Christianity is Relationship, not Religion or Ritual
Some thoughts on religion.
Christianity is not a religion like other religions but is rather a life lived in a loving relationship with the true God and creator, our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently, a life lived in love for the human race that He created in His own image.
1Jo:4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. If we know God, i.e., if we have an intimate relationship with God, we will love God and show His love towards others He created in His image. We are growing in this love of God every day.
The first question Jesus asked when He rose from the dead is addressed to the Christian leader of the 1st Century: John 21:15: "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?" Simon replied, "Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee". Love is defined in 1Co 13:3 as true loving relationship in action between us, God and others. Relationship is based on love but Religion is based on tradition.
The Pharisees were full of religion and tradition but did not love God or have a relationship with Him.
The word true religion in the New Testament is associated with relationship with God through sincere love, and gratitude for His sacrifice.
Without this love relationship to the only true God and His Son Jesus Christ, religion is dead, even as we were dead spiritually, when sin created a barrier in our relationship with God, when we doubted His love in the garden of Eden. Christ came to remove this barrier of sin and doubt through His own precious blood. Now we have direct access to God in the Name of Jesus Christ, through His blood.
Jesus did not come to establish a religion, but He came to reconcile us in an everlasting love relationship to God through the cleansing of His blood and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
There are many books that have been written about religion, sin and morality, but there is only one person who shed his blood for cleansing of sin, and only one person who rose from the dead whom we truly love and have an eternal love relationship with because, 1Jo:1:7 states: the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
There are many religions in this world, with
True Christianity, is very scarce in this world.
Even though Christianity Religion is one-third, protestants are only about 6%, six in 100, with true Christians in their pilgrimage to heaven, only about 1/60th of protestants or about one in thousand, who probably have a true relationship with Christ.
So in an approximate estimation, true Christians are probably around 7 million compared to the world population of 7 billion, 1 in 1,000.
This startling truth illustrates that only one in thousand are making it to heaven, while the rest of the religious people, including those who are religious in their practice of atheism, fall into the eternal lake of fire, Isa:5:14: Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure.
This illustrates that Religion can only reform a person, while relationship with the true God alone can transform a person.
Heaven is a place for those who are transformed into the image of Christ to live by God's moral and holy standards, not for those just reformed to live peacefully in a moral society by human standards, because human standards are filthy rags (Isa:64:6) compared to God's holiness and Christ's image. Human standards are uneven, and imbalanced which focus on minor things and neglect the major aspects of God's Word. Jesus calls the religious people who lack a true relationship with God in Mt:23:24 as blind guides, who strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Religion is like astronomy looking at a distant planet through a telescope, and describing what you see in peripheral and distant terms. Christianity is owning that planet and the one who created it. SS 2:16 My beloved is mine and I am His. So all of mine is His and all of His is mine and that includes planet heaven. If we suffer with Him we shall reign with Him Ro:8:17: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
Religion is writing an article about the king. Christianity is being married to the king. Rev 19:7: Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Religion is trying to figure out where you're going. Christianity is following the one who came from heaven, has gone back to heaven and is now leading the way.
Christianity is the only true religion because it focuses on the cross. The vertical line in the cross illustrates our relationship with God whom we call Father, and the horizontal line for the relationship we have with each other in Christ as brothers and sisters.
In the first century and even now, millions of Christians died a torturous death, not because they were religious, but because they had the strongest and closest relationship with Christ, and they knew JESUS is the only way to the Father, only one who can forgive and cleanse us from our sins, only one who can lead us to heaven, and the only one who can give us eternal life, because He is the only one who rose from the dead. John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Religion reforms, relationship with Jesus Christ transforms
Now let's go to relationships from a Christian perspective for relationship is what Christianity is all about.
From the Bible, we learn that, God is a God of relationship, for He longs for our fellowship. He came in the cool of the day early in the morning to talk to Adam and Eve. Gen 3:8: And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, calling, Adam, Where art thou?
Ge:3:9: And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? God is a person, our Father who desires to have fellowship and communion with us, and He physically came to where Adam was, and called him "Adam, where art thou?".
Next, Jesus God's son has betrothed us to Himself for we are his bride.
Song:2:14: Jesus calls His Bride, "O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely". Song:7:12: Jesus calls his Bride, "Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves".
Christ is the focus of our relationship, since Christ united us to God in love and with the human race and the human race with each other through the cross.
Relationship with God is built on love, not merited by what we have done for God but what Christ has done for us by reconciling us to God in love. 1Jo:4:19: We love him, because he first loved us.
God is a person, he looks like us for we were created in His own image.
Most of us look like a rubber stamp of our earthly father. More so we are beginning to look like and are being changed into the image of our heavenly father.
God talks to us and communicates to us through the Bible, giving us critical direction. He wrote the Bible in the sky, He wrote it on stone and finally He gave it to us on paper so we can learn more about Him. Now we can hear it from our smartphone 24/7. The Bible is a love letter from God our Father and Jesus our bridegroom to us. It is a greeting card send to u. Are we opening the mail daily to see what God is telling us?
Christianity, is becoming one with God: In John 17:21 Jesus prayed, "Father I want all who believe on my Word to be one, even as you and I are one". Christianity is becoming united with God, becoming like Jesus and becoming one with God.
When we take 3 cups of water and add Sodium metal to it, sodium catches fire, burns, emits light and dissolves in the water. We still see the water, but we don"t see the sodium anymore. Sodium has become a hydroxide and has dissolved in the water, becoming one with the water.
That's what happens when we blend with God, we get the Holy Ghost fire and become one with God, becoming a part of him. We get God's nature. That's why they say, tell me your friend and I"ll tell you who you are!
1.0 The Intimacy of Our Relationship
When you have a relationship with someone, you cherish the time you get to spend with them
When you have a relationship with someone, you want to communicate with them
When you have a relationship with someone, you want everyone else to know about them.
When you have a relationship with someone you are willing to sacrifice for them.
Saul had religion not relationship. He knew the Bible but did not know the God who wrote the Bible. But Saul's encounter with Christ gave
Him a new relationship, changed him from Saul to Paul, and his love for Christ and His Word, cost him his life.
If we have a relationship with God we will cherish His Word because we love Him.
