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A Zeal for the Righteousness of God

The apostle Paul prayed to God for the salvation of those who “have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God” (Romans 10:1-3).

The apostle Paul was making his plea to his own people who in their religious zeal had rejected God’s provision of His own perfect righteousness for their own self-righteousness. They were intensely religious in their own eyes, but not with the true knowledge of God. They were running well but in the wrong direction. They labored to do good deeds, but for the wrong goal. They were religious, sincere, dedicated, but in their anxiety, they would miss their eternal reward.

“They have a zeal for God.” I meet people like that every day. In their religious zeal, they knock on your door, too. Like the apostle Paul, I am not against religious zeal or enthusiasm. However, they are zealous in their religious ceremonies, prayers, observances, holy days, fasts, visitation, teaching, etc., “but not in accordance with knowledge.” There is no use being zealous if you are zealous for the wrong reason. It will not help you if you are going in the wrong direction spiritually.

The apostle Paul was writing from his own personal experience. He had been very zealous for the Law, and in that enthusiasm, he killed men and women who had a different “knowledge” than his. He had a mistaken zeal for God. He believed sincerely, but he was sincerely wrong. He had been zealous, but his zeal was focused on the wrong object.

Then there came a day when he gained true knowledge of the righteousness of God, and he counted all his self-righteousness as dung and received salvation by free grace alone.

Paul’s zeal became refocused “with knowledge” when he met the resurrected Christ on the road to Damascus. Knowledge of what? Before the encounter with Christ he did not know about God’s righteousness and sought to establish his own. In Philippians 3:4-6 he tells about that self-righteousness. He said, “I still count all things to be lost in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. . . that I may gain Christ” (v. 8). He gave up his zeal for self-righteousness by good works “that I may know Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith” (v. 9).

That is Paul’s “knowledge.” “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Rom. 10:4).

Spurgeon once said, “It is easier to get a sinner out of sin than a self-righteous man out of his self-righteousness.”

Have you tried to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with someone who thinks he can earn or merit a right relationship with God by his religious zeal?

What is the problem? In their zeal they “know nothing about God’s righteousness, and seek to establish their own, they do not subject themselves to the righteousness of God” (v. 3).

Any form of self-righteousness will never save you. In contrast, the Lord God has provided His own perfect righteousness by which He justifies the ungodly. Jesus Christ was obedient to the Law at every point, even to the point of death. God in His righteousness imputes the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ to the believing sinner. He imputes to the believer what Jesus did for you on the cross. God will accept the believing sinner because of what Jesus is and what He did. Jesus Christ shall be your righteousness.

If you say, “No, I will not have His righteousness; I will have a righteousness of my own,” you are ignorant of God’s righteousness, and you shall perish.

God would never have sent His Son to the cross if you could be saved by our religious zeal. The death of Jesus on the cross was needless if you could be saved otherwise (Acts 4:12). If you are trying to have a righteousness of your own by being zealous for God, your church or denomination, baptism, church membership, emotional experiences, etc. then you are in competition with Jesus Christ.

Your eternal salvation lies absolutely outside of yourself, in the person and atoning work of Jesus Christ. Salvation is not in what you do in your religious zeal, but in what Christ Jesus has done on your behalf.

If you try to add anything to that finished work by your own thought, feeling, good works, baptism, church membership, etc., you have spoiled the work of Christ on your behalf. It shall never be Christ plus your _________, regardless of what you may fill in the blank. If you are to be saved, you must get out of the way and let God alone do it. The spiritual birth is all God’s doing, not yours or mine. Sinners saved by grace through faith will glorify Jesus Christ alone. Salvation is all by free grace of God in Jesus Christ.

“Going about to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” The righteousness of God is salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Sinners are saved by God’s grace. Salvation is through faith in Christ. It is based on grace, and free grace alone through faith alone which is in Jesus Christ alone! It is a gift from God freely received by the sinner.

SELAH! Pause – reflect- just think of that!


Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006


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As You Have Received Christ

As You Have Received Christ

The only way you can live the Christian life is by divine provision.  Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).

The apostle Paul wrote, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him (Colossians 2:6).

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord…”

How did you receive Him?  There is only one way as taught in scripture.  It is by grace through faith in Christ (Acts 4:12).

