Interesting discussion with some young people on the supernatural occurrences such as blood flowing from the hands of a statue of Jesus – they blew me away at their simple faith that God can do anything so why not that?
I had to follow with some teaching that we cannot believe every spirit, but should test the spirits to see whether they are of God.
There is the simple test that John gives us – every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God.
One thing for sure you have nothing to fear of the supernatural – you are of God, and have overcome; for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
People of the world listen to people of the world. We are of God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and he who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
What does that look like again in our walk with Jesus? Let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God.
- Beloved… (lunaticoutpost.com)
You may remember the story of the prophet whom God called to go into a certain town, preach repentance, and then leave that town as he passed through without stopping or staying with anyone there.
So he does until another prophet in that town runs after him and calls him back because God told him that it was okay for him to stay with him.
There was a bit of a tug back and forth but the first prophet who was passing through relented and stayed – that cost him is life, for as he later left the town a lion killed him.
Today, a lot of people have their own theology, especially those who call themselves followers of Jesus.
I think “sin” is one of them that gets picked on a lot.
Basically it goes like this – if you do right you are righteous. If you sin then you belong to the devil for he has sinned since the beginning. The reason Jesus showed up in the first place was to destroy the work of the devil – sin.
Maybe that is not strong enough – no one born of God sins for the nature of God abides in them – we are born of God. It is this very fact that we are seen by the world to be the children of God and the difference being that anyone who does not do right are not of God.
Okay, big point of walking with Jesus – the person that does not love another follower of Jesus fits into the category of someone who is not of God.
When we think how special our walk with Jesus is, it makes it rather easy to define what an antichrist is – someone who denies the Father and the Son.
You might be asking why I am suggesting both God and Jesus – then you might also remember that anyone who denies the Son has denied the Father as well and those who confess the Son has also confessed the Father.
Then we add the Holy Spirit to the equation and since He abides in you, and He confirms from the beginning of your walk with Jesus that you abide in the very presence of the Son and the Father. He is the one who has promised you eternal life.
Every time we need to know something, or do not understand something from God’s Word, it is the Holy Spirit that will teach you and it is His anointing that will teach you everything that is truth – so invite Him to be part of your life.
- Honor the Holy Spirit! (amandalouisehobba.wordpress.com)
It is by this very act that we get to know Jesus when we walk with Him and it is our actions of obedience that suggest that we indeed are walking with Him.
In fact it is safe for me to say that if one says they know Jesus but does not walk in obedience to His call that person is a liar and there is no truth in them.
Then it also suggests that if one were to keep to the Word of God, they are in fact truly in love with God and that love in God is perfected.
It is the only way we know we walk with Him – if we say that we do than we ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.
They are coming – and have been prophesied to come – those who make fun of your walk with Jesus and as in the days of Noah, will be consumed with their own passions until the day of their destruction.
The scoffing will sound like this, “Where is the promise of His coming? The people who have been proclaiming this are now dead themselves and all things continue as they always have from the beginning of creation.”
In addition to the obvious, the comments about creation are not what you and I determine as intelligent design, rather the norm is evolution. They were not there when the earth was formed out of water and by means of water and they have no idea of the fire that is being kept for the day of judgement and destruction. As a side note, just wonder what preachers get out of the fact of determining how long it took for creation to take place? If it was one day, it was one day. If we take a thousand years to us is as one day for the Lord then one day was a thousand years. Why get caught up in earthly wisdom that is designed only to ensure evolution theory has a jumping off point to deceive and take away any support to intelligent design?
Just as it took Noah 120 years to build the ark – in order to give everyone an opportunity to repent and not perish, so the Lord is not slow on His promise of coming again. He wants everyone to hear the gospel and respond by following Him. But when He comes, we should know that it will be quick, and heaven and earth will pass away.
That means we need to be reminded also to live godly lives now, today, as a sign that we wait for new heavens and a new earth where we will reside. May we be found on that day in right standing with God and at peace with Him.
There are some things in the scriptures that are hard to understand, and the ignorant and unstable will twist them to their own destruction but let us beware that we are not carried away by those arguments and lose our own stability.
May we continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for to Him belong glory both now and to the day of eternity.
It’s so sad, but its true – there are people who want to lead me away from following Jesus.
When the questions come fast and furious, I am not always sure what is true and false. In fact, I can only imagine what it would be like if I didn’t spend time with Jesus everyday – how could I keep to the straight and narrow?
Maybe that how things started in the first place – not evil coming from the outside in, but from the inside out. People who decided they no longer wanted to follow Jesus and instead of just leaving decide to stay and see who they could deceive.
I have heard and seen it actually many times – and their destruction is quite painful.
Who wants to follow the straight and narrow when there is so much fun to have, right? Look at how much money you can make manipulating the gospel – and greed overcomes. How many people, teachers, pastors, evangelists have messed with the Word of God?
If it matters, when God decided to take care of the angels that rebelled against Him in heaven, if He took care of the world that Noah was living in, if He took care of Sodom and Gomorrah, then it matters that He will take care of these too.
Even so, He rescued Noah, rescued Lot and He knows how to rescue you and I from these same falsehoods.
The falsehood is this – they promise freedom, but the truth is they themselves are slaves.
- Why False Teachers/prophets Must Be Named and Exposed Publically! (mikegitonga.wordpress.com)
- Beware of False Doctrines! (samsonaboloje.wordpress.com)
I am always fascinated by Jesus’ response to the 72 who when coming back explained all the amazing feats they were able to accomplish in ministry - Jesus said to them rejoice only in the fact that their names are written in the Book of Life.
It reminds me of John 1:12 which has always sustained me in my faith journey for it declares in this very first chapter that it is the power of God that enables us to live like His children.
I am who I am by His divine power.
His precious and very great promises that I trust in every day allows me the strength to escape from the corruption of this world and participate in the very nature of God.
So I purpose in my walk to add to my faith virtue, and then knowledge, and then self-control, and then steadfastness, and then godliness, and finally a “philia” love to my family in Christ.
When these are full in my life, then I am effective and fruitful in knowing Jesus as I walk with Him and He with me.
If I step away from any of these, I find myself blind, at least shortsighted because I have forgotten that it was Jesus who cleansed me from my sin.
So in being passionate and purposeful in confirming my call and my place in Christ I ensure that I will not fall. I know that when I walk into the entrance of the eternal kingdom of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, He will richly have provided for me.