God is our Father, Jesus is our Elder Brother and the Holy Spirit is our Comforter John 20:17 "Go tell my brethren, I ascend to my Father and your Father". John 14:16 Holy Spirit abides with us for ever
New Testament Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. Rev 3:20 refers to Living with Jesus our Groom. In SS 2:4 we read, He brought me to the banqueting house and His banner over me is love. SS 2:16 is more personal in this relationship and states, My beloved is mine and I am His
Christianity is a marriage relationship with Christ. Eph 5:31, 32 We are joined to Christ our husband as one flesh. Eph 5:30 We are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
2.0 Preparing for the Heavenly Wedding with Christ
Our earthly marriage which blends our Christian character, prepares us for the heavenly wedding. Eph 5:25 states Husbands love your wives even as Christ Loved the Church and gave Himself for His Bride
Our earthly married life is a shadow of our eternal marriage to Christ. Eph 5:31,32 We leave our parents to be joined with our spouse to be one flesh even as Jesus left His Father to purchase His bride with His blood
How we live our earthly marriage life will reflect on our eternal relationship with Christ. Col 3:19 Don't be bitter to your spouse. 1 Pt 3:7 Our prayers will not be answered if we do not live understanding our wife is a weaker vessel and give honor to them.
Our love for our spouses needs to grow into the love Christ has for His Church Bride. Eph 5:28 Similarly husbands need to love their wives as themselves.
Our obedience and respect to our earthly husbands is a reflection of our obedience to Christ. Eph 5:22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord
But respect is not demanded, it is earned. 1 Jn 4:19 God did not demand love, He gave us His life and now we fall at His feet and worship Him in reverence.
We fall down and worship Jesus because of the agony he suffered for us by laying down His life for us. Lk 22:44 In Agony, His sweat was like great drops of blood.
Therefore, we also ought to be willing to lay down our life for our spouses. God was not ruling in heaven giving speeches on love. He came down, spread his hands and died on the cross. Eph 5:25 Husbands love your wives even as Christ loved the Church
We married for better or worse to our earthly spouse, even so we should be prepared to suffer with Christ. Mt 16:24 If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me
We should go where Jesus goes, follow where Jesus leads, desire only Christ's beauty, and feed where it pleases Christ. Ps 23:1,2 Jesus takes me to green pastures and still waters when we follow Him.
We should yield to the desire of our heavenly bridegroom in accordance with God's will, even if it means wearing the dresses he likes, going to only places where He will come with us, and listening to His favorite radio station or TV program, and singing the songs he likes. Eph:5:19: Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Even as we are married to the life of our spouse and life with our spouse, as the church bride we are married to the life of Jesus and to live with Jesus.
2 Cor 5:15 He died for us so we should not live for ourselves but for Him who died for us so we might live.
Esther became the queen because she was the only one who dressed, perfumed, and purified herself according to the King's desire which the kings chamberlain's alone knew.
Esther 2:15: Esther purified and prepared herself according to King's desire known only to the king's chamberlain.
There were many who tried to please the king, but only one who ministered to the King according to the King's desire, so Esther was crowned and the rest rejected.
SS 6:8,9 My dove, my undefiled is but one, referring to the model of Esther who became the queen
Mat 25:10 Five virgins were ready to be the bride, and five were not since they forgot the oil, the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Those that were ready went to the wedding to be the Bride of Christ in an eternal relationship
In that day many shall say to Christ, we did miracles, signs, wonders, but Christ shall say to them I cannot accept you as my bride because you ministered to me with an unclean vessel not according to my preference Mt 7:22, 23 Many shall say, Lord we prophesied, cast out devils, did many wonderful works, but Jesus will say depart from me you that work iniquity Mal 2:6 defines "iniquity" in one reference to one who ignores God's Word to be popular Iniquity Examples: King Saul: feared the people and did not enforce God's Word, Baalam: desired the king's gold vs. obedience to God, Eli: did not restrain his children from committing adultery and robbing the sacrifice meat because he loved food more than God's Word, etc. Good Examples of those who lived without Iniquity: Paul: refused to accept Jewish opinion and risked his life by preaching salvation is for all races including gentiles and jews Daniel: did not fear the king and refused to stop praying
3.0 ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED
2 Cor 11:2 We are Espoused or Engaged to one (1) husband Christ
2 Cor 1:22 Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit as a seal and guarantee that He will return to wed us as His Bride. Rom 8:16, 17 We are heirs and Joint Heirs with Christ our Heavenly Bridegroom
The first Adam was not a leader, but instead led humanity to sin, blamed it on his wife, and lost the opportunity to eat of the tree of life Gen 3:12
The second Adam, Jesus, is our leader, who saved humanity from sin, took the blame on Himself, and became our everlasting life and our eternal husband. For as in the first Adam we all die, in the second Adam we are made alive, and have eternal life 1 Cor 15:22
We now look like the first Adam, but soon we will look like the second Adam 1 Cor 15:49 As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly
4.0 The Wedding Day
Rev 19:7, 8 The bride comes for the heavenly wedding with Jesus Christ in fine linen clean and white, glorious without spot or wrinkle Eph 5:27
1 Jn 3:3 The bride is ready, purified with the blood of Jesus, all discolorations on her dress removed with the oil of the Holy Spirit, and adorned with Holiness
Rev 19:9 The wedding takes place in the presence of many guests
5.0 Wife of the Lamb
Singing (a) before the throne in heaven
Singing with voice like thunder
Singing a new song and
Playing harp music
Her voice is now like Jesus, the voice of many waters
she was redeemed by Christ's Blood, she is the
o She talks like Jesus (voice of many waters)
o She resembles the Father's voice (voice like thunder)
o No one can learn the song except the 144,000
o She Follows the Lamb wherever He goes for the rest of Eternity
o She is Faultless, undefiled, virgin (power of Christ's cleansing blood)
The entire body of Christ built upon the Cornerstone Jesus Christ Eph
Bride in the future inviting the thirsty in the present Rev 22:17 The Bride and the Spirit of God have become one with the Father and the Son The Spirit and the Bride say "Come". The Gospel is simple:
o Come to Jesus
o Drink the Water of Life
o Eat the Word of Life
o Be baptized into the Body of Christ
o Become Like Jesus Christ
o Be married to Jesus Christ
o Live Eternally with Jesus Christ
John 17:22 Jesus prays for us: "And the Glory which thou gavest me, I have given them; that they may be one, even as we (Father and Son) are one."
The Bride has become united with the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, the All Triune God per the prayer of Jesus in John Chapter 17.
6.0 Eternity with God and God with Us
Rev 21:3 We will dwell forever with God who wrote the Holy Bible:
o on a tablet of stone,
o on parchments through the apostles,
o on paper after Christ's death, and
o through the Holy Spirit inscribed His Holy Bible, the WORD in our hearts
God will dwell with us
Rev 22:4 We will see His Face, the face of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, The Triune God, and His Name will be on our Foreheads
God Himself will wipe our tears and there will be no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain only Everlasting Joy and Glory for All Eternity with God our Father, and Jesus our Heavenly Bridegroom and the Holy Spirit our Blessed Comforter.