Phillips translates Colossians 2:6, “Just as you received Christ, so go on living in Him – simple faith.”

The apostle John said, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12, NASB 1995).

You receive “Jesus Christ the Lord” by believing on His name.  “As many as received Him, as many as have believed on Him.”  To have faith in Him is to receive Him.

Do you have that attitude of faith and trust in Jesus Christ?  Faith indicates a relation to Christ as Savior.  It is submission to His Lordship as King of our lives and confidence in Him as our high priest.  Do I conduct my life in submission to the king of my life?

Have you received Jesus Christ the Lord?  “Jesus” is the name given to Him at His birth meaning “Yahweh saves,” “Jehovah saves.”  That is why the apostle Peter declared there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).  Calling on all other names for eternal salvation will send you to an eternal hell.  There is salvation and eternal life only in Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the Savior who came to this earth to die for our sins and give us God’s kind of life.  Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6).  “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (v.9).

This same “Jesus” of Nazareth is the Messiah, the anointed King and High Priest.  The Messiah to the Hebrew people was the King – Priest.  He is both the One who reigns as sovereign over our lives and the One who intercedes on our behalf.  The King is also the Priest.  The King who has supreme authority is also the Priest who offers the one perfect sacrifice of Himself on behalf of His people.

Has Jesus Christ become your Lord?  “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11, NASB 1995).  Have you bowed to that name?

If you have never “received” Him as “Jesus Christ the Lord,” you cannot “so walk in Him.”  Do you have this kind of a relationship with Him?  Have you surrendered your soul to Him?

The comparison the apostle is bringing out in Colossians 2:6 is the fact that we have been saved by grace through faith is the same way we live the Christian life. We are saved and sustained by that same kind of faith in our Lord.

“Just as you received Christ, so go on living in Him – simple faith.”  Taylor paraphrased, “And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust Him too for each day’s problems; live in vital union with Him.”

The word “walk” (peripateo) is figurative of “the walk of life,” or your life conduct.  Make the Lord Jesus Christ truly “Lord” and Master of each day you live.  Maintain a close personal fellowship with Christ; your very life depends on it.  We must conduct our lives as men and women who have been united with Christ deriving our life from Him.  Because of this living relationship with Him, we are to conduct our lives in dependence upon Him (Jn. 15:5).

As you have received Him, keep on walking.

Selah! Pause – reflect- just think of that!


Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006 Anyone is free to use this material and distribute it, but it may not be sold under any circumstances whatsoever without the author’s written consent.


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But, Poppa, Help Me To

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation

Prayer: Oh Jehovah Elohay Selichot (God Of Forgiveness 1 John 1:9), forgiveness does not come naturally to me. Especially when the offender refuses to even admit what they did much less repent of it.

But, Poppa, help me to forgive others knowing we will all fall short and fail each other and You.

Please help me to be quick to admit when I am wrong and apologize with sincerity and love.

My mistakes and repentance is a platform to grow closer to You, Father.

Though it is hard to admit when I have made them, help me to bring them to You in humility.

I desire to model this love to those you have brought into my sphere .

You assure me I am always forgiven after I repent, and never loved less.

I pray for that loving grace to permeate in my life toward those that have offended me.

I humbly request this in the name of He who forgives the filthiest sinner upon repentance, Jesus Christ. Amen

This photo and article @ Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah 2022


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Jesus Christ Gives Abundant Life

Abundant Life!

Abundant life as Jesus described it is the life of God Himself.

God places the new spiritual life within the individual the moment he responds to God’s grace and believes on Christ as his personal Savior.

That is the beginning of a new life for one who was spiritually dead in trespasses and sins.

Jesus said, “I am come that you may have life, and keep on having it in abundance” (John 10:10b). The abundant life is a growing thing. It is the increasingly abundant present life of the believer that is emphasized.

God plants His life in the person who hears the Word of God and believes. The born again believer increasingly enters into the experience of the new spiritual life by believing and yielding to Christ. It is like a spring of water that perpetually springs up in an abundant flow from resources deep within. The Christian is to live in an abundant way of life now.

Are you living in God’s abundance? You can be a Christian and miss the abundant life. God invites you to enter into it increasingly as you trust in Jesus to change your life daily.

This overflowing life is Christ living His life out in you as you make yourself available to Him and trust Him to new areas of spiritual growth.

