Saturday, September 16, 2017

Human Inclination To Hear Sweet Lies ... Reject Bitter Truth

This Is A Normal, Human, Fleshly Tendency

Simple human interest, sweet words, and a good report outdraw readership, leadership, and followship, as opposed to eternal issues, world-wide problems, and impending catastrophe. 95% of the time people do not want to hear the negative, though it is true, prefer the positive, shallow good words, though they be false.

Here is a case in point. A King who only wanted to hear encouraging words, good and positive words, words which agreed with what he already wanted to do. Such a leader is doomed to failure, loss and pain if he surrounds himself with yes men and false prophets, as many a President, Congressman, General, Professional Athlete, Movie Star, and Employer has done.
The account is recorded in 1 Kings 22:6-22.

Then the king of Israel (Jehoshaphat) gathered the (false) prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
And Jehoshaphat (King of Judah) said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him?
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.
10 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes ... and all the prophets prophesied before them (falsely).
11 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith the Lord, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them.
12 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the king's hand.
13 And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.
14 And Micaiah said, As the Lord liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.
15 So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
16 And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord?
17 And he said, (Here's the truth) I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.
18 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?
19 And he (Micaiah) said, Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.
20 And the Lord said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.
21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him.
22 And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so." 1 Kings 22:6-22.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Bottom Line Of Human Righteousness

The primary difference in people.

The best you can say about any human being is that they have repented of their sins and rested their soul, by faith, in the atoning death of Jesus Christ for their unrighteousness. RB

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one ...." Rom.3:10

"If we confess our sins, he (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

"For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." Rom.10:3

"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness ...." Isa.61:10

Thursday, August 3, 2017

God Is Revealing Sealed Prophecy In These Days Of "Increased Knowledge"

This "Sign Post" of Jewish feast days and prophecy is the work of our son, Robert Paul (Bob). As you will see, he is a student of God's word and, I believe, has special insight into prophecy through the prism of Jewish feast days. RB

Daniel could not begin to imagine the extent of the prophecy that God (Yehovah) gave him in Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, (neither Daniel nor anyone else understood this prophecy) even to the time of the end (when we would then begin to understand): many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” This prophecy was about 2500 years ago and just 1,500 hundred years ago there were some who thought the sun, planets and stars revolved around the earth. Remember when the earth was “flat”! Now, there are millions running to and fro, flying through the air, speeding down highways and cruising across the ocean while communicating with anyone anywhere on earth and Googling whatever information or knowledge is needed. Look what we have learned about DNA. That knowledge has changed medicine, forensics, denied evolution and lengthened life spans. Too bad all this knowledge cannot grant us wisdom from above… only God can do that. (James 1:5).
Yes, sometimes we think we are pretty smart. But plant a tomato seed and try to pinpoint exactly when your first tomato will be ripe and ready to eat… or the barley ready to harvest. Only God knows because He knows when the sun is going to shine, when it’s going to rain and what the temperature will be 24/7. Knowledge has increased and although we can give a close estimate for a harvest, we will never be able to pre-determine God’s timetable revealing the first day of each new Hebrew year or new months or feast days, prior to the sighting of the new moons. The moon cycle is not even an exact number of days. It is 29.5305882 days. Isn’t God awesome? Google it. In the following verses, read some of the history of God’s commandment concerning the Hebrew calendar year (By the way, I am referencing God’s Biblical calendar, not the “civil” Jewish calendar which was created by the Jews years after the Bible was written. They did it for their own convenience to better align their calendar with the pagan January through December calendar.):

Ex12:1-2 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month (*new moon) shall be unto you the beginning of months (*new moons): it shall be the first month (*new moon) of the year to you.

