How long did it take for Noah to build an ark?
The Bible does not specify how long it took for the Noah to build an Ark. Some say it was 120 years old, according to Genesis 6:3,
” And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. “
However his argument can still don’t make sense. But the Bible also says that Noah begat his sons when he was 500 years old, (Genesis 5:32).And it says he entered the ark at the age of 600 years old, thus making a difference of 100 years , that gap between he probably used to build the ark, but also this argument has a few limitations.
In short, the Bible does not say how long it was built, so it is probably something that is not very important for us to know.
The important thing to know is that, If the first world was flooded with water for the wickedness of mankind, then this second world in which you and I live will also be flooded in the same way because of human evil. Yes it wont be flood by water since God had promised that will never happen again, but the same God promised that the world we are living now will be destroyed by fire.
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Sin such as adultery, corruption, hatred, intrigue, drunkenness, homosexuality, blasphemy, lust, abortion, theft and all others are what drowned the first world in the water. And that is what will drown the world we now live in.
Are you saved?
How many children did Ibrahim have?
Ibrahim had total number of eight(8) children according to the bible, And all were men.
The first son was Ishmael, who was born to a concubine of his wife Sarah, named Hagar (Genesis 16: 1-4).
Second son, was Isaac (The son of promise), who was born 14 years later after the birth of Ishmael.
21 And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
When Sarah died, Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. (Genesis 25: 1-2)
This Keturah is the one who When Sarah died, Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. (Genesis 25: 1-2)
This Keturah is the one who was born to Abraham with 6 other sons. To make the total number of Abraham’s children 8,
However the Bible does not say that he had daughters..
1 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.
2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
Of Abraham’s descendants, only Isaac was the heir. Other sons were given only gifts, but Isaac was given all, gifts as well as inheritance, because he was the son of the Promised One from God.
5 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.
In the same way, we can all become God’s people, created by God, but not all of us are God’s promised children in the likeness of Isaac. The sons of promise are those who have been born again (ie being saved). And these are the ones God has prepared everything to them, both rewards/gifts and inheritance of the kingdom of heaven.
So you and I should strive to be the sure we all children of promise..
What does mote and beam mean? (Matthew 7:3 )
A beam is a very large piece of wood, it can be a log, or a pillar, or any wide plank.
But a mote is a very tiny piece of wood, like a sand, even the dust of wood that is very hard to see is still a mote/speck.
Now the Lord Jesus gave that parable, to emphasize what He wanted to say, that is, in a normal situation, if you can’t see the pillar of wood standing in front of your eyes blocking you from seeing everything ahead, how will you be able to see the wooden dust in your partner’s eye?
See, without doubt, that is hypocrisy.
In the same way, before we judge people, let us examine our lives first. what they do, are we not doing them? Before you point finger to someone who is gossiping, be sure first those things are not in you? If not then it is better to keep quiet, because the verses above say, with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
May the Lord help us all to overcome that.
Who is Azazel/ scapegoat?
The word Azazel/scapegoat is mentioned only once in the bible, we read it in the book of Leviticus chapter 16.
Azazel was not a man or a priest but a goat set apart for the atonement of the sins of the children of Israel, was not slaughtered for sin like any other goat but was taken alive to the wilderness and abandoned there. such kind of goat is known by that name.
These instructions was given to the children of Israel by God, to be held on the great day of Atonement only once a year, on the 10th day of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar, when the High Priest went to atone for the sins of all the Jews
On that day no one was allowed to work, but to dwell in his house, tormenting himself with his own sins.
Now in this day the High Priest is first responsible for making atonement first for himself and for his people ( his households), and then he goes to make atonement for the sins of others, otherwise he will die.
After he has finished to make an atonement for his sins now he is ready to make atonement for the children of Israel, here he was commanded to take two goats from the congregation for a sin offering and one ram for a burnt offering (Leviticus 16:5), after which the high priest stood before the tabernacle and voted between the two goats.