As the believer yields to the Holy Spirit he realizes that God’s grace and power is sufficient for every genuine need in our lives. The life of abundance comes from this awareness that nothing can suppress God’s grace.

Salvation in Jesus Christ is not a fire insurance policy. It is life—God’s kind of life—given to everyone who believes on Christ. It begins in the moment of spiritual birth, or regeneration. We have the privilege of participating in the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4). What began in the spiritual birth will go on forever. It is eternal and indestructible because God is. Instead of a static life, our new relationship with God is continually entering into that life that possesses all the qualities of God. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).

If “eternal life” could be lost, renounced or taken away from us it would not be eternal. It would be as temporal as our physical life. It would not be the eternal life that God gives.

God is sovereign and He is eternal. Therefore, His gifts cannot be withdrawn. Since He has given us eternal life, that life is eternal life. We have confidence that we shall be glorified with our Lord.

Have you entered into that great love and provision of God? When you do your face will shine and your heart will be full of joy because of the indwelling of Christ.

If we will allow Him to lead us to the fullness of the Christian life we will find our table in His presence prepared, our heads anointed with His pure oil, and our cups overflowing with His wine of joy.

We will know God’s love and abundance not only for today, but for eternity.

The abundant life assures us that we can experience God’s blessings in this life and heaven, too. We can enter into the fullness of our great salvation today, and we will experience God’s goodness forever.

Philippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” The person who enters into this new, abundant life in Christ shall not lack any good thing.

Have you entered into the perfect peace of knowing that God is equal to every emergency and crisis you face? Have you experienced the fullness of His presence in you everyday life experiences? Do you allow Him to break in upon your awareness anytime He so chooses throughout the day?

The life He gives is overflowing in rising waves of a spiritual tide. It is like a river overflowing its banks in which nothing can suppress it. God’s favor toward us is unending because He gives a genuine unending supply.Selah!


Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006


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Are Both Essential.

To honor Jesus, grace and truth are both essential. Randy Alcorn


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You Must Believe in the Four

Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved Acts 16:31 The Holy Bible The New Living Version

Now you must believe in the four if you believe in salvation.

One there is no other way of salvation except by Jesus Christ. All your good works are worthless without Him.

Two, believe that Jesus Christ wants to be your best friend. Friends need to share time together for the relationship to mature. Spend time with your best friend every day.

Three, once you accept Jesus Christ as your saviour that means you are now a free will servant of His. You are not obligated to serve Him, you do so out of love. This means not your will be done but rather Christs will be done in every aspect of your life.

Four, once you accept Jesus Christ as your saviour, you are now a part of a royal family and must live by the manner expected of a child of God.

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12The Holy Bible The New Living Version

We must accept the four principals of salvation or it is meaningless. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Hoshe’ah ( The Lord Saves Psalm 20:9 ) for sending me The Holy Spirit to teach me and help me fulfill the fours steps to salvation. I praise You in the name of He whose blood made my salvation the most precious gift I have ever received, Jesus Christ. Amen

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Ohh Yes He Does.

I asked the Lord for help, and he answered me. He saved me from all that I feared.Those who go to him for help are happy. Psalms 34:4-5 The Holy Bible The New Century Version


The other night our gift from God ( and if you knew this cat and how much support he provides both my mom and I you would agree with that statement ) behaved strangely. He kept on bugging me for affection. I would cuddle with him for five minutes and then he would want to cuddle in a diiferent postion ( usually he will lay there for a long time ) or he would jump up on a chair for a couple of minutes and then come back for more cuddle. This went on all afternoon. Finally, he ran upstair and kept on running cirles crying until he puked. When he finished he ran all around the house like he did not know where he was ( he has lived with us for about five years ).

Being late on Easter Sunday there was no vet available for us to take him to. I wanted to desperately pray but thought that would be insulting to Poppa.

So, I just laid it out to Him and sincerely asked Him to heal Snowball tonight or take him in his sleep because I do not want him to suffer. Then I cried and went to sleep trusting Poppa would do the right thing.

I did not pray for what I wanted but prayed for what was best for my special buddy knowing Jehovah would comply.

He did, of course.

As soon as I came in the house ( I sleep outside ) my buddy came running to me a purring away. I hugged him and said a joyous song of praise to my Beloved for His gracious kind gift of healing.