Ex13:3-4 And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. This day came ye out in the month (*new moon) Abib. (or Aviv which was changed to the name “Nisan” [their flight] after the Babylonian captivity. Esther 3:7 [the 12th month, Adar, is also mentioned here])

*The Hebrew for “new moon” is chodesh or hodesh and translated “month” in these two references and in 252 other places in the Bible. Hodesh is translated “new moon” in 20 Bible references such as Ps 81:3 “Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day”. The first sighting in Israel of the first sliver of each new moon is what designates the beginning of each of the 12 Hebrew calendar months, not to mention the sun, stars and moon are for signs and seasons. Gen 1:14

This complicated system of the reckoning of times and seasons could be why no one knows the day nor the hour of Jesus’ return. We can know when it’s getting close based on what Jesus said in Luke 21:7-28. Verse 28 “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Yes, God has his own calendar, His own timetable and designated feast days given to the nation of Israel many years ago… and He said the feast days were to be observed “forever” and the only way to observe them, on the day designated, is to know when the first day of the month for that feast is. Ex 12:17 “And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever” (the feast of unleavened bread was one of three yearly feasts that God ordained after the children of Israel were delivered out of Egypt. Ex 23:14-17) All of the feast days are “shadow pictures” of things to come in the future. (Colossians 2:16 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday [Heorte] is the Greek word here, translated “feast” in 26 other Bible references], or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come…”) The shadow pictures of the Spring feasts, starting in the month of Abib (March/April of the pagan calendar), have already been fulfilled by Jesus, our Passover lamb, in His death, burial and resurrection and in the gift of the Holy Spirit, during the feast of Pentecost, to indwell believers after Jesus’ ascension to Heaven. That was a time when Jesus (Yeshua) came as a servant and redeemer. The Fall feast and Holy Days, observed in the 7th Biblical Hebrew month, Tishri (Sept/Oct of the pagan calendar), are yet to be fulfilled when Yeshua will return as reigning King and Judge. One of those Holy Days is called “The Day of Trumpets” when no one knows of the day or hour that the trumpet will sound. This yearly holy day is coming up on Tishri 1 of the Biblical Hebrew calendar, somewhere around September 22, 23, 24 etc., because… no man knows the day or the hour… until the new moon is sighted in Israel. 'I’m just sayin'… it’s a yearly Holy Day and a “High Sabbath”.

The feast days and holy days designated by God were to be observed by the Israelites forever. As a Christian, I have been “grafted in” (Romans 11:13-21), therefore I might be considered a “spiritual Jew”. Learning about the feasts of the Lord and observing them has brought even more life to the scriptures for me in these times of increased knowledge. There is a whole lot more to all this than I’ve shared so, let us ask God to give us “the spirit of wisdom and a revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Eph 1:17) for these last days. The more we know, the more we will understand about what happens when it happens and we will trust God no matter what happens. Let us be found faithful.  Robert Paul Blair (Bob)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

If Jesus Foreknew Judas Would Betray Him, Why Did He Chose Him As An Apostle?

If he had never  been an Apostle he could not have fulfilled the prophecy which was based on the future reality. Jesus made no mistakes. He knew what He would do and what Judas would do.

God does not need "faith" or "hope". He is the originator and object of all true faith and hope. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not (yet) seen." Heb.11:1
God already owns everything in the universe, both "substance and spiritual", and hopes for nothing. He doesn't "hope", He "knows" in advance. He is our hope.    "....God our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope.1 Tim.1:1.   Instead, He has certainty of knowledge, all knowledge, omniscience. He knows that He knows that He knows everything. He does not need faith or hope, he has omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, the universe and every grain of sand, breath of air and drop of water in it. Irreversible, eternal perfection requires no hope or faith. It is absolute, infinite.

The Christian believer's faith is a mustard seed off of our Creator's infinite mustard tree of omniscient knowledge and omnipotent power. True faith and hope are unknown to the unbeliever, but the faith and hope of eternal life abides in every believer. 
"... Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." 1 Peter 1:8. 
This is a mystery known only by believers, in that, "faith" converts "hope", into spiritual certainty, the "substance" of reality, before the fact, as if it were already seen and possessed... and, it is, in fact. 

