The battle between Bible truth and satanic error is intensifying. Soon everything that can be shaken, will be shaken, that "the things which cannot be shaken may remain" (Hebrews 12:27). Demons hate God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, holy angels, the Lord's people, and the following Bible truths. Look up each verse. Receive God's Word into your heart.
- We must follow "the word of God" above "the tradition of men" (Mark 7:8,13).
- We must know what sin is. "Sin is the transgression of the law" of Ten Commandments. 1 John 3:4; Romans 7:7; James 2:10-12.
- The Ten Commandments can never be changed. They were "written with the finger of God" (Exodus 31:18).
- It was "the law" of "sacrifices" that was "a shadow of the good things to come" (Hebrews 10:1), not the Ten Commandments, that was nailed to the cross. Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:14.
- Before coming to earth, Jesus Christ was "equal with God" (Philippians 2:6). He then became fully man when He entered human flesh (John 1:14; Romans 8:3).
- In human form and flesh, our Savior "was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). He condemned and conquered "sin in the flesh" (Romans 8:3).
- On Calvary, as our Substitute and Surety, Jesus Christ "died for our sins, according to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3), then He rose from the dead.Matthew 27:1-7.
- God's infinite love is now drawing all of us to Himself, while probation remains open for a little while longer. John 12:32; Romans 5:8; Revelation 22:10-12.
- We must "repent" of all sin, and believe fully in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, or we must suffer for our own sins in "the lake of fire." Luke 13:3; Acts 16:31; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8,27.
- If we repent and believe in Jesus, God will forgive our sins, give us a new heart, give us His Holy Spirit, and enable us to obey Him. 1 John 1:9; Ezekiel 36:26; Acts 2:38; 5:32; Romans 5:5; 8:4.
- Through daily humility (James 4:10), surrender (James 4:7), and constant faith (Romans 1:17) in Jesus Christ our Substitute (1 Corinthians 15:3), Example (1 Peter 1:21), and LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jeremiah 23:5,6), we may abide in Him (John 14:4,5), and overcome all sin in His Name. 1 John 5:4; Revelation 3:21.
- Through daily cooperation with Christ our Savior, we can be among the victorious who are "clothed with white robes" (Revelation 7:9), who "keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus," and who are fully prepared for His soon return. Revelation 14:12-16.
At this very moment, the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and holy angels are working "to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Luke 1:17).
"Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit" (Colossians 2:8).
"Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith,
giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons" (1 Timothy 4:1).
"... you are complete in Him [Jesus Christ]" (Colossians 2:10).
RIDE BRINGS YOU DOWN
A man's pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor. Proverbs 29:23
Pride is the great enemy of the Christian. Pride is an overly high opinion of yourself. It motivates you to do things that you know are not Christlike, and it hinders you from doing what brings glory to God. Pride influenced Adam and Eve to try to become like God (Gen. 3:5). Pride motivated Cain to murder his brother (Gen. 4:5). Pride provoked Joseph’s brothers to sell him into slavery (Gen. 37:8). Pride caused King Saul to resent David so deeply that he tried to murder him (1 Sam. 18:8). Pride led King Hezekiah to foolishly reveal his nation’s wealth to his enemies (Isa. 39:2). Pride was at the root of the Pharisees’ anger toward Jesus. Pride was the reason the disciples argued over rank in the kingdom (Luke 9:46).
Pride is your relentless enemy. If you succumb to its influence, there will be consequences. You may know that you have offended someone, but pride holds you back from asking forgiveness. You may realize you need to reconcile a broken relationship, but pride will lead you to deny that need. The Spirit may convict you that you are living a sinful lifestyle, but pride will discourage your admitting it. Pride will convince you that you deserve better treatment. Pride will impede your serving others. Instead, pride will have you striving for places of prominence. Pride will have you listen to flatterers and ignore honest counselors. Pride will lead you to isolate yourself so that you are not accountable to others.
Humility, on the other hand, is pleasing to God and places your life in a position where God will honor you. If pride has crept into some areas of your life, ask God to give you victory over it before it robs you of God’s will for you.
A girl in love asked her boyfriend: "Tell me, who you love most in this world?"
"You, of course!"
"In your heart, what am I to you?"
The boy thought for a moment and looked intently in her eyes and said, "You are my rib. In the Bible, it was said that God saw that Adam was lonely. During his sleep, God took one of Adam's rib and created Eve. Every man has been searching for his missing rib. Only when you find the woman of your life will you no longer feel the lingering ache in your heart."
After their wedding, the couple had a sweet and happy life for a while. However, the youthful couple began to drift apart due to the busy schedule of life and the never-ending worries of daily problems. Their life became mundane. All the challenges posed by the harsh realities of life began to gnaw away at their dreams and love for each other. The couple began to have more quarrels, and each quarrel became more heated.
One day, after a quarrel, the girl ran out of the house. At the opposite side of the road, she shouted, "You don't love me!" The boy hated her childishness, and out of impulse retorted, "Maybe it was a mistake for us to be together! You were never my missing rib!"
