Archive for March, 2010

Love is a two way street

March 27, 2010

How many of  us have ever been in  a love affair, only to find it is one sided?  It is very disheartening and sometimes even devastating. In regards to our Lord Jesus, it is clear He loved and loves us GREATLY. How many of us know that He asked for something in return? Yes, it is that we ALSO love Him!

The love was manifested in His brutal suffering He took for us so that we could be saved and live life eternal. So once we understand that Jesus did HIS PART to show His love for us it is only natural to ask “What can I DO to show this wonderful loving Lord that I LOVE HIM? This is indeed a most important question ALL true Christians should ask. Let’s look at the only real place to find the answer– God’s holy book- The Bible.

If we start in Genesis and read all the way to the end (Revelation) for a direct statement from God’s word of   ” How” to love Him, we find it!  As clear and pure and simple as possible . STRAIGHT FROM OUR LORD’S MOUTH!  It is ” If you love me, keep my commandments” (John  14:15)  There it is!   No misinterpreting this, no way , no how!  The Lord, who undertook great suffering love for us, asks us to “Love Him” by doing something. 

Ok, if this is what our Lord asks us to do, shall we ignore Him? Should we say “Oh Lord, you know I love you, but I don’t want to obey your Commandments”  Ofcourse not!  If we “love” Him we’ll do what He asks, correct?  Many say ” I love you Lord” yet don’t care enough to do what He asks TO SHOW YOU LOVE HIM!  As Jesus said “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do NOT the things I say?” (Luke 6:46)

Now here is the really sad thing, most Christians ignore(John 14:15). The blindness is indeed worldwide and only those being guided by the Holy Spirit see this and obey accordingly. And ALWAYS remember Jesus AUTHORED the great Moral Law “All things were made by Him, and without Him  was not anything made that was made”(John 1:3)

So won’t you ask yourself today  “Do I really LOVE Him and do what  He asks me to do”?  Please, don’t deceive yourself and “love” Him YOUR way. HE knows best for us, not we ourselves! It’s all about summiting to Him and BELIEVING HIS WORDS. For once we do what Jesus said to do (Keep His Commandments) we feel a true connection with Him. (1 John 2:3-4) ” For this is HOW we know we know Him, if we keep His Commandments. He that says ” I know him” and does not keep His Commandments, is  a liar, and the truth is not in Him”.  Jesus asks us to LOVE HIM and isn’t He worth it for what He has done for us?  amen.

The unanswered prayers and the sin connection

March 20, 2010

The following post is contributed on, by Barbra Namuddu. Thanks Mrs. Namuddu  for you contribution!

How many times do we earnestly pray for an answer only to wait in vain? Many Christians realize that we feel “not heard”.  I believe it all comes back to our spiritual condition with God. If we are continually “sinning” we create a barrier between us and God. God WANTS to help us but we stifle Him with our turning away from Him.

Now, on the other hand, once we come closer to Him and OBEY Him and His Moral Laws, we do EXACTLY what He wants.  And our faith will be rewarded by God in His own perfect time. But we should NOT forget our prayer. I see it SO often in church and eslewhere. People get up and make these nice sounding prayers and “forget” about them the next day!  How can we show faith in Him by acting like this??

As it was pointed out by Mrs.Namuddu. trust and faith is SO important in “believing” that our prayers will be heard. And a “humble” heart who first confesses His sins BEFORE prayers , I believe starts the prayer truthfully.

Finally, IF we walk “righteously” according to His word and Laws, He will be ALL ears. As the word says (james 5:16) “so then, confess your sins to one another, so that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”  Look at it this way, the more we let the Holy Spirit guides us (via less sinning) the more God will see our light and bless us!

7 truths anti-Sabbath keepers choose to ignore

March 13, 2010

With so much on the line, in these last days, I thought it would be important to show some powerful truths  from God’s word about the Sabbath. There is actually a tremendous amount  said about the Sabbath(mentioned 169 times in the bible!)  Here are some specific powerful  truths anti-Sabbath keepers (hereafter referred as AS) cannot accept as truth, even though it is plainly written in God’s word!

Number 1.   Jesus never broke or trespassed  the Sabbath. We know HE is our example of how to live a “Christian” life. So how can (AS) overlook their OWN LEADER’S example???  (1John 2:6) “He that says the Lord abides in him, ought to walk, just as He walked. So where did Jesus walk every Sabbath? You got it, the Synagogue  (church).  Jesus’ example of obeying the Sabbath must be ignored by the (AS).

Number 2.  In Genesis we find God blessed and made HOLY the SEVENTH DAY.  Now, here is the million dollar question. Where in all of scripture can you show where the  HOLY BLESSINGS  HAVE BEEN REMOVED???  Answer-  Nowhere!  So if the blessing and sanctification has never been removed for the holy seventh day, it must mean IT IS STILL HOLY!  And if it is, should we not show any special observance on this day, as God commanded? (AS) must ignore that the HOLY BLESSINGS are STILL there! I think they prefer to ignore  it instead of keeping  it holy as commanded by our Lord.

Number 3.  It is very plain to see, and straight forward, I might add, that ALL people will worship the Lord on the Sabbath in the FUTURE. (Isaiah 66:22-23) “For as the NEW  heavens and earth which I will make shall remain before me, says  the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass from one new moon to another, and from ONE SABBATH TO ANOTHER, shall ALL FLESH come to WORSHIP before Me, says the Lord”  ok, if we are definitely going to worship the Lord on the Sabbath in the future, why is there a break from Sabbath observance now  as (AS) must believe???  It makes NO SENSE.