Leviticus 16:7 KJV
And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
When he has finished, one is taken for the burnt offering for the sins of all the people, then his blood was sprinkled in the tent of meeting and the altar, and the second one is not killed but rather the high priest puts both his hands on the horns of the goat (who is called Azazel) and then the priest confesses all the sins of children of Israel which they have committed against God, before the goat that stood before them, after which the goat is delivered to one man and then taken to the desert far away from the dwelling of the people and get abandoned there. Then due to that act the iniquity of Israel is covered.
21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:
22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
It is a complete picture we see in the New Testament, Christ as our Azazel took our sins and all our accusations, was crucified outside the city, was counted as Nothing for us. And through him our sins are blotted out, unlike the goat who in the coming year should be given another… How happy you are to be redeemed by Christ,. If you have been forgiven of your sins, you have been forgiven indeed.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 Kjv
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Christian mission to go into all nations and make disciples is likened to the activities of soldiers on a battlefield. The soldiers launch an ambush to attack the Enemy’s camp by surprise; without their knowledge. Having destroyed the whole camp and taken some captive,the soldiers plunder the Enemy’s goods.
Likewise, as we go out to win souls,we are not supposed to make any treaty or agreement with the enemy nor seek counsel with him.All we have to do is to attack the enemy’s camp and lead captivity captive.
Wherever we are,and whatever we are doing ,it is our responsibility to tell others about Jesus.With great courage and intrepidity of mind,get to work.We can’t leave it to chance that someone else will do it for us.For amid the Enemy’s camp are many who are captive.Though sure enough that he will be defeated,the enemy will try to fight back,but we as the soldiers of Christ should stand in the hottest place of the battle and sustain the whole fire of the enemy.
Utilize every available chance in preaching the Good news. If you meet a sick person,pray for them that they may get well.In the same way,when you encounter a demon-possessed person, use the opportunity to rebuke and drive the demons out of them so they may be free.Thereafter,tell them about Jesus.
Let not anything deter you from teaching and preaching the gospel.Factors like age,education,status,fame,way of dressing,among others should not scare you. Don’t compromise on anything, whether the person is your leader,or your teacher, or you’ve just met for first time,preach to them fearlessly. You have been furnished with “weapons mighty through God to pulling down of strongholds.” Remember, there are many whose lives were changed through people who have never been to school. All you need to do is to put on God’s amour and get to work.
The very power by which you were changed is the same that will change others.Until you came to believe and obey the gospel, God used his servant to lead you to liberty,and so you became a slave to righteousness through Christ. He then gave you the grace to serve him in the newness of life.The gift given unto you is a weapon by which you are to win more souls for him.
Ephesians 4: 7-8 Kjv
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
All who have accepted Jesus are indebted to him in everything. It is our responsibility to share the gospel with others so they may be changed.We are to actively take the gospel to all people,whether in the villages,schools, hospitals, prisons,within the country or in foreign countries. Don’t hesitate in fulfilling your purpose to make disciples. God has promised to be with you:
Matthew 28:18-20 Kjv
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
God is faithful and as he has promised in his Word,so it shall be.He will be with you until the end of times.But this will only be if we will go into all nations and make them disciples of the Lord.May the Lord of all power and grace help us to trust him.
Our motive should not be on gaining fame or getting money,but to pass along to others the kindnesses shown to us.We are to be faithful in our mission,knowing that we have a reward kept for us in heaven. Seek God’s erring children lone and lost,and help lead them to the place of safety.Christ is coming soon(quickly).
Revelation 22:12-13 Kjv
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
God bless you.
Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Today we will learn very briefly about paying tithes, Scripturally tithes are the 10th part, of one’s income to God. So tithing is one of the types of offerings.
Before we go to deeper to learn about the importance of paying tithes, whether it is necessary or not! Let’s learn first a little more about the history of tithes.
Tithing for the first time began to be paid by a man named Abraham, who is known as the Father of Faith.
