Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Welcome to study the scriptures, the Word of our God which is a lamp to our foot, and a light to our path.(Psalm119:105).
The journey of the children of Israel is a lesson for us, for those of us who travel from earth to our Canaan (heaven). So if we study in detail, what that journey was like we will be able to know the precautions we should take in our journey to heaven.
The Scriptures say that the children of Israel were delivered from Egypt by a mighty hand, but when they were in the wilderness on their way to Canaan, they encountered a few challenges, which caused them to murmur against God, and even to the point of longing to return to Egypt.
Numbers 14:3 “And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt”.
Numbers 11:4 “And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
6 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes”.
And the scriptures say by murmuring there, and by longing to return to Egypt, they have already returned to Egypt in their hearts, though in the flesh they are still in the wilderness.
Acts 7:39 “To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him”.
That is why of all the people who murmured and longed to return to Egypt, none entered the land of Canaan, all died in the wilderness. Why ?, because physically they were out of Egypt but in spirit / heart they were in Egypt. And because the inner desire speaks more than the outward appearance, they all perished in the wilderness without getting to where they were going.
Another person we can learn from is Lot’s wife, whom the Lord said “remember her” (Luke 17:32).
Lot’s wife had indeed begun the journey from Sodom, and most of all she was completely saved (and apparently when she left she came out in Peace and very happy as the children of Israel came out of Egypt) .. but the bible says when she got ahead of the journey she TURNED BACK !! ..
It means that, his thoughts, his thoughts, his desires, longed again for the Sodom he came from… Maybe he got to a place and started complaining a lot about Lot, and God, why from there, a good place and they go a bad place .. and just for that mistake. (of returning to Sodom with his heart) .. before God he seemed ready to suffer the same punishment as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, no matter his body was not in Sodom. And so he turned into a pillar of salt. It is true that he was gone, he was saved, his body is no more in Sodom, but his heart is in Sodom.
Now these things written in the bible concerning the children of Israel and Lot’s wife, the scripture says they were not written just for our enjoyment! Or to grieve us, but it was written for us so that we would not learn to repeat mistakes like theirs.
1Corinthians 10:6 “Now these things were our examples
the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall”.
Brother / sister,remember when you are saved, it is like you started your journey out of Egypt, or Sodom… This world is compared to Sodom and Egypt (Revelation 11: 8). So we must really come out of Egypt with our bodies and our hearts! .. not only with our bodies but also with our hearts !.
It means that when we confess Jesus, we must renounce the world physically and spiritually, we must abstain from drunkenness, both physical and spiritual, we must abstain from physical and spiritual immorality, as the Lord said in…
Matthew 5:27 “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart”.
So if we say we do not commit adultery, and in our hearts we provoke them to jealousy, yet our hearts are still in Egypt, though physically we are out of Egypt, When we are saved and say we are not murderers, not abortions, only (Matthew 5: 21-22) and we are still in Egypt spiritually, although physically we are headed for Canaan which we will not reach.
So if you are in Egypt and your heart is in Canaan, then you are still in Egypt, it does not help you at all! You have to leave Egypt, it means you are in the world but you have a desire to get to heaven, every day you say one day I will be saved, one day I will change, one day I will stop wearing half naked clothes, one day I will stop selling myself, one day I will stop drinking. it will not come, and you will die in Sodom. This is the time to save our souls. By deciding to be truly saved and not to be lukewarm. Because the Lord said that all the lukewarm people he will vomit out of his mouth (Revelation 3:15).
May the Lord help us to be truly saved, to come out of Egypt and Sodom spiritually and physically .
Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is another time that God has given us to reach so I invite you to consider together the words of life my brethren .
The Bible tells us that when the Lord Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to some people, numbering about 500, (1 Corinthians 15: 6), but have you ever wondered why? What more could the 500 people have than all the others until he came out on their own?
It is good to know that this is the nature of Christ, that there are times when He will be seen by all men, but there are also times when He will not be seen by all but the few whom He has chosen, And that is what happened here, one could go and see him if he wished, but immediately after his resurrection, no one could see him, except the One who appeared to him.
And that is why he said to the Jews John 7:34 “Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come”.
