Converting The Soul

Psalms 19:7
The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple.



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Friday, August 16, 2019

Every day that a person holds onto a sin makes it harder to let go of it later. Every day a sin is not exercised makes one stronger to resist it in the future. So, why not give up any sins you may have today since it will be easier than tomorrow?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

It is not the sin that actually matters; it is the selfishness behind it. If we were not selfish, we would not commit the sin, in fact, we would not commit any sin. Sin usually starts with “I”. “I feel like…” “I want to…” The devil has the same “I” issue, in fact, that is where we get the “I” issue from. “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14). So, how much of an “I” issue do you have? How selfish are you?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

People enjoy underdog movies be it about boxing, other sports, even relationships. They hope the underdog pulls themselves up and keeps on fighting. But it seems that the real-life underdog experience is completely ignored, and that is us. Satan, with his temptations, is the ultimate bully. It seems though, when Satan wins and leads us into sin, we simply say, “Oh well, I’m saved anyways.” There is no “riseth up again” (Proverbs 24:16). There is no “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). There is simply an allowance for Satan to keep us down in sin. Jesus said, “sin no more” (John 5:14), meaning, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). Do you accept it? Do you accept this power to actually get up and fight against sin despite being the underdog? In fact, “we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1 ). “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance” (Luke 15:7). That is the ultimate audience. Let us not let them down!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

If a person knows how to save a lot on car insurance, they typically share the information with others. If a person knows the coming weather calamity and someone is excitedly telling others of the outdoor event they are going to attend, that first person is likely to give a warning of the bad weather moving in. If there is a big sale at a store, people usually tell other people about it. People tell others about the wonderful food they ate at a restaurant, the time they had at an event to encourage others to go, etc. But when soul saving, eternal life matters are at stake, most are silent. The most important thing in life and people are silent. That is so sad especially when Jesus told everyone that becomes His follower to “preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). So, do you tell others of the saving gospel, or do you horde it to yourself?

Monday, August 12, 2019

You may do all of the right things, say all of the right things, but still end up having problems. God never promised a smooth road. He simply promised a great reward only if we, by the grace of God, handle the roughness in our life properly. So, do you throw an adult fit when things go wrong, or do you handle things as Christ would have you handle them?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

People who put puzzles together, frame them, and hang them on a wall do not do so until all of the pieces are put together. The same approach should be used in the Bible. No one is to use a verse or two to justify a belief. Get all of the verses to see the full picture (Isaiah 28:9-10). By doing so, we would have only one denomination then. But instead, everyone has their favorite piece of the puzzle but not the whole puzzle, well, except for one denomination because Jesus said, “upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Upon Jesus, He has built His church and not churches, and “there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd” (John 10:16). So, are you part of the one fold that uses all of the puzzle pieces?

Friday, August 09, 2019

The devil sinned and was kicked out of Heaven. Adam and Eve sinned and were kicked out of the garden. The flood came and destroyed all who continued to sin. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because they were sinning. A whole generation died in the dessert because of sinning the sin of unbelief. Moses did not enter the promised land because of sin, though He repented was still not permitted. Why is it that Christians, despite numerous New Testament verses that speak against their popular belief, think they can enter Heaven while still sinning? So, do you have sins in your life that you are continuing to practice giving no effort to cease from and still think you are going to Heaven making a mockery of grace (Romans 6:1-2)?

Thursday, August 08, 2019

What are your first thoughts in the morning? Am I late to work or an appointment? How hungry am I? Is it nice outside? Does my work need my attention? Do I have social media messages that I missed? All of these may be significant, but did you thank God and asked Him to keep you all the day long? Do you have any God time basically?

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Jesus said, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). It is not enough to simply avoid sin. The “watch” part includes also avoiding that which leads to sin. Thoughts of adultery increase as people view sensual scenes on TV and in the movies. Even suggestive lyrics add to the increased desire. To do as Jesus said, we ought to avoid such programming. So, how careful are you when it comes to temptation?

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Parents expect their children to obey them. Teachers expect the students to obey in the classrooms. Police offers are used to keep people in obedience to the laws or face the consequences. Judges hand down verdicts in which the consequences are also supposed to be carried out. But for some reason, many Christians do not believe God wants us to obey Him. Are you one of them?

Monday, August 05, 2019

Just because some other Christian sinned, it does not justify or permit us to do the same thing, yet so many Christians point to David’s adultery, Abraham’s lying, even David’s murder as permitting their so-called little sins. What they forget is that each of these men repented. Just look at what David wrote about his adultery in Psalms 51. If we continue sinning, “the soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4). So, do you purposely allow sin in your life because of some poor examples even in the Bible, let alone the other Christians you may know, or, by the grace of God, “whosoever is born of God sinneth not” (1 John 5:18)?

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Just because a person thinks that their father, and his father, and his father, will be in Heaven while doing things that today’s son has just realized is actually labeled as a sin in the Bible, does not mean that such a son will be entering into Heaven with that knowledge and continuing to do as his fathers. Besides, we are not the judge of Heaven and Hell. That decision is up to God. So, who knows? Just maybe all of those fathers will not be in Heaven. That means our standard of what we would think is permissible is probably off when comparing ourselves with others. The Bible is the only standard and we are judged individually of what we know and do. So, is it worth the risk to point to prior generations of ignorance to permit continuing to sin with today’s knowledge? Is Heaven worth losing by risking being wrong?

Friday, August 02, 2019

Did you know that many people wear themselves out without exercising, and it is not in a good way? Just like using one arm to lift weights for hours while the rest of the body does nothing can wear out the muscles in that arm, the stomach is the same way. Eating all day long nibbling here and nibbling there keeps the stomach muscles active, and they can wear out, and this in turn tires out the body. No wonder so many people say they do not have much energy to do this or that. Maybe if they stop eating all day, they will have more energy. So, how often do you wear out your stomach muscles?

Thursday, August 01, 2019

So many people say that the Bible is so hard to understand. How about trying to understand it without the personal agenda? If a person tries to prove that alcohol is fine for consumption, yes, they are going to see that Bible as being contradictory. But when a person seeks to know what the Bible says on alcohol use, they will find the non-contradictory understanding. So, how do you see the Bible?

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Outward Christianity alone does not make one a Christian. Jesus says that such are “whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27). And Paul predicted that the last generation church would be full of such people “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5). The true “gospel of Christ” “is the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16). Now, do you have the true gospel that makes one a Christian on the inside by ceasing from their sins or the one that is lacking power?

Monday, July 29, 2019

A sign of a true Christian is always giving of themselves. A sign of an unconverted person is thinking first of themselves. What do you do?

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The biggest idol in people’s lives is time. They think that time is their own and maybe they will give an hour once a week to God and go to church. And that is a big maybe. In reality, all of it is God’s time. And if any time is used selfishly that is when it becomes an idol. Employment (Proverbs 6:6), Bible Study (2 Timothy 2:15), gospel sharing (Mark 16:15), home maintenance (Proverbs 6:6), proper parent involvement (Proverbs 22:6), exercise (3 John 1:2), are examples of using time for God’s sake. Vegging out in front of the TV (Psalms 101:3), getting more hours of sleep than the body needs (Proverbs 26:14), sitting around gossiping (Proverbs 10:18), are all examples of using time in an idol-like manner. So, how do you use time?

Friday, July 26, 2019

God’s way of curing us of sin is not just cutting back. Jesus said, “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). He did not say, “go, and reduce your sinning”. Therefore, the alcoholic that reduces the number of servings of alcohol per day, per week is not really accomplishing anything great in the sight of God. The same is true with smoking. Reducing the number smoked per day, per week is nothing to rejoice about. Reducing the amount of caffeine is nothing to get excited about. We may call it “cold turkey”, but God says, “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14). So, do you believe you have been made whole, or are you patting yourself on the back as a practicing sinner still?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

There is a difference between having the knowledge of God and knowing God. Knowing God is having a true, daily experience with God. The other is treating God as something to be studied or acknowledged as existing. Which do you have?

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Persecution is allowed of God because Christians, as all people, have a tendency to become comfortable. We know this to be so because most churches are into entertaining their flock today as opposed to going forth and preaching the gospel. Even society has resisted hearing “the gospel” yet a sign of the last days will be that “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14). Therefore, as in the early church, when worldwide persecution happens, “they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). Seeing that today Christian persecution is on the rise, are you knowledgeable in the gospel to be able to go and preach it?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The early church practiced not holding a grudge, even against persecutors. Regarding Stephen being stoned to death, Acts 7:60 says, “And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Too many Christians still practice “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” (Matthew 5:38), however, Jesus taught, “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matthew 5:39). It is one thing to not be in someone’s company because of persecution, but it is another thing to be carrying a grudge. So, how many people who have mistreated you do you hold grudges against?

Monday, July 22, 2019

According to Acts 7:53, the early church, through Stephen, accused the church of not keeping the law. Today, hardly any Christian keeps the Ten Commandments despite Paul writing, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2). So, are you just as guilty by not keeping the law and using faith and grace as an excuse to break them, or do you actually love Jesus and keep His commandments (John 14:15)?

Sunday, July 21, 2019

In the early church, Stephen was not afraid to say to religious leaders, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers [did], so [do] ye” (Acts 7:51). Most people in position, be it a minister or office holder, are in it because it is a good job. Most are not in it because the Spirit has driven them. The more popular they are, the less likely they are going to preach the truth because the truth is not popular. That does not mean they will lie. It means that they will leave the unpopular part out. It is easy to condemn the act of doing drugs and being a glutton, but it is another thing to condemn the act of every lie being told by mentioning even the little ones, eating properly by avoiding certain creatures, and even worshipping on the Sabbath day. And today’s Christians are eating up these falsehoods because “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:3). So, what type of messages do you like listening to? The ones that make you change your life, or the ones that make you comfortable?

Friday, July 19, 2019

From Acts 7:1 through 50, Stephen recalled step by step the history of the Jewish people. Of course, he got cut off, but what he did recount is much of the history that today’s Christians question, including the crossing of the Red Sea. If it were just fables, why would a person whose life is on the line bring up as a list of fables before his judges? He would not. He would stick to the true evidence to save his life. Therefore, all that Christians today that think they are too smart for believing these things as accurate and real are in reality duped by evolutionists, even atheists. So, do you believe the story of Joseph, and Moses, and others to be literal, or have you too been duped?

Thursday, July 18, 2019

In the early church, when Stephen was brought to trial for preaching in the name of Jesus, “all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15). When the Bible says that we are to reflect Christ, it physically can happen. Even Moses had to “put a vail on his face” (Exodus 34:33). But this type of reflection is only by the God fearing, God obeying, wholly consecrated person. Is that something you are striving for?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

According to Acts 6:10, regular church folk had superior wisdom in comparison to the unconverted, even in comparison with the religious leaders. This wisdom just does not happen automatically. Between feeding the Word of God into one’s soul and then “take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say” (Luke 12:11-12). But the Holy Ghost cannot pull out the words if they are not there. So, are you feeding yourself God’s Word on a regular basis, or do you have enough of God time once a week, barely?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

“Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people” (Acts 6:8) shows that miracles continued beyond the day of Pentecost, but they seem very lacking today. That is because today’s Christians are just “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). They explain away miracles of the Bible. They discredit the acts of God. So, why would God perform a miracle then? He would not. In fact, supposed miracles today are mostly of the devil because they “deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast” (Revelation 13:14). Now, how do you treat the miracles of the Bible?

Monday, July 15, 2019

In electing a person to church position, it was based upon “honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom” (Acts 6:3). It was not like running for political office. It was not to be a popularity contest. It was to be a quality or character selection. So, how are people placed in office in your church?

Sunday, July 14, 2019

According Acts 6:2, the early church believed that people have assigned tasks. Preachers were to focus upon the Word of God and Saving souls. Deacons were to take care of local and personal needs. Both tasks were worthy and important. Even deacons had the opportunity to speak the Word of truth, and the preachers did not ignore everyone’s needs. The roles were not in a hierarchy but simply filling the need the best. Just like today, both men and women have their primary roles because they are blessed of God in that area. The primary teacher of children ought to be women, while men ought to be the bread winner. That does not mean women cannot work, and it does not mean that men cannot take care of the children, but to throw children unnecessarily into daycare so both can follow their careers is what Satan wants because he does not want parents teaching the children at all. He wants society to corrupt the children. And he has been doing a very good job at because there are now more atheists than there are Christians in this country. So, are you fulfilling your role properly, or are you jealously sacrificing the God given responsibilities just to prove you are equal?

Friday, July 12, 2019

According to Acts 5:42, the early church was “daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” Yet today, many say that everyone has their own religion and should be left alone, as to silence that preaching of the true Jesus. They say that religion is a private matter despite Jesus saying, “go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 10:7). It is part of the worldwide COEXIST movement in which to declare Christianity superior to any other religion is somehow ungodly. So, do you share the true gospel with others whenever you can, or do “respect” other people’s belief that you keep it to yourself?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

In Acts Acts 5:34-39, “a Pharisee, named Gamaliel” said these famous words, “if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God” (verse 39). Basically, God used one of the “enemy” to protect the apostles. As today, much more harm could come upon today’s Christians, but we must trust that God has His was already prepared. So, how much do you trust God and His ways of handling things?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The early church faced threats of death for staying true to God (Acts 5:33), but it is at that time that we are to “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). Yet, in this COEXIST world, it seems that no one stands for anything anymore. So. What do you stand for?

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

The early church believed that to be a follower of Christ meant more than just belief. The believed we were to “obey him” (Acts 5:32). So, how much obeying do you do, or do you do as you please claiming only “believing”?

Sunday, July 07, 2019

The early church believed “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29), yet so many denominations give into to the demands of society. It is amazing that there were no women pastors or leaders and yet, once the feminist movement became something to be reckoned with, we have them now. The same is true with LGBQ movement. Even simple things of being against movies but once TV came about, now churches offer movie nights. So, is your church given into the whims of society or are they staying true to God’s Word even if attendance goes down?

Friday, July 05, 2019

It is said, “Those that are ignorant of the past tend to repeat it.” A step further is to say, “Those that do not know history cannot understand Bible prophecy.” So, how much history do you know?

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Today is Independence Day in the United States. We celebrate being independent from the tyranny of the King of England. But there is a more important tyranny to be free from that people just do not seem to care about and that is sins and Satan. It is so important that our eternal life depends upon it. “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not” (1 John 5:18). Is that you or are you still under tyranny and sinning?

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

According to the early church, “And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison” (Acts 5:18). In the last days, the same shall happen. “They shall lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake” (Luke 21:12). So, do you think Christianity gets along with society, or by example, draws animosity from the world?

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

According to Acts 5:12-16, many miracle healings took place in the early church that even a shadow of the apostles caused healing to happen. Why does that not happen today? And no, do not tell me that some televangelists have that power. The power I am referring to that comes from God goes outside of the church building and heals. People like Benny Hinn ought to go to hospitals and heal people if they really have the gift. So again, where is the gift today? In Jesus’ day, the disciples asked the same thing. “Why could not we cast him out?” (Matthew 17:19) Jesus’ answer was, “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21). It is called obedience or the lack thereof today that is causing the problem. According to Proverbs 28:9, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination.” Today’s Christians have done away with the Ten Commandments making their prayers null and void towards God. That is why there is no power to perform these miracles. They also discredit God’s Word, the Bible. Do you really think God is going to work miracles through such people? So, what is your attitude towards the Ten Commandments and the Bible?

Monday, July 01, 2019

In Acts 5:1-11, is the story of how a little lie was not tolerated in the early church. Today, church members regularly participate in what they call “white lies”. The word “white” implies purity, but there is nothing pure about a lie for all sin is the color of black or darkness in the Bible. So, has modern society corrupted your ways where you justify lying of any sort, or do you avoid all lying because even though you may not be struck dead immediately like “Ananias, with Sapphira his wife” (Acts 5:1), the second death is still before you?

Sunday, June 30, 2019

According to Acts 4:32-45, they made sure everyone in the church was taken care of with the apostles making the wise choices. This was not welfare, but with persecution from the Jews, it was pretty hard to make a living. As they remained faithful, their basic needs were met. Unlike today. With the health, wealth, and prosperity gospel, it seems the preachers are the ones getting the wealth to keep for themselves. Is that who you support, or do you support a Christ-like figure Who distributed to others and had no place to lay His head (Matthew 8:20)?

Friday, June 28, 2019

When the presence of the Holy Spirit came upon the early church, they did not crawl around like children, bark like dogs, laugh uncontrollably, or even speak in unknown tongues, “they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). So, what spirit possess you, God’s or the Devil’s?

Thursday, June 27, 2019

According to Acts 4:19, the early church invited judgment of their actions, which they too were judging other people’s actions. Therefore, the notion that we are not to judge people’s actions is just another way of saying, “Let me do whatever sin I want without being made to feel guilty.” The only judgment we cannot make is the final destination of a person. So, do you “judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24), or do you allow society to prevent you from judging?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

According to Acts 4:18, Peter and John were commanded “not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.” Peter and John disobeyed the command, but today’s ministers cave. Numerous ministers are asked to offer a public prayer, and where they used to end with “In Jesus name”, they replace with just saying, “Amen”. They leave out Jesus from the prayers so as to be inclusive. Therefore, many ministers today are denying Jesus and ought not be listened to for “whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33). So, are you accepting of this generic praying?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

According to Acts 4:17, the early church lived under threats but that did not deter them. So, do threats change how you live your Christianity?

Monday, June 24, 2019

The early church was made up of the “unlearned and ignorant”. They did not have college degrees, nor do you have to have one. So, what is holding you back from teaching others the gospel?

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The early church was bold with Christianity and not timid in trying to win souls (Acts 4:13). Too many Christians think they can win souls by simply wearing a t-shirt or a piece of jewelry. In fact, a lot of Christians who are questioned about their Christianity will clam up, coil up, make excuses for it. We need to be bold knowing full well it is the true religion. We are not to be bold by picketing against funerals. We are not to be bold to be disruptive. In fact, we are not to be bold and organize marches. We are to be bold when Christianity is challenged. We are to boldly share the truth when invited without making excuse for it. Of course, that requires knowing what true Christianity is. So, do you know what our true beliefs are?

Friday, June 21, 2019

The early church believed that God’s true religion was the Jewish race until Christ came and said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). In other words, they believed now the true religion is Christian. They did not accept any other religion for to deny Christ was to deny salvation “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12), and Christ “is become the head of the corner” (Acts 4:11). So, do you believe like the early church, or have you been brainwashed into thinking we all serve the same God denying the purpose of Christ?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The early church believed in continued miracles after Jesus’ death and resurrection (Acts 4:10). Many of today’s Christians do not believe in miracles. They believe that there are scientific reasons for everything stated as an act of God in the Bible. Walking on water was because of the water hardness or ice; turning water into wine was actually the filling of pots that still had a bit of wine stuck to the sides flavoring the water; feeding of the 5,000 and 4,000 was through the means of other food sources, etc. Even Old Testament stories are dismissed like Noah’s flood being an exaggeration of a localized flood, the Red Sea crossing being a fluke moment in which the tide pulled out, Sodom being destroyed by a nearby volcano, etc. So, do you take the Bible as it states, or do you believe they were ignorant people who called everything that was unexplainable a miracle?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

According to Acts 4:7, the apostles indeed had power. They had power from on high. 2 Peter 1:3 tells us “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” Therefore, the early church believed they had power. They believed that no sin was too great to overcome. They believed “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Today’s Christians are just “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). They do not think they can live in complete obedience to the commandments. They do not believe they can stop sinning. They truly do not believe. So, do you truly believe in Jesus Who gives you power to overcome all sin, or do you not believe in Jesus and lack God’s gift – divine power?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sure, the early church grew because they believed, but they believed the Word of God (Acts 4:4), however, today’s “believe” movement is more of acknowledgement, while the early church was action upon it. In other words, if a person sees a sign that says, “Cliff ahead”, today’s Christian will acknowledge that there indeed is a cliff but not slow down and end up going over the edge, while the early church would heed the warning, take precautions, and may even change the path they were on. Even “the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19), but they are not saved. Believing is not just acknowledgement; it is a reaction. And a Christian reaction is to obey what is written for “if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed” (2 Thessalonians 3:14), and “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8). So, does your belief in Jesus involve obedience like the early church, or does it simply allow you to do whatever you want still, like the devil wants?

Monday, June 17, 2019

According to Acts 4:2, the early church taught “Jesus the resurrection from the dead”. That was a big deal because they believed when a person dies, “the dead know not any thing” (Ecclesiastes 9:5). In fact, “now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20). In other words, people sleep unconsciously in the grave. Except for Enoch and Elijah, who were taken alive into Heaven, and Moses, who also was resurrected, no one else had come up from the grave. They did not believe that people went to Heaven or Hell in any form upon death. That is what makes our future resurrection such a miracle, when “the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live” (John 5:25). “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). So, do you believe differently from the early church by putting souls or spirits into Heaven already, which is a form of worshipping the dead, a forbidden act in the Bible, or do you believe like the established early church that it will be a the second coming?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

In the early church, “the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees” (Acts 4:1) “laid hands on them, and put [them] in hold unto the next day” (Acts 4:3). They were willing to defy authority who had forbidden to teach in the name of Jesus even if that meant going to jail. Today’s Christians simply go along with government rules. The government legitimizes LGBQ+ movement and so does Christianity. The government legitimizes vaccines and so does Christianity. What this does is make government superior to God. So, which is superior to you – God or government?

Friday, June 14, 2019

The early church taught that there is to be no continuing in sin by stating “God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities” (Acts 3:26). So, by the grace of God, are you removing all of your sins, even the so-called little ones, or are you just claiming to be born again and living like the world?

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The early church was under the Abraham covenant in which “in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed” (Acts 3:25). Christians are to be a blessing to the world. If a person is not a blessing but rather obnoxious, grumpy, or down right selfish, they are not a Christian. So, how much of a blessing are you?

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The early church accepted all of the scriptures in addition to the writings of Moses “from Samuel and those that follow after” (Acts 3:24). How much of the Old Testament scriptures do you accept?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The early church believed that obedience to the words of Jesus was part of salvation, for they taught, “it shall come to pass, [that] every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people” (Acts 3:23), where “hear” does not just mean to have it go into the ears. Hear results in doing what is heard. Of course, today we have the Bible containing the words of Jesus, therefore, it is more of seeing it and then living it. So, do you simply believe in Jesus, or do you also do as Jesus has said (John 14:15, 23)?

Monday, June 10, 2019

The early church used Old Testament scriptures by referring to the writings of Moses (Acts 3:22) unlike today’s Christian who believe that the New Testament replaces the Old when there are plenty of Old Testament prophecies yet to be fulfilled; God declares that He does not change; and we even get the definition of grace directly from Moses and is not defined in the New Testament as clearly as it is in the Old. In fact, it is said that the New reveals the Old, and the Old explains the New. Even Jesus used the Old Testament scriptures to formulate His teachings to Christians, though they were not called such until after His death and resurrection. So, are you an imbalanced Christian leaving out the Old Testament, or do you accept all of the scriptures?

Sunday, June 09, 2019

The early church obeyed every command of Jesus as they were told “hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you” (Acts 3:22), which was a prophecy when Jesus walked the earth, but His teachings are with us this day in the form of the Bible. The point is, how can one Christian say that smoking is a sin while another says it is not, and both be right? How can one Christian say that drinking alcohol is a sin while another says it is not, and both be right? How can one Christian say that wearing the immodest swimwear of the day is a sin while another sports mere strings as a bikini, and both be right? The simple fact is that the Word of God, the Bible, is clear and not contradictory on these teachings. It is humans that will pick out a single verse out of context and make it a doctrine or an allowance while ignoring straight forward verses on the matter. So, do you follow Christ’s commands, or do you ignore the Bible?

Friday, June 07, 2019

The early church believed that repentance and conversion was required. Acts 3:19 states, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” Repentance is to stop sinning. Conversion is to live a different life as outlined by God through His Word. Therefore, if a person does not stop sinning and does not live a righteous life, they do not go to Heaven. This notion of “just believe” is therefore satanic. Also, the notion that people can believer whatever they want is also satanic because to be converted means that we are changed into something specific. If one believes they are to be converted into a child while another thinks they are to be like a flower in the breeze being carefree we have confusion, which is of Satan. According to 1 John 3:2, Christians are to be like Christ. That is specific dos and don’ts obeying as He obeyed. So, are you converted? Have you truly repented of your sins?

Thursday, June 06, 2019

The early church practiced giving the benefit of the doubt. While stating that the Jews handed Jesus over to be crucified, Peter quickly followed up with, “I wot that through ignorance ye did [it], as [did] also your rulers” (Acts 3:17). Of course, ignorance is not always an excuse to allow getting away with something not to stay in ignorance, but nonetheless, the invitation was made. So, do you drive a person to the point of getting upset by holding them to an act they committed, or do you look for a way to basically point out the same wrong act but still offer a way that is not so stabbing?

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

The Bible says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he” (Proverbs 23:7). And we are told, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). Therefore, if we think like Christ, we would be Christ-like. If we do not think like Christ but call ourselves Christian, we are so in name only. And everyone that thinks that they are independent thinkers, think again. The Bible says that the world leaders, under the power of the Antichrist, which is alive and kicking, is formulating all minds into their agenda even if you do not think you are being manipulated (Revelation 17:13 – “These have one mind”). So, how do you think?

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Although Peter was able to give a lame man something of value in Acts 3:6 by saying, “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6), this tells us that the early church was careful in distributing funds to all those who claim to be in need. That is very much how we ought to be today. Just because someone holds up a sign declaring how homeless they are and willing to work for food does not mean they are in need. Providing means to many of these people may be the wrong act, and as responsible stewards of God’s funds, we need to choose wisely. When we know the actual need and it is a true need, we have the responsibility to step in and help. If we just willingly had funds to anyone, we are actually helping ourselves to have a “feel good” moment when in fact we may be helping a shyster fake their homeless needs or encouraging bad behavior like alcoholism. Some good tests are offering the beggar to a restaurant to see if they really are hungry, offering the person holding a gas can to a gas station to see if they really need gas, etc. So, how careful are you with God’s money, which is all of it?

Monday, June 03, 2019

The early church added saved people to their church. They did not try to save people through church for they knew that church was “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). Today, we have all kinds of worldly attractions to get the world to sit in the pew in hopes that they will join the church permanently, even maybe show that they are saved by some profession at some point that will allow them to forever claim to be saved despite not showing complete transformation -- proper fruit. Through movie night, amusement rides, even gambling, all such activities seem to be allowed all being no different than the tables of merchandise that Jesus overthrew. So, do you belong to a social club, or do you attend a church that helps work out sins from your life?

Sunday, June 02, 2019

The early church experienced Christianity as a daily activity by “continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart” (Acts 2:46), while today, less than 30% of Christians assemble together. There’s soccer, sleeping in, conflicting schedules, sports viewing, family, etc. that seems to get in the way. And these people think they will be spending eternity with God? They cannot even find a moment now. So, are you caught up in the world and too busy for God, or do you spend daily time with Him especially in His Word?

Friday, May 31, 2019

The early church “had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all [men], as every man had need” (Acts 2:44-45). This was not communism. All things belong to God. And as one brother saw another being unfairly treated to the point of not being able to provide for his family, another would step in for the sake of Christ and provide. Holding things in common did not mean Nicodemus or Joseph of Arimathaea instantly went from wealthy to average, but as they did at the cross, they knew the disciples could not afford to bury Jesus, and so they took care of it. There is nothing wrong with wealth, if used properly. So, how do you manage your means?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The early church “continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine” (Acts 2:42). That means what Matthew, John, James, and Peter wrote, for they were the apostles of Jesus while Jesus walked the earth, the early church continued in, yet Christians today try to throw out John’s many calls to keeping the commandments. They try to throw out Peter’s call to godliness. They try to throw out James’ call to showing faith through works. And they try to throw out Matthew’s gospel for the many references to “do” Christianity instead of simply saying that one is a Christian. Of course, Paul is also considered an apostle (Romans 1:1) and despite Christians quoting Romans and Galatians a lot, any call to obedience (Romans 6:16) seems to also be thrown out today. Basically, today’s Christians want to be such in name only and not actually live it. So, are you a name only Christian or do you actually “put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27) by living it?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The experience of the early church was that “they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). In other words, they accepted the words of Peter even as being words from God. And one thing that Peter wrote of his words was, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20-21), yet today, most Christians do not accept the Bible to be anything special. They believe it to simply be an outdated book when in fact it was written by prophets under the movement of the Holy Spirit. It was not written by prophets when not under the movement of the Holy Spirit, and it was not written by mere men either that simply wrote things down. In other words, “Jesus the author” (Hebrews 12:2) and the prophets, which was every person that has a book in the Bible, they were “the pen of a ready writer” (Psalms 45:1). So, how do you treat the scriptures? As words from Jesus inspired by the Holy Spirit into the writers, or mere human beings no different than some other author writing fiction?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The early church believed that they need to be saved out of the influence of the world and not be participating in it, unlike today’s Christians who seem to copy the world playing the same video games, watching the same garbage, risking their lives in the same foolish manner, seeking the corporate ladder, etc. The were told, “Save yourselves from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:40). This generation seems to “Christianize” the garbage and call it a holy experience. So, are you caught up in the ways of the world even if “Jesus” is mentioned in it, or are you saving yourself from it through the power of Jesus Christ?

Monday, May 27, 2019

The early church taught, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). Unfortunately, most Christians just “believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8). Which is it then? It is both. We do not pit the scriptures against each other but rather they form a picture with multiple pieces. To repent is to believe, but as “the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19), our reaction if we believe in Jesus is to repent, which is to send sin into remission. Sure, we shall be tempted for the rest of our lives to sin, but we do not have to fulfill the temptation. But today’s Christians simply mouth the words of belief, get baptized, and continue sinning. That is not true belief; that is not repentance either. So, are you a Christian like the early church, or are you just a name only Christian of today?

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Continuing on with the early church not believing in immediate Heaven and Hell, Peter emphatically stated, in Acts 2:34, “For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand.” It actually makes sense. Why should Cain be suffering in hell for 1 murder for almost 6,000 years and Hitler be suffering only 70 or so years? Why should Abel get to enjoy Heaven 6,000 years ahead of saved people that die today? All of such theology negates the need of a resurrection as well. So, do you believe as Peter taught that no one gets to ascend into Heaven until the resurrection (except Enoch, Elijah, and Moses), or do you negate the resurrection teaching of the “last day” (John 11:24) with putting people there now?

Friday, May 24, 2019

As proof that the early church did not believe in immediate Heaven or Hell after death, they used “the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day” (Acts 2:29). If they were to dig up his body, it would still be there. And there is no such thing as a person’s soul going on while leaving the body behind for the Bible defines a soul as equivalent to the person themselves: “And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). A person does not have a soul. If they are alive, they are a soul. After listening to Peter’s message, the Bible states, “they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). Certainly 3,000 ghostly figures did not join the church but rather 3,000 living human beings did, showing that a person is a soul and not having a soul. So, when you pass a graveyard, do you see it as shells of bodies missing souls, or do you accept the words of God that people are “dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19) without promise of immediate Heaven?

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The early church believed that Jesus was resurrected (Acts 2:24). Some Christians do not believe that Jesus rose from the tomb. If that is the case, then we have no hope in coming from the grave either. On the other hand, many Christians believe that when a person dies, they go to Heaven or Hell right away in some form, spirit or soul. If that were so, then the resurrection of Jesus is no big deal, but if people remain in a state of soul sleep instead, then it is a big event and then this verse make sense as well: “the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many” (Matthew 27:52-53). So, do you believe like Martha, “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day” (John 11:24) and not before the “last day”, or have you been duped into some form of life immediately after death, even in reincarnation?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The early church believed that Jesus performed “miracles and wonders and signs” (Acts 2:22), and not illusions, magic tricks, or even coincidental events. So, do you believe in the Bible miracles or do you cast off the stories as just that, stories, even exaggerations?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The early church believed in salvation only through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Acts 2:21), not like today’s Christians who accept the god of the Muslims, Hindus, and many other religions that are not Christian. So, which God do you believe in that saves – the true God or the pluralistic fake god?

Monday, May 20, 2019

The early church was aware of the signs that Jesus foretold of the coming of the “great and notable day of the Lord come” (Acts 2:19-20). Are you aware of the signs or do you just take for granted each day that passes?

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The early church believed in modern day prophets according to Acts 2:17. Do you?

Friday, May 17, 2019

The early church relied upon taking the words of prior prophets at face value as Peter quoted from “the prophet Joel” (Acts 2:16). Also, current events were being compared to see if the prophecies were coming true. Now, are you studying current events in light of Bible prophecy like the early church?

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The early church accepted the Words of men because they were no longer mere men but prophets of God for Peter said, “hearken to my words”, and the people did. So much so that “the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41), and yet, we have even Christians today that tear up the writings of Peter and the rest of the Bible, meaning, today’s Christians do not “hearken to” the words of Peter or any of God’s prophets. Do you “hearken”?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Yes, the early church experienced the ability “to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4), however, we have to understand it in reference to other verses of the Bible or the Bible will appear to contradict itself. The other reference is that “ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Therefore, proper speaking in tongues is to go forth out of the church and witness to unbelievers. And seeing that the Bible was careful enough to list all of the understandable languages (Acts 2:9-11), true speaking in tongues is understandable by other human beings. So, are you able to discern that speaking in unknown tongues is selfish which “edifieth himself” instead of “edifieth the church” (1 Corinthians 14:4) and “shall speak into the air” (1 Corinthians 14:9) like blowing a lot of hot air, while speaking in true tongues causes the reaction of people to utter “how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” (Acts 2:8)?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

According to Acts 1:16, the early church was interested in scripture being “fulfilled”, which means, they studied prophecy. We have prophecies in Daniel, Revelation, and elsewhere that all need to be fulfilled. Are you studying them to see if they are?

Monday, May 13, 2019

The early church was in “one accord” and not the 42,000 different beliefs we have today. Even Jesus prayed, “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” (John 17:21-22). Yet, everyone wants to think they can believe how they want and still consider themselves saved. There is “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5), therefore that means such thought is wrong and people are risking eternal life. Money is replaceable if a person makes a wrong financial choice. Education is replaceable if a person makes a wrong career choice. A vehicle is replaceable if one is in the wrong place and the wrong time. But eternal life is not. So, are you gambling with eternal life thinking that your thoughts are just fine, or do you make sure it is solidly in agreement with the proper understanding of God’s Word?

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The early church kept the Sabbath day, sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. Remember, the book of Acts was written by a Gentile named Luke, many years after most of these events were recorded. He certainly was not present during Pentecost, yet, he makes specific note to state, “Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey” (Acts 1:12). If he were not a Sabbath keeper, then he would have simply stated, “Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet”. So, are you a Sabbath keeper; or do you keep a day created hundreds of years later by Constantine and adopted by the compromising church to appease the pagans; or do you not keep any day, which is even worse?

Friday, May 10, 2019

When the early church received the power of the “Holy Ghost”, they were to “be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8), not gathering in churches to speak a bunch of words that outsiders declare are a bunch of babbling fools. So, if you declare to have the Holy Spirit upon you, what do you do in sharing the gospel with all those around you, or are you just thinking selfishly speaking in tongues is the gift?

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Before departing, Jesus told the early church, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Acts 1:7), so God’s people today would not be setting dates, however, “When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors” (Matthew 24:32-33). And from the signs, we can know today that Jesus is even at the doors of returning soon, as in, probably our lifetimes. As one preacher said, those born in the 1960s and later will probably see Jesus come. There are so many blatant, not just suggestive, but blatant signs that have ripened the fruit that it cannot be long. Unfortunately, too many to elaborate here, but the early church indeed was to look for signs. The fact that all world governments and all world religions have united on one topic only since 2015 is the biggest sign of all. The one world government and religion is here. Are you ready for it?

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Angels told the early church “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). This was a physical ascension where every eye saw Jesus ascend, and they were told that Jesus is coming back the exact same way. We are also told, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7). They did not experience nor teach a secret rapture. So, do you believe in a secret rapture, which is not true, or do you believe like the early church?

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The early church taught that “David is not ascended into the heavens” (Acts 2:34), yet so many believe that when a person dies that their spirit or soul floats off to Heaven or Hell. Does it really make sense that Cain would be in hell for these thousands of years burning when Hitler would be in hell a mere 70 years or so? Further, by believing people actually go to Heaven and Hell right away negates all the references to the day of resurrection throughout the Bible. The truth of the matter is that people sleep in the grave (John 11:11-14). Anything else is called spiritualism and is forbidden belief and is even predicted to be believed in the last days: “the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1). So, are you given into spiritualism believing someone is in Heaven already, outside of Moses, Elijah, and Enoch, or do you believe we all enter Heaven on the great resurrection day?

Monday, May 06, 2019

The early church “had all things common”, which does not mean communal or even a socialistic environment. They looked after one another and worked together in sharing the gospel. Today, many Christians do not know that other fellow Christians may honestly be struggling and need help, nor do they really want to recognize that. Whatever others are doing to share the gospel is often not shared in a larger effort to have more impact in the world. Too many distractions, like TV, pull the workers away from each other. Most Christians also are all about a once a week gathering for church and the rest of the week, they keep to themselves. So, do you get involved in the lives and mission of others at church, or do you believe everything you have is completely yours, especially your time?

Sunday, May 05, 2019

The early church practiced eating meat without the blood (Acts 15:20, 15:29, 21:25). If you eat meat, do you do so without the blood?

Friday, May 03, 2019

This is the description of the people in the first century church: “But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean” (Acts 10:14). Yet, today Christians eat all kinds of unclean things along with churches promoting them, especially pig roasts. The status of “unclean” was not a ceremonial thing regarding animals and having people think Jesus lifted the restriction in His earthly life. Even in the days of Noah (Genesis 7:2), he knew what animals were healthy and which ones were God’s garbage disposals, which retain toxins. Though a goat, a cow, and a pig may eat the same things at times, the pig digests it all while the goat and the cow will poop it out. Whole candy bar wrappers have known to be intact after passing through a cow while not so with a pig. So, are you able to say, “I am not eating anything that is unclean”, or are you just carelessly feeding your body unhealthy contents?

Thursday, May 02, 2019

This is the description of the early church: “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). Today, we seem to have 42,000 different doctrinal churches. Do you not think at least one of these denominations are wrong? And seeing that “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9), it appears that doctrines do matter. So, are you making sure you have Christ’s doctrines, or are you just going to take the risk to see if you are part of the one true doctrinal church or not?

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

From the scripture yesterday, there is a big difference between Christians of the early church and today. “They that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). They believed in God’s Word, the Bible. Instead, today we have Christians attacking the Bible. We expect that from non-believers but from Christians? No one is born good. Everyone is born selfish, so we need to learn good from somewhere. Nations have proved that society does not know good automatically either. In fact, doing good is not in anyone and even at an old age, selfishness naturally reigns. Saying that once a person is born again that somehow, they know what is good is nonsense especially since so many Christians contradict on what is and is not acceptable. We have Christians today that support abortion!!! Therefore, there is only one source that all can agree upon for the definition of what is and is not acceptable. “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). So, do you attack the Bible or submit to its teachings?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

There is a big difference between Christians of the early church and today. “They that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). Every member was able to preach the Word of God. Today, Christians let everyone believe whatever they want to believe. There was no thinking that they believed in the “same God”. There was no thinking “what someone wants to believe is fine”. If they were not a Christian, they were taught the Word of God! So, are you able to preach the Word of God, or do you just attend church for social reasons and not for learning?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Forced vaccines, forced acceptance, forced anything is of the devil. Good should be able to speak for itself. So, what do you force upon others?

Sunday, April 28, 2019

They say, “We are what we eat”, and that is pretty much true in the general sense. If we eat healthy foods, we will be healthy. If we eat junk food, we will feel like junk. The same is true with our minds. If we fill them with holy thoughts, we shall become holy. If we feed them worldly thoughts, we will become worldly. So, are you worldly or godly?

