I John 4:4-6

1 John 4:4-6, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”

The Apostle is continuing on with his discourse into the spirit of antichrists that were even then prevalent in the world during his time. John starts out with one of my favorite and most comforting of declarations, “BECAUSE, He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world!”

The Beloved Apostle just finished a discourse on the spirit of antichrist and the deception and false teaching that they were and would be known for in the future, but, as is his style, John reaches out to the readers in the familial style by stating adamantly, “YOU ARE OF GOD, little children!” Notice that he is NOT being belittling, but rather as he so often does, he is being endearing, letting them/us know that as family, they/we are ALL going through these times together, AS family, as children of an Almighty God. He is also reminding the child of God that they have already in times past overcome that spirit of which he is talking! So there should be assurance and comfort in that very fact that they have already fought the enemy.

John is assuring them of a spiritual principle in those few words; you are of God, you are born of God, abide in God, and thus you are anointed of God and led by God; you are God’s children, heirs to Him, created in His likeness and image, reborn spiritually to inherit the power and anointing of His spirit within you! Now think of what I just wrote; how awesome and assuring is that?! His spirit within us is no longer dead and dormant, sleeping and numb to what is around us, but in Christ, our spirit has been reborn and quickened by the same Holy Spirit that quickened Jesus Christ! It is alive and because it is “breathed of God,” it is powerful and aware of what is around us!

We, who HAVE been spiritually reborn are God’s chosen, children yes, but also heirs with Christ Jesus and because we are God’s chosen, we are protected, secure from the lies and deceptions of the enemy spirits. One of Christ’s greatest promises so thoroughly upset the Jewish leaders that they wanted to stone Him, yet it is one of the most precious promises and greatest assurances we have today:

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” – John 10:28-30.

John assures us by telling us that we ARE of God; such a great and awesome thought all by itself, but then goes on to tell us that we “have already overcome them,” because, BECAUSE, greater is He Who is in you, than he who is in the world!” The Spirit of God dwells and abides in you and you abide in God Almighty! What greater strength and security can there be?! It is one of the greatest JOYS to know that we are abiding in and under the influence and protection of the Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit! When you truly come to the point in your life when you ABSOLUTELY realize that, there is a joy and peace, that the Bible states is beyond all understanding! (Philippians 4:7).

You see, the world system, those that buy into it, nurture it, are seduced by it and appear to prosper by it, think they are strong and that because of size and numbers, nothing can defeat it, but this is where the deception lies. The devil, the enemy of mankind’s soul has ALWAYS been a liar, cheat and deceiver. The Apostle Paul wrote the following confirming this very fact; “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4. “Whose minds the god of this age has blinded!” They ARE deceived and they don’t even know it. Jesus, Himself posed this question in the Gospel of Luke; “And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?” – Luke 6:39. Isn’t that exactly what we see being played out in the world today? Can you imagine, to us as, you and I, true followers of Christ Jesus, just how much more obvious it is than even during John’s time?

The sad truth is though, and the Apostle spells it out; the world hears its own. Do you desire popularity, acceptance, recognition and acknowledgement? Many do and yet as I read somewhere a while back, “the approval of the world is not a testament to the truthfulness of one’s teachings!” John verifies this exact thought. Remember, John is still speaking of that spirit of antichrist that is one with the world. They are the most popular because they are saying what those in the world want to hear. Therefore, the world and those who are seduced and blinded by the world, WILL listen.

I know this is a Scripture we use often, but it is evident we ARE in the last days or later age before the return of Christ Jesus and we CAN’T ignore the prophetic, both the future revealed AND the authority of the Word, found in these verses written by the Apostle Paul; “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4. I HAVE to highlight this part: “because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth.”

“They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.”

