The Christian Sojourner

We, all Christians, are all sojourners here. This world is not our home; it is as temporary as our human flesh is. But we still have to live here and fellowship here until that time when we can finally go Home.

God made a way for the Christian Sojourner:

If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. Take no usury or interest from him; but fear your God, that your brother may live with you. You shall not lend him your money for usury, nor lend him your food at a profit. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.” Leviticus 25:35-38

As a sojourner while still on this Earth, we seek the Father continually. We see Him through the eyes of a child, the infirm, the meek, the poor…and through a godly stranger. God is everywhere, He is in everything, even in the darkest of times:

Hear my prayer, O Lord,
And give ear to my cry;
Do not be silent at my tears;
For I am a stranger with You,
A sojourner, as all my fathers were.” Psalm 39:12

The Christian Sojourner sometimes is cast out from whom he trusted to fend for himself outside of the ‘city gate‘. For our Faith we are chastised and criticized and censured. The Christian Sojourner continues in the Faith, not luck! We are a wayfaring stranger, a rank stranger with chaotic worldly lusts all around. But we stand, we stand FAST, we stand in HIM, no matter the cost, and sometimes that cost is our own home, family and friends:

“If we had forgotten the name of our God,
Or stretched out our hands to a foreign god,
Would not God search this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.
Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Psalm 44:20-22. 

Who will help the Sojourner? Even Job said, “But no sojourner had to lodge in the street, for I have opened my doors to the traveler.” Job’s door was open, are ours? Until it’s time to go over that River, we are wayfaring, sojourning….travelling through and hopefully the love of a neighbor will let us lay our head down for a little while. Jesus said: “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Yes, even Jesus.

Sometimes the Christian Sojourner has to move on relying on the mercy and love of other Christians. But with every step the River gets closer and the blessings are sure – this journey is shorter than you think.

Intention, Prayer & FAITH

PRAYER. Prayer is an interesting thing; it’s free, it’s easy…it’s POWERFUL and we make more time NOT to pray rather than using this great discipline to move mountains:

v22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.
v23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
v24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” [Mark 11:22-24]

When I go to  the sidewalk of abortion facilities, I go to PRAY. If I am asked or led to counsel, I will…but my intention is to pray and stand as a faithful witness. Christians with great intentions hardly ever come citing many things; not enough time, not ‘my’ ministry, etc. That, Mr. & Mrs. Christian, is an EXCUSE, not ‘intention’.

Don’t be too discouraged…even Jesus had a time with His own disciples:

v40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
v41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” [Matthew 26:40-41]

ONE HOUR. That’s all Jesus asked of them but knew they could do much more. Why didn’t they?

v19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
v20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
v21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Intention is what the Apostles had, but FAITH moves mountains and heals; lack of faith makes what was alive to be dead.  Some Christians believe that abortion will not be defeated so why bother praying? Even in these ‘last days’ we have given up…but let me assure you of this: We do not know this side of Heaven who we have effected by being faithful. Just seeing you on the sidewalk praying can change someone’s life!

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” [Heb 11:1]

How will they know there is a war if they don’t see the army? I would not ask anyone to do something I won’t. And being post-abortive I have the best excuse of all…but that’s not how God sees it. He takes our fears and turns them into ministry.

ONE HOUR. I CHALLENGE YOU TO ONE HOUR OF PRAYER AT A LOCAL ABORTION FACILITY TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR UNBORN LIFE. THIS ONE SELFLESS ACT CAN CHANGE SOMEONE’S WORLD AND SAVE LIVES!

Find a local prayer vigil here.

The Bipolar Church & Family Division

Like most Christians, I came to the Lord later in life. And I hated that because of all the time I spent pretending to be part of a notion that I was NOT a sinner and NOT at fault. You have to wonder why it takes so long to get saved but considering what our families put us through, I AM A MIRACLE.

It’s bad enough that I jumped ship from the family’s religion of choice, but to actually live it was quite another.

Regardless of what we are called to do as Christians the world tells us to pull up a chair and shut up. Interestingly, the world only believes in ‘choice’ with abortion and homosexuality but we can’t choose to be against it? Then how are we are judgmental, hypocrites and intolerant? The ‘tolerant‘ is trying to kill us.