Friday, April 26, 2019

The words, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalms 51:2) is not simply asking for forgiveness. The word “thoroughly” goes beyond mere forgiveness. We need to have every desire of repeating the sin removed from us. So, how do you ask for forgiveness? Do you ask to just remove from the record of the sin committed or have complete removal of wanting to do it again?

Thursday, April 25, 2019

How many honestly believe that a diet that allows a person to eat anything they want, not require exercise, and eat any quantity of food they want will yield positive results in losing weight? We would say that such is a gimmick. Guess what? The greatest gimmick of all is being pulled right now upon Christians. Christians seem to think they are allowed to break the commandments, live however they want, do whatever they want, and yet expect to go to Heaven in the end. So, are you listening to Satan’s gimmick, or are you living in obedience to God’s commandments, living according to the biblical expectation of a Christian, and restricting one’s life to only that which is acceptable unto God (Ephesians 5:10)?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Jesus said, “as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37). The Bible says of Noah’s time, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Now think, what tools do you think Satan would use intensely to have people thinking evil continuously, even coveting that of laziness? It is something that the 1800’s and prior did not have to worry about or worry much about? I suggest that it is TV and the movies, even in the mildest sense. I suggest that it is music, even in the mildest sense. I suggest that it is the numerous publications, public broadcasting, and even public education. All of these, in one form or another, instigate rebellion even if it is for righteous acts. It certainly does not promote turning the other cheek. So, are you influenced by these things in one form or another, or do you resist the use of these objects?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Let me get this straight. Satan and his angels got kicked out of Heaven over disobedience. Adam and Eve got kicked out of the garden plunging this world into a lost condition over disobedience. Cain is rejected over disobedience. Many people died in their sins over disobedience. Jesus came, lived a sinless life, and died for us over disobedience. Jesus taught, “if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17). Paul taught, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). And there are countless New Testament verses in the Bible that describe how a Christian is to live and how a lost person lives. But today, we have numerous, like almost all of the preachers teaching that it does not matter if you obey or not and that people are saved in their disobedience. Sounds like the words of Jesus coming true. “Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:11), and “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). So, have you been deceived into believing you can be careless about sinning, or are you part of the few living in obedience?

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Bible says, “be not partakers of her sins” (Revelation 18:4), “be ye separate” (2 Corinthians 6:17), “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14), and much more, and yet, many Christians link up with unbelievers, go into business with unbelievers, pal around with unbelievers, party with unbelievers, and pretty much enjoy life with unbelievers. Guess what! Such will get to burn with unbelievers despite declaring to be saved. “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). Basically, salvation is conditional. So, who do you associate closely with?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Today, many Christians recognize the resurrection of Jesus using the name Easter. Later, they will participate in egg hunts, provide chocolate bunnies, maybe marshmallow chicks, and other candy assortments. What do those things have to do with the resurrection of Jesus? Nothing. It is all handed down from the original name, the goddess of fertility known as Ishtar. The Bible provides only one means of acknowledging the death, burial, and resurrection. It is called baptism. “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Jesus also instituted the foot washing (John 13:14) and communion services as well (Luke 22:19-20). If we were obliged to keep Easter as a holy day, it would have been instituted before the close of the Bible, and most definitely mentioned afterwards by Jesus when He remained 40 days on earth after the resurrection. So, what are you really celebrating if you are keeping this day in any religious manner?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Do not wish your life away. God has given you this day. Enjoy it. Use it responsibly. Too many people seem to not be able to wait for Spring or Summer or graduation or …. So, what are you waiting for?

Thursday, April 18, 2019

After a night sleep, the first thoughts of the day are usually the most important thoughts. So, how many times do you think about God firs thing in the morning?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The world is crazed with superhero movies and TV shows, yet the greatest enemy to fight is against Satan and his instruments of temptation and sin. In reality, those who “be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” go unnoticed, and if noticed, they are criticized. They are definitely not recognized as heroes but as a “troubler of Israel” (1 Kings 18:17). Those are the people that Heaven recognizes as heroes, endowed with God’s “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3), “we are more than conquerors”. So, do you root for pagan heroes by attending their movies and watching them on TV, or are you a real hero fighting with “mercy and truth” (Proverbs 16:6)?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Life is fragile so that people would not risk sinning since they do not know when they shall die, but even that does not deter everyone for many die in their sinful acts every day. The second coming is not given as a specific appointment on a calendar because people would choose to sin more seeing the time is yet distant, in fact, there are people in both situations that sin thinking that that they can pull “a thief on the cross” conversion, also known as a death bed conversion. That is the ultimate gamble that is not worth the risk. Is that your attitude too, or have you chosen to live every day for Jesus and not for self (1 Corinthians 15:31)?

Monday, April 15, 2019

The fear in the religious world is not like that of the Pharisees. They were trying to merit their way to Heaven going beyond the expected obedience of what a saved person was to be like. Today, it is the opposite. Christians promote grace so much so that in some corners, there is belief that even Satan will be saved in the end. We are so far under the expected obedience of what a saved person is to be like. Where are you in the spectrum of things? Do you “continue in sin, that grace may abound?” (Romans 6:1). Or do you “establish the law” (Romans 3:31)?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Outside of kids pretending to be a doctor, an astronaut, etc., pretending to be something you are not is a lie. Pretending to be mean is a lie. Pretending to be selfish is a lie. Pretending to give an answer of “No” when the expectation is “Yes” is a lie. So, how many times a day do you lie?

Friday, April 12, 2019

What is most important to you is what you find time for. So, how much time do you spend in prayer and in Bible study?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

People slap things together and call it jerry-rigged, and some times it works. Unfortunately, being ready to meet the Lord is not something to jerry-rig. “But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Joshua 22:5). “Be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14). So, how diligent are you regarding your spiritual life?

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Just because someone prays to know the truth does not mean they will instantly know the truth. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). What that means is that when we pray to be guided by the Holy Spirit into truth, we need to stop holding onto unverified beliefs. Too often we come to the Bible with preconceived ideas and the Holy Spirit cannot work with that. So, are you open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance?

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Many talk about finding an escape. People turn to drugs and alcohol for an escape out of reality. Others find their escape in video games while still others find their escape in movies and TV. So, for a few hours people do not have to deal with reality thinking that they will be able to better handle whatever they are challenged with when the escape is over only to face depression afterwards, even if they do not know it because their reality is so different from what they were just experiencing. It creates bad attitudes towards life and increases sarcasm. The devil does not care how tame the video game, movie, or TV program is, as long as he can cause this constant drop into depression, he is chiseling away the Christian experience. Christians, on the other hand, simply deal with reality and do not seek the escape. Now, how much time do you try to escape?

Monday, April 08, 2019

People may root for a movie actor to get up once they have been knocked down and are thrilled when the actor is on their feet with a second to spare, but there is a real life getting up that is more serious and more concerning that even Heaven is involved in. “For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief” (Proverbs 24:16). So, are you a hero in your own story?

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Discipline is the constant right choice in a matter. Discipline is formed through exercise of making that right choice and not just simply having an inherited attribute. So, how much discipline exercise per day are you having?

Friday, April 05, 2019

Love is caring more for the soul being in Heaven than the feelings on earth. Which do you care about more?

Thursday, April 04, 2019

For some reason, many Christians believe that to show love to someone, correction of belief ought not be performed. Though many do not see it this way, they believe it is better to leave someone in ignorance, let them get hurt, and sympathize with them afterwards. That is not love. Those may be kind deeds, but God says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3:19). So, do you correct people’s false beliefs or are you going to just let them go to hell? Keep in mind, “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand” (Ezekiel 3:18).

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

“And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him” (Luke 17:4). That does not mean we are to sin against God all the day long expecting forgiveness. First, it does not say that it is the same transgression, nor does it reveal the intention of the transgressor to honestly repent each time. We are to have “an honest and good heart” (Luke 8:15) not committing a transgression expecting forgiveness for that would be the sin of presumption combined with whatever transgression we commit, but rather certain sins are more challenging than others to lay off and God understands that. So, do you honestly struggle with sin, or do you have an attitude of “It doesn’t matter; God will forgive me”?

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Matthew 19:16-19 states, “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Eternal life is eternal life. There is not eternal life for this man, or for the Jews, or for Christians. Here, we see that the Ten Commandments are part of having eternal life. Yes, the first four were not mentioned, but do you really think God would tolerate other gods? Even His worship day is His and keeping another day is someone else’s day despite claiming to worship Jesus on it. So, do you keep the commandments or do you simply do “good” of that which you think is good?

Monday, April 01, 2019

Proverbs 19:3 states, “The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.” I propose that those that join in the foolishness of the day are not truly following God in all His ways, and even wrestle against God regarding His expectations. So, are you a fool today or a Christian?

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Jesus said, “And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39). Many, many Christians think that the Ten Commandments have been replaced with just two commandments, this being the second one. Some say that this so-called second commandment is just a summary of the last six commandments with Jesus’ first commandment being a summary of the first four commandments establishing that the Ten Commandments are still binding. Who is right? Well, according to Matthew 19:18-19, we hear that Jesus said, “Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” We see that Jesus’ intention was to summarize and not replace the Ten Commandments. Paul further writes in Romans 13:9, “Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Therefore, again it is a summary and not a replacement. Now, do you know how to love your neighbor, which is to keep the last six commandments, or do you just go on feelings to define that love mixing it up with what is actually kind acts?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Ours is not to question why. Like soldiers on a field of battle, we are to follow orders exactly as given. Sure, our curiosity may want to know why, but to wait until we know why is wrong. For instance, in the Old Testament, we are told, “flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat” (Genesis 9:4). Please notice that this restriction on meat eating with blood in it still was given to Noah, the new father of everyone, Jew and non-Jew. Therefore, it is not a Jewish thing to eat only kosher meats. This is further reiterated in the Book of Acts (Acts 15:20, 29; 21:25). Yet Christians wonder why such a restriction exists and if they cannot come up with a good reason, they do not obey the command of God. They claim that meats are prepared much healthier as in times past. Nonsense! If anything, it is worse because of greed. The FDA does not test every animal. And by the time something serious shows up in the tests, the meat has already gone to market. No wonder we have recalls on meats, but usually it is after a number of people get sick or even die. Basically, whatever disease the animal had, it is carried in the blood and past onto the eater. So, are you a good soldier following orders, or do you not act upon orders until you know why, and only then if you agree to the reason do you act?

Thursday, March 28, 2019

When the early Christians went forth teaching the gospel, they all taught the same thing. When there was a controversy on doctrine, they had a counsel to work it out and went back to teaching the same thing (Acts 15). This is true unity. The false unity is the practice of keeping one’s own doctrine but when together, only speak on those doctrines held in common and remaining silent upon those things that differ. Today, there is only one main doctrine that is agreed upon – We are saved by Jesus Christ. But each denomination can have their own baptism, own belief on the state of the dead, own worship style, and so on. If any taught something different, we are told “mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). So, do you have the right doctrine? The odds are against you for there are 42,000 different denominations all with a slight difference in doctrine, but we are told, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). Again, do you have the right doctrines? Your salvation depends upon it.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Paul wrote, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not” (1 Corinthians 10:23), but when it comes to edifying, “let him deny himself” (Matthew 16:24), and “seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church” (1 Corinthians 14:12). In other words, just because a person can do something does not mean they should. They must not check to see if it gratifies self but rather if it promotes the church, God’s way. So, do you “please all [men] in all [things], not seeking mine own profit, but the [profit] of many, that they may be saved” (1 Corinthians 10:33), or do you just selfishly go through each day not caring what message you represent to others?

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Negative words ought to be carefully chosen. If negativity needs to be spoken, it ought to be constructive. Saying to someone, “You’re a loser” is not very constructive. Telling someone, “if you were to put more effort into it, stop looking for the opportunity to take a break, stop looking for ways to shortcut it, and just do it, you would experience a better life.” So, do you react to people just from feelings or through helpfulness?

Monday, March 25, 2019

The way the world makes a decision is to make a list of pros and cons. For example, should I take this job? On the pros, it pays well, close to home, friendly environment, good benefits, and is in my field of expertise. On the cons, it does require a little dishonesty, and the hours are not exactly what I would like but they are workable. Therefore, the pros win and I should take the job. God’s way is that it violets a commandment and seeing that it cannot be separated out, the job ought to be rejected. So, how do you approach decisions? God’s way or the worlds?

Sunday, March 24, 2019

So, there was once a child who was brought up in the drug environment. The child was around foul language all their life. The child was beaten for no reason. The child was raped numerous times. God was never exposed to the child except in a cursing way. While on the playground, the child was picked on once again being a rough neighborhood. This time, the child was going to stand up for themselves and really lay into the other children to the point that serious harm came to those children, hospitalizing them. Finally, the child, now a teenager, took their own life. At the funeral, all kinds of justification for everything was being tossed around to the point that most concurred that the child would still be in Heaven explaining how the lifestyle is what formed the child, which is true, and that God would understand. What people do not understand is that there is a difference between a reason and an excuse the terrible behavior. God excuses people for not knowing about certain rules, but He does not excuse, even for the greatest reasons, known sins. The child knew beating other children to a pulp was wrong. The child knew taking one’s life was wrong. Therefore, there was no excuse, even though there are reasons. So, you may have reasons for doing what you do, like easily losing the temper, being impatient, using certain foul words, being a bad parent, even continuing to chose Sunday as the Sabbath despite knowing the true Sabbath, but do you really have an excuse in God’s eyes?

Friday, March 22, 2019

Yesterday day, we read, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me” (Psalms 101:3). Do you read it as something like a diary and no big deal, or God’s intention for us and apply it to your life? It ought to be the latter answer.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The reason the Bible says, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me” (Psalms 101:3) is that what we watch subconsciously settles into the mind. Wrong images and wrong words feed the mind wrong, preparing it to react in a wrong way in a future moment. We may think ourselves able to see through such stuff knowing right from wrong while we are watching and listening to it, but the principle of “by beholding we are changed” (2 Corinthians 3:18) still applies or God is a liar. Sure, we may not react exactly as portrayed but it surely will not be God’s perfect way. Now, how much time do you spend viewing, listening, and reading from God’s perspective His way of handling life?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

If a person pretends to be one thing quite often, they are actually that person. If a person pretends everyday to be difficult, in reality, they are difficult. They may be trying to just act, but by doing such, they are actually becoming what they are acting. At first, it may be for a laugh; it may have been because they saw it in the movies or on TV. Even though in their mind they are only acting, the fact that it is so frequently part of them, that is who they are. Besides, acting like something a person is not is a lie, which is breaking a commandment of God. If there is acting like someone, it ought to be like Jesus, and just maybe, we may become like Him, which is to be the ultimate goal. “We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him” (1 John 3:2). So, do you act differently than you ought?

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

We are told, “whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). How does one clean a toilet to the glory of God? Easy. God expects perfection (Hebrews 13:21), which is, to do it to the best of our ability. So, even in dirty jobs, do you do everything to the best of your ability?

Monday, March 18, 2019

By pretending to be one thing they supposedly are not, they are actually preparing for a future fall. Being sarcastic just to get a laugh but claim to not be a sarcastic person is preparing themselves to be sarcastic during a crisis. A person who pretends to get upset and huff just to get a laugh is preparing to throw a tantrum when things fall apart. What we practice prepares us to react in that manner when pushed into a reactionary moment. So, what manner are you preparing yourself to react?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

If one party tries to act like another party just to retain office so that they can have the “power”, just who really has the power then? Therefore, if a person acts the way others would want them to act and they do not act in a manner they themselves want to act, again, who has the power? So, are you one that acts differently than who you really are?

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Bible says, "Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity" (2 Timothy 2:19). That means, everyone that claims to be Christian would stop sinning, just as John tell us, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (1 John 2:1). “He that committeth sin is of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Then, how can all those “I’m saved” people who continue in sin still think they are saved? That is because “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). So, are you thinking you are saved while enjoying sin, or “if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1) that “we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9) and “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17)?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Many play the “what if” game. What if I chose to be someone else? What if back on a certain date I had made a different choice. What if… That is exactly what the devil wants people to do – waste mental energy undermining the here and now. God wants people to look forward and not backward. The past cannot be changed. The future has endless opportunities. Most of all, there is to be only two main goals in life and therefore, eventually, all roads lead to them. The first goal is to be right with God. The second goal is to help others be right with God. The fact that a person collects trash, is a stay at home parent, is an executive, is a celebrity, is insignificant because all that is to be used to prosper the gospel. So, are you regretting your life’s choices, or are you happily serving God wherever you are in life?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Everyone makes wrong choices at some point in their life. Some wrong choices are even sinful. The devil loves to debilitate us from moving forward. One tool in his collection is that of weighing people down with guilt despite the person already confessing to God. No wonder God says, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:6). Therefore, if a person truly confessed their sin, believe then that forgiveness has come. And then, when the guilt returns, simply believe that it was a learning experience and move on as being “faultless before the presence of his glory” (Jude 1:24). So, will you allow the devil to continue to weigh you down with guilt, or will you simply move forward striving to not repeat the sin?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Looking up every form of the word “obey” and “obedience” yields 141 verses. That is a lot. Each one claims the basic expectation to obey God and live. One of the strongest is found in the New Testament verse of Romans 6:16, which asks, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” There are only two choices. We either obey God or we do not. There is not a third choice that interjects, “unless we are saved”. In other words, being “saved” does not free us from obeying God! In fact, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). So, as a Christian, do obey God or not? Keep in mind, there are hundreds of other verses that have the same theme using synonyms, such as Joshua 24:15 with the word “serve”: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” So, who will you serve?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Jesus said this of the leadership in His day: “[Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:7-9). But today if one were to say such, the result would be, “brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers” (1 Corinthians 6:6). But, will you back down from protecting the innocent just because we live in a lawsuit timeframe?

Sunday, March 10, 2019

To each activity, there is more than one perspective. Instead of jumping to conclusions or just seeing it from your perspective, have you considered asking questions? It comes down to the perspective of why a person does something and not from the observer. Many brutality videos by police officers pick up at the time of the beating and miss what lead up to it, like the assailant killing an officer to begin the chase, for instance. Because someone does something by routine against what the Bible teaches, do they do it in ignorance, like honoring Sunday when the Sabbath is what is taught? So, again, do you ask questions or make your own conclusions?

Friday, March 08, 2019

Why is it that procrastinators call responsible people workaholics? Of course, guilt is the reason. The Bible is clearly against procrastination. It says, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6), and “By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through” (Ecclesiastes 10:18). In fact, it was the seeking of idle time that brought on the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Ezekiel 16:49). Now, not all of the putting off of something to later is true procrastination, but if putting something off is for the exchange of wasting time, that is when such is condemned. Some people look for a better time to deal with a certain task and therefore, will do something else productive until that time arrives. That is fine, but putting it off hoping someone else will deal with it or that it will go away is wrong. So, how much do you seek to put things off so you can enjoy the here and now?

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Those that say, “Live a little” might as well say, “Sin a little.” The life of a true Christian is boring in comparison, though to a true Christian, it is not. And those that feel the boredom of being a true Christian are actually not true Christians. A true Christian does not drink alcohol, waste money by eating out frequently, waste money going to worldly places, waste time watching TV or going to the movies, does not listen to worldly music, does not care about celebrities and sports, does not sit around and “chew the fat”, does not express themselves in any form of attention be it with jewelry or piercings, have clothing that is modest and not rebellious, are also health conscious, etc. So, are you “living a little” or are you a true Christian who finds joy in pleasing and living according to God’s ways?

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Part 2 on prayer is where the Bible says, “Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). Yes, we are to pray for one another as well, but notice the context. Is it to score a goal? Do good on a test? Get a job? No. If a person wrongs you, pray that they may be healed of wronging people. Instead of giving someone a hand gesture, pray for them. When someone is rude, pray for them. When someone confesses that they have been wronging another without them knowing, much prayer ought to be had. When a person has suffered a loss or is sick, pray for them to endure and not curse God. So, do you misuse praying for one another or do you pray correctly?

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Prayer is not magic. We do not pray to God for patience and get it. It is developed. We do not pray to God to get us out of a situation but through it. The focus is not on the garbage that is happening but our character in handling the garbage. Jesus said, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). That is because the reaction of the flesh when someone wrongs us or things are out of control around us is to be quitting, lashing out, or other fleshly, blood flowing response. “We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). That is because character is developed during much tribulation, and in these last days, we have much character development to undertake in a short time, therefore, expect day after day to be an uphill battle. Jesus also said, “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15). Therefore, do not be questioning God, “Why is it that day in and day out I have this garbage to deal with?” Patience is the most difficult thing to develop of all of the character traits. If life is going smoothly, that means God is giving up on us. Look for the good and receive it with a blessing. Do not look to the evil of it because that leads to depression, even the dark side. Both exists pretty much in all things. The devil enhances the bad so that a person will latch on and fail. God encourages the good hoping that we will focus on it and overcome. So, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne”. And He, for three and a half years was hounded and harassed to ultimately ending in a brutal day and death. What little things are ticking you off in comparison?

Monday, March 04, 2019

In 1979, Pink Floyd released a song called “Another Brick in the Wall”, which contains the words, “We don’t need education”. In 1983, Cyndi Lauper released a song called “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” containing the words “I come home in the morning light”, which means that she was out all night. In 1984, Twisted Sister released a song called “We’re not Gonna Take It”. And there are many more songs with the same Satanic theme – rebellion. I say it is satanic because rebellion is what started the war in Heaven. Rebellion is what got Adam and Eve to sin. Rebellion is what crucified Jesus. And rebellion has been increasing and becoming more acceptable in society ever since to the point that people say, “It’s just a song.” No, it is not. Music enters the brain much easier than mere talking. Put sin to music and people are praising Satan and even conforming to it. Songs are a way to control people. Besides, the greatest song leader is none other than Satan. He can sing all four parts to any song having more than one pipe (Ezekiel 28:13). Of course, he would use songs to make sin appear more acceptable because he is the best at it. So, are you praising sin and Satan through sinful songs, or God and obedience through hymns?

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Whatever label humans put on sin, God says, “I [am] the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6), therefore, it still is sin. Therefore, bad habits are sin. Alternative lifestyles are still sin. Letting a little rebellion out is still sin. Indulging into just a little sinful indulgence is still sin. Looking but not touching is still sin. White lies are still sin. Little lies are still sin. So, what label have you justified sin in your life with?

Friday, March 01, 2019

Forgiveness and foolishness do not go together, yet, that is exactly the expectation. A person can truly repent but that does not mean a person is to be placed into the same environment to be tempted again. A convicted pedophile ought not be driving school children around. A convicted bank robber ought not to become a bank teller. A gambling addicted person ought not go near a horserace track. Moving ministers around to different congregations that have sinful issues is not wise. Listening to testimony from a convicted liar is not wise. So, do you forgive and are wise, or do you forgive and become foolish?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Today marks the end of the first two months of 2019 already. How are you doing on that New Year’s resolution. Remember, it is not the fact you may have failed but “a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief” (Proverbs 24:16). So, are you still getting up, or have you given into “mischief”, defeat, and are waiting until 2020 to try again?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

When the Bible says, “A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly” (Proverbs 18:24), accumulating numerous friends on FaceBook, numerous followers on Twitter, and connecting with others on other social media platforms is not what God had in mind. No wonder “the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12). So, how many people do you actually interact with on the physical level?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Satan has many distractions to diffuse the army of Christ. If he does not get people on sports, politics seems to divide and polarize people. Political issues never get resolved. Those that praise Roe v. Wade are in fear that it will be overturned. Those that want Planned Parenthood defunded are thrown many possibilities, getting so close, and yet, it never happens. They are always holding out for the next opportunity. Name an issue and the pendulum of that issue seems to swing back and forth never quite reaching the results as one side or the other desires. And as we see, change congress, change the president and it swings back the other way erasing the accomplishments along the way from the prior administration. It is planned that way to simply occupy people’s time when they should do as Jesus did – ignore the issues and let that which Caesar is doing to Caesar but what belongs to God ought to be done. We have a mission to spread the gospel. So, how distracted are you from that mission?

Monday, February 25, 2019

After yesterday’s post regarding the NFL, some wonder what about baseball? Other than declaring they are the best, they are number one, that they brag, what else is wrong with this primarily, non-contact sport? Deception is the first answer. When the opposing team has players on base, there is the fake throw to the catcher to try and catch the runner off base. There are the deceptive signals given to players as well. The second answer is stealing. The third answer is the fact that there is contact and highly encouraged hard contact to try and knock the ball to the ground. And the fourth answer is that it still supports illicit activity and no Christian should knowingly place temptation before anyone else. That means, by buying the paraphernalia, buying tickets, it allows the team to pay the outrageous salary that tempts the player or staff to join into an adulterous lifestyle, drug addiction, or other reckless behavior. No other way of life, outside of celebrities, enjoy so much in illicit activity. Accountants do not, disposal engineers do not, doctors do not, teachers do not, etc. Now when I say do not, we are speaking in the majority. Celebrities who do not partake in illicit activity are an exception, while a teacher having illicit activity is the exception. And rooting on the team or player is the same as partaking in their sins. “Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). So, do you support illicit activity of celebrities in any form?

Sunday, February 24, 2019

According to the news, the Patriots owner is being investigated regarding a prostitution sting. That means both on the field and off the field, a Christian ought not support these games financially or with their time because to do so is to support lifestyles that are sinful as well as the activity on the field is sinful. A fake pass is lying. Tackling is hurtful, covered under that one about “Thou shalt not murder”. Striving to beat everyone else out for the prize is coveting. Having favorite players, wearing the team jersey, or even wearing a player’s jersey is idolizing. Listening to the use of the Lord’s name is taking His name in vain. Players sleeping around, unlike an employee here or there, but almost all the players and even owners is supporting adultery. Cheating with a deflated ball or other methods is stealing. And when the Bible teaches that we ought “in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3), each player bragging that they are number one goes completely against that principle. There is absolutely nothing Biblical to sports, even when a player prays in the corner, makes some religious sign, etc. That is just blasphemy against God for God is not into sports. So, are you caught into sports?

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Bible says, “Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her. And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through [the fire] to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I [am] the LORD” (Leviticus 18:20-21), and we think it to be horrible to allow a young child risk their lives as parents watch on to perform this task of running through the fire. This reference to allow children to pass through the fire of Molech follows a forbiddance to committing adultery. Well, it is even worse today. Mostly from forbidden sexual activity, unwanted children are torn up and gotten rid of through a process called abortion. Our society has not become more enlightened; we just have found modern ways to do worse things than they did in ages past. So, do you support abortion or do you find it horrible as well?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Thou shalt not covet covers more than just wanting something someone else has or wanting someone else’s spouse. It also covers simply not being content with the life one has. Sure, striving towards a better life is fine, but wishing for some other life that will never happen is coveting. “I wish I was a movie actor”; “I wish I was a royal member”, “I wish I had a million dollars” “I wish I…”. So, how much coveting do you do each day?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

How much time do you spend on social media? Watching TV? Reading worldly content like novels? Going to movies? If that proportion leans to much more than what spiritual feeding you could be experiencing instead, no wonder people cannot believe they can be sinless. What the mind is exposed to is what it tends to imitate. So, how balanced is your life?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

People remember all kinds of dates from history quite often. If you are old enough, do you remember where you were when you heard that JFK was shot? How about Ronald Reagan? How about the space shuttle explosion? How about the Berlin wall coming down? Nine-eleven? How about “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God” (Exodus 20:8-10)?

Monday, February 18, 2019

“Warning! This product may be harmful to your health!” When people see that, right minded people will avoid that product or at least take precautions. “Warning! Bridge freezes before road surface!” When people see that, right minded people will avoid that product or at least take precautions. Jesus basically said, “Warning. Take heed that no man deceive you!” And people do not avoid such preachers and they take no precautions. They argue that doctrines do not matter. They argue that obedience is not a requirement for Jesus paid it all. They argue that all we have to do is believe. They just argue and do not submit to God. Do you argue like that or are you at least taking precautions using God’s Word to test with?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Bible says, “And [when] the people complained, it displeased the LORD” (Numbers 11:1). So, do you complain and displease God? Just about everyone has been tricked into complaining without realizing it. If any take part in the Monday blues, they are a complainer displeasing God. Every person that has to stop enjoying the weekend and has to now return to employment activity ought to simply start Monday off with, “Thank you God that I am employed earning what is necessary to pay my bills and put food on the table.” Anything short of that, including posts on Facebook of how terrible Mondays are, is part of the complainer’s group. So again, are you a complainer displeasing God, which equates to being displeased in the end for God will not allow entrance into Heaven to such people, also known as murmurers (1 Corinthians 10:6-11)?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Did you know that the command given to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful, and multiply” (Genesis 1:28) applies to us as well? And I am not talking about having kids. Jesus said, “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20), referring to having “the fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22) and with that, we ought to go and multiply. “He that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more” (Matthew 25:20). Now the talents are symbolic for we are to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). So, are you developing the fruit you ought and multiplying more disciples for Christ?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The antichrist is described as “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4) and that “all the world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3), which overall, is a pagan form of religion, as the beast is made up of “a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion” (Revelation 13:2) referring to the teachings of Greece, Medo-Persia, and Babylon. Now, how are atheists, unbelievers, even other religions, let alone all the different Christian denominations going to bow down to this antichrist by accepting pagan worship? Just as simple as it is to get all of these people to honor, exchange gifts and cards, etc., on a supposed saint’s day called Valentines. All refers to the majority of which atheists even honor Valentine’s day. And if even atheists can join in on this day, they can be gullible for bigger things. So, how gullible are you regarding today, or for that matter, any other day respected that is not biblical?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The numbers 200,000,001 through the rest of the numbers seem to not appear in the Bible but the unknown highest Bible number does and is in Revelation 5:11-12, which says, “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands: Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” Can you imagine that gathering? If faithful, we could be part of it. “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest” (Revelation 15:2-4). So, will you be and remain faithful?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The numbers 100,000,001 through 199,999,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 200,000,000 does and is in Revelation 9:16, which says, “And the number of the army of the horsemen [were] two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.” That is going to be a spectacular display at the second coming, but keep in mind their mission. “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one]; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 13:38-43). So, which are you? A tare, which is one that looks like a Christian but lives like the world, or a wheat, one that lives the Christian lifestyle?

Monday, February 11, 2019

The numbers 1,300,001 through 99,999,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 100,000,000 does and is Daniel 7:10, which says, “A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” This scene takes place after a series of beast arise representing Babylon (Daniel 7:4 lion), Medo-Persia (verse 5 bear), Greece (verse 6 leopard), Rome (verse 7 ugly beast), which places the judgment well after 476 AD. The horns of verse 8 is Europe but specifically we have a little horn power that arises, being the antichrist, that is to rule for a period of 1,260 years (verse 25 use of prophetic days covering a year, two years, and a divided or half a year using God’s day for a year principle in Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6). That now brings us to 1798 where the judgment is just in a “set” position, meaning, God was not judging yet. But John sees Jesus returning in Revelation 14:14-16 with a specific message just prior to the second coming happening in Revelation 14:6-7, stating, “the hour of his judgment is come”. So, between 1798 and the second coming, judgment moves from the “set” position into the active state for when “the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works” (Matthew 16:27), meaning, the judgment is already over. Daniel 8:14 pinpoints the year to be 1844 when the judgment of the dead began and the since then, “as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27), He continues judging the dead but at some point, it will be declared of the living, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). So, are you in a condition to be judged for Heaven today if God were to switch to judging the living?

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The numbers 1,100,001 through 1,099,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,300,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 14:9, which says, “And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.” Zerah or Zarah means "rising". Ethiopia means “black”. Mareshah means "crest of a hill". And today, John wrote for our time, “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns” (Revelation 17:3), and “The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth” (Revelation 17:9). Instead of rising over the crest of the hill, this false church system rules from seven mountains. It has reached the peak, set up a headquarters, and is leading many into darkness. But there are some that it is said, “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5). So, which are you? In darkness or light? In self-guidance, man-made traditions, or the Word of God?

Friday, February 08, 2019

The numbers 1,000,001 through 1,099,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,100,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 21:5, which says, “And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all [they of] Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah [was] four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.” This is an interesting way of saying “adult men” but that begs the question, are we spiritual adult men or are we mere babies. The Bible says, “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts” (Isaiah 28:9). If we have been a Christian for a long time and are still just able to only refer to the Bible stories, we are still breast feeding. But if we are taking “precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little” (Isaiah 28:10), really studying the Bible, then we are spiritual men and women. So, how do you use the Bible?

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The numbers 800,001 through 999,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,000,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 22:14, which says, “Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.” A thousand thousand talents of silver turns out to be a million. That seems to be a lot, but in the scheme of things, it actually all belongs to God. So, though you may return a tithe (10%) of your income to God and maybe even offerings, how wisely do you spend the rest of God’s money?

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

The numbers 675,001 through 799,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 800,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 13:3, which says, “And Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, [even] four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, [being] mighty men of valour.” And spiritually, today we can be “chosen” too for God declares, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). Every time people sin, they show darkness. When people cease from sinning, they show God’s marvelous light. So, are you chosen or not?

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The numbers 603,551 through 674,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 675,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:32, which says, “And the booty, [being] the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep.” Right now, true Christians are the prey, but one day, our Shepherd is going to come victoriously through the clouds for “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) and we shall no longer be the prey. Are you “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:12)

Monday, February 04, 2019

The numbers 601,731 through 603,549 seem to not appear in the Bible but 603,550 does and is found in Numbers 2:32, which says, “These [are] those which were numbered of the children of Israel by the house of their fathers: all those that were numbered of the camps throughout their hosts [were] six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.” In continuation from yesterday, in the sequence of Bible numbers, here is the starting number of which went down by nearly 2,000 people over time, which is not typical because population usually increases in time. But due to a serious partaking of sin, especially of a sensual nature, a plague was permitted to enter the camp killing off a number of Israelites. Today, Christians ought not experience the same plague, like aids, venereal diseases, etc., but they do. The reason is because they are partaking in the same sensual pleasures as the rest of the world ignoring God’s promise: “Hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee” (Exodus 15:26). So, what other ramifications of illnesses, if any, do you experience in life by not hearkening to the voice of God through the Bible?

Sunday, February 03, 2019

The numbers 600,001 through 601,729 seem to not appear in the Bible but 601,730 does and is found in Numbers 26:51, which says, “These [were] the numbered of the children of Israel, six hundred thousand and a thousand seven hundred and thirty.” This was down from “six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty" (Numbers 2:32). That number is 603,550, a loss of almost 2,000 plus the amount that they ought to have increased during the time of chapter 2 and chapter 26. But even 2,000 to die during the period of sensual pleasure found in chapter 25 is significant. Today, many Christians enjoy the sensual in the form of porn, illicit sexual activity, and simply dressing proactively, especially using the excuse of going swimming. Sadly, all who do not repent and change their lifestyle will see the same fate and be lost no matter how much they claim to be saved. So, how much do you willingly participate in?

Friday, February 01, 2019

The numbers 500,001 through 599,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 600,000 does and is found in Exodus 12:37, which says, “And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot [that were] men, beside children.” That was no small feat to move that many people through the desert to the Promised Land. Of course, many were lost along the way, especially for their insubordination. Today, God is trying to lead nearly eight billion people to the heavenly promised land. Unfortunately, history shall be repeated for “strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). Have you found the strait gate, or are you just going about life carelessly?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The numbers 470,001 through 499,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 500,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 13:17, which says, “And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.” Abijah means "Jehovah is (my) father", of which was on the side of Judah. Civil war is terrible. What a shame that the children of Israel split into two nations and then killed each other, and what a large number of people who died! But, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25). And instead of having two sides today in Christianity, there are 42,000 choices, all at one point fought with spiritual death, and sometimes physical death. Of course, there has been an effort today to unite, but it is not being done properly, for the most part. The one movement to unite is to have everyone give up their doctrines, except for a handful, and become a one world religion united under the papacy. The other movement is to unite as Jesus prayed, “that they may be one, as we [are]” (John 17:11, 22). But He also stated what was to unit everyone: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, are you uniting or coexisting with other religions by believing we all serve the same god, or are you seeking the truth in God’s Word uniting upon His doctrine?

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The numbers 400,001 through 469,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 470,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 21:5, which says, “And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all [they of] Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah [was] four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.” Focusing upon Judah, which had the 470,000 men, Judah means “praised”. And we are told, “that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:11). So, “in all things” that you do, does it praise God or Satan?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The numbers 375,001 through 399,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 400,000 does and is found in Judges 20:17, which says, “And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these [were] men of war.” The reason Benjamin is left out is because Israel was massing an attack against the tribe of Benjamin because “the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel” (Judges 20:13). And the reason that Israel was preparing to attack Benjamin is because of the question Israel posed: “What wickedness [is] this that is done among you?” (Judges 20:12) This involved a concubine (Judges 20:4), a sexual object. And today, instead of spiritual Israel, the church, standing up against sexual perversion, it is welcoming it in with homosexual ministers, transgender ministers, and many other perversions. So, will you also play the reverse role of Benjamin and stand up as the minority against this wickedness?

Monday, January 28, 2019

The numbers 337,501 through 374,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 375,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 26:13, which says, “And under their hand [was] an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.” Our King is Jesus. Are you helping God against the enemy, Satan, by not allowing sin in your life, or are you a traitor and are carelessly giving into a little sin here and a little sin there?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The numbers 300,001 through 337,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 337,500 does and is found in Numbers 31:43 which says, “(Now the half [that pertained unto] the congregation was three hundred thousand and thirty thousand [and] seven thousand and five hundred sheep.” This was the portion of the spoils after conquering the enemy, the Midianites. We do not get the spoils of our enemy but we do get a reward: eternal life. So, do you count the reward of victory over the devil greater than what this earth has to offer?

Friday, January 25, 2019

The numbers 280,001 through 299,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 300,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 25:5, which says, “Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of [their] fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice [men, able] to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.” Focusing upon the 300,000 being choice men, God is today looking for choice people. He says, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). So, are you completely out of darkness, error, the unknown, and are in His marvelous light, truth, and the known?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The numbers 250,001 through 279,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 280,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 14:8, which says, “And Asa had an army [of men] that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these [were] mighty men of valour.” As a reminder, Benjamin means "son of the right hand". And we know the One that Benjamin pointed to: “Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64). He is definite a man of valor. And seeing that we are to “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6), we too ought to strive to be a person of valor. So, are you?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The numbers 200,001 through 249,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 250,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 5:21, which says, “And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand.” And that is the result of going to “war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab” (1 Chronicles 5:19). Now, if we go to war with Satan and cease from our sinful ways, we shall also receive a reward: eternal life. But, if we are allowing Satan to rule our life, we will follow our ruler to eternal damnation. So, are you warring or not?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The numbers 186,401 through 199,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 200,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 17:16, which says, “And next him [was] Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour.” And that is to be our attitude as well. We ought to be willingly offered unto God. “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's” (Romans 14:8). “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). So, have you died to self and now live for God, always from henceforth?

Monday, January 21, 2019

The numbers 185,001 through 186,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 185,000 does and is found in Numbers 2:9, which says, “All that were numbered in the camp of Judah [were] an hundred thousand and fourscore thousand and six thousand and four hundred, throughout their armies. These shall first set forth.” This is the first wave of the army from Judah in which spiritually transpired in the days of the apostles for Jesus said, “For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard” (Matthew 20:1). We are nearing the time that Jesus said, “And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?” (Matthew 20:6). So, are you idle or are you involved in spreading the gospel?

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The numbers 180,001 through 184,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 185,000 does and is found in 2 Kings 19:35, which says, “And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they [were] all dead corpses.” If we surrender all to God, God will fight our battles, but when selfishness avails, that is when deeper problems occur. So, how many challenges in life do you go into without seeking God’s way of handling things?