The End of this Worldly Life and the Beginning of our Glorious Eternity with GOD!
He will be our Light, Life and Love FOREVER.
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE-->Mark 4:39-40 And JESUS arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
John 11:43-44 And when he thus had spoken, JESUS cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
MOVING FORWARD POWERED BY JESUS CHRIST!
When spiritually dead people give you feedback, ignore it When spiritually living people give you feedback respect it When God gives you feedback from the Bible, move forward, full speed!
Jer 7:24: But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
1.0 Who are we?
We often forget who we are and whose we are, when we face challenges that distract us, and attempt to erase the blessed memory of Christ with the Triune Almighty God living inside us.
Isa 43:1: But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
We are the sons and daughters of Almighty God, we are His property, He that toucheth us toucheth the apple of God's eye, and we are elevated and placed just below God under His 24/7 oversight and watchful eye. No power or weapon has authority over us. We are mightier than the angels, placed above the saints in the Old Testament, because of the blood of Jesus and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Everything, including all powers and authorities, Lucifer and his hosts are under our feet, as we operate under God, in the name of Jesus. Jesus at whose name everything will bow down, that same mighty Jesus the King of Kings now lives inside us, for we are the sons of God. Sons should sing songs to the brightest sun, the Son of God Jesus, and not chicken out when the see the enemy's army marching towards us. We are the sons of God, who derive our authority from our heavenly Father, God. We are not just creation, we are above all creation and one with the Triune God.
2.0 The prayer of Jesus, the Son of God that elevated us:
Joh 17:21: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me
Joh 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Satan wanted to destroy the human race made in the image of God, but through His prayer and sacrifice, Jesus elevated us to His level and made us spiritually and literally and factually to be seated with Him in heavenly places on thrones right next to Him. The demons see that and tremble at both Christ and us God's Children
Eph 2:4: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;). And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus
3.0 We need to be a generation that moves forward not backward!
Some folks in the US want God out of the US Dollar and the national anthem so USA will run out of gas and the Spirit of God that is their only hope to save them from destruction and devastation. Six months before the 9-1-1 attack I was in prayer early in the morning from 1:30 AM to 6:00 AM and God took me in the spirit to Manhatten and made me hover over it at an altitude of about a 1,000 feet. He showed me the men and women rushing to work. As they were walking fast, he pointed to the women and said, "look at the manner of their dress and their sleeveless costumes. I will bring evil upon this nation from all directions, but you and your family will be protected". I pleaded with the Lord to have mercy on this country and the Lord told me to "pray with tears, for Godly tears said He in the name of Jesus is USA's only hope"
Today we have a generation that trusts in their own strength ("I can handle it") and moves backward, reckoning their strength is insufficient to overcome the challenges they see looming ahead on the horizon, and they are hesitant to move forward trusting in the Lord's strength, Lord's finance, Lord's power, and Lord's ability and talents. When their bank balance moves up they rejoice, when it ebbs down they are worried
Our God is a God who moves forward and overcomes and fights for us. He wasn't sitting in the Garden of Eden, regretting why Adam and Eve messed up?! He moved forward with a plan and sent Jesus to save the human race and defeated the devil in Christ's weakness through the preaching of the cross. Following God's example who faced greater challenges than we do on a daily basis, we should also trust in the Champion, our Almighty Victorious God and His everlasting strength and abundant provision moving forward with a supernatural thrust. Our bodies should have the sign, 'POWERED BY GOD'. The beautiful creatures around God's throne move forward, God moves forward, the universe and the galaxies are moving forward, the clock moves forward, what are we the sons and daughters of God waiting for, knowing we have the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead? Eph 1:19: And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
4.0 Powered in forward motion, weak in backward slide!
Have you seen a flock of geese in the sky moving in a V-configuration, following their leader? The geese know that the victory configuration gives them the maximum forward thrust with the least effort. We have victory in Jesus Christ!
1Co 15:57: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
God set eyes in the front of our head, feet pointing forward, arms with the ability to move 180 degrees forward with ease, and the inability to move 30 degrees backward with much resistance, so God can make it clear to us that he has designed us to move forward with ease and not backward with difficulty (I tried it this morning and it hurts to swing the arms backward!)
God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, yet He is somewhat limited by the power that worketh in us, because if we walk backward, we will lose power, and we will crash into a wall, but if we move forward we will see signs and wonders performed by the hand of Almighty God with whom all things are possible. The Bible says, God is limited by the power that worketh in us
Eph 3:20: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us
Why is there a limitation to His almighty power to operate in us? The limitation is not in the forward motion, but in the backward motion. When we move forward trusting in God against all odds, His power is unlimited to break barriers, however, on the same token, when we shift into reverse gear, we cannot move too fast, our horse power decreases from 250 to 0.1, similar to the limitation we observe in an automobile
5.0 Obstacles disappear when we move forward If we move forward, as the sheep follows the Shepherd, we will see crooked roads straightened, gates of brass that blocked our progress broken, bars of iron cut in pieces and the breaker/almighty bulldozer going before us.
The lions could do nothing to Daniel when he prayed in the lions den
Psalm 23:1, John 10:4
Psalms 23:1: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want
Joh 10:4: And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice
Isa 45:2-3: I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel
Mic 2:12-13: I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. The breaker (the bulldozer) is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them. The mountain will not move until we move forward.
If we cannot obey God and have the courage to move forward, why should we expect the mountain to obey us and be removed from its place. God's promises are conditional. He first wants us to trust His Word and move forward. He calls us kings and priests, sons and daughters of God, a little lower than himself, created in His own image, and He our Heavenly Father Himself is moving forward with our Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. We are the only creation in whom the Triune God dwells. If we are the Sons of God, the habitation and temple of the most high, the ark of the covenant that pushed the fierce Jordan river back to a heap, the greatest and highest and mightiest creation, placed just below God, even mightier than the angels who are our helpers to attain salvation, why do we hesitate to move forward when everything is subordinate and inferior to us and we are only subordinate to God who is our Father, our Heavenly Bridegroom, our Blessed Comforter and our Elder Brother?
6.0 Don't be terrorized, have fellowship with Spirit filled Christians and move forward as a Heavenly Host, then you will see the enemy dead on the seashore, Ex 14:30!
