They celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
A Life of Victory. The entire course of your life is based upon one simple question, asked by one man, Christ Jesus, Who do you say that I am? (Matthew 16:15b). All history, throughout time and into eternity will be the manifestation of the answer for all people. And today, just as 2000 years ago, the answers appear broad in range, but they will be cut down to only two. Jesus claimed to be the Son of God who came as the promised Messiah, who was not only the savior and King of Israel, but the whole world, for this is what was spoken of when the LORD told Abraham, In you shall all the nations be blessed because you have obeyed my voice (Galatians 3:7-9; Genesis 18:18; 22:18-19). The LORD has spoken from heaven by sending angels and prophets, but more has He spoken by sending His Son, who is the radiance of His glory and the exact imprint of His divine nature (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus came to do the will of the Father (John 5:30; 6:38) and He did nothing of His own authority for He spoke what He has seen with the Father and just what the Father taught Him (John 8:28, 38). Jesus spoke the words of God Almighty, the creator of heaven and earth, the giver of life. And, just as it was with Abraham, so it is with us. We heard Him speak, and we will either believe or not believe. Because Abraham believed and trusted God, He was able to obey the words of the LORD. Abraham did as he was told, without disbelief - and so it is with us. Will you believe enough to obey?
1 Peter 3:10 NIV
Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.
The Ultimate Calling of Our Lives is to LOVE. The gospel message portrays an awe inspiriting Father who stops at nothing to get His wayward children to turn back. Some have gone as far as becoming His enemy and created other gods. But His love remains great, He overlooks all the hurtful things they've done in his plan of redemption, but they provoke Him to jealousy, igniting a burning fire of wrath within Him due to their shameless deeds (Isaiah 30:27; Jeremiah 7:20; Zephaniah 3:8). Not withstanding their unrighteousness, He withdrew His presence, allowing His children to pursue their own heart's desires of lust and sensual pleasures, thereby defile themselves (1 Thessalonians 4:5; Romans 1:24-26). In selfishness, they ravaged and exploited each another by using lies, false pretenses, deception, and manipulation to satisfy their own lusts (Romans 1:27-32). In defiance of His grace, many still refuse Him so His righteous judgment must avenge such wickedness and abuse so the Lord will repay them with His wrath (Isaiah 59:18; Romans 12:19). Despite this, the Lord is patient and remains steadfast in His love for His children. He is not slack in caring, but rather is rich in tender-loving mercy and kindness, with forbearance leading to repentance (Romans 2:4). He has shown mercy to the godly and the ungodly (Isaiah 26:10; Matthew 5:45) as He has taken their punishment upon Himself. He has chosen those He predestined (Romans 8:29-30;11:5; Ephesians 1:11; John 15:19; Acts 22:14), however He has called all to repentance and He awaits for He does not want any to perish (2 Peter 3:9; Luke 5:32; 24:47; Acts 5:31; 11:18; 20:21; Romans 2:4).
His works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Some Enter His Rest, While Others Don't. We can have hope in our salvation, for the Lord declared the beginning from the end; meaning He spoke from the ancient of days clear up until the end of time, with the profession that it will stand as He declared (Isaiah 46:10; Hebrews 4:3-4) for He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13). And we know He rested from all His works on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2-3). This very rest was promised by God to those who believe (Hebrews 4:3; Exodus 33:14) and this rest still remains for some to enter (Hebrews 4:1, 4-6, 9-10). But frighteningly, He also declared, with an oath, others will never enter His rest (Psalm 95:11). Who are the ones to enter or not enter?
And they have conquered Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
The Woman and the Red Dragon. John was granted access to see into the spiritual world, and he witnessed a Dragon, Satan, waiting and watching in the heavens for a woman, groaning in pain, as she was about to give birth to her Son, Jesus, for he wanted to devour him, but the Son was caught up into heaven, and the woman escaped into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God to hid from Satan, so he furiously went after her other children, the ones who keep the testimony of Jesus Christ. While the dragon stood in front of her waiting and watching for her to give birth, he caught 1/3 of the stars, in his tail, and flung them to earth (Revelation 12:1-6, 17). These stars are angels, who did not keep their original places of authority, instead they left their positions to follow Satan (Jude 1:6).