Hey, listen, part of my ministry is to not just teach, but to encourage and edify or lift up, the Body of Christ and its members of which I believe the beloved Apostle is addressing. I love to encourage. I love to leave my brothers and sisters in Christ with a smile on their face and some extra joy in their heart. That’s the best part of this type of ministry, in all honesty! But there is an underlying reason WHY I serve in that capacity; I encourage IN THE LORD, because the fact remains none of us is perfect. We stumble and make mistakes; yes, we still sin, maybe not so much in deed, but in oftentimes in thought and we STILL need to repent of those things that are NOT pleasing to our Heavenly Father. We HAVE been reborn and we are no longer in bondage or slaves to sin, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t tell “white” lies now and then, you know, to protect other people’s feelings and such! A lie is a lie and it’s sin and sin unrepentant has consequences! What about those few office supplies you took home that no one will miss. What about that bag of potatoes the local grocer forgot to ring up, did you go back and correct it? What about the bitter thoughts concerning that co-worker that keeps hitting that one nerve constantly? Do not be deceived, sin IS sin and unrepentant sin is death. But — we DO have an Advocate with the Father, we DO have an Intercessor that stands at the right hand of the Father and reminds the Father, they are mine Father, I have redeemed them, they WILL listen to the convincing of My Spirit, My Holy Spirit dwelling within them! (Romans 8:33-34).

I told you all that for this one reason; we encourage one another, we esteem one another, we lift up one another, but we do it for the reason that we in ourselves are not perfect and in that imperfection, which HAS to be pointed out from time to time, in TRUTH and LOVE, is the reason for encouraging one another in the Lord! There is no reason to be encouraged AND at times admonished if we are already perfected!

But that is why John tells us that we have overcome. We have within us that spirit of God, His Holy Spirit who we listen too and hear. We don’t hear and listen to the world when it tells us it’s okay, it’s not like murder for instance, don’t fret it, you’re a GOOD person! Those in the world, those deceived by the spirit of this age, LOVE to hear that. They love to have their ears tickled, as it were!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17.

THEREFORE – because of, you being a new creation in Christ, your ability to hear the world’s lies has become dull, but now, you hear the things of the Spirit within you! What a marvelous transformation and promise! We are now of God and His Spirit and those who truly KNOW God, now hear us. They who know the purity and holiness of God, the love and grace of God, the truth and faithfulness of God, the authoritative word and prophecies of God, must know that we abide in Him and He abides in us; and thus, he who knows this will hear and listen to us, and abide with us.

But again, remember, those who are NOT of God will NOT hear or listen to us. Yet John reminds us one more time of this for a very important reason. You know in the past I have taught about the spiritual gift of discernment, being able to differentiate the truth from a falsehood and especially when appearances can be so deceiving; well the Apostle is touching on an aspect of this without actually coming out and saying this is what it is. Discernment comes because of the Holy Spirit within that we have been talking about when we speak of overcoming due to WHO is within us. What John is now saying is that when those who know God hear us, listen and abide with us compared to those who DON’T know God, who don’t hear us, listen and abide with us but rather listen to the world and the things of the world, then you are able to differentiate between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Remember, at the beginning of this Chapter we read what John wrote, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1.

He IS reiterating that very thing here again. You WILL know the difference between the spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood or error. “I, John, am giving you a clue: the people of the world who don’t know God, will not hear you. The people who know God, WILL hear you.”

I guess the thing that I most appreciate about John and his writing is that he makes a point and adds to that point and then when you least expect it, he goes back and more-or-less cements that first point. So in fact, you are always moving ahead several steps, but he’ll take a step or two back just to lay that foundation solidly before continuing on. I have actually heard and read some teachers who do not like that approach and yet for myself, I learn so solidly from that technique.

When you look at what is happening before our very eyes right now, in the world around us and not just in the United States where I live, but in the world, you can clearly see what the Apostle John is trying to encourage us in and prepare us for. There is nothing to fear, if you are a child of God’s, nothing at all and in fact, we should take great comfort in the fact that we have been forewarned. As that old Latin proverb goes, “forewarned is forearmed!” Knowledge truly is power. God’s children are never left unawares of His long-reaching plans and goals and especially when it affects His Kingdom and His heirs.

The world and the spirit of antichrist believes that it can leave God’s people, His children defenseless against their lies and deceit; and yet, we serve an Omnipotent and Omniscient Almighty Father who will NEVER leave us vulnerable!

Do NOT fear what you see around you, pray, indeed pray fervently and with resolve and do NOT forget to remember what Jesus Himself told us, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” – Luke 21:28.

Next post we will begin with 1 John chapter 4 verse 7.