Eze 1:9-22: Their wings were joined one to another (fellowship); they turned not when they went (focus on God's throne); they went every one straight forward. And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit (God) was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went. And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight (speaking God's Word correctly) forward
These are the creatures around God's throne who run to and fro like lightening. His Cherubims and Seraphims move forward. Our God who is seated on His everlasting throne, is a God who always moves forward. His angels move forward. His army moves forward. Should not we his sons and daughters also move forward as the sons and daughters of almighty God, following in the footsteps of our heavenly Father
There is something supernatural that happens when the children of God move forward towards the looming mountains and the panoramic width of the ocean, and the widespread, terrible, and the threatening host of the enemy
One notable thing about David, the little boy is he knew who His God was and always moved forward. He did not staggerwhen he saw a multitude of wicked people with a towering tall Big Foot resembling super evil champion leading them towards him. David saw God first and then when he looked at the giant, he felt he could crush him, since the giant was so small and miniscule in comparison to God. As David kept looking at God, the giant kept growing smaller. He knew who His God was and exploited the enemy with his faith in God
Da:11:32: And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits
1Sa:17:48: And it came to pass, when the Philistine (the Giant) arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David (the little kid) hasted, and ran toward the army tomeet the Philistine. David ran forward. He had aimed in the past at bears and lions at the same altitude. Now God wanted David to aim higher, although he was just a shepherd boy, not a soldier. But in one day David ascended to an altitude of an invincible warrior. He aimed before at animals at his level and elevation, now it was time to aim at a giant as tall as an elephant, at a much higher elevation. David accepted this challenge trusting in the everlasting God's arms, that had perfect aim. The stone sank into the Giant's head as directed by the hands of God who knew the giant's anatomy and fragility. Yes, it was the attitude or altitude of David that struck the giant, and smote the Philistine, with a little boy's power-packed faith arsenal. Our attitude or altitude towards the challenges we face will reveal our location and our coordinate longitudes and latitudes
We worry about trifles and shoot butterflies with rifles, we waste much time arguing with fools and people don't know the difference. We need to spend our time moving forward and overcoming the enemy in the name of Jesus, as the invincible warriors of God. David's odds of killing the giant was 1 in a zillion, yet he did not flee in fear, since he was physically no match for the giant, but ran towards the giant in courage unarmed, unprotected externally, but protected by God's mighty hand internally. 1 Sa 17:51: Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled
Remember, there was an army around Goliath. How did David have the boldness to run to the Philistine, ignore the army that surrounded Goliath, and take Goliath's own sword to slay him? It was his faith in God that paralyzed the enemy. David moved forward and his enemies moved backward. His faith was evident when he moved forward. Remember, the red sea parted when God's children moved forward. No, they didn't drown, it was their enemies that drowned. The Philistines saw Goliath was dead and fled. If we move forward, the enemy will sure enough flee
Jas 4:7: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Psalms 27:3: Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
If we move forward praising the Lord and worshipping Him,we even don't have to fight, for the enemy will be dead even before we finish our song. The gates will open even before we touch it.
Ac:12:10: When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him
This chapter started with Herod killing one apostle, and arresting another, but ended with Herod's death and the growth of God's kingdom, as the church moved forward proclaiming God's Word unhindered by kings and emperors who tried to stop their progress, inspired by Julius Ceasar. This stone will grow and become the greatest and an everlasting kingdom and will smite all others and ground them to powder Ac:12:23: And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. Ac:12:24: But the word of God grew and multiplied
7.0 Power in Praise
Acts 16:25-26 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them.
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every ones bands were loosed.
And the same night the jailer family was saved and the church was established in Phillipi through praise. Demons bowed before Paul because he focused on Jesus and praised Jesus allways
Acts 19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
In fact there is so much power in us when we move forward with songs of praise, that the enemy's host will be killed without a fight. It happened during the reign of a Godly King Jehoshaphat witnessed in the following Bible verses
2 Ch 20:-24: It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be Hazazon-tamar, which is En-gedi. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped
In his family life, Isaac was almost about to lose his wife to wicked people, yet he trusted in the Lord in a foreign land, under a foreign wicked king
Ge:26:13: And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: He was a foreigner in the land, the people were trying to steal his wife, and in this unsafe environment, he trusted in the Lord, obeyed the Lord and dwelt in the land, went forward, and God exalted him. All the troubles (tests) in our life are to see if we move forward and run the race being overcomers or get overwhelmed by our obstacles and stop or move backward being defeated
Abraham could have given up, but he didn't. Ro 4:20: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory (praising) to God; We can either stagger at God's promises because they are too good to be true or trust in the Lord who supplieth all our need miraculously against all odds and natural laws just like he multiplied the five loaves and two fishes and fed the multitude (5+2=10,000?!). It was lunch for one boy, but when it was brought to the Apostles, they brought it to Jesus, and Jesus multiplied it with his prayer and praise, to feed almost ten thousand people. Yes He turned water into wine, and when there was no boat He walked on the water, not during a quiet day, but during a stormy day, when it was hard to be still and maintain a balance. With God all things are possible! We can either sit looking at the mountain or the giant, or command the family to move forward because God told us to, and consequently, see the mountain removed and the giant crashing to the ground, dead as a stone, slain by the stone of faith. When our faith is solid as a stone, the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. There is a time to pray and a time to move forward. David lost his family to the enemy temporarily, but he prayed, got God's counsel, moved forward, attacked the enemy, and got his family plus a great spoil
1Sa:30:8-18: And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all. And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives. And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all. Moses was praying, God said, "Moses, Start Moving'! He did and the enemy perished, while they walked through the sea and reached the other side and the promised land, even as we today await the soon return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who will change our vile body that it might be fashioned according to His glorious body according the power that worketh in us Php 3:21
Ex:14:15: And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: Nu:10:35: And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee
Poem by Sharon:
This world tries to corner me,
Now I have my back against a wall,
As its struggles edge towards me,
I find escape more difficult.
Sometimes I feel like giving up,
And feel like giving in,
I can't take the pressure,
Lord, it's getting harder to stand.
What if it overtakes me?
What if I don't make it through?
The walls are ready to cave,
But though I don't know where else to move,
I know the time will come,
When You come to my rescue on that day,
And snatch me away from my troubles,
So at this moment as I wait
I will look forward to the day,
When my troubles will pass away,
The moment I see Your face,
My night will turn into day.
Then the enemy will wonder,
Where I have possibly gone,
How did I escape his watchful gaze,
And jumped into Your loving arms?
In my weakness, God You are strong,
So the time I give up control,
My life will be in Your hands,
And You will never let me go.
Now as I wait for You to come,
Though things are still hard,
I trust you are protecting me,
That You will be my safeguard,
So I look forward to the day,
When my troubles will pass away,
The moment I see Your face,
My night will turn into day.
Then the enemy will wonder,
Where I have possibly gone,
How did I escape his watchful gaze,
And jumped into Your loving arms?
