Not to be Taken Lightly

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A Frightening Experience

 

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When I was a teenager a friend and I (who had been exposed to Church teachings) were rebellious; we did some questionable things many teens do; the most fear evoking thing was an exploratory dabbling in the occult.  We played with the Ouija Board, self-induced hypnotic trances and played with automatic writing. Several events scared the wits out of us. Satanic or Demonic experiences I am not sure but we did know about Jesus and perhaps our families were praying for us because we did survive and break free from the influence.

The Spiritual World is a Battle Field

 

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Do not take the spiritual world for granted: The Good from GOD and the Evil from demons and Satan. As Christians we have Jesus to thank for helping us ward off the attacks of Satan and Satan’s cohorts. Sadly people possessed or  directed by evil entities may yet do harm as a consequence of sin or unbelief. We (we Christians) can call on Jesus for the strength to be strong and respond to the challenge. The evil ones fear GOD and know Who Jesus is. Ultimately (sooner or later) Jesus with all the power of GOD will judge and mead out  what is to happen to Satan and the Fallen Angels.

Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, …

So while we are subject to Spiritual Warfare  we can emerge victorious


Song:Spiritual Warfare – The Battle Belongs to The Lord

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMZ8D6nTKhg


Luke 10:17 ESV

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”

 

The Apostles and Disciples called out demons the way Jesus had; can we do the same? In some circles this is debated so, I will leave the subject for further study,  advanced counseling from mentors, and local Church leaders.

James 4:7 ESV

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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Leviticus 19:31 ESV

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“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.

Next Week: When Each Day Becomes Precious

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The Value of Humans

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More Mouths to Feed?

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How many times have humans thought enough food could not be produced for a growing population only to be fooled by GOD. GOD gave humans brains and intelligence and GOD blessed us also with the ability to keep up with change. Find ways to harvest more food is just another example of GOD given intelligence used correctly.  When food fails to reach the hungry it is not because there is not enough of it: it is because of selfish and greedy people living according to their sin.

Luke 12:24 ESV

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!

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Consider what are the real reasons some people seek ways to control populations? This goal is is not in GOD’s plan.
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Genesis 1:28 ESV

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

GOD Created Life: it is Sacred

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Jeremiah 1:5 ESV

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”


SONG: Sandi Patty – Masterpiece

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY0JMB4MqWM


Great effort is exerted to save premature babies; couples who have a problem conceiving spend a lot of money to become fertile. Yet some people find  parents inconvenient and to seek what GOD has created. Why?

Infirm less useful?

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Leviticus 19:14 ESV

You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

Tyrants and ruthless leaders sometimes seek to rid their populations of any person that cannot contribute to their agenda. History has deplorable examples of this. Add genocide, infanticide and males of military age to the hideous annihilation.

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Too Old?

Proverbs 16:31 ESV

Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.

 

Some cultures place great value on the elders. The older members of society have much wisdom and experience to share with the young. These elders are held in high regard and are often valued with great affection.

In 1st Kings 12 King Rehoboam (son of Solomon)  rejected the council of wise elders and instead listened to his young friends the result? The kingdom split.

Next Week: When Each Day Becomes Precious

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Police States?

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GOD Provides us with Governments to Serve the People not Themselves.

Matthew 20:28 ESV

Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

Sinful humans abuse this power for selfish gain and power. The struggle initiates violent conflict, abuse of human rights and persecution. Jesus

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advocated peace, love and forgiveness. This philosophy left aggressive violent people with the impression Christians were meek and docile and easy prey: Persecution followed.  What these  perpetrators did not realize, long after they were to be gone Christianity would prevail.

Matthew 22:17-21 ESV

Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

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Slavic Christian Community- Famous Song about Persecution by Brandon Heath: Dmitri’s Song

Todd Smith (Video)  – “Dmitri’s Song (Jesus Is Alive)”

https://youtu.be/GD4EYlGXZkc

Recent News Indicated Persecution Still Occurs

Yes even today:

https://factsandtrends.net/2018/01/29/quarter-billion-christians-face-major-persecution-2018/

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Governments limit, forbid or attempt to annihilate Christians even today. The negative forces have the opposite affect. When Christians face these most dire conditions they go underground and there Faith grows stronger and their numbers increase.


Police States May Oppose and Control Humans of a  Race, Political View, Ideology, a Creed or Religion.


Though the USA is considered a police state by some that is hyperbole – having over a million law enforcement personnel may make it seem so, but our population is over 325 million .

These are the current police states in the world according to Business Insider magazine:

https://www.businessinsider.com/police-force-per-capita-2011-5


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THEY MAY HAVE BEGUN BECAUSE OF LAWLESSNESS – Crime, Corruption or violence.Then Absolute Power Corrupted the Good with Evil making matters worse.


2 Corinthians 11:13-15 ESV

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

Next Week: The Value of Humans

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How to Become a Christian

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Becoming a Christian is Easy

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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.

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You Gain Eternal Salvation and a New Start

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.


Song: I Am A New Creation -Sara Sadler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwjOLFMZhQo


YOU CANNOT EARN YOUR WAY TO HEAVEN

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Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

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You are not off the hook though

We Christians may not need to do good to earn GOD’s Grace or entry into heaven but, since we are grateful we do good to demonstrate The LOVE of GOD and in eternity we can receive rewards for doing so.

James 2:14-17 ESV

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

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Receive rewards of many crowns.

2 Timothy 4:8 ESV

Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Parting thought, read: Acts 8:26-39 

Next Week: Police State

 

What is the Meaning?

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Three Ways to Approach the Bible

Translations of the Holy Bible abound in many languages but there is only three approaches to translating into your language (with some blending of these in some versions): a) Word for Word, b) Thought-for-thought and c) Paraphrase.

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If you were alive when the Bible was written in Hebrew and Aramaic and translated with precision into Greek and you knew these languages all the modern versions would not be necessary. It is because of this we often refer to several versions in English or another language to grasp meaning as accurately as possible.

 

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https://www.ucg.org/vertical-thought/infographic-types-of-bible-translations


SONG: Thy Word – Amy Grant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u_NMSH3hR8


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The Holy Spirit Helps

John 14:26 ESV

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

When you became (or become) a Christian you receive(d) The Holy Spirit to help you understand and acquire better skills as to what is right and what is wrong.

Mysteries Unfold

Christianity shares one aspect with other religions because as humans we have a number of hindrances that limit our understanding of somethings. These are not mystical or crime mysteries however: The Trinity, How GOD hears all our prayers . . . and so on.

Colossians 2:1-3 ESV

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

Bottom Line

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We begin as an infant in The Lord and learn to crawl, walk and then run with knowledge and understanding; we become more Christ Like if we are obedient and diligently study The Word.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

 

 

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