We read about this in Genesis 14
Genesis 14:17 “And it came to pass, that, when Abram was returned from following Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, then the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale.
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. ABRAM GAVE HIM A TITHE OF ALL THINGS ”.
Abraham gave the tithes to this Melchizedek, remember this Melchizedek was God incarnate… and is also known as the High Priest, the image of the Son of God (Jesus Christ) having neither father nor mother, nor beginning of days or ending of days. So it was God Himself who came in human form.
It came to pass when Abram was come out to rescue his uncle Lot, who had been taken captive together with his sons, on the way back he met Melchizedek, and this Melchizedek was carrying Wine and Bread, and he gave it to Abram and because Abram loved God so much, he did not consider it necessary to receive free gifts without giving…Above all God has appeared to him and succeeded him in the midst of his enemies and defeated them! So he was touched with it and he saw it was not right not to give anything back to his God, so he decided on his own without being told by anyone to give his God 10th part of his possessions!!! What kind of heart is that? Remember he was not even told by God to do that, only he himself had something in him that made him feel bad if he saw his God leave empty-handed, and that is nothing but the Holy Spirit in him.
Did the law work?
Now at that time there was no law, no 10 commandments and God did not enter into a Covenant with Abraham about tithes, the law of tithes came about 400 years later, it was necessary to pay tithes, if a person did not pay tithes it was considered a sin for him!, and before God he was like a thief (Malachi 3:8-9).
But now we are not living by the law but by faith, and the Faith we are talking about is the same Faith as that of Abraham, that is, the Faith of doing things without compulsion, and that Faith is the same as Abraham, of giving God 10 percent unconditionally! ..Abraham gave unconditionally, no law, no law! because the Law had not yet come, nor was it compelled, nor was it implanted or implored; nor inquiring God, he said God is my giver (Jehovah-YIRE), so if he has given me a large portion of these things, then why shouldn’t I repay him at least 10 percent of the things he has given me. And he made it his law always! Every 10th he gets he gives back to God.
Brethren, Abraham met Melchisedec, and even now this Melchisedec is with us and he is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ, the scripture proves that..
Hebrews 6:20 “When Jesus, who came before us, was our forerunner, he was a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 7: 1 “For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; (The translation of his first name is King of Righteousness, and again, King of Salem, meaning, King of Peace;
3 He has no father, no mother, no parents, no beginning of days, nor end of life, but is likened to the Son of God); he remains a priest forever.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
Hebrews 5: 5 “So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec”.
You have seen that Christ was likened to Melchizedek, and as Melchizedek was given the 10th part by Abraham, so also Christ is entitled to the 10th part, because he is the Melchizedek of our Covenant, and just as Melchizedek fought for Abraham, so Christ now fights for us.
And just as Abraham gave Melchizedek the 10th verse without any conditions, or without law, or without law, or without any preaching, or without counsel, or without any other motive, so today we must offer JESUS CHRIST 10th part. without any law, without any restrictions, without any preaching, without being influenced by any man.
It should be a heartfelt expression that we recognize the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives and so we honor him by giving him 10th part, he is not after our money! But he is watching over our hearts! And the Lord Jesus Himself allowed that in (Matthew 23:23).
If you see someone objecting to pay TITHES! And to give to God, That’s proof that He doesn’t have the HOLY SPIRIT in him! It is one of the proofs of a man who lacked the Holy Spirit in him!.
Because it is clear that he does not love God, because he cannot thank God for giving even 10 percent of his possessions and giving them back to him, even though he inhales free of charge, tramples on land that is not his own, eats food that he does not know how to make! He does not appreciate even the Christ who gave his life for him. In short he is an ungrateful man.
And how can such a person thank God for giving 10 percent of his life to preach the Gospel ?, how can he give even his life for the sake of the Gospel ?, or how can he die for the Faith? If only 10 per cent of his money could not give it ?. How can that Person even give up everything and follow Christ if only tithe giving is war? Just think!