GLOBAL ELECTRONIC MINISTRY SUPPORT (GEMS):Your ministry pledge will be used to spread God's Word across the world so Jesus Christ will continue to manifest His power, bringing light and salvation in accordance with John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son that whosoever believes on Him will not perish but shall have everlasting life! May God provide all your needs according to His riches in Glory through Christ Jesus and fulfill His purpose in your life! Faithful is He that calleth you who also will do it for Jesus christ is the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus said, My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Jesus said, Jesus Sweetest Name. Let us follow Him without doubting for He said, Lo I am with you always even unto the ends of the world. Jesus Christ is with you now answering your prayer! JESUS heals delivers provides transforms! Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd and we are His sheep. He will lead us to green pastures and make us lie beside the still pastures. He will remove obstacles. He will fight for us. He has completed everything for us and has lived our life for us. Let us follow Jesus Christ to Glory for He came down that we might go up and live with Him forever. The trumpet shall soon sound and dead in Christ (our loved ones) shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed. This is our Glorious and Blessed Hope in Jesus Christ Savior Heavenly Bridegroom.
CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR RESERVATION
Have you made your reservation
For eternal preservation?
Renew your focus
Stop chasing what's bogus
You may think all is well
Not knowing the default is hell
Don't forget hell is real
Your life will end with the bell
Hell is an eternal fiery lake
Seek the truth not fake
Are you on a journey
Lusting after vile sex and money?
Focus on the heavenly destination
Don't head blindly towards eternal destruction!
Today is the day of salvation
For your life's transformation
Come back to your Father
And Jesus your Redeemer
He patiently awaits your surrender
So He can make your life a wonder
TIME IS RUNNING OUT:
Mathew 16 verse 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Your heart will stop after a fixed count
You will stand before God and give account
Life will end abruptly, there is no doubt
Have your sins been forgiven at Calvary's Fount?
Jesus shed His Blood for you on Calvary's mount
Jesus calls you; hearken before your time runs out
1.0 Life is fragile, handle with care
There is one life, 'twill soon be past
Only what's done for Christ will last
As your heart is beating
The clock is ticking
When death calls you
What will you do?
2.0 Redeem the time
Don't waste your time, your life
Lusting for money, sex and vice
For after you die, before God your soul will stand
And give account for all you did with your heart, mind and hand
Without Christ you will be tormented forever in hell
Come to Jesus now and all will be well
3.0 Stop chasing trash
Is riches, career and fame all you think about?
Remember your life will end abruptly like a fleeting cloud
Come to Jesus so life eternal abounds
Come today to Calvary's mount
Cleansing from purest fount
So God's Grace forever surrounds
4.0 Trash will drag you to the trash can
Seek not fame, pride, and flattery
Seek allways God's Glory
Live for Jesus who died for you on Calvary
Pirate compromised the Truth and Herod became his friend
But both Herod and Pirate had a tragic end
Pirate lost his mind washing hands all the time
Herod eaten by worms for his bloodshed, a terrible crime
Don't become proud and lose your mind
5.0 Don't gamble eternity with illusions
What is true wealth?
Dollars or cents?
Are you gambling eternity not knowing your end?
