Be Bold

Old Slavic Bible.jpgAs believers in Jesus we reside in the world – although physically present – but do not belong to it and are not part of its values. As Believers, we must be separated from the world. This is the meaning of holiness and righteous Living – To be separated. We must not engage in the sinful actions that the world offers, nor should we support the empty, corrupt thinking that it is shaping. We should not compromise or choose to be “wise” for this world. Rather, we should constantly subordinate ourselves and our minds to Jesus Christ.

Come out of her”, Says our Savior, “my people, so that you will not share in her sins so that you will not receive any of her plagues”. You belong to God, my friend. You have already won a victory over those people because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

If we are to imitate Jesus, we can’t shy away from what is right and true. We can’t remain silent or “wise” just to go unnoticed. We cannot be shadow warriors. Imitating, loving, living as Jesus takes true intestinal fortitude. It will constitute a true, fierce commitment to being authentic. It takes boldness and commitment to speak the truth, to a Christian who is not firm in the foundation of Christ, or any other individual. Likewise, it takes both Love and Truth. Otherwise, we will fail.

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. This also means in thought and dead which brings no glory to the Kingdom. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

Let us pray, that our love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Let us become firm in the word of God, search the scripture and search the face of the Lord, destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, by taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Let us repent, break every tie to any compromise made, and speak boldly the Truth.

But you, Child of Jehovah, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns surround you, and you dwell among scorpions. Do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their presence, though they are a rebellious house. But speak My words to them, whether they listen or refuse to listen, for they are rebellious. But you, Child of God, listen to what the Father tells you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. The Father says, “You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious”. Let it be so, that It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.


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Sanctification Through Sacrifice of Jesus

20190313_230652.pngFor this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Be holy, because I, the Lord, your God, is holy.  Observe and follow My ordinances. For I am the Lord who sanctifies you.

We are sanctified only through the sacrifice of Jesus. Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the LORD. Holiness does not mean absolute perfection, but separation for a specific purpose. Been set apart from the world. Although we cannot become flawless and blameless, howbeit we can make the effort and choice to set ourselves apart for God. We can choose to be holy.

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

Father, I thank you for creating me for the good works that you intended me to do. Search me, Father, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. You want me to hate evil and love good , to turn from evil and do good to let me live forever. Let me be one, as You Jesus and the Father are one. Thus, You will keep His word, as you are perfect, and my Father will love us, and we will come to him and make our home with us.

Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds;
rejoice before him — his name is the Lord.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling

Thy glory be to you through my life! In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.


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Fig Leaves and Sheep Skins

Prayer Our country seems to be going through many tribulations; Depression, anxiety disorders, suicide, crime rates, distrust towards government and public officials are some of the most evident issues. Howbeit there are many unseen issues going on within each home and on a personal level as well.

At one point, a leader in missions to non-Christian countries, and hope for Christians escaping persecution; we now are an allegory of Israel who walked away from the leaving God, Jehovah and into the arms of Baal’s. What is more significant, is the more or less forgotten story of the fig leaves. When Adam and Eve disobeyed their Father, immediately after their sin “they perceived that they were naked and sewed together fig leaves, making themselves loincloths“. We as humans have an unfortunate tendency to fix what we break before someone sees it. Our children try to put together a broken vase hoping we do not see it. When we make a mistake, our pride takes over, and we excuse our mistakes with what seems to be reasons. When we disobey our Father, we tend to cover ourselves with “leaves” … I read the Bible for two hours; I pray for three hours; I give to the poor so much; I go to two services twice a week, etc. But soon as the winds of the storm blow, we are naked again, ashamed and broken that our life shames are evident.

Howbeit, we have justification, not excuses and it comes in the form of our father covering us with the skins and blood of the Lamb. This is the action of God, in which the pride of a person is thrown into dust, and God does what man cannot do for himself. People can only be dressed in the righteousness of Christ when they see their own insignificance. This spiritual experience of justifying or receiving righteousness is the work of every single soul, and it cannot be obtained through any other person. Only one door leads to this experience. Faith is the condition under which God found it possible to promise forgiveness to sinners, not only that faith itself has some kind of dignity that could earn salvation, but because faith relies on the merits of Christ as a means of salvation from sin. While Dressed in the dress of Christ’s righteousness, we will not have pleasure in sin, because our lives will be under the gracious influence of Christ. The door was open, and no one can close it, no forces of earthly or another world can close it unless you close the doors of your heart and thus eliminate the presence of the Lord

Conversely, attempting to develop a virtuous character independently of Christ often leads to opposite results. The experience of salvation, affecting the soul of man, is given only by God. About this experience, Christ said: “If anyone is not born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God … If someone is not born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God”. Only through Jesus Christ can a person experience salvation, “for there is no other name under heaven given to men that we should be saved”. Jesus said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me”.

With the Passover approaching, let us remember that only in Jesus we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Only through the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, our consciences are cleansed from our acts. All living things need blood for life, and Jesus has given it to us to make atonement for our remission, it is His blood that makes atonement for one’s life, and by accepting it, we enter the bloodline of a great King, becoming His Children.