Friday, January 18, 2019

The numbers 157,601 through 179,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 180,000 does and is found in 1 Kings 12:21, which says, “And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.” So, technically it was Judah against Israel, which was a bit of a civil war going on. Those that held to the true worship, Judah in Jerusalem against those that did not but claimed to be of God keeping the name Israel. It is much like today. “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12) on one side, and everyone else against them because they do not keep the commandments, at least all of them. They either keep a revised version or claim grace does away with the law. One particular commandment is the one about keeping a whole day holy that God sanctified called the Sabbath. Sunday was never sanctified. So, on which side of the Christian civil war are you on? Those that keep the commandments or those that do not?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The numbers 153,601 through 157,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 157,600 does and is found in Numbers 2:31, which says, “All they that were numbered in the camp of Dan [were] an hundred thousand and fifty and seven thousand and six hundred. They shall go hindmost with their standards.” Standards are understood multiple ways. In this case, literally, it is the emblem of the tribe along with the colors, but all of that stands for something as well. And spiritually, standards are rules or commandments, of which God still has. So, do you line up yourself behind God’s standards, or do you claim grace to have your own standards?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The numbers 151,451 through 153,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 153,600 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 2:17, which says, “And Solomon numbered all the strangers that [were] in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred.” And spiritually speaking of the word “stranger”, Psalms 119:19 says, “I [am] a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.” So, when encountering a non-believer, do you hide your Christianity?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The numbers 144,001 through 151,449 seem to not appear in the Bible but 151,450 does and is found in Numbers 2:16, which says, “All that were numbered in the camp of Reuben [were] an hundred thousand and fifty and one thousand and four hundred and fifty, throughout their armies. And they shall set forth in the second rank.” As stated before, Christianity is not about having a party atmosphere as many choices have today. It is not even a relaxing life. It is a life of warfare. When one becomes a Christian, we are a soldier for Christ. “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:4). So, do the affairs or ways of this world entangle you with its sports, entertainments, fashions, foods, drinks, etc., or do you live off of just the necessities of life saving souls as guided by the Commander, Jesus?

Monday, January 14, 2019

The numbers 120,001 through 143,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 144,000 does and is found in Revelation 7:4, which says, “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” Lots of people talk about avoiding the Mark of the Beast but hardly anyone talks about the Seal of God. People can successfully avoid the Mark of the Beast but not have the Seal of God and that would be a sad situation, while people with the Seal of God automatically avoid the Mark of the Beast, therefore, it is more important to have the Seal of God instead of just trying to avoid the Mark of the Beast. So, do you have God’s seal? Do you even know what it is?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The numbers 108,101 through 119,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 120,000 does and is found in 1 Kings 8:63, which says, “And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.” Sin caused a rift between us and the Father, but our Peace offering is found in Jesus “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). So, do you accept Jesus as your Peace offering?

Friday, January 11, 2019

The numbers 100,001 through 108,099 seem to not appear in the Bible but 108,100 does and is found in Numbers 2:24, which says, “All that were numbered of the camp of Ephraim [were] an hundred thousand and eight thousand and an hundred, throughout their armies. And they shall go forward in the third rank.” Many years have gone by since Jesus walked the earth in bodily form, but just as there were ranks in the days of Moses physically, we march forward nearly 2,000 years later pressing against the evil and making sure that we “war a good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18) pressing the gospel forward. Who knows what number rank we are, but the important question is, do you “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12)?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The numbers 87,001 through 99,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 100,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 29:6-7, which says, “Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king's work, offered willingly, And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.” God loves willing offerings and not grudgingly given offerings. So, how willing are you to give to God? Even all of His tithes (10%) and offerings (Malachi 3:8)?

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The numbers 80,001 through 86,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 87,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 7:5, which says, “And their brethren among all the families of Issachar [were] valiant men of might, reckoned in all by their genealogies fourscore and seven thousand.” Issachar means "there is recompense". Recompense or payback is not for us to do. “Recompense to no man evil for evil” (Romans 12:17) for “Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord” (Hebrews 10:30). So, how often do you payback people for their awful actions?

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The numbers 75,001 through 76,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 76,500 does and is found in 1 Kings 5:15, which says, “And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains.” A hewer is someone who cuts. Jeremiah 17:3 relates sin as being like a mountain. Of course, we ought to remember that Jesus said, “if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done” (Matthew 21:21). But at the very least, we ought to all be hewers of the mountain of sin, and by the grace of God, be cutting sin out of our lives so much so that “sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). So, how far have you gotten on your personal mountain of sin?

Monday, January 07, 2019

The numbers 75,001 through 76,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 76,500 does and is found in Numbers 26:22, which says, “These [are] the families of Judah according to those that were numbered of them, threescore and sixteen thousand and five hundred.” Remember, Judah means "praised". The Bible says, “Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever” (Psalms 106:1). We see that praising God is inclusive of giving thanks to God. So, are you thankful for the breath of life, all the things God provides, the gift of grace, etc.?

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The numbers 74,601 through 74,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 75,000 does and is found in Esther 9:16, “But the other Jews that [were] in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey.” Ephesians 6:12-18 says of the Christian who ought to stand, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” So, are you standing on God’s side or allowing the enemy to overcome you?

Friday, January 04, 2019

The numbers 72,001 through 74,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 74,600 does and is found in Numbers 1:27, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Judah, [were] threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.” Judah means "praised". So, in your actions, who do you praise? “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)

Thursday, January 03, 2019

The numbers 70,001 through 71,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 72,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:33, which says, “And threescore and twelve thousand beeves,” which was part of “the booty” they got (Numbers 31:32) from warring “against the Midianites” (Numbers 31:7). Beeves are herds. Now we will not get any booty at the end of time from the wicked, but we will gain much once we get to Heaven. So, on which side are you striving (Luke 13:24) to be part of?

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The numbers 64,401 through 69,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 70,000 does and is found in 1 Kings 5:15, which says, “And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains.” Solomon needed 70,000 burden bears. We just need one. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). Now, have you made Christ your burden Bearer, or are you failing at atoning for your own sins?

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

The numbers 64,301 through 64,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 64,400 does and is found in Numbers 26:43, which says, “All the families of the Shuhamites, according to those that were numbered of them, [were] threescore and four thousand and four hundred.” Shuham means "pit-digger". The Bible says this about digging pits: “Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch [which] he made. His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high” (Psalms 7:14-17). So, though people seem to get away with sin and iniquity, in the end, they will receive violence, even the fires of hell specifically. Now, what are you doing with your life? Are you thinking you are getting away with sin here and there, or are you living in obedience to God looking forward to the day that sin and sinners who refuse Christ will be no more?

Monday, December 31, 2018

The numbers 62,701 through 64,299 seem to not appear in the Bible but 64,300 does and is found in Numbers 26:25, “These [are] the families of Issachar according to those that were numbered of them, threescore and four thousand and three hundred.” Issachar means "there is recompense", a reward for loss. And sin in the world has caused much loss, but God is willing to fix the situation. God says, “I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands” (Jeremiah 25:14). So, it pays to repent that God can work in our lives. Now, will you repent of any sins in your life so God can start fixing things?

Sunday, December 30, 2018

The numbers 61,001 through 62,699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 62,700 does and is found in Numbers 1:39, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Dan, [were] threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.” Dan means "a judge", which reminds me of the fact that “the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:22), however, at the same time, “we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). Therefore, in the judgment, Jesus is both Judge and our Attorney. How can anyone lose in the judgement? Fire the attorney by rejecting His Word, His Way, His thinking. So, do you seek Jesus through His word, act like Him in character, and think and talk as Jesus would, which means, “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6)?

Friday, December 28, 2018

The numbers 60,501 through 60,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 61,000 does and is found in Ezra 2:69, which says, “They gave after their ability unto the treasure of the work threescore and one thousand drams of gold, and five thousand pound of silver, and one hundred priests' garments.” Generosity to the work of God should always be foremost in our minds, but today, each pay check has the government taking their portion, and then many Christians make sure all of their needs are met, and if there is anything left over, they seem to give but a portion of that. God does have a minimum. “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation” (Malachi 3:8). So, are you robbing God, or are you giving God what rightly belongs to Him and then some?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The numbers 60,001 through 60,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 60,500 does and is found in Numbers 26:27, which says, “These [are] the families of the Zebulunites according to those that were numbered of them, threescore thousand and five hundred.” Remember, Zebulun means "exalted". The extra 3,100 people between chapter 1 and chapter 26 again shows the progression of time between chapters, but what remains the same is the character, exalting God in this case. So, are you a steady Christian or do you frequently exalt self every so often instead?

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The numbers 59,301 through 59,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 60,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 12:3, which says, “With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people [were] without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.” We do not get much help regarding the meaning of the names, so addressing the verse as is, “Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem” (2 Chronicles 12:2) with Israel’s enemies. Why? Because “Thus saith the LORD, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak” (2 Chronicles 12:5). When we excuse away obedience to God, God hands us over to life’s enemies eventually. This is stated in Romans 1:28, which says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient”. So, even in the New Testament, when people seek after evil and move away from God, He gives people over to it. So, what evil do you seek, or have you been “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)?

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The numbers 57,401 through 59,299 seem to not appear in the Bible but 59,300 does and is found in Numbers 1:23, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Simeon, [were] fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.” Simeon or Shimeon means "heard". Jesus said, “blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28). So, have you heard the Word of God and also keep it?

Monday, December 24, 2018

The numbers 54,401 through 57,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 57,400 does and is found in Numbers 1:31, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Zebulun, [were] fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.” Zebulun means "exalted". And so, do you exalt God 100% of the time, or do you exalt self a bit too?

Sunday, December 23, 2018

The numbers 53,401 through 54,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 54,400 does and is found in Numbers 1:29, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Issachar, [were] fifty and four thousand and four hundred.” Issachar means "there is recompense". “Say not thou, I will recompense evil; [but] wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee” (Proverbs 20:22). In other words, allow the Lord to pay back the evil “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord” (Hebrews 10:30). So, do you take matters into your own hands when someone wrongs you, or do you “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men” (Romans 12:17)?

Friday, December 21, 2018

The numbers 52,701 through 53,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 53,400 does and is found in Numbers 1:43, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Naphtali, [were] fifty and three thousand and four hundred.” As a reminder, Naphtali means "wrestling". And another thing we ought to be wrestling with, in addition against spiritual wickedness, is that of receiving the blessings from God like Jacob did physically, though we need to do spiritually. “And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me” (Genesis 32:25-26). So, do you enter into deep prayer wrestling yourself out of the world to receive a blessing of becoming a converted person through Jesus Christ?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The numbers 50,071 through 52,699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 52,700 does and is found in Numbers 26:34, which says, “These [are] the families of Manasseh, and those that were numbered of them, fifty and two thousand and seven hundred.” As a reminder, Manasseh means "causing to forget". Hopefully we forget our sins, the desires to do such. But hopefully we do not live life so rushed that we forget God. So, do you forget what you ought to forget but remember what you ought to remember?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The numbers 50,001 through 50,069 seem to not appear in the Bible but 50,070 does and is found in 1 Samuel 6:19, which says, “And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten [many] of the people with a great slaughter.” This is reverence towards God. People died for their irreverence, and yet today, Christians go to church in the same attire they wear to the beach, ball games, and clubs. The more people dress down represents the less respect people have towards God. So, how much respect do you have towards God?

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The numbers 46,501 through 49,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 50,000 does and is found in Acts 19:19, which says, “Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all [men]: and they counted the price of them, and found [it] fifty thousand [pieces] of silver.” That is a lot of money, and so when we have such a high investment in sin, we ought not weep over becoming a Christian and having to trash those items. People have trashed thousands of dollars invested into DVDs once becoming a Christian. People have dumped thousands of dollars worth of alcohol down the drain once becoming a Christian. So, are you holding back in destroying sinful items still in your home, or have you counted Heaven much more than that investment and trashed it all?

Monday, December 17, 2018

The numbers 45,651 through 46,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 46,500 does and is found in Numbers 1:21, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Reuben, [were] forty and six thousand and five hundred.” Reuben means "behold a son". Evidently about 3,000 more Reubenites were born after this point until numbered in chapter 26. It is not like the Book of Numbers was written in a day, a week, a month, or even a year. It may have been several years. Many books of the Bible were written this way, giving account of major events and inspirations over time. This is unlike authors today that sit down and pump out books. And yet, despite the amount of time from chapter 1 until the end and even from Genesis to Revelation, the consistency in the content of the Bible can be found if a person is honest in their study of it. So, how honestly do you study the Bible?

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The numbers 45,601 through 45,649 seem to not appear in the Bible but 45,650 does and is found in Numbers 1:25, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Gad, [were] forty and five thousand six hundred and fifty.” Gad means “troop”, which of course is along the lines of being a soldier. And we are told, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3-4). So, how are you enduring?

Friday, December 14, 2018

The numbers 45,401 through 45,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 45,600 does and is found in Numbers 26:41, which says, “These [are] the sons of Benjamin after their families: and they that were numbered of them [were] forty and five thousand and six hundred.” Benjamin means "son of the right hand". In our personal lives, we have “Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Romans 8:34). Now, how much time do you spend each day going to the Intercessor?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The numbers 44,761 through 45,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 45,400 does and is found in Numbers 26:50, which says, “These [are] the families of Naphtali according to their families: and they that were numbered of them [were] forty and five thousand and four hundred.” Naphtali means "wrestling", which again goes along with yesterday’s verse in which we quoted Ephesians 6:12-13 about where our wrestling match is. It is with “principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]”, even the Devil himself. But so many Christians do not even wrestle. They think once they are a Christian, Heaven is guaranteed. Then what nonsense does Satan have in attacking Christians? There is no prize for him other than having a good time in harassing. But to harass with no reward is boring. Even a child gives up harassing their siblings or friends if there is no effect and no reward. The reality of things is that once a person chooses to be a real Christian in which salvation is only guaranteed as we comply with John 10:27, which says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”, it is at that time that Satan ups his activity against the Christian in hopes of that Christian would finally say, “This Christian life isn’t worth the harassment!” So, are you deceived in security and are actually not saved from your sinning, or have you left Jesus “take away our sins” (1 John 3:5)?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The numbers 43,731 through 44,759 seem to not appear in the Bible but 44,760 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 5:18, which says, “The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, [were] four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war.” Today, “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:12-13). So, are you a valiant person putting up a “good fight” (2 Timothy 4:7)?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The numbers 42,361 through 43,729 seem to not appear in the Bible but 43,730 does and is found in Numbers 26:7, “These [are] the families of the Reubenites: and they that were numbered of them were forty and three thousand and seven hundred and thirty.” Reuben means "behold a son". For application to us, we ought not behold just any son, but as John the Baptist said regarding Jesus, “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36) And the principle applied here is, “we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). So, do you behold Jesus everyday by spending time in the Bible every day?

Monday, December 10, 2018

The numbers 42,001 through 42,359 seem to not appear in the Bible but 42,360 does and is found in Ezra 2:64, which says, “The whole congregation together [was] forty and two thousand three hundred [and] threescore.” In reality of things, that is not a whole lot of people leaving Babylon for Jerusalem, but praise God for these few. Today, we have so many in the land of confusion (Babylon) or submitting themselves to confusion and refuse to leave for a better, holier life. They still listen to preachers teaching disobedience. They enjoy the lifestyle of the lost. They do much the same things as any non-Christian, and yet declare that they get to go to Heaven in the end. Are you part of that sad group, or have you changed your entire life in accordance to the ways of God, and “have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5:24)?

Sunday, December 09, 2018

The numbers 41,501 through 41,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 42,000 does and is found in Judges 12:6, which says, “Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce [it] right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.” Not sure if this gave away the side the person was on by a mispronunciation or what, but going with that, do you misrepresent Christ spiritually by claiming to be a Christian but not able to perform properly as one by holding onto sin?

Friday, December 07, 2018

The numbers 40,501 through 41,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 41,500 does and is found in Numbers 1:41, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Asher, [were] forty and one thousand and five hundred.” Asher means “happy”, and Jesus said, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:17). So, do you do the things Jesus asks you to do and are happy, or do check first to see if it agrees with your wants and desires?

Thursday, December 06, 2018

The numbers 40,001 through 40,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 40,000 does and is found in Numbers 1:33, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Ephraim, [were] forty thousand and five hundred.” According to Genesis 41:52, the Bible says, “And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” We too can be fruitful in difficult times. We jus have to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). What are your eyes focused upon, difficulties or do you look for the blessings?

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The numbers 38,001 through 39,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 40,000 does and is found in Joshua 4:13, which says, “About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.” These were some of the people that passed over Jordan on dry land (Joshua 4:18). People may try to discredit the crossing of the Red Sea by saying it was the Reed Sea, which was more like swamp land, but they fail to mention the Jordan as well. That is because many Christians think there was only one splitting of the waters for Israel. They just do not know their Bibles. So, were you aware of the same miracle at the Jordan as the Red Sea?

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The numbers 37,001 through 37,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 38,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 23:3, which says, “Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.” Notice that they were numbered from the age of thirty. That is because that is when they could become a priest, hence why Jesus waited until the age of thirty (Luke 3:23) before beginning His ministry. In life today, this is typically when people settle down and mature. Up through the teens, they are in school. In the twenties, they are then experiencing life learning how to navigate. About the age of thirty is when people settle down, forge the path that will take them through to the rest of their life, even become more serious about God, which is a form of ministry. So, have you begun your ministry relationship with God yet?

Monday, December 03, 2018

The numbers 36,001 through 36,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 37,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:34, which says, “And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand.” Naphtali means "wrestling". This reminds me of Ephesians 6:11-13, which says, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” So, are you wrestling or not fighting against these principalities and powers in high places (Satan and his demons)?

Sunday, December 02, 2018

The numbers 35,401 through 35,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 36,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:38, which says, “And the beeves [were] thirty and six thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] threescore and twelve.” Beeves are “cattle, herd, oxen, or ox”. Again, the important point here is no matter what increase in goods one receives, God ought to be in mind and receive a portion since technically it is all His. So, when you receive a gift, especially a monetary gift even in the form of a gift card, do you count any portion towards God, especially in the form of tithe?

Friday, November 30, 2018

The numbers 32,501 through 35,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 32,500 does and is found in Numbers 1:37, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Benjamin, [were] thirty and five thousand and four hundred.” Benjamin means "son of the right hand". We may understand the phrase “hand of God” is when a miracle happens or an action of God happens. As we say, “By the hand of God, He led the Israelites out of Egypt through the plagues, through the Red Sea, through the miracles in the desert.” But when the word right is used with an object, it signifies approval. Blessings were given by the right hand, for instance. So, are you a spiritual Benjamin in which God looks upon as His son or daughter in approving way?

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The numbers 32,201 through 32,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 32,500 does and is found in Numbers 26:37, which says, “These [are] the families of the sons of Ephraim according to those that were numbered of them, thirty and two thousand and five hundred. These [are] the sons of Joseph after their families.” Ephraim has no known meaning other than the fact that as second born he was actually given preference over the firstborn. Though Jesus is referred to as “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature”, He was not treated as being preferred but being “rejected” (Luke 20:17). And “firstborn” does not mean Jesus was a created being for the Bible also refers to Him as “The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Now of us, we are not worthy of any special treatment but “now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). In other words, He was treated as we deserve while we will be treated as He deserves. We will be given preferential treatment. So, just how much do you appreciate what Jesus did to allow us the opportunity of eternal life?

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The numbers 32,001 through 32,199 seem to not appear in the Bible but 32,200 does and is found in Numbers 1:35 “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Manasseh, [were] thirty and two thousand and two hundred.” Manasseh means "causing to forget", specifically, “And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, [said he], hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house” (Genesis 41:51). When good happens, it is to help us forget the bad, but if we insist on remembering the bad, then we are rejecting God’s blessing and choosing to embrace Satan’s depression. So, when a blessing occurs, do you downgrade it by pointing out the evils as well?

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The numbers 30,501 through 31,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 32,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:35, which says, “And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known man by lying with him.” All women, let alone men, ought to not be having any type of sexual activity until it is time to get married. If you are a young person with urges, seek the Lord to keep you. If you are sexually active but are not in a marital commitment, seek the Lord to help you stop. And those that are married and even having children, will you raise both men and women to be chased?

Monday, November 26, 2018

The numbers 30,001 through 34,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 30,500 does and is found in Numbers 31:39, which says, “And the asses [were] thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] threescore and one.” In all that we gain (paycheck, gifts, etc.), do you consider a portion belongs to God, such as in tithe (Malachi 3:8)?

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The numbers 28,601 through 29,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 30,000 does and is found in Joshua 8:3, which says, “So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, and sent them away by night.” These 30,000 men were those that were assembled after Achan was stoned for taking that which the Lord said not to take causing Israel to lose the first battle to Ai in an embarrassing way. It is amazing what a person’s life can be like once sin is eradicated. Personally, have you gotten rid of all your sins by the grace of God?

Friday, November 23, 2018

The numbers 27,001 through 28,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 28,600 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:35, which says, “And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.” “All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel [were] of one heart to make David king” (1 Chronicles 12:38). Danites, descendants of Dan, means “judge”. These people judged between the ways of Saul and the ways of David, just as we ought to judge between the ways of Satan and the ways of Jesus. If you judge the ways of Jesus to be superior to Satan, there is to be no holding back. In other words, we cannot say that we will obey most of what Jesus asks us to do. We will make a complete surrender of all of our sins. So, who do you choose to follow? “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The numbers 26,001 through 26,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 27,000 does and is found in 1 Kings 20:30, which says, “But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and [there] a wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men [that were] left. And Benhadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.” The context of this battle is explained in 1 Kings 20:28, which says, “And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD [is] God of the hills, but he [is] not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.” So, have you ever noticed in your life that when you pray for a new job, a new car, even food on the table that God does not seem to be so quick to respond, but when you pray that you would have the godly words to speak to someone or some other spiritual matter that God seems to answer more quickly? That is because just like this battle brought God’s reputation into the matter the earthly things are not to be put first “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The numbers 25,101 through 25,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 26,000 does and is found in Judges 20:15, which says, “And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.” Why were they gathered? “To go out to battle against the children of Israel” (Judges 20:14). Continuing the story of in fighting, this is an example of church discipline. The tribe of Benjamin had done a vile thing and Israel rose up against them. Today, the opposite is true. People rise up against those preaching truth and sin is allowed. So, are you an advocate of not judging even when it comes to open sin, or do you follow the principle “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear” (1 Timothy 5:20)?

Monday, November 19, 2018

The numbers 25,001 through 25,099 seem to not appear in the Bible but 25,100 does and is found in Judges 20:35, which says, “And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword.” All of this inward fighting, is it really of God? Actually, it is. Where error is spoken, truth must push back. If we let people in error, it means that we do not love them. And it is interesting that error is allowed to go unchecked, but when truth is spoken, all kinds of fighting begins. Accusations of “legalism”, “church disturbers”, etc. come about. So, does truth and error mean anything to you, or are you just a social Christian?

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The numbers 24,001 through 24,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 25,000 does and is found in Judges 20:46, which says, “So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these [were] men of valour.” Israel had set up the tribe of Benjamin to fall, which parallels today. Many Christians call themselves Christian but are ready to turn upon the true Christians. Who are the true Christians? “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). So, all those that keep not the commandments are like Israel of old. Are you one of them, or are you faithfully keeping God’s commandments?

Friday, November 16, 2018

The numbers 23,001 through 23,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 24,000 does and is found in Numbers 25:6, which says, “And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who [were] weeping [before] the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw [it], he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.” On the verge of the Promised Land, going after sexual desires caused 24,000 men to fall in Israel, much like today. Not only is adultery very active among Christians, the internet has made pornography very easily accessible and for the most part, a private activity. Therefore, people can claim to be Christian while enjoying viewing such content, and it is not only men that view it either. So, are you like one of the people who appear to be mighty for God and yet have been drawn away by sexual desires, or are you fighting the good fight of faith and resisting the lure?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The numbers 22,601 through 22,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 23,000 does and is found in Numbers 26:62, which says, “And those that were numbered of them were twenty and three thousand, all males from a month old and upward: for they were not numbered among the children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given them among the children of Israel.” “These are they that were numbered of the Levites after their families” (Numbers 26:57). We also being priests (1 Peter 2:9), our inheritance is not on earth. No earthly thing ought we to claim as our own. Every possession is just a tool to survive our journey to get to our mansions and country estates. So, how attached are you to things on earth?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The numbers 22,201 through 22,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 22,600 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 7:2, which says, “And the sons of Tola; Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their father's house, [to wit], of Tola: [they were] valiant men of might in their generations; whose number [was] in the days of David two and twenty thousand and six hundred.” Tola has no meaning; Uzzi means “strong”; Rephaiah means "healed of Jehovah"; Jeriel means "taught by God"; Jahmai means "whom Jehovah guards"; Jibsam means "pleasant"; and Shemuel or Samuel means "his name is El". Also, David means "beloved". God’s Word teaches God’s way and reveals the world’s way. If we follow God’s way, we will be healed from our sins. We will have God guarding our every step. We will become strong in the Lord. Our life, even in troublous times, will be pleasant. We will belong to El and become one of His beloved. “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). So, will you submit to being taught of God instead of your own ways?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The numbers 22,035 through 22,199 seem to not appear in the Bible but 22,200 does and is found in Numbers 26:14 “These [are] the families of the Simeonites, twenty and two thousand and two hundred.” Simeonites were the descendants of Simeon, which means “heard”. Of what have you heard about God, do you believe and obey, or are you still living for self?

Monday, November 12, 2018

The numbers 22,001 through 22,033 seem to not appear in the Bible but 22,034 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 7:7, which says, “And the sons of Bela; Ezbon, and Uzzi, and Uzziel, and Jerimoth, and Iri, five; heads of the house of [their] fathers, mighty men of valour; and were reckoned by their genealogies twenty and two thousand and thirty and four.” Other than Ezbon, each of the names mean something. Bela means "destruction"; Uzzi means "strong"; Uzziel means "my strength is God"; Jerimoth or Jeremoth means "He is Most High"; and Iri means "belonging to a city". That city that the Most High belongs to is called the New Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12). God is truly strong, in fact, He is our strength. And that demonstration of strength will be shown when He destroys the wicked, but personally, God’s strength is demonstrated by the power He provides in overcoming every temptation towards sin. But do you just carelessly live the average human life sinning here and sinning there but nothing too seriously because you believe God cannot keep you from sinning and will destroy you in the end for your continued sinful ways?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The numbers 20,801 through 21,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 22000 does and is found in Numbers 3:39, “All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward, [were] twenty and two thousand.” These people were to “encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, [even] before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, [shall be] Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death” (Numbers 3:38). There was no infiltration whatsoever, but today, any Christian preacher is respected as a being a proper Christian preacher, or if someone does not like a certain Christian preacher, they just dismiss them as being a bit off. They do not treat them as a false preacher demanding his credentials be revoked and demand that they be forever banned from preaching. That is because the standard used is mere feelings instead of God’s Word. If people would properly understand the standards through proper Bible study, a whole lot of preachers would lose their jobs. So, do you study the standard realizing anyone that preaches that someone goes to Heaven right away is actually a spiritualist, condemned by the Bible? Do you study the standard realizing anyone that preaches that the commandments are done away with are actually working for Satan, who was the first one to rebel against the keeping of God’s commandments? Do you study the standard realizing anyone that preaches that all religions and all denominations are acceptable unto God are actually an enemy of God?

Friday, November 09, 2018

The numbers 20,201 through 20,799 seem to not appear in the Bible but 20800 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:30, “And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers.” This type of being famous is not like today. A sports figure who is considered the best at their sport is considered famous. A singer that has many hits on the charts is considered famous. A celebrity that wins numerous TV or movie awards is considered famous. An outspoken politician may even be famous. But truly being famous among men is the soldier who risks their life to defend that which is right, a police officer risking their life to save a hostage, a firefighter risking their life to save a potential victim from a burning building. But even these lack one important attribute of being famous in the eyes of God… being “strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20). So, does God receive the glory in your life, or do you declare what you have accomplished by your own abilities?

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The numbers 20,001 through 20,199 seem to not appear in the Bible but 20200 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 7:9, which says, “And the number of them, after their genealogy by their generations, heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valour, [was] twenty thousand and two hundred.” Numerous times the word “valor” is used to describe men of strength. Unfortunately, we have so many people weak in the faith and very few people of valor. Sin is excused. Sharing the gospel is more like inviting people to a social club. We are told, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). So, are you able to face those temptations and sin not, or are you not a person of valor?

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The numbers 17,201 through 17,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 18,000 does and is found in Luke 14:31, which says, “Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?” So, do you think things through or do you simply act by impulse, even in conversation?

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The numbers 17,201 through 17,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 18,000 does and is found in 2 Samuel 8:13, which says, “And David gat [him] a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, [being] eighteen thousand [men].” Doing that which is right ought to be what earns a reputation, not one that is bought, or self-promoted, or even developed through association. So, what do your actions tell of yourself? Keep in mind, “he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7).

Monday, November 05, 2018

The numbers 16,751 through 17,199 seem to not appear in the Bible but 17,200 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 7:11, which says, “All these the sons of Jediael, by the heads of their fathers, mighty men of valour, [were] seventeen thousand and two hundred [soldiers], fit to go out for war [and] battle.” Jediael means "God makes known". Although we are to judge people by their fruits (Matthew 7:16, 20), we are not able to judge a person’s heart nor destination. God will make that known. So, do you not judge at all, which is unbiblical? Do you “judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24)? Do you try to identify those going to Heaven or Hell? Only one is correct and required.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

The numbers 16,001 through 16,749 seem to not appear in the Bible but 16,750 does and is found in Numbers 31:52, which says, “And all the gold of the offering that they offered up to the LORD, of the captains of thousands, and of the captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels.” Leadership by example! That is what this is. Though this was about giving financially, it applies to all aspects. And most of us are in leadership positions of one place or another. We may lead out in church in different positions. We may lead out in our community. We ought to lead out in our families. If the husband, your responsibility is the whole household to be led. If the wife, your responsibility is to teach the children. And where employment is involved, we are to lead by example in the workplace. Even youth are not exempt. There are siblings who watch us, be they older or younger. So, what type of leadership example are you setting?

Friday, November 02, 2018

The numbers 15,001 through 15,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 16,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:40, which says, “And the persons [were] sixteen thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] thirty and two persons.” This was part of “the LORD'S tribute” (Numbers 31:37). The people, along with the “beasts” (Numbers 31:47), were dedicated to the service of God. That is all they knew. It would be most interesting if that is all we knew instead of temptations and sin. Not only is it a distraction from God’s way, it is sin when we give into it. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). That is serious. It is not fun and games. When people become Christian, Satan ramps up his game to tempt people into sinning so that he can claim them, even the Christian that has the false security of “once saved, always saved” has the opportunity to take themselves out of the hand of God. So, who are you dedicated to, keeping in mind being mostly obedient to God is still obeying Satan?

Thursday, November 01, 2018

The numbers 14,701 through 14,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 15,000 does and is found in Judges 8:10, which says, “Now Zebah and Zalmunna [were] in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand [men], all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.” 15,000 were what was left after such a great victory that God provided to Gideon and his band of 300 men (Judges 8:4). Though the numbers were staggering against Gideon, with obeying God’s command, God was able to reward his obedience. So, do you wait for God to do something for you while in disobedience, or do you look forward to His blessings because of your obedience?

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We interrupt this moment of going through the Bible using the numbers as a random launching point to address something very important. Five hundred and one years ago, God raised up Martin Luther to protest against the Catholic Church’s unbiblical doctrines. Since then, many protestant denominations have arisen because of worshipping a man instead of the truth, hence why many shall be lost. “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10). Many Christians today have joined the Catholic Church with its own unbiblical positions and criticisms of the Bible, hence why last year all of the denominations could get together on common points and celebrate the death of the protest, the death of Protestantism. And for those that hold onto the protest, the devil has created a distraction. It is called Halloween. So, what comes to mind this day? Is it the anniversary celebrating the protest against unbiblical doctrines, the 95 Thesis nailing, or the celebration of all kinds of forbidden satanic characters such as witches, warlocks, ghosts (including zombies), and much more? And even if it is not the scary stuff but are doctors and nurses, is it sexual (a pagan practice of holidays) or involves “tricking”, the initial sin on earth?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The numbers 14,001 through 14,699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 14,700 does and is found in Numbers 16:49, which says, “Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.” So, despite the evidence pointing to God that did the punishing of Korah and gang, a whole bunch of people falsely accused Moses of doing it. What a distortion of the truth! And today, people do it quite often on purpose, especially regarding politics and allowing selfishness to get in the way in other matters. So, just how honest are you?

Monday, October 29, 2018

The numbers 12,001 through 13,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 14,000 does and is found in Job 42:12, which says, “So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.” Let us keep in mind that we may have to forsake all here on earth, but we shall be blessed with abundance later. Jesus said, “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). So, are you willing to be “Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward” (Hebrews 11:26)?

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The numbers 10,001 through 11,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 12,000 does and is found in several places including Revelation 21:16, which says, “And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.” This is where the mansions (John 14:2) are located. Physically, this is a city that is as wide as the state of Pennsylvania in all four directions, but just remember, though it seems so large and could fit the population of the world inside, Noah built a huge ark to carry people away to safety and only 8 entered in. So, are you one that “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (Luke 13:24) “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14)?

Friday, October 26, 2018

The numbers 8601 through 9999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 10,000 does and is found in many places including Judges 7:3, which says, “Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever [is] fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.” And do you know who is first on the list going to hell? Revelation 21:8 says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Those that are fearful to stand up for the truth are going to go to hell. Obedience to God is first. “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). So, are you fearful of what others may think if you completely obey God?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

It seems that we got a number out of sequence as we forgot 8580, which appears in Numbers 4:48: “Even those that were numbered of them, were eight thousand and five hundred and fourscore.” These “were numbered of the Levites” (Numbers 4:46), the priests of the congregation who served God in the temple and were scattered throughout the land for synagogue services. And it will be said, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them” (Revelation 7:14-15). Although that is a verse for the future, today do you serve God all the day long, even into the night by living in obedience always?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The numbers 8701 through 8599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 8600 does and is found in Numbers 3:27-28, which says, “And of Kohath [was] the family of the Amramites, and the family of the Izeharites, and the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites: these [are] the families of the Kohathites. In the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, [were] eight thousand and six hundred, keeping the charge of the sanctuary.” Kohath means "assembly" while the other names have no given definition. Speaking of the word “assembly”, the Bible says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Therefore, as we get closer and closer to the second coming, we ought to be assembling, like a church service, more and more, yet, so many supposed Christians seem to want to be independent and not participate in the assembling together. Sure, there are numerous incidences of ministers that are going to prison for sins committed and the government had to get involved, but Luke wrote, “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29). It is Satan’s attempt to disassemble by injecting wolves into all of the denominations so as to keep people from following the command of God to assemble. So, are you one that does not seek assembling listening to your own mind not wanting to trust God’s ministers because Satan has too many wolves, or do you diligently search for preaches that are of God?

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The numbers 7501 through 7699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 7700 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 17:11, which says, “Also [some] of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he goats.” What wonderful gifts they were, but some people are confused when applied towards Jesus. People who keep God’s commandments as they read are accused of working their way to Heaven and that is not the case. It is not trying to appease God with a gift. In fact, “when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do” (Luke 17:10). Keeping the commandments is simply our duty. Anything less is far less than simply being unprofitable. It is creating debt without forgiveness because it is willful debt. So, are you at least unprofitable, or are you creating much debt without any forgiveness?

Monday, October 22, 2018

The numbers 7338 through 7499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 7500 does and is found in Numbers 3:21-22, which says, “Of Gershon [was] the family of the Libnites, and the family of the Shimites: these [are] the families of the Gershonites. Those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, [even] those that were numbered of them [were] seven thousand and five hundred.” And specifically, “These [are] the families of the Levites according to the house of their fathers” (Numbers 3:20). That means a numbering of the priests was occurring. Seeing that we are to be part of “a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9) ourselves, would you be numbered among them for you live as such, or would you not be numbered among them because you live like the world?

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The numbers 7101 through 7336 seem to not appear in the Bible but 7337 does and is found in Ezra 2:65, which says, “Beside their servants and their maids, of whom [there were] seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and [there were] among them two hundred singing men and singing women.” Now, notice how the prophets just of the New Testament referred to themselves: “Paul, a servant of God” (Titus 1:1), “James, a servant of God” (James 1:1), “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1), “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:1). So, do you serve God or self?

Friday, October 19, 2018

The numbers 7001 through 7099 seem to not appear in the Bible but 7100 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:25, which says, “Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred.” Here, we see another tribe sending support for David when he was on the run from Saul. These were men of valor as well. They were fearless, bold, brave, and courageous. These are qualities that Christians out to have when coming from Satan’s side over to God’s side and becoming the defenders of righteousness and truth. Despite being outnumbered here on earth, we ought to still be fearless towards the enemy for Jesus says, “Fear not; I am the first and the last” (Revelation 1:17). We out to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Overall, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6). So, when it comes to the spiritual warfare, are you a person of valor or not?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The numbers 6721 through 6799 seem to not appear in the Bible but 6800 does and is found in 1 Kings 19:18, which says, “Yet I have left [me] seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” Some servants of God feel they are all alone when in fact there are 7,000 that have not bowed the knee to false worship. However, of all the millions in Israel, 7,000 was not very much then nor is it very much today. Most Christian churches worship the world and not God despite using God’s name and even Jesus’ name. The mega churches are full of ministers promising Heaven while sinning. A number of those ministers promise a prosperous life now when every example in the Bible shows otherwise. And then we have Christians dressing like the world, eating and drinking like the world, watching the same raunchy content in movies and TV, listening to the same garbage music, and even using the same foul words. It is not about struggling to be an overcomer but the concern is that such is a way of life for them when it ought not be (John 17:15). That does not leave many true Christians, but are you one that has not given in or bowed to this modern-day Baal type worship and lifestyle, or are you one that has?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The numbers 6721 through 6799 seem to not appear in the Bible but 6800 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:24, which says, “The children of Judah that bare shield and spear [were] six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war.” David is not yet king, yet he had a number of people from Judah in support of him. Right now, Satan seems to be in the majority with His faithful warriors. God is looking for His faithful warriors. There is no neutrality in this war “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]” (Ephesians 6:12). On whose side do you fight for? “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The numbers 6001 through 6719 seem to not appear in the Bible but 6720 does and is found in Ezra 2:67, which says, “Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; [their] asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty.” If God took count of everything that left Babylon for Jerusalem, how much more do you think God counts spiritually as we leave spiritual Babylon and be part of His spiritual kingdom now?

Monday, October 15, 2018

The numbers 5401 through 5999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 6000 does and is found in Job 42:12, which says, “So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.” Job lost everything and was blessed in the end more abundantly, except losing children are not replaceable. This is an example of what Jesus said, “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life” (Matthew 19:29). So, are earthly riches and relationships more important than what Jesus has to offer, or are you not attached to those things that if you have to give up them you would?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The numbers 5001 through 5399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 5400 does and is found in Ezra 1:11, which says, “All the vessels of gold and of silver [were] five thousand and four hundred. All [these] did Sheshbazzar bring up with [them of] the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.” The vessels of Jerusalem were not few, just as God’s last day vessels (people) will not be few either, however, in comparison to the rest of the world, it will be. What is 144,000 (Revelation 7:4) as compared to the nearly 8 billion people on this planet? The import part though is will you be part of that 144,000?