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Knowing the TRUTH has great responsibility attached to it. I take it seriously. WHICH is why most of my family has shunned me. Calling out sin is not for the faint of heart or those seeking to be popular.

When I was young [long, long ago] my family was never well to do but aspired to be better. We set goals. MANY years later nothing has gotten better but much, much worse. Sin has attacked this family and is winning because they are their own God rather than serving God. They are sin-sick, He is the Great Physician, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance”. [John 2:17]

Since they deny Christ, I may not see these people in Heaven. I struggle with that. But Christians are not called to be as the world, we are called to be Christ-like:

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

We are also called to tell the truth in everything, no gray area or it justifies sin. Homosexuality and its agenda is wrong; abortion and its agenda is wrong. God is not pleased with people killing His created and mocking His covenants. God’s way is perfect while the world perverts it to satisfy their prideful lusts. Before Christ I made myself my own God. After Christ, I committed myself TO God. Then the scales fell and I saw for the first time that I am His created, His workmanship.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” Romans 1:18

Tolerance is compromise; I will NOT compromise my Christianity for ANYONE for ANY reason, not even for my own family.

The devil disguises himself as someone you trust…but this I challenge you to do: TRUST JESUS. His opinion will never change, His love will never change, He will always be there for you…just accept Him as your Savior rather than people who seek to keep you in condemnation and fear.

v18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[c] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20

A Sin of Omission, The Sin of Diversity

The Church has an obligation to cause division between itself and the world; the Bible says that the Christian and the Church is to be separate from the world (2Corinthians 6:17) – but the theory of diversity has created a gray area that is not of God or the Bible. The theory of diversity is causing division within the Church and Christians: Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Matthew 10:34, NKJV.

The Church is causing itself to become as the world. God is not pleased with His Creation being caused to fall at the hand of the Church. The bigger problem is Christians and Catholics allowing the Gay Agenda to lie their way into their lives and churches. Nearly every one of us knows someone or is related to someone that has succumbed to the sin of homosexuality and the lie that they were born that way…my family included. It is their plan to get the ones closest to them to yield to their new chosen lifestyle and accept homosexuality as ‘normal’. Is it diversity they are looking for or is it division? Espousing to an agenda that is against God to appease your gay son/daughter/mom/dad/grandpa/grandma/cousin/aunt or uncle is a sin of omission, or a sin of convenience. A Christian has to love them enough to tell them the truth.

‘But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.’ Isaiah 59:2, NKJV

Preachers and Pastors that teach against the sin of homosexuality are called judgmental and haters, even from other Christians. However, the Bible tells us that Christians, Pastors and Preachers that do not or will not tell the homosexual they are in sin and destined to an eternity in hell will have to bear the sin of omission:

‘Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.’ Ezekiel 3:20, NKJV

It’s real easy for the gay community to call Christians ‘haters’ because we tell them they are wrong – the truth is they are the haters; haters of the Creation as God intended it to be – one man and one woman. Homosexuals weren’t born wrong, they were lied to. And I am not going let them tell me where to shop, worship or work to placate their agenda of hate and diversity.

Time is so short – we are supposed to be ready for the day when He comes back for His Church. I cannot stand to think for one moment that someone I loved or knew, gay or not, did not have the opportunity to hear the Gospel before that day comes. God loves the homosexual enough to tell them they are wrong and need a Savior.

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Matthew 24:36, NKJV

The Jezebel Christian

The story of Jezebel is much more than just another account in the Bible. Her spirit is in the Church today and seeks to divide and conquer. A woman that believes she has authority in her church or marriage can have this spirit. Generally the Jezebel Spirit falls upon a woman that is ‘closet’ insecure but domineering; believes she deserves more attention to themselves and their piety. Today’s Jezebel looks like the most faithful of the faithful and is usually a part of the hierarchy in her church.