Now these 500 people who received the grace to see Jesus after his resurrection, were not the only people who were fortunate enough to have no knowledge of Jesus, or have never followed him or heard of him. to Jerusalem, that is, from one end of the nation of Israel to the other end of Israel.
Acts 13:29 “And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
30 But God raised him from the dead:
31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people”.
These are the ones who appeared to Jesus the second time, These are the people who walked with Jesus from time immemorial, the people who were talking about Him. For example you will see two people who went to the village of Emmaus after the resurrection of Jesus.(Luke 24:13).
These are the people whom Jesus saw fit to appear to them in another glory later. God always honors God, and God honors those who draw near to God, and God draws near to them (James 4: 8). And one of these was made an apostle to replace Judas.
Now his second appearance to them, it was not just a show. But Christ gave them another gift that made them very different from other people. And the gift itself is to be WITNESSES of JESUS. These are they which have been chosen by God to spread the gospel of Christ into all the world, by the power of the Spirit of God which was poured out upon them.
Acts 10:40 “Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead”.
Read also Acts 2: 31-32
You see If today, we do not want to try to find Jesus, we do not want to study His Word, we do not want to hear about Him, we feel weary, and yet we say we are saved, we know that there are steps we will never reach Jesus.
We will miss the point when we think that knowing Jesus is just salvation, and casting out demons then. We do not know that JESUS IS THE MYSTERY OF GOD Himself .. in whom all the fullness of the Godhead bodily dwelleth (Colossians 2:9). So much so that when we reach the fullness of knowing Him, then there is nothing on earth we will fail to do, or know. And this is where the devil fights, because he knows the day a person knows Jesus properly then his story ends there.
Ephesians 4:13 “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”
Therefore let us also show diligence in getting to know him, and let us make his way known to us, just as he did to his apostles and others at the beginning.
But if we be content with the living Jesus which we received him when we were saved , so also he will reveal himself to us as he is, but if we show diligence to seek him, and seek his ways, and he will reveal himself to us in the power of his resurrection, we shall know him as he is, very few people (500). We will be completely different people.
Let’s start with the action.
Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Its the grace of God that we still exist, So I welcome you to meditate the Word of life in our spirits.
Today we will learn how salvation is obtained. When we talk about salvation we are talking about the healing of our souls. There is physical healing and spiritual healing.
Now the method of healing the body is different from that of the spirit. Now if you remember in the very earliest stages of the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt, you will see Pharaoh being beaten with many blows among them.
Exodus 8:8 “Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD.
9 And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee? say when thou dost ask me to pray for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may dwell only in the river.
10 And he said unto her, To-morrow he said, Let it be according to thy word; that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the Lord our God.
11 And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they will only remain in the river.
12 And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh; And Moses cried unto the LORD because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh.
13 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields ”
And the same was true of all other plagues.
And flies it’s the same and all other plagues, Israelites they prayed to God to remove, God heard them and he remove that problem, As we read on Exodus 8:29-30.
But we come to see just a little while later, when the children of Israel had already crossed the Red Sea, when they offended God, and when God brought the fiery serpents, they cried out to God to remove them, but He did not take them away; but he find for them medicine for those people who was attacked, when the look on the fiery serpent so that they can get heal.
Numbers 21:5 “And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived”.
There the Lord did not remove the serpents, as he had removed the frogs, or locusts, or lice of Pharaoh. Instead he let the snakes continue to exist (meaning they continue to bite people).
And man himself should choose either LIFE or DEATH. If he chooses life then he will humble himself and go and look at the brass serpent, but if he does not want to and decides to find his own known ways of healing, then he will die.
Now what is the point of that revelation?
The Lord Jesus Himself opened our eyes and gave us a revelation of that event in the book of John. He says;
John 3:14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Do you see? So everyone who is enslaved to sin whose wages is death, seeking the cure for that sin is only looking to Christ.
Christ’s work did not come to take away the sin in the midst of our society, no, sin exists which is why you see to this day people are committing it. What he came to bring is the remedy for that sin.
And it is not necessary for a person to receive healing, it is a person’s choice, to choose life or death. In the same way, as the serpents continued to be left in the midst of the children of Israel, they were not removed … so that everyone would know that death exists and so he could choose life or death.