Friday, October 12, 2018

The numbers 4601 through 4999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 5000 does and is found in Acts 4:4, which says, “Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.” So, out of all of Israel and some gentile lands, only 5,000 believed on Jesus even after the resurrection. That is not very many. Yet today, we have, if one were to combine Catholics and Protestants together in number, over 2 billion, maybe even 3 billion Christians all thinking they are headed to Heaven. All of Israel thought the same thing in the days of the apostles. Could it be that the majority are not going to go? Jesus said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). These are Christians because no one else would call Jesus “Lord, Lord”! And it is the many of them that even practiced miracles in His name. That scenario is the symbolic future of reality, even in our lifetime. And what makes the difference? These Christians continue in iniquity. That is not the accidental, caught off guard sin, but a way of life or acceptance of sinning. So, are you an iniquity committing Christian that will be surprised in the end, or “he that doeth the will of” Jesus’ “Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21), which is keeping the Ten Commandments (Psalms 40:8) by definition of the word “will”?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The numbers 4501 through 4599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 4600 does and is found in Jeremiah 52:30, which says, “In the three and twentieth year of Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Jews seven hundred forty and five persons: all the persons [were] four thousand and six hundred.” King of Babylon (confusion) led away captive 4600 people. Today, with the media, science falsely so called, false preachers that do not use the Bible properly, and even the one religious body that has gathered all nations and religions under her, billions are being led captive into confusion. So, are you wiling to biblically come out, or have you come out already?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The numbers 4001 through 4499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 4500 does and is found in Ezekiel 48:16, which says, “And these [shall be] the measures thereof; the north side four thousand and five hundred, and the south side four thousand and five hundred, and on the east side four thousand and five hundred, and the west side four thousand and five hundred.” According to Ezekiel 48:12, “And [this] oblation of the land that is offered shall be unto them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites.” Oblation means portion. And our portion of eternal life is concerned about our souls being holy (1 Peter 1:16) and being an instrument in the hands of God to helps others along (Matthew 28:19). So, are you handling your portion properly?

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

The numbers 3931 through 3999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 4000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 9:25, which says, “And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.” To have 4,000 stalls for what would appear to be 4,000 horses and chariots means wealth. Yet, the book of Proverbs shows the struggles that Solomon lived with where all that wealth was but foolishness (Proverbs 13:11). So, do you “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal” (Matthew 6:19), or do you “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:20)?

Monday, October 08, 2018

The numbers 3701 through 3929 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3930 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:38, which says, “The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.” So, we meet this family again reminding us of being on guard against the “thorns” of the world that distract from duty to God. So, do you pray that the thorns shall be removed, or are you caught up in the distractions of the world impeding your duty to God in character development and in sharing the gospel?

Sunday, October 07, 2018

The numbers 3631 through 3699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3700 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:27, “And Jehoiada [was] the leader of the Aaronites, and with him [were] three thousand and seven hundred.” Jehoiada means "Jehovah knows" while there is no meaning to Aaron. So, everything you go to do, do you keep in mind that Jehovah knows and even knows before we do it?

Friday, October 05, 2018

The numbers 3601 through 3629 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3630 does and is found in Ezra 2:35, “The children of Senaah, three thousand and six hundred and thirty.” Senaah means “thorny”, and that should remind us of Jesus’ parable. “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22). Riches do not mean only money and objects. Riches can be the abundance of watching TV, going here and there unnecessarily, playing video games all day, so focused on non-profitable hobby, trying to compete in the business world, giving all your time to just being with friends and family, even being so involved in the social aspect of church being at every gathering and just being among believers, etc. So, do all of these things distract you from sharing the gospel and being fruitful?

Thursday, October 04, 2018

The numbers 3301 through 3599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3600 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 2:2, which says, “And Solomon told out threescore and ten thousand men to bear burdens, and fourscore thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.” Again, we have another massive supervisor team to oversee the work. And there was a standard for the process – God’s expectation. Spiritually today, the standard is supposed to be the Word of God, and yet it seems the standard is the organization of humans. Too bad we do not have many true supervisors or we would all agree on the Word of God. Instead, we have 42,000 different Christian sects and denominations revealing there is no one standard yet God is one. So, what type of supervisor are you under? And if you are part of no organization, that means you are your own standard, which is not good either.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

It appears we missed a number earlier. It is the number 3023 found in Jeremiah 52:28, which says, “This [is] the people whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away captive: in the seventh year three thousand Jews and three and twenty.” And today, we are what are called spiritual Jews (Romans 2:28-29). And Babylon, the world of confusion, has carried many Christians away. So, has “anything goes” doctrine, the movies, the TV, other entertainment, sports, politics, and such carried you away from living a perfect Christian life as well as being involved in sharing the gospel?

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

The numbers 3201 through 3299 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3300 does and is found in 1 Kings 5:16, which says, “Beside the chief of Solomon's officers which [were] over the work, three thousand and three hundred, which ruled over the people that wrought in the work.” Solomon’s project was massive. To have 3300 managers means thousands of actual workers, but they got it done. Could you imagine if God had thousands of true Christians going forth with the gospel? The project outlined in Matthew 24:14 would be fulfilled in no time, which says, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” So, are you part of the preaching of the last day gospel as outlined in Revelation 14:6-12, or are you too busy with the things of the earth?

Monday, October 01, 2018

The numbers 3001 through 3199 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3200 does and is found in Numbers 4:44, which says, “Even those that were numbered of them after their families, were three thousand and two hundred.” This is the number of people in the house of “Merari” (Numbers 4:42), which means “bitter”. And we ought to be careful of being bitter ourselves. Jesus said, “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses” (Matthew 18:35). So, are you bitter or holding a grudge against anyone?

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The numbers 2819 through 2999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 3000 does and is found in Joshua 7:3-4, “And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; [and] make not all the people to labour thither; for they [are but] few. So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.” Over confidence in self leads to destruction. This is the beginning of finding out that one man, Achan, who disobeyed God’s orders, overthrow what seemed to be an easy victory, just like one sin in our lives can cause us to easily fall into other sins. So, have you cast out ALL of your sins by the grace of God, or are you listening to the lies that “no one is perfect”, “a little sin doesn’t matter”, “you’re mostly a good person”, ”God’s not going to keep me out of Heaven over one sin”, etc.?

Friday, September 28, 2018

The numbers 2813 through 2817 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2818 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:11, which says, “The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand and eight hundred [and] eighteen.” Again, we seem to have picked up 6 new members between Ezra’s counting and Nehemiah’s counting, but the message remains the same. Keep in mind that these are the people who left Babylon for Jerusalem. And from the definitions yesterday, we can also apply the fact that no matter how confused we have been in the past regarding God (Babylon), if we repent of our ways, God is willing to forgive us of all of it as if it never happened, and we shall receive His blessings (Jerusalem). Will you continue daily to repent of all of your ways that are not the ways of God?

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The numbers 2751 through 2811 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2812 does and is found in Ezra 2:6, which says, “The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua [and] Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.” Pahathmoab means "pit of Moab" while Jeshua means "he is saved". Remember, “Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods” (Numbers 25:1-2). So, the Moabites were not very godly people, however, their past was forgiven upon repentance for we see “he is saved” is mentioned in the verse. Therefore, no matter how vile your past may have been, you too can be saved. So, will you repent of your ways (Acts 17:30) and seek God with all of your heart (Mark 12:30)?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The numbers 2701 through 2749 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2750 does and is found in Numbers 4:36, which says, “And those that were numbered of them by their families were two thousand seven hundred and fifty.” These are “the sons of the Kohathites after their families” (Numbers 4:34). And Kohath is one of “the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari” (Genesis 46:11). And these are the priests that served in the temple (Numbers 3:6), so for us, we are to be “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). And how are you doing on this high calling?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The numbers 2631 through 2699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2700 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 26:32, which says, “And his brethren, men of valour, [were] two thousand and seven hundred chief fathers, whom king David made rulers over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, for every matter pertaining to God, and affairs of the king.” And to think, promised to us is, “Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities” (Luke 19:17). But are you a person of valor today to be considered for that position?

Monday, September 24, 2018

The numbers 2601 through 2629 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2630 does and is found in Numbers 4:40, which says, “Even those that were numbered of them, throughout their families, by the house of their fathers, were two thousand and six hundred and thirty.” These were “of the sons of Gershon” (Numbers 4:38), which means "foreigner". As for us, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19). We are strangers and foreigners if we are sinning, which separates us from God. So, are you done being a foreigner?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The numbers 2401 through 2599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2600 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 26:12, which says, “The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour [were] two thousand and six hundred.” Would it not be a great honor to be known as a person of valor, having great courage? Or are you afraid of what others would think if you were to walk so godly?

Friday, September 21, 2018

The numbers 2323 through 2399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2400 does and is found in Exodus 38:29, which says, “And the brass of the offering [was] seventy talents, and two thousand and four hundred shekels.” And what was this for? “This is the sum of the tabernacle, [even] of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, [for] the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest” (Exodus 38:21). The tabernacle was definitely not lacking. In early days of the Christian Church, it was not lacking either for “Neither was there any among them that lacked” (Acts 4:34). But how is it today? Do you know anyone lacking in the church today?

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The numbers 2301 through 2321 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2322 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:17, which says, “The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty and two.” Looking over the history of our posts on this one, it seems twice we miscalculated the number but finally got it right now. We posted this at 222 and 1222. Here we are 2322. Some times numbers run together and then sometimes they do not. Meaning of verses do not change, but our math was a little off. Capitalizing on our mistake, just remember, a number is not without significance for “the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30). And so, how much do you appreciate knowing God cares for you individually despite being part of nearly 8 billion people on this planet?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The numbers 2073 through 2299 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2300 does and is found in Daniel 8:14, which says, “And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” To understand this prophecy, Daniel 9 tells us that 490 of those days (70 weeks) would be for the Jews to welcome in the Messiah, for Him to cause the sacrificial system to cease, and for the Jewish dispensation to end, which were 27 AD, 31 AD, and 34 AD respectively. Therefore, with a triple confirmation of those points bringing in a day for year principle that God has (Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6), the remaining 1,810 years brings us to 1844, when the books of Heaven (Daniel 7:10, Revelation 20:12) began to be cleansed. So, when God gets to your name, will your name be cleansed or blotted out of the Book of Life (Revelation 3:5), or will all of your sins be blotted out (Psalms 51:9, Acts 3:19)?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The numbers 2068 through 2171 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2172 does and is found in Ezra 2:3, which says, “The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two.” What a name of Parosh! It means “flea”, as in, the bug. Now, looking up “flea” in the Bible, we discover David’s statement when Saul was chasing him. “Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains” (1 Samuel 26:20). In the last days, true Christians “shall dwell on high: his place of defence [shall be] the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters [shall be] sure” (Isaiah 33:16). In other words, they shall be hunted just like David, who was considered a “flea” in the eyes of the “government”. But as Isaiah says, we will be taken care of by God if we trust in Him and His ways today. So, are you concerned about being chased like a flea, or is your trust in God?

Monday, September 17, 2018

The numbers 2057 through 2066 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2067 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:19, which says, “The children of Bigvai, two thousand threescore and seven.” Again, the difference of 11 in the count is because of the different times the count was done. Keep in mind, Ezra did not count the people on the same day as Nehemiah. But nonetheless, like yesterday, we are reminded that it is time as Jesus said, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Denying himself is all of the ways of Babylon (worldly movies, TV, music, doctrines, and much more), and following Jesus is entering into New Jerusalem. So, how are you doing on your journey?

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The numbers 2001 through 2055 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2056 does and is found in Ezra 2:14, which says, “The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty and six.” These are the people that left the captivity of Babylon and came to Jerusalem (Ezra 2:1). Bigvai has no known meaning, so we turn to the application of the plain verse. The world does hold people captive. The media and entertainment are programming people away from God and making those of God look like they are the ones out of place. People eat, drink, and live in manner completely different from what the Bible teaches and then wonder why they are not blessed of God, do not have a strong relationship with God, or seem to have so many problems. So, are you held captive by spiritual Babylon or have you come out into God’s kingdom instead called the New Jerusalem?

Friday, September 14, 2018

The numbers 1777 through 1999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 2000 does and is found in Mark 5:13, which says, “And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.” A miracle of miracles just happened. To cast out all of those demons into 2,000 swine, which are unclean animals to begin with, which means that they are not good for food, is not even thought of as compared to the loss of income due to the deaths of those swine. This is what prompted the pig owners towards Jesus “to pray him to depart out of their coasts.” (Mark 5:17). So, do you consider the financial setback of making the proper spiritual decisions, or do you let the consequences in God’s hands and always choose the spiritual pathway?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The numbers 1761 through 1774 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1775 does and is found in Exodus 38:25, which says, “And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation [was] an hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and threescore and fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.” This was for the sanctuary service in the desert. The tabernacle did not lack at all. Today, the needs of service are more invisible as it distributes literature, broadcasts messages, and more. But is your congregation lacking or does it have sufficient belongings to operate successfully

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The numbers 1701 through 1759 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1760 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 9:13, which says, “And their brethren, heads of the house of their fathers, a thousand and seven hundred and threescore; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God.” The purpose of this number is based upon 1 Chronicles 9:1, which says, “So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they [were] written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, [who] were carried away to Babylon for their transgression.” That is a lot of priests, but today, that has no direct connection as Jesus is now our Priest even the “High Priest” (Hebrews 4:14), however, indirectly it does. “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). So, how are you doing living up to your royal priesthood calling?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The numbers 1601 through 1699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1700 does and is found in Judges 8:26, which says, “And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred [shekels] of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that [was] on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that [were] about their camels' necks.” And what was done with all of that? “And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, [even] in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house” (Judges 8:27). How sad for the hero who led only 300 to go up against the Midianites by the hand of God! But what of ourselves? Do you draw attention to yourself for the use of the God given ability, or do you glorify God in all that you do?

Monday, September 10, 2018

The numbers 1401 through 1599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1600 does and is found in Revelation 14:20, which says, “And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand [and] six hundred furlongs.” In other words, at the second coming, “broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). So, are you part of living for “strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14), or will you be part of the slaughtered? Remember, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22), which sinning or breaking the law of God (1 John 3:4) is the works of iniquity.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

The numbers 1366 through 1399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1400 does and is found in 1 Kings 10:26, which says, “And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with the king at Jerusalem.” King Solomon had great wealth and yet was very much unhappy with his life. How much do you desire wealth thinking it will bring you happiness?

Friday, September 07, 2018

The numbers 1336 through 1364 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1365 does and is found in Numbers 3:49-50, which says, “And Moses took the redemption money of them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites: Of the firstborn of the children of Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred and threescore and five [shekels], after the shekel of the sanctuary.” The Levites were the group of people that were to perform priestly duties and live among all of the tribes of Israel. Today, “ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people” (1 Peter 2:9), and we are scattered around the world not calling this place our home but are “strangers and pilgrims” (1 Peter 2:11). So, how well are you living up to your priestly calling?

Thursday, September 06, 2018

The numbers 1291 through 1334 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1335 does and is found in Daniel 12:12, which says, “Blessed [is] he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” Continuing from yesterday in which 508 was the year Jesus’ one sacrifice of Himself was replaced by the human replacement called the Catholic mass in which Jesus is sacrificed over and over, we count using the day for a year principle of God (Numbers 14:34) 1,335 years to the year 1843, a blessed time in which the Second Great Awakening was anticipating the return of Jesus. That message “was in my mouth sweet as honey” (Revelation 10:10), but of course Jesus did not come and therefore “as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter” (Revelation 10:10). The blessed experience, though the expected event was wrong, was well predicted line upon line of Revelation chapter 10. However, that experience did not remain bitter. For the faithful, those firm in the Word of God, “they must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings” (Revelation 10:11). So, are you part of this group who go forth with the proper understanding of Daniel 8:14, the timeline that pointed to a great event in 1844 marking the last day warning message of a judgment hour (Revelation 14:7), or do you carelessly trudge through life day after day expecting each day to just be full of life’s challenges without anything really spectacularly changing?

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

The numbers 1261 through 1289 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1290 does and is found in Daniel 12:11, which says, “And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” Again, using God’s day for a year principle (Numbers 14:34), this is actually a 1,290 year prophecy. According to Hebrews 10:12, the Bible says, “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God”, and yet, at every Catholic church service, called the mass, Jesus is sacrificed over and over. This was instituted in 508 B.C. and when the Vatican lost its power in 1798, it marked the official rejection of such institution completing the 1,290-year period. That service continues to this day and Protestants are leaving their protest and joining interest in celebrating something that rejects the one sacrifice for all. Are you part of that antichrist movement that rejects Christ’s single sacrifice being sufficient, or do you reject the mass instead?

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The numbers 1255 through 1259 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1260 does and is found in Revelation 12:6, which says, “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days.” The woman represents not a person such as Mary but the church as a whole comparing Isaiah 51:16 to Jeremiah 6:2. In addition to that symbol, God has an “each day for a year” (Numbers 14:34) principle. Therefore, the church would go into protective and hidden security away from the persecutions, especially of those between 538 and 1798 when the main ruling religion persecuted anyone in defiance of her. This resistance would be known as the Protestant movement who chose to follow the Bible and not man-made rules. So, what do you follow? A church with its own rules or God’s doctrines?

Monday, September 03, 2018

The numbers 1248 through 1253 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1254 does and is found in Ezra 2:7, which says, “The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.” Elam means “eternity”, and “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life” (Romans 2:7). A sign that people are seeking eternal life each day feasting on the daily bread is to spend a thoughtful hour each day in His Word and sharing the gospel with others. So, are you seeking after eternal life, or are you too caught up in the things and ways of this world and are too busy for improving one’s relationship with God as well as being indifferent towards others and their standing regarding eternal life?

Sunday, September 02, 2018

The numbers 1223 through 1246 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1247 does and is found in Ezra 2:38, which says, “The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven.” Pashur means “freedom”. And Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:34). “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). So, have you been set free from sin, or are you still in bondage?

Friday, August 31, 2018

The numbers 1061 through 1221 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1222 does and is found in Ezra 2:12, which says, “The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty and two.” Azgad means “Gad is mighty". And just who made Gad mighty? God. All of the capabilities we have is from God. The question is however, do you use those capabilities that you have to bring glory to God or self?

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The numbers 1053 through 1059 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1060 does and is found in Numbers 31:34, which says, “And threescore and one thousand asses.” This was part of the “booty” collected after following the command of God, which said, “Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites” (Numbers 31:2). No one said that following the command of God is always a sacrifice. In fact, remember, obeying God now while appearing to lose everything here gains great rewards in the life after. So, will you consider the reward of Heaven greater riches than what this world has to offer?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The numbers 1018 through 1051 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1052 does and is found in Ezra 2:37, which says, “The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.” We have no meaning for Immer, so we rely upon the fact that this serves as a continuous reminder, we need to leave all the false doctrines, all the worldly ways, which constitute Babylon, and live as Jesus taught heading to the heavenly New Jerusalem. “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15). So, are you being kept from the evil, or are you claiming grace allows indulgence in the world?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The numbers 1006 through 1016 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1017 does and is found in Ezra 2:39, which says, “The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.” Harim means “dedicated”. Dedication is not just looking good at church. Dedication is not just praying quick prayers. Dedication is not just joining the side of God when the majority agree. Dedication is being a Christian all of the time and spending significant time each day, minimum of an hour, in prayer and Bible study. So, are you dedicated to God or just when it fits the moment?

Monday, August 27, 2018

The numbers 1001 through 1004 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,005 does and is found in 1 Kings 4:32, which says, “And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.” According to 1 Kings 4:30, Solomon is the person identified here. It is amazing to have 1,005 songs! Most hymnals are constructed by multiple sources. No one person has 1,005 hymns in a hymnal, yet Solomon was able to construct such on his own. So, at one point, Solomon had a very deep relationship with God. How close is your relationship? Is it very spiritual or just formal? Or do you only talk to God in time of need?

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The numbers 974 through 999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,000 does and one place that it is found is in Revelation 20:2-7, which says, “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection. Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea.” The earth is only about 6,000 years old. The seventh thousandth year spoken of here is the coming millennium where the earth shall have a Sabbath rest. Satan will be locked up. All those not going to Heaven will have been slain. All those that were in the graves come up and joined the living, “Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). After that, all of us return in the city, New Jerusalem. Satan is able to tempt once again because the dead that are not in Christ rise for one final attempt to overtake the righteous. “They went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9). And then eternity begins without interruption from sin or Satan. Are you looking forward to the true millennium in Heaven, or are you thinking it is a period of time that we get to rule the lost as slaves on this planet and the earth receives no rest?

Friday, August 24, 2018

The numbers 970 through 972 seem to not appear in the Bible but 973 does and is found in Ezra 2:36 and Nehemiah 7:39, which says, “The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three.” Jedaiah means “Jehovah has known” while Jeshua means "he is saved". Since God knows everything, including every sin we ever have committed, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”, and then God’s created and redeemed being is saved. So, will you confess and forsake all of your sins by the grace and divine power of God so “that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14)?

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The numbers 963 through 968 seem to not appear in the Bible but 969 does and is found in Genesis 5:27, which says, “And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.” This shows the long suffering or patience with God (2 Peter 3:9). When Methuselah died, the flood came, therefore not wanting any to “perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9), God sustained Methuselah to be the longest living person ever. So, just how patient is God with you? Have you made a complete surrender to Him?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The numbers 957 through 961 seem to not appear in the Bible but 962 does and is found in Genesis 5:20, which says, “And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.” Jared is the father of Enoch, who ended up in Heaven without seeing death. I wonder what Jared thought of that day? By now, Jared had experienced death of family members. Adam was no longer living and quite a few other relatives were no longer living, and then one day, Enoch disappears. It is not like Enoch announced his departure. There was no known kidnapping ring at the time. Yet, Jared must have known that his son was special. Maybe a messenger from Heaven informed Jared. Only God knows at this time. But how special would it be to raise a child to God? If you are a parent, do you “Train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6)?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The numbers 951 through 956 seem to not appear in the Bible but 956 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 9:9, which says, “And their brethren, according to their generations, nine hundred and fifty and six. All these men [were] chief of the fathers in the house of their fathers.” According to 1 Chronicles 9:1, the Bible says, “So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they [were] written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, [who] were carried away to Babylon for their transgression.” As we see, the “chief of the fathers” were involved in misleading God’s people and it shows that today the parallel of church leaders leading people once again into transgression. Just because people are in leadership does not mean they are leading people towards spiritual Israel. They are actually leading people into transgression which leads people into the world. Look at today’s Christians as compared to just 60 years ago. Back then people knew Christian from non-Christian. Today, there is no difference because the leadership has dressed down the church, changed the language, made people to fit into Babylon (worldly ways), and transgressed the commandments all in the name of grace. So, are you falling for that garbage or are you living according to God’s commandments, statutes, and precepts?

Monday, August 20, 2018

The numbers 946 through 949 seem to not appear in the Bible but 950 does and is found in Genesis 9:29, which says, “And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.” Doctors state that a stressful life shortens one’s life, and that is true, however, despite stress in one’s life, such does not have to cause one to stress if they have a proper relationship with Jesus. And a stressful life is exactly what Noah had. He had the responsibility of building an ark (not just a boat), prepared for a rainstorm in which not a single storm had ever happened in the past so he was well ridiculed, had the lone responsibility to preach the saving gospel message for 120 years with 0 results, witnessed the death of the entire population minus his three sons and all of the wives, experienced 150 days at sea with food rations being limited, and faced starting life over again from just the 8 of them. So, what has you stressed out that you cannot handle or surrender to Jesus?

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The numbers 931 through 944 seem to not appear in the Bible but 945 does and is found in Ezra 2:8, “The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty and five.” Zattu seems to have no translated meaning, therefore we are left with just the fact that another family has left Babylon for Jerusalem just as we ought to leave what John describes as Babylon for spiritual Jerusalem. We must leave our worldly ways, our unscriptural beliefs, and even our friends and family to be wholly committed to Christ. “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37). Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God (James 4:4). So, have you left those things for God, or are you still trying to “serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24)?

Friday, August 17, 2018

The number 929 seems to not appear in the Bible but 930 does and is found in Genesis 5:5, which says, “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.” And yes, 930 years is literal and not an exaggeration of time, for that would be a lie. Adam was created to live forever. It took a while to corrupt his body in a perfect environment to the point of death. Today, they say there is no clean water and no clean air. That may be true, but Adam had perfect air, perfect water, perfect food (untainted by human technology), and perfect everything other than sin was now in the world causing things to die. In fact, today we look forward to autumn and the change in the leaf color on the trees. In Adam’s day, it was a funeral moment when the first leaf died. So, how much do you appreciate what little life you are given on this planet? Do you live it to see what you can get out of life, or do you live it to see what service you can do for Christ’s sake?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The numbers 913 through 927 seem to not appear in the Bible but 928 does and is found in Nehemiah 11:8, which says, “And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred twenty and eight.” Gabbai means “my back”, and Sallai means “weighed”. Did you know that the weight of the world rested upon Jesus? It is true because “he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world” (1 John 2:2). One may think they are carrying the weight of the world on their backs but nothing compares to what Jesus carried -- He sweat blood over it (Luke 22:44). How much do you sweat over your concerns?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The number 911 seems to not appear in the Bible but 912 does and is found in Genesis 5:8, which says, “And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.” Seth means “compensation”, which the loss of Abel and technically Cain too, never really can compensate completely for every child is unique, but just when hope of a righteous bloodline seemed to die after Abel’s death, Seth is now the start of the righteous bloodline of which we are also physically descended from as we are all related to Noah. However, each of us have the freedom of choice, and so we are not considered of the bloodline spiritually until we choose the righteous path. So, what is your choice?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The numbers 906 through 909 seem to not appear in the Bible but 910 does and is found in Genesis 5:14, which says, “And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.” As a reminder, Cainan means “possession” and we are to be God’s possessions – not Satan’s. Who’s are you?

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The numbers 896 through 899 seem to not appear in the Bible but 900 does and is found in Judges 4:3, which says, “And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.” The context is, “And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead. And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host [was] Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles” (Judges 4:1-2). So, it was a type of punishment. Today, many Christians are concerned about the antichrist, but in reality, it is nothing new. Antichrist wages war with true Christians (Revelation 17:6) because Christianity in general has done evil in the sight of God by carelessly sinning and teaching others to sin as well. But, are you part of the reason why Christianity is going to be punished in the end, or are you a defender of God’s Word by living it?

Friday, August 10, 2018

The numbers 846 through 894 seem to not appear in the Bible but 895 does and is found in Genesis 5:17, which says, “And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.” Interestingly, other than a specific purpose of Lamech living 777 years, Mahalaleel is considered on the short amount of time of those that lived before the flood. Yes, those numbers of 777 are significant because 7 represents completion as well as perfection and triple that number is very much a specific holy perfected plan that came to completion. Regarding the 895, we may look at it as super long but when all of the other relatives lived into the 900’s, something appears to have shortened this man’s life. Unlike then, today 90 seems near impossible to obtain but for those that live according to God’s health plan, 90’s are usually easily obtained. More importantly, the quality of life is much better. So, have you considered God’s health plan? God does desire us to “prosper and be in health” (2 John 1:2).

Thursday, August 09, 2018

The numbers 841 through 844 seem to not appear in the Bible but 845 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:13, which says, “The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty and five.” Zattu has no translated meaning so looking at this verse as is, we simply remind everyone that this journey from Babylon back to Jerusalem is applicable to us today. Spiritually speaking, there is a heavenly Jerusalem that we are to journey to. Babylon is this world of confusing doctrines and supposed scientific evidence that contradict the Bible not only in regards to creation week and the age of the planet but in child rearing, social interaction, pharmaceuticals, and much more. We need to come out of all of that and live according to God’s Word. In fact, there is a last day call for such. “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (Revelation 18:2-3). “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). So, will you come out of Babylon?

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The numbers 833 through 839 seem to not appear in the Bible but 840 does and is found in Genesis 5:13, which says, “And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters.” Cainan means "possession" while Mahalaleel means "praise of God". And as created and even redeemed beings, we are His possession and not Satan’s, but who do you praise with your actions and even your thoughts, God or Satan?

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The number 831 seems to not appear in the Bible but 832 does and is found in Jeremiah 52:29, which says, “In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar he carried away captive from Jerusalem eight hundred thirty and two persons.” Of course, many were slain, but overall, very few were left behind. In the last days, spiritual Babylon, made up of mostly protestants teaching for doctrines of men, will do the same thing in which “as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15). So, are you going along with the “common good” doctrine made from men, or are you staying true to the Word of God?

Monday, August 06, 2018

The numbers 823 through 829 seem to not appear in the Bible but 830 does and is found in Genesis 5:16, which says, “And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.” Mahalaleel means "praise of God", while Jered or Jared means "descent". And we do praise God for the righteous line of godly men but the world was descending generation after generation until “the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were] fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose” (Genesis 6:2). And look at us now. Since the cross, we have descended to the point that Christ’s teachings are hardly recognizable in anyone, let alone a church. So, are you part of a spiritual godly line living according to His Word and not just playing church?

Sunday, August 05, 2018

The numbers 816 through 821 seem to not appear in the Bible but 822 does and is found in Nehemiah 11:12, which says, “And their brethren that did the work of the house [were] eight hundred twenty and two: and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashur, the son of Malchiah.” Adaiah means "Jehovah has adorned Himself"; Jeroham means "showing pity"; Pelaliah means "Jehovah has judged"; Amzi means "my strength"; Zechariah means "Jehovah remembers"; Pashur means "freedom"; and Malchijah or Malchiah means "my king is Jehovah". Just as Israel was judged in the days of old, so it will be at the end of time: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). And it was and it will be by His strength that God did and will remember His people and deliver them. As ancient Israel was freed from Babylon, so the same shall be in the last days symbolically also referred to as Babylon throughout the book of Revelation. And as Jehovah was recognized as king back then, “it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Isaiah 25:9). And all the while God has pity upon us or He would never have sent His Son and through His son, He will adorn Himself. “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10). So, are you willing to be set from this world, be judged for Heaven, and adorn Jehovah?

Friday, August 03, 2018

After yesterday’s 807 verse, the numbers 808 through 814 seem to not appear in the Bible but 815 does and is found in Genesis 5:10, which says, “And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters.” Enos means “man” while Cainan means “possession” and one day we, as humans, will possess “the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him” (James 2:5). And love is defined by Jesus as, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), as well as, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). No wonder the Bible says, “Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14). So, are you keeping the commandments as a proper response to the gift given to you?

Thursday, August 02, 2018

The numbers 801 through 807 seem to not appear in the Bible but 800 does and is found in Genesis 5:7, which says, “And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.” Seth, after Abel was murdered, became the righteous blood line. Do take note that each generation appears to identify only one child or very few children by name while the others are mentioned as sons and daughters. The sad reality of things, like Cain, each person has the freedom to choose a righteous life or an unrighteous life, even if born into a righteous family. Birth into a certain lineage means nothing. The Jews tried to pull that one and did not get away with it. “We be Abraham's seed” (John 8:33), they claimed, while Jesus said, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:34). So, do you choose to live the righteous lifestyle, or the worldly one?

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

The numbers 783 through 799 seem to not appear in the Bible but 800 does and is found in Genesis 5:4, which says, “And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters.” Adding the prior verse of 130 years that means that Adam lived 930 years in total. These numbers are not exaggerated since the same writer, Moses, was accurate with ages closer to his own time. And no, Moses did not simply record what he was told, and so it was not just Moses taking upon himself the responsibility of recording that which was passed down from generation to generation. That is because “holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21). So, do you believe the Bible had special inspiration, or exaggerated details contradicting, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Exodus 20:16)?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The numbers 776 through 781 seem to not appear in the Bible but 782 does and is found in Genesis 5:26, which says, “And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters.” Methuselah, named specifically in identifying the year of the flood, may have lived until the flood, but it is curious to know what happened to all of his sons and daughters. Lamech, one of his sons, begat Noah (Genesis 5:28-29) and also had sons and daughters. Surely, they lived until the flood but neither Noah’s siblings nor his aunts and uncles, let alone his parents, are mentioned. It is assumed that Lamech had died beforehand because of being part of the godly line. Surely, he would have gotten aboard if he were still alive. Nonetheless, what of ourselves? Jesus is coming very, very soon. Are you working for your children, siblings, parents, and other relatives, let alone your neighbors? Are you being a faithful Noah in this day? Or, do you let their fate completely in their hands without giving warning? Remember, “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand” (Ezekiel 3:18). And wickedness is not like a Hitler type but rather anyone not living godly. And God has told each one of us to go and tell them the warning message in the form of, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 19:19).

Monday, July 30, 2018

The number 776 seems to not appear in the Bible but 777 does and is found in Genesis 5:31, which says, “And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.” Lamech, the father of Noah, means “powerful”. And “The voice of the LORD [is] powerful; the voice of the LORD [is] full of majesty” (Psalms 29:4). So, do you listen to God’s voice, or do you have “a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5)?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The numbers 743 through 774 seem to not appear in the Bible but 775 does and is found in Ezra 2:5, which says, “The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy and five.” Arah means traveler. And where we can apply these meanings to God, we are to do so because obedient Hebrew naming of children in the Bible always glorified God. And when it comes to the word “traveler”, the Bible says, “For the goodman [is] not at home, he is gone a long journey” (Proverbs 7:19), referring to Jesus, but do realize that Jesus also said, “I will come again” (John 14:3). Are you ready for Him to come?

Friday, July 27, 2018

The numbers 737 through 742 seem to not appear in the Bible but 743 does and is found in both Ezra 2:25, which says, “The children of Kirjatharim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty and three”, and Nehemiah 7:29, which says, “The men of Kirjathjearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty and three.” These left Babylon for Jerusalem according to Ezra 2:1 and Nehemiah 7:6. Kirjathjearim means "city of forests"; Chephirah means "lioness"; and Beeroth means "wells". Regarding these things, “the LORD [is] thy shade upon thy right hand” (Psalms 121:5), which a forest would provide. With Jesus, He said, “the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). And in regards to the lioness, which is actually the instrument a lion uses to kill the prey while a lion benefits from the results thereof, this is a symbol of the church, the bride (Revelation 22:17), that is the instrument in the Lion’s or Jesus’ hands (Amos 3:8). So, do you depend upon God for protection from the scorching sun or heat of the day, which is from all of the worldliness? Do you have that living water within you springing up? And are you an active instrument in God’s hands conquering the world (Romans 8:37) to save souls?

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Our mistake with yesterday’s statement. It seems 730 does exist and is found in Exodus 38:24, which says, “All the gold that was occupied for the work in all the work of the holy [place], even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.” Here we see the formation of the holy place in which it took a lot of gold to make which means to become holy ourselves takes a lot of faith as well, but too many cannot see that far. They say, “There’s no way I could…”, and then they do not exercise any faith and stay as they are. But when Jesus told people and even tells people today, “go, and sin no more”, it means that it is possible. So, how much faith do you have?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The numbers 726 through 735 seem to not appear in the Bible but 736 does and is found in Ezra 2:66, which says, “Their horses [were] seven hundred thirty and six; their mules, two hundred forty and five.” Here we see that even animals were counted. So, how accurate are you in your inventory of things, especially spiritually? Do you dismiss the little things?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The numbers 722 through 724 seem to not appear in the Bible but 725 does and is found in Ezra 2:33, which says, “The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and five.” Again, the difference between yesterday’s verse count and today’s verse count is all in the timing. Nehemiah and Ezra did not count people on the same day. Yesterday, the meanings of the names told us that there would be a generation that would be sharp and vigorous, especially in the Word of God. Extending that thought today, we realize that if a person is knowledgeable in the Word of God that they are carrying a tool that is sharper than a two-edged sword “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). So, do you carry such a tool or are you without a sword despite Jesus saying, “he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one” (Luke 22:36)?

Monday, July 23, 2018

The numbers 701 through 720 seem to not appear in the Bible but 721 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:37, which says, “The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and one.” These people left Babylon for Jerusalem. By using the Bible Lexicon or dictionary, Lod means “generation”; Hadid means “sharp”; and Ono means “vigorous”. Being a generation that is sharp and vigorous is quite aware or “watchful” while being strong, as in, “strong in the Lord.” This generation would be successful in guarding against the evils or what is known as creeping compromise. So, are you sharp to detect such compromise on truth and strong in God’s Word, or are you a weak Christian who hardly opens up God’s Word and just goes along with popular beliefs?

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The numbers 691 through 699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 800 does and is found in 1 Kings 11:3, which says, “And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.” This verse was regarding the lifestyle of King Solomon. Though he married for diplomatic purposes for he thought a country would not attack Israel if a high-ranking daughter of their country were the wife of the King of Israel, right? Even in this scenario, God does not sanction polygomy. Well, the end result was that his wives, who were permitted their pagan practices with their personal temples inside Israel, were allowed to turn away his heart from God. And today, we have the same thing in the Christian community. Hardly a Christian believes “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). As Christians mingle with other religions and try to be friends with them, Christianity has now allowed yoga to influence, mind blanking meditation to enter in, and of course the belief that all roads leading to the same God. Basically, Christianity spiritually has done the same thing, turned away their hearts from God, Who demands the “whole heart” (Jeremiah 32:41). Are you one of them, or do you adhere to the belief that Jesus (Christianity) is the one true way?

Friday, July 20, 2018

The numbers 676 through 689 seem to not appear in the Bible but 690 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 9:6, which says, “And of the sons of Zerah; Jeuel, and their brethren, six hundred and ninety.” In the context, the Bible says, “So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they [were] written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, [who] were carried away to Babylon for their transgression” (1 Chronicles 9:1). Zerah means rising while Jeuel means “God sweeps away”. So, as Babylon rose up against Israel, God used Babylon to sweep them away. One could also say that God rose up in judgment against Israel. Either way, Babylon swept them away. Likewise, the Bible describes spiritual Babylon rises up in the last day consisting of unsound doctrine, confusing doctrine, acceptance of sins (2 Timothy 3:1-5) in the church, becoming one world movement of religion, and much more. This is because the hearts of many Christians still want to live in disobedience. Are you one of them, or do you remain faithful to God’s Word and His commandments (2 Timothy 3:16-17)?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The numbers 668 through 674 seem to not appear in the Bible but 675 does and is found in Numbers 31:37, which says, “And the LORD'S tribute of the sheep was six hundred and threescore and fifteen.” This is the portion of just the sheep that became the Lord’s after Israel decimated the Midianites. And we ought to realize that we ought to keep God in mind in all things that we receive. His portion is called tithe. Jesus said, “But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Luke 11:42). Jesus’ words did not do a way with the tithe or tenth of all that we are increased by but rather to also include judgment and the love of God in all things. This not only includes income from a job but it also includes gifts received. So, do you give God His portion of your increase?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The number 667 is found in Nehemiah 7:18, which says, “The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and seven.” Adonikam means "my lord arose", and arose does not refer to Jesus rising from the tomb, though He did rise. This refers to taking action, such as it being time to have left Babylon for Jerusalem, therefore, He inspired His prophets to lead. And action He shall take again near the end of time. As the enforcement that will “cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15), “at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1). He will declare, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). So, will Jesus arise in your favor?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The numbers 656 through 665 seem to not appear in the Bible but 666 does and is found in Revelation 13:18, which says, “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.” The famous 666 is not just anybody’s name adding up to 666 to be considered the antichrist. For instance, Ronald Wilson Reagan was once accused of being such because of 6 letters in each of his names. Basically, some languages have numbers associated with the letters and some do not. For instance, in the United States, our alphabet and numerical systems are separate, while the more popular Roman alphabet and numerical systems are integrated. That is where the phrase “the number of his name is…” comes from – an integrated system of letters and numbers. A “V”, for instance, in a Roman’s name is also 5 on the number scale, and when one adds up those numbers, 666 is the concerned name. So, do you calculate 666 properly or not?

Monday, July 16, 2018

The numbers 653 and 654 seem to not seem appear in the Bible but 655 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:20, which says, “The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and five.” Adin means “delicate”, as we learned before when Adin’s name came up. As a reminder, the symbol of a delicate woman in the Bible, ad depicted in Revelation 12, says, “I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate [woman]” (Jeremiah 6:2). And “Zion, Thou [art] my people” (Isaiah 51:16). So, are you part of God’s people or are you part of the symbolic woman that is a harlot (like Revelation 17), representing leaving the Word of God and still calling one’s self a Christian?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The number 651 does not seem to appear in the Bible but 652 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:10, which says, “The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and two.” Arah means “traveler” and fits in well with traveling from the captivity of Babylon towards Jerusalem just like we are to be traveling from spiritual Babylon (worldly ways and confusing doctrines) towards the New Jerusalem, which is in Heaven. “Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by [your] good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:11-12). So, are you on the journey or are you still enjoying Babylon?