Prophecy, which is simply the foreknowledge of God, of future events, given to His people through His prophets, is also certain evidence of things to come, in God's own time. True prophecy, recorded in the Bible, is certain "evidence" of future events revealed before they happen. God's prophecies, are based on God's foreknowledge of the certain fact of their eventual fulfillment, not the other way around. The fact is not based on the prophecy of it; Prophecy is based on the future fact of it. Prophecy simply reveals what is going to happen before it happens, but would happen anyway even if it had not been prophesied. God pre-knew everything He would do and what each of us would will to do.

If this be true, why did Jesus Christ choose Judas as one of His 12 Apostles, if He knew what Judas would do? Jesus knew exactly what Judas would do. Christ was with God throughout eternity and was one with God. God and Christ have known from forever that humans would be created, would sin and become fallen sinners. He knew that He would send Christ, in to the body of Jesus, to die for the sins of  all who would believe, and that Judas would betray Him. He knew all of this from eternity past and in the "Word of God", He gave prophecies of that betrayal fact even in the Old Testament, in Psm.4:9, Psm.109:8, and Zec.11:12-13. It was destined because God knew it, and let it happen as a negative force, of men's will, to contrast good from evil, God from the Devil, light from darkness, love from hate, life from death and to emphasize the divine positive of the eternal Gospel. Jesus also knew that, till the end of time, there would be traitors in and out of His churches whom Christians would have to deal with. The negative makes the positive even sweeter. Therefore, Rev.13:8 declares that Jesus was, "The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."

If all of creation, including the human race, was only good, pure, harmless and painless, then holiness would simply be universally normal and not exceptional, but common, the only reality. But the negative gives emphatic contrast and increased emphasis to God's salvation positive.

Yes, Jesus knew Judas, that he would betray Him to be crucified.
"Jesus said unto them, the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men." Matt.17:22.
"And as they did eat, he said ... one of you shall betray me."
Matt. 26:21.
"He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me." Matt. 26:23.
"Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doeth betray me." Matt. 26:46.

Judas was simply who and what he was... and chose to be.  Jesus knew it and was not surprised by it, and didn't expect him to be saved, but chose him because of who he was, not by mistake. It is also true that if Judas had sincerely repented of his betrayal action, and confessed Christ, he could have been saved, but Jesus would also have pre-known that too. But He knew Judas would not repent, only "regret" after the fact, and commit suicide. By Judas' presence, the force of the evil negative increased the emphasis on the holy positive of God's planned redemption.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Rom.8:28

The story would not be complete without it happening exactly as it did. He also knows exactly what you and I will, and will not do, but we are still responsible for making those decision and choices. RB

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Mark Of The Beast Implanted In the Skin Of His Worshipers

In their Right Hand Or Forehead ... Maybe a Government
issue, high tech tattoo or injection of a tiny micro-chip.

First, let me point out the fact that God gave His people, who were delivered by Moses,  Leviticus, which means "The Book Of The Levites" and contains the Levitical Law. In that holy book, He included this in Lev.19:28,  "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh... nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD (YHWH)." 
Intentional, permanent marking or scarring of the skin is forbidden.
Common Tattoos, though foolish, are not an unforgivable sin. 
1 John 1:9. But the "mark" of the Beast will be ... What is it?

The Hebrew word translated "marks" means cutting, into the skin.
The authority forbidding this is the LORD (YHWH), the name of GOD which the Jews dared not speak, and when written, wrote G_D, or YHWH, the unpronounceable, without vowels, name of GOD. 

The New Testament makes reference to the sanctity of our bodies which belong to our LORD, YaHWeH, and not to our own selves.

"...your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own....For ye are bought with a price...." 1Cor.6:19-20

The rise, power, and demands of the Beast:
The "Beast" (Anti-Christ), during his 7-year reign, will have miracles performed by the false prophet, and thereby, deceive the masses and cause them to worship him, receive his number, name or mark on their right hands or foreheads. Any person who rejects the mark will be disqualified from buying or selling anything (including seed, water or land). Thus, would soon starve to death. Evidently, this "mark" would be required in all financial transactions and would include each person's identification.