Who is in control, if Satan is the Ruler of this world, while Jesus is the king of kings and lord of lords?
Satan has been a liar since the beginning. He is a defeated foe, who only has a short time remaining, but he has many followers for he is the ruler of this world. He has deceived millions by blinding their eyes to the truth.
The Devil's Schemes. The bible teaches us that the devil has everyone under his control, and it doesn't appear as if he is getting much resistance, for man doesn't want to give glory and honor to God anyways; man wants to satisfy his own desires of the flesh. How does Satan control the world? He is the voice which goes against God, and our conscious, to tell us that God's words are not completely valid or true, so they need some modifications; since they're just not accurate or applicable, so they need to be revised to go along with the times. It sounds right to the world, because a man's ways seems right to him, but God evaluates the motives (Proverbs 14:12; 16:2; 21:2).
He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.
A Warning to the Wise. Beware of the devil because he is still working his schemes of deception against you, the believer, to trick you into following his practices and teachings, without even knowing it. He wants you happily going through life, without evaluating the philosophies and beliefs that you hold. He wants you to naively believe that everything is good, and there is no need for analysis. He is working his lies using the elemental forces of this world to promise you spiritual healing and comfort; and these are nothing more than doctrines of demons designed to steer you away from glorify God. He is crafty and comes in the form of a friend, with a helpful suggestion, for something you already desired. Believers are to depart from anything ungodly, whether it's people, places, things, practices or beliefs. We are to be in the world, not of it. The gospel has sounded the trumpet, BEWARE! Walk as children of Light for a great price was paid, the blood of the lamb, to redeem you.
The Dangers of Mediation and Yoga in the New Age Movement. The new age movement is a collection of many philosophical, spiritual and religious beliefs and practices with hidden mystic occult pagan teachings, which is essentially repackaged satanism. Within this movement you find yoga, mediation, reiki (spiritual healing), crystals, spiritualism and the catchall, theosophy. They all share a core belief, or teaching, which is mankind has an innate goodness, which is hindered or dormant, and through their prescribed practices of clearing your thoughts, you can reach that goodness; with the intention of connecting with the universe. Through their prescribed barrier removal techniques, we can connect our inner goodness with the universal life force energy, because they are two of one; they are to be the same thing. Their techniques bring us into 'oneness' with nature, resulting in harmony, peace, relaxation, positivism, enlightenment, clarity, concentration and joy. They teach the life force energy is actually divine energy, it is God; and because we are the same, we are also divine. Their practices help you connect with your Highest Self, which is why you're able to achieve blessings, healings, wisdom, salvation and even divinity. The simplest way to explain the teaching is to say, 'We are God, as the universe is God, but we just don't know it yet.'
The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Spiritual Discernment. The bible teaches us to be spiritually discerning and always awake watching for the hour is near, and the enemy is busy trying to make us captives to his slavery again. We learn that the way of peace and rest, for our soul, is found on the path following Jesus. Thus says the LORD, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.' (Jeremiah 6:16). The devil portrays himself as light, but he only comes to deceive and lead us astray.
'I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place,' declares the Sovereign Lord. 'This is the day I have spoken of.'
The Lord Will Rescue His People, All His People, As Promised. The Lord is not slack in promises of rescuing people from the error of their own ways, as they've attempted to exult themselves to His level. He gave Adam the opportunity to follow God's ways or go his own way, and we know what happened. Once Adam chose his own way, it set the great wheels of God into motion to redeem Him and mankind, because all mankind would fall into depravity, disobedience, and would need a way of escape from their brokenness and sinful ways back to the peace, life and joy of the Lord. We were made to wear the glory of God, and apart from it, there is only darkness for God is the light of the world and the light of mankind (John 8:12). Following our own ways is to deny God, which profanes His name (Proverbs 30:9). When we exalt ourselves, in a futile attempt to be equal with God; we follow after Satan, for this is the error to his ways. There will be a day of Lord where He will vindicate His holy name.