Friday, July 13, 2018

The number 649 does not seem to appear in the Bible but 650 does and is found in Ezra 8:26, which says, “I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, [and] of gold an hundred talents.” This is what each of the twelve priests were to carry into Jerusalem, into the temple. Much was entrusted to these priests who were expected to be faithful. Jesu said, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10). So, how faithful are you in what has been entrusted to you, like having a godly character?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The numbers 643 through 647 seem to not appear in the Bible but 648 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:15, which says, “The children of Binnui, six hundred forty and eight.” Again, Binnui means “built up”. And as per prior references, the item that needs built up is the Ten Commandments, specifically the true Sabbath day (Isaiah 58:12-14) for antichrist will “think to change times and laws” (Daniel 7:25) but not be able to. And protestants go along with it by just throwing it all away. The only commandment dealing with time is the Sabbath. So, are you a person building up the commandments or tearing them down? Are the commandments just a symbol or a way of life for you?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The numbers 629 through 641 seem to not appear in the Bible but 642 does and is found in Ezra 2:10, which says, “The children of Bani, six hundred forty and two.” Bani means “built”, which is part of the instructions given to the people for leaving Babylon and head over to Jerusalem: “Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times” (Daniel 9:25). We too have the same command. The Sabbath commandment has been broken down, and we are commanded to be a “The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in” (Isaiah 58:12); we are to build up the Sabbath. That is what constitutes being part of modern day Israel, which is spiritual today. Either “we establish the law” (Romans 3:31) or tear it down. So, are you part of spiritual Israel building up the law or are you still in Babylon (confusing doctrines) tearing down the law?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The numbers 624 through 627 seem to not appear in the Bible but 628 does and is found in Nehemiah 7:16, which says, “The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and eight.” So, between the two numberings, five more children were born, referring to the verse yesterday regarding the children of Bebai when only 623 were counted. That led into realizing that this world would eventually become void, just like the name provided. Since that is the case, where are the saints during this time? “In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also” (John 14:2-3). “We which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). There is no millennium on earth seeing it will be uninhabitable, but rather when Jesus comes, we are caught up into the cloud for which He returns on (Acts 1:11, Revelation 14:14) and taken to our mansions. So, are you fooled into believing there is existence on this earth after the second coming, or are you looking forward to the space journey to the heavenly mansions?

Monday, July 09, 2018

The number 622 seems to not appear in the Bible but 623 does and is found in Ezra 2:11, “The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three.” Bebai appears to mean “void” or “empty”, which is much like what this world will be turned into when Jesus returns. “I beheld the earth, and, lo, [it was] without form, and void; and the heavens, and they [had] no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, [there was] no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, [and] by his fierce anger. For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end” (Jeremiah 4:23-27). This world will definitely be uninhabitable, unlike what many ministers are teaching. They are teaching a millennium of peace on earth coming soon, and that is not true. So, are you deceived into a false expectation, or are you looking forward to the true millennium?

Sunday, July 08, 2018

The numbers 601 through 620 seem to not appear in the Bible but 621 does and is found in Ezra 2:26, which says, “The children of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one.” Ramah and Gaba both mean “hill”. Just like the dream given to Pharaoh twice in the day of Joseph, likewise the same purpose is placed upon the double use of the word “hill”. “And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; [it is] because the thing [is] established by God” (Genesis 41:32). And seeing Ramah is connected with events with Jesus’ birth (Matthew 2:18), the most important hill connected with Jesus that was established and could not change even by the request of the Son of God pleading for the cup to be removed but only if it be in the Father’s will (Mark 14:36) is none other than Calvary, also known as Golgotha. And Jesus “being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). There was the established purpose that was set and “was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9). So, how much do you appreciate what took place upon that most significant hill?

Friday, July 06, 2018

The numbers 596 through 599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 600 does and is found in Genesis 7:6, which says, “And Noah [was] six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.” Many criticize the flood account as simply being an exaggeration of a localized flood. First, any exaggeration is a lie and that means such goes against the principles of godliness that is trying to be promoted. Second, Jesus Himself referred to the flood declaring all the world, except those in the ark, were drowned (Matthew 24:38-39). Peter refers to the account as well telling that, again, only 8 people of the entire world were saved (1 Peter 3:20). So, does your belief agree with Moses, who wrote Genesis and Exodus, which contains the Ten Commandments that forbids all false witnessing? Does your belief agree with Jesus and Peter as well? Or, do you still disagree with the Bible accounts, as well as, 300 other resources recording a worldwide flood?

Thursday, July 05, 2018

The numbers 551 through 594 seem to not appear in the Bible but 595 does and is found in Genesis 5:30, which says, “And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters.” This may seem like an exaggerated number, but remember, exaggerations are lies. And the same man that was commanded, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Exodus 20:16), would not have penned a purposeful exaggeration. Also, the same man did know the ages of others that society does accept, meaning, Moses used the same measurement of time and did not calculate a few weeks as years in the beginning of Genesis while at the end counting longer periods of time as years. So, do you accept the Bible accuracy of lifespans or do you count it as error, which makes the whole book, including eternal life, suspect?

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The numbers 531 through 549 seem to not appear in the Bible but 550 does and is found in 1 Kings 9:23, which says, “These [were] the chief of the officers that [were] over Solomon's work, five hundred and fifty, which bare rule over the people that wrought in the work.” This reveals the huge undertaking of building up Solomon’s temple. To have 550 officers or supervisors is a lot plus who knows how many each officer supervised. Now, do you know how many angles are involved in helping to fit your spiritual temple (1 Corinthians 6:19) up for being able to live in the presence of holy beings? A lot.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

The numbers 501 through 529 seem to not appear in the Bible but 530 and is found in Nehemiah 7:70, which says, “And some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and thirty priests' garments.” Now in the day, these were the gifts to the service of God and yet today, despite God saying in Malachi 3:8-9 that when we withhold tithes and offerings we rob Him, so many barely give to the cause God. So, do you hesitantly give to the cause of God, or do you realize that all of the funds entrusted to us is really God’s?

Monday, July 02, 2018

The numbers 469 through 499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 500 does and one of them is found in 1 Corinthians 15:6, which says, “After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.” So, the resurrection of Jesus Christ was not just something that a handful of people saw but more than 500 at one time. This verse also teaches that when a person dies, they go to sleep. They do not go to Heaven or Hell. Now we believe in the resurrection not because of our eyesight but as Jesus prayed, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word” (John 17:20). So, do you believe in the resurrection of Jesus because of the witnesses’ words?

Sunday, July 01, 2018

The numbers 455 through 467 seem to not appear in the Bible but 468 does and is found in Nehemiah 11:6, which says, “All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem [were] four hundred threescore and eight valiant men.” The name “Perez” means “breach”, which in the end of days, that word is referenced in a special activity. “And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it]” (Isaiah 58:12-14). So, are you a repairer of God’s holy Sabbath day or are you one that is working against the repair process by keeping Sunday or no day at all?

Friday, June 29, 2018

The numbers 451 through 453 seem to not appear in the Bible but 454 does and is found in Ezra 2:15, which says, “The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four.” These are those that returned from the captivity of Babylon (Ezra 2:1). Adin means “delicate”. Interestingly, when we see a symbol of a delicate woman in the Bible, like Revelation 12, the Bible says, “I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate [woman]” (Jeremiah 6:2). And “Zion, Thou [art] my people” (Isaiah 51:16). So, are you part of God’s people or are you part of the symbolic woman that is a harlot (like Revelation 17) representing leaving the Word of God?

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The numbers 436 through 449 seem to not appear in the Bible but 450 does and is found in 1 Kings 18:22, which says, “Then said Elijah unto the people, I, [even] I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets [are] four hundred and fifty men.” And the life of Elijah symbolically is applicable today where it is hard to believe that only one denomination can have the absolute truth while all others contain error, but just as Elijah was the only true prophet against 450 false ones in worshipping Baal or sun worship, which today is Sunday worship, it should not be so hard. No wonder the Bible says, “I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD” (Malachi 4:5) because it is not about how or what the prophet speaks but the life that is presented. So, are you part of Elijah’s last day team keeping God’s true Sabbath, or are you following the hundreds of false preachers today promoting Sunday as God’s day?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The numbers 431 through 434 seem to not appear in the Bible but 435 is and is found in both Ezra 2:67 and Nehemiah 7:69, which says, “[Their] camels, four hundred thirty and five: six thousand seven hundred and twenty asses.” This is what the Jews brought back to Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity. They were brought out of Israel with nothing and returned with 435 camels plus other items. So, after Babylon was conquered, the Jews blessed business practices using God’s principles resulted in an accumulation of things. Truly an example of what people may lose in this world (Babylon) will be rewarded in the next (return to Jerusalem). What are you willing to give up for God? “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me” (Matthew 19:21).

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The numbers 421 through 429 seem to not appear in the Bible but 430 is and is found in Exodus 12:40-41, which says, “Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, [was] four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.” Now some people say that this is not the number 400 that was told to Abram (or Abraham), and you are right. But what was told to Abram was “they shall afflict them four hundred years” (Genesis 15:13). Afflict and living in the land are two different things. At first, God’s people were welcomed guests and were told, “The land of Egypt [is] before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell” (Genesis 47:6), but afterwards, “there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph” (Exodus 1:8). So, are you one that looks for discrepancies in the Bible, or are you one that can work out apparent discrepancies?

Monday, June 25, 2018

The numbers 411 through 419 seem to not appear in the Bible but 420 is and is found in 1 Kings 9:28, which says, “And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought [it] to king Solomon.” Solomon was very rich but the Bible says, “I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir” (Isaiah 13:12). Therefore, Solomon could have had all the gold of Ophir but us humans are more valuable than that. Too bad humans do not treat their own bodies and each other as more valuable otherwise people would not be committing suicide or selling one another or even taking another’s life. God has considered us more valuable and sent His Son to shed His blood to redeem us. So, do you hold human life precious or is life easily expendable?

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The numbers of 404 through 409 are not found in the Bible but 410 is and is found in Ezra 1:10, which says, “Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second [sort] four hundred and ten, [and] other vessels a thousand.” Let us now connect the purpose of this verse with Ezra 1:7 as verse 10 is just a part of a list, which says, “Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods.” Therefore, the list of items are those things being returned to Jerusalem, the rightful place. Though Cyrus was Israel’s deliverer, do keep in mind that it took two more decrees until the Jews finally rebuilt Jerusalem. Today, without any biblical prophecy, they call Trump the modern-day Cyrus. Jews expect Trump to be the person who finally liberates the Jews from their oppression. Just because someone receives a biblical title does not make it biblical. So, how careful are you in throwing around biblical terms and prophecy?

Friday, June 22, 2018

It seems that 401 and 402 are not in the Bible but 403 is and is found in Genesis 11:13, which says, “And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters”, and Genesis 11:15, which says, “And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.” Outside of 403 being the common period from having a specified child and remainder of the life, please note that these unheard-of number of years are actually literal. If the same writer can accurately pinpoint the years of life in his day and we know that Moses would not exaggerate as that would have been a lie, we can only conclude that the earlier lifespans mentioned are also literal. That shows how far we have come in which people used to live hundreds of years, Moses even 120 and being fully vibrant, to today’s average life span being only the mid 70’s and frail. And today’s reports are saying that after improving the lifespan over a number of decades, they are seeing sharp declines again. Sin shortens life. And we have reached a point in society that sin is very much legal and protected, and therefore the results are a shorter life. So, how is your life expectancy?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

It seems that the numbers 393 through 399 do not appear in the Bible but four hundred does and is found in Genesis 15:13, which says, “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years.” Here we see one of the early time prophecies provided in the Bible which met its fulfillment when Moses led Israel out of Egypt. There are many other time prophecies of the Bible, and it is with such accuracy that reveals the ability to trust in God through His Word. So, do you trust God through His Word?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It seems that the number 391 does not appear in the Bible but 392 does and is found in two places: Ezra 2:58 and Nehemiah 7:60, which says, “All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants, [were] three hundred ninety and two.” Again, by naming a temple position (Nethinims, which were temple slaves), even though it is an interesting position, reveals that all other occupations are secondary to God’s service. Each one of us are to perform God’s service for many statements and parables of Jesus reveal that we are to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Yes, putting food on the table, having a roof overhead, and having clothes on our backs are important but not more important than the service of sharing the gospel. So, what is most important in your life occupying your time? Is it other occupations or the occupation of serving God?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

It seems that the numbers 373 through 389 do not appear in the Bible but 390 does and is found in Ezekiel 4:5, “For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.” Setting aside the details of the verse, the more important aspect is to see that God has “a day for a year” principle. In fact, God inspired two writers to state such plainly. Moses wrote, “each day for a year” in Numbers 14:34, and Ezekiel wrote the same words in Ezekiel 4:6. The reason this is important is because when God speaks prophetically of time, that means there is a symbolic representation. For instance, the Antichrist is to rule for 3½ years (Daniel 7:25) or 42 months (Revelation 13:5) of which both equate to 1,260 days. However, it is not literal days, instead, it is actually years. And antichrist will not rule in the future but has already done so in the past, received a deadly wound as predicted, and is now about fully healed to bring havoc again. Interestingly, a false theory of a literal 3½ year reign in the future for antichrist is made up of the same people that take Daniel’s prophecy concerning 70 weeks (or 490 days) and apply the “each day for year” principle to point to the arrival of Jesus, as predicted in the prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27. And that is why they are wrong about a future antichrist short period is because of their inconsistent act of application. So, do you see God’s principle that He has regarding prophetic time?

Monday, June 18, 2018

The numbers 366 through 371 seem to not appear in the Bible, but 372 does and is found in both Ezra 2:4 and Nehemiah 7:9 as, “The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.” Shephatiah means "Jehovah has judged”, which is quite fitting after coming out of a period of 70 years of punishment being judged in Jeremiah’s day of needing correction. In our day, Jehovah is judging again for Revelation 14:7 says, “Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come.” And He shall declare of the living, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). Seeing that we do not know when we shall be judged for Heaven or Hell executed when Jesus returns very soon, what character do you have today if your name would come up during this period of heavenly investigation?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The numbers 361 through 364 are not found in the Bible but 365 is and is found in Genesis 5:22-24, which says, “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.” At the end of time, there is going to be a whole lot of Enochs that will not experience death. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). So, are you living the life of Enoch walking with God always or do you allow selfishness to live periodically?

Friday, June 15, 2018

The numbers 351 through 359 are not found in the Bible but 360 is and is found in 2 Samuel 2:31, which says, “But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, [so that] three hundred and threescore men died.” God had anointed David as the next king and yet, despite how ungodly Saul had become, there were still people loyal to him even after King Saul’s death and resisted David’s authority. This verse is the action that David ended up taking against some of the rebels. And that is our focus. We may not like what properly understood messages from the Bible state. We may be loyal to society’s acceptance of what is and is not acceptable despite the fact that the vast majority of society are spiritually dead and will die in hell physically as well. Rebellion includes using any phrase that rejects the Bible as the authority. And there is too long of a list to provide all of the excuses used against submitting to the Bible, the Word of God. So, whose authority do you place yourself under? Society’s or God’s Word? Even if you think you are an individual thinker, you are not. Your influence is either from one or the other. Just remember, eternal life is promised only in God’s Word.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The numbers 346 through 349 are not found in the Bible but 350 is and is found in Genesis 9:28, which says, “And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.” That was enough time to be alive when Abram (Abraham) was born, but because meat was allowed into the diet, the life expectancy greatly dwindled down very quickly from the 900’s to barely over 100 years of age. It is so ingrained into our bodies that even if one were raised on the food God would have us return to like He tried with the Israelites in the desert, we can add but a mere ten to twelve years. But then again, we do not eat the original diet to live longer but for us to not have to be popping all kinds of pills and be dying of the diseases everyone else is, and we live to be able to be God’s messengers to the world. God says, “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I [am] the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26). So, how healthy are you? And if you are sick or needing constant medical treatment, did you bring it upon yourself in your lifestyle?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The numbers 329 through 344 are not found in the Bible but 345 is and is found in Nehemiah 7:36, which says, “The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.” Jericho means “its moon”. An application of this meaning can be that we are like the moon and in ourselves, we have no light. The only reason the moon shines at night is by reflecting the sun. Seeing that Jesus is “the Sun of righteousness” (Malachi 4:2), we can be like the moon and reflect Christ’s righteousness. So, how are you doing with that reflection?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The numbers 325 through 327 are not found in the Bible but 328 is and is found in Nehemiah 7:22, which says, “The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty and eight.” Hashum means “rich”. On that subject, the Bible says, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17), while James 2:5 says, “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” So, are you rich towards God or this world?

Monday, June 11, 2018

The number 324 is found in Nehemiah 7:23, which says, “The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and four.” Now wait a moment. Yesterday, according to Ezra, there were only 323. It seems there is a contradiction in the Bible. If that were so, the fact that there are two different numbers does not change the fact that on morality, there is absolutely no contradiction. Having other gods before God has always been wrong. But what we have are two different moments in time. Evidently, when Nehemiah did his counting as compared to Ezra, a birth happened. So, do you use a different perspective of facts and figures found in the Bible to dismiss the consistent presentation on moral subjects?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The numbers 321 and 322 are not found in the Bible but 323 is and is found in Ezra 2:17, which says, “The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and three.” The name Bezai means “conqueror”. Our Conqueror is Jesus Christ and “thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). He gives us the ability to conquer for it is “given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4). So, are you a daily conqueror or is sin the conqueror over you?

Friday, June 08, 2018

The number 319 is not found in the Bible but 320 is and is found in a couple places pointing at the same event, Nehemiah 7:35, “The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty” and Ezra 2:32, “The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.” Harim means “dedicated”. Are you dedicated to God or do you just reference God, meaning, are you a Christian or do you just take on the title?

Thursday, June 07, 2018

The numbers 301 to 317 are not found in the Bible but 318 is and is found in Genesis 14:14, which says, “And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained [servants], born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued [them] unto Dan.” Not everyone is willing to risk their lives for even their own brother or nephew yet Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Today, so many, even relatives, have been taken captive. The enemy is Satan, and the warfare is spiritual. Armed with the truth, we too are being prompted by the Holy Spirit to go rescue them, even commanded to do so by Jesus: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Will you go to battle to rescue them from Satan’s snares even if they resist rescuing?

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

The numbers 289 to 299 are not found in the Bible but 300 is and one of them is found in John 12:5, which says, “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” This question was posed by Judas (John 12:4), “not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein” (John 12:6). He is also known as the “son of perdition” (John 17:12), which is also applied to the antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:3), which means, the antichrist would take on the appearance as to care for the poor but in reality, would be scheming to accomplish an evil objective, such as, being “drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (Revelation 17:6). So, are you deceived by outward appearance of religious figures, or do you stay true to principle?

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

The numbers 285, 286, and 287 are not found in the Bible but 288 is and is found in 1 Chronicles 25:7, which says, “So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, [even] all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.” The cunning is not an evil cunning but they knew the intricacy of song. Many people who sing, they sing without knowing the best way to project the voice, the right volume, tone, pitch, and especially the proper part of the body to actually do the projecting. The study of such would be quite revealing of how people actually injury themselves and voices by misusing the wrong muscles and projecting at points which are harmful. Now, this does not mean people ought to remain silent during song time until they study it out but do realize that extended periods of time using the voice in this manner, like in a choir, ought to be carefully approached. So, are you careful with your voice?

Monday, June 04, 2018

The numbers 277 through 283 are not found in the Bible but 284 is and is found in Nehemiah 11:18, which says, “All the Levites in the holy city [were] two hundred fourscore and four.” The Levites were a people referred to as the priests but were also a tribe without a land for they were dedicated for service of God. This is symbolic of what we are called to be. “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). And in this land, we will live like pilgrims readying to inherit the heavenly land. So, are you one of God’s royal priests dedicated to ministering towards soul saving or are you distracted with the things of the world that steal time and money?

Sunday, June 03, 2018

The numbers 274 and 275 are not found in the Bible but 276 is and is found in Acts 27:37, which says, “And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.” These are the souls that were on the ship taking Paul to Rome as a prisoner. This verse reveals the proper understanding of the word “soul”. It is not something that we have that flies off to Heaven or Hell upon death, but rather we are a soul while we are alive for “the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). A synonym for breath in the nostrils is found in Job 27:3, which says, “All the while my breath [is] in me, and the spirit of God [is] in my nostrils.” So, upon death, “the body without the spirit is dead” (James 2:26). Now where do we go upon death? “Dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19). We are told that we go back to the ground. Period. No Heaven. No Hell. No consciousness at all. We simply “sleep the [sleep of] death” (Psalms 13:3), and when Jesus returns, “all that are in the graves shall hear his voice“ (John 5:28) and “the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16), which is called the resurrection. So, are you being deceived with life after death right now? Are you even being visited by evil spirits pretending to be deceased loved ones?

Friday, June 01, 2018

The numbers 251 through 272 are not found in the Bible but 273 is (if one does the math of 200 + 3x20 + 13), and it is in the context of Numbers 3:44-3:47, which says, “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I [am] the LORD. And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred and threescore and thirteen of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites; Thou shalt even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take [them]: (the shekel [is] twenty gerahs:)” (Numbers 3:44-47). This money that was paid for each of the firstborn was known as “redemption money” (Numbers 3:49) all being a symbolism regarding salvation. This act of the firstborn and redemption money involved pointed to Jesus, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:15) and “wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood” (Revelation 5:9). So, how much do you appreciate the blood of Jesus that redeemed you and I?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The numbers 246 through 249 are not found in the Bible, but 250 is and one of the verses that it happens to be found in is in Numbers 16:1-2, which says, “Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took [men]: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown.” This points as an example in our day as well in that just because a preacher claims to be Christian does not make them of Christ. So many people make excuses for the fact that if they were to survey 250 ministers of 250 different denominations they would notice that each contradict themselves. Therefore, it is actually possible that only 1 in 254 (250 famous people plus Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and Moses) is actually correct, meaning, it is possible that only 1 denomination obeys the teachings and doctrines of Jesus while the others follow man-made theories. And it is possible that the other 253 ministers will go so far as to declare against that one denomination, “[Ye take] too much upon you, seeing all the congregation [are] holy, every one of them, and the LORD [is] among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?” (Numbers 16:3) So, is the minister or denomination you follow actually accurate with the Bible and not just taking selected passages from the Bible, or even worse, do not use the Bible at all?

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The numbers 233 through 244 are not found in the Bible but 245 is and is found in Nehemiah 11:13-14, which says, “And his brethren, chief of the fathers, two hundred forty and two: and Amashai the son of Azareel, the son of Ahasai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer, And their brethren, mighty men of valour, an hundred twenty and eight: and their overseer [was] Zabdiel, the son of [one of] the great men.” These were mighty men for God. The Bible describes the mighty for God even in our day who face Satan and his temptations. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11). These practice James 4:7, which says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Otherwise, we are living in Hebrews 12:4, which says, “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” So, are you a mighty person in God’s grace resisting the devil even if it would mean your life?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The numbers 224 through 231 are not found in the Bible but 232 is and is found in 1 Kings 20:15, which says, “Then he numbered the young men of the princes of the provinces, and they were two hundred and thirty two: and after them he numbered all the people, [even] all the children of Israel, [being] seven thousand.” King Ahab was not born bad. God even revealed himself to Ahab in a fierce battle and victory over the Syrian army. So, has God revealed Himself to you in the past but for whatever reason, you have turned to your own selfish ways? Has He even revealed to you evidence that the Bible is true, but you have turned to disbelieving such for whatever reason?

Monday, May 28, 2018

Our apologies, but 222 was not in the Bible yesterday though it was good verse to share. Today though, 223 is in the Bible and is found in two places: “The children of Hashum, two hundred twenty and three” (Ezra 2:19) and “The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty and three” (Ezra 2:28). “Now these [are] the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city” (Ezra 2:1). Why does it seem to be a running theme with these numbers that people were freed from Babylon and return to Jerusalem?” That is because “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). And the call at the end of time is, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). So, will you come out of the unbiblical doctrines that are actually confusing and prepare yourself to enter the New Jerusalem, Heaven?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The number 221 is not found in the Bible but 222 is and is found in Ezra 2:12, which says, “The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty and two”, which are part of “the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city” (Ezra 2:1). Today, Babylon represents confusing, human created doctrines that they say point to God. So, has God led you away from that confusion, and are you headed to the New Jerusalem?

Friday, May 25, 2018

The number 219 is not found in the Bible but 220 is and is found in 1 Chronicles 15:6, “Of the sons of Merari; Asaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred and twenty”, which were part of a larger gathering for “David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the LORD unto his place, which he had prepared for it” (1 Chronicles 15:3). All the people gathered at this time were part of the proper procession of bringing the ark to its resting place. Prior to this, they had simply placed it on a “new cart” (1 Chronicles 13:7). Though we may think we are being reverent to God, if it is not done according to His exact ways, it is considered irreverent. Just because people may go to church on Sunday and sing mightily with their voices, give lots of money, and look really good, the fact that God commands that the seventh day is to be kept makes that first day worship irreverent to God. So, are you doing something godly but is actually irreverant?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The numbers 213 through 217 are not found in the Bible but 218 is and is found in Ezra 8:9, which says, “Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen males.” “[This is]” part of “the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king” Ezra 8:1. Joab means “Jehovah is Father”; Obadiah means “servant of Jehovah”; and Jehiel means “God lives”. So, if God lives in our heart and we recognize Him as the Father, then we shall be His servant. Are you or do you simply live to please yourself?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The numbers 210 and 211 are not found in the Bible but 212 is and is found in 1 Chronicles 9:22-23, “All these [which were] chosen to be porters in the gates [were] two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set office. So they and their children [had] the oversight of the gates of the house of the LORD, [namely], the house of the tabernacle, by wards.” No matter what position we have, we ought to be satisfied in serving the Lord. Do you even serve the Lord, or do you live each day for yourself?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The number 208 does not appear in the Bible but 209 does and is found in Genesis 11:19, which says, “And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.” Peleg means “division”, while we learned yesterday that Reu means “friend”, and such pointed to Jesus as our friend Who, as we now learn, puts division or enmity between Satan and the church. So, on which side are you on? Jesus’ side and hating sin, or on Satan’s side and tolerating as well as participating in sin?

Monday, May 21, 2018

The number 206 does not appear in the Bible but 207 does and is found in Genesis 11:21, which says, “And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.” So, at the age of 207, Reu had a son that he names Serug. Reus means friend, and Serug means branch. Jesus is described in Jeremiah 23:5 as, “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.” And John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” No wonder the line is considered godly. They took on names that refer to Jesus. Have you accepted the Branch of righteousness, our Friend Jesus?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The numbers 201 through 204 are not found in the Bible but 205 is and is found in Genesis 11:32, which says, “And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.” Now the prior verse also states, “And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there” (Genesis 11:31). Therefore, thanks to Terah, Abram already was isolated from his brothers and other relatives and associated with his nephew Lot, so when the command to “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee” (Genesis 12:1) came forth, Abram was already in the right experience for doing such. Now for your own soul sake, would you be able to separate and further separate from even relatives if salvation depended upon such? Remember, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37).

Friday, May 18, 2018

The numbers 189 through 199 are not found in the Bible but 200 is and one of the verses with that number is Acts 23:23, which says, “And he called unto [him] two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night.” After hearing about the planned attempt on Paul’s life, Paul was not just escorted by a few men but 200. Paul’s life was spared not because of the 200 soldiers but because of His obedience to God. And God is willing to do the same for us. He is willing to escort us by even 200 angels if need be, but such is only supplied in our spiritual battle while living in obedience. So, does your life reflect such a heavenly escort?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The number 188 is found in Nehemiah 7:26, which says, “The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, an hundred fourscore and eight”, who were “the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city” (Nehemiah 7:6). It is important that Bethlehem be reestablished along with the predicted Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25) for Bethlehem would be the birth place of Jesus. Now 188 people would eventually grow in number so much so that regarding Mary and Joseph, “no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). Applied today, we may not see the significance of little events in our lives, but if those little events do not happen, they may prevent the more important events later. So, do you consider little things in your life as unimportant or do you see that everything we do that we ought to do it all unto the Lord?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The numbers 183 to 186 are not found in the Bible but 187 is and is found in Genesis 5:25, which says, “And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech.” Not only did Methuselah beget Lamech, Noah’s father, but Methuselah also lived the longest, showing God’s patience and longsuffering, for when he died, that was the year the flood came. Unfortunately, God’s longsuffering today is taken advantage of. “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11). So, are you seeing what sins you can get away with, or are you sympathizing with God’s longsuffering?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The number 181 is not found in the Bible but 182 is and is found in Genesis 5:28, which says, “And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son.” Lamech “called his name Noah” (Genesis 5:29). Lamech must have raised Noah right because out of all the population of the time, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Genesis 6:8). As counsel would teach us and not today’s experts on raising kids, socialization was at a minimum because Lamech would have recognized the evil influences and excluded Noah from much of what society found to be acceptable. Lamech would have been accused of being a helicopter parent, always covering over the child when other children would come over. By today’s standards, Noah probably missed out on a lot of things, but this thing we do know – Noah did not miss the boat. So, how concerned are you about proper socialization of your children as compared to raising them godly, or how concerned are you about eternal life for yourself as compared to fitting in with society?

Monday, May 14, 2018

The numbers 176 through 179 are not found in the Bible but 180 is and is found in Genesis 35:28, which says, “And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.” As we see, people still lived above our average lifespan as compared to today even after the flood, but as us humans continued to spread sin, diseases increased and people began to eat unhealthy foods all of which drains the body of its vitalness. For instance, God said, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat” (Genesis 9:3-4). This permitted the eating of meat for the first time, but it was meant to be temporary as God tried to get the Israelites to return to the Vegetarian diet in the desert providing only mana for “they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust” (Psalms 78:18). Further, the permission did not include the allowance of eating the blood, and yet, that is exactly what many eat today – bloody meat. Also implied is that unclean meats were not to be eaten seeing one use of such right after the flood would have caused that species to cease as only two unclean animals were brought on board the ark while seven of the clean were brought on (Genesis 7:2). The distinction between the types of animals was not a spiritual thing but a health principle for unclean animals retain poisons in their bodies from what they eat while the clean animals excrete such out. So, do you eat unhealthy by continuing the meat diet, or even eating the blood of an animal, or even eating unclean meats?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The numbers 173 and 174 are not found in the Bible but 175 is and is found in Genesis 25:7, which says, “And these [are] the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.” Now if Abraham lived 175 years and is in the same book as Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah, I then can believe that the lineage listed truly lived hundreds upon hundreds of years with Methuselah living the longest at 969 years old. The writer who wrote chapters 5 and 25 would not have used mixed measurements. And the writer was just that, a writer. The Author is God (1 Corinthians 14:33). So, how challenged are you with length of lives in the Bible?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The numbers 173 and 174 are not found in the Bible but 175 is and is found in Genesis 25:7, which says, “And these [are] the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.” Now if Abraham lived 175 years and is in the same book as Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah, I then can believe that the lineage listed truly lived hundreds upon hundreds of years with Methuselah living the longest at 969 years old. The writer who wrote chapters 5 and 25 would not have used mixed measurements. And the writer was just that, a writer. The Author is God (1 Corinthians 14:33). So, how challenged are you with length of lives in the Bible?

Friday, May 11, 2018

The numbers 163 through 171 are not found in the Bible but 172 is and is found in Nehemiah 11:19, “Moreover the porters, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren that kept the gates, [were] an hundred seventy and two.” So, these were the gatekeepers of which each of us ought to be gatekeepers. Nothing should pass the gates of our mind that is not in this list of allowed thought: “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). And how are you doing in being a spiritual gatekeeper?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The number hundred and sixty-one is not in the Bible but a hundred and sixty two is which is found once in the Bible: “And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch” (Genesis 5:18). Now “all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died” (Genesis 5:20). In between, “And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:23-24). Outside of Cain killing Abel, the children outlived their parents. Ever wander what Jared must have thought to have lost a child like this? Did he know that Enoch was taken or did he think some other brother or relative did him in? He must have known that his son walked with God because that is something one just cannot hide – an excellent character. Enoch evidently left his light shine (Matthew 5:16). At the end of time, there is going to be a whole lot of Enochs, comparatively speaking, for “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). So, are you walking with God in complete obedience to His commandments, His Word?

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The numbers 157, 158, and 159 are not found in the Bible but 160 is and is found in Ezra 8:10, which says, “And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Josiphiah, and with him an hundred and threescore males.” This verse is part of “the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king” (Ezra 8:1). Shelomith means “peaceful” while Josiphiah means “Jehovah adds”. Putting it together, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). He also said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). So, do you have that spiritual peace with God knowing your sins have been taken away despite chaos in the world?

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

The numbers 154 and 155 are not found in the Bible but 156 is and is found in Ezra 2:30, which says, “The children of Magbish, an hundred fifty and six.” Again, “these [are] the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city” (Ezra 2:1). The family name of Magbish means "congregating", which we are told, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). So, do you stay away from church, especially church organization? Remember, The Son of God tried working with the organization in His day even until His last breath. In the process, He gathered many like believers. Therefore, if the Son of God was willing to work within an organization that put Him to death, are you not able to find like believers to congregate with?

Monday, May 07, 2018

The numbers 151 and 152 are not found in the Bible but 153 is and is in John 21:11, which says, “Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.” The very next verse says, “Jesus saith unto them, Come [and] dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord” (John 21:12). That means that after the resurrection, we too will be recognizable in our new bodies. Are you looking forward to that day when “this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:53)?

Sunday, May 06, 2018

The number one hundred and forty-nine is not found in the Bible, but one hundred and fifty is. The one we chose is found in Genesis 7:24, which says, “And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.” Now when the writer states the word “earth”, he meant earth as in the entirety otherwise he would have stated “land”. Therefore, I do believe in a global flood and not in a large localized flood or pockets of floods. Only a fool would believe in the THEORY of evolution for evolution provides no mention of eternal life but the Bible does. And if one were to say that Moses exaggerated, that would be a lie. Seeing that “God is not [the author] of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33), we must take it as it reads, but God does not cause us to blindly follow. He provides evidence such as a global flood easily explains why seashells are found on top of Mount Everest. It explains how the Grand Canyon can be formed where no river pathway could have traveled. It explains how salt beds have been deposited around the world, some higher than the ocean levels, like in Utah. Besides, there are over 300 references outside of the Bible to the global flood found in recordings around the world. Even calculating today’s population backwards being confirmed by some historical censuses down to a mere eight people on earth at the time of the flood. The Chinese symbol for the word “boat” is made up of smaller symbols, which state “vessel”, “eight”, and “people”. The Chinese symbol for the word “flood” is made up of smaller symbols, which state “together”, “earth”, and “eight”. So, do you believe the lie that the Bible is full of fables, or do you see that there is an agenda to squash the truth of the Bible?

Friday, May 04, 2018

The number one hundred and forty-eight is found in Nehemiah 7:44, which says, “The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred forty and eight.” As mentioned before, any occupation stated about those leaving Babylon and returning to Judah is only reserved for those that are associated with God’s service showing what ought to be a priority in our own lives. So, do you sing to the glory of God on a regular basis?

Thursday, May 03, 2018

The numbers 145 and 146 are not found in the Bible but 147 is and is found in Genesis 47:28, which says, “And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.” Interestingly, the time of Joseph’s captivity was when he was “[being] seventeen years old” (Genesis 37:2). Jacob saw Joseph’s first 17 years while Jacob was able to see his own last 17 years being in the presence of Joseph. From Jacob’s perspective, he did “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Though Joseph was faithful throughout his life, Jacob did not get to see beyond Joseph’s youth and older age. Now, as parents, are we training up our children in the way they ought to go, or are we exposing them to the ways of the world filled with exciting entertainment making the natural world, even the Bible boring? If so, is it any wonder why they do not care to sit still and listen to a sermon? The scenes of watching a pastor is not changing every 2 seconds. Do consider that before you even sit a child down to watch “good programming” on TV. Quick scene changes to keep the child in a hypnotic state makes the real world boring, and they struggle to keep focused.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

The numbers 141, 42, and 143 are all not in the Bible but 144 is and found in Revelation 21:17, which says, “And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred [and] forty [and] four cubits, [according to] the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.” This is the measurement that belongs to “the holy city, new Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:2). That measurement is 216 feet. That is one tall wall and being made of jasper (Revelation 21:18), it is going to be glorious to the eyes, but only the saved get to enjoy it. “Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14). So, how are you doing with those commandments?

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

The number one hundred and forty is our next number, which is found in Job 42:16, “After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, [even] four generations.” So, after losing his sons and daughters, his possessions, and spiritually his wife and friends, he ended up being blessed for his faithfulness and had a hundred and forty years more to enjoy it. For us, if we are faithful, we will have eternity to enjoy the greatest number of blessings that we cannot even begin to imagine. So, are you seeking to be faithful to God, or are you caught in the ways of this world?

Monday, April 30, 2018

The number hundred and thirty-nine is our next number, which is found in Ezra 2:42: “The children of the porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, [in] all an hundred thirty and nine.” So, which is it? Yesterday was one hundred and thirty-eight and now it is a hundred thirty-nine. Please notice that we have two different writers, which means that it is possible that the counting of the people happened at two different times. Therefore, due to deaths and births, numbers can be different between Ezra and Nehemiah. So, do you see today’s verse and yesterday’s as an inconsistency making the unerring Bible actually prone to error, or do you see the logical explanation that keeps the Bible in harmony?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The number hundred and thirty-eight is our next number, which is found in Nehemiah 7:45: “The porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, an hundred thirty and eight.” And as before, “These [are] the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city” (Nehemiah 7:6). Again, very few occupations are mentioned in this list, and the ones that are mentioned at all are a religious purpose. Porters were placed at “the door of the tabernacle of the congregation” (1 Chronicles 9:21). This shows that our first work is that of godly service. All other needs are secondary. Too many times people try to excel in their secular job by devoting all of their free time in pursuit of more and more education, volunteer for more and more overtime, are at every social gathering hosted by their company, and then what little free time is left, they spend selfishly away from God’s Word and away from spreading the gospel. Although we are to do our best at our jobs because ultimately God is our employer, we need to keep in mind “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33), and “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:20-21). So, where is your time and money going?

Friday, April 27, 2018

The numbers 134, 135, and 136 are not found in the Bible but 137 is: “And these [are] the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people” (Genesis 25:17). Did you know that he had “twelve princes according to their nations” (Genesis 25:16)? Isaac was the grandfather of twelve tribes as well. No wonder there is competition of who are God’s people today. It started back in the day of Ishmael. Of course, there can only be one and only one true line -- It is the one that our Savior was born in. So, do you accept both lines as God’s chosen people compromising truth with error, accepting the counterfeit in one form or another, or do you believe in the true line of which we can be grafted in spiritually (Galatians 3:29)?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Are you “strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20)?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Our next available number in the Bible is a hundred and thirty-three, which is found in Exodus 6:18 and says, “And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of Kohath [were] an hundred thirty and three years.” The Bible further says, “And these [are] the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari: and the years of the life of Levi [were] an hundred thirty and seven years” (Exodus 6:16). Being a Levite, that means they served God in the temple and would have no territory to call their own as they were to be dedicated to God’s service. Spiritual Levites are those that dedicate their lives to the service of God even without an official position in the church. It is called personal ministry. In 1 Peter 2:9, it confirms this by stating, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” So, do you have a personal ministry?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A hundred and twenty-nine is not in the Bible but a hundred and thirty is and one of them is found in Genesis 5:3, which says, “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat [a son] in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.” Seth begins the godly line of children since prior to this, Cain had killed godly Abel. “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, [said she], hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD” (Genesis 4:25-26). So, do you call upon the name of the Lord, or do you go about each day without prayer?

