Our Life’s Work: for Man or Woman

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How do we know what to do in life

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Do we have a life’s work or mission?  Often young people are asked what they want to be when they become adults and their answers sometime actually come true but, for many of us life is not, or was not that simple. Instead some of us struggle to find that niche that would define “our life’s work” and some of us have never found it yet.

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Perhaps we missed the match with our potential and the opportunities that were presented to us, or we never had that circumstance that triggered our curiosity; we may think we never were meant to have such a meaningful discovery.

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Setting aside the humorous anecdotes and cartoon images of the old man on the mountain top or perpetual traveler who is questing for “The Ultimate Truth” or seeking a revelation from GOD. We Christians know we have a direct line of communication with GOD; this is despite our dubious nature because our belief in the work that Jesus has done for all people for all time. Because he paid the price for all sin we can pray to GOD directly and ask for guidance in this matter.

 

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Matthew 7:7 ESV 

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

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I am not omniscient nor can I see the future

GOD knows past, present and future so whom shall we ask about what it is we should do with the life we have? Of course we should seek GOD and the best way to do that is by prayer as I have written in the above paragraph. It is also important to learn all we can about GOD by studying The Holy Bible since we cannot achieve anything contrary to GOD’s standards.

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Jeremiah 29:11 ESV 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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Beware of false prophets by knowing GOD’s Word

Deuteronomy 18:20-22 ESV 

But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.

What applies to individuals also applies to nations

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Our United States of America has risen above human flaws and demonstrated much of GOD’s truth when she has sought it in the face of serious challenges.  “In GOD We Trust” truly meant something and was not an empty slogan. My fellow believers join me in daily (near constant) prayer for our Nation; pray that as a nation we return to GOD for guidance and GOD’s ways of what is good and right. Not as unthinking blind and deaf patriots but as Christians who serve GOD and Country. GOD Bless the USA.

Maybe you have been called to work for “The Good of All” as a secular leader or a religious leader; for our nation’s future

Isaiah 60:12 ESV

For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; those nations shall be utterly laid waste.

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Could I be the Bad Guy

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WE may think we are the “good guys” but are we?

If you are a Christian (Christians actually are for whom this blog is written) you will need little in the way of an explanation; if you are not a Christian (you are more than welcome to read my blog) consider what I write is inspired by my belief in GOD’s Word, The Holy Bible, and not merely my opinion.  OK, so I begin:

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One of the most destructive actions occurring in this era of human history is abortion: not only does it kill an unborn human but many participants carry emotional scars for life when they realize the fetus was a baby human being – physically equipped with what makes her or him a person.

Tolerating sin to accommodate human flaws or taxing them for a source of revenue places people, on a destructive path; tolerating alternate life styles or defining them as victimless crime is a fallacy and has real consequences; unrestrained greed coupled with disregard for, the hungry, the homeless, the indigent and the orphaned is a crime akin to murder or maybe even genocide.

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People who allow evil to reign freely cannot be  considered “The Good Guys”, can they?
Not everything that sparkles with beauty and dazzling displays that excite the senses are what they seem; behind the mask often lurks a dark morbid and dangerous reality.
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We can make a difference when we stand for what is right, as we learn what right is, by studying GOD’s Word and speaking up. When we refuse to agree ,or worse, let wrong go unchallenged we may be taking the first step in becoming “The Bad Guy”.

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV 

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

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Since GOD’s truth is the ultimate authority governing my life view, I believe all people are flawed and need this truth to guide them in all they do in their lifetime. Believing GOD is a beginning of wisdom and becoming “a better guy”.

Romans 3:23 ESV

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

If we think we can earn favor from GOD by doing all the good things we can we are wrong:

 

Isaiah 64:6 ESV 

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

When we accept what Jesus has done by taking our place paying for our sins we receive the grace of GOD and gain eternal life.

John 3:16 ESV

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

We are to do good during our Earthly life not to earn heaven but to express our gratitude for our salvation and demonstrate GOD’s Love.

Colossians 3:23 ESV

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

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Provincial America

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After all that the Hebrews experienced during Exodus and beyond who would expect these people to break up into separate Nations.

After living 400 years in Egypt the Hebrew people descended from a favored people living in Egypt to a lower slave class.  Moses instructed by GOD to confront Pharaoh and secure their freedom. A favorite story from the Bible resulted in their eventual release but freedom came at a cost: for spiritual failure and sin (even Moses was not to enter the Promised Land because of his disobedience), the freed generation wandered for forty years in the wilderness. After all these trials and tribulations when the 12 tribes entered the land lead by Joshua one would think these people would be permanently bound to each other into one indivisible nation; this only lasted for a time. Eventually for many reasons born of human imperfection The United Kingdom of Israel broke into Israel in the north and Judah in the south.  Yes even people in direct contact with GOD are flawed.  What hope can there be for all the people of the Earth agreeing on what is right and wrong since differences has divided us into so many countries and nations?

The Hebrews became Israel and Judah is it possible for the United States of America to break apart into several separate nations?
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1 Kings 12 (ESV)

13 And the king answered the people harshly, and forsaking the counsel that the old men had given him, 14 he spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.” 15 So the king did not listen to the people . . . .

