first loved us. 1 John 4:18

 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Acts 1:15

Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny. Matthew 5:25

 

Perfect love for the word of God and submission to Him casts out every fear. It gives us boldness as the demons will know us and respect us the way they knew Jesus and Paul.

 

Does the devil pass judgement? No.

Is He the judge?

God is the only lawgiver and judge.

The demons even believe in God and fear God

Yet, man does not fear God.

They seam to know what man does not know – That death gets its power

To hurt from sin and sin gets its power from the law. Christ has a law that must

be obeyed.

 

There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another? (James 4:12 NKJV)

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble! (James 2:19 NKJV)

But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Luke 12:5

In the same way, when working with Gentiles, I live like a Gentile, outside the Jewish Law, in order to win Gentiles. This does not mean that I don’t obey God’s law; I am really under Christ’s law. 1 Corinthians 9:21

 

Absolute fear of God and his law means no fear of the devil.

Fear of the devil means no fear of God and his law.

So we have to choose whom to fear and respect – God or the devil.

The one who fears the devil fears judgement or punishment

But Jesus and His blood is the cure

For sin, judgement and fear.

 

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2: 14

 

May we exalt Christ

And obey His law and good news.

May we pray for extraordinary grace

To live in the fear of the Lord like Jesus did.

May our fear of the Lord not be fear of punishment

But reverential and holy respect for Him

And the laws of life.

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Don’t Despise Me

 

A long time ago

When I was still in a Church

That confesses Christ in lips

But delights in idolatry and false worship,

I had a vision.

 

 

Prior to the vision

I saw myself as one of the

Best lovers of God

Believing that my love for God

Was somehow almost unparalleled and unmatched

In its fervor and intensity.

 

I loved God quite alright

But the God I loved

Was my false idea of God,

And I did not know that.

 

I wallowed in deception

And delusion

Until I had this vision.

 

I was lying down

On my bed,

When I was suddenly transported

Into the Kingdom of God.

 

I was in a very large congregation

And the crowd was limitless.

 

A mighty Angel made

This announcement,

” All bow down and worship

The King of Kings

And Lord of Lords.”

 

Immediately he said this,

Every being in that congregation

Fell on their knees, bowed and worshipped,

Except me.

 

So sad – I was the only one

Who was standing.

I was not only standing,

I had my head turned away and tilted to a funny proud angle

With an ugly snear plastered all over my face.

 

I was looking at everyone with scorn

And wondering what they were doing.

I was perplexed and confused

Not understanding why they were

All bowing, kneeling and worshipping

Before Christ – I was so confused.

 

Then I found my self on my bed and

He said to me,

‘Don’t despise me, don’t despise me, worship me.”

I was greatly dumbfounded and shocked,

Wow!

 

I was so surprised at that revelation.

It was certainly a “rude awakening” and an unpleasant discovery.

However, it was the beginning of the renewal of my mind.

 

My false bubble burst, and

I realized then

That I did not really love Christ

But the Church I was born into

And it’s doctrines.

 

I honestly, honestly,

Thought I loved Christ

But the Lord Himself

Just showed me that

I despised Him.

 

He did not say, “don’t hate me.”

He said, “don’t despise me.”

 

I loved the doctrines

And the religion

But I was hostile and

Not submissive

To the word of God.

 

Sometime later

The Lord spoke to me and said,

“How can you love someone you don’t understand.”

 

I have always had the habit of telling Him

I love Him and how much I love Him

But He challenged that love

And led me to love Him the right way,

Through the word of God

And not through the doctrines of men.

 

To worship Him means

To exalt and love the word of God in humility,

Trust, faith and surrender.

 

He made me realize

That I could only love Him by understanding Him,

And the only way to understand Him

Is through His word.

 

He revealed to me that

To understand is to see someone spiritually

And to see someone spiritually is to love that person.

Love comes from spiritual sight and love and understanding

Go hand in hand.

 

In our relationship with Him,

We cannot love Him

Without spiritual sight or understanding

And this comes only

Through the word of God.

 

Can we really love Christ

And despise the word of God?

 

The truth is if you hate the word of God

You hate Christ.

Anti Christ means anti word of God.