“And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that Ahab took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him.” [1Kings 16:31]

Contrary to what most people think, today’s Jezebel Spirit is not always sexual in nature, although pride and lust is: “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” [1John 2:16]

The Jezebel Spirit is seductive, an emasculator of men, jealous, egomaniacal, evil, gratuitous, pious; she is very religious in nature so that the snare looks beautiful, righteous and virtuous. She feeds on others that are much more insecure and immature than she is. More often than not, she is hiding an outward sin that is kept in secret that her ‘followers’ cannot see; i.e.: drinking alcohol, smoking, adultery, spousal abuse, gambling, etc. She is very selective of the people she associates with and has grandiosity issues; no one is more right about anything or better at anything than she is especially when it comes to the things of God. A woman with the Jezebel Spirit will always be a usurper of authority particularly in their own home. She typically runs the household and wears the pants in the family with finances, children and her husband. She buys the houses and cars. The Jezebel Spirit starts at home and gradually goes to Church.

“For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.)” [1Kings 18:4]

The Jezebel Spirit is part of what is very wrong in the church today. Women were never meant to take authority over her husband, according to Scripture. Instead of going to church to worship she comes to dominate and make a show of it. The rest of us come to church to hear the message and glean from it. Jezebels are part of what Satan does to keep our concentration off the pulpit and on the caste system of the congregation.

“25But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. 26And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.” [1Kings 21:25-26]

What are the idols in the church today? Lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the PRIDE of life [1John 2:16].

There is only one solution to this evil spirit – pray. And pray hard. The Jezebel Spirit will always be a part of every church; learning to recognize her is the first step before she can get the better of you.

And finally, Jesus found this spirit of Jezebel so important and grave that He mentioned her in the fourth of seven letters to the seven churches, the Church at Thyarira, considered the corrupt Church. These letters were to warn these churches that time was about up and there was a lot to clean up. The churches were woefully out of order and had forgotten the first love, Jesus Christ.

“Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” [Rev 2:20]

What ought did Jesus have against Jezebel? The same problem we have today, false prophets and false prophetesses purposely steering people away from Christ. Eve took the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil AND offered it to her husband Adam because of free will. Jezebel used her free will to seek other gods that complimented her evil nature and took an entire nation and husband along with her; they NEVER go alone. Eve was deceived, was Jezebel deceived as well? To answer that, you would have to prove that Jezebel once knew God.

Jesus loved and held women in such high regard that he remembered the Woman at the Well, the Woman that touched the hem of His garment AND Mary Magdalene, a known woman, who proclaimed Him LORD at the Resurrection. But Jezebel He remembered differently, as an example of false idol worship and non-repentance.

…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]

Wednesday Night Bible Study: ANGER.

We are continuing with the Sermon on the Mount, tonight touching on a common sin among Christians: ANGER.

Did you know that no sin is without consequence, especially anger? We are called children of God, not the crowd at a cage fight. We are required to keep it together, learn and relearn how to battle what our mind wants to do before it falls out of our mouths and through our fists.

At Church

Jesus equates anger and hate to murder. Murder is different than killing; murder has intent. Then our anger, our HATE, has intent toward the person we are cross with. Some of us quietly plot the demise in our heads to that person that has wronged us. We are human…free will. But with the gift of free will comes responsibility to govern it in a GODLY way, not murderous.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is trying to reteach us how to consider what we do with our minds before we act upon them, such as lust. How many of us have lusted in the heart? ALL OF US. Jesus tells us that what we DO in our minds is precariously close to acting upon them.

Matthew 5:21-26 says, “21You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.”

Yep, it’s that ‘turn the other cheek‘ stuff. But the explanation is much better than that. How do we turn the other cheek? How do we discern what is righteous anger? Having righteous anger is not a bad thing, we should be angry with sin! But only AT sin, not the sinner. In other words, being angry at the sin  of abortion or homosexuality is okay, but slinging it at the sinner is NOT.

We need to consider righteous anger versus relative anger:

Ephesians 4:26-32 says, “26Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27nor give place to the devil. 28Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

And there it is: FORGIVENESS. We have to forgive or we will be bound in a way that is not of God to continue in a spirit of anger and hate.

The Ten Commandments given by God to Moses spoke of our shortcomings as humans since the fall of Man in the Garden; critical thinking put the apple in the hands of Eve rather than trusting God. So, understanding that we had free will in the Garden, how much more do we need to renew our minds now? Not just daily, but but every minute!

Romans 12:1-2 says, 12I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

There it is: The Sin Nature. In this passage in Romans, Paul directed it to the ‘brethren’, or Christians, not the guy on the street. The church was young then and was going in a way that was unseemly. The Apostle Paul understood the sin nature because he also had to battle it. Remember, PAUL WAS A MURDERER. Paul need a Savior, Paul needed to learn how to rewire his mind to be GODLY. Paul struggled with the sin nature just like we all do.