16 And when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, “What portion do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Look now to your own house, David.” So Israel went to their tents . . .

You can read all the details concerning the Kingdom dividing into Israel and Judah if you visit the Bible and read 1 Kings 12 for your self.

It was a surprise when The Berlin Wall came down and The Soviet Union Dissolved and also when Britain decided to leave the European Union.

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I once believed gradual unification of the entire planet was possible now I am not even sure the United States will always remain united.

If you live long enough life on planet Earth will yield some unexpected events and developments: in my lifetime I never expected the U.S.S.R. (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ruled by Russia) to dissolve.  More recently I never expected that the United Kingdom’s people would vote to leave the E.U (European Union).  I came to believe the the unity and economic success of The United States of America was so desirable and so emulated that eventually the whole world would imitate us.  Looks like I was wrong.

The rise and fall of empires and nations will probably continue until Lord Jesus returns and the transformation to The Kingdom of GOD is accomplished.
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There are accounts of Empires ending, the weak rising up and the might falling within the Bible . . . here is an example:

Jeremiah 50:1-46 ESV

The word that the Lord spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet: “Declare among the nations and proclaim, set up a banner and proclaim, conceal it not, and say: ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is put to shame, Merodach is dismayed. Her images are put to shame, her idols are dismayed.’ “For out of the north a nation has come up against her, which shall make her land a desolation, and none shall dwell in it; both man and beast shall flee away. “In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, the people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, weeping as they come, and they shall seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, with faces turned toward it, saying, ‘Come, let us join ourselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will never be forgotten.’ …

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Plastic Brain or Open Mind

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An adaptable mind should not be pliant or equivocate when taking a stance.

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Children in the school yard are adept at detecting overly conciliatory and duplicitous behaviour. Sincerity and loyalty make for great friendships, even lasting for life. So, it seems we almost, if not actually, know how to judge each other’s sincerity instinctively. In past times when life was even more precarious then it is today this ability could have life or death implications.

 

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Sometimes we can change our mind for good or ill; that is OK if we are sincere even unto death.

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If we change our allegiance for any understandable reason and are willing to take the consequences for our action, this may not always result in being correct but at least it can be said we were true to our conviction (wrong or right).  The Word of GOD has guidance sufficient to cover what we can expect to encounter in life: why not use the wisdom?

Proverbs, Psalms and more from The Word of GOD offers insight and advice concerning human behaviour.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV 

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Psalm 120:2 ESV

Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.

Proverbs 26:24-26 ESV

Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

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Toil and Work

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Why Toil and Work is Part of Life

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Toil is work but work doesn’t have to be toil. When Adam and Eve were living in the Garden of eden GOD told them to care for it – probably for them it was not work but joy.

Genesis 2:15 ESV

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Soon Adam needed a helper and GOD created Eve for him.

Genesis 2:18,21,22 (ESV)

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for[a] him.”. . .

. . .  21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[d]into a woman and brought her to the man. . . . 

Nearly everyone knows eventually Satan disguised as a serpent tempted them and the disobeyed GOD and sinned and then ejected from The Garden of Eden: one of the consequences was humans would have to earn their keep through work and toil.

 

Genesis 3:17-19 ESV

17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

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 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.

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 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Like many things in this world people can either make the most out of a situation or succumb to it by making reality harsh by magnifying the negative side:

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People can chose to seek GOD’s will for them and thus discover a vocation well suited for who they are. This is a gift from GOD for an obedient and respectful life.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV 

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Work yes, in the proper measure to provide and be productive but, not in excess in order to gain worldly treasure at your spiritual expense.

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Like any aspect of this world humans can succumb to excesses: in desires, substance abuse, material gain, wealth and even live a life completely consumed by work in order to fulfill their perversion  of a balance mental condition and reality.  Yes, even a good thing like diligent work can become a negative distortion in our lives.

Psalm 127:2 ESV

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

 

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It All Begins with You

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Many People Criticize the Way Life Is

Are you among the people who find fault in the way we are living? In your town, State, country,  . . . even the world?  A serious impediment for positive change lies within ourselves: we can be ignorant of an issue, blinded by our preference or stubborn in not accepting evidence.  No, right now I am not going to heap on more excuses, complaints nor criticisms of what people believe or do; instead I will point out a way to circumvent points of contention by making a simple suggestion: do something positive that makes contemporary life better.

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All of us can contribute to positive change.

Recently I watched television segments of several newscasts the ended their broadcast on a positive note; the most significant stories were about how children recognized a problem and did something to help others who were in need.

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Collecting, donations, items to send to needy people and similar actions.  The amazing thing? These children did this completely on their own (at least when they originated the action(s)).  I felt awkward and perhaps you may have also knowing, that a child rose to an occasion when a need was identified and apparently the need was missed or ignored by adults.

Jesus said the needy will always be with us (my paraphrase).

Matthew 26:11 ESV

For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.