So TITHES are not something to be avoided at all! It is not given by law or by the law, nor is it written in the Bible, but by the heart like Abraham!
If you don’t have a job that gives you an income then you are free !, but whatever you get other than work give it away the 10th part of it, give it back to your God, you have no job but you have been given a certain amount of money make sure you give out the tithes, and give wholeheartedly without coercion, because our God is not a revenue collector! He wants us to give to Him wholeheartedly and joyfully, realizing the importance of giving to Him as Abraham did.
Now the question is what! If you don’t pay tithes will you go to hell?
What will send a person to hell is not the act of breaking the tithe or committing adultery, or stealing, or insulting no !! what will send a person to hell is the lack of the Holy Spirit in him,
where now the result of not having the Holy Spirit is that he will now be a thief, a fornicator, a blasphemer, a man without a heart to give, he will not be able to help others, and he will not contribute anything to the kingdom of heaven through his giving, he will also be unforgiving, Because A person with the Holy Spirit cannot do any of these things because the Holy Spirit will be speaking in him about sin and he will also be pushing him about why he do not give to God, so he cannot avoid paying tithes as he cannot help others or pray.
There is a saying that “I am perfect in every way! Except for tithes I do not give!”
That is a lie of the devil brother! it is impossible for a person to be perfect in all things and then miss one thing that does not pay tithes! There is no such thing!
If a person does not pay tithes while he can, then he must also be evil in other respects, it is the same as saying that this person is holy in everything but the only defect is an adulterer! That is a lie… One sin interacts with another, the adulterer must be greedy, resentful, a liar and a traitor, jealous, a competitor even if on the outside he will not be seen but in his heart he has all that.
So avoiding tithing is a sign of lack of the Spirit, and all those who do not have the Spirit of God the Bible says they are not His (read Romans 8: 9), and if they are not His then they will go to hell!
The Lord Bless you.
Who are these people whose place was not found? (Revelation 20:11)
ANSWER: Let’s read.
Revelation 20:11 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and no place was found for them ”.
“Those whose their place was not seen” are not humans! .. but are the “HEAVEN AND EARTH”. The translations from other languages are describing it well.
And why do they flee from his face? .. it is because of his glory… because nothing can stand before the face of God, for he is so great and holy !. Even the seraphim in heaven who are holy, still cover their faces and feet before Him..what about other creatures that live on earth?.
Job 41:10 “… .But who can stand before me?
Thus no human being can approach God by his/her holiness. But thanks be to God that there is one who is worthy to draw near to Him, and that He is no other than His only begotten Son JESUS CHRIST whom He overcame and deserved to approach God, and to sit with Him in His throne. He alone is worthy to approach God… and through Him we we have received the opportunity to draw close to God.
Revelation 3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”
Revelation 5:11 “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living and the elders, and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and all that is in it, saying, Blessings and honor and glory and power be to him who sits on the throne, and to the Son of man. The sheep, forever and ever ”.
So if we believe in Him and enter into Him, we will find the courage to draw closer to God, which in natural sense would not be possible at all, but it became possible through Jesus, but if we reject Jesus, then we have no confidence and we can never draw near to God, but lost forever in the lake of fire.
Hebrews 10:19 “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 And let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water ”.
CLOUD OF WITNESSES, (BRETHRENS)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the God manifested in human flesh for the purpose of man’s redemption, and he is the Alpha and Omega (Rev.22: 13).
We believe Brother William Branham is the messenger of God to our generation, sent as the Prophet of this generation and his ministry fulfills a prophecy given by the prophet Malachi.
Malachi 4: 5-6 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse”
William Branham fulfilled Malachi 4: 6b. And Brother Branham also fulfills John’s prophecy concerning the 7th Angel, on Revelation 3:14 & 10: 7
So with all our hearts, we firmly believe that He is the Messenger of the last church that we are living now (i.e Laodicean church), and there will be no other church after this, so there will be no other messenger after this one.