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Unchanging Word

As I was looking for a picture that would compliment a poem that another Christian Brother wrote, I ran across this picture and thus the article from my long-time Sister in Christ, Karina.

I don’t believe in luck but rather the leading of the Holy Spirit. He truly led me to this complimentary article. I hope you all are as blessed by it as I am! Thank you Sis for sharing this! God Bless!

Please visit Sister Karina’s site for so many more blessings! She is so faithful to follow so many other sites and she has blessed many for many years!

Karina's Thought

Unchanging word

Feelings come and feelings go,
And feelings are deceiving;
My warrant is the Word of God—
Naught else is worth believing.

Though all my heart should feel condemned
For want of some sweet token,
There is One greater than my heart
Whose Word cannot be broken.

I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word
Till soul and body sever,
For, though all things shall pass away,


Photo credit: Google images, text edited by Karina

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

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The Unchanging WORD . . .

The Unchanging WORD . . .

We praise YOUR holy name oh GOD our tears have led to YOU;
You are the beginning and the end so faithful and so true.

No matter where we were back then as we look back in time,
YOU saved us from an awful fate and opened up our eyes.

We are secure in who YOU are YOU are worthy of our praise;
YOU have counted us as YOURS oh LORD as YOU know each star by name.

Our focus now should be on YOU without YOU we can’t be;
now it’s upon YOUR faithfulness in humbleness we cleave.

YOU sent your SON who shed HIS blood who paid a debt HE did not owe;
it was our sin that nailed HIM there and this the world should know.

YOU did it all for us because YOU loved us that YOU gave,
that precious blood to cover us our GOD it’s YOU who saves.

There is nothing we could ever do to deserve this love YOU give;
YOUR cross is our reminder that it’s by YOUR death we live.

EMMANUEL our GOD with us who came to live inside,
heart’s that once were made of stone and filled with foolish pride.

Hearts that YOU have turned to flesh who worship at YOUR throne,
because of YOU we are saved by grace and will never be alone.

YOU made us right before YOUR eye’s so joyfully we praise,
we worship YOU the TRUTH the LIFE the ONE who is the WAY.

We gladly bear our cross and follow YOU let YOUR will be our WAY;
no longer children of the night but children of the day.

The joy YOU give has been our strength YOU’VE let YOUR voice be heard;
let YOUR be LOVE our destiny changing lives through YOUR unchanging WORD.

© Mike Nano Armijo, March 7th, 2019. Used with permission.
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Did You Know?

With all that is going on in the United States as of this date, January, 2020 we need more than ever to pray for our country as a nation and our leaders! We see a dramatic attempt to do away with the Constitution of this country and the ones doing it are those who claim to be preserving it. BUT – the prayers of many have gone forward asking the Lord to bring forth from the darkness into the Light those deceitful deeds being done in the dark and our prayers ARE being answered dramatically. What happens to this country as a nation is in the hands of an Almighty God Who is a Spiritual Father to many in this country. God’s children WILL be taken care of, but woe to them that want to destroy the foundation for which this country was birthed! The following is presented as a remembrance of what so many hold/held so dear for so long! We need to pray fervently and pray continually for the spiritual well-being of this country we call home! – Pastor Roland Ledoux


*That the founding Fathers of America wrote the Constitution of the United States of America to guarantee Freedom of Religion, Not Freedom From Religion.
The First Amendment of THE BILL OF RIGHTS was enacted to guarantee this.
As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world’s law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view . . . it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!


As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.


As you sit inside the courtroom, a display of the Ten Commandments is on the wall right above where the Supreme Court judges sit!


There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington, D.C.


James Madison, the fourth president, known as “The Father of Our Constitution” made the following statement: “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”


Patrick Henry, that patriot and Founding Father of our country said: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded
not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”


Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777.


Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established orthodox churches in the colonies.


Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law . . . an oligarchy . . . the rule of few over many.


The very first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said: “Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers.”

How then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for more than 240 years in The United States of America, is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional? This nation AND the world needs to see and remember what this great country was built upon.

Located in Chamber, U.S. House of Representatives


It has been said in the near past that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore, it’s very hard to understand the big fuss over having the Ten Commandments on display, “In God We Trust” on our money, and the reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance. Maybe it’s time the rest of us, stand up and DEMAND what is rightfully ours and not let the weak minority dictate to us what IS our God-given rights!