Dear reader of this message. If you have not committed your life to Jesus, the Bible says..
Deuteronomy 30:15 “See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;”
Salvation is not to be chosen, or brought by man, it is your personal responsibility to choose. God cannot force salvation into you if you do not want to. So it is your responsibility to either choose to live in sin every day whose reward is physical and spiritual death, or to look to Christ on the cross for eternal life. The choice is yours.
The Lord bless you.
Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s Word says in…
1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”
There are some things that the Holy Spirit says that require a great revelation from him..for example you will see in the book of Revelation several times, he says.. “he that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches”.
Or in simple language it is the same as saying “he who is wise and may know what these things mean” .. for revelation is needed to know them.
For example we can learn one example, where the Spirit has not spoken openly.
Revelation 2:26 “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28 And I will give him the morning star.
29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Then the Spirit saith, but it is not clear..because he that hath read, hath not been told of the morning star; even he didn’t say I which tribe that he will
lead , that means all this things needs the revelation of the Holy Spirit, the Words have not spoken openly.
But in 1Timothy 4 the Bible says the Spirit speaks openly, that at the end of the World people will stay away from the true faith, and they will start listening the evil spirits and the evil teachings.
Here he says when they listen to the evil spirits, and not looking them or worshiping them..but listening to them..what means those spirits speak and there are many.
Now how do those speak?
These spirits speak in two main ways.
1. In the soul of man.
2. Through the servants of the devil, who are clothed in sheep’s clothing.
1. In the soul of a person when a person hears a voice or impulse to go against something that is contrary to the will of God, and tell him or her to dress half naked, put on lipstick, put on trousers for a woman, go to witch doctors, get rid of your spouse, to abort, stealing,to kill, to commit adultery,… if he listens to that voice and goes to do one of those he will already be listening to that deceiving spirit.
2. Similarly, if he hears a person or preacher urging him to do one of the above things, and he goes and does as he heard from that person or preacher, he will already have listened to that spirit and deceived him, either knowingly or unknowingly. Through the preacher.
So the Spirit clearly tells us that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. he has told us plainly so that we may know the real situation, and be able to protect ourselves.
This is a time to examine the soul a lot..I once met someone who told me he was saved and he strongly believes that any voice that comes in him is of the holy spirit..I asked him what he is using to measure that voice .. he said he only uses emotions… so they can’t be deceived.
Brethren,no matter how great preacher you are, whether you speak in tongues, whether you prophesy, or you see visions, even if you are visited by angels every day … the spirits of our enemy the devil are not examined by knowledge or expertise or some experience or emotion. !! but they are examined only by the Word of God .
This means that even if I am saved not every word that comes into me is to be believed, but it must be weighed by the word of God..if it agrees with that Word it is a voice from God..but if it contradicts the Word, no matter how strong it has come, or how much peace it has come, or how it has come with a good feeling… that is not to follow it is the voice from the enemy. The Bible says..
2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
And we know the word of God by reading the Bible very diligently… that is the weapon. Remember also do not forget this word… The Spirit clearly says, ‘In the last days many will depart from the Faith, and will listen to deceiving spirits’… it is my prayer that you and I will not be among those “many”.
If you have not received Jesus yet, for some reason, you know, you have listened to those spirits and they have deceived you… So open your eyes today and turn to Christ and start anew, and He will receive and help you because He desires you to be healthier than you desire.
Zechariah 4: 6 “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”
There are things you will use force to achieve but will not accomplish, just as there are things that you will use your potential or someone else’s accomplishments but also will not accomplish or succeed, it will remain a great challenge for you. Once you have reached that stage and / or time it is good to learn another proper and effective way for you to solve your problems. And that’s none other than using the Holy Ghost.
Now to use the Holy Spirit, we do not use Him as we use the name of Jesus. No! We are going to see how we use the Holy Spirit a little before this lesson, but now let’s read this story that will help us better understand the essence of our lesson.