Some folks say Jehovah and Jesus do not care about animals. Ohh yes He does. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah

Prayer: Oh praise You Jehovah Rophe (Exodus 15:26 The LORD our Healer ) for blessing us with healing the precious gift of love You had mercy upon and healed him. I praise You in the name of the greatest healer, Jesus Christ. Amen

This photo and article @ Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah 2022

P.S. The white cat in the photo is Snowball. And boy has he ever brought a lot of happiness to us.


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With Grace and Tact

Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out. Proverbs 17:14 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation

Have you ever watched water gush over a dam?

Imagine standing under its power. It would be extremely stupid and devastating.

In every relationship there are sore points and unresolved issues. When these sore points are brought up it is opening the flood gates of hurt and pain.

Instead of bringing them up whenever you cannot get your own way the most important thing to do is pray for resolution, preferably with a Christian councillor.

Most times the guilty party refuses to go into counselling, most times it is because of pride. One they do not want to admit they were wrong and two they do not want to take responsibility for their actions and three the injured soul does not want to let go of the hurt, they use it like a crutch and they use it to manipulate.

When the other party begins to go on this stupid wheel of destruction, it does cause deep cuts with the words that are said in the heated battle, just inform them that if they wish to continue the discussion we will do so in a Christian councillors office. If you refuse to do so it is an admission of guilt on your behalf. When you are mature enough and ready for reconciliation let me know and we will go to the Christian councillors office. Other wise this discussion is over. Then just walk away.

If someone refuses to go into mediation with you, walk away. They are not interested in resolution but rather in their favorite hobby, fighting. Joseph a son of Jehovah

It works wonders for me.

Prayer: Please Elohim Ozer Li (Psalms 54:4 GOD My Helper ) please help me to be a wise child of Yours and know how to resolve conflicts with wisdom and grace. When these conflicts involve the spawn of the devil who delight in fighting, manipulation and domineering rather than seeking resolution please bless me with the wise but firm words to inform them I am not playing their perverted little games and until they are ready to behave in a mature manner there is nothing more to be said. I humbly request this in the name of He who quieted the hypocrite Pharisee’s with grace and tact Jesus Christ. Amen

May you be blessed with the wisdom to know when to sit down and work things out and when it is time to walk away. Joseph a son of Jehovah

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I Humbly Implore You, Jehovah Hashopet

For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. Philippians 3:18-19 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation

I have met many, including in my own biological family, that when it is tactfully explained to them their lifestyle is sinful, they just turn their heads away. I know I might just as well talk to the wall because they are not listening. They enjoy that lifestyle and have no intention of giving it up. They foolishly believe there is no consequences for their debauched lifestyle. Sometimes people don’t like being told that they are personally responsible for the consequence of their lifestyles.

They are deadly wrong.

It begins to catch up with them in their early forties and progressively gets worse as they age. It starts out slowly but as they age, their body and mind begins to become weaker and more sustainable to mental and physical diseases. Finally, in their final years they are bitter, lonely, shells of a human being waiting to die.

The strange thing is that they are in a living hell and want to die but are afraid of death because they know they will be cast into the eternal Hell when they pass on to the other side.

Please do not be like them.

Repent now and live a godly life or suffer the eternal consequences later.

Prayer: I humbly implore You, Jehovah Hashopet (Judges 11:2 The LORD the Judge ) to grant me the wisdom and grace to reach the heart and mind of those blasting down the highway to hell to convince them to turn from their wicked ways less they suffer eternal damnation. I candidly request this petition in the name of the Supreme Judge, Jesus Christ. Amen

May you be blessed with the wisdom to turn from darkness to the eternal light right now before it is too late. Joseph a son of Jehovah.

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Jehovah Elohim Ozer Li

Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. Proverbs 12:18 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation Cutting remarks are snide mean and cruel comments.

Prayer: Please Jehovah Elohim Ozer Li (Psalms 54:4 GOD My Helper ) please bless me with wisdom, tact and grace to resolve this conflict occurring right now.

If the other refuses to resolve the issue than bless me with the strength, wisdom and grace to disassociate from the offender. I humbly request this in the name of He reconciled us with You, Jesus Christ. Amen

May you be blessed with Divine help to resolve your contentious issues today with those around you and with yourself. Joseph a son of Jehovah

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