The word of the Lord stands true, and we can trust everything He does.
Those Predictable Triggers Which Take Our Peace. Do you have people who will steal your joy, and bring strife into your life? They predictably will do the very things that bring agitation to your soul; stirring within you the feelings of unrest, anxiety or bitterness. This is the point were knowledge has power and we have to lay hold of it. The more we understand that the Lord upholds the universe in His hands and by the power of His Might, the more we can manage these moments and our feelings: for we will know and understand that He allows these trials in our lives, to strengthen our relationship with Him, by work everything together for our good and His glory. We will see His glory shine in the dark and difficult times of our lives. We must look to Him and that means turning our gaze from our problems, and letting the mediation of the Lord always be upon our lips. When we know the Lord hasn't abandoned His creation, and that He is working everything for His purpose, we can draw strength from Him.
Ephesians Spiritual Warfare: Defeating the enemy with the victory of faith and knowledge of god
In order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
Knowledge Really is Power. The more we learn God's holy word, the more His power will transform us into the image of His Son, Christ Jesus, and help us defeat the enemy of our souls. The power is to transform us, yes, we can help change the world, but that begins when we become the likeness of Christ Jesus. We must leave the old former ways to the newness of life in Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 6:4, 8:29; Ephesians 2:11-22; Hebrews 10:20). This will require we don't think too highly of ourselves using a sober judgment (Romans 12:3). As we learn in Ephesians and Corinthians, there is a spiritual battle taking place. If we try to hide or deny it, it doesn't go away. It only defeats us. Living in fear keeps us captive (2 Timothy 2:26), but we don't have to stay defeated because Christ won the victory (1 John 4:18, 5:4; Isaiah 43:1; Psalm 3:8, 18:2), which is why He is so glorious. Jesus already defeated the enemy and has given you the victory (1 Corinthians 15:57; Deuteronomy 20:4; Romans 8:31). Jesus told us all these things so we could have joy and peace (John 16:33). You can joyfully die to yourself and be raised to a new life in Christ, which requires the knowledge of God.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
The Armor of God. Entering God's rest is a joyful existence, for you're allowing the Spirit to guide you and you're watching Him destroy every lofty thing that rises up against Himself, as you cast all your cares upon Him. But can this be maintained or even achieved? Even my christian brother thinks I live in a fantasy land when I tell him to rise above the worries of this world. He tells me that I don't understand his situation, then he goes on to explain his woes. My heart sinks, because I know this joyful existence in the midst of the storms is true; I know it's even more real than the problems themselves. This joy is something deep down inside you where you know and accept that the Lord works through the struggles to teach and strengthen you in the faith. It's a welcoming of woes as they are the instruments of God, even an enemy attack, to refine you as pure as gold and lead you to the Kingdom of God.
I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and cities which you had not built, and you have lived in them; you are eating of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.
Do You Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins? The complete and utter wiping away without a trace of remembrance? The washing away of sins, after turning them blood red with a sacrificial sprinkling, so they are now as white as snow. The royal robing, of a once broken and defiled clay vessel, with priestly royal embroidered garments. Honored in sacred lines with gold and adorned with chrysolite, emerald, turquoise, sapphire and diamond just to name a few precious gems. The welcoming of your presence into a holy sanctuary of only the most righteous; a place of absolute perfection with manicured lawns, decadent vineyards and glimmering streams of living sanctifying water. This is your inherited estate and you are the royal priest there-within making daily offerings of thanksgiving with songs of praise to your most holy King. Do not be faint of heart or slack of entry; No, come now for the gates have been opened and the Almighty Vine-Dresser is hearkening unto you eagerly awaiting your return unto Him.
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