A Little Something to Close On About The Separation of Church and State

What does it mean?

It means that the State is to have nothing to do with the enforcing of religion by its laws and that the Church is not to go to the State to have its religion/beliefs enforced by State Law. It doesn’t mean that the State cannot involve itself in religion and practice religion – it is only prohibited from enforcing religion by law.

The first amendment of The Bill Of Rights of the United States of America states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Does this mean that the State can’t practice, encourage, and or support religious beliefs? No, it doesn’t mean that. It means that it is not to make laws respecting religion and religious beliefs; the establishing of or the prohibiting of religion. They can encourage or discourage religion all they want, as long as they don’t make laws to accomplish it.

Liberals have however, and are pushing to make laws that prohibit religious practices and beliefs. This is totally going contrary to the first amendment. There is nothing in the Constitution or Bill of Rights that states that there is to be a separation of Church and State. It simply states that the government is to make no laws having to do with the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise of religion. Although neither the Constitution or Bill of Rights refers to the a separation of Church and State, the principals regarding it are definitely there.

In conclusion, the laws and bans that prohibit the free exercise of one’s religious beliefs are in violation of the first amendment and are contrary to everything that the Founding Fathers of the United States of America stood for and believed.

It pays to know the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence! Knowledge IS power and those that want to remove that power from “we the people” want the people to remain in ignorance, thus the lack of legitimate History, Civics and Social Studies in our schools! Something to think upon!

*I in no way take credit for this. This has been passed around the internet for many years. Only the opening statement is mine. It has been said in some articles this was from the late, great radio and television writer Andy Rooney, but verification has not been absolute. Credit DOES go, to whomever DID write it with much thanks and appreciation!
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A Prayer of Gratitude

Dearest Heavenly Father,

Teach me to offer you a heart of thanksgiving and praise in all my daily experiences of life. Teach me to be joyful always, to pray continually and to give thanks in all my circumstances. I accept them as Your will for my life. I long to bring pleasure to Your heart daily and to break the power of the enemy in my life through my sacrifice of praise to You. Change my outlook and attitude into one of joyful contentment with my present circumstances.

Jesus, I want to be like You who obeyed the Father without complaint. You embraced the chains of humanity when You walked this earth. Convict/convince me whenever I complain or compare myself with others. Give me Your attitude of humility and thankful acceptance. I want to be like the Apostle Paul who learned contentment in every circumstance. I long to bring Joy to YOUR heart. Teach me the power of a thankful heart. I know that Your truth dwells in a thankful heart.

Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you that you are Able to bring hope through even the toughest of times, strengthening us for your purposes. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you that you are always with us and will never leave us. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life.

Forgive us for when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy!

In Jesus’ Precious and Exalted Name we pray, Amen and AMEN!

“I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.” – Psalm 7:17.

“O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!” – Psalm 8:9.

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The Sheep and Their Shepherd VI – Charles Spurgeon

*Pastor’s Note: I want to depart a bit from my normal practice of posting short sermons by these great men of God for one that is rather long. Because of the fact that it IS long, I am going to break it up into parts. I truly hope you can enjoy AND be inspired by the preaching/teaching of some of these great men as much as I do. God Bless for your patience. – Pastor Roland

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was an English Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the “Prince of Preachers.” He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day.

Part Six:

The Sheep and Their Shepherd

Delivered At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27

III. The last point, with which we now proceed to close, is–THE PRIVILEGE OF CHRIST’S SHEEP. It does not look very large, but if we open it, we shall see an amazing degree of blessedness in it. “I know them,” “I know them.” What does it mean?