Renewing our mind, rewiring it from what it was, is key to not having a murderous heart and replacing it with ‘what is good for necessary edification‘ and ‘acceptable to God‘.

Be the Christian you want others to be.

A Life of Omission – What God Really Has For You.

I am writing this to the pre-abortive moms and dads; I am also writing this to the addict and prostitute. We humans are very quick to judge God for our lives…why are we here? We feel used, abused and unimportant. Our very existence seems without worth but we’re still here. Does God KNOW we exist? I can tell you that there were times when I wondered all of this. I have thought long and hard about how much I have violated God’s trust in me; an expectation He has for the life He gave me, a stewardship and an assignment for my own life that I was not taking seriously.

Bottom line is that I was trying to be my own God for so long that even the God I thought I was gave up.

We are not alone in feeling left on the side of the road. But that is not God’s plan for us nor is it His intention to keep us from being who He meant for us to be. WE ARE KEEPING GOD FROM BEING GOD.

If we feel that we have a life of omission – that is NOT from God. He created us to be called to do a work for Him. The implication that God doesn’t care about His creation is not only NOT true but unbiblical:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

There is much that this verse says about LIFE. We feel so insignificant because of our sin and circumstances that we wonder why God would bother with us. God is not the author of confusion (1Corinthians 14:33) nor does He delight in watching us fail (1Corinthians 10:13).

Life is precious to God. He gave it to us with hope that we will protect it. As Jeremiah 1:5 says, every human being is known by God before the creation of the world; we are known, we are ordained, we have a work and a plan by God to follow and finish.

Not one person or unborn child is exempt from the will of God or His plan:

  • We are known regardless of our social status. Next time you drive down the street and see the homeless, the prostitute, the drug dealer, the passed out drunk, keep in mind that they are also known by God and has a plan set before them BY GOD. Their current status is NOT from God, it is not to be their expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). WE ARE ALL CREATED BY A HOLY GOD. PERIOD.
  • Not defined by our parent’s sin. More often than not, children that are aborted are from single parents. Marriage and sexual integrity has become some kind of byproduct of a bygone era; society feels it’s too big of a step to get married but not a problem to have many children or many abortions. Some unborn children are a result from the horrific sins of an incestuous relationship, rape or outside of marriage….even so, everyone is created by God.
  • God creates us, not our parents. Our limited sphere of thinking about who our Creator is gives us limited views of everything else in our life. When the awesomeness of God is taken away, then our lives seem less important and our tendency to sin is greater. When we finally realize that God knew us before our parents did, then their sin doesn’t have its effect on us any longer; i.e.: if they are alcoholics or an addict, then we can break the chain of EVERY addiction knowing that WE DO NOT INHERIT WHAT IS NOT OF GOD. Your parent’s sin does NOT define who you are or will be. (Romans 8:1-2)
  • God ordains us, the world does not. This temporal world is not going to give you what God can. God has a work specifically just for you. He will protect you and provide (provision, not worldly prosperity) for you when you do His work: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.” (Jeremiah 1:9)
  • Abortion binds the hands of God. Aborted children had a plan by God that was heinously interrupted by being murdered in the womb. Women and men that act as God to determine what is right and wrong is why multiple millions of unborn children have been slaughtered. God has never ordered that any man or woman abort their child for any reason. Doing so is telling God He cannot be God: “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29-31)

Beloved, God has not forgotten you. He will be with you to strengthen, affirm and to deliver you. We are not forsaken, although I know it feels like it sometimes. But the good news is that He loves us:

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.” Jeremiah 29:11-14

If you are pregnant and thinking about abortion, remember that God has a separate plan you and your precious unborn baby regardless of your current circumstances. If you are post-abortive, abortion is forgivable through the healing and saving power of Jesus Christ.

If you are an addict, afflicted or hopeless, remember that God has a plan for you, too. He seeks you to do His will; He will provide, He will gird you, He will heal you.

If you are suicidal, God is waiting for you to acknowledge Him so He can help you. Your life is NOT in vain, it is ORDAINED.

Your LIFE can change today: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13)

You are not forgotten.