1Kings 19:11 “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
In those Four Steps that Elijah thought he would find the answer to his question, we see that only one way was the answer. We see in the strong wind the Lord was not present, in the great earthquake the Lord was not present, in the Fire the Lord was not present either… but in the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit then God was present and spoke to Elijah, and gave him a solution to his problems.
What we can learn from this is that, the Voice of the Holy Spirit in us is the solution to all things. And not the excitement and the shaking and the tremors.
When the Holy Spirit is in you. It is the answer to all mysteries, with His calm voice solving all problems. That is why When Zerubbabel sees it as a difficult thing to build a house for God in the midst of enemies, he sees it as a very great mountain in front of him… But the Lord spoke to him the words…
Zechariah 4: 6 “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
The great mountain that Zerubbabel saw before him, the Lord says will be a flat land. But not by power or might, but by his Spirit.
Do you have a big mountain in front of you?, so you do not know what to do? . You will not need to use much force to destroy the great mountain in front of you, but it is better to make an effort to find the Holy Spirit, who will enable you to get rid of the problem in front of you easily.
Now how do you receive the Holy Spirit?
The Bible gives us the answer…
Acts 2:37 “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
When you obey His instructions and repent and be baptized with the true baptism, there is where the Holy Spirit enters in you and seal you. (Ephesians 4:30).
And when you receive the Holy Spirit and obey His instructions in you, then you have use the Holy Spirit. And no mountain can stand before you.
Welcome to study the Bible, and remind yourself of what we have already learned. The only thing that God’s people should fear most of our time now is sin… We should not be afraid of demons or witches or the devil himself. The first thing we need to fear is sin.
Because sin is the door to all these other things.
So with all our might and effort we must avoid sin. And we avoid sin by fleeing from sin. That means you leave it at all costs.
Help is a person who helps you to do something that you have already taken the initiative to do… he is not a doer..but he is a strengthening aid to what you have already begun to do.
So when we are saved and receive the Holy Spirit in us yake .No that is not his job at all… His job is to help us how to overcome sin! .. he gives us advice, he gives us every reason why now we should not do this bad thing and do this good .. It dies suddenly, and then we find ourselves sitting without sinning. And the more you practice obedience to Him in you, the more sins that die in you.
It is normal for something you do not practice for a long time to forget and lose the experience of the thing (the act of losing the experience of what you were doing is to die in the thing). The experience is diminished and eventually ends completely and you become DEAD TO SIN!.
So you because the hatred of sin you can’t even practice any more such as adultery, abusing, theft, corruption and you can’t even hate anyone.
The big problem comes to many people is they don’t understand the function of the Holy Spirit in us and so we think when the Spirit comes into us as a dictator, who will destroy them and force us not to sin. And because people think so they find themselves receiving the Spirit and letting go and then they find themselves overwhelmed with sin and thus continue a life of sin..and wonder how others can and they fail.
I want to tell you that once you have decided to follow the Lord Jesus by repenting of your sins, which the Spirit testifies in you that you are lost in them and therefore forsake them. The next step after that is to obey Him. And you do not obey him simply by saying, “I have obeyed the LORD.” No that is just the beginning of obedience..You must obey him in ACTION.
What this means is that if you were to commit a certain sin you would STOP it!.
Youdo not seek advice from anyone, you stop it with all your mind, all your strength, and all your soul. Nor do you need to be prayed for.
For example let’s take one example of how to stop the sin of adultery and then we will conclude. The sin of adultery which includes adultery, homosexuality, homosexuality, and even pornography and masturbation . This sin does not come from a person by intercession !! .. There is no such thing as prayer! free. So dear brethren do not waste time doing research that you have already been helped to do..you will go around and around and at the end of the day you will be right back. The solution to stopping the sin of fornication is to RUN AWAY! .. To flee from it means to voluntarily leave that fornication.
What this means is that if you were living with a woman / man with whom you were committing adultery it is RUNNING AWAY! And Cutting Practices!… If he calls you on the phone just tell him once you are saved and so we should repent of all that we have been doing and return to God.
If you see he does not understand you save yourself do not look back and do not feel sorry, do not receive his calls,… Do not start talking to him while you are still meeting to meet and talk talk, he is looking for you on the phone do not answer a single message, even crying with blood your soul and her, by fleeing immorality if possible block that number… Do not talk to her or him at all.