We do not believe that William Branham is God or Jesus. To do so is to cultivate idolatry, and to equate man with God, which is an abomination in his sight and blasphemy.
We believe in inner and outer holiness, and that, it is the duty of every Christian to live a holy life according to the Word of God as it is written in the Holy Bible.
We believe in zealously preaching the message of the last days, and baptizing people in the correct baptism, by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ according to (Acts 2:38, 8: 16,10: 48 and 19: 5).
We also believe that we are living in the last days, and Our Lord Jesus Christ will appear soon.
Shalom, welcome to bible study…
I have met a number of people who, if you try to tell them about the cross or the salvation brought by our Savior Jesus Christ, they say that the Lord Jesus was white, so they cannot follow the white man, nor the religion brought by the white man. They say “why don’t we Africans keep our beliefs, why are we imitating the things the whites brought to us? ..Why don’t we follow our own culture?, that is neo-colonialism? Why don’t we appreciate ourselves?.
This is a very big issue that confuses many people .. and it stems from a lack of confidence… Now before we go to our basic question above that asks “Was the Lord Jesus white or not!” let us first consider the following logics.
Someone who argues that “we should not follow anything brought by white” but to maintain our own… then he should reject everything brought by those western people without exceptions… including the phone he uses, not to use it anymore…the clothes he wears he/she should not wear anymore (because even the clothes they wear are made by the same industries invented by so called whites) .. so he should continue to wear his traditional clothing that the ancient Africans used to wear..
He should also not live in modern houses that has electricity, because even the construction system is from the same ones he calls whites and electricity as well, he should not also use toothpaste, iron, he should not use even a tractor to plow, he should not watch TV, he should not also use a gas stove, or a pan, and should not own a car or any fire truck because they are all brought by the same white people, if he wants to travel from one city to another he has to use a donkey…
And he must not go to any hospital or use any kind any modern and ultimately medical treatment… he/she should not send his children to school…. If all that he has succeeded in stopping using them then he will not be a hypocrite to reject the Faith brought by whites… but if he cannot stop using all the above items and instead he loves them, then he will be a HYPOCRITE to reject the faith brought by white people! For so reason.
Now, after we have considered this, let us go further….
It is an indisputable fact that the Christian faith entered Africa through missionaries from European countries…The missionaries were not Africans but white people…. Whichever way they came here, but in the end we know that it was God’s plan for them to come here to bring the News of the Savior.
Now the basic question to ask yourself is where did these Europeans missionaries get this Christian faith?…
If you are reading the Bible you will already have the answer that the Christian faith has its source in the Nation of Israel. The nation of Israel was the only nation that God chose to be the beginning of the fulfillment of His purpose on earth… So that alone was God’s chosen nation… and the rest of the nations of the world were called “NATIONS”, generally represented groups of nations from all over the world except Israel itself, and these NATIONS did not worship the one and true God of heaven and earth (Jehovah)… Only one Nation worshiped the God of heaven and earth according to His will!… and that is the Nation of Israel.
And the Israelites were not white people!… They were very close to the “Arabs”.
So if you know the human race well, you can tell the difference between white and Arab in appearance!, they are not the same, and even the Arabs are not as white as white people from Europe and far west! And they don’t have blue eyes like whites people!, and their hair is black and not gold as Europeans!….
Now our Savior Jesus Christ was born in Israel, so in appearance he was like the Israelites… And the Israelites were not strong and progressive people when the Savior lived in the world, that is why you will see that when Christ was on earth, the Romans (who were now white people) ruled over Israel. And God made Israel weak to the point of domination, because of their sins of and rebelled against Him. Thus they did not have any remarkable development compared to other white nations like Rome and Greece.
Now back to our question .. “Was Jesus white?” .. You will have found the answer according to the above description. HE WAS NOT WHITE but a man of the Nation of Israel.. Examples of whites people at the age of Jesus were Pilate and Herod who were the Romans.