Suddenly, she turned quiet and stood there for a long while. He regretted what he said, but words spoken are like thrown away water -- you can never take them back. With tears, she went home to pack her things and was determined on breaking up.
Before she left the house, the girl said, "If I'm really not your missing rib, then please let me go." She continued, "It is less painful this way. Let us go on our separate ways and search for our own partners."
Five years went by. He never remarried but he had tried to find out about her life indirectly. She had left the country and came back. She had married a foreigner and divorced. He felt anguished that she never waited for him. In the dark and lonely night, he lit his cigarette and felt the lingering ache in his heart. He couldn't bring himself to admit that he was missing her.
One day they finally met -- at the airport -- a place where there were many reunions and good-byes. He was going away on a business trip. She was standing there alone, with just the security door separating them. She smiled at him gently.
(b): "How are you?"
(g): "I'm fine. How about you. Have you found your missing rib?"
(g): "I'll be flying to New York on the next flight."
(b): "I'll be back in 2 weeks time."
(g): "Give me a call when you get back. You know my number. Nothing has changed." With a smile, she turned around and waved good-bye.
One week later, he heard of her death. She had perished in New York -- in the event that shocked the world.
Midnight. Once again, he lit his cigarette. And like before, he felt the lingering ache in his heart. He finally knew that she was the missing rib that he had so carelessly broken.
Sometimes people say things out of moments of fury. Most often than not, the outcome could be disastrous and detrimental. We vent our frustrations 99% at our loved ones. And even though we know that we ought to "think twice and act wisely," it's often easier said than done.
Things happen each day, many of which are beyond our control. Let us treasure every moment and everyone in our lives. Tomorrow may never come. Give and accept what you have today.
"Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains."
written and edited by Mbarikiwa Channel
Who's Your Daddy?
A theological professor was vacationing with his wife in Nairobi , Kenya. One morning, they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, 'I hope he doesn't come over here.' But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.
'Where are you folks from?' he asked in a friendly voice.
'Michigan,' they answered.
'Great to have you here in Kisii,' the stranger said.. 'What do you do for a living?'
'I teach at a theological school in Michigan,' he replied.
'Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I've got a really great story for you.' And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple.
The professor groaned and thought to himself, 'Great .. Just what I need ....another preacher story!'
The man started, 'See that mountain over there? (pointing out the restaurant window). Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question, 'Hey boy, Who's your daddy?' Whether he was at school, in the grocery shop or drug store, people would ask the same question, 'Who's your daddy?'
He would hide at recess and lunch time from other students. He would avoid going in to stores because that question hurt him so bad. 'When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, 'Who's your daddy?'
But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast that he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd.
Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, 'Son, who's your daddy?'
The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy?'
'This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to that scared little boy.. 'Wait a minute! I know who you are! I see the family resemblance now; You are a child of God.'
With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, 'Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.'
'With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them , 'I'm a Child of God..''
The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, 'Isn't that a great story?'
The professor responded that it really was a great story!
As the man turned to leave, he said, 'You know, if that new preacher hadn't told me that I was one of God's children, I probably never would have amounted to anything!' And he walked away.
The seminary professor and his wife were stunned.
Someone in your life today needs a reminder that they're one of God's children!
'The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of God stands forever.' ~~Isaiah
YOU'RE ONE OF GOD'S CHILDREN!!!
HAVE A GREAT DAY!
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life.
“I was born in a hospital, educated in a boarding school, courted in an automobile, and married in a church. My Husband and I work in office buildings. On weekends we spend our mornings playing golf and our afternoons playing bridge at the club. Evenings we go to the movies. And when I die I’m going to be buried from a funeral parlor. I don’t need a home, all I need is a garage”. Is what a Young businesswoman told a real estate agent who wanted to sell her a house. Carpenters, Masons, Electricians and Plumbers can build you a house which is a physical structure, made perhaps of bricks or woods or stones, but a house is not a home. A home is a haven of shelter, acceptance and unconditional love, where we connect with one another, where the word of God is read and family prayers conducted. Hear this:
A HOME IS NOT ONLY WHERE YOU LIVE, BUT HOW YOU LIVE. Only you and yours can build a home when you allow the LORD to be the pillar of your home. Luke 18:27 "What is impossible with man is possible with God.” REMEMBER THAT GOD CAN TURN YOUR HOUSE/ROOM INTO A HOME TODAY.
Once there was this very wealthy young man. He lived in a great, elaborate house with dozens of rooms. Each room was more comfortable and more beautiful than the one before it. There were paintings and sculptures; crystal chandeliers; golden, ornate railings on the stairs. More beauty than most have ever seen.
One day he decided to invite the Lord to come home and stay with him. When the Lord arrived, this young man offered him the very best room in the house. The room was upstairs and at the end of the hall. "This room is yours, Jesus! Stay as long as you like and you can do whatever you want to in this room. Remember Jesus, it's all yours."....
10) The Preacher announces the sermon is from Galatians….. and you check the table of contents.
9) You think Abraham, Isaac & Jacob may have had a few hit songs during the 60′s.
8) You open to the Gospel of Luke and a bill falls out...