I have not time now to tell you all it means. “I know them.” What is the reverse of this but one of the most dreadful things that is reserved for the day of judgment? There will be some who will say, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name cast out devils?” And he shall say, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I never knew you; depart from me, ye cursed.” Now measure the height of that privilege by the depth of this misery. “I never knew you.” What a volume of scorn it implies! What a stigma of infamy it conveys! Change the picture. The Redeemer says, “I know them,” “I know them.” How his eyes flash with kindness; how their cheeks burn with gratitude, as he says, “I know them “! Why, if a man had a friend and acquaintance that he used to know, and some years after he found him a disreputable, abandoned, wicked, guilty criminal, I feel pretty sure he would not say much about having known such a fellow, though he might be driven to confess that he had some years ago a passing acquaintance with him. But our Lord Jesus Christ, though he knows what poor, unworthy ones we are, yet when we shall be brought up before the Lord, before the great white throne, he will confess he knew us. He does know us, we are old acquaintances of his, and he has known us from before the foundation of the world, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called.” There are riches of grace in this; but we will consider it in another way. Our Savior knows us, our Shepherd knows us. Beloved, he knows your person and all about you. You, with that sick body, that aching head, he knows you and he knows your son with all its sensitiveness; that timidity, that anxiety, that constitutional depression–he knows it all. A physician may come to see you and be unable to detect what the disease is that pains or prostrates you, but Christ knows you through and through; all the parts of your nature he understands. “I know them,” saith he; he can therefore prescribe for you. He knows your sins. Do not let that dismay you, because he has blotted them all out; and he only knows them to forgive them, to cover them with his righteousness. He knows your corruptions; he will help you to overcome them; he will deal with you in providence and in grace, so that they shall be rooted up. He knows your temptations. Perhaps you are living away from your parents and Christian friends, and you have had an extraordinary temptation, and you wish you could go home and tell your mother. Oh, he knows it, he knows it; he can help you better than your mother can. You say: “I wish the minister knew the temptation I have passed through.” Do not tell it; God knows it. As Daniel did not want Nebuchadnezzar to tell him the nature of his dream but gave him the dream and the interpretation at the same time, so God can send you comfort. There will be a word as plainly suited to your case as though it were all printed, and the preacher had known it all. It must be so. Depend upon it, the Lord knows your temptation, and watches your trial; or be it a sick child, or be it a bad matter of business that has lately occurred; or be it a slander that has wounded your heart, there is not a pang you feel but God as surely sees it as the weaver sees the shuttle which he throws with his own hand. He knows your trial, and he knows the meaning of your groans: he can read the secret desire of your heart, you need not write it nor speak it: he has understood it all. You were saying: “O that my child were converted! O that I grew in grace!” He knows it: he knows it every whit. There is not a word on your tongue, nor a wish in your heart, but he knoweth it altogether. O dear heart, he knows your sincerity! Perhaps you want to join the church, and your proposal has been declined, because you could not give satisfactory testimony. If you are sincere, he knows it; he knows, moreover, what your anxiety is. You cannot tell another what it is that is bitter to you–the heart knoweth its own bitterness–he knows it. As his secret is with you, so your secret is with him. He knows you: he knows what you have been trying to do. That secret gift–that offering dropped so quietly where none could see it–he knows it. And he knows that you love him. “Yes,” you are saying in your soul, “if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.” No, you cannot tell him, nor tell others; but he knows it all.

So, now, in closing, let us say that in the text there is mutual knowledge. “I know them, but they also know me, because they hear my voice, and recognize it.” Here is mutual confession. Christ speaks, else there would be no voice: they hear, else were the voice not useful. “I know them;” that is his thoughts go towards them. “They follow me;” that is, their thoughts go towards him. He leads the way, else they could not follow. They follow, however, whom he leads the way. Being the counterpart of each other, what the one does the other returns through grace; and what grace puts into the sheep the shepherd recognizes and makes a return to them. Christ and his church become an echo of each other: his the voice, theirs is but a faint echo of it; still it is a true echo, and you shall know who are Christ’s by this. Do they echo what Christ saith? Oh, how I wish we were all sheep! How my soul longs that we may many of us who are not of his fold be brought in. The Lord bring you in, my dear hearers. The Lord give you his grace, and make you his own, comfort you, and make you to follow him. And if you are his, show it. These, dear brethren and sisters, here at this time, desire to confess Christ in your presence. If they are doing right, and you are not doing as they do, then you are doing wrong. If it is the duty of one, it is the duty of all; and if one Christian may neglect making a profession, all may do so, and then there will be no visible church whatever, and the visible ordinances must die out. If you know him, own him, for he hath said: “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” God bless you, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

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The Truth Is The Truth

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:31-32.