Monday, April 23, 2018

A hundred and twenty-eight is found in a few places very close to one another and we chose Ezra 2:41, which says, “The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred twenty and eight.” Yes, we see once again another group in number heading out of captivity, but our point this time is to notice only certain occupations are identified. We do not see reference to any secular occupations, but looking over Ezra chapter 2, we find “priests” (verse 36), “Levites” (verse 40), and “Nethinims”, who connected with the temple (Ezra 2:43). All others are just known as the “children of…”. That shows in our own lives that all “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). So, how strong is your spiritual life, or are you too busy with striving to climb the corporate ladder?

Sunday, April 22, 2018

A hundred and twenty-five and a hundred and twenty-six are not found in the Bible but a hundred and twenty-seven is, which several references point to this fact: “Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews. Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal [it] with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse. Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that [is], the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth [day] thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which [are] from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language” (Esther 8:7-9). There were a hundred and twenty-seven provinces at the time of Esther. In this particular number of verses, we see a letter of relief going forth. No longer is the death decree for all Jews to happen. They have been delivered out of Haman’s hands. The same shall happen at the end of time: first, the death decree -- “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15), and second, the deliverance from that decree -- “Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Isaiah 25:9). This time, it will not be a written decree but “the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). So, are you aligning yourself with the large number of people complying with the “greater good” who will persecute the “remnant” or “few”, or are you part of “the remnant”, “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17)?

Friday, April 20, 2018

A hundred and twenty-four appears once in the Bible: “The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and four” (Nehemiah 7:23), which is one group of people who returned to Israel who were freed from the captivity of Babylon. The spiritual application shows God leading us from Babylon by saying “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). He does not want us in any confusing doctrines or He will pour out is plagues upon us. So, have you left spiritual Babylon and come into spiritual Israel?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A hundred and twenty-three is our next number and it is found in Numbers 33:39, which says, “And Aaron [was] an hundred and twenty and three years old when he died in mount Hor.” Aaron’s life had its ups and downs spiritually. He was the mouthpiece for Moses while speaking t Pharaoh and the church leaders (Exodus 4:14-15), and then he made a golden calf to be worshipped instead of the true God of Heaven (Exodus 32:2-4). He was the first high priest (Exodus 31:10) and then rebelled against Moses as trying to be equal with him (Numbers 12:1-9). He was strong with Moses and weak without him. Yet, he repented each time that he fell. It is not the fact that his life was filled with defeated moments, but rather becoming an overcomer. His life is not to point to allowance in our life for sin but rather to see a person whose life ended in being an overcomer. So, are you “striving against sin” (Hebrews 12:4)?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A hundred and twenty-one is not found but a hundred and twenty two is and is in two places as well as being in the same reference: “The men of Michmas, an hundred twenty and two” (Ezra 2:27 and Nehemiah 7:31). This group of people are part of those that returned to Israel who were freed from the captivity of Babylon. Spiritually speaking, as we did a few days ago, this is a message of God leading us from “Babylon” which “is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). Looking up those individual words leads to the understanding that spiritual Babylon contains all kinds of false and confusing doctrines that are floating around and only the people who stop defending their denominations and realize that “the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23) and not a denomination, are the ones that will return to the God of spiritual Israel, a name referring to His obedient, commandment keeping people. Again, we ask, have you left spiritual Babylon and come to spiritual Israel?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A hundred and twenty is found in the Bible and one place that it is located at is in Genesis 6:3, which says, “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” This is the amount of time that Noah spent not only on building an ark but also preaching the salvation message. During this time, “the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Later in time, Jesus said, “as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37). Therefore, both the environment and the long period of preaching the same salvation message would be repeated. Today, even a blind person can see that the earth is filled with violence. As for the message, there is a specific message that is to be preached right before Jesus appears. That message is called “the three angels” (Revelation 8:13). And their message is found in Revelation 14:6-12. That message has been given now for over a hundred and seventy years, which means, we are on borrowed time. But, we see that time is running out as the final scenes are now taking place, so, have you heard those messages? Will you learn and submit to those warnings?

Monday, April 16, 2018

A hundred and thirteen through a hundred and eighteen are numbers that are not found in the Bible, but a hundred and nineteen is and is found in Genesis 11:25-26, which says, “And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters. And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran” Now, Nahor is Abram’s granddad, as well as the name of Abram’s brother being a second person with the same name, while Terah is Abrahm’s dad. It is this family that Abram is told, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee” (Genesis 12:1). And that meant that they would not see each other again for in those days of travel, it was not like it is today, where we go home for the holidays or call them up or even video chat. So, if the influence of your family were to get too strong to resist the evil, could you pick up your household and move so far away that you would hardly see them?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A hundred and eleven is not in the Bible but a hundred and twelve is and found in three places of which we chose the verse, “The children of Hariph, an hundred and twelve” (Nehemiah 7:24), which is one group of people who returned to Israel who were freed from the captivity of Babylon. Spiritually, this is a message of God leading us from “Babylon” which “is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). Looking up those individual words leads to the understanding that spiritual Babylon contains all kinds of false doctrines that are floating around and only the people who stop defending their denominations and realize that “the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23) and not a denomination, are the ones that will return to the God of spiritual Israel, a name referring to His obedient, commandment keeping people. So, have you left spiritual Babylon and come to spiritual Israel?

Friday, April 13, 2018

A hundred and six through nine are not in the Bible but a hundred and ten is, and we chose Genesis 50:25-26, which says, “And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. So Joseph died, [being] an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.” Additionally, Hebrews 11:21-22 says, “By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, [leaning] upon the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.” He must have remembered Abraham’s prophecy: “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years” (Genesis 15:13). So, how good are you in knowing Bible prophecy and having faith in the fulfillment thereof?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A hundred and one through a hundred and four do not exist in the Bible but a hundred and five does, and we chose Genesis 5:6, which says, “And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos.” This is part of the lineage working its way from Adam to Noah. And Seth happens to be the second generation on earth after Abel was murdered and Cain fled to breed a life of corruption creating a line of people driven by worldly men ways becoming known as the sons and even daughters of men. That makes Seth’s line that which is called “sons of God” (Luke 3:38). It was in the time of Noah that we see the results of when “the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were] fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose” (Genesis 6:2). So, which lineage are you?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

[Another correction.] Two days ago, we stated that we used the number one hundred. Actually, we used ninety and nine. Today is one-hundred, and the verse is John 19:39, which says, “And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound [weight].” That was a lot of money, but then again, is Jesus not worth more? So, is Jesus worth more to you than any material items, even if He were to ask you, “go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me” (Matthew 19:21)?

Monday, April 09, 2018

[Correction] Ninety-one is not found in the Bible. We accidentally used sixty-one yesterday. Now, today’s number is one-hundred because none of the nineties outside of ninety itself exists. So, the verse today is Luke 15:4, which says, “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?” Not that there are only one-hundred worlds that Go created (Hebrews 1:2), earth is that lost sheep. And the Shepherd has done everything to seek and save that lost sheep, and yet men despise Him still. It is hard to believe that this world could crucify their Savior but look at the world today. There are so many unbelievers, mostly atheists, that are anti-Christian, but on top of that, and worst of all, there are so many Christians that call themselves Christian but get bent out of shape when they are told that the Shepherd has rules and very specific ones. That means, they are still lost despite wearing the title of being saved. Then there are the few. “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). So, are you one of the few, or are you still doing your own thing?

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Ninety-one is our next number and is found in Numbers 31:39, which says, “And the asses [were] thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] threescore and one.” Now, that brings up a question: What is the Lord’s tribute? Numbers 31:28 tells us, “And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle”. Therefore, people did not go to war without being compensated. Did you know, Revelation 12:17 says, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” So, even though we did not sign up to go to war, we are in a war “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]” (Ephesians 6:12). But, even though we did not volunteer to go to war, we will receive of the Lord’s tribute. It is called a mansion (John 14:2), a palm (Revelation 7:9), a harp (Revelation 15:2), and a crown (Revelation 2:10). That is just for starters, but none of that, though glorious in itself, compares to the best tribute of all – eternal life (John 10:28). So, will you “Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12)?

Friday, April 06, 2018

Eighty-seven, eight, and nine are not found in the Bible but ninety is, and we chose Genesis 17:17, which says, “Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall [a child] be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?” And people today make a big deal about women giving birth in their fifties and even sixties. Today, people may cry unto the Lord for a child because they do not seem to be able to conceive, and when it happens, it is considered a miracle. Could you imagine being ninety and finally conceiving?

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Eighty-six is our next number, which is found in Genesis 16:16, which says, “And Abram [was] fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.” Notice that Abram is his name still as this was an unconverted act. Yes, Sarah made the suggestion, but Abram could have waited longer on God to deliver the miracle, but here we are today with a number of Ishmael descendants still at war with Isaac’s descendants. So, do you wait upon the Lord, or do you take matters into your own hands and make a mess of things?

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Eighty-five is our next number, which is found in Joshua 14:10, “And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while [the children of] Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I [am] this day fourscore and five years old.” Joshua and Caleb were the only two people to enter the Promised Land from the time they had left Egypt. Everyone else that started from Egypt had died on the forty-year journey. Today, it is possible to be a faithful Joshua or Caleb and enter alive into Heaven for Jesus is coming soon. So, is your life like Joshua or Caleb’s?

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Eighty-one, two, and three are not found in the Bible but eighty-four is and found in Luke 2:36-38, “And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she [was] a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served [God] with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” This is one of several miracles that transpired around the birth of Jesus. So, do you see that Jesus was no ordinary child?

Monday, April 02, 2018

Both seventy-eight and seventy-nine are not found in the Bible, but eighty is, and of the few choices, we chose Exodus 7:7, which says, “And Moses [was] fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.” Now at eighty years old, there is Moses facing pride, arrogance, abusive earthly power, and yet Moses faced Pharaoh and did not back down for God was with Him. When you know what the right thing that needs to be done and there are obstacles in the way, do you face them?

Sunday, April 01, 2018

I do not mean to rain on anyone’s celebration, but “we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). And this is the light. Many Christians celebrate Christ’s resurrection today but wish everyone “Happy Easter.” Easter is the modern term for the goddess of Ishtar. Even us humans would correct someone if we were called by the wrong name. “Hey, Timothy!” “Ummm, my name isn’t Timothy, it is Phil.” Of course, there is a little embarrassment, but that is OK. Mistakes happen. Even “the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). Therefore, we ought to not use Easter as a reference of a greeting but most of all, leave out the chicks, the bunnies, and the eggs. They are all Ishtar fertility symbols. By giving children these things, symbolically we are telling our children to go and procreate – go have sex! That is what was celebrated with Ishtar. There were none of these symbols associated with Christ. If you are recognizing this day as the resurrection, then do so, and focus upon Him. If you look seriously, it is just another day named for God for selfish purposes. It is another candy day! It is another week building up fun by painting eggs and hiding them. The resurrection is no joking, jovial time! It is part of salvation, and yet so many Christian do not even know the true meaning of being saved. So, with the time available and with the usual family gathering, why not break out in an appropriate time of group Bible study?

Friday, March 30, 2018

Since seventy-six is not found in the Bible, we turn to seventy-seven, and the only choice is Ezra 8:35, “[Also] the children of those that had been carried away, which were come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings unto the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he goats [for] a sin offering: all [this was] a burnt offering unto the LORD.” This is in honor towards God for being set free. Today, if we appreciate being set free from sin by God’s grace, all Jesus asks is for us to “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). So, will you do as Jesus asks, or are you “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4)?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Today’s number is seventy-five, and the only choice is Genesis 12:4, “So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram [was] seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.” It is hard to imagine being called out of a land that you were in until seventy-five years old. That is a lot of relatives and friends to leave behind, but God was more important to Abraham. Who is more important to you? God or your friends and family?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

It seems that seventy-one, seventy-two, and seventy-three are not found in the Bible, but seventy-four is and found in both Ezra 2:40 and Nehemiah 7:43 referring to the same thing. “The Levites: the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, [and] of the children of Hodevah, seventy and four.” Who are these? “These [are] the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city” (Nehemiah 7:6). That is because both Jeremiah (Jeremiah 25:12) and Daniel (Daniel 9:25) foretold this time, and God is a God of keeping time. How well do you keep your scheduled appointments?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Both sixty-eight and sixty-nine are not found in the Bible, but seventy is, and of the few choices we had, we chose Luke 10:17, which says, “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” Who are these seventy? Luke 10:1 says, “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.” Evidently, Jesus had quite a few disciples at one point going out teaching. They were sent out in twos, which is how we ought to be going out evangelizing. Of course, the first thing is that we ought to all be doing something to spread the gospel, but when we do so, it ought to be by twos. We gain encouragement and protection instead of trying it all by our self. Now, Jesus tells us all to go forth in like manner according to Matthew 28:19-20. So, will you go and teach others the gospel and even find a partner to do it with?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Today’s number is sixty-seven and the only choice is Nehemiah 7:72, “And [that] which the rest of the people gave [was] twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand pound of silver, and threescore and seven priests' garments.” Here we see the generosity of the people to make this so. Now, do you support your church financially that it may not lack anything?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Today’s number is sixty-six and of the limited number of verses, we have chosen Genesis 46:26, which says, “All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls [were] threescore and six.” Here is the great migration down into Egypt that would lead to the fulfillment of the Abraham’s prophecy, “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years” (Genesis 15:13). From this, we see God’s timing in events. Moses could not come before or after this period or the timing would be off. Likewise, Jesus had to be baptized right on time as well because of Daniel’s prophecy in 9:24-27. The same is true with even the antichrist timing. So, have you considered the fact that you may have been born at a specific time as well?

Friday, March 23, 2018

Today’s number is sixty-five because sixty-three and sixty-four are not found in the Bible. And of the few choices we have, Genesis 5:21 says, “And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah.” This is a significant reference because the purpose of Methuselah was to identify when the flood would actually come. Basically, the year he died was the year of the flood. Today, many try to declare the same with Billy Graham, in that they say, “This is the year of the Holy Spirit pouring out of fire because of a prophecy surrounding his death.” There is nothing biblical about such and in reality, there is actually a prediction of a false fire (false Holy Spirit) before Jesus returns. “He doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men” (Revelation 13:13). And with this false fire of false miracles, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). So, are you given into the false prophecy and open to the false spirit, or are you “sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4:7)?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Today’s number is sixty-two, and of the few choices we had, we chose Daniel 5:31, which says, “And Darius the Median took the kingdom, [being] about threescore and two years old.” The verse before says, “In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain” (Daniel 5:30). And what was the state of Belshazzar? “Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand” (Daniel 5:1). He was drunk. So, which is greater? A drunk young guy or a sober old guy? Will you consider, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8)?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Today’s number is sixty-one, and the only choice is Numbers 31:39, which says, “And the asses [were] thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] threescore and one.” And from what we see, we always should keep in mind that all things are made possible by God and rightly ought to be given a portion. How much do you give to God? Nothing, very little, a bit, tithe or ten percent, or beyond that with offerings?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Today’s number is sixty because fifty-seven, fifty-eight, and fifty-nine are not found in the Bible, and of the few choices that we had, we chose Numbers 7:88, which says, “And all the oxen for the sacrifice of the peace offerings [were] twenty and four bullocks, the rams sixty, the he goats sixty, the lambs of the first year sixty. This [was] the dedication of the altar, after that it was anointed.” During the dedication of the temple in the desert, we see among all of the animals that were sacrificed, several were sacrificed in the quantity of sixty each. Now this leads into the importance of the sanctuary especially in the Christian life for “Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary” (Psalms 77:13). The sanctuary service is a picture representation of the whole plan of salvation detailing from the cross to the second coming and beyond. From studying the sanctuary, the state of the dead and the resurrections (Christ’s with those that came out of the grave [Matthew 27:52] and those at the second coming [1 Corinthians 15:23]) are clearly laid out and none should be deceived with the notion that there are loved ones walking around in Heaven when in fact they are sleeping in the grave awaiting the resurrection. The sequence of the rapture and status of beings on earth during the millennium is all laid out so none be deceived in thinking there is a secret rapture and temporal millennium on earth when in fact the righteous are actually taken to Heaven after the tribulation to open the books and judge. And none need be deceived in regards to the relationship between grace, faith, and the law, where grace does not do away with obedience to the Ten Commandments. Much more is detailed in the sanctuary service that none need be deceived on many more topics. So, will you frequently look to and study the sanctuary service?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Today’s number is fifty-six and it is found only in Ezra 2:22, which says, “The men of Netophah, fifty and six.” To understand why these people are being numbered, we go back to the first verse, which says, “Now these [are] the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city.” These people are part of the number of families that left Babylon after the captivity and headed back to Jerusalem. So, when they got back home, did they go into the temple and have a big celebration? Ezra 3:6 says, “From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not [yet] laid.” And the answer is, “No.” They needed to rebuild not only the temple but Jerusalem, as prophesied in Daniel 9:24-27. But many Christians take part of that prophecy to mean, “Oh, it didn’t apply to the second temple; there’s a third one to be rebuilt.” And this would be error, and such would not be a big deal, but connected to that error are many others preparing many, many Christians for destruction. There is no hint at the prophecy pointing to rebuilding Jerusalem twice, especially the temple. When a person describes a building project with a timeline and the building is not yet built, it is safe to assume it is the very next building to be built and not yet another one in its place unless explicitly stated. So, are you given into the lie about a third temple being built in our day because certain people who do not accept the Bible as the complete authority from God but rather go by tradition, or do you see how Daniel’s prophecy applies to these events being described in Ezra’s day?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The numbers fifty-three and fifty-four do not appear in the Bible, so today’s number is fifty-five and the only choice in two Books of the Bible is, 2 Kings 21:1, which says, “Manasseh [was] twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Hephzibah.” 2 Chronicles 33:1 says, “Manasseh [was] twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem.” It is also said of him, “And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke [him] to anger. And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them. But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel” (2 Kings 21:6-9). A lot of times Christians are far worse than atheists. Instead of children passing through the fire, they watch countless hours of videos and video games. They observe Halloween and other annual holidays that God never intended. They are into Harry Potter, Disney, and other magical enchantments. Graven images are replaced with figurines and posters of movie characters that provoke the Lord. They are taught to disregard the Ten Commandments, a copy handed from God’s original set in Heaven to Moses and are told the lie that grace replaces the law. And they disregard the teachings of the Bible and many times, the Bible itself. And then parents wonder why their teens and young adults are not into God as much as their parents are. Wonder no more. So, how are you raising your children? How were you raised?

Friday, March 16, 2018

The number fifty-one does not appear in the Bible but fifty-two does, and of the few choices we have, we choose Nehemiah 6:15, which says, “So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth [day] of [the month] Elul, in fifty and two days.” This verse tells us that Daniel 9:25 was fulfilled and if anyone is looking for a third temple to be built, they are ignoring scripture, especially since it was all about rebuilding Jerusalem and not necessarily focused on the temple. Now rebuilding Jerusalem does include the temple, but it just is not the focus. Daniel 9:25 says, “Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” And troublous times they had “For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and [so] builded. And he that sounded the trumpet [was] by me” (Nehemiah 4:18). Can you imagine? The focus is on rebuilding but they had to be on constant guard with swords at the ready because they were building under very difficult and dangerous conditions. Nehemiah’s activity happened after Daniel’s prophecy, so how can it not be the fulfillment? The answer is, that is because it is the fulfillment. So, do you listen to the thousands of false teachers, preachers, and prophets trying to misguide flocks of people into a false prophecy, or do you see through the deception that begun in the 1500’s to counteract the truth that is credited to Martin Luther?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Today’s number is fifty and of the number of verses containing the number fifty, we chose the argument that Jesus had in John 8:56-58, which says, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw [it], and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” Taking notice of the closing words that ended the conversation, Jesus declared He was the “I AM” of the Old Testament that met with Abraham. That means that the God of the Old Testament was not the Father, for we were cut off from Him after Adam and Eve sinned, but the God of the Old Testament was Jesus. That also means that not only did Jesus talk to Abraham directly, He told Moses, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:14). Therefore, the copy of the Ten Commandments given to Moses came from Jesus, not the Father. Further, when Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), He was talking about the Ten Commandments. So, will you listen to Jesus, the Great I AM, and keep the Ten Commandments?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Today’s number is forty-nine and of the very few verses, we choose Leviticus 25:8, which says, “And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.” Every forty-nine years was considered ordinary years. This did not mean people had lived selfishly for those years but it was a build up to a special year, a looking forward to a special moment in time, just like today is. Every year is pretty ordinary but there is coming a year in which Jesus shall return. That means we ought to be living these years to Him building up, climaxing in His return. So, how are you spending your years?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Today’s number was supposed to be forty-seven but such is not found in the Bible so we move onto forty-eight, which our only choice is referenced twice on the same matter. It is found in Numbers 35:7 as well as Joshua 21:41. “[So] all the cities which ye shall give to the Levites [shall be] forty and eight cities: them [shall ye give] with their suburbs” (Numbers 35:7). The Levites were not given a territory (Joshua 13:14). Their job as priests were to be accessible throughout the land of Israel. They had forty-eight cities of which six cities were cities of refuge. This is not the same as sanctuary cities of today. Such cities were provided for a trial in accidental death situations. If it were murder, then the city would not house such a person, in fact, they would be put to death (Numbers 35:16). This is something modern day sanctuary cities and now states ought to reconsider. If it was proven to be accidental, they then were to stay in the city to live out their days until the high priest of that city died (Numbers 35:25). But what modern day sanctuary cities lack is the fact that a trial still took place (Numbers 35:24). So, are you in support of housing even criminals in sanctuary cities, or do you believe such people should be put on trial and execute the consequences if found guilty?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Today’s number is forty-six and the only verse containing it is John 2:18, which says, “Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.” Focusing upon the physical temple, this verse is not obscurely in the Bible, and this one particularly reveals how false the futurist’s understanding is of the Bible happens to be. They are looking for a future rebuilding of a temple to usher in the antichrist. This is supposedly based upon Daniel 9:27 for just about all denominations agree up to verse 26 that fulfillment are the years leading up to the first coming. The disagreement is that historians see Jesus fulfilling verse 27 between His baptism, crucifixion ending the sacrificial system, and Stephen being stoned ending the time for Israel and now we are in Gentile time and will be until Jesus returns. Futurists throw the verse into the future as another seven-year period for Israel’s salvation, but get this, the rebuilding of the temple is in verse 25 and not even hinted at in verse 27. Daniel is told these verses while the first temple was laid destroyed. Therefore, logical sense points to the building of the second temple and not a third. And this is confirmed by the fact that verse 25 says, “seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks.” Now, all agree, even futurists, that weeks are literal days of 49 days, and 60 days and 14 days and that God has a prophetic “each day for a year” principle (Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6). Now notice God did not simply say, “threescore and nine weeks” but specifically broke out seven weeks, which is the same as 49 days or literal years. And here, we see the temple being built in just under that time being 46 years. If it were 42 years or less that the temple was rebuilt, then God would have foretold it using the words, “six weeks and threescore and three weeks,” but He did not. So, do you see that there is no third temple foretold because it is nowhere to be found in Daniel 9:27 and further confirmed to be within the 49-year period foretold of God, or do you insist on believing the error?

Friday, March 09, 2018

Today’s number was to be forty-three or even forty-four but neither one is found in the Bible, so today’s number is forty-five, and of the two choices, we chose Joshua 14:10, which says, “And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while [the children of] Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I [am] this day fourscore and five years old.” Did you know that of all of the people that left Egypt on the leadership of Moses, only Joshua and Caleb entered the promised land? It was because these two were found faithful, hence Joshua is stating how he was kept alive by God through those years. That is because he was found faithful. Can the past forty-five years be said of you? Of course, if you are younger than forty-five, can your life reflect the same? How about the past forty-five months? How about the past forty-five weeks? How about at least the past forty-five days? Hours? Minutes? How sad Christians have become where so many mingle with the sins of the world forgetting that just one bite of fruit from the forbidden tree plunged us into this mess and we cannot stay away from a “little” sinning for a mere forty-five minutes. All it takes is to participate in cutting jokes, angry thoughts, and the clock begins again. So, will you strive, by the grace of God, to “have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16)?

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Today’s number is forty-two and of the very few choices we have, we choose, Revelation 13:5 “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.” This forty-two months is equivalent to “a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days” (Revelation 12:6), “a time, and times, and half a time” (Revelation 12:14), “a time and times and the dividing of time” for God’s months are of thirty days each and forty-two of them equals one thousand and sixty days. Now, futurists take these numbers literally as a three-and-a-half-year period while they use God’s “each day for a year” principle (Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6) upon Daniel 9:27, which says, “he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” This is how they fit the antichrist into a future seven-year period (seven days in a week each representing a year), but that is inconsistent application of principle: “If it fits, use it, if not, do not”? The fact is, all protestant denominations used to believe these periods of time to be both using “each day for a year” and refer to separate events. The week of time is in regard to the last week of Jesus’ life in which he ministered for three and a half years causing the sacrificial system to cease while confirming the total time of four hundred and ninety days (years) (Daniel 9:24) as applying to the Jews (Matthew 10:5). As for the forty-two month period, they labeled the papacy as the antichrist and identified the period of time it ruled pretty much unchallenged to be from 538AD until 1798AD, where she ruled by decree from falling Rome making the papacy the head bishop over all bishops until physically removed from the throne by the French army. The rest of the prophecy predicts “one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed” (Revelation 13:3) and therefore the papacy would regain dominance again, and she is almost there. This is called historic understanding of prophecy. And by the way, futurism understanding was a theory generated by a Jesuit named Francisco Ribera during the counter reformation period in the 1500’s. So, which theory are you going to believe? One put out by the antichrist, which almost all Evangelicals believe today, or one based upon fifty plus other points pointing to who the antichrist is?

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Today’s number is forty-one and of the very few choices we have, we choose, 1 Kings 15:9-14, which says, “And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah. And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. And Asa did [that which was] right in the eyes of the LORD, as [did] David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from [being] queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt [it] by the brook Kidron. But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.” We do not know why the high places were not removed. Did he not have time to remove them? Was he distracted? The bottom line is that his heart was perfect. Now, removing all of the idols was no simple task as even his own mother refused to give them up, therefore, it could not have been simply that he did not feel like dealing with it or compromising with it. Allowing evil is not being perfect, yet his heart was declared to be perfect. So, have you removed all of your known idols or sins from your life, not worrying about unknown until it is revealed (Acts 17:30), or are you convinced that as long as you love God in your heart, it does not matter what you do in your life, which is nowhere taught in the Bible and is a false hope?

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Today’s number is forty and of the many choices we have, we choose Luke 4:1-2, which says, “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.” And Jesus “was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin” (Hebrews 4:15), which are “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). And after our conversion, we are “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6) so much so “that ye sin not” (1 John 2:1), in fact, “Be ye therefore perfect” (Matthew 5:48). And we are to “have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16) “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). So, what allowance do you see for continuing to sin if we are to be like Jesus?

Monday, March 05, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-nine and this one was tricky for it is not in the Bible as directly as one would expect. Instead, a little math was required. 2 Corinthians 11:24 says, “Of the Jews five times received I forty [stripes] save one.” Forty minus one is thirty-nine. And Paul suffered the lashing five times. It is hard enough to experience such just once, yet we have this example in which smacks against today’s compromising Christians. If Paul was not willing to budge on the truth so much so that he was willing to be whipped five times for thirty-nine lashes per time, how dare Christians think it is alright today to not take a firm stance instead of calling God by the name of Allah, one of the Hindu gods, or sympathize with the Jews looking for a future Messiah, which rejects Jesus as the Messiah! So, how deep are you into the world belief that all religions are acceptable to God?

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-eight and of the few choices we have, we turn to Jesus. “After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep [market] a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time [in that case], he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath” (John 5:1-9). Some ask, “Why would Heaven do such a thing and not heal everyone?” That is because Heaven was not behind this. It was a superstition. The angel is that of an evil angel so as to encourage the spirit of competition, the spirit of being first, and even trampling upon others who are weaker not “preferring one another” (Romans 12:10) is not something Heaven would encourage. Evil angels have the ability to remove an infliction that they were responsible for placing upon someone in the first place. Now others retort, “Why would an evil angle do such a good thing as healing?” And that is an easy question to answer. Evil angels do not perform only evil acts continually but will do good to achieve an evil result such as believing in superstition, encourage selfishness, or other obtain an evil goal. So, when the Bible states the word “angel” and a good thing happens, do you automatically assume God is behind it, or do you investigate all aspects of the supposed miracle?

Friday, March 02, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-seven and the only choice we have is 2 Samuel 23:39 explained by 2 Samuel 23:8, which says, “These [be] the names of the mighty men whom David had: … thirty and seven in all.” David could trust these people for they were fearless and faithful. Now, King David was a type of Christ. That means Christ is looking for fearless and faithfuls as well. How do I know? God has a list of people going to hell and the first on the list is, “But the fearful … shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). And notice the description of who is on Jesus’ side. “They that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:14). To be fearless is to do that which God commands without fearing Satan or human reactions to us taking such a stance. To be faithful is to handle the responsibilities without wavering just like Jesus taught in the parable of the talents and said, “Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21). Also remember, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]” (1 Corinthians 10:13). That means, a faithful person is entrusted with the temptations and will bear them faithfully showing Satan, the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10), that God indeed has faithful people on earth. So, are you fearless and faithful, or do you look for excuses to allow sin and are concerned what others may think if you completely surrender to Christ?

Thursday, March 01, 2018

People sacrifice for what is most important. Jesus sacrificed all for us. Some sacrifice life for TV. Some sacrifice family for becoming famous or rich. Some sacrifice all to be a Christian. What do you sacrifice for?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-six and the only choice we have is Joshua 7:5, which says, “And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them [from] before the gate [even] unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.” This little weak group of people called Ai was to be an easy defeat. Israel did not even think it was necessary to take the entire army or even a large group. Three thousand should have been enough to defeat Ai (Joshua 7:4), but because of one person’s sin in the camp (Joshua 7:1), Israel not only lost the battle but also lost thirty-six lives that day. This spiritually applies to us in that if we make excuse for one sin, no matter how small we think it happen to be, it will lead to being overcome by Satan in other areas. Therefore, if we declare that a movie or TV show using foul language is excusable, do not be surprised at the struggles of trying to keep anger under control. So, what little sin or sins in your life are leading you to be overcome in other areas?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-five and of the few choices that we had, we chose 2 Chronicles 20:31-33, which says, “And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: [he was] thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD. Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.” Here again we have an example of someone appearing to live godly but does not eradicate all sin. Any sin that remains, no matter how small, will rise up and be a destroying agent. All of those people, despite being called of God’s name, were lost. Therefore, all today who call themselves Christian, it is foolishness to think your works do not reveal that you really are not Christian. So again, have you taken the name Christian but refuse to live in complete obedience to all that God commands, or have you surrendered all and are open to whatever else God commands?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-four and the only choice we have is Genesis 11:16, which says, “And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg.” In addition to this verse, the Bible further states, “And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one [was] Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name [was] Joktan” (Genesis 10:25), which reinforces Genesis 11:9, “Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” And since then, humans have been working towards undoing the curse, to speak one language, to become unified under the wrong premise. And today, we have nearly achieved it with the English language, or at least the numerous devices that translates immediately what another says. The Bible further predicts that under this unity, “the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed” (Revelation 13:12). So, are you part of the wrong unifying movement that will eventually persecute those that do not go along with the unification, or are you part of the “saints” that “keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12)?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-three and of the three choices, we chose 1 Kings 2:11, which says, “And the days that David reigned over Israel [were] forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.” The number connects us with David, which many unconverted Christians hold up as an example of sanctified sin. Since the Bible speaks of how David will eventually enter Heaven, they say, “David committed adultery, murder, numbered Israel when he should not have, and had many wives and concubines along with being comforted in his old age by the warmth of some teenage girl, therefore I am fine in my smaller sins.” What nonsense! The sins are recorded to show punishments, repentance, and examples. Also, just because everyone else was doing it does not make it right for us. Abraham had to be taught the way of God, so lying twice about being married led to having to sacrifice his son. Likewise, David saw sons die, even people of his own nation for his sin. Martin Luther, one of the reformers, smoke and drank. That does not condone smoking and drinking today as we have learned the truth about all of the supposed allowance verses, like Jesus did not endorse a drunken wedding party in Cana. So, do you use David as your example to allow continuance of sin in your life, or do you accept the direct command, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (1 John 2:1)?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-two and of the few choices, we chose 2 Chronicles 21:5-6, which says, “Jehoram [was] thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought [that which was] evil in the eyes of the LORD.” If Jehoram married the daughter of Ahab, that means that the whole Elijah and fire coming down incident was not too long past. To go into evil in such a short period of time reminds me of many who experience God personally in their life, even multiple times, and then quickly forget His blessing, deliverance, action, even a miracle, and they return to their sins. Are you one that is amazed at God’s movement in your life from time to time only to return to sinning, or do these actions of God encourage you in a holier lifestyle?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Today’s number is thirty-one and of the few choices, we chose 2 Chronicles 34:1, which says, “Josiah [was] eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years. And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined [neither] to the right hand, nor to the left.” So, do you turn to the left or right from God’s straight and narrow path, or are you traveling on that narrow way?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Today’s number is thirty and of the numerous choices, we chose Luke 3:21-23, which says, “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age”. He had remained in obscurity until He was thirty because thirty was the designated age for the ministry (Numbers 4:3, 23, 30, 35, 39, 43, 47). Speaking of His ministry, if all Jesus was doing was proving to be someone to be believed upon, then why did He spend so much time teaching in addition to His miracles? He taught, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). So, do you deny yourself and take up the challenge of holy living, or do you just claim to believe cheapening His ministry?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-nine and of the limited choices, we chose Genesis 11:24, which says, ”And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah.” So at twenty-nine years old, Nahor had Terah. Who is Terah? Abram’s father making Nahor Abram’s granddad. From the time of Noah, we have Shem, Arphaxad, Salah, Eber, Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, and Terah. Keep in mind, people still lived a few hundred years, unlike today. The point is, from Shem to Nahor, the world after the flood once again turned to evil so much so that Abram is told, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred” (Genesis 12:1). In a simple time of eight generations with much overlap so as to be reminded of the flood events, how quickly these people have forgotten what caused the flood is unbelievable, but is it so unbelievable of how far the world has gone today from the time of the cross to now without much overlap in generation and shorter time spans? But, are you a contributor to the evil in the world, or are you letting God’s light shine to fight off the evil?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-eight and with limited choices, we chose, 2 Kings 10:36, which says, “And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria [was] twenty and eight years.” Interestingly, “Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel” (2 Kings 10:28), “But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin” (2 Kings 10:31). Is that not like a lot of Christians today? I am not referring to those that believe in “once saved, always saved” for most of them will act a little good, but if there be anything that crosses what they really do not want to change on, they throw up their hands and claim that they are saved already. Therefore, they do not even cast away Baal or Sunday worship let alone the so called little sins. But for those that know Christians are not to be living in sin, many will give up the big ones, including giving up Sunday for God’s holy Sabbath day, but excuse the little ones. “Oh, pornography is wrong, but watching TV with a lot of sensual scenes is life.” “Oh, stealing is wrong, but taking things from the office is something that is expected.” “Lying about events and situations is wrong, but Santa and the Easter Bunny is just a fun seasonal thing with children.” And in the end, they shall wonder why they shall be lost. So, have you cleaned up your life but are still holding on to what you deem are “little sins”, or have you chosen to serve God with “your whole spirit and soul and body” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-seven and with only two choices, we chose, 2 Kings 15:1-5, which says, “In the twenty and seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah to reign. Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned two and fifty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Jecholiah of Jerusalem. And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done; Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places. And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king's son [was] over the house, judging the people of the land.” Let this be a lesson to all of us as God does not change. If we do everything else in our life in a righteous manner yet hold onto or allow just one known sin in our life, it and God will destroy us. This is what is meant by “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments” (Psalms 119:10). And Peter wrote, “be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14). And Paul wrote, “That thou keep [this] commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Timothy 6:14). And there are many more verses available to share. So, what in your life are you excusing, or have you surrendered all of your sins and ceased from them since “sin shall not have dominion over you”?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-six, and the only choice we have is, 1 Kings 16:8, which says, “In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two years. And his servant Zimri, captain of half [his] chariots, conspired against him, as he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza steward of [his] house in Tirzah. And Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his stead.” No wonder the Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Any use of alcohol, or mind influencing drugs even, alters our ability to resist the devil, and in that state, we may die. And if we die in that state, as so many young people do because of their curiosity or other excuse, we shall be lost eternally. So, is that sip or that drug use really worth eternal life?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-five and of the choices we had, we chose Ezekiel 8:15-16, which says, “Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen [this], O son of man? turn thee yet again, [and] thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, [were] about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.” This is blatant sun worship right in the house of God! Ezekiel is given a vision of such, and with Paul stating, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11), we see the application of sun worship right in the Christian Church today. Without any command of scripture, except by implication, sun rise services for a pagan day known as Ishtar translated into Easter is practiced worldwide. On top of that, Christmas is a pagan day that celebrates the rebirth of the sun. Easter itself is a fertility celebration with eggs, chicks, and bunnies regarding the sun. And then to top it off, just because Jesus rose on a Sunday, Sunday is treated as the Christian Sabbath when in fact, Constantine, a supposed new convert to Christianity, is the one that instituted such and the Catholic Church adopted, being the only Christian Church in town, of which the Protestants willingly adopted and even defend today. So, how much of sun worship do you practice that God calls an abomination? If Jesus wanted us to keep Easter, Christmas, or Sunday, “if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (Hebrews 4:8-9), “For he spake in a certain place of the seventh [day] on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works” (Hebrews 4:4).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-four and of the very limited choices, we chose Revelation 4:10-11, which says, “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” And so today, do you follow the example and give all honor to Jesus by living a righteous life or do you give honor to Satan by retaining sin? Do you believe in God’s power (2 Peter 1:3) to even keep you from sinning?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-three and of the very limited choices, we chose Judges 10:1-2, which says, “And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim. And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.” At this point, Joshua is long dead and King Saul is not in the picture yet. Basically, we have a period of time that there is no single leader to look to, since judges were used, well, to judge. God is the only King at this point, much like we ought to have it today, but people today look to pastors to tell them what to believe, many, even of non-Catholics, look to the pope, others have their favorite televangelist. God is to be our only moral father for even Jesus said, “call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” (Matthew 23:9), referring to the spiritual aspect and not the biological since even the Bible has numerous references of calling people father in the biological sense. The only way we can have such a relationship with a being that does not speak audibly to us nor is visibly walking with us is by reading His Word each and every day to know more and more of His character. So, who is your spiritual leader? Human beings or God?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-two and of the several choices we had, we chose 1 Kings 16:29, which says, “And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years.” With Ahab comes quite a few parallel prophecies in our day that matches with the antichrist. For instance, a false religion was introduced and enforced by the state (Jezebel and Ahab together slaughtering all the ministers of God - 1 Kings 18:4). The three and a half years of lack of rain in the land (James 5:17) matching the symbolic three and a half year reign of antichrist during the dark ages. The true prophets of God hiding during that time (1 Kings 18:4) matching those who held to the true Word of God hiding from antichrist during the dark ages. Fire show down to prove who is God (1 Kings 18:24) where the true God answered by fire (1 Kings 18:38) but this time the false will answer (Revelation 13:13). Many more parallels could be brought out but suffice it to be said, will you study the life of Elijah seeking to know what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen shortly to come?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Today’s number is twenty-one and from the four references, three of which repeat, we chose the verse in Daniel 10:13 over the number of years Zedekiah reigned. “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” The question is, who is Michael? Up until the time of the Jehovah Witness came along, pretty much everyone agreed it was Jesus, but when the Jehovah Witness tried to claim that Jesus is a created being, all kinds of stories emerged removing the title from Jesus. That is what Michael is: it is a title. Even the Hebrew reveals the definition, “Who is like God”. So, when Jesus said that He was the “I am” (John 8:58), He declared that He was God. The Bible says, “Michael and his angels fought against the dragon” (Revelation 12:7), so He commands the angels. Jude 1:9 says, “Michael the archangel” and “said, The Lord rebuke thee”, again, identifying that Jesus is the leader of the angels as well as calling Himself “Lord”. Archangel does not mean that Jesus has to be an angel to be a leader just like Bill Clinton did not have to be a military person to be the leader of the armed forces when he was president, which was the first president never to serve in a military capacity. Daniel 12:1 really sheds light on the identity for it says, “Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people”. Only God can stand up for the people and have “many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2). Besides, in the verse we are looking at, Michael is more powerful than the messenger angel being sent to Daniel. So, a being more powerful than an angel, referred to as Michael, comes to aid of the angel being resisted for twenty-one days by the Devil, represented by the kingdom of Persia. And finally, the leader of the angels raises the dead, an ability reserved to Jesus Christ. “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16), and “The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live” (John 5:25). So, do you believe Jesus and Michael are one in the same being God, or have you fallen for the stories of there being quadrants of angels each having an angel leader attributing to Michael powers that of God?