The Example of Joseph. Potiphar’s wife became jealous of Joseph, and when he found out, he stopped talking to Potiphar’s wife.
Genesis 39:10 “And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.”
How do you say you want to stop committing adultery and still talk and respond to messages from people you are committing adultery with? in it on your Tv that only provokes adultery and nothing else? bottles of beer in you, and you still eat at the same table with your drunken companies ?.
And all other sins are the same… the remedy to stop them is RUN AWAY !!… Get out! Some sins so that you can avoid them cost you to move even where you are, move to the street .. move another..That is the cost of forsaking sin!.Those are the costs of obeying the Holy Spirit.
If you do not want to run away like that and seek intercession, or the laying on of hands, it’s just so easy… You will find yourself being prayed for by everyone and even being put in other evil spirits even more than you have now. Your daily situation will only get worse because you did not have enough knowledge!.
Brethren you have heard / read this..you will not say that day you are not told… if you will obey the Holy Spirit today, then He Himself will make sure He helps you fulfill your resolutions..but also if you do not obey the decision it is yours. But I hope you will obey, and the Lord will help you. So if you are not saved or if you are lukewarm, you are in danger of being vomited so before you are vomited let’s make quick changes.
Obey the Holy Spirit today by forcibly forsaking sin. Lord Jesus according to Acts 2:38, and the Holy Spirit who has begun a good work in your heart will help you to do what you alone were hard to accomplish, and sin for you will not be difficult to overcome because the yoke of Christ is always soft. happiness, and indescribable peace, and you will always see where you were to enter into Christ… with the joy you will find and happiness..and sin will not be a thing of the past.
The Lord bless you.
Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you know why the Lord Jesus commanded His Apostles and all of us to go into all the world and make all people DISCIPLES and not CHRISTIANS? (Matthew 28:19).
Do you know where the word Christianity was first born?
Let’s read Acts 11:26..
Acts 11:26 “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”
Did you see there? .. That means before Peter, John, and all the others who believed in Jesus to be known as Christians, were known as disciples, before.
What it means to be a Christian is to be a DISCIPLE OF JESUS. This is something very important to know.
Now the question is how do we become disciples of the Lord Jesus? .or how did the people of the early church become disciples?
The Lord Jesus gave the criteria. In the book of Luke.
Luke 14:27 “Whoever does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”
I mean any Christian is a disciple. In that sense, the Lord’s statement in Luke 14:27 is exactly right to put it this way…
“Whoever does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be a Christian”.
Do you see it? Let’s continue..
Luke 14:26 “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”
Hating the parents mentioned here is hating them with hatred, but hating their thoughts or plans that are contrary to God’s will, for example a parent or brother tells you you should inherit magic purses, or inherit his hatred for someone, then the Lord says we must hate those thoughts and reject them and do not associate with them even if they separate you..that is the same as you hate your brothers, Christ is talking to you..and these are the criteria for discipleship i.e. CHRISTIAN.
Let’s move on a little further .
The Lord says ..
Luke 14:33 “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”
According to Acts 11:26 which says that the Disciples are Christians..so it is very appropriate to keep these words of the Lord in this Luke 14:33.
“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be a CHRISTIAN”.
That reveals that among all the group that followed the Lord, there were very few Christians … that is, only His disciples, female and male, who denied themselves and took up their crosses and followed the Lord. The rest were not Christians.
And the scriptures say that Jesus is the same, yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13: 8).
If it means that if the criteria for a person to be a disciple (ie a Christian) were self-denial and carrying the cross… then it will be the same today, because he is the same and immutable.
Hebrews 13: 8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Are you a Christian?… Have you denied yourself? Have you hated the world and left it? If not so your not yet a Christian it doesn’t matter you pray in other churches or you have been baptized, still you are not a Christian.
If you are still drunk, or committing adultery, or wearing tight clothing and showing off your body, you are not yet a Christian.
Decide today to deny yourself and carry your cross, let the world see you confused but you know you are doingb the will of your Father in heaven.
Lord said “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36).
What good will it do you to look modern and not go to heaven?