Some people do NOT want to hear the truth and remain in bondage because the god of THIS world has blinded them. They SAY they want the truth, but they do NOT desire the TRUTH Himself!

“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4.


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Son of Righteousness

“Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.” – Psalm 19:4-6.

“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” – Luke 21:27-28.

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A Study In Context

1 Peter 5:8, “Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

Luke 12:19, “‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”‘

Luke 10:37, Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 4:6-7, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”

Matthew 21:22, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Mark 11:24).

John 14:13-14, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 20:4, “May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose.”

*”According to the March 2007 edition of Time, the Bible “has done more to shape literature, history, entertainment, and culture than any book ever written. Its influence on world history is unparalleled, and shows no signs of abating.” With estimated total sales of over 5 billion copies, it is widely considered to be the most influential and “best-selling book of all time.” As of the 2000s, it sells approximately 100 million copies annually.”

To a devoted follower and disciple of Christ Jesus, the Bible is the foundation, the very road map of his/her Spiritual journey or lifestyle. As a true disciple grows and matures in the Word that has been printed within its pages, that person experiences not just a change in their own life, but a depth and perspective of that very Word that is constantly changing to meet wherever they are and at whatever stage they are in their Christian development! Anyone who has experienced the Bible over a period of time, has been witness to the fact that you can read a certain passage and as time goes by and you apply the Word in its various precepts to a particular area of your life, you can go back to that same initial passage and see something that is even deeper and possibly even more specific to your situation than you were able to see in the very first reading.

It has been said and it is true, backed up by the Scriptures themselves that the Bible is a Living Word. Yes, it is and has been written by various men with various personalities and styles, and yet, the Authorship of the Holy Spirit behind those pens is evident when you look at the Whole of what has become known as the “approved canon” of the Bible.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” – John 1:1-5.

The Bible is the written incarnation of the Character, Nature and Attributes of God and His Son, Christ Jesus. Jesus Christ is the incarnate (uncorrupted flesh) image of the Character, Nature and Attributes of God, the Father. God, the Father has inspired the following through the Holy Spirit and spoken by Jesus Himself:

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23-24.

But Jesus went further on to also state when speaking to His disciple Philip:

“Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.” – John 14:9-11.

So many followers believe that the Bible was written so that mankind can see the need and avenue of Salvation through the voluntary Sacrifice of Jesus Christ in the Name of His Father. Like so many do or even assume, this is only a PART of God’s plan or mission for the written Living Word. The same thing is true for the Word made Flesh, Christ Jesus! Salvation and Redemption are just a PART of His mission, a necessary part for sure, but still JUST a part. In actuality a MEANS to an END!

Now please, bear with me, be patient and hear me out. I am not espousing some new doctrine or a new theology, but only one that many times is overlooked within the WHOLE counsel of the Bible!

First, let’s talk about one (just one or else we will never finish) aspect of the Character, Nature and Attributes of God. We can all agree right from the start that “God IS Love!” 1 John 4:7-8, 16, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”

You can find countless Scriptures that define God’s Character as love, loving kindness, mercy, compassion depending on the version of the Bible you use. They ALL use the same language in the original to describe God Almighty as a Loving God in Character and Nature!

Now, back to the beginning with the understanding of a God Who IS Love. Before the creation of mankind as the Bible relates to us, what was there? There was a God of Love and the Heavenly Hosts of Angels. Those beings He created with a specific purpose and plan. But where could a loving God, with unlimited and abounding love direct that Love?

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:26-27.

God created mankind and gave him dominion, or authority over the earth and its creatures and creation. Man’s food was NOT that which he had dominion over, but the fruit of the earth. Man was created in the image or likeness of God. It wasn’t a matter of LOOKING like God, but being formed with the same Character, Nature and Attributes of God. Man was given the ability to love, to create, to use authority for the good of the rest of creation. He was given from that point on the eternalness that was associated with God. Though God has no beginning, He also has no end and God passed that attribute on to His creation, mankind. Mankind was given the ability to learn and acquire knowledge as evidenced in God giving the command to name the animals, etc. Though God’s Character, Nature and Attributes are ALL encompassing as characterized by His Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Eternalness and Immutability (unchanging Character).