Number 4.     One of my all time favorite scriptures (Psalms 111 :7-8)   ” The works of His hands are truth and judgement, ALL of His Commandments are sure. They STAND FAST FOREVER AND EVER, done in truth and uprightness”         Here we see when He wrote the GREAT 10 Commandment law with His own Hands, they were true. They also are to “STAND FOREVER AND EVER”     The Sabbath is in the HEART of those Commandments that stand forever and ever.So the (AS) must ignore that the Commandments are STILL standing and are to be obeyed and observed.  These words of God’s do not count as truth to them. By the way, I have never   heard or seen a  remotely clear attempt to counter this word of God by the (AS)  Why? Because  they can’t.

Number 5.    (AS) love to quote Paul as to justifying their position on not observing the Sabbath. If they will only STUDY God’s word, they will very quickly learn that Paul (through God’s spirit) speaks about TWO different “Laws”. One  is the Moral Law (10 Commandments)  the other is the Mosiac laws. They were the sacrificial, ceremonial, ritual laws, foreshadowing Christ as our Savior. There is TREMENDOUS confusion within Christianity about the writings of Paul. Infact God forsaw the day that people would “distort” Paul’s writings when He inspired Peter to write about Paul’s writings (2 Peter 3:15-16) “….just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are HARD TO UNDERSTAND, which the ignorant and unstable people DISTORT, as they did other Scriptures, to their own destruction.”

But if we study scripture the ONLY time Paul is mentioned WORSHIPPNG is on the SABBATH! The bible records at least 84 Sabbaths Paul honored and observed!  And he is shown to be converting GENTILES as well as JEWS on the SABBATH. What were the Gentiles doing there if  “Sunday” was already being preached as the “Lord’s day”? Paul continued Sabbath after Sabbath to bring all the people back into temple(church) on the same day each week– the Sabbath! Not Sunday, Tuesday or even Friday! Surely the Apostles were gathering every “Sunday” and  word  should have spread to “abandon” the Sabbath for Sunday, right?   Wrong!

Paul was brought before the Sanhedrin and their spies(many years after Christ’s death on the cross). In their accusations they did not  accuse him of breaking the Sabbath. Why?  Because he DID NOT!  Infact he said (in his defense) (acts 24:14) “…I worship the God of our Fathers, believing all things written IN THE LAW, and in the Prophets”   We know Paul wrote very clearly about the Mosiac laws being done away with, so it had to be that  he ” BELIEVED in the MORAL LAW ” (which includes the Sabbath). And He believed in the Prophets (ALL of whom believed in the Sabbath).  So much truth here the (AS) ignore!

Number 6.     The wise man, Solomon, wrote in Ecclesiates about all the trials, tribulations and doings which man can do in life. It was all “meaningless’. Except at the end where he made his summary of  all he had spoken. (Ecc 12:13)  “For this is the SUM of the matter,  Fear God, and Keep His Commandments, FOR THIS IS THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN”  Notice it does  not say “this is the whole duty of JEWS”  He said man!   (AS)  are you part of mankind?  Then God is talking to YOU,too! Your DUTY is to fear God and obey His Commandments.  But this is another word of God that (AS) must ignore and explain away. They must say “it is no longer true”. (Numbers 23:19) ” God is not a man, that He should lie,  nor a son of man that he should CHANGE HIS MIND (in other words (AS) believe we no longer have these duties now because God has changed His mind and these words are no longer true). Does he speak then not act? Does He promise then not fulfill?”   Can we see the absolutely strange logic the (AS) must use to explain away God’s true words?

Number 7.   Jesus’ spoken words in (Matt 5:18-19)  “Truly I say to you, until heaven  and earth pass away, NOT ONE IOTA or letter shall pass from the LAW, until all has been accomplished.  Whoever, therefore, breaks the LEAST of the Commandments and teaches others to do so, shall be called LEAST in heaven, but  whoever DOES THEM and teaches others to do so, shall be call GREAT in heaven”       In our Christian world today, which Commandment , do you think is looked upon as the “least”?  You got it, the Sabbath!   Ok, our Lord warns you (AS) don’t break it, or be called “least in heaven”

May the grace and truth of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, and may you know this truth, that His Sabbath is to be honored just as it was in the beginning of the world.

Amen Lord, may your words be forever true and righteous!

For those of you who would like to see a most thorough Sabbath study click here

Go back and make things right

March 6, 2010

Once we become a “true” Christian, our life and the way we look at things becomes  new and different. We were used to thinking about  our own likes, lusts, pleasures and a myriad of sins.But now we understand that He lives in us and we look at things differently.

In my case, the Holy Spirit has brought to my attention some of my sins of the past. As we know God’s moral holy Law is the standard by which we will be judged (James 2:12) “So, speak and act as those who are to be judged by the Law of liberty”   Once we come to God we look at our life through those holy rules.  I was shown that I made some mistakes in my past that could be righted.

In my past life, I was involved in much worldy business. Often borrowing from people for expansion, etc. Well, not really thinking about Him or His holy Laws, I got alittle complacent. I’d borrow quite often and I paid back very well until a real rough spot hit about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t pay back everybody due to the tough times I experienced. I moved out of town and lost touch will some people. But recently God has impressed on me to “Go back and make it right”.  I have been blessed the last few years with a great business and I really started to think about my “past mistakes”  In God’s word we are called to be “righteous” (1John 3;7) “Let no man deceive you, he who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous”

So I started my search for the people who I still owed. I found two of the 5, and promptly sent  them checks( Thank God for google,lol). God’s 8th Commandment is “Thou shall not steal” God is working in my life to make me more “Christ like” and His righteousness is truly a great feeling to DO as  well as believe.

So if you’ve done wrong to people in your past, I believe it is important to “go back” and make things right as best you can.(1 John 2:29) ” If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who PRACTICES  righteousness is born of Him” Our God is a God of righteousness and therefore we ,too, should practice this!

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