By 1 Cor 10:31
To many, perhaps I may live a boring hum-drum life. But I love studying God’s Word more than anything! Seriously I can easily put off (needed) housework! I’ll choose the ways of Mary over Martha! Although I bet Martha could whip up some wonderful muffins! 😉 And once settled in heaven, I hope & expect some of you will come visit me at my “tea room”!! 😊
Read on & let’s discover some gems in the Word of God. Remember: He magnifies His Word even above His Name!! It’s that important. Psalm 138:2 “… for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
So I was thinking about my dear NAĎVE friend – who believes everyone is a true Christian just because they merely profess to be!! She means well. She says, “oh please pray for so & so – stage 4 cancer”. I ask: “is he a Christian?” She responds: “he is a professing Christian.” I answer: “unfortunately there are LOTS of “professing” Christians!! But when so & so says muslims go to heaven too (by their own reasoning & rituals & not by accepting the ONLY WAY Who is Jesus) then I say this person needs prayer for SALVATION instead of prayer for health!!”
God LOVES the muslim people, TOO!! But He still says NO to any other path to get to Him outside of receiving Jesus as personal Savior AND Lord!! Same goes for Jews. And all other “religions” (even if they are entrenched in the largest religion on earth!!) Still it’s not by man-made rituals & rules one gets there!
We do not have to “count beads”!! We do not have to grovel, or walk barefoot on hot flaming coals or do great harm to our bodies. We do not have to bow down 5 times a day till our knees are bruised & skinned. Nor do we have to confess to a human priest or pastor. In fact, in today’s time? Be careful doing that. Men pretending to BE GOOD & trustworthy may be the worst scavengers of humankind. That’s actually a great challenge living in today’s world: we can’t really tell who the enemy is.
JESUS DID IT ALL!!!!!! JESUS PAID IT ALL!!!!
And also: if/when a person is TRULY SAVED – then why do we fight so hard to keep them out of heaven? (idea by Adrian Rogers) As prayers for health were generally the top prayer requests. I get it!! We do not want our loved ones to “leave us”!! Selfish? Possibly/probably. Yet I understand. More importantly, the Lord understands. So I’m not here to beat anybody up! Just trying to help us think.
Now I full well realize we all have different notions of WHAT EXACTLY the unpardonable sin of BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT is. I’m not claiming I have the monopoly on God’s Word! For I do not! All I can say is from my best study and unless the Lord directs me otherwise, I think such blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is when a person CLAIMS to be Christian yet is anything “but”!! One who gives “lip service” (only) to the Lord, but does not honor Him with his/her life.
Surely you know them, too! I can tell you my eyes were surely opened over the years, I was absolutely “blown away”…. Hurt & greatly disappointed by those who – well, for instance, there was once a Southern Gospel Quartet we used to follow. While not super popular, yet later on this particular guy did make the cut to get into a very popular quartet (fired I’m pretty sure as he totally botched a high note on live national TV!!) We had occasion to cross paths with him later when he worked at a lumber store giant (boss? Or pretend boss?) Had his feet defiantly propped up on the desk while puffing away on his cigar.
AND HE CHEATED US!!!!!!!! Claimed we had not paid a super big bill – which we HAD paid. Yet he was trying to EXTORT MONEY from us!!!!! Even after we finally found the receipt & got it to him…. Think he humbled himself & even “bothered” to apologize?? If your answer is ‘yes’, better think again!! He KNEW what he was doing!! And relished in doing it!
To say I was completely DEFLATED at someone who used to get on stage & sing about the Lord = “understatement of the year”!!
Later in time, we had dealings with yet another member from the same group. My husband & he became fairly close as they worked together. I won’t list his sins out here, just again I was deflated as they were many…. Things which clearly went against the Word of God – even though this guy showed up at church every Sunday, sang in the choir, often sang solos, was very well known in his religious circle. Yet he had expensive vices! He was a Sunday-morning-only Christian. You honestly could not tell any difference between him or the local sleazeball who headed to the loud & obnoxious bar on Saturday night!
So INDEED satan & his servants can “dress up” like GOOD people!!! All smiley – come off as professionals – in some instances, even be on stage singing about the Lord!!
1 Peter 5:8 BE SOBER, BE VIGILANT, because your adversary the devil, (NOT YOUR FRIEND – but the one who INTENDS TO DO YOU GREAT HARM & RUIN YOUR LIFE!!! Even if you think you’ll ‘play it safe’ and allow yourself to be recruited to his team – he will still turn on you and absolutely SHRED YOUR SOUL!!!) as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may DEVOUR.
Admit, I obviously injected my own emphasis & comments to push the point home & help us REMEMBER!!!!!
A ROARING LION is not the same as playful pussy cat!!!
So here we go….