Man was gifted with a portion of each of these characteristics. God the Father is a Spirit. God breathed His spirit into mankind to make him a living being. The Word was with God in the beginning as we stated already. The plan for mankind was already known to the Mind of God, the Word would become flesh, incarnate. God had given mankind the ability to choose. Why you might ask? Simply put, love without the ability to choose is not Love, not Godly love anyway! The Angels were created with purpose. They had assignments and abilities to accomplish God’s will all over the spiritual and supernatural; and that was before mankind as we know it was created. God wanted a people with the ability to choose in which He could love, but also who had the ability to return that love to his Creator. Mankind, created in the image and likeness of God the Father had that ability with those characteristics, nature and attributes that the Father had bestowed on them.

God Almighty, as Creator and Heavenly Father, desired a RELATIONSHIP with a creation that could return His unconditional love back to Himself. God created us, for relationship. Adam and Eve were the first He created so that He COULD walk with them and commune on an intimate basis with. But again, God in His wisdom, KNEW that true, unconditional love had to be able to choose between loving God or loving themselves more. God knew what mankind would choose in the very beginning. It was no surprise to Him and that is why The Living Word was ready to fulfill the need that was demanded for man to be able to be redeemed.

This leads to the rhetorical question; why would mankind HAVE to be redeemed? To bring back to fruition the Plan of God. Man has a choice, AND now, thanks to the willing Sacrifice of Jesus who made the PAYMENT for mankind’s sin, man has the ability to choose; walk in the way he wants too, with his own plans and schemes or accept the Savior’s Gift and allow Him to show us the true Character, Nature and Attributes of the Father through an intimate relationship with Him powered by the Holy Spirit Who was promised to dwell within each of us if we accept the Gift of a renewed spiritual awareness!! The choice is and always has been man’s!

Now, I hope you can see that what I have been leading up too is the mission statement as it were of the Bible, the Living Word of God. To show us, God the Father, THROUGH Christ Jesus, the Son and EMPOWERED through the Holy Spirit to have an intimate relationship with our Creator, God Almighty, our Heavenly Father! Salvation and Redemption is just the path to that end; it is as it were the beginning of that path, not the destination, but rather the way to that destination.

Okay, I’ve come this far and now you may be asking, what in the world does this all have to do with the context of the Bible??

It truly matters that you understand why our Heavenly Father gave us His written Word. It is how we can get to know HIM intimately and personally, along with prayer, communion and meditation AND listening for Him to speak to us, our hearts and mind. When you delve into that Living Word, when you get to know, even minutely WHO your Heavenly Father is, WHO Christ Jesus is and what role the Holy Spirit plays, when you DO commune with the Father, when you DO listen for His “still small voice,” you will not be mislead by the roar of the world, the lies of the enemy of your soul or the hub-bub of life around you.

The sad truth of the matter is just what the Beloved Apostle John warns us of in his Epistle; “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” – 1 John 4:1-3.

I just finished an Expository Teaching on these Scriptures so I won’t go into further detail and you can find that here if you haven’t read it yet: 1 John 4:1-3.

One of the easiest ways in which to mislead and deceive the Body of Christ and its members is by twisting the Scriptures to make it say what you want it to say and sadly, we see this in the organized church even today AND many ARE being deceived.

The Word of God can be twisted to say whatever a person with ill motives wish it to say, IF it is taken out of context, which is so easy to do. A person who teaches the Word of God has a very heavy responsibility to make sure that when they use a verse of Scripture to confirm another, that it is within the context of what the Scriptures as a whole are saying. Many say the Scriptures contradict one another from one place to another, but my command to them is instead of lining Scripture up to match your theories, search your heart and make sure you are lining yourself up to the Scriptures. A person who truly studies with an open heart before the Holy Spirit will NOT find contradictions in the Scriptures but in actuality will find truth and enlightenment and illumination!

You will find many teachers who choose to teach in an expository manner; meaning they will take a section of Scripture and “expose” or comment on it verse by verse and line upon line. Thus, it is much easier to teach within the context of the paragraph or even chapter within which it was written. This is also a very important way to study the scriptures. However, there are books such as Ecclesiastes, Psalms and especially Proverbs that have verses of Scripture that stand alone. BUT – and here is the important thing, their meaning will NEVER contradict Scripture elsewhere in the Bible. If it appears that it does, it is your interpretation or translation of the verse that is wrong! This is why the Apostle Paul was so adamant to his disciple, Timothy when he wrote:

“Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:14-15.