The Christ that you think you love,

While vehemently rejecting the word of God,

Is a mirage, a fantasy and a delusion.

It is a false Christ, manufactured

And made up by the doctrines of men

To worship and glorify self, man

And mans depravity.

 

Any Christ that leads us to

Reject, contradict and despise the word of God,

Is an anti Christ.

 

I was wallowing deep in the mud,

With a false Christ,

However He woke me up

And led me to the real Christ,

Who is the word of God.

I definitely appreciate my “rude awakening.”

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The Implanted Word

Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21 ESV)

The Bible says that the blood of Jesus saves and here we can see another kind of salvation by the word of God. This means that even though the blood of Jesus has saved us and still saves us, if we reject the word of God that points us towards dependence on the blood of Jesus, praise, thanksgiving, worship, prayer and obedience, our souls will die from lack of faith and nourishment.

The word of God is the water, food and meat that nourishes, builds up and strengthens the soul. Without the word of God, we are finished and faith will become impossible. What do we base faith on? The word of a God.

So it is vital to accept the precious word that saves and transforms the soul.

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His Laws On Our Hearts

I will put my laws on their hearts,

and write them on their minds (Hebrews 10:16 ESV)

 

No matter how hard

We try,

We can never write the

Word of God on our hearts

By our own power.

 

 

Only the Holy Spirit

Can do that.

He is the teacher

Who has the power

To plant the word of God

Deep in our hearts and minds.

 

He is the only one

That can give spiritual understanding

Or light

He gives knowledge and wisdom.

 

As we desire the sincere

Milk of the word, and

Meditate and pray

For wisdom, revelation and understanding

He will open our minds and hearts

And plant and write His words in our hearts

 

When He does that,

And there is no miscarriage

Or abortion

And the word of God grows

To maturity,

We will then bear

hundred fold fruits

The fruits and virtues of Love

Joy, hope, peace, faith and many others

Will shine from our hearts

Into our daily lives

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Grace Be Multiplied

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, (2 Peter 1:2 NKJV)

Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things (2 Timothy 2:7 NKJV)

 

When grace is multiplied

In the knowledge

Of God

We will understand His word

And His will.

 

 

We will no longer

Struggle to believe

That the blood of Jesus

Has set us free

We will simply know it

In our spirits

And our spirits

Will confess His Holy Word.

Then our lives will

Be restored by heart faith

Trust and belief

In God’s great redemption

Even as we strive to

Love one another.

 

So let us approach

The throne of grace

In humility

Because He gives grace

To the humble

 

As we meditate on His glorious word

Let us pray for

Grace to understand

So that the light of His word

Will penetrate deep enough

To produce heart conviction and faith

 

Blessed be God

Blessed be His Holy Name

Blessed be His Holy word

Blessed be Jesus

For a great and glorious

Redemption

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Echoes Of The Past

Echoes of the past

Take over my soul

As I remember

The sins of my youth

 

Echoes of the past

Torture me

As guilt wraps it’s ugly

Hands around my tired soul

 

I toss and torn

In my bed

On a cold winter night

In Cincinnati

 

Troubled and uncertain

I get up from my bed

To get some water

 

Then I heard Him say,

” You have been cleansed

From past sins,

Your sins are forgiven

And forgotten

Your punishments are cancelled

Cleanse yourself from guilty conscience

And believe

Just believe

And watch my glory come upon you.

I love you.”

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Our Greatest Quest

till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; (Ephesians 4:13 NKJV)

When we truly

Know the son of God

His Word

And His ways

And walk in them

We can grow into Him

And be like him

In character and works

The fullness of Christ

Is our inheritance

Knowing Him

Is to live in Him

Walk in Him

Breathe in Him

Move in Him

Knowing Him must always

Translate into Christlike

Character, not just words.

Knowing Him means

Pleasing Him always

Our greatest quest

Should be

To know Him in word and deeds

 

 

Grow In Grace

that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:12 NKJV)

I pray that

You will walk

Worthy of the Lord

Pure and chaste

In splendid white garment

Fulfilling His will

And your destiny

In Christ Jesus

May you grow in grace

And knowledge

Until you grow

Into the perfect

Stature of Christ

Amen

 

 

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