Friday, February 09, 2018

Today’s number is twenty, and from the plethora of verses containing the number, we chose Genesis 37:28, which says, “Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty [pieces] of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.” Joseph in Egypt has so many lessons for us including, as a slave, able to work one’s way up to be head of the slaves; when faced with a sexual situation or any sin, able to flee from it; as a prisoner, to be placed in a trusted position in the prison; and again, as a prisoner to be placed second in command of all the land of Egypt. What it reveals is character. Character is basically the only thing we can take to Heaven. How is your character?

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Today’s number is nineteen, and from the seven references in the Bible, two of which repeat, we pick on that one. “Now in the fifth month, in the tenth [day] of the month, which [was] the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, [which] served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, And burned the house of the LORD, and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great [men], burned he with fire: And all the army of the Chaldeans, that [were] with the captain of the guard, brake down all the walls of Jerusalem round about” (Jeremiah 52:12). Now, with all of that broken down, Daniel is told, “Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times” (Daniel 9:25). Logical sense tells us that this was fulfilled under Ezra of which Jesus Himself walked into that reconstruction, yet, so that all the prophecies of obedience is taken off of the backs of Christians, a made-up prophecy of a future temple is being promoted with a future antichrist. Does anyone else see the lie behind this belief? Even our daily evening post reveals from the book of Romans how the nation of Israel is no longer God’s favored people. So, are you being led to believe in a future reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem, or do you see that such a prophecy was already fulfilled right after the vision given to Daniel?

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Today’s number is eighteen, and from all of the verses containing the number eighteen, we pick on one of Jesus’ miracles. “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” (Luke 13:16) By performing this miracle on the Sabbath day in no wise was attempting to end the Sabbath observance but to show proper observance of it for Jesus said, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28). I would expect Jesus to be Lord of the Sabbath for referring to Jesus, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3), that means He created it. Further, by stating, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58) and telling Moses “I AM hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:14), that means Jesus also was the one that commanded, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11). So, if you are against the true Sabbath, will you reconsider your position? If you clearly see this truth about the Sabbath, will you keep it?

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Today’s number is seventeen, and from the very limited number of verses, we choose two. “In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened” (Genesis 7:11). “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat” (Genesis 8:4). Exactly from the seventeenth of one month to the seventeenth of the other, we see a precise period of 150 days. God’s precision is beyond human calculation therefore, we are able to take the various Bible timelines, see their fulfillments, and believe that the Bible is the true Word of God. Do you believe God’s Word to be true?

Monday, February 05, 2018

Today’s number is sixteen. And from a limited number of verses, we chose “And they shall be eight boards, and their sockets [of] silver, sixteen sockets; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board” (Exodus 26:25), which is a verse regarding the building of the tabernacle in the desert. Now this tabernacle was not just some place on earth to worship God in, but an “example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, [that] thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount” (Hebrews 8:5). That means that even today, Jesus is “A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man” (Hebrews 8:2). So, do you know your High Priest personally?

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Today’s number is fifteen. And of all the verses containing the number fifteen, we quote, “Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness” (Luke 3:1-2). We were led here by the reference to Caesar reigning fifteen years at this point, but all of the other references are important too because a particular event is very precisely identified. “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased” (Luke 3:21-22). This fulfills the prophecies of Daniel 9, which many Christians try to take away from pointing to Jesus and instead point it to antichrist with a seven-year tribulation. And, so do you see how Jesus was anointed as predicted and the Messiah welcomed, or are you working against Christ believing it has nothing to do with Jesus exchanging it for a future event of a different Messiah coming to the Jews, of which the Bible rejects a number of times as being God’s people anymore?

Friday, February 02, 2018

Today’s number is the number fourteen, and of all the number fourteens in the Bible, we have chosen Leviticus 23:5, which says, “In the fourteenth [day] of the first month at even [is] the LORD'S passover.” “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). “And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36). With Jesus being our Passover Lamb, do you spend time each day beholding Him?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Today’s number is thirteen, and of all the number thirteens in the Bible, we have chosen 1 Kings 7:1, which says, “But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.” Most houses today are built in a matter of months. Even though they had to cut down trees to make their own lumber and hew rocks to fit into position, unlike today, where builders have ready built parts to the house and can easily slap things together and call it a house, thirteen years to build one’s own house is still a long time to build a humble abode. But that is just it; it was not so humble. And the story goes that he continued his building ways including building temples to pagan gods. The point to make here is the self-examination. How much time and money are we sinking into our own places of living while God’s message lays dormant?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Today’s number is twelve, and of all the number twelves in the Bible, we have chosen Revelation 21:21 describing the holy city. “And the twelve gates [were] twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city [was] pure gold, as it were transparent glass.” The reason this was chosen above the twelve fruits on the tree of life, twelve apostles, twelve tribes, and many other twelves is because if we keep our eyes focused upon wanting to enter into one of those twelve gates, to be able to walk the streets of gold, to simply want to go to Heaven, then all the distractions called sin would be powerless. So, how focused are you on wanting to be in the holy city with Jesus, meeting God the Father as well?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Today’s number is eleven, and of all the number eleven’s in the Bible, we have chosen the parable containing the number. “And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, [that] shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them [their] hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that [were hired] about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny” (Matthew 20:6-9). The eleventh-hour workers are the last people to be used to take the gospel into the field, the world. Seeing that the Mark of the Beast is not here yet and Satan is not completely working with his deceptive miracles, which signifies the last events, all of us need to be at least the ninth hour workers. But we are so close to fulfillment that it is possible some of you may become those eleventh-hour workers. In either case, will you be one of His gospel workers today?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Today’s number is ten. Of all the references to the number ten, we pick on tithe. “And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, [even] of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD” (Leviticus 27:32). So, a tenth is God’s. And, Jesus did not do away with it. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matthew 23:23). And what does God say about not giving tithe? “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation” (Malachi 3:8-9). And the purpose for it is told to Timothy. "The laborer is worthy of his reward" (1 Timothy 5:18). So, will you give God His portion for the work of the ministry?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Today’s number is the number nine. Of all the references to the number nine, we pick on the reference to the cross. “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost” (Luke 23:44). So, how much do you appreciate what Jesus, and the Father, went through to save you?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Today’s number is the number eight. And of all the eights in the Bible, we turn to 1 Peter 3:20, which says, “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” So, of the numerous people in the days of Noah, only a very few, eight souls were saved. That truly is few, but realize that Jesus said, “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). And He also said, “But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37). Therefore, all the billions of Christians claiming “once saved, always saved” cannot be true. Only a few people will be saved. Revelation gives us a hint at the number. “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel” (Revelation 7:4). Proportionately speaking, that is not very many. So, are you striving to be part of the 144,000?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Today’s number is the number seven. “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:2-3). “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” (Mark 2:27). “Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (Hebrews 4:7-9). So, do you accept the gift of God, the seventh day Sabbath, or do you work yourself to death working all seven days or even keep a man-made sabbath?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Today’s Bible number is six, and of all of the sixes in the Bible, we pick on, the wedding feast miracle. “And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare [it]. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: [but] thou hast kept the good wine until now” (John 2:6-10). Although Jesus turned water into wine and although most wedding feasts today are inclusive of alcohol, Jesus could never do one thing against Bible principle, and the Bible is clear, “Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1). Besides, fermentation is symbolic of sin, and Jesus would not ever partake of sin, but to the unlearned, people automatically assume the word “wine” means alcohol, however that is not true. Wine simply refers to the liquid of the grape (Isaiah 65:8). So, do you see Jesus’ miracle as an encouragement to get tipsy, a buzz, feel good, even drunk, or did Jesus turn water into the tastiest form of grape juice?

Monday, January 22, 2018

Today’s Bible number is five, and of all of the uses of the number five, let us look at John 6:9, which says, “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” Well, Jesus is about to show us what such meager efforts to feed the crowd are in the hands of Jesus. “And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered [them] together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten” (John 6:10-13). If Jesus can multiple the meager efforts to feed such a crowd with but five barley loaves and two fishes, what makes you hesitate in believing that Jesus can multiple your meager efforts of overcoming sin by infusing them with the “exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4)?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Of the Bible references to the number four, the Bible says, “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads” (Revelation 7:1-3). With Romans 4:11 telling us that sign and seal are synonyms, Ezekiel 20:20 tells us what we are sealed with. “And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I [am] the LORD your God” (Ezekiel 20:20). That means the reason destruction has not common upon earth yet is because God is looking to seal people in the Sabbath truth. Now, are you one of them that keeps the Sabbath of God and not man?

Friday, January 19, 2018

“And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one” (1 John 5:8). Now, in our sequence of numbers, today is number three, and we take a look at the Godhead. Yes, we serve one God, but it is evident that there is “the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). The Father is usually accepted as God, but some are challenged by the other two. Isaiah 9:6 takes away the confusion regarding the Son. He was more than a human. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). He is the mighty God. He is the everlasting Father because, referring to Jesus, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). And so, “Seth, which was [the son] of Adam, which was [the son] of God” (Luke 3:38), with every one listed being the son of their father, Adam is the son of Jesus, who created all things. As, for the Holy Spirit being God, Jesus said, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (John 14:16). If Jesus was a type of comforter while walking the earth, and another is going to be sent, and He is referenced, they are equal. We have angels all around us and not once are they a comforter. In fact, anything less than God is not a comfort. If a mere middle being has to constantly get permission for something, let us cut out the middle being then because they are nothing more than a runner. But if that middle being has the same authority and is in agreement with the other two, then He does bring comfort. Do not confuse middle as replacing our only Intercessor. The Holy Spirit cannot intercede for us because He has no sacrifice to offer. Therefore, only Jesus can offer us forgiveness of our sins. But to be guided on a daily basis, that is the Holy Spirit’s job (John 16:13). To know what sin is, what righteousness is, and be prepared for the judgment, that is the job of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8). So, do you accept the Godhead, or do you make any of them less than God?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

“Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:4-5). The word “twain” means “two”, our number for today. Of all the references to the word “two”, we pick on marriage. Though the two are separate beings, the Bible encourages being equally yoked. And when the two are equally yoked, they do become one. But too many marriages are entered in after engaging in marital activity with other partners, are selfish, go along with cutting down their spouses in jest, do not have the same goal, and basically are two separate beings living together. Each are to be one another’s helpmates. Once married, individual characters are not lost, but they are to be “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:21). So, to the married, are you equally yoked? To the unmarried, are you seeking after a person to be a godly helpmate?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

We are going to do a number association series with the Bible starting with the number one today and progressing each day. Though what we associate with the number may not match what you may be thinking, as long as it is biblical, it would be correct. For instance, the number one has many associations. One of the best series of verses that brings this out is in Ephesians 4:4-6, which says, “[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.” So, do you believe in one true specific body of believers, one Holy Spirit, have one hope, one Lord being Jesus Christ, one faith, one baptism being single immersion, one God, or do you believe it does not matter what you believe or associate with, doubt that the Holy Spirit is a separate being, have a different belief, do not accept Jesus Christ, do not believe there is just one faith, accept multiple forms of baptism, or doubt that there is one God?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Faithfulness is not just believing in Jesus and not giving up that belief no matter the threat. Faithfulness is also always choosing God’s way in every circumstance one is placed into. Faithfulness is living God’s principles always. So, how faithful are you?

Monday, January 15, 2018

According to the computer, there are 16,777,216 different colors. Many of those colors are hard to distinguish while other colors are very easy, even in the same color family. Pink verses black as well as pink verses red are easy to distinguish. Other colors, like “Sea Green” and “Forest Green” are not so easy to tell apart. This ought to be an object lesson for us. We may vary on minor points of doctrine that are not salvation issues, but we ought to tell the difference between major points of doctrines, even in our own denomination. Yes, we ought to all believe the same thing (Matthew 24:14), but if you want to believe Jesus avoided wearing dark sandals because of what He taught (Luke 11:35 – “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness”) and another believes that it did not matter, go ahead. But if you believe Sunday is the Sabbath and I believe that sunset Friday to sunset Saturday is the Sabbath, that is not open for allowance. So, do you seek to know the major points of Bible doctrine, or are you careless believing that all doctrines are acceptable to God?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

One of the difficult struggles to deal in avoiding sin, avoiding giving into temptation, is uncontrolled curiosity. Good curiosity is one thing, but that which enhances temptation is another. Curious about how cars work is one thing, but the curiosity of seeing the opposite gender’s private parts is another. Just remember, Eve was curious too and look at the mess we are in. So, how much does curiosity lead you into sin?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Isaiah 33:15-17 tells us to stop watching evil, which TV and movies often have. Although this is but a principle, there is a promised connected to these verses. “Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off” (Isaiah 33:17). That is Jesus our King Who is coming in His beauty, as well as vengeance (Isaiah 59:17), to take us to the heavenly promised land (John 14:1-3) and slay the wicked (2 Thessalonians 2:8). That makes this principle of turning the TV off and stop going to the movies a bit more than just a principle of God. It is a salvation issue. So, will you avoid watching this garbage on TV and in the movies?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Love for our brothers and sisters is not hiding our light under a bushel but letting our light shine. How is your light shining?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Just because we can see how godly an activity happens to be and do not understand why we cannot do or have what we are asking God for does not mean it fits into God’s overall plans and therefore, may not be provided. So, are you content, even if you do not know why, when things do not proceed as you think they should?

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

With all of the choices off food, drink, entertainment, and such, how effective is the devil in distracting you from godliness?

Monday, January 08, 2018

Compromise in a Christian sense does not mean sacrificing discipline. If one is offered a choice between black and blue pens, where you prefer blue but everyone else wants black, then go with black. But when everyone wants to pitch in and get a huge salad with bacon in it, and you are the only one that says, “The Bible says we ought not eat such”, then there is no compromise. The same applies to going to different places, wearing certain clothing, etc. So, do you compromise the truth and principle, or do you stand firm when it is time to stand firm?

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Vivid pictures in our mind are to encourage us either to avoid sin or to live righteously, for instance, whenever people consider their old life looking at wanting to enjoy something they had given up for righteousness sake, they ought to think “As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly” (Proverbs 26:11). So, are you like a dog licking up your own vomit, or are you better than a dog?

Friday, January 05, 2018

Remember, we ought to be able to learn object lessons of Heaven from objects around us, like new fallen snow. Before the snow plows, the salt, the tire tracks, all that was dirty is covered in complete white. This ought to remind us of experiencing forgiveness when “we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). In fact, the dirtiest objects around, given enough snow, will be blanketed in white, reminding us again that the dirtiest sin in our life can be forgiven. So, what do you see when you look at fresh snow? The coldness? The work before you in shoveling it away? Or, the white robe of Christ’s righteousness?

Thursday, January 04, 2018

If you have a liking to fruits over vegetables, just remember that our original diet was with fruits while vegetables were left out. Vegetables did not enter in until after sin and are harder to work for. So, which do you prefer, fruits, vegetables, neither, or both?

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Important things that slip one’s mind often must not be that important to that person after all. Do you remember to talk to God through prayer at the start of the day and periodically throughout the day?

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

“Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe” (John 4:48), and this sets up people for the last days. “He doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles” (Revelation 13:13-14). “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14). And yet, these people ignore one of the greatest signs of all times. “He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life” (John 5:24). How the Bible has been preserved through fire and attacks to us this day, revealed the accuracy by unearthing the Old Testament scriptures, and has all of the writers speaking in unison on any given topic covering a 2500-year period is just a miracle in itself. So, which is more important to you? The Bible or seeing signs?

Monday, January 01, 2018

Today is the start of the New Year. May it be dedicated to God’s service through obedience to His Word and furthering the gospel to others. And may we soon be gathered upon the Sea of Glass (Revelation 15:2) worshipping and praising God! Do your goals for the coming year match these for what else would be more important than these?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

How will you end the old year? One last hurrah! That means that you love that sin and want to seal the experience into the mind for remembrance sake as you deprive yourself of the enjoyment that you used to gain from it. It is the same concept with bachelor or bachelorette night before a wedding. The two should not be getting married if either thinks that their life is now over. Upon deciding to get married, the two should have already forsaken all other desires. And when it comes to a Christian New Year’s resolution, to have one last hurrah with sin is to give evidence that one is grudgingly going into that agreement of giving it up instead of praising God for being set free. So, what are your plans for today?

Friday, December 29, 2017

Have you considered that “the world passeth away” (1 John 2:17)? That means what you think is an important accomplishment and sink your entire life into it, if it is not something for furthering the kingdom of God, it will be forgotten in time. And the greatest amount of forgetting will happen at the second coming. Therefore, creating a mogul empire will eventually disappear. That hobby of collecting things will be forgotten in later generations and eventually burn away. Now we are not saying all hobbies are bad, but we have to keep in perspective. When people sink so much money and time into such for no benefit but to accomplish the goal of personal achievement while God’s message is left floundering financially and without workers, that is an issue. So, what is occupying your time and money? That which will disappear or that which will endure into eternity?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Jesus said, “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world” (John 17:18). Every Christian upon conversion is sent into the world to live and tell the live of Christ. So, what example of Christ do you reveal, not overall but every moment?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

When people take advantage of other people because the others are generous, such is still considered stealing. And time is a very big theft. Taking someone up on their generous offer is one thing, but when it becomes a way of life, that is when the line has been crossed. And because such generous people are generous, they usually do not say anything in the form of a complaint or anything. So, are you careful to accept generous offers but not take advantage of them, or are you oblivious to such and keep on encroaching more and more?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Jesus said, “[Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:17). So, do you have the right Holy Spirit in you? If so, you would seek the truth, but if you are indifferent towards the truth, then you must not have the Holy Spirit.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Although Jesus was not born today, although it is nice to think of God giving us His Son, just remember, Jesus is not the reason for the season. The reason is pagan and early Christians, mostly the Catholic Church, in an effort to win pagans, looked for a Christian reason to celebrate the rebirth of the sun festival. And that is the danger of trying to make Christianity fit into worldly practices -- it allows the Christians to become worldly. Although we do not sacrifice humans during this time, many worldly practices and customs have entered into Christian practices, none of which is guided by God’s Word, in fact, “the customs of the people [are] vain: for [one] cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not” (Jeremiah 10:3-4). Even though it is not an identical practice, should we be so close to this vain practice? That is because “[there is] no new [thing] under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). So, how much Jesus is in your celebration as compared to the worldly practices?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

As we approach the final week of 2017, how will you end it? You get to decide for yourself personally. Will it be “to eat and drink with the drunken” (Matthew 24:49), or will you “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41)?

Friday, December 22, 2017

“The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul” (Psalms 19:7) while a minister is to simply “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2). People do not convert people. God converts people as long as the soul cooperates. So, are you trying to do too much? Do you expect too much from ministers? Do you know ministers trying to do too much?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Victory over sin begins with praying for the desire for victory, otherwise, you are just dragging yourself along into compliance. So, what do you need God to put in your heart to hate?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

So, Christians participate in the pagan day Christianized as Christmas. Many are all about putting Christ into Christmas. They may go to church the night before or the day of, but all other hours leading up to and including the day is not focused on Christ. Christians spend just as much money on buying gifts as non-Christians, a commercialism game. They justify this by finding a verse that tells of giving gifts from the wise men to Jesus at His birth forgetting that the gift was given to Jesus and not to each other. If Christ were really in Christmas, we would not be wanting to get gifts but would rather see all money spent to go to the furthering of the gospel, especially with the second coming so close and so many are yet deceived. So, do you spend an extra amount of time in personal prayer putting in Christ into Christmas or is skimped over or even forgotten? Do you spend the money towards God’s cause instead of aiding and abetting selfishness? Have you truly put Christ into Christmas?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

As the countdown continues, are you ready for it? No, I am not talking counting down to Christmas or even New Years. Though we do not have a date, every day is one day close to the second coming. So, are you ready to meet Jesus face to face, or are you too busy to think about it?

Monday, December 18, 2017

People who complain about not being able to overcome sin usually do not want to obey the rules of avoiding those things that lead up to the sin. Have a problem with eating too much sugar, stop buying all those sweet drinks and snacks, but also avoid eating that which leads to it like the white foods: white bread, white pasta, white rice. Have problems with anger, stop watching TV, being on the Internet, etc. all of which may even be innocent but the stimulation tends to making the body nervous. Having trouble avoiding smoking or drinking, maybe it is time to get new friends. None of these may apply to your life directly but the point is, we need to take the extra measure of avoiding those things that lead up to it. For instance, you may not have any friends but still smoke. Maybe it comes down to avoiding a certain room, keeping busy during a certain period of the day, adding other good things to the life that requires work or discipline like a daily walk, drinking a whole lot of water. Whatever the case is, do you cut out those triggers in your life?

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A lot of people say to themselves, “Now that was stupid”, when they make a mistake. What is really stupid is to throw away eternal life for a little selfish pleasure, specifically sinning. So, what sin is worth Heaven to you?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Do you know how to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37)? Do you know how to “love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39)? Jesus said, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40). Look at the Ten Commandments! Look at scriptures! And He only had the Old Testament available at the time. So, do you think Jesus replaced the Ten Commandments with our feelings of what we think it is to love, or do believe the first four commandments is our love to God and the last six is our love to our neighbor?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

When we are told to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2) that does not mean to be nasty with people, but by no means is one supposed to stay silent. So, do you make truth known despite the opposition, or do you hide your light of knowledge from others?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

When one does not feel like doing something and yet pushes through those feelings to get things accomplished, that is discipline in action. So, how disciplined are you, or do you allow excuses to get in the way?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jesus said, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12). The fruit of the love waxing cold today is that instead of the thoughtfulness and care being put into a simple letter written by one’s own hand, we send a quick e-mail or even just a text, which no longer requires the time to even address it. One just clicks on the name from an impersonal list, types, and sends and we think we have acknowledged someone’s existence. The thought of even talking on the phone when a simple text can answer the question has become the norm in communicating. So, how has technology made your social interaction colder than what God intended?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Jesus said, “The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the labourers [are] few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38). And this is one sign that separates the true from the false Christians. True Christians become Christians and immediately go to work trying to bring others to the knowledge of the gospel setting people free by sharing the truth. The false Christians, if they even have a burden for souls, are in a false impression that if they are going to win others, they themselves must fit in and show what Christianity is without the necessity of speaking it. They do this by going to the same events (even sinful ones), go to the same movies, wear the same clothing, watch the same movies, talk about the same vain things, decorate their bodies in the same manner with piercings and tattoos, and much more. They fit in so much that they cannot be distinguished from those of the world. So, are you a true soul winning Christian, or are you deceived in simply wearing the name?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

If you do things God’s way, it is blessed. If you do things your way, there are curses, or at least a lack of a blessing. Which do you want?

Friday, December 08, 2017

Have you discovered your purpose in life yet? It is easy. According to the Bible, all of us have two purposes: be right with Him and help others to be right with Him. When we have this as our perspective, being a lawyer, doctor, construction person, housewife, teacher, programmer, accountant, etc. is all ancillary. So, who are you striving to be?

Thursday, December 07, 2017

The Bible says that true Christians would be able to “Beareth all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7). Are you able to do this or do you murmur and complain through it all?

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

What we practice is who we really are. So, do you pretend to be proud, annoying, etc., if so, that is really who you are.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Who we think we are and who we really are may be two different people. So, who are you really?

Monday, December 04, 2017

Many people watch TV and movies, not that we are advocating such, but people will admire characters who are persons of conviction, firm in the right way, steadfast even, but in reality, not only do they not even want to strive to be such people but they roll their eyes at people who are. They say of such, “You are just being difficult.” And if that is not the case, other people have trouble relating in one form or another to such a person, be it what to talk about, what to do with them, even what to provide as food. So, has TV and movies deadened your reality of real life conviction, or are you striving to be such and supportive of such a person?

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Timing is everything and Satan knows it. Just when a high point in a sermon is going to be given, a baby will cry, a child will fuss, a need to be excused, or something else will happen to distract. That is when everyone is responsible to make every effort to still pay attention to what is being said. So, how do you treat a sermon? Passing of time in church, or actually a message from God?

Friday, December 01, 2017

A new month has begun! What will the results be by the end of the month? “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15), “whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness” (Romans 6:16). It is a moment by moment denying ourselves of our wants, desires, inklings, urges, etc. So, will it be self, sin, and Satan, or righteousness and Christ?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Bible says, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation” (2 Peter 3:3-4). And in the United States, these seem to be prosperous times. The stock market soaring is a reflection of it. With nations and religions calling for peace, yet again people are unaware of what is happening. All of this and more simply aids to the lulling of people to sleep so that they are not concerned, yet “when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:4). Why are some not in darkness? Because they “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). What has people scoffing, including many Christians, is that they hear about certain signs, like wars and earthquakes, and dismiss those signs because we always have had such. They do not realize that there are many more signs and they are pointing to the here and now. So, are you in darkness and oblivious that Jesus could be returning very, very soon? Or are you well studied seeing the more important signs, even the signs of the antichrist, and are trying to help other to see?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Many Christians do not want to be told what to eat and what not to eat, claiming that something will kill them sooner or later, so they might as well enjoy food. But they do not realize that such an attitude is a selfish one that not only injuries their bodies physically but may even cause eternal life as certain foods increase the baser passions, and we are not talking about sex alone. Certain foods increase a tendency towards anger, impatience, confusion, laziness, and much more. These traits are condemned in the Bible, and no, we will not be able to blame the food for our sinfulness. We are to avoid those foods and increase the intake of foods that will help us think clearly, build up a strong and healthy body, and be a useful instrument for God. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). So, do you eat to satisfy your taste buds, or do you eat to the glory of God?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Jesus said, “In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also” (John 14:2-3). Now, do you want to see what that mansion will look like? Part of Jesus preparing a place is to prepare us to be there. So, will you allow Him to prepare you by submitting to Him through His Word every day even denying yourself and taking up the cross (Matthew 16:24)?

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Bible says, “Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary” (Psalms 77:13). Since, “We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man” (Hebrews 6:20) How much of the sanctuary and the service do you know about?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Many fight the battle of sin at the level of avoiding smoking, avoiding using foul language, avoiding adultery and fornication, avoiding anger, avoiding alcohol, avoiding…, avoiding…, avoiding…, and some even fight the battle of sin at the level of forcing themselves to spread the gospel, forcing themselves to be pleasant, forcing themselves to …, forcing themselves to …, etc. Although it is true that these are sins if we do not fight these battles, and there is an encouragement to those that know that sin is not only the avoiding of wrong acts but also making sure we do not neglect right acts, there is yet another, more important level to be fighting. “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). It is the battle of selfishness. When any act is performed, even good acts, with self in mind, it is selfishness, and that is sin. That includes wanting to keep the commandments of God so we can go to Heaven. That is selfishness, and we will not be there. We ought to keep the commandments of God because Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). When we win the battle of selfishness, and “our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:6), then and only then will smoking, alcohol, foul language, adultery, fornication, and the rest cease. Then and only then will we have a love for spreading the gospel, seeking God daily in His Word, seeking God several times a day in prayer, being truly pleasant despite adverse conditions, and love gathering with His people. So, are you fighting the right battle, or are you simply picking off bad fruit that keeps reappearing?

Friday, November 24, 2017

The last three days we have been addressing why people do not study the Bible properly today. Here is yet another reason. The Bible says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalms 119:11). How does this relate to improper Bible study? People do not want to give up their sins or want to make excuses for their sins, so they use one of the previous methods mentioned. They either ignore the Bible completely relying upon ignorance to save them, or they study the Bible with an agenda searching for either an allowance to do the thing that was restricted, or they look for a removal of restrictions. For instance, those that insist on ignoring Leviticus 11’s restriction against unclean foods will imply activity, especially of Jesus, permitting such in the New Testament. They then try to enjoy their pork products, shell fish, and other things. In the process of supposed studying, they forget that even Noah, whom we all descend from, was under the same clean/unclean restrictions (Genesis 7:2), and he was not a Jew. So, are there sins in your life that prevent you from seeing God’s Word clearly, or have you removed the beam out of your eye so as to see things clearly?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

\The last two days we have been addressing why people do not study their Bibles properly in modern times. A third reason is because people treat the writers of the Bible as no one different from writing any other book. There is a difference in inspiration between such. An inspired author is just that, the author of his or her own material. But, according to 1 Corinthians 14:33, God is the author and the people credited to writing the material are just that, mere writers. Unlike the authors that write their own books, the inspiration is not the same for the writers of the Bible “were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21). So, do you think the writers of the Bible are no one special, or do you see that the Bible is actually God’s creation?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Yesterday, we mentioned that according to recent polls taken of Christians, only 6% study their Bibles, and then it was mentioned how most of those do not study the Bible properly. Today, we offer a second reason why they do not study the Bible properly. Most Christians believe that if they find a verse in the Bible that if looked at in a certain manner that it supports what they want it to support, they can build a doctrine around that. But that is not proper Bible study, and that is why there are so many different denominations. According to Isaiah 28:9-10, we need to gather all verses on a topic and weigh the evidence. So, those that think Jesus turned water into wine (John 2:1-11) permits drinking alcohol must consider that absolute condemnation of it in Proverbs 20:1 and elsewhere. Further, proper Bible study would reveal that the word “wine” also refers to simply grape juice (Isaiah 65:8). Therefore, all Christians that see nothing wrong wit alcohol are in error. So, do you find verses to support your belief, or do you allow the Bible to speak for itself by gathering all verses on the subject?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The sad part of the poll taken that revealed that only 6% of Christians read their Bibles is that most of that 6% do not study the Bible properly. There are more than one main reasons for that statement. Today, let us address the version reason. Sold as a modern English version of the Bible, it seems we have quite a few easier to read Bibles, but none compare to the KJV. They all claim that the KJV is built upon erroneous transcripts, yet all the modern versions are built from a single transcript copy whose source is questionable (a trash can in Egypt, while the KJV is built from over 300 different translated transcript languages from around the world all saying the same thing. Do keep in mind that no version of the Bible is translated from the original Greek. Just which has more reliability of accuracy then? KJV of course. And does anyone make the connection from the Devil’s perspective that if He cannot stop people from reading it that he would provide not only his version of the Bible but many versions to confuse the truth? So, which version do you use? The trusted and inspired KJV, or a suspect version?

Monday, November 20, 2017

There is something more concerning than the Mark of the Beast! It is true. So many people are focused upon avoiding the Mark of the Beast or are making a joke about it and they forget that something else is worth avoiding a whole lot more. “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15). So, how concerned are you in trying to avoid the worship of the image of the beast?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

In the United States, many families are making grand preparations this week for the coming event called Thanksgiving, in which people will gorge themselves with all kinds of food. All that work for a short moment in time and yet, preparation for the great supper in Heaven is very much lacking. So, are you making daily preparation for Heaven, or are you just concerned for the food on earth?

Friday, November 17, 2017

When faced with sin, are we like Joseph or David? Joseph facing a strong temptation said, “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9). And “he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out” (Genesis 39:12). David facing strong temptation, “He saw a woman washing herself; and the woman [was] very beautiful to look upon” (2 Samuel 11:2), and “David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house” (2 Samuel 11:4). Of course, David repented (Psalms 51). But it is best to avoid the sin instead of going through the anguish later seeking forgiveness. So, which are you when it comes to temptation?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

How do you know that your sins are forgiven? The Bible says so. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering” (James 1:6). So, how much faith do you have that when you sincerely confess your sins that you are forgiven?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6). When we think of pride, many think of sports figures that declare how they are number one. But pride includes the lack of submitting one’s whole heart, mind, and soul to God as will. The slightest holding onto sin is inclusive of pride. To be humble is to be one that quickly admits that they have sinned, and then “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, what “little sins” do you gloss over, or do you confess even every wrong thought (not temptation)?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

So, what is most important to you? Weekends? Family? Sports? Money? Spending? How much time and money are given to God? So many Christians think that if they give God an hour or two once a week and drop $20 in the collection plate that such constitutes a relationship with Jesus, and that would be wrong thinking. To make God first in one’s life is to say, do, and think all to the glory of God. While at work, show how a godly employee is compared to an average employee, and realize that the funds being earned are not for selfish reasons, so not only would tithes and offerings be given back to God, money would be spent on furthering the gospel. While at the store, show what a godly customer is like, as well as, buy only that which is good for the body and not the appetite. While on the road and people are driving crazy and waving their fingers at each other, show the world what a godly driver is like, as well as, not retaliating towards the nut cases on the road. So much more could be mentioned, like watching only that which God would approve of, listening to that which uplifts the soul, and so on, but the bottom line is, do you make God first in everything you say, do, and think?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Statistics show that this generation, known as millennials, are quicker to give up the belief in God and accept atheism as compared to any prior generation. Women are more accepting than the men are, much like Eve was more accepting of the lies of Satan in the garden. But it is not their fault. When lazy parents, generation after generation, think nothing of sending their children to schools in which God is not allowed to have a presence and evolution is the science that is accepted while being subject to mostly unbelievers as their teachers, what do you think the results would become? Exactly what they are today. So, although some may still turn out to be an atheist, do you see the importance of proper Christian education, even homeschooling?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

\Jesus said, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Contained in this verse are the three steps of truly coming to Christ. Skipping any step is an imbalanced approach. Too many want to jump to claiming that they follow Jesus. They skip over the denying self part as well as the taking up the cross part. This group lives like the world, allows sin in their lives, have nailed the commandments to the cross, and basically live a poor example of what a true Christian is while claiming to be a Christian. Another group, smaller in size, will put restrictions into their lives. That is the cross part. They are not so worldly but when it comes to complete denying of all their desires, they are quick to excuse deep denying because they are saved by grace and faith but not by works. Both of these groups will be lost in the end. The third group lives in obedience even if what they see is commanded and the consequences of disobedience in this life does not seem all that consequential, they still obey God’s commands. They also keep the letter and the spirit of the law. They “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). So, which of these three Christian are you? One who is really not much different from the world? One who has separated a bit from the world but makes certain allowance when things get so tempting? Or one who, by the grace of God, lives in complete submission to God denying themselves of all sinful activities and things leading to sin?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Those who love Jesus will keep His commandments (John 14:15). That includes the one that never changed nor was abolished (Hebrews 4). “The sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27). Now, this is the first Sabbath of the season that challenges Sabbath keepers to see who is first in their lives (Matthew 6:33). With an earlier sunset, marking the beginning of the Sabbath, it is challenging for employers to leave employees out of work middle of the afternoon for the next four months. When Sabbath keeping is not simply being off the premise but actually in the home with all things in their proper places plus more Sabbath keepers living out of the cities in country homes, travel time and leaving a bit of time prior to the sunsetting to make sure all is in order in the home, keeping the true spirit of preparation, it becomes a real challenge. In some situations, that involve asking the employer to be let a person go home by 3pm, maybe 2pm, even 1pm. Noon is even the preferable thing to do. But the point is, do you trust in God even if your employer may get upset in this 8 to 5 even 7 to 4 schedule, even if they threaten to fire you, or do you exaggerate the excuse of treating these next four months as an animal that falls into a ditch permitting Sabbath breaking for uncontrolled circumstances as Jesus told was allowed, within spiritual acceptance? For those that do not even keep the Sabbath, the question for you is, do you even truly love Jesus who asks us to keep the Commandments (John 14:21)?

Thursday, November 09, 2017

When you expect one thing and get something different, what is your reaction? Most people have a negative reaction even if it is better for them. Some blindly receive the change, and that is not good either. We ought to receive the change with readiness of mind, evaluate it, and if it is better, accept it (Acts 17:11).

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Up to the 1800’s, sports were pretty much unheard of. Although theater existed, it was nothing like the movie places we have today. Television didn’t exist. Although pubs and drinking places existed, it was not like the clubs we have today. Books were far and few between. Food and drink choices were very limited. Ability to go here and there at will was very limited as well. Vacations were unheard of. Children’s toys consisted of a dolly or something else, but not like the hundreds of toys that a child has today and still says, “I’m bored!” And I could go on. My point is, do you see a correlation between God wanting His last day people to spread the gospel so the end comes (Matthew 24:14) and all of the items that were mentioned as being distractions from Satan, or do you just see people just perfecting living life without all that hard labor?

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Autumn, the last great display of color before winter sets in. It reminds me of some Christians. When all is going well, they are the most jubilant Christians to be around. “Praise the Lord”, comes out of their mouths three times in each sentence. But blast them with winter’s cold, and they are naked of trusting in God, walking in faith, relying on hope. They are like the autumn trees giving a burst of color, but then are naked during the winter. We need to be more like the tried and true pine trees. They are green year-round. So, what type of Christian are you? Colorful temporary display, or the steady green no matter what the weather is like?

Monday, November 06, 2017

Remember, when the demands of the world come in all at once, put God’s work first and you will be amazed at how the river of the world’s demands will part, just like the crossing of the Jordon (Joshua 3:14-17). But we have to have faith and go forward. We cannot be waiting for the sign that God will do it. We must step our feet into the water and have faith. Do you have faith, or do you allow stress to wash you down stream?

Sunday, November 05, 2017

You want to stand out? You want to be different? Be a true Christina! “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Friday, November 03, 2017

Several days ago, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, many protestants gathered together to join spiritually back with Rome, in whom they were protesting. They used to protest the unbiblical practices of the Catholic Church. Did the Catholic Church return to the Bible since then? No. The Protestants have also drifted away from Bible doctrine over these past years. Therefore, since both are not biblical anymore, it is no wonder that they have easily joined together while retaining the names of their denominations. Now, what do you believe? “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). In your life, is it the Bible or the Catholic Church?

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Who rules your life? Christ or self?

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Mighty in action is better in word. Living the Bible is better than knowing the verses by memory. So, are you a living example (2 Corinthians 3:3) or not?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

People talk about how tough they are when it comes to the physical, even mental. They say, “Don’t let anyone put you down.” “Don’t let that hard work stop you!” “Muster up your strength.” But when it comes to the spiritual, where is the tough talk? “Oh, we can’t stop smoking.” “We can’t stop using foul language.” “We can’t stop getting angry.” Nonsense! My Bible says, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). If your version says something differently, maybe you need a different version. So, are you tough against sin in God’s strength, or are you all talk when it comes to tough talk?

Monday, October 30, 2017

What do you feed upon? Are you only worried about what you eat physically or spiritually?

Sunday, October 29, 2017

When people say that we are making their lives more difficult by us making better choices, especially regarding religious and healthy ones, that is their problem. No wonder Jesus said, “And a man's foes [shall be] they of his own household” (Matthew 10:36). So, do you base your decisions upon other people’s reactions, or what is best for your life?