The Lord give us eyes to see.
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Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are about to meditate on the beautiful words of life.
Have you ever carefully considered this verse?
Isaiah 35: 8 “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”
So much so that at the end he says “even though they are ignorant, they will not lost“?…. It means that there is a real possibility that there will be some of God’s people, who walk in salvation, but in one way or another there some ignorance in them.
And that ignorance can be caused by either a misunderstanding of the scriptures, or a failure to understand the full power of God, and His ways. they will never lost.
Today in many places you will pass by and meet a group of people who say, “If salvation is what it is, it is better for me to remain in my sins“. You will meet some who say, to save their work is only self-denial, pleasing they are not pleasing, there are shelves, if God is so blessed I will only remain in my world .
Brethren, the bible says, even if what they do is due to their ignorance. , determined to follow their God, they will never lost, no matter what, that is a guarantee from God. Even if they refuse to go to school, even if they sleep in the woods, even if they fast all year, even if they are illiterate, never expect such people to be lost. Take that out of your mind.
But if you are a friend of the world. You see your ways are the same, you see the ways of the worldly people are right, how they live comfortably, prosper, jump, do makeup, and walk naked on the street, and wear hats, you are the ones who like them, I want to tell you even if you are smart how, the end of the day will only end badly. Because the Bible says so.
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
You see yourself, life is a luxury, and while Christ is away from you, your end will be hell, you who see life as self-indulgence and adultery, and committing all kinds of sins as you feel, that is, in short you give your heart everything you love, and while you see salvation is a heavy burden. Prepare to meet death.
You have been mocking the Christians, saying that they are ignorant, insane, what God they worship makes them so, they pray night and day, and no miracle happens.
Brethren even if they are ignorant, but be aware that their ignorance they do in the car that is on the journey. And you show your intelligence while you are out of the car. That is the difference between you and them .. What will those minds do for you if you die today, what will it do for you to get the whole world, and then you get the loss of your soul ?. If you think they are fools, then get in Christ, and you be in that safe car, then take out the folly that’s in them. But if you are out of Christ, know that you are the ultimate fool.
This life is very short, I advise you to give your life to Jesus my brother. Today you have a breath, but tomorrow you do not know where you will be, even if you will be there remember Life is a mystery no one knows the day of his departure, so we must daily examine ourselves, What? Are we still in the celestial chariot or have we been down for days?
May the Lord help us all.
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The book of Titus is a letter written by the Apostle Paul, to a man known as Titus. Titus was one of those converted to Christ, through the gospel of the Apostle Paul. And this man was a native of the city of Crete.
Crete is an island in the south of Greece, formerly called Crete and to this day it is still called Crete.
So the Apostle Paul, on his preaching tours, also came to the island, and finally this Titus became one of his fruits in the Gospel. And because he was more zealous than the other, he was appointed by the Holy Spirit to be the overseer of the churches of those cities.
And Paul and his companions, after leaving that city, to go to other cities to preach the gospel, had to write to Titus, and give him a few instructions on how to build the church, and these instructions were divided into two parts.
1) Instructions on how to appoint church leaders and
2) Instructions for all church members.
1. INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPOINT CHURCH LEADERS.
The appointment of leaders was based on some scripture, so Paul had to teach Titus how to use the bishops, pastors, and elders of the church, as they should, so that the church would not fall into disregard for authority.
So Paul, under the inspiration of the Spirit, wrote the letter to Titus, and some of the things he said were a statement.
Titus 1: 4 “To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
2. INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL BELIEVERS OF THE CHURCH.
In addition, Paul gave instructions to Titus, and these instructions were to be a warning to all believers, both old and young, young and old, and slaves.
He admonished the older women to be holy in their behavior, to be examples to the younger women, and to be obedient to their masters.
Titus 2:1 “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Also, the Apostle Paul, instructed Titus, to remind the people to be submissive to the authorities.
Titus 3:1 “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Finally, he said these words to him..
Titus 2:15 “These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee”.
In this Epistle learn a number of things.
1. We first learn that the church of Christ is led by bishops, pastors, who have scriptural costs, as we read above.
2. And every member of the church must learn to live a holy life.
If older people they should know that there is youth under them.
