WISDOM SPEAKS!! Through your words Bonnie.Bonnie, you have blessed my very soul because of the words that you have spoken in response to Stacy's post. I'd like to give a shout out of gratitude and thanks to: You, Stacy, Linda [not me, the one who also responded to Stacy's post, I am glad you are at peace now], Donna [RITAN], Valerie [RFTH], Texas Sue [RFTH], Bruce W, Rudy to name a few and others who actually GET IT and stand firm on it! His WORD IS TRUTH!It is called the EVERLASTING COVENANT! Sealed with HIS Blood.I say this because my heart breaks every time I see a child of the King, who is broken down, worried and constantly having to plead with Him/JESUS, because they have read something others have written that throws their very faith and relationship with Him, our Lord, into a whirlwind of confusion. Especially when they themselves KNOW they have been touched by His very presence, in their own lives.It is so sad to me that as the time draws closer to our redemption, people have come to rely more on their visions and dreams, words, and experiences, than on Jesus Christ Himself, our Savior, our Lord, the CREATOR of the universe. We have taken Joel's prophecy: "And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. Your old men shall dream, dreams. Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days." to a WHOLE new level and have LITERALLY made a "new gospel" out of it! Woe, Woe, Woe! This behavior is repulsive!! And it STINKS to High heaven!!!!!! I would say there will be no need for the two witnesses or the 144,000 to come because we on this side, have it ALL figured out! We just need to make sure all of our calculations, visions, dreams, words God wrote with our hand, are all written out and left behind so they can have them when the time comes. There will be no need for them to have bibles. This prophecy of scripture, if left up to us, does not apply to them at all!DO NOT get me wrong here. I believe Jesus can speak to whom He wants to speak, for HE IS GOD. But to say there is something "new" under the sun when He said in His word there isn't, this is blasphemy! "That which has been is what will be. That which is done is what will be done. And there is nothing new under the sun."[Eccl 1:9]. He said it...I BELIEVE IT!!To draw up lists for others to carry in their pocket to follow daily, to be sure they are saved, when He says "This is the work of God, that you BELIEVE in Him whom He sent" [John 6:29]... my goodness! Is it so hard to understand, that all those who say they believe should TEST themselves to see if they are in the faith, just as our Lord instructed us? If you love Him, His Spirit will compel you to do the things He instructs us to do, and you will [sometimes obedience takes longer for some than others]! Unless of course, you fail the test! It's that simple! "Nevertheless, the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: The Lord knows those who are His, and let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity [2 Tim 2:19].My heart mourns for all who peddle dreams/visions, give list of do's and don'ts for others to follow, because we truly do not believe what He did was enough. We are worst than unbeliever's. What is wrong with us people?? We are grabbing hold to every vision, word, dream and doctrine that wet our appetite! Yes! I am a watcher for more than 30 years, as Jesus commands us to be. His word also tells us what to watch for. I do know we don't need to watch for confirmation in every Popsicle stick we find on the pavement. We need to get back to the Gospel of Christ! After-all, it is about Him, NOT us!I truly believe Jesus is allowing us to see all these things, because HE knows exactly what we as mere created beings, will do with them. We will flock to the person [boy is this a sight for sore eyes], put our hope and faith in the next word, vision, dream, supposed letter written by God Himself, to determine our own righteousness, our own worthiness, to personally guarantee our own salvation. Not only that, but we become puffed up and prideful, believing we have something supremely special, therefore drawing all men unto us! Jesus says to us all, "My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images [Isaiah 42:8]."Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and He had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man [John 2: 23-25]".I implore everyone, to practice as our Brother Paul did,"And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except "Jesus Christ and Him crucified". I was with you in weakness, in fear and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God[1 Cor 2:1-5].How do we as believer's display the power of God? By believing EVERY word that comes out of the mouth of God...NOT OUR OWN!Brother Paul says, "I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed."[Gal 1:6-9]As brother Paul states, we should come to others in weakness, in fear and in much trembling, when we instruct others about the basic truths of the gospel which is Jesus Christ the hope of glory. Jesus states, "You are My witnesses," says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen. That you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I even I, am the Lord and besides Me there is no savior. I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you, therefore you are My witnesses, says the Lord, that I am God. Indeed before the day was, I am He: and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it? [Isa 43:10-13]To the Reader:
- Please, let us check ourselves to see what our real motives are in everything we do, either by word or deed. For the glory brought to ourselves on earth, IS our just reward.
- Let us have some restraint as to what and how we instruct others in regards to what is needed for assurance of salvation, [approach with caution, so that your rewards will not be burned as wood, hay or stubble]. For whomever He calls, they are His servant, for He is the Sheppard of the sheep. They are His workmanship.
- *Let us be careful what we lay at the door of the Lord...in His name.
- Let us FEAR creating the "Church of the New Gospel", which is no gospel at all.
- Let us Love the fellowship of Believer's, not become the fellowship of true Deceiver's.
Let us turn away from ourselves and turn back to the King, who has sealed us and taken from amongst the Gentiles, a people for His name, Hallelujah!! Acts 15:14
In such times as these I like to encourage our brothers and sisters in this way: That the ONLY thing we know for sure IS "Jesus Christ and Him Crucified". This you can take to the bank!
For all of those who doubt their salvation and are tossed to and fro because of others teachings, and may not be as strong as others who are steadfast and sure, but have been visited by the consecrated fruit of His Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead [who IS the one who draws us to Christ], who have truly confessed Jesus is Lord, and believes that God has raised Jesus from the dead...YOU...ARE....SAVED[Rom 10:9]. "For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God."
[ Rom 8:15-16]
I strongly encourage you to RUN!, I said RUN! away from every word written, vision given, experience shared or dream, dreamed, as come from God, by others that teach, promote or encourage, that which is contrary to what you have believed, as stated in Gods Holy, Righteous, Infallible and Inerrant word.
We as children of God, brothers and sisters, friends, the Bride and Beloved of Christ. Not that we have already obtained this virtue in its fullness, but that we strive willingly to attain this virtue; with a display of the Spirits power, we are victorious in that which we have been commissioned...
For We have ALL been COMMISSIONED TO OBEDIENCE!
Blessed Be His Name