From Matthew 15:8 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
9 And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”
You know when a certain person was running for U.S. President back in 2008, like others, I was sending out emails left & right to alert people to his beliefs & lifestyle. I was told point blank by my catholic sister-in-law to STOP sending her emails (since she was so avidly against abortion, I thought she might like to know he was the most pro-abortion candidate ever!) Instead I was told to STOP….. and “that she would make up her own mind”. Suffice to say, at election time, she voted for him!!
Now I could be wrong, though I tend to think that people who knowingly voted for someone who thinks it’s okay to murder and sodomy is perfectly okay & you name it – will be judged right along with him! (unless they repent).
So there are many who—instead of following God’s ways & instructions found in the Bible – prefer to make up their own minds, do things their own way!! Or follow false teachers!!
Isaiah 29:13 And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine.
They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.
Titus 1:16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.
They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
CATCH THAT?? By HOW we live our lives: many DENY Him and are DETESTABLE and DISOBEDIENT!!!!!
I’d call that a “D” on any report card!!!!
OBVIOUSLY our actions should NOT deny God!!
1 John 2:9 If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness.
James 1:26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.
I confess right here & now – this is my most notorious sin!! I let my tongue loose too often. I repent, of course, and ask the Lord to help me overcome it. Example: have a friend I (mostly) enjoy talking to on the phone…. Why is this a big deal? You kidding? In today’s world of text me, text me!!! I mean I have friends in their ‘60s and ‘70s even who’d rather text than actually talk on the phone! Heh! Sure sign of the times….
At any rate, the one I enjoy talking with – (and no I’m not excusing my own behavior!) but she’ll get really annoyed at another friend who lives in the same city – you know, like sisters who fight all the time….. so she’ll spend a few minutes lambasting her….. then as a female, “I get pulled into that” and next thing…. Out of my mouth I’m saying something negative about one of my friends!!
Hate that! The incredible irony of it all – is my friend on the phone doesn’t think a thing of it when SHE lambasts HER friend – but to hear me say something she then always injects her opinionated opinion!! “Now let’s get off our soapbox!!” //I suppose this is funny in a way – but it actually annoys me. So it’s OKAY FOR HER “to say something”….. but NOT OKAY for me to do the same thing??
At any rate, I hate it anyway when I do that. So future: I’m asking the Lord for some Philippians 4 thoughts & ideas to bring the conversation back to something that’s UPLIFTING!!! Praiseworthy!! Lovely, good!! And then I won’t stand in judgment – by either my phone friend or by Him for lambasting others whom I really love!! (even if everyone does have their own quirks!!) 😉 We’re to love ‘em anyway, right? Quirks & all!!
Should I feel the Lord leading, I can also GENTLY nudge this friend – to help remind her I don’t really care to hear her critical remarks either (about the other lady).
Wow…. Friendships!! Complicated, right?!! Yes, sometimes.
I like this translation of 1 John 3:6 because I take this verse to mean one who sins WILLFULLY: “No one who remains in Him sins continually; no one who sins continually has seen Him or knows Him”. Please also refer to Hebrews 10:26 regarding WILLFUL sinning.
And taking it on home:
1 John 3:10 Here is the clear difference between God's children and the Devil's children: those who do not do what is right or do not love others are not God's children.
Will you please highlight this in your Bible? Or write it on a card & keep it nearby where you can read it often!!!!!
Many translations say he who does not “practice righteousness” is not of God. AMEN!!!! But to HIT THE NAIL STRAIGHT ON & HELP US CLEARLY UNDERSTAND: I love the Good News Translation of this verse, because it summarizes & bottom lines it for all the “just live your own life anyway you want to” unconditional eternity security believing crowd!!!
BTW: I fully believe in eternal security but not UNCONDITIONAL!!!!! Clearly we must stay within the Lord’s guidelines!!
1 John 5:15 (using the NLT here for easy clarification) If you see a fellow believer sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it.
Okay, so “fellow believer” and other translations say if you see a BROTHER sinning …… NOTE: and I commend we pay STRONG ATTENTION to this!!!! It does NOT say if you see an UNBELIEVER sinning – cause that’s what unbelievers “do” anyway!! Easily!! Naturally!!
Continued: (with this: SLAM DUNK!!!)
James 5:19 My brothers, if anyone among you might wander from the truth, and someone should bring him back,
v. 20 let him know that the one having brought back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover over a multitude of sins. (Berean Literal Bible translation): I encourage you to go to www.BibleHub.com to check various translations any time you so desire & have time regarding any Scripture shared.
NOTE: save a SOUL FROM DEATH!!!!!!!!!! Obviously this does not mean merely a physical death here!!!!!!
Then of course FALSE or FAKE (both same) Christians think there are “other ways” to heaven other than JESUS EXCLUSIVELY!!!!! Often times these include celebrities such as Oprah and also Steve Harvey who very recently stated the same thing. Bill O’Reilly!! Yep, ol’ Bill said that a good handful of years back.
