…and the reformed said, THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.

[reposted from 10/31/13] Today is ‘Reformation Day’, NOT HALLOWEEN; the day when Martin Luther saw through scripture that the ‘just shall live by Faith’, NOT an evolution of faith via religion, otherwise God lied to Abraham: “And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness”, Genesis 15:6.

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17

[Which interpreted correctly from the original text should read ‘The just shall live by HIS faith’]

There is always a counterfeit for everything holy.

The 95 Theses, his revelation of the truth of the doctrine of God, were written by Martin Luther in October 31, 1517. Ignoring the fact that Luther unlocked what was purposely omitted shows where the true heretic lies:

JESUS SAID: “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.” Luke 12:51

AND: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Matthew 10:34

testimony‘They just shall live by faith’ is the basis for Evangelical Christianity [the Doctrine of the Bible] because it points to what Christ did at the Cross instead of trusting in organized religion and its man-appointed leaders. I know this does not bode well with organized religion but the Word of God supersedes anything that man says or does.

Martin Luther was given revelation by God to undo what ‘man’ had done for centuries to His Word, His opinion, His ultimate goal. The Reformation was now the line in the sand to mark those that cause the actual division – those that teach religion to salvation.

This is why there is such a thing as ‘Nondenominational Christian’. While organized religion thinks we run with scissors, I assure you that if one reads and understands the Canon of Scripture in the intent it was written [from the original texts of Hebrew & Greek] and understands that it is THE inspired Word of God without the opinion of man, you would see that Nondenoms are actually ON the Roman Road by way of His leading. The Bible taught order, not liturgy.

While Martin Luther was not a perfect man nor lived a perfect life, he did do this one thing: caused division from the ‘Church’ and showed that Christians needed to put their Faith in Jesus Christ alone and not organized religion or man. We needed a Saviour, not a figurehead, general superintendent, presiding bishop, general overseer, general conference, self-appointed prophet & apostles or even the Pope: ‘The just shall live by Faith’. [Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:7, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38]

We forget that organized religion killed Jesus on that day, and most certainly do not read the entire Bible to see what Christ himself said and did. If organized religion says they will decipher scripture for you, run FAST. Asking an opinion is one thing, but someone dictating from opinion of an organization rather than straight from the Word of God is frightening. However, I do like sharing ideas about Scripture; it makes for great conversation BUT getting away from the Finished Work of Christ can change your Eternal destination. Always back up what you say with Scripture because if you don’t, then the point is moot.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” [John 5:24]

O Death.

Today my son’s best friend died; he was brain dead from a car accident this past week. Death, at times, is expected. Death is sometimes a complete surprise. But hardly is Death ever welcome.

One thing is certain: Death is a part of life and we will all experience it. Where will we go?

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (1Corinthians 15:55)

I HATE DEATH. Let me clarify: I weep for the unsaved. They amble along in life and have little interest in the things of God. There will be time for that later, they think. Then later came.

win nothing

People are scared of death but Christians that put their faith in Jesus Christ know where their eternal destiny is. Maybe that’s why I grieve for the unsaved. I hate knowing that there is a fiery hell that will welcome them with little fanfare for a life not well spent.

Eternity is a long, long time. And we can decide where we would like to spend it.

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2Corinthians 6:2b)

Tomorrow may not come, but death might. Jesus is the only way to salvation, the only way to eternity with Him. There are no short cuts, no other way but through Him.

Grief is for the soul that is lost, but JOY comes in the morning for the child of God.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

 

The Resistant Christian

If I gave you a brand new car, would you accept it? Or, if you found a car on the side of the road with the keys in it, would you look to see if anyone can see you and take it?

In the new car scenario, a person that was handed the keys of the brand new car would ask if there are any strings attached, but the car on the side of the road is almost always taken swiftly…essentially stolen. Most people want to be the one that accepts the new car and says ‘Thank You’ but that is hardly ever the case; they know they do not deserve this brand new car and feel suspicious for doing nothing and guilty for accepting this free gift.

People want what they think is the easy ‘no strings’ way of having something for nothing…the car on the side of the road waiting to be stolen.

Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

People are calling themselves Christians having done nothing to actually ‘become’ a Christian, effectually stealing the car on the side of the road when they could have accepted Christ as Savior and had that brand new car for having just accepted it.