“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:14-17.

This is why when preachers and teachers teach thematically, they have to have a good grasp of what I like to describe as the WHOLE counsel of God! They have to be familiar with all the Bible and not just the parts they like the most. It is a heavy and grave responsibility for the Bible itself says that we are given a greater judgement for what we teach, especially if it is misleading to believers! James 3:1, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” If you have been “called” into this ministry, than just remember, your reliance upon prayer and the Holy Spirit is vitally essential for you cannot take a calling like this lightly. If you are called, the Holy Spirit WILL equip you but in my many years I have learned, He ALSO imparts to your heart and spirit a motive for wanting to teach. Mine is to encourage and lift up others, to inspire them to find their own gifts from the Holy Spirit and to use those gifts to build up the Body of Christ. There are other responsibilities that go along that aren’t nearly as pleasant, but when your heart motive is out of love for your brothers and sisters, it’s easier to deal with those aspects of teaching that aren’t always as pleasant; again from the Apostle Paul to Timothy refer to the verses above, especially, “All Scripture . . . is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete . . .”

And also, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” – 2 Timothy 4:2-4.

Now, I hope you can see the importance of not just reading the Word of God, but also of studying it. Search if need be, teachers you CAN trust who have a proven track-record of teaching the truth, but I would also admonish you to pray about what you read, listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings within your own heart. Remember this; if the Holy Spirit can speak to me, in my heart and spirit, then He can certainly speak to you as well!

Whenever speaking of the Word of God and anything that involves study I always like to point this Scripture out as a confirmation of our need to be on guard within ourselves:

“Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” – Acts 17:10-11.

The key here is found in verse 11. “They searched the Scriptures daily to make sure for themselves that what Paul and Silas preached was true!” They didn’t go about it with the motive of trying to FIND fault, but rather that they would not be misled. They truly took to heart what Paul later wrote in Philippians 2:12-13, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”

May we also take to heart what the Apostle Paul wrote to those Philippians and be ever more like the Bereans, taking seriously what we read and what we accept when we hear things. With that in mind, I hope that those of you who read the Scriptures at the very beginning of this article might be scratching your heads right now! I DID indeed pull a fast one by giving you three scenarios that could have been easily misconstrued as something legitimate by putting seemingly innocent Scriptures together to form a thought. These examples show the importance of knowing the context of each and not just piecing together to make something we WANT it to say. Sadly, this as stated earlier, is happening in many churches today and it IS up to us, to be diligent AND responsible for what we accept as truth!

Sorry for the deception, but I hope you see my point! God bless you ALL so abundantly and richly as you take this to heart!

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God – Love, Enjoy

Genesis 3:22, Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” —

Acts 17:29-31, “Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

Not To Be Confused

Sisquoc pecked his long beak from the shell to become the first condor ever born in captivity. In two hours he ate a meal of water and minced meat. The keeper used a mother condor puppet when feeding the chick to keep it from confusing human keepers with its own species. That would never do, of course. A vulture might weigh in as an eight ounce cutie and grow into a sixteen to twenty-two pound monstrosity with a wing span of nine feet, but its identity with its own kind must be preserved. For his own sake, Sisquoc ate from a human hand disguised as a mama vulture.

The keepers wanted to prevent an identity crisis for Sisquoc, and God seeks to prevent an identity crisis with us. He wants us to love only Him, even as we enjoy His gifts. He wants us to delight in Him as the God of peace, not just in the peace He gives. To possess him as the “God of consolation,” as Madame Guyon wrote, not just the consolation he provides; to delight in Him as the God of creation, not just in the creation He made.

Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Applicable Quotations

May we not worry but believe in Thee, our Great Parent. – Bunjiro

When God measures a man, he puts the tape around the heart not the head. – Anonymous

God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having- life with Himself. – Oswald Chambers

God is not a cosmic bell-boy for whom we can press a button to get things done. – Harry Emerson Fosdick

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