The Divine Appointment, Part One.

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Jesus had many divine appointments, especially with the down trodden, disappointed, and the discouraged. His ministry was to everyone, not just the religious. In the Gospel of John, the Samaritan Woman would meet the Son of God where she was, not in the best parts of town or the elite temples. Divine Appointments catch us unaware and where we live.

Jesus is the AnswerA lot of women think they are too damaged to be good enough for Jesus and His Gift of Salvation. The Samaritan Woman succumbed to her life the way it was because she knew no other way. Maybe she saw the way better women lived – I don’t know, but usually we see from a required distance how the ‘other half’ lives as we go about our invisible lives. The world only see us as an example of what NOT to do instead of trying to reach us where we are…unfortunately, such…

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Exposition of John 9 – ‘Jesus Heals the Blind Man’

In the 9th chapter of the book of John, Jesus heals the blind man on the Sabbath. This is a perfect example of Organized Religion, both then and today.

Key Scripture: ‘They [Pharisees] answered and said to him [blind man], “you were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.’ John 9:34

Points:

  1. The man was blind from birth (sin) 9:1
  2. Jesus opened his eyes (point of contact with the Holy Spirit, Restoration) 9:6
  3. The man witnesses to the Pharisees (organized religion) 9:13-14

A Type of Salvation:

  1. We are all blind from birth before we ask Christ into our lives
  2. Our eyes are opened when we accept Christ
  3. We become a witness of Christ

Opposition – Pharisees (Organized Religion & most Mega Churches):

  1. Redefine the Finished Work of Christ (Cross)
  2. Puts all of or part of their faith in appointed men (false doctrine)
  3. Replaces the Bible

Summary: Basis of Christianity on the Word of God alone nullifies most organized religions and sects.

The story of the Blind Man is a type of Salvation, one that illustrates how one must be born again. It is also a story of how organized religion tries to redefine God, Jesus Christ, Salvation and Sanctification.

While reading John chapter 9, I was particularly struck by the 34th verse, or I should say that God pointed it out. Organized religion has been the dirge of what Christ did at the Cross. In fact, if you take the time to read an organization’s position papers or ‘what we believe’ or ‘purpose and vision’ you will see what they SAY they believe; read between the lines. More often than not, you will see a fog of nicely written somewhat biblical looking stuff that has nothing to do with what they actually do.

We are in a fog…a fog of self-righteous appointed men that try to take Christ and the Cross out of the Salvation equation. You can’t get any closer to apostasy than that, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)

The Blind Man was used to show the Glory of God through Christ; he was meant to show the organized religion of the day (Pharisees) that the Son of God was in fact within them, the Messiah. The Pharisees should have known he was the Christ because Old Testament Scripture had prophetically pointed to Christ’s arrival (such as Isaiah 53:1-12). The Pharisees chose not to believe Christ and called Him a sinner. It took quite a bit of time ‘between the testaments’ for man to build its self-imposed religion; little by little the need for the Messiah was replaced with the Law much like what organized religion is doing today. Man takes away, God shows off, man says NO.

In John 9:18-23, the Blind Man’s parents was questioned by the Pharisees about their son’s recent miracle. They acknowledge he is their son and that he was born blind but won’t give Glory to Christ for it, in fact the parents passed the buck back to their son because of their fear of being ‘put out of the synagogue’. Incredibly, the parents chose their ‘church’ (religion) and not their own son and his miracle. The Pharisees called Christ a sinner! And the Blind Man’s perfect response is one that every truly saved Child of God knows: “One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

What did the Blind Man see? He saw that the Pharisees (organized religion) were wrong. He saw Who opened his eyes and then saw division immediately after his salvation, even with his own parents and church. This is so paramount to today: We will gain what we lose if we just believe.

The Blind Man was so happy and thankful for his miracle and salvation that he tried in vain to make the Pharisees understand what happened: “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!” (v.30) The Blind Man questioned the Pharisees’ capability and hierarchy which caused immediate revile; the Pharisees let him know he was a sinner and could not be heard, but the Blind Man reminded them that ‘if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.’ (v.31) The Blind Man had the Truth; the Pharisees had and kept the Law.

After the Blind Man was cast out (excommunicated), Jesus went to him. Jesus provided His strength and love even when the no one else would:

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12)