Take the stolen car back to who it belongs and accept the keys to the brand new car…I promise you that this new car will take you to where you need to go – ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Rom 3:23).

Are you ready for a real heart change? Are you tired of driving the stolen car?

Accept the keys – ask Jesus into your heart, ‘But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.’

Wayward.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8, NKJV

The extent of Grace that God gives the lost, wayward and the saved is immeasurable. He is long suffering, we are impatient. I’m glad God is God and I am not.

Here I am in church on Mother’s Day jotting down the notes for this post because I’m feeling very sorry for myself – only one of my sons bothered to call me for Mother’s Day. But more than that, I am much more worried for their souls. I want them to make Heaven. And right now, I’m not feeling very confident that they will. I see other moms feeling the exact same way, powerlessly seeing their wayward children purposely destroying their lives and not believing there is an expected end. As much as I hate seeing ANYONE go to hell for not knowing Jesus as LORD, I am inconsolable when it comes to my own children.

Eternity is a very long time to be wrong.

So many of us have grown kids that are either backslidden or not yet come to Christ. As we mourn for our lost and wayward kids, we tend to forget that we were also lost and needed a Savior. Someone prayed us in, as my sister likes to remind me from time to time.

For what took years for most of us to come to the Lord Jesus, we have to have patience enough for our lost and backslidden kids. We think we can’t afford to be patient in this vast, fast and evil world but we have to trust God to be God for them as He was for us.

The extent of sin that our kids are in is actually not as important as the danger they put themselves in every minute of every day that they continue their unrepentant lives. The danger of dying in the ‘world’ instead of the presence of God is ever prevalent to the backslider and lost whether they admit it or not.

Keep praying; someone prayed you in…and it took YEARS.

The Sword.

Is the pen mightier than the sword?

Not my Sword.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

How much can a person exegete that scripture? It says it all, no twists and turns. The Bible is the basis of everything; it’s the way of the Cross, the way of Salvation.

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel…” Ephesians 6:17-19

God never meant to bring us to a place of not being prepared to do battle with this world. He gave us the tools that we need to bring tranquility to those that are in turmoil, and boldness to those that have less than none. We are meant to be His, armed and ready for battle.

 

Utterance.

I considered what some might think to be ‘out loud’ Christianity – or boldness of spirit. Interestingly, we typically hear from loose cannons instead of those that are of sound doctrine. Or we hear from armchair preachers that only have opinions, not knowledge.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them UTTERANCE.” Acts 2:4-6

Ah – there it is. Our boldness is from the Holy Spirit that gives us UTTERANCE not just in spirit but to be heard. Maybe it’s my fault for reading and believing the entire Bible as it is written?

“I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all UTTERANCE, and in all knowledge.” 1Corinthians 1:4-5

Now that makes perfect sense of what is wrong today; we are not saying out loud our knowledge of Him who died for us. We aren’t confessing Him daily and with strength to not just the unsaved, but those that don’t show fruit of being saved by the Blood.

“Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and UTTERANCE, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.” 2Corinthians 8:7-8

Our utterance of His Word makes the devil and his demons flee. Our words of Faith through UTTERANCE and prayer are what we are expected to do but it blesses each and every one of us beyond measure!

“And for me, that UTTERANCE may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:19-20

I take my Christianity seriously knowing that good people are going to hell because no one told them the truth. I speak up because no one else will. Our unborn die silently every day and the Church says nothing. Men and women in nursing homes wait patiently for death, but does anyone ask if they know the Lord?

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of UTTERANCE, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” Colossians 4:2-4

Ask God for the right words to say – I ask God to give me what I need from Him to impart to another. But truly we are expected to give an account and to bold in our speech and countenance.

The ‘kind’ Christian rebuke.

More than once I’ve been accused of being a bit tough on Christians for not standing up to do what Christians are supposed to do. I am told that I don’t show the love of Jesus by being so one-sided. I say…you are wrong. Any Christian that does not call out other Christians and Pastors that are in grave error is not a Christian at all…they are only church goers with a Bible not yet read.

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night.” Isaiah 62:6

Now, my first thought was (and not to be cliché), ‘What would Jesus do’? After all, being rebuked by other Christians is sometimes a high honor; I must be doing something to bring that kind of response in a somewhat public forum.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12

My second thought was how interesting it is to hear from those that do nearly nothing for the Kingdom to have such unkind things to say to someone that actually IS doing something.