Thosechildrens supposed to learn from you, what are they learn if you still do jokes?? If they see you old person wearing unnecessary what will they learn from you??
Likewise if you are a slave, perhaps working for a certain organization, or even older than you, and then they see you as rude, a thief, and not humble, what image do you paint of Christianity?
And it also teaches us as members of the body of Christ, the submission of authority. No matter who the authority is, the Bible warns us to be respectful and humble, the humility spoken of there is not to worship or fear them so much that even if they tell you not to worship your God obey them.
No! But the humility mentioned there is that of you following and obeying all their instructions that lead to doing good, and respecting them as you respect all other people.
For example, an authority in your city has said “one day is to clean up” then you have to obey.
3. And the last thing we can learn is to rebuke, and to warn with all authority all those who go against the Word of God in the church.
Paul told Titus to reprove, so even today we have the same responsibility, to rebuke adultery and fornication in the church, to rebuke the drunkards in the church, to rebuke the blasphemers and abusers of the church, and the Bible says to do so with all authority, without fear because it is not sin.
Many are afraid to reprimand because they feel that they will be judging people. No !. To be told the truth is not to be judged but to be warned. With the bible and Christianity in general, its main responsibility is warnings! Nothing else, if you do not want warnings, then Christianity is not worth it.
The Lord bless us.
If you have not received Jesus, if you are still wearing half naked, if you are still a drunkard, a polytheist, a thief etc. know that if you die today you will go to hell. So it is better that you receive Jesus today by repenting, and stopping sinning, so that you may be saved and forgiven of your sins.
Jesus Christ is at the door to return !!!.
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The inheritance promised to us humans is ETERNAL LIFE. And we have this promise from our God only when we believe in Jesus Christ. A person who believes in JESUS CHRIST, heirs of all the Promises of God and of Eternal Life… but the time to receive the inheritance has not yet come, but in the spirit he has been chosen to be an heir inherited the way to be born..
That is how a person who is born again becomes… When the time comes after this life is over then we will all be handed over to our hands as the Lord Jesus after completing the work was entrusted to him by the Father. All authority in heaven and on earth was given.
But the news is that this inheritance can be bought and so you can sell it.
The Bible says in..
Mark 10:17 “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
You see, in order to have eternal life you have to sell some of the things you have, and the meaning of selling is to GIVE YOUR HEART into the things you used to see as meaningful in your life.
You give your heart to money, you give your heart to fame, in a very real sense not by hypocrisy, you give your hope and your heart to your education, you give your heart to the pleasures you make with sin and all worldly things, you become like today you have begun to live. So much so that nothing outside of you can excite you or have a greater place in your heart than Jesus.
As the Apostle Paul did..
Philippians 3: 7 “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ”
for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, because of Jesus its like you have sold everything and bought something valuable (high price). Therefore things of heaven has high value..(high price)
Likewise the kingdom of heaven CAN BE SOLD… Although it is bought at a high price but it can also be sold..and it can be sold even for a very small price…
Here is where the person who was given the grace to know him When Christ turns and despises that Grace and decides to forsake it and return to the world. That place is taken by another, as Judas sold his place for his THIEF behavior, causing his place to be given to another named Matthias.
Even Esau sold his birthright for one day and gave it to Jacob his brother.
As we see in the Book of..
Hebrews 12:16 “Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
As we read above the time will reach for those who ignored the Grace of God given to them, that time will be regrating time, tears and with grear pain, people will long for tears to be brought back at least five minutes back to correct their mistakes, but they will miss that opportunity… when they see the immorality they were committing has healed them have missed heaven, the drunkenness they used to enjoy for a while has healed them and made them to miss the heaven, the corruption they were eating blinded them etc. of great sorrow and remorse like that of Judah and Esau…
Jude later when he came to know his mistakes he cried until he hanged himself to see Life is meaningless again. And Esau also sought his place with tears but never found it again.
May the Lord help us not to sell our heritage for the few things of the world that are passing away… instead to seek it out and buy it at all costs. So that in the day when we shall see what the eye has never seen nor the ear to hear our joy may be complete.
The Lord bless you.