"And he doeth great wonders so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men .... And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles ... And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Rev. 13:13-17.

Warning to the non-Christians alive during the time of the Anti-Christ ...
"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone ...." Rev.14:9-10.

The victory of Tribulation, Christian converts over the "Beast" and the song they sing ... written by Moses in Deut.31:22 and referenced here ...

"And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest." Rev.15:2-4.

The first "vial" (phiale) a basin, of God's wrath, is poured out as plagues upon the Beast's followers.

"And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image." Rev.16:1-2.

The termination of the Beast's reign and his being cast, with the false prophet, into the Lake of Fire 

"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." Rev.19:20.

Here are some of the latest upgrades in chip implants into people's skin. RB

Images of implanted chips in people -

Implant Chip, Track People - ABC News

Microchips Will Be Implanted Into Healthy 

People Sooner Than You Think - Business Insider

Is there a microchip implant in your future? Fox News

Monday, July 17, 2017

Are The Illusions Of Grandeur And Visions Induced By Psychedelic Drugs A Religious Experience?

Maybe "religious" but not Christian ...

Throughout human history, Lucifer (Satan) has lied to humans about God, his word and his people. The lie and counterfeit religion were born in the heart of Lucifer, as an Archangel, while he was still in heaven as the chief light reflector of God's glory. There, he lied to a third of the angels, those under his authority, and presented his own counterfeit of "spiritual experience" and himself as the true God of the universe. His rebellion against God, an impossible illusion, resulted in his being cast out of God's presence, loss of his source of glorious light to reflect, and therefore his beauty. He became darkness and was ejected with his darkness into a small planet named Earth which became dark and void.

The next thing we read about Lucifer (light reflector), is his encounter with Eve in Eden, when he lied to her about God, His word, and good effects upon her if she would do what God had said not to do. By her disobeying God, Satan promised Eve the spiritual experience of becoming a god herself.

Satan is still lying to humans, who were created in the image and likeness, but not the deity, of God. Satan has, himself, created temporal parallelisms in similitude of all of God's holy and eternal things, These Satanic counterfeits extend from false gods, false Christs, false prophets, false churches, false bibles, false worshipers, false doctrines, a false heaven, false hope, and false religious experience.
False religious experience is found in many varieties, including in professing Christian churches and in many false professing "men and women of the cloth". 

One such false religious experience is claimed by certain religiously inclined, but unconverted, wolves in sheep's clothing who profess that psychedelic drugs enhance religious experience. As the social legitimacy and acceptance of the use of such drugs spreads around the world the false claims of the adherents is also spreading. Enough so that studies are now being made by previously reputable institutions. 

Psychedelic drugs are simply another counterfeit, spiritual experience. The use of these drugs is mentioned twice in the Revelation, 9:21 and 18:23. The word sorceries in these two verses, in its Greek form, is pharmakeia as in pharmacy, and means psychedelic drugs. The first reference, in 9:21, lists it with murder, fornication and theft, and indicates it needs to be repented of. The second reference in 18:23, says that by the use of these drugs (pharmakeia), all nations will be deceived and the holy light and word of Christ (Bridegroom) and His bride (church), would no longer be heard or seen by those who use them or approve of it. 

"Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts." Rev. 9:21  (sorceries from Greek pharmakeia).

"And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived." Rev. 18:23   (Sorceries from Greek pharmakeia).          


The following is reprinted in part from Breaking Israel News. RB 


Can Psychedelics Enhance the Mystical, Religious Experience?