Come to Jesus, His call attend
Very soon God His angels will send
To separate the just from wicked and violent
6.0 Lies from wolves lead Lamb's to destruction
Deception of perception
Mirage and optical illusion
Your own imagination
Without Christ's illumination
Will spiral you to hell's destination
Lies' conception is the pathway to destruction
Come receive Christ's salvation
7.0 Money is not evil but chasing it is!
Love of money is the root of all evil
Because evil comes from the devil
All your wealth
Will not save you from death
Come back to God who gave you life's breadth
Come back to Him for spiritual health
Cling to His Hand and rise up from the depth
8.0 Power gained by money, position or deception is a black hole that gobbles stars
Power that is secular
Will bury you in despair
Kneel in prayer
Get spiritual power
Come to Him Who is Greater
Than this world's destroyer
Escape from the clasps of Lucifer
9.0 Live high, aim high, and follow Jesus to God's throne
If you wait on the master
You will fly higher and higher
Come to The Living Water
So thirst you will never more suffer
Riches and fame don't matter
When you're in ICU connected to the ventilator
10.0 Only Jesus can satisfy your thirst
Through His Spirit He will give you new birth
Receive His Grace Mercy and Glory which is true wealth
Don't be destroyed by Satan's stealth
Come to Jesus the Living Water
Quench your thirst eternally forever
11.0 Become a jewel in the Master's Hand
Very little time is left for you on this earth
Come to Jesus to escape God's wrath
He will make you a jewel and give you true worth
You were called to live above
Not at ground level like you do now
High above the clouds your eyes can see
Come to Christ and understand the mystery
12.0 Only one way to heaven
He is the only way to heaven
The only safe haven
The only one through whom salvation is given
He shed His perfect Blood so you're sins will be forgiven
13.0 He died for you so you will escape eternal fire
Though He is God, yet down He came
God of eternal love allways the same
He didn't come for worldly fame
But to save you by His mighty Name
If you ignore Him today
You will stand before Him on Judgement day
The fire is burning while you sleep
The ignorant dead are sinking in the deep
14.0 Feast with Jesus eternally
Jesus sits at the head of the table
You may be feeble
But with Christ's strength you'll be enabled
To dwell in the heavenly Jerusalem
And rejoice forever that your work on earth is done
15.0 He suffered excruciating pain for your eternal joy
Fettered with sin's heavy chains
When we messed up seeking our own gain
On the road to destruction like a runaway train
Following death, corruption and the grave
Down from heaven He came
Not for worldly fame
But to suffer cruel shame
And save us by rising again
O blessed be His Name
16.0 When satan wanted to wipe out humanity, Jesus intervened
Satan came like an overflowing flood
But Jesus crushed the serpent's head
By shedding His precious Blood
And fulfilling God's Plan in His eternal Word
17.0 Choose Jesus who died for you
So give your heart to Jesus today
Lean on Him, He'll be your stay
Follow Him along the narrow way
Trust Him, your night will become day
18.0 Jesus calls you
Bckons you above
Forget your past
Don't end up last
Fly up to your eternal rest
Arrive in time for your eternal fest
19.0 Seek God's Throne and a faithful crown
Keep your feet on the ground
Your heart on the victors crown
Your hope on your heavenly home
Your destination God's Throne
20.0 Your soon coronation costed Christ's Blood
Earned for you at Christ's Cross
Come to Him you'll never suffer loss
Jesus shed His precious Blood
Come to Him and with true joy your soul will flood
Everlasting peace just like He said
21.0 Earthly gold is corrupt, seek real wealth
Heaven's streets are paved with gold
Gates of pearls and saints of old
No one enters that Christ's Hand did not hold
Be washed by His Blood and join His fold
22.0 Naked you came, naked you will leave earth, so believe Jesus
You will leave your wealth
Rotting on this earth
Ending in your grave
All you have saved
Your life will soon be past
What is done for Christ alone will last
23.0 Can you tell me more about Jesus?
The closer you walk with Jesus, the more you will begin to understand the ten unique characteristics of this infinite God, who engulfs us with His ocean of love:
24.0 True inspirations for your new life in Jesus
24.1 Don't worry about tomorrow
Tomorrow is in God's Nail Scarred Powerful Almighty Hands. True Christianity is putting your trust in God today for tomorow! Let God take you in His hand and fashion your future according to His will and make you His masterpiece. If you trust the faucet to flow when you open it, the door knob to work when you twist it, the rain to fall when it thunders and your car to start when you turn on the ignition why not God the Creator of all things including you who is all powerful and with whom nothing is impossible? Even as you cannot live without oxygen, you cannot live without God. You will fail without Him. But why wait until it is too late? Repent and turn to God. Hold on to God's promises in His Word the Holy Bible. Jesus Christ said, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. Is 43: When you pass through the waters I will be with thee and the rivers, they shall not overflow thee, and when you walk through the fire you will not be burned. Quit worrying and start praising. You were created to praise God. Leave the rest to your Creator who is your Father, God Almighty. He that spared not His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also give us all things. Focus on His face, not His blessings. Seek Him Love Him Worship Him and it shall be well with you!
24.2 Trust Jesus at all times
Have faith in Jesus Christ who can do all things for us to His Glory. He raised the dead, He healed the sick, He gave sight to the blind, He healed the deaf, He made the lame to walk and He made sinners saints through His precious blood. Above all He rose from the dead and even so we who are alive and remain unto the coming of our Lord will be caught up alive in a transformed body in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. The dead in Christ shall be raised in a transformed body just like Jesus Christ and ascend with us to meet our Heavenly Father.
24.3 If you trust God and move forward, you will begin to see wonders
I will not fear because he lives
He holds tomorrow by faith I'll stand
Mountain start moving rivers stop flowing
When I move forward in Jesus Name
He split the red sea when I moved forward
I saw by faith things impossible
Faith is the substance faith is the evidence
By faith I can see all things unseen
Jericho walls will stop you from moving
If you keep staring tremble and frown
Lift up your eyes to the one who made you
If you start praising walls will come down
The fiery furnace the deepest waters
Will try to stop you from moving on
But He is faithful to keep you forever
Keep moving onward battle is won
The days were passing all hope was ending
Then after four days Jesus appeared
If you believe now you'll see God's glory
The devil's plan will be overthrown
Is anything too hard for the maker
Who made the stars and called them by name
He's our provider He's our deliverer
He even conquered death and the grave
Your heart has a God shaped cavity
Into it won't fit worldly riches and vanity
God so loved the world that He gave
His only Son Jesus the world to save
Let your heart be filled with gratitude
Live at a higher altitude
Your body needs oxygen
Your soul needs regeneration
Your Spirit needs God's presence
You are more than what people see
You can become a masterpiece of God's Divinity!
Invite Jesus Christ into your life. He is knocking on your heart's door. Commit your life to Jesus today
Your choice today
Where you'll eternally stay
The choice is yours
There are many doors
There is one life
T'will soon be past
Only what's done for Christ will last
WHY IS THE BIBLE THE MOST CREDIBLE BOOK IN HUMAN HISTORY?
1. History, Archaeology, Qur'an, Hindu Vedas & Science Confirm Biblical Truths.
2. Bible records public historical events with 1,000s of witnesses.
3. 3,000+ years old prophesies of the Bible are being fulfilled today.
4. Jesus God came as man to save the human race fulfilling 1,000s of prophesies in minute detail.
5. Israel stands today as fulfillment of Biblical prophesy. Israel's ocean of enemies cannot wipe out this small speck on world map called Israel, because Jesus Christ, the Star of David fights for them.
6. God came down on Mount Sinai openly and publicly in front of over 1,000,000 people and wrote the ten commandments.
7. Nobody could capture Jesus until He said take me, and nobody could kill Jesus until He said Father take my Spirit. The centurion who crucified Jesus said truly this was the Son of God. Stop arguing, ask the centurion why?!
8. Jesus appeared to more than 500 people alive in the flesh after His resurrection.
9. Jesus ascended up to heaven from the mount in front of 70 people.
10. Millions from nations worldwide were present when the Holy Spirit the Comforter promised by Jesus came down on 120 people in tongues of fire.
11. Seventy five (75) prominent men had dinner with God: Exodus 24:9-13 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:
And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.
And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did have dinner in his presence.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.
12. In all these evidences people saw and heard and documented it.
13. Jesus said "I will send you another Comforter who will abide with you forever, and when I ascend up into heaven I will send Him from the Father". Jesus ascended up to heaven around AD 33 and sent the Holy Spirit immediately. The Holy Spirit abides forever because He is God with no beginning or end. Muhammad is not the one Jesus referred to because he was born as a man, created Allah several hundred years later, did not abide forever, was not a comforter, and died of food poisoning. The Holy Spirit is God Almighty who lives forever, but Muhammad is mortal man, who lies dead in a tomb.
14. This Bible timeline really is amazing. It covers over 6,000 years of Bible and World history, which you can easily see together. It includes over 1,000 historical references to enhance your everyday study.
In sharp contrast to the Bible, Islam has five Anamolies: A Religion (shell) without Relationship (fruit):
1. Islam a religion created in a cave to promote worship of an idol, a stone, which originates from a moon god,
2. Islam that encourages all sins banned by society came 650 years after Jesus the holy sinless one came,
3. Islam a religion the practises of which would put people in death row in modern society,
4. Islam came 4,650 years after the creation of man by Almighty God. Do you think God had no interaction with His creation for 4,650 years and suddenly decided to talk? In the Holy Bible, He has been speaking since day 1 and year 0 and continues to speak today.
5. Islam was created by 1 man in private whereas the Bible was written and documented by millions of witnesses who saw and heard the God of the Holy Bible. The Bible was documented by over 1,000,000 people who witnessed God Jehovah not Allah descend publicly on Mount Sinai in Arabia.
The Biblical chapters are 6,000 years old and were written by 40 authors. Bible provides millions of direct witnesses of God in public. Islam provides 1 in private.
The Bible takes us back to sequential history starting from 6,000 years back when man was created. Each book in the Bible is historical and tied to a historical date.
Therefore the Bible is the oldest book in history and most credible because the Bible is even witnessed in Qur'an as Jesus being the only one who did not sin and even Qur'an says Jesus is the Word of God, Spirit of God, Amighty God, and Messiah.