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Matthew 25:37-40

Then my third thought was how Christians AND secular people think that Jesus Christ is this weak, slight of a man. Let me be the first to tell you that nothing is further than the truth.

“Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.” Matthew 21:12

We are called to boldness, not weakness of nature, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

How dare I NOT tell you the truth? I have to give an account if I do not, why would you think you do not? Christian, we are supposed to be on the same team. It is because of the love of God that I profess Jesus Christ first and then an advocate for the unborn.

Christian, read the word of God and listen to His voice through His mighty word, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Vinegar brings self-righteousness and bitterness; Honey brings seeker-sensitive weak Christians…but the TRUTH is what makes us true Disciples of Jesus Christ. Because what I do, I do in HIS name, a name without blemish and spot, “And you shall know thet TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you free.”

An immediate need, an impending end.

This world goes so fast we tend to forget what our true immediate need is – nourishment from the Word of God and His reassurance that with Him, not only are all things possible but that our impending end will be with Him.

Our sense of worldly sensibilities overshadow what our basics needs are, and thus they stay overshadowed. No one is exempt, we are all at fault. Incredibly, as our world became more ‘user friendly’ and has freed up our time, we put other worldly things in the place where the LORD should be. Think of it – 100 years ago people made more time for prayer and church than they do now and they didn’t have permanent press clothes or a Kroger to buy their food.

How did we get so far from GOD?

Psalm 30:12 says, ‘There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness.’ Our current church society has raised itself up so high to be equal enough to GOD to not need him anymore. Didn’t the lesson from the Tower of Babel make enough of an impression to quell these things?

Man said: “Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis  11:3-4, NKJV

And GOD said: “But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” Genesis 11:5-7, NKJV

Even so, while we continue as people of this current society, the web of deceit continues to enrapture us to hold us from GOD, not point us toward Him. Even after the days of Noah when the Tower of Babel was built, we see quite clear that society has always tried to be equal with GOD, just as it is today.

The impending end, when Jesus comes for His Church, is coming quicker than anyone gives GOD credit for. He has His plan written plainly for us to read, study and prepare for. The LORD knocks and knocks, but everyone is waiting for someone else to get up off the couch to answer.

Our immediate need is the knowledge of Him, our impending end is knowing Him for an Eternity, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

Today, the Word of God says I Am:

My husband writes: I woke up this morning not feeling so “Holy & Righteous” and realizing I need to rediscover what God says about me and who I am as his child even though often my actions don’t always match up to the description below. I thank you lord this morning for fresh and New Mercy and an opportunity to make this day an awesome day!

Today the word of God says I Am:

  1.  I am faithful (Ephesians 1:1)
  2. I am God’s child (John 1:12)
  3. I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
  4. I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)
  5. I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)
  6. I am a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
  7. I am assured all things work together for good (Romans 8:28)
  8. God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
  9. me (Philippians 1:6)
  10. I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
  11. I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)
  12. and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)
  13. me (1 John 5:18)
  14. blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
  15. I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11)
  16. I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4)
  17. I am adopted as his child (Ephesians 1:5)
  18. restriction (Ephesians 1:5,8)
  19. I am in Him (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30)
  20. I have redemption (Ephesians 1:8)
  21. I am forgiven (Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 1:14)
  22. I have purpose (Ephesians 1:9 & 3:11)
  23. I have hope (Ephesians 1:12)
  24. I am included (Ephesians 1:13)
  25. I am sealed with the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13)
  26. I am a saint (Ephesians 1:18)
  27. I am salt and light of the earth (Matfthew 5:13-14)
  28. fruit (John 15:1,5)
  29. I am a personal witness of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8)
  30. I am God’s coworker (2Corinthians 6:1)
  31. I am a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)
  32. I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
  33. I am raised up with Christ (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12)
  34. realms (Ephesians 2:6)
  35. grace (Ephesians 2:7)
  36. God has expressed His kindness to me (Ephesians 2:7)
  37. I am God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
  38. blood (Ephesians 2:13)
  39. I have peace (Ephesians 2:14)
  40. I have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18)
  41. I am a member of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19)
  42. I am secure (Ephesians 2:20)
  43. I am a holy temple (Ephesians 2:21; 1 Corinthians 6:19)
  44. I am a dwelling for the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:22)
  45. I share in the promise of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6)
  46. God’s power works through me (Ephesians 3:7)
  47. confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
  48. I know there is a purpose for my sufferings (Ephesians 3:13)
  49. is (Ephesians 3:18)
  50. I am completed by God (Ephesians 3:19)
  51. I can bring glory to God (Ephesians 3:21)
  52. I have been called (Ephesians 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:9)
  53. others (Ephesians 4:2)
  54. I can mature spiritually (Ephesians 4:15)
  55. has called me to (Ephesians 4:17)
  56. I can have a new attitude and a new lifestyle (Ephesians 4:21-32)
  57. I can be kind and compassionate to others (Ephesians 4:32)
  58. I can forgive others (Ephesians 4:32)
  59. righteousness and truth (Ephesians 5:8-9)
  60. I can understand what God’s will is (Ephesians 5:17)
  61. I can give thanks for everything (Ephesians 5:20)
  62. I don’t have to always have my own agenda (Ephesians 5:21)
  63. I can honor God through marriage (Ephesians 5:22-33)
  64. I can parent my children with composure (Ephesians 6:4)
  65. I can be strong (Ephesians 6:10)
  66. I have God’s power (Ephesians 6:10)
  67. I can stand firm in the day of evil (Ephesians 6:13)
  68. I am dead to sin (Romans 1:12)
  69. I am not alone (Hebrews 13:5)
  70. I am growing (Colossians 2:7)
  71. I am His disciple (John 13:15)
  72. I am prayed for by Jesus Christ (John 17:20-23)
  73. I am united with other believers (John 17:20-23)
  74. I am not in want (Philippians 4:19)
  75. I possess the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16)
  76. I am promised eternal life (John 6:47)
  77. I am promised a full life (John 10:10)
  78. I am victorious (I John 5:4)
  79. peace (Philippians 4:7)
  80. I am chosen and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12)
  81. I am blameless (I Corinthians 1:8)
  82. I am set free (Romans 8:2; John 8:32)
  83. I am crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)
  84. I am a light in the world (Matthew 5:14)
  85. I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
  86. I am the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  87. I am safe (I John 5:18)
  88. I am part of God’s kingdom (Revelation 1:6)
  89. I am healed from sin (I Peter 2:24)
  90. I am no longer condemned (Romans 8:1, 2)
  91. I am not helpless (Philippians 4:13)
  92. I am overcoming (I John 4:4)
  93. I am persevering (Philippians 3:14)
  94. I am protected (John 10:28)
  95. I am born again (I Peter 1:23)
  96. I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  97. I am delivered (Colossians 1:13)
  98. I am redeemed from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13)
  99. I am qualified to share in His inheritance (Colossians 1:12)
  100. I am victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57)

The Prolife Christian

After a recent arrest of an abortion ‘doctor’ in Philadelphia, Prolifers have come out from the woodwork screaming ‘DEATH PENALTY’. True, this doctor did horrible gruesome things to children and women, but who is in charge of Life and death?

It’s hard to see people that say prolife but have a different view when the rubber meets the road. All Life is sanctified and given by God only and it is up to Him when death is necessary. These ‘Moderate Prolifers’ are the fair-weather friends of Life.

Many, many Evangelical Christians are in favor of the Death Penalty, even some that I know personally. If we give man the authority to kill, what have we to preach about? Life when it’s proper and lawful? How can that be when the Bible says ‘Thou shalt NOT kill’?

Does God judge through man?

Yes, in Genesis 9:6 He plainly said: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.’

What is being taught in the pulpit, Life or death?

Christians love to bring up the Old Testament ‘eye for an eye’ mentality but the reality is that we are in a new covenant WITH Christ, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’.

Scripture balances Scripture.

Confusing? No, if God judges a man or woman to death, He will use whom He will use. However, if a man or woman takes the Life another, Leviticus 19:18 says, ‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.’

God is LORD. Just God. Through Him justice comes:

  • At the altar – for forgiveness and restoration
  • At the ‘woodshed’ – those he loves he chastises; sickness, finances
  • Through His mercy – die prematurely

Christians should never believe in the death penalty BUT accept it as law, as Scripture says in Romans 13:

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.