“And Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aharon, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before Hashem, which he commanded them not.” Leviticus 10:1 (The Israel Bible™)

In their search for possible benefits of psilocybin ‘Magic Mushrooms’, researchers at Johns Hopkins University put out a call for clergy from different faiths to determine if this natural psychedelic can help man connect with God. Rabbis, even those who have benefited in the past from this experience, are reluctant, highlighting that the true ‘God experience’ cannot be confined to a laboratory.
After nearly 50 years of a ban on studying psychedelic drugs and marijuana, scientists are beginning to discover that psychoactive substances bear many physiological and psychological benefits for mankind. Two researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview, Roland Griffiths and Matthew Johnson, have been studying the powerful effects of psilocybin for over a decade. They discovered the natural substance is effective in reducing depression and end-of-life anxiety associated with terminal cancers. Psilocybin was also found to be effective in helping end addiction.
Many of the study’s participants reported feelings of “unity … an interconnectedness of all things … sacredness of life,” and over 60 percent reported it as the most meaningful experience of their lives. Significantly, those with the most success quitting smoking or resolving symptoms of depression all reported high levels of this mystical aspect. The researchers expanded their study and are now investigating whether psilocybin has another potential use: to deepen the spiritual experience. The experiment involves clergymen ingesting psilocybin in a relaxed and controlled setting and reporting on their experience.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Yes, There Is A Land ... Where We'll Never Grow Old

I Heard It On Good Authority....

The best thing about growing old is ... We are closer to Heaven than we have ever been ... If we know Jesus ... Our Lord and Savior. He made us a promise when He said,   "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:2-3

"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." Rev. 21:3-5.

  1. All of you old Christians remember this great old hymn:

  2. I have heard of a land on the faraway strand,
    ’Tis a beautiful home of the soul;
    Built by Jesus on high, where we never shall die,
    ’Tis a land where we never grow old.

  3. In that beautiful home where we’ll never more roam,
  4. We shall be in the sweet by and by;
  5. Happy praise to the King through eternity sing,
  6. ’Tis a land where we never shall die.
  7. When our work here is done and the life-crown is won,
    And our troubles and trials are o’er;
    All our sorrow will end, and our voices will blend,
    With the loved ones who’ve gone on before.

Never grow old, never grow old,
In a land where we’ll never grow old;
Never grow old, never grow old,
In a land where we’ll never grow old. 

Now hear it and sing along with the Gaithers

I call it Salvation Nation and it is our Christian 
Destination. RB

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Flying On God's Swift Winds Of Time To His Salvation Nation

The Christian's Eternal DestineNation

Sailing through this trackless sea...
Just Jesus, my faith, and faulty me...
My yesterdays lived and left behind...
God's words, my compass, all aligned...
Each second gaining an unused now...
Flying, surviving, only God knows how...
Through each eventful, passing day...
I look ahead through the pelting spray...
And yield to whatever God will allow...
Just over each dawn's horizon brow...
Flying on His swift winds of time...
It's fearful, joyful, regretful, sublime...
Over the cold and windblown brine...
My sail inhales its furious whine...
But God has promised my preservation...
To get me home to faith's DestineNation...
Safe harbor from life's stormy deep...
At peace forever in His Holy keep...
In that glorious, celestial, city nation...
Prepared for all who have His salvation.

Psalms 115:1 ... Rayburn Blair

"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise ....For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.  Heb.11:8-10 

"And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." Rev.21:14
God's Salvation Nation 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Right Now Is All You Really Have... In This World

We Neither Have The Past Nor The Future To Do Good

But We All Have NOW.... Nothing More Is Certain.
"Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." Prov.27:1

Now is the only time in life when you can do anything about anything. The past is finished, sealed,  and recorded in God's unchangeable book of memories and events ... past history.... done. Good or bad, the past is what it is and will always be the same... unchanged. And though it can never be undone, it can be blessed or forgiven ... after the fact, now or some future now. If it is someday repented of and forgiven, it will not be passed or future then, but another day's "now" which is all anyone has. We cannot live in the past, it is gone. We cannot live in the future, it is yet to come. All we really have is the ever present now. Fleeting and short lived, it is here and gone in a split second with the ticking away of time. So don't waste it or neglect it or misuse the opportunity it offers. God does not show us every detail or the timing of His perfect will for our lives, but He does show us what to do NOW ... the next second and one step at a time. We can know the certainty of our next step and next second of God's will for us, but nothing more, except for those things promised in His word. But why should He give us more if we are not willing to take, by faith, the next step now... into the uncertainty of the next hour or day or year by faith? It is only our "faith" which is the "evidence of things not seen". Heb.11:1. God wants us to learn to "live by faith" for our future ... from second to second and step by step
"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." Rom.1:17.