Jesus reminds us of finding a more secret room to seek the face of the Father. He divided the people of His day into two categories: “Those that seek me and those that do not!” The secret is in the prayer rooms. When God was angered at Israel because of their idolatry, Moses set up a tent for prayer behind the camp. “And everyone who sought the Lord came to the meeting from outside the camp”. Although idolatry spread in Israel, there were people in their midst who continued to remain loyal to Jehovah. This remnant seeking the Lord knew that they had to go beyond the camp so that they would not fall into the apostasy that had spread among the people. I challenge you today, to seek the Lord in the secret room, be dressed in the skins of the Lamb with His blood flowing within you. Set yourselves apart from the world and those who copy the world in the Church. Be the Remnant outside the camp. Stand in the gap for his church, our nation, and the remnant to remain faithful.

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Know Thy Self: Consider His ways And turn Your feet to His Testimonies

I considered my ways And turned my feet to Your testimonies

In nature, mankind is the only creature on earth capable of purposeful self-development. Thus, the existence of an objective contradiction between the need of modern society for specialists capable of continuous self-development and the currently flourishing filling (civilizational) education paradigm, which does not consider the needs of the object in pedagogical activity (student/learner), forced our society to turn to the humanitarian direction in education. Creating the conditions for the self-development of all participants in the educational process was realized based on the humanization of education (humanitas – Latin, which has human nature). This position is a consequence of a fact realized by many research scholars “… the core of the personality is its humanitarian component”.

The statement in the value of self-development can be traced in many philosophical, psychological and pedagogical concepts. The diversity of approaches to the problems of personal self-development is reflected in the works of domestic and foreign scholars: the fulfillment of a social function by a person in all spheres of his life activity; searching for oneself and striving for one’s height (A. Compte); acquisition of spiritual experience through immersion and self-purification by others; Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. (Aristotle), etc.

Many philosophers (C. Jung, A. Adler, and others) attribute the self-development of an individual to the number of human abilities. Socrates valued the main ability of man – self-improvement, pointing to the dependence of the fate of a person on the activity and productivity of his work on himself. Adler argued that each of the people at a certain moment is aware of their inadequacy, and many (not all) begin to purposefully improve themselves, i.e. aware of the need for active self-development.

To develop the ability for self-development, a person must have the appropriate driving forces, needed for it. In Christianity, we do not meet so much with believers, dealing with issues of self-knowledge and spiritual development of the individual. For this reason, many are not saved but are involved in a spiritual quest. To them, God must be too personified, limited, despotic, demanding and awesome hellish tortures for all disobedient. Accordingly, people who worship such a God look pathetic, ignorant, and meaningful in the eyes of an outsider.

The paradox is that there is not and cannot be any other way to self-knowledge and self-development, except that it was presented through the revelation of God’s Word. Many have never tried to look for it. They had to solve all their problems on their own. But God wants us to know ourselves: “How many are my iniquities and sins? Make known to me my rebellion and my sin.” A banter to most believers would come from the great psychologist and philosopher Carl Jung: “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes”

Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

Let us test and examine our ways and return to the Lord!

Why are you afraid of silence for prolonged periods? What are you afraid of? Why do you stay silent when it is necessary to speak up? Why are you anxious? Did you know you can learn a lot about yourself by what scares you? Did you know fear also hinders you if you fail to use it as a tool?

By knowing one’s failure, an athlete knows the next step he or she can take to grow. Most experienced athletes keep a training journal, and it is conducted by athletes not only in order to plan their workouts but in order to track their progress, regulate and analyze physical activity and strength. These are data and numbers, not a “diary” in the usual sense of the word. Thus, by knowing their fears and weaknesses they work them out. Failure to an athlete is a tool.

Learn your fears, learn yourself; Ask Jesus to make known to you your rebellion and your sin. Learn from it and do not do so again. Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still. Consider your ways and turn your feet to His testimonies. You must examine yourself, and in so doing you are to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. Each one of us must examine our own work, and then we will have a reason for boasting regarding ourselves alone, and not regarding another. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you–unless indeed you fail the test?

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Getting a New Image of God


Most people have a wrong image of God. At least, most of the people I have met.
Usually, people have an image of God in their mind that was put there by mixing a lot of experiences together all the way from their childhood to maturity.
Usually, they have to be taught this wrong image.
Everyone I’ve ever met that brought up “Job” or “Paul’s Thorn” or “Timothy’s Stomach”, had been taught those things in church. They didn’t just come up with them, they were taught unbelief.
I wish I could summarize a right image of God into one statement. Actually, I can, “Jesus!”. Yet, while that does accurately summarize the heart, nature and character of God, it doesn’t clarify things for the average person, without further instruction.
I know that one way to get a better understanding of God is to know and understand the names He told us to that He was to be known by to us.

Names like:
Jehovah Jireh – “The God Who Provides for You”
Jehovah Rapha – “The God Who Heals You”
Jehovah Tsidkenu – “The God Who Is Your Righteousness”
Jehovah Sabboath – “The God of Hosts” (The Lord of Armies)

There are also many more. Each name gives us different insight into God’s nature and character. When taken together we get a clear overall picture of the totality of Who God is. In all of these names we see that God wants to be that to us. We also know that God wants us to know Him as the fulfillment of each of His names.
In the 10 Commandments, we are told not to take the Lord’s Name in vain.
While that is usually understood to mean that we should not use God’s name in a “cussing” way, the literal meaning is that we are not to take His Name in a way that does not allow it to be fulfilled to us. For example, if you claim to be a Christian and yet do not believe in His willingness and ability to heal you, you have “taken His Name in vain”.
To get a correct image of God, we should start with the premise that God is good.
We should start with the premise that God will heal us (until such a time that might find out that He does not want us well).
What I mean by that is this… (Please Click here to Continue on Authors Site)

by Curry Blake

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