THE spirit that gave the Qur'an to Muhammed could not fail to acknowledge that Jesus is Almighty God! Therefore Jesus rose again but Muhammad didn't! I have more faith in an Author Jesus Christ who rose again from the dead, rather than one who still lies dead in a cold monument.
Muhammad claims to have received messages from Gabriel but the experience he had with Gabriel casts serious DOUBT on the credibility of that claim. Two questions arise from Muhammad's encounter with Gabriel. Why did a visitation with a messenger from God leave Muhammad in a state of panic and complete fear? Why would a messenger from God physically assault Muhammad? Why did Muhammad try to commit suicide after His encounter with Gabriel. Thus Gabriel who appeared to Muhammed does not appear to be the the Divine Messenger Angel Gabriel of the Bible who took away fear, gave Divine promises of encouragement and peace and calm to Mary, Zecharias and Daniel. The Angel Gabriel of the Bible gave the saints of the Bible a message of peace and love contrary to the message of hate and instruction to kill Christians and Jews that was given to Muhammed. Therefore we can conclude that the Angel Gabriel of the Bible from God is opposite in character and identity to the Gabriel who appeared to Muhammad. Lucifer was once a cherub but through disobedience and pride was cast down and has been a deceiver, assaulter and murderer ever since since he tries to impersonate even the Angel of light Gabriel: The one who pretended to be Gabriel that met Mohammed in a cave told him Jesus "is not" the Son of God; Is not the true Angel Gabriel the one that told Mary "JESUS is the Son of God"?
ISLAM: Only Muslims may enter Paradise. Muslims who obey Islamic laws and do more deeds than bad deeds for other Muslims or are killed while fighting in the cause of Allah will enter Paradise.
*CHRISTIANITY: Every person who accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will enter Heaven.*
ISLAM: Allah does not love Jews and Christians; they are hell-bound friends of Satan.
*CHRISTIANITY: God loves all people, including Muslims, Jews and Christians.*
ISLAM: Allah and God are one and the same .
*CHRISTIANITY: Allah and God cannot possibly be one and the same because Allah loves only Muslims while God loves all people.*
ISLAM: Allah is unknowable.
*CHRISTIANITY: God is personal.*
ISLAM: Allah commands Muslims to fight until all people profess Islam as their faith (the central heart of Qur'an and Hadith; 8:39, 9:5, 9:29, hundred more)
*CHRISTIANITY: God commands all people to love Him and love one another even their enemies.*
ISLAM: When necessary to further islam's quest for world domination, Islam also permits lying, breaking treaties, and pretending not to be a Muslim. Islam also permits lying for the sake of marital harmony.
*CHRISTIANITY: God forbids lying. There will be no liers in Heaven.*
ISLAM: Biblical prophets were Muslims, including Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus. Adam was a Muslim.
*CHRISTIANITY: No Biblical prophets were Muslim. Most were Hebrews: Not Arabs.*
ISLAM: The original Bible foretold the coming of Mohammed as the last and greatest of all Biblical prophets, Jews corrupted the Bible by removing all such prophesies.
*CHRISTIANITY: Muhammad was never mentioned in the Bible, ever.*
ISLAM: The original Bible did not mention that God has a son, that Jesus was crucified or that Jesus was raised from the dead. Christians corrupted the Bible by adding such stories.
*CHRISTIANITY: God would never permit mere men to change his words. No man is more powerful than God. The original Bible and today's Bible revealed that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son Jesus into the world to condemn the World, but that World might be saved through Him. Jesus died for the sins of everyone who believes in him and accepts him as Saviour and Lord. Today's Bible is the same as the original.*
ISLAM: Fleshly rewards await those who enter Paradise; fruit, wine, and virgins created for the eternal pleasure of Muslims men. Paradise is all about satisfying the senses and ambitions of earthly bodies. "Haha..Lol! Keep dreaming Mohammad"
*CHRISTIANITY: Sensual pleasures are of this world. Fleshly bodies cannot last forever. Heavenly bodies are spiritual, personal and eternal. In heaven there is peace, love and joy. There is no sickness or death. There is no deceit. There are no more tears. Believers will share their happiness and love with one another and with God. There will be no marriage or sexual relation in Heaven. "Hmm the home of eternal bliss"*
ISLAM: Jews are descendants of apes and pigs. It is a sacred duty of Muslims to convert, enslave or murder every one of them.
(If to say all the prophets of Israel were in existence, Muslims could be dictated to kill them irrationally) fake religion.
*CHRISTIANITY: The Jews are God's chosen people. God will never allow them to be completely destroyed. Their past and present exists of their descendants is for the blessing of mankind.*
ISLAM: Allah said, "Fight until there is no more tumult or oppression and there is faith in Allah altogether and everywhere."
*CHRISTIANITY: JESUS CHRIST said, "The greatest commandments are to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself."
But we wrestle not on flesh and blood, but on [Spiritual warefare] against the host of Satanic hidden forces of darkness of this World causing killing, hatred,stealing, conflict, idolatry, rape, adultery*
There is no other book in any of the world religions (Vedas, Bhagavad-Gita, Koran, Book of Mormon, etc.) that contains scientific truth. In fact, they contain statements that are clearly unscientific.
Hank Hanegraaff said, "Faith in Christ is not some blind leap into a dark chasm, but a faith based on established evidence."
The Bible is supernatural in origin. Therefore take heed to its promise of Heaven and warning of Hell. Let us see if you qualify to enter Heaven: Have you ever lied (even once - fibs, white lies, etc.)? Ever stolen (anything - the value is irrelevant)? Jesus said, "Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery already with her in his heart." Have you ever looked with lust? If you have said "Yes" to these three questions, by your own admission, you are a lying, thieving, adulterer at heart; and we have only looked at three of the Ten Commandments.
That is how God sees you. Nothing is hid from His holy eyes. Will you be innocent or guilty on the Day of Judgment? Listen to your conscience. You know that you will be guilty, and therefore end up in Hell. That is not the will of God. He provided a way for you to be forgiven. He sent His Son to take your punishment: "God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." He was bruised for our iniquities. Jesus then rose from the dead and defeated death: "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Pray something like this: "Dear God, I repent of all of my sins (name them). This day I put my trust in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Please forgive me and grant me your gift of everlasting life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen." Then read the Bible daily and obey what you read (see John 14:21). God will never let you down.
Question: If Jesus is God how can he favor himself?