So, "now" is the only time you really have to repent, witness, give, forgive, love, and serve our Lord. But how else is it possible to serve our Lord than to do those good things for people around us.
"If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath see, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" 1 John 4:20

We can, of course, pray to God and praise Him but we cannot touch Him, hug Him, feed Him, take Him to the hospital, lend Him our car, take him to church, or mow his grass. But we can do those things for Him by doing them for needy people around us. Jesus said it this way...
"... Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matt.25:40.
  If we do not serve God, by serving people, here and now, we will not likely serve Him at some future time. Now is all we have and the only time anyone can do anything for God or for people.... is the ever present now.

"Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell and get gain. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even as a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that." James 4:13-15.

"For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." 2 Cor.6:2

Saturday, May 20, 2017

When Christian's Suffer ... Is It God Or Satan Doing It ?

The answer to that question is the entire book of Job. God brings up Job, to Satan, as an almost perfect man of whom there was not another like him on earth. So what happened to Job was not God's judgment or punishment for something bad he had done. It was to "prove" Job's true character to Satan, to Job and to all who knew of Job's good fortune and faith in God.

Job 1:8-10 
And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 
Satan responded with the accusation that the only reason Job was such a good and unique man was because God gave him everything he wanted and had built a wall of protection around him, his family and all that he possessed. But, Satan said, If God would strike down and destroy all that Job possessed ... with His own hand of judgment, Job would turn away from God and curse Him as well.
Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the landBut put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 
To this, the Lord answered Satan, not by saying OK,  I will personally destroy by my hand everything Job has and show you he will not do as you say, but he will continue to worship and serve me. No, the Lord simply removed his hand from Job, removed the protective hedge he had around all of Job's possessions, and released Satan  (permitted him) to strike everything Job had, except his health....with Satan's hand, not God's. Not to punish Job but to prove him. But he limited Satan in the amount of damage (possessions only) he could do to Job.  So you see, Satan could not touch or hurt Job except to the precise extent that God specified and not a hair more. So it is true that Satan cannot hurt a Christian except and only as God allows him to do so for God's own purposes ... not Satan's. God did not do the damage to Job, but he allowed Satan to do it, which eventually worked out for Job's own good. 
"And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord... and straightway destroyed everything Job had except his health and life which God still protected."
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.)
When Satan had done all he was allowed to do to Job, and only that, he came back before God and declared that ... Oh sure, Job didn't curse and deny you, God, because you kept me from hurting him physically. But if you, by your hand will strike his body and cause him great physical pain, he will curse you to your face.
Job 2:4-7
And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
As you all know, Satan smote Job down with the most miserable fleshly sufferings he had God's
"permissive" power to do, which was considerable. God, himself, by His hand, did no harm to Job. All God did was to remove His protective hand and all hell broke loose in Job's life ... except, God continued to protect Job's life from the hand of Satan.

But after all of Job's loss and sufferings, he not only survived but never denied God or cursed Him or ceased to worship Him. And Job cried out of the depth of his brokenness and pain.... "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him...." Job.13:15

Then, after God had proven Job to be all God had said he was, and finally delivered him from his suffering and loss, God blessed Job with twice as many possessions, another family of children, restoration of his friends, and good health as well.
There is no way to understand how many millions of Christians have drawn strength from the reading of Job's experience, and have lived and given glory to God and witness of His grace in their lives when there seemed no hope.
So, who hurt you? It was Satan but he couldn't have done so without God allowing it ... to prove you and then bless you with twice as much of His grace as before you suffered. 
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." 1 Pet.5:10

Job 42:10
"And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before."

This is also a New Testament principle at work in every Christian's life.

"But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." 1 Peter 5:10

God doesn't have to punish us, all he has to do is let down the hedge ... remove his hand of protection.