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Long ago GOD instructed people on ways to help others:

Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

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Proverbs 19:17 ESV

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Proverbs 20:11 ESV

Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

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Voices of the Prophets

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The Bible is the Complete Word of GOD

 

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Nothing can be added nor taken away.  Still, there are prophets today. No not like Elijah, Moses  or John the Baptist; people that know The Word of GOD well, teach it, explain it and live by its precepts. These are the modern day prophets who remind us about GOD and GOD’s standards for all people.

2 Peter 1:21 ESV

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

You may be one of GOD’s Prophets

Acts 2:17 ESV

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;   . . .”

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Anyone can be transformed to be able to speak GOD’s truth

GOD can use: the least among us; the seemingly unworthy; the poor; the physically feeble.  One more point: All are sinners in GOD’s eyes, so yes, even sinners can speak the truth of GOD.

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Could You Be One Who GOD Calls?

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

There are Mysteries in the Church

1 Corinthians 14:1-40 ESV

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. …

 

Finally, a warning . . .

Matthew 7:15 ESV

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

She Gave All

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Giving can be a misleading activity

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Mr. Smith gave $1,000,000 to a charity that helps victims of catastrophes: His action enjoyed much attention and a chorus of praises from a host of prominent people. Mr Smith also got a nice deduction on his tax return and was placed in a lower tax bracket.

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Mrs. Jones hesitated outside s a supermarket right after getting some needed food  . . . she looked at the Salvation Army bucket . . . then she took the 93 cents from her purse and put it all in: it was all she had and except for a thank you and a Merry Christmas from the faux Santa no one noticed.  She gave all she had and only got a good feeling in return.

Mark 12:41-44 ESV 

And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

How you give and how you help others reveals your heart.
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2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Zeal for Good?

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 Sometimes it Seems People are Passionate about a Cause . . .

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. . . but for all the wrong reasons or, even for a cause that promotes evil instead of good.

“radicalism”

Definition of radicalism*

  1. 1:  the quality or state of being radical

  2. 2:  the doctrines or principles of radicals

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I could list such causes from history or even from contemporary sources in abundance: tyranny, crime, cults or sinister movements but, I need only give one monstrous example: radical religion (pseudo religion).

 

Contemporary global news is often dominated by this.
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Terror, bombings, attacks and unspeakable horrors appall civilized people everywhere.  The cause itself or its wily leaders seem to have little trouble recruiting people for their agenda. What does this say about people?  I often think if only those causes for good could be as effective the causes for evil.  I hope it is only an illusion because bad things seem to command more interest than good things.  One day Jesus shall return and that day will be the beginning of the end for evil.

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If more Christians had great zeal the World would be a different place.

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I do believe there are Christians zealous for accomplishing “The Great Commission” so why do they often seem less successful that those with evil agendas? I have come to understand some things, having lived almost seventy years: People want to belong to something; people want to accomplish something; people want to be part of great change.  The impulse for such things is normal and part of life and the following excerpts from GOD’s WORD the Holy Bible may help you understand and lead you to better things: what is good and what is pleasing to GOD. These are truly great and worthy of devotion and I hope my life will help lead others to this great thing: Eternal life with GOD because they accept Jesus Christ for their Lord and Savior.

 

Bible Excerpts:

Romans 10:2 ESV

For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.

Philippians 1:27 ESV

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

Mark 16:15 ESV

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Matthew 28:19-20 ESV 

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

When People Cheat we must Tax Sin

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This is not an Ideal World

Ever since Adam and Eve sinned and were cast out of the Garden of Eden life for humans has not been easy: we have great capabilities in intelligence, skills and adaptability but use our free will for evil as well as good. Some times we find ourselves stuck in paradoxes and even the best of us can only guess at a solution to a problem.

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Yes, if all people were obedient to GOD all would be much better here and now.  Yet, even if only all Christians were perfectly obedient to Christian Ideals unsaved nonbelievers would still need some kind of help in order to live in this world successfully, as we strive to lead them to The Lord.

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There Just are not Enough Christians Living in Obedience to GOD.

 

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Of course if it were to happen that all people are saved and know Jesus as their Lord and Savior then the work of The Great Commission would be finished.

 

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The World would be a different place: no suffering, no mistakes . . . etc.  Or would it?  We still are living in the fallen world tempted and subject to deception and our own weakness.

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When the people of GOD fail to be their brother’s keeper, care for widows and orphans and, support Christian principles fully, human logic may then lead us to tax wrong things instead of opposing them and, fail to call them what they are in the sight of GOD: SINS.

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Therefore,  GOD’s Revelation will be fulfilled nevertheless.

Revelation 20:11-15 ESV

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

 

So, what can we do fellow Christian?

Wisdom
Wisdom

We as Christians are living in a flawed physical world that is ruled by a Fallen Angel; we accept Jesus, study GOD’s Word and become as obedient as possible to GOD.  Each day that we are alive is a day closer to the return of Jesus Christ.  Each day that we are alive we should grow in our Christian Walk and become more Christ-Like.  We can only strive to do what is right and good. Keep up the Good Fight. Without GOD we cannot become Christ like but we must try.

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SCRIPTURE:

Genesis 3:17-19 ESV

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Mark 16:15 ESV

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Luke 14:13 ESV 

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

 

AMEN

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