Answer: Jesus (Son of God) prayed to His Father God during His time on earth. He said He will send the Holy Spirit to inhabit us. So God the Father who sent His Son into the world was pleased that His Son God manifest in flesh lived a sinless holy life although he was faced with the same temptations we face everyday. So after Christ's flesh died on the cross, God the Father raised Christ's body because Jesus The Son of God was highly favored by God the Father for completing the perfect atonement for our sins by offering Himself on the cross. The Bible was written by 40 authors over 1,800 years starting from 3,500 years back who received this message from God vs Quran written also by a person in 650 AD almost 2,000 years after the Bible was handed to humans by God. The Bible's every page and chapter has history and archeological authentication to support that it is a fact proven and credible. Jesus Christ is the only one who said I am the way the truth and the life and no one cometh to the Father but by me. I have more faith in God who came down as man to reveal Himself to His children, one we can call Father.
JESUS DIED TO SET US FREE
Jesus, the light of the earth
Saved us by His Divine birth
The Way, Door, Life and Truth
Tree of Life, everlasting Fruit
He has no beginning, the Word
By which He created the worlds
Everything that moves and breathes
Rocks and sand and galaxies
He created a perfect universe
In perfect order everywhere
Until pride entered into cherub Lucifer
Who attacking God got burnt with fire
Jealousy brought satan
To Garden of Eden
At the forbidden tree
Man was lost eternally
The first Adam fell
Ringing the death bell
For sin's wages is death
We were lost till Christ's Birth
Down from heaven He came
Not for earthly fame
But to suffer cruel shame
O Blessed be His Name
They nailed His body to a tree
From sin and death to set us free
His own blood gave us eternal life
For Father and sons to be reconciled
He is coming soon as King of Kings
Worship Him all you earthly beings
Kneel before Him all ye gods
Jesus alone is the Living God!
GOD IS OUR FATHER!
How wonderful to have a son<->Father relationship with God. This truly indicates God (Jehovah) is our true creator for He made us in His image and He is our Loving Father.
John 3:16 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.
Jesus taught us to pray:
M't:6:9: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Joh:20:17: Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
In Islam the human relationship with God is that of a slave and his master! "This is the reason Muhammad in fear attempted suicide as the spirit of slavery and was speaking to him".
The Bible says "God has not given us a spirit of slavery to fear but the Spirit of Power and of Love and of a Sound Mind calling God Abba Father" Rom 8
POEM THAT JESUS IS ALMIGHTY GOD
Who is the one favored by God?
The true Messiah Lord of Lords!
One who lies in the grave?
Or He who did rise from the grave?
All mankind to save!
Suppress not the Truth but believe
So Eternal Life through Him you'll receive
The one who made the sun and moon
Declared He is coming soon
Your good works are at best rags
Lay at the cross your sinful bags
Worship Him all ye things
Jesus alone is the King of Kings
Alpha Omega Beginning and the End
Almighty God Jesus your Friend!
HE DIED TO SET ME FREE
ROSE AGAIN TO LIVE ETERNALLY
Muslims focus on His death
Forgetting Jesus is the lifegiving breath
" Destroy this Temple", Jesus said
"And I will raise it from the dead"
The Temple He spake of was His Body
He offered in sacrifice for everybody
His flesh was dead for you, momentarily
But His Eternal Spirit is allways alive eternally
If you bury a lie, it will rot.
If you bury the truth, it will rise.
That is why the grave could not hold JESUS.
Happy Resurrection day!
O sinner, can't you see
Hell is real even if you don't believe!
Only the Blood of Jesus can set you free
Other sacrifices you offer
Will not matter
Cry to your Father
He will give you Living Water!
At the cemetery
Drowning in worry
Where they kept His body?"
She cried to somebody!
Jesus said, "Mary"
Mary said, "Rabboni"
"Touch me not Mary
I ascend to my Father
But tell my brothers
I am alive
Do not cry"
He is the Living Bread
Come to Him all you dead
With Christ's Life you will be fed!
Unto heaven's pearly gates you'll be led
The Heavenly Bridegroom you will Wed
Join God's Family
The BLESSED Trinity
Be washed by Christ's Blood in all purity
Receive the Holy Spirit your surety
That there awaits you a greater Glory
At God's throne surrounded by a glassy sea
THE HOLY SPIRIT, GOD ALMIGHTY WHO LIVES FOREVER AND HAS NO BEGINNING OR END IS THE BLESSED COMFORTER, NOT MUHAMMED, A MORTAL MAN
Jesus said "I will send you another Comforter who will abide with you forever and when I ascend up into heaven I will send Him from the Father". Jesus ascended to heaven around AD 33 and sent the Holy Spirit immediately. Also, the Holy Spirit abides forever because He is God. Muhammad is not the one Jesus referred to because he was born as a man several hundred years later, did not abide forever, was not a comforter, and died of food poisoning. The Holy Spirit is God, Muhammad is mortal man, who lies dead in a tomb.
My religious friends told me Jesus never claimed to be Almighty God. But in Revelation 1:8 Jesus did. Jesus said: "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty (Rev 1:8)". Further, Jesus Christ's closest disciple who was the only apostle who followed Jesus Christ to the cross stated: "1Jo:5:20: And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life". Then they told me, man cannot become God. So I showed them John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus was already God when He came in the flesh. The reason the Bible is credible and supercedes man's opinion is because every page in this Holy Book including the arrival of the Blessed Comforter can be tied to a historical date! Therefore it is true history and not fiction. It is the inspired Word of God and the oldest book in History!
I can do all things through Jesus Christ (Almighty God) Who strengthens me!
Do not be alarmed, the enemy will be disarmed.
Don't look down or look around, look up and stand your ground!
The darker the night, the brighter the light
Don't whine, the sun (Son) will shine
The devil is very clever, but in Jesus, we have the power
Demons may bruise our feet, but we will crush their teeth
Silly bullies, please hearken! Christianity cannot be threatened!!
God is with us He is our Rock!
Don't lose your speech with your empty talk
Confiscating the speeches will not stop the preachers.
Just because you are in the saddle, don't think you can stop the eagle
God's foundation will stand, even if you raise against us your trembling hand
Switching off the incandescent light
Will not stop the sun (Son) shining so bright
Go to the library and read Christian history
God will win every battle, even though your hand is on the throttle
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
He is the King of Kings, bow down to Him all ye things
He created you from the dust, don't be destroyed by your lust
Lay all down at His feet; let the sinner and the savior meet
He is coming soon to take His very own
Rejoice, we will soon be home!
Do not mess with Texas while we are gone
Beause we will be back before it is long
The stone from the mountain will crush rebellion
Texas and the US, one nation under God!
Jesus reigns and He alone is Lord!
Christ will reign on earth and His love will be our wealth!
Forever we will reign then
On earth peace, goodwill among men
Glory to God in the Highest!
Let His Son shine the Brightest!