The historical cycle seems to be: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more. We are at the dependency stage now. How fast do you think it will take to get to the last stage? Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
“Jesus called into existence a community of disciples to follow him at extreme risk. A safe Christianity is not genuinely Christ-like. Christianity will always be counter-cultural, a protest culture. And this means that we will always dare to stand up for what we believe in, to commit ourselves to our beliefs in spite of the tension between being a believer and belonging to the secular culture.” Edward Farrell
“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child, miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.” P.J. O’Rourke
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:4 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Once we become Christians we become servants of our King, Jesus Christ.
How do we serve Jesus?
By being obedient unto The Holy Spirits guidance on where and how to serve others.
There are so many lonely seniors today you can help, so many refugee’s that need help assimilating into our society, children that need tutors. The list is endless and The Holy Spirit knows where, when and how you are best suited to help.
In each of these opportunities there is also an opportunity to share Jesus with those you are serving.
So, not only are you helping them physically and mentally, you are helping them spiritually.
You want fulfillment in life? Than learn to serve the Lord by serving others. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Elohim Ozer Li (Psalms 54:4 GOD My Helper ) for blessing with sending The Holy Spirit to help lead me to those in need of help. This endeavour blesses me to give back to You through serving others as Jesus’ free will servant. I praise You in the name of He who showed us how to be good servants, Jesus Christ Amen
SELAH! Pause – reflect- just think of that!
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The Lord will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked. Proverbs 10:3 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Why should the wicked expect Jehovah to give them anything when they have never shared with anyone? Joseph- Anthony a Son of Jehovah
The craving of the wicked is selfish desire. They are never satisfied. They always want more, more, more. And, the thing they want the most is attention.
There comes a time, usually old age, when their world comes crashing down upon them. Their money is useless, their health is shot and worst of all, in old age they suffer the most horrible punishment for a narcissist, they are lonely. All their family and friends are dead. Society casts them off into a seniors home where every living moment seems like an eternity of Hell of loneliness. Because they are a narcissist the staff have little to do with them. They just sit in a chair looking at TV and crying tears of loneliness all day, every day.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah El Gemuwal (Jeremiah 5 1:56 The LORD GOD of Recompenses ) for being a God who always gives in proportion to what has been given. I praise You in the name of He who gave His blood for me, Jesus Christ. Amen
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We If we die with him, we will also live with him. If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us. 2 Timothy 2:11-12 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Just as Jesus died to self by sacrificing Himself for us so too must we as His free will servants sacrifice ourselves in service unto Him by serving others.
Our reward is a daily walk with Him on the road He has chosen for us to travel to get to Heavens Gate.
Of course, just as Jesus endured a lot of hardship in His walk upon this planet, as His free will servants we can expect the same. This is a blessing because it is only in our hardships that we draw ever closer unto Christ.
Reign means to hold office as chief of state although possessing little governing power which means we will be holding office of some kind. That may be as stewards of land or as teachers or who know what office Christ will chose for us to reign over.
For those who deny Christ in the here and now, He shall deny them upon the Day of Judgment and be damned into eternal suffering in Hell.
Now you can “ claim “ to be a Christian in word but behave like the devil in action. Thus you are denying Christs authority over you.
For you, Hell shall be your reward.
I would rather suffer in service to Christ now than suffer in damnation in Hell forever. Joseph- Anthony a Son of Jehovah
Prayer: Thank you Jesus Christ Melech Olam (Psalms 10:16 The LORD King Forever ) for blessing me with the honour of being Your free will servant. May I always serve You in the same manner as You served us when You walked amonsgt us. I praise You in Your majestic name. Amen
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All Things for and Through God
Old Bishop John Ryle said truthfully: “It is not open sin, or open unbelief, which robs Christ of His professing servants, so much as the love of the world, the fear of the world, the cares of the world, the business of the world, the money of the world, the pleasures of the world, and the desire to keep in touch with the world. This is the great rock on which thousands of young people are continually making shipwreck. They do not object to any article of the Christian faith. They do not deliberately choose evil and openly rebel against God. They hope somehow to get to heaven at last, and they think it proper to have some religion. But they cannot give up their idol: they must have the world. And so after running well and bidding fair for heaven while boys and girls, they turn aside when they become men and women and go down the broad way which leads to destruction. They begin with Abraham and Moses and end with Demas and Lot’s wife.”
What a contrast with the life of Christ who lived to please the Father alone. Man was created to bring “glory, honor and power” to the LORD God. “The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” Hebrews 2:10 reads, “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.” God created you and me for the purpose of showing forth His glory. God is the cause of every object in nature and its only reason for existence is that the grace and power of God may be seen through it. Everything finds its reason and justification in its relationship to Him. He is the final and efficient Cause of all things. It is for His sake that the whole universe exists. All things in the universe exists for God’s glory.
Instead of all things being “for Him” and “through Him” man rebelled against the Creator and chose to reign for self and through self. History has demonstrated that this self-centered life ends in vanity for the individual and dishonor to God’s eternal purpose.
Jesus Christ came to redeem man from his self-centered life, and to bring us back to a right relationship with God that we may serve im “for whom are all things and through whom are all things.” The Creator is also the Redeemer. God’s plan was to bring “many sons to glory,” i.e., to bring many to a saving relationship with Himself through the atoning work of His Son, Jesus Christ who is the Leader in bringing “many sons” to God.
Jesus lived His life on this earth absolutely and entirely for His Father in heaven. He says to us, “All things are for My Father.” His commitment was absolute. His blessedness and everlasting glory are found in living wholly for the Father.
“Through whom are all things” was also true of Jesus. He declared that He could do nothing of Himself because He did only that which the Father showed Him and said to Him. “But He answered them, ‘My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.’ . . . Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. . . I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me’” (John 5:17, 19, 30). Jesus counted it all joy to do everything in total dependence upon His Father. It was “all things through God.” He did not do anything of Himself, but in continual dependence waiting on the Father working in Him.
The great truth of the Christian life is “all for God,” and “all through God.” The more intimate is our daily walk with the Father, the more we will love and please Him.
“All for God” without exception for a moment, a thought, a word, a promise, a person, a passion, or a possession is the goal of believer. This is the manner in which we please Him perfectly.
“All through God” is the only way we can live a life pleasing to Him. The clearer we focus on doing everything for God the greater is our sense of utter frustration and impotence because you and I cannot do it in our own strength. Only Jesus Christ can live such a life. I cannot in my sinful nature which is prone to please self. But what I cannot do, God can do. God the Holy Spirit works in us to do God’s perfect will. Because it is “all of God” the Holy Spirit does it “all through God.”
As we make ourselves available to Him, He does in and through us all that pleases Him. What is demanded of us is a life of union with Jesus Christ. “For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 2:11). To live in that oneness is to do “all for God” and “all through God.” The only way to please God is to make ourselves available to Jesus Christ living in us.
The disciple of Jesus Christ no longer lives to please himself. He lives for the Kingdom of God. Whatever happens to him is unimportant; “all for God” is all-important to the disciple. In place of all selfish attainment, however noble, must be a desire, in deed a passion that demands “all for God.” If it is “all for God” then He will be honored and glorified throughout all eternity. To God alone be the glory!Selah!
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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One reason Christ allows you to suffer is so that you will comfort others when they go through the same storm. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Be there for others as Jesus is there for you. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Our identity is to be rooted in the Imago Dei, in the image of God. But we’ve gotten so ingrained in the thinking of the culture, that we wind up being parakeets to what the society is saying, rather than taking a solid, loving but clear stance on what God is saying. Pastor Tony Evans