Now how did these white people come to believe in the Lord Jesus who was not white as them?…
You can find such information in history, but in a short, they were also introduced to Jesus, just as we were to. The apostles such as Paul and Peter who were Jews preached the gospel arround the globe. Those who received it properly knew well that they too were Gentiles who did not deserve to be called God’s people but through one Redeemer Jesus Christ were included in that grace..which was only for the Israelites!
So as White people received the gospel from Jews, they also brought to us Africans, because in Africa it was very dark, people were worshiping idols and superstitions… .and in this last days, things have changed, it is time for Africa now to take the Gospel back to the white people, because their home is now rotten, the generation that trusted God has gone and now has merged up a generation of ungodly people, their home is the hub of gay people, blasphemous people, naked people walking on the streets shamelessly. So the gospel is much needed now for whites people More than for Africans live in Africans, as they brought it to us it is time now for us to lead them to repentance, to believe in the Savior.
Therefore, brethren, never dwell on the issue of the salvation of our Savior Jesus Christ and the “Color” The God of Israel is not racist and is worshiped by people of all races… in order to be God of heaven and earth he must be available to all people… If you see you worship God found only in Africa, or only found in Europe!… then that is proof enough that he is not the true God of heaven and earth..Because the true God of the whole world must be worshiped and proclaimed worldwide by people of all races!.
And do not forget this Savior Jesus Christ, died, rose and ascended to heaven and will return a second time, so if you have heard the gospel and still do not believe in Him, or thought that if you believed in Him you would be fulfilling the wishes of white people, or colonizers! ..
Change your mentality from now on!… judgment is coming!, so repent today if you have not repented, as well as be baptized so that your sins may be taken away and the Lord will give you the gift of His Holy Spirit who will help you overcome sin and help you understand things you did not understand about Him.
The Lord Bless us.
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Hebrews 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
We are commanded by God to live peaceably with everyone. We therefore as Christians owe it a duty to be at peace with those around us.
We don’t necessarily need to repay any hurtful deed directed toward us. To quench a raging fire, you don’t have to jump into the flames but simply put it out.
Whenever we are mistreated or slandered, it’s time to act wisely and in a gentle way.
We should not retaliate with the weapon of silence nor seek revenge. An uncontrolled TONGUE is responsible for setting the course of our lives on fire:
James 3:5 “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold,how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
Knowing this, let’s control our tongues by evaluating each thought and guarding each word we say. If control our tongues and use words with restraint, we will enjoy peace.
1 Peter 3:10 “For he that will love life, and see good days,l et him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensure it.”
Staying calm at all times is the best way to avoid the annoyance of godless enemies. Being humble is a sure way to drown out all taunting noise of the enemies. It gives us poise in the midst of the world’s alarms. This way we offset the noise of the world around us.
When we are annoyed by the sneering remarks and slanderous words of those around us, we ought to respond positively. Instead of cracking down on them and silencing them, we should be gracious in our attitude toward them. We should be kind, considerate and loving in our words and actions toward them.
Returning evil with evil will always result into conflict, which eventually leads to lack of peace, and it may create resentment. He who harbours resentment will have a never-ending and profitless job.
In fact, he is the one who will suffer most.
Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
Try to be at peace with all men everywhere, at all times. Being humble does not mean a sign of weakness. Our Lord Jesus was humble and gentle (Matthew 11:28). One who is humble is always calm and of few words. He does not gossip about other people’s matters.
Phillipians 4:5 “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”
As Christians, we should guide well our tongues to avoid getting in trouble with it. We can accomplish much good with kind, thoughtful and wise words. Sometimes we accomplish more by not saying anything. When we are wronged, we shouldn’t take revenge, instead, we should reward evil with good, and go right on living for the Lord. As aggressively pursue peace with other people, God will bless our efforts. He has promised to make our enemies be at peace with us. And so shall we experience peace and a life of calm.
Proverbs 16:7 “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
In as much as we make every effort to be at peace with all people, let’s also pursue holiness, without which no one shall see God.