And unless she’s changed her mind, I’m pretty sure I recall my mother-in-law saying this as well. I pray for her. Admit she’s been such a challenge to me over the years, though I should still pray for her. Otherwise, within 1 second of her turn to stand before God – she’ll find out how wrong she was!! And sighs, will pay the price eternally.
~~~ There are NO OTHER WAYS to heaven except FOR JESUS – Who IS “the way”!!!!! ~~~
If someone could get there another way – then Jesus would not have had to come and Jesus would not have had to die in our places!!!! FACT!!!!
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.“
John 10:1 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
James 10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
Acts 4:11-12 This Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ 12. Salvation exists in NO ONE ELSE, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. [my emphasis]
IF we love Jesus, we WILL keep His commandments!! John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” [my emphasis]
Trust and obey!! There’s no other way!! To be happy in Jesus!! But to trust and obey!!
John 14:21 Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him."
John 14:23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
John 15:10 If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and remain in His love.
1 John 2:3 By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome,
2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love.
- Those with false “conversions” will be cast away!!
- WILL NOT ENTER HEAVEN!!
18. Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
19. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
20. Revelation 22:15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Dogs = not meaning God’s ANIMALS!! Rather, dogs as used in detestable term in the Middle East.
- Fake Christians ARE false teachers!!! Deceitful!! DISGUISED as good!! GRACE PERVERTERS!!! LORD DENYERS!!!
21. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
22. Jude 1:4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
23. 2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
24. Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
CATCH THAT?? By GOOD words!!!!!!! You can be rich!! You can live your best life now!! You, too, can have a crystal clear swimming pool in your backyard!! Lotsa friends over – and have the pool boy show up every Monday!! You should buy yourself an airplane! Never worry about bills again ~ or how about the: you’re never supposed to be in ill health!! You can DEMAND good health from the Lord! Stomp your foot & throw your 2 year old temper tantrum…. You are little gods (says the serpent!!)
Truth is: the Lord could squish any single one of us like a bug any time He so deemed. Yet He is merciful and full of grace and not willing that any should perish. So He offers many chances.
- This time has been here for a good long while now!!
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
Other translations say they will HEAP UP (gather LOTS!!) of false teachers – to tell them how wonderful they are!! To tell them what the Lord can do FOR US***. And tickle, tickle, tickle those ears!!! Don’t forget: with GOOD words!! The tickling must feel as light as a fine feather!!
*** please note: the Lord DOES do wonderful things for us & all good gifts come from above!! Amen!! HAS done and IS DOING wonderful things for us – my only point here is that it should not be “just about us”!!!!! We should love, honor & praise Him even when things in our lives are very very bad!!!
Please can we learn to be faithful & stubborn Christians as Habakkuk was: Example: Habakkuk 3:17-18 Though the fig tree does not bud and no fruit in on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though the sheep are cut off from the fold and no cattle are in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!
Recall Job was also very stubborn? Even when his friends were of little help – even going as far as blaming him (OUCH, I’ve had “those kind” of friends!!)– even though his own wife told him to curse God & die!! (OUCH!! I’ve “been” that kind of wife with my give-up-easy attitude! ☹)
CAN WE BE AS FAITHFUL (and stubborn) as Job & Habakkuk???!!
BTW: I am standing with you Dove Poster, DOUG L “in the trenches” so to speak! As often times you “take a beating” on other mb’s for your stance to REMAIN IN HIM. You are called legalistic & such. You are NOT legalistic!! You are Bible-listic!! I am right there with you! The Bible is very, VERY clear that we MUST abide in Him and REMAIN FAITHFUL!!!!!!!!
The Bridegroom does not want a bride who is cheating on Him right before the wedding!!! Having this hope (of His soon appearing) in us PURIFIES us!!!!!
To put it succinctly: are we His children?? Or are we bastards?
1 John 3:2-3 Beloved, we are now children of God, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when Christ appears, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as Christ is pure.
Dear Dear Christians: the night is far spent and the day is at hand!! It is time we EXAMINE ourselves whether we are IN the faith!! (currently!) And not depend on some “repeat after me” prayer from long ago while we continued living in the slimy filth of the world.
- Let’s not bank our salvation on ANY preacher or teacher!!
- No matter how right they sound; no matter what they say. No matter how smooth & pleasant their words are!
- Jeremiah says they lead many people off the cliff!!!!
- Even if we THINK they’re on track and teaching correctly, we should be like Bereans & check everything against Scripture!!
- We can rely ONLY on the Word of God!!!!
[as usual, I’m bound to get a black eye … gratis satan… for writing this – as I always do. Thanks for getting my back!! And praying for protection around the OL’ 1 Cor 10:31 lady!! Thank you sooo much!!] I love my fellow brothers & sisters in Christ!!!
Whether it’s early morn, night or noon, we have assurance He’ll be here soon!!