Friday, October 27, 2017

When feeling hounded by temptation, just remember, Jesus was mobbed almost every day with harassment, accusations, gossiping, and much more. By His example, could you tolerate that child that is begging all day? Tolerate the annoying co-worker? Tolerate the incompetent cashier? Tolerate the crazy driver that does not care about anyone else?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The fifth commandment is about respect. Not only is it about respect for children to their parents but also parents ought to earn that respect. Further, all need to be respectful to authority as well. Even when we stand for the right, respect is still required. So, how respectful are you?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The fourth commandment does not only command to rest but it commands to work as well. "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work" (Exodus 20:9) while "the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God" (Exodus 20:10). Please note that it is not A "seventh day" but THE "seventh day". God owns that day. "God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made" (Genesis 2:3). It is His prepared day as a gift for us. "The sabbath was made for man" (Mark 2:27). So Saturday night up to Friday night should be sufficient to complete all of our work and not be lazy. From Friday night to Saturday night is God's day in which He says, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Exodus 20:8). Our part is to remember it. He has already created it. By choosing another day is to reject the day God created for us, no matter what "good excuse" we may have. "But Jesus rose on a Sunday!", people say. "So? He did not command a new day!" (Hebrews 4:8-9). "But Jesus nailed the commandments to the cross???" Actually He did not. He nailed the ceremonial laws to the cross (Colossians 2:14-17). Why would He nail the moral law that protects relationships between ourselves as well as between us and God? Shall we now have other gods and use His name carelessly? Shall we now murder, steal, lie, rape, disrespect, and dwell on wanting what others have? What it comes down to is just the rejection of the Sabbath commandment. How sad it is to reject God's gift to humans. So, will you remember it while working hard on the other days?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The third commandment commands not to take God's name in vain, yet so many take the name Christian and do not act like one excusing sin, claiming that all it takes is to believe once and they are permanently saved, and many more disgraceful things. So, how do you take on the name Christian? Do you live it?

Monday, October 23, 2017

People say, "If a person doesn't watch TV, do amusements, only eats the right things, etc., I can't see how that will stop the sins from happening. People just can't stop sinning no matter how hard they try." First, God says it is possible to live a holy life. Second, have you tried doing it God's way?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

In Revelation 10, God ordains a movement based upon a little book that was closed (Daniel 12:9) regarding a time prophecy (Daniel 8:14) that indicates there is no more time left (Daniel 8:17, 19). This time line, explained in chapter 9, is confirmed to start in 457 B.C. by 3 significant events (baptism of Christ in 27 A.D., crucifixion of Jesus 3 1/2 years later, and stoning of Stephen 3 1/2 years after that). With a warning of a pending mistake in the message being provided (Revelation 10:3-4), 1844 was not the year Jesus returned, but the true message must go forth to the world (Revelation 10:11). So, will you be willing to hear the message and join the movement ordained of God?

Friday, October 20, 2017

"O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works" (Psalms 9:1) has an attitude that does not complaining and involves the whole heart otherwise it is not the whole heart. So, have you really given God your whole heart, or do you give God that part that you find easy to give?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The second commandment is about making any object into a god. One way of doing this is by thinking our possessions are ours. In reality, it is all God's, and how we treat them reveals if we are acting godly or not. Carelessness in handling the object as well as over affection both break this commandment. Carelessness usually means that it does not matter to us if it breaks or not for we will just buy another. That means we think money is ours as well as that object. On the contrary, money is also God's. We are told to simply return a portion back to Him. Therefore, how we spend money and invest it ought to be done according to God's will, not just the tithes and offering. Another possession, which is not ours, is time. By wasting time, which is different from re-creation (not recreation) after a hard period of work, is a form of believing time is ours. Again, it is a gift from God, and it is not ours to do as we please. There are so many more ways people unconsciously break the second command, but have you surrendered all possession to God for proper use, or are you thinking all possessions are your own?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The first commandment is not only about avoiding making Jupiter, Pluto, Mercury, Mars, and such as competition with the true God. It is violated when we say, "I see what the Bible says, but my God is not like that." It is violated when we think we are being led by God but walk contrary to the Word of God. It is violated when we make a pastor or relative superior to the Word of God. So, who do you worship as God?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Stealing is not just taking something that does not belongs to us. Stealing includes carelessly using someone's time in a manner that wastes their time. Stealing also includes leading people on in a manner that steals their feelings. So, are you thinking more spiritually regarding theft, or are you still stuck on the objects?

Monday, October 16, 2017

When Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 18:18) that did not give permission to rewrite scripture or replace it with tradition for we know what Jesus thinks of tradition. He said, "Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition" (Mark 7:9) and "In vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men" (Matthew 15:9). What we bind and lose are people from is the oppression of sin. As people hear the gospel and submit to it, "the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32), therefore they are loosed. As "every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved" (John 3:20), they are then held bound. So, how do you bind and loose people?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

"And it came to pass the third day, [which was] Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand: But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them" (Genesis 40:20-22). "But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger. And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded [it] to be given [her]. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison" (Matthew 14:6-10). Birthdays of the Bible have people losing their heads. So, are you careful in how you recognize your birthday?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Why do people hate the Bible? Jesus prayed, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17). David prayed, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psalms 119:11). It has power that no other book on earth has. It has the power to keep us from sinning, which is a sanctified or holy life. But in general, "men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil" (John 3:19). Therefore, the more time we spend in God's Word and less in the books and watching shows that the world has to offer, the more we shall become holy people. And people do not like that. So, how much time do you spend in God's Word?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

While it is true that we ought to avoid as best as possible environments that are full of temptation, we ought to look to Jesus' example before we become a hermit living in a cave on top of a mountain. Do we find Jesus in places like bars, social clubs, etc.? Although not well formed then, there were places of drunkenness and immorality being practiced and we do not see Jesus there. The closest we see is when Jesus went to Matthew's house in which pretty much a wild party was going on, which is different from the wedding party Jesus attended. But do notice that Jesus did not go to socialize. He went and taught in both events. So when invited by friends, even family to social events, acceptance means we are going there to influence people. Going there to enjoy ourselves or simply fit in is selfish and un-Christian. Further, Jesus did not voluntarily go. He was invited. Now look at Jesus again in daily life. Do we see Jesus out and about in the market area? Absolutely. Do we believe everybody was talking and acting holy? Of course not. But the market place is where food is sold and other necessities, so we will voluntarily go shopping as needs arise. Jesus prayed, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil" (John 17:15). Jesus also said, "Ye are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14). Although temptation may be severe while being in the world even for necessity sake, we are to resist being of the world. How else are we to be a light to the world if we are not interacting with the world? So, are you keeping things balanced between isolation from the worldly ways and being a light to the world, or are you enjoying what the world has to offer, or even worse yet, are you isolating yourself that your light is hid under a bushel (Matthew 5:15)?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

When the world rushes in with the demands, remember, God is with you and has made "a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]" (1 Corinthians 10:13). It is not to fantasy land with video playing and TV watching, not an addictive item like smoking or drugs or alcohol. It is peace with God. Will you take that escape?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Do you work for the devil? When the thought of doing something sinful comes your way and you know that you ought not do it, do you then look for ways to cause yourself to slip up and give in? In trying to avoid eating a certain food, do you continuously hang out in the kitchen or make frequent trips through the kitchen looking at it, smelling it? To avoid watching TV, do you encourage others to do it so that you can benefit from it? You already have the victory over the sin, would you actually undermine your strength and become your worst enemy?

Monday, October 09, 2017

We are told to "Take fast hold of instruction" (Proverbs 4:13), which has a double meaning. The first is to not be putting off learning the truth for knowing the truth and applying it is what shall save us. The second meaning is using it as part of the word "fasten". Instruction should be fastened to our lives and not wishy washy. We need to stand firm on the Word of God and not be moved. In other words, be fastened to the truth. So, how quick are you to learn, and how much of it sticks?

Sunday, October 08, 2017

In numbers 22, the prophet Balaam properly rejects an offer of Balak to curse Israel, but then afterwards pondered over the bribe he lost out on because of his obedience to God, and eventually he sets his mind on thinking how to accomplish getting the bribe while staying true to God. Already we see that he is trying to serve God and mammon (anything that is not of God), which is an impossibility (Matthew 6:24). He eventually ends up talking to his donkey, which is empowered to talk to Balaam, as well as, he ends up talking to an angel. Eventually Balaam persists in the desired goal and ends up losing it all, including eternal life. This speaks to us today where we know something is sinful, but we want it and eternal life at the same time, which is not possible. But then we start making concessions. Certain things that lead to outright sin may not be sinful in itself, but we forget that once we begin the course of getting closer to the sin, we have already turned from God. Let us use smoking as an example. A smoker, when they realize that it is sinful, a form of slow suicide covered under the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20:13), they may choose to give it up, but after a while the cravings may get too intense and so they start making concessions. They may start sitting around other active smokers breathing in the second hand air. They may rationalize that it is not sinful to sit with family and friends, and we cannot prevent them from smoking especially when it is their home. What we ought to do is choose to walk away while they are actively smoking even if it feels like we are playing yo-yo by leaving every time they light up, but like Balaam, the smoker set already wanting to smoke but knows they are not supposed to will probably choose to stick around. Not only that, they may look forward to the moments that more than one person is smoking at the same time. They may even want to sit closer to the ashtray. They may even offer a light to someone. And finally, when someone offers a cigarette, despite all of the wrestling against temptation, they give in. Taking out smoking and replacing it with the sin you may be struggling with, what steps do you take that are justifiably innocent but since the motive are not correct, has the taint of sin already on it?

Friday, October 06, 2017

Why do people treat new sneakers, new cars, and other material objects with utmost care and then turn around and eat whatever they want? No one would purposely put sugar into a car's gas tank. No one would let a car run without oil. Many wash their cars often. Our bodies were not meant to run sluggishly. They were not meant to be fed with pills just to keep us alive or deal with ailments. And it seems that because at a young there is not an immediate consequence to the actions, they continue to abuse the body not realizing that the quality of life at the end would become an issue. Just about every older adult that is struggling each day to live regrets how they treated their bodies when they were younger. But even at an older age, there is a thought that they would rather be happy and eat whatever instead of eating that which is right to at least improve the quality. So, how are you treating your body?

Thursday, October 05, 2017

We are told to be "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5). And if we do that, we shall be able to bring our actions into conformity. In fact, that is where the battle should be fought and not on the individual sins. So, what do you think about often?

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Jesus said, "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:27). And that is very much lacking in Christianity. As soon as temptation gets a tad bit strong, the supposed Christian caves in relying on the fact that they are not saved by works, just as the devil would have them think. Though we not saved by works, we certainly are not saved without works (James 2:17). To be a child of God, a follower of Jesus, a true disciple of Christ, a true Christian, one is to be disciplined, bear up their cross, and "resist the devil" (James 4:7). So, are you developing discipline?

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Does the perfect place exist? Not on earth. Jesus said, "Where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal" (Matthew 6:19). All we can do is make the best of things, trusting in God. So, are you making preparations for life on earth or for your heavenly home?

Monday, October 02, 2017

Most household conversations are about what is happening in the news in the form of gossip, talk of TV and movies recently watched, activities of sporting events, secular plans, and the pattern goes on. The Bible says, "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up" (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). So, how often is God's Word a topic of discussion in your house?

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Today is October 1. So? We ought to treat it like New Years every time a new month starts. In other words, we ought to make a new month commitment. No, do not pick on a single item to cut back on or pause for a while. That is of the world. The Commitment is to not sin. Therefore, see how far into the month one can go without sinning. Also, measure how often one sins during the month, which means, do not stop when a slip up occurs. Concentrating on both duration and amount of sinning ought to reduce from month to month if we compete with our selves every month. So, will you get started even though half the day is already over?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Here on the East Coast, we just had a bit of unseasonably warm weather after having a cold spell where people thought of putting on the heat then but this past week was air conditioning. Recent temperatures felt like high 90's. That is definitely unusual. Many things are happening that are unusual. What would be a good unusual thing would be for people to be true Christians, living in obedience to God, getting rid of selfishness, and being the light that shines in the dark and dismal world. So, are you unusual, or do you go along with the rest of the selfish world thinking of only yourself?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

When we say that we are a "servant of Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:1) that does not mean bowing down all day long. As Jesus said, "Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me" (Matthew 25:40), which means we would serve other human beings. How we treat others shows how we would treat Jesus. That means in the simple things of life, especially in servant roles, how we accept them reveals our attitude towards Jesus. So, how do you treat others? What is your attitude towards menial tasks?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and Romans 3:23 both are examples of telling us that sin is in the past tense. The first gives a list of sins and then says, "And such were some of you" while the other verse uses the word "sinned" and not "sinning". Neither of those verses or others tell us that a Christian continues sinning. So, have you put your sins into the past tense, or is sin an activity that you continue to do often and see yourself doing in the future?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

What if today were your last day? What sins would you hold on to? I would hope none. As they say, live every day as it is your last day (based on Psalms 90:12), but make smart decisions as if you will be here a bit longer. If you are faced with temptation, choose the right way as if it were your last day, but if you have a choice of letting a house fall apart or apply some simple repairs, apply the repairs. So, how do you live your life? As if you will live a long life and be told "[Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee" (Luke 12:20), or in recognition that we are mortal and we do not have a guarantee of tomorrow?

Monday, September 25, 2017

So, September 23, 2017 came and gone with now a new date being picked for the end of the world. In reading Matthew 24, the chapter revealing Jesus' words of what to look for as the sign of His return, there is nothing regarding numerology being mentioned, yet this numerologist thinks he has figured out the mathematics of the end of the world. No wonder Jesus repeatedly said, "Of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only" (Matthew 24:36). So, do you get caught up in the numbers game, or are you looking at the signs Jesus spoke of?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

With all the earthquakes, hurricanes, and the antichrist running around gathering all nations and religions under her influence, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." So, will you repent and believe that Jesus saves you from your sins?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Just because you have a headache does not mean life is a headache. Do you take it out on others when you do not feel well?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

How long does it take to do what the Lord says? Typically, it is instantly. We ought to react with all future choices as Joseph did, "How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" (Genesis 39:9) We are told, "Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" (John 5:14). "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins" (Hebrews 10:26). "But what if I am weak and slip?" First, people have to stop having lack of faith and planning for failure, but "'My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1). So, if you are still living in the same sin, why are you not responding better?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

So, would a daily lifestyle of candy bars and soda be considered sufficient for nutrition? Then why is daily dose of sitcoms, mysteries, and other TV and music considered nutritious spiritually for a Christian?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Joshua 24:15), "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" (Romans 6:16) Do not rely on yesterday's accomplishments nor focus on yesterday's failures. Yes, you can be strengthened by those accomplishments and learn lessons from the failures, but do not allow them to affect you today. And do not be looking at tomorrow's challenges predicting failure nor tomorrow's promises for tomorrow is not here. "Choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Joshua 24:15), not tomorrow, not yesterday, but today. So, who do you choose to serve?

Monday, September 18, 2017

When things do not go as we planned them, even if it was for a godly reason, just maybe there is a different plan allowed to happen for a different purpose. So, how do you react to the change of plans?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

So what is on your mind most of the day? "For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he" (Proverbs 23:7). So, what are you?

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Living for Christ" (Galatians 2:20) means that all our thoughts, words, and actions are for God's service. We will not relax when everyone is cracking jokes, and join in with the cutting ways. We will not fill our minds with worldly ways through books, TV, and movies. We will not want to go to places or do things that Jesus would not participate in today. So, do you really live for Christ or sometimes for yourself?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has been described by officials as being a hurricane of one in a thousand years. To have three active ones at the same time and four in one week is unheard of, yet it happened. So did 9/11 happen, and so quickly the run towards God by filling the churches died off. What will it take to wake you up to the nearness of Jesus' return? Are you ready?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The healthiest thing to drink is water, and yes, God wants us to be in health for "your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost" (1 Corinthians 6:19). We know drink is an issue because never before have we had so many distracting choices. Before the 1900's, there was water, coffee, alcohol, and some juices. Today, it seems every day there's a new drink on the market, a new twist, none of which can cleanse the body on the inside. So, will you consider what you drink and increase your water intake to what it ought to be, half your weight in ounces?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Until we develop "The fear of the LORD", which "[is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth" (Proverbs 8:13), we will not see God. To be entertained by such on TV and in the movies and also listen to it in song is not hating evil. So, how much do you hate the evil?

Monday, September 11, 2017

There is a song that says, "Trust and obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey." Isaiah 50:10 says, "Who [is] among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh [in] darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God." To trust is not just in believing God will ultimately take care of us. To trust is to be obedient to all that He commands without knowing why. Trust that His way is right no matter what. It is alright to eventually know why, but we obey first and discover later, otherwise we trust ourselves instead. So, who do you trust?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

With all these hurricanes battering and threatening, I am reminded of Jesus' parable. "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it" (Matthew 7:24-27). So, are you (the house) built on Jesus and His Word (the rock), or upon people's beliefs and theories (the sand)?

Friday, September 08, 2017

Earthquakes! Hurricanes! And many more disasters are coming! It is, agreeably, signs of the last days. But remember this: Though the nearness of Jesus' return is soon, people are suffering and dying through these disasters, many being lost for eternity. The ultimate sign of the end is that "this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14). To preach the gospel is more than saying the words; it is about living it. So, will you participate in the last day gospel in both speech and action?

Thursday, September 07, 2017

"Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able" (Luke 13:24), and yet many are so lazy but deceived into thinking that any effort on their part to stop sinning somehow is considered works. So, how much do you strive?

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

When temptations come upon us, "The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe" (Proverbs 18:10). So, do you run to the Lord or do you try to battle the temptation alone?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

2 Chronicles 35:6 says, "Sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that [they] may do according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses." Jesus said, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17). Luke wrote, "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified" (Acts 20:32). Paul wrote, "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word" (Ephesians 5:26) and "For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer" (1 Timothy 4:5). Do you see the power of the word of God to sanctify? Will you now spend more time studying it?

Monday, September 04, 2017

Daniel stated, "I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes" (Daniel 9:3). How determined are you towards God?

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Satan does not have to cause us to sin. Constant distraction from our connection with God is his most successful tool. Is it a wonder why we have had explosion of sports, and celebrities, and political bantering only in the past century and intensifying today? All the Bible characters that were godly seemed not to be caught up with politics, the theatre, nor the amusements of their day. Are you being distracted and caught up with these things?

Friday, September 01, 2017

It is hard to believe that it is September already. Time is flying by and we are another month closer to Jesus coming again. If you have not yet completely surrendered your life to Jesus, what are you waiting for? Time is running out.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Christians are to be optimistic because we exercise faith (1 John 5:4); we have hope (1 Peter 3:15); our trust is in God (1 Timothy 4:10). When we are downers, talking of depressing and dark things, we are actually agents of Satan. So, which kingdom are you working for in your personality?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Bible contains the plans for what is coming upon the earth as the final crisis and how to survive the final crisis, and yet, hardly a Christian is reading it to be prepared. Either they believe it is not for them because it is so far in the future (Matthew 24:45-51), it is not for them because only the Jews have to deal with the crisis (Matthew 24:40-41), or it is not for them because there is no way they can be lost (John 10:28-29). If I were the devil, I definitely would be celebrating for having deceived so many away from being prepared. No wonder all of this is going to come crashing down as a big surprise. "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape" (1 Thessalonians 5:3). So, are you being prepared by studying?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

We may have rainy days and they can be depressing. We may have sunny days and think they are exciting. But if you think spiritually for a moment, sunny days of our lives are usually spent doing our thing and not depending upon God so much. During the rainy days of our lives, we seem to pray more to God and have a closer relationship with Him. God would like to send more sunny days into our lives, but if such causes distance, can you see why God would rather allow more rainy days?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Moving on with life does not mean moving away from God. What it means is that it is time to implement all the teachings that one was brought with taking full responsibility for everything now. So, how responsible are you towards God?

Friday, August 25, 2017

I pity those that do not observe the Sabbath. Those that even go to church do not know how impersonal a relationship they have with God and yet call themselves a Christian. They go to church for all kinds of wrong reasons. Many go to church because of routine, they like the music, for the "fellowship", maybe even because they like the pastor. But when one spends the day before preparing for the Sabbath and expecting to spend the whole DAY in Sabbath appropriate activity, the once a week church service even takes on a whole new meaning. So, will you consider keeping the Sabbath if you don't already?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

It is the devil's aim to make amusements so attractive to simply make us lose the excitement for holy content as well as holy living. The Bible and sermons all are considered boring in comparison as well as making holy living feel like a life of depravity. The devil makes it appear as if one is missing out on good memories, living life, and more. So, are you being attracted to these things and away from God's Word?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The saying, "Give an inch and they take a mile" is definitely applicable towards the devils. Open up to just a little temptation, and they rush in and overcome us. No wonder Jesus said, "Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly [is] ready, but the flesh [is] weak" (Mark 14:38). Are you watching, guarding against all temptations?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Trust is something earned, but when broken, it is hard to regain. How careful are you in protecting that trust?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

God says through the writer of John, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1). After we commit a sin in our weakness instead of being strong in the Lord, we ought not to fear to come to Christ and confess it. At the same time, our Advocate is not one that we ought to abuse either for "If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame" (Hebrews 6:6). God has made provision for the rare weak moments. That provision is not to be abused with the same confession over and over. Either we are not serious about gaining victory over sin or we are simply cheapening grace. So, are you serious about victory over sin knowing that in our struggle if we are overcome we have an Advocate, or do you abuse that privilege?

Friday, August 18, 2017

If we restrict hate speech and hate marches, who defines hate? Besides, eventually, as history proves, it will be taken to the extreme. Anything considered offensive will be labeled hate. In fact, it already is. Telling truth will be considered hateful. Just remember, God allows us the freedom to sin and does not send lightning bolts upon us for the slightest infractions. So, do you really believe in freedom of speech, even though many use it irresponsibly, or do you want to take away that freedom?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

In raising ANY child, God says, "Train up a child in the way he should go" (Proverbs 22:6), but today, we have all kinds of excuses as if God did not foresee ADD, ADHD, Autism, etc. In other words, to say, "that was then but we're dealing with mental or neurological issues that were not around back then" is to say that God does not know "the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done" (Isaiah 46:10). The God I serve does know these things. And God says, "I [am] the LORD, I change not" (Malachi 3:6). God does not say, "If the child does not respond as expected, then CHANGE if you are going to correct it or not." Sure, the method of correction can change because of lack of effectiveness, but a correction must be ministered consistently. If a parent corrects and then uses the ignore method and then switches again, it strengthens the rebellion in the child. And do this for multiple infractions over time, the child then senses their ability to wear the parent down and be allowed to get away with things. Oh, the child may appear to concede on one point with the ignoring but it will manifest itself in another way. Consistent addressing of infractions is the only way to rid a child of rebellion. "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:24). So, how inconsistent are you when it comes to parenting?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Stimulation may not be sinful but still wrong. When we partake of the stimulation so much so that it causes a distaste for the calm reading of the Bible, sermon listening, and other religious exposure, that is when the devil wins. The devil is not all about causing people to sin; he does not want people getting serious about God nor learning his truth. So, how much stimulation do you expose yourself to each day?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It is amazing how people will endure all kinds of things for secular activity but for God, people simply roll over. No matter the lack of sleep, they are up for work on time or at an event of amusement on time, but for God's church service, they are asleep. For the latest gadget, they are willing to pay any price, but for God, He barely is given the minimum. A movie may go for hours and so many will even hold their bathroom needs, but sitting through a sermon that is about an hour to an hour and half, fidgeting occurs and every excuse is used to get up and move about. People will sit for hours a day reading books on non-religious content, but the Bible is endured maybe for a few minutes. So, do you have your life's priorities mixed up, or do you give God your all?

Monday, August 14, 2017

God intended that all the sensual attraction would be between husband and wife. Women who think that men should simply control themselves as they expose parts of their body, even shapes of things, is simply being prideful and disregarding God's intentions in the matter. Even the sheer clothing is absolutely wrong to be worn by women in public. But it seems women are appreciating a bit of eye candy as well these days and therefore, despite it being legal, men should put a shirt on. God calls it all nudity even though the parts that matter are covered up. So, what nudity are you revealing?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

What is in your control, you are responsible for. What is not in your control requires trust in God. So, do you just expect God to do everything, or do you believe you are to exercise the God given abilities?

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble" (James 2:19). Since the devils believe, do they get to go to Heaven? That is what a lot Christians claim. "I live like the devil but I believe and that's all that matters." That is a lie! And many do not even have to live like the devil. Simply living in any form of disobedience to God's commands is sufficient to be classed with the devil. "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" (Romans 6:16) So, who do you obey?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It is said, "love casteth out fear" (1 John 4:18). One reason is because if you really love God, Jesus says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15), therefore, if one is living in obedience, there is no fear, but there is a whole lot of fear if people choose to sin instead. So, what is your choice?

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Jesus said, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus said to teach everyone what to OBEY, yet it seems that most Christians do not want to obey. They are saved by grace they say. That is because "ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness" (Jude 1:4) are the ones that taught them. So, are you teachable or stubbornly deceived?

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Through Joshua we are given our daily reminder, "choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Joshua 24:15). Since even Paul said, "I die daily" (1 Corinthians 15:31), meaning that he chose daily to serve God instead of self, the conclusion is that it is a mockery for any Christian to declare themselves saved for eternity especially when most days they wake up to live selfishly. So, do you choose today to serve God?

Monday, August 07, 2017

A lot of people say, "I would believe and trust in God if I saw a miracle", but God says, "Believe and trust in me and I will show you a miracle." So, do you have it straight or backwards?

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Just because a Christian church approves, just because the government approves, just because the general public approves does not make it right. Just ask Daniel's friends where religion, government, and the general public bowed down to the golden image. Today, that image will be spiritual and predicted in Revelation 13 to have the whole world unify in bowing down, go along with. And that image is being built even today and will be upon the whole world shortly. The only survivors will be the well studied, the very elect. Are you well studied?

Friday, August 04, 2017

Why do we pop pills for our aches and pains? Because the natural methods take too long. Who wants to take two, three, even four hours to relieve a headache with hot and cold compresses when a headache pill can kick in within thirty minutes? At the end of our life when we have all kinds of ailments that pills will not solve, we will regret all that pill popping in our life. So, how patient are you with healing?

Thursday, August 03, 2017

So many people mistake the allowance to go to Heaven as the complete preparation for the trip. Like a free ticket on a trip, preparation is still required. The correct clothes have to be packed; the necessities that will be used while away need to be in there also; but definitely leave your wallet and money at home as it is an all expense paid trip. Jesus' ticket is complete forgiveness of our sins. He is also willing to give us quite a bit extra to keep us from sinning, and this is where so many hold up their hands and say, "No thank you." To them, Jesus will simply say, "Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few [are] chosen" (Matthew 22:12-14). This person had the free ticket to come to the wedding feast but made no preparation to use the extra, the garment of righteousness, which is exercised by right doing. So, will Jesus say that to you, or are you submitting to all that Jesus commands us to do now that we are saved?

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Wholly committed to God is not all about us being right all the time with God; it is also being willing to be used of God all day long. In other words, wholly committed to God is complete obedience to God in everything we say, do, and even think, but it is also a desire to reach out to be used of God to save others. So, are you even wholly committed to God in your own person? Are you wholly committed and trying to witness to others? Or are you fooling yourself enjoying life waiting for the second coming?

Monday, July 31, 2017

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7). This does not mean that the devil will not return. In fact, he most often does for if in the past we have been easily subject to his temptations, he will hound us in our weaken area. But even if that does not cause the devil to return, we can speed up his return by turning to another allowance or invitation for his return. By praying, "Lord, I submit to thee and not the bottle of alcohol" may for the moment cause the temptation to cease but if we then light up a cigarette and wonder why so quickly the urge for alcohol returns, it is because of the secondary sinful act just invited the devil back. This is why trying to fix only some areas in one's life at a time and not all of them that involve sin, or commonly referred to as bad habits, is the reason for failure. So, how often do you invite the devil back into your life?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

To trust in God is when God's Word states one thing and the whole world has the opposite view with scientific data even. So Whom do you trust?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

People learn how much a person means to them only when they are taken away. So, how much does Jesus mean to you?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

People joke about studying for a medical test when there is nothing to study for. But there is one test that we ought to be preparing for and that is the eternity test. There are ten simple questions for the Bible says, "Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:14). Now all ten commandments have to be correctly evaluated, and getting the majority correct is not acceptable. So, how are you doing with your test?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It is interesting how memories are created in which usually only those of a dramatic nature are remembered. In Heaven, we shall have much better recall. It is evidence of how humans have deteriorated through the ages of sin. So, are you looking forward to a time that all good memories can be recalled even if they are a billion years old?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Here's another word search on the Lord's prayer. When we say, "Our Father", that makes us out to be His children. And this is what the Bible says about being one of God's children: "My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth" (1 John 3:18). Does anyone really think the expectation of an earthly parent is an inspiration of their own? That only earthly parents expect obedience from their children while God simply says, "I sent My Son so you can act any which way you want because you are under grace"? The fact that earthly parents want more than, "I - love - you", from their children and that they actually expect obedience, especially in public, let alone at home, is an indication of what God expects from His children -- us. Further, as parents, we do not allow each child to have various understandings about obedience; we expect each child to obey the same rules. The only allowance is the ability to live up to those rules. When a parent goes to some place that quietness is to be exercised, we expect a twelve year old to be in complete compliance, however, a five year old may have to be reminded periodically while a two year old is almost not going to be in compliance at all. Likewise, a lifelong Christian certainly should know the expectations of being a Christian while one that is but a few years in the faith may need reminding while one that is new to the faith is not expected to know very much. Now, Jesus even said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). One denomination is not to have a different set of commandments from another. All should agree on the same set. So, do you simply give God lip service, or do you love Him in both deed and truth also?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

In looking up all of the pieces to the Lord's prayer, such as "Our Father", "Thy will be done", even "Amen", we find there is more to God's prayer than that which meets the eye. For instance, those that think the Ten Commandments are unimportant for salvation, think again! Look up in the Bible regarding God's will. Although looking up the word "will" is a tough search, eventually one will read, "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart" (Psalms 40:8). So, have you dismissed God's will for your life personally by making the Ten Commandments unimportant, or do you "establish the law" (Romans 3:31) doing God's will, which is, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15)?

Friday, July 21, 2017

"By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season" (Hebrews 11:24-25). Can you reject enjoying sin for the moment even if it involves loss of much, or do you live for the moment?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

If we evaluate ourselves without comparison to some standard, we will always think we are not so bad of a person. The difference between being pretty good and being a true Christian is that God would like us to do that which we are also not necessarily comfortable with. For instance, how many really want to go up to some stranger and share the gospel? How many want to actually visit some stranger in the hospital? How many really want to financially help the poor? How many really want to give up that which society has deemed acceptable? So, do you compare yourself among yourself, or do you compare yourself with God's standard -- His Word?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil" (John 17:15), so no hiding on a mountain or in a cave until the second coming, but definitely we are not to be fitting into the world either. People who usually do not have time for God and the Bible usually find time for TV. People who seem to have no time to share the gospel are usually running here and there after material things or entertainment distractions. The world indeed has influenced Christianity where churches keep Christians busy in the world with movie nights, sporting events, and more worldliness, and hardly a mention of going out and saving souls. So, are you answering Jesus prayer by being in the world but not letting the world entice you?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Paul had "a thorn in the flesh", which he said, "the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure" (2 Corinthians 12:7). He was never healed of this "thorn" and it inhibited him from full use of that body part. Focusing on the purpose in which it guarded him from being self exalted, maybe we each need such a thorn. How many people who were burned by fire as a child have a tendency to be more careful than normal around fire? How many people having an encounter with snakes are more careful than normal regarding potential hiding places of such? What if the sin that seems so difficult to overcome had a lifelong consequence that is serious enough to impair but not enough to cripple? Would that not be an easy reminder to never experiment with that sin or any sin for that matter? Sure it would, well, for the most part. I mean there are smokers who insist on smoking after being diagnosed with cancer. And no, being almost caught in adultery and having one's married life with consequences passing before their eyes does not seem to have the same effect as such people just try to conceal it better. Even stealing from the office and almost getting caught again seems to not have the same effect. Even drunk drivers who hit someone and even kill them do not all give up drinking and driving. But when a physical impairment to themselves is the result, it seems to act as a constant reminder. So, how stubborn are you? If you suffered a long lasting "thorn in the flesh", would it prevent you from sinning or would you still boldly go after the sin?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Bible says, "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let [them] slip" (Hebrews 2:1). Instead, most people put off getting serious with God, therefore, they do not believe in the need to be "earnest". So, how earnest are you?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Did you know that procrastinating is a sin? Something unable to be dealt with now and not being addressed until later is not the same thing. Those that simply put off until tomorrow that which can be done today are doing so mostly because they do not feel like it. They feel lazy and want to cater to such. That is selfishness, and we are told, "If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). So, do you feed your selfishness or do you deny yourself?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

We live in such a demented society in which people can accept disobedience and love at the same time. If our children really loved us, they would not love their selfish selves, and they would obey us. The notion that they can be rotten as anything and yet accept "I love you mommy" is how this undisciplined generation, referring to the parents, has gone. Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15), which would mean that if we do not keep the commandments, we must not really love Him. That means there are a whole lot of Christians that are breaking His commandments and yet claim to love Him. What nonsense! So, do you live according to His commandments showing your love for Him, or do you love yourself instead living in disobedience?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16). Some of us need to call harder because we seem to be holding onto our sins as if to save them from the flood waters being poured out from Heaven. Now when we are told "whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21) it means to be saved FROM our sins and not IN our sins. The simple act of calling upon the Lord and now we can go to Heaven without giving up our sins is nonsense. So, are your sins washed away because you truly called upon the mighty power of God through His name to grant you the victory, or are you still holding onto them with the false hope because you called His name?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Every character trait needs to be compared to God's way. According to Psalms 10:14, the Bible makes reference, "for thou beholdest mischief and spite". Being spiteful is connected with a sinful act of mischief, therefore, spitefulness is sin. In fact, there are only two other references in the Bible regarding "spite" and they too are on the side of the devil. "And the remnant took his servants, and entreated [them] spitefully, and slew [them]" (Matthew 22:6). "For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on" (Luke 18:32). So, do you do anything out of spite?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Today has been given to you as a gift. How much of it will you use it on yourself instead of for God?

Sunday, July 09, 2017

"The soul that sinneth, it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:20), so why would we want to mess with sin? Do you want to continue sinning? Good news, "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:3-4). So, will you accept that divine power today and cease from sinning?

Friday, July 07, 2017

Doing a good work may not be all good. If we neglect to take up our responsibilities because we are about doing good, we are actually not doing good. Is it a good thing to read the Bible? Yes. But is it a good thing to read it so much that the responsibilities around the house are neglected? No. Is it a good thing to keep the maintenance up on a house? Absolutely. But if that maintenance prevents us from our daily time with God in His Word, then it is not so good. So, will you strive to try to keep things balanced?

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The high priest, the counsels, and the pagan rulers all demonstrated their pride before the Son of God. People even cried out, "If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross" (Matthew 27:40). And what did Jesus do to correct them? Nothing. That is humility that we need to exercise. How many times do we want to bring down a person that is so full of themselves? That is part of the argument for those that oppose the current presidency. They feel he is too arrogant to be allowed to stay as president. If only such people would simply learn the lesson from Jesus they would save themselves much tribulation. Such pride is satanic for even Satan stated the same words, "If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread" (Matthew 4:3). And Jesus' reply should be ours: "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). So, do you stay focused upon personally living by every word of God or do you try to prove yourself?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

"Jesus is the Lord" (1 Corinthians 12:3), but is He Lord in your life. Lord means that whatever He commands, we will do, without negotiation. So, do you do that or do you look for ways to barely comply, if at all?

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The greatest celebration of independence is being independent of sin. So, has God separated you from your sin so that you can live independently from it, or are you dependent upon your sin?

Monday, July 03, 2017

We think Jesus created new principles regarding the Ten Commandments, for He said, "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:27-28). In reality, Proverbs state, "Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids" (Proverbs 6:25). So when Jesus said, "But I say unto you", He was addressing that so many look at the exact letter of the law and not the spiritual aspect. The law has always been of the letter and of the spirit. In other words, not only are people physically not to commit adultery, but they are not to do it spiritually either, that is, in their minds. So, do you think Jesus spiritualized the law and we do not have to worry about the physical anymore, or do you believe the law never changes (Matthew 5:18) as God never changes?

Sunday, July 02, 2017

For those that are not making a complete surrender of all of their sins, as in ceasing from them, are actually stealing from God for He wants us to be His witnesses, examples, representatives to win others. He cannot use us while known sin is active in our lives for it would proclaim the wrong message despite the words coming out of our mouths. The message would be that we are saved while sinning, and we are not. So, what are you waiting for?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

As you wait for someone's arrival and do not know exactly the minute they will arrive though you have an approximate time, think about the second coming for a moment. We do not know the exact time of Jesus' arrival, but we do have an approximation through various signs. Sure, many have declared all kinds of signs of Jesus' return and even picked dates, which have passed. That is the problem when one does not pull in the entire list. But I rest assure everyone, we are very much on the verge of the Second Coming. Nations are unifying on particular issues; religions are coming together under one power; the expected acceptance of all kinds of sins by the churches has been fulfilled so much so that they get to be the preachers and teachers even; talk of the Mark of the Beast is more prevalent and even actively coming about from all avenues of life including through pop stars. The question to ask though is, are you ready to go when He arrives?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Why is it that when people face fearful moments they get serious about God but beforehand and afterwards they are not so serious? Nine-eleven sent people to church. People as simple as boarding a plane even invoke a closer relationship to God until it is all over. So, does your relationship with God fluctuate with each crisis or is it steady?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

When people get fed up with day in and day out of mundane tasks and tasks that are unpleasant, just remember, Jesus washed the apostles feet. And in those days, it was a big deal. And then Jesus added the words, "happy are ye if ye do them" (John 13:17). So, what is your attitude towards these things?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Women who want more in life are simply playing the role of Eve not being satisfied with their God given duties. And this is when Eve was equal with Adam in all things and she still was not satisfied. A household is a partnership. One earns the income while the other takes up house maintenance. If two incomes are required and no children are involved, both ought to earn the income and both share in the household maintenance. If children are involved, the man ought to find a second job. But equally condemning is the man who comes in from a hard day at work, unless there is a health issue, they should relieve the woman, especially if children are involved, not the other way around. As stated, God has given a marriage as a partnership with the emphasis on making sure the home is kept. So, what are you striving for?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:23). So, which part of wholly do you not understand if you are holding anything back? Jesus wants you wholly to become holy. Will you surrender all of it to Him?

Friday, June 23, 2017

So let me get this straight. Satan and the evil angels were kicked out of Heaven for simply challenging God's authority. Adam and Eve lost immediate eternal life and the Garden of Eden over one bite. Moses missed out on the Promised Land for one moment of anger, striking the rock instead of speaking to it as well as taking some credit for the service performed. The Jews, as a nation, lost the title of "God's people" for wrong theology. And so many Christians think they get to go to Heaven pulling along their pet sins and what they call "bad habits"! Are you deceived or have you forsaken all impurity of thought and action to be ready to dwell with holy beings?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Until we abhor sin, we are not walking as Christ walked (1 John 2:6). And if we are not walking as Christ walked, how can we expect to go to Heaven? We cannot. Adam and Eve where put out of the garden for a little sin. We are not getting in committing little sins or even greater and more numerous sins. No wander the last day message begins with "fear God" (Revelation 14:7), which is defined as "The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate" (Proverbs 8:13). So, how are you doing on hating it?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

To avoid sin means one is watchful of the temptations as well, for Jesus said, "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation" (Matthew 26:41). So, how careless are you regarding guarding against all temptations? Just how much of an allowance do you give the devil?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

You know truth is rejected when the recipients attack the messenger verbally, physically, or both. Picking flaws in the messenger does not lessen the message at all. Truth is truth. So, how do you handle the truth?

Monday, June 19, 2017

When one feels under the weather, as they say, withdrawing oneself inward is one thing, but to lash out is another. One is not sinful, but the other is. Which do you do?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven" (Matthew 6:9-10). Here is the greatest Father's day gift we can give to God, our true Father, each and every day. Will you live in obedience to God's will and commandments always for the rest of your life by the grace of God?

Friday, June 16, 2017

"Withhold not correction from the child: for [if] thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell" (Proverbs 23:13-14). And yet, psychologists tell us how awful it is to touch a child. In fact, there are excuses after excuses of why not to touch a child so much so that many states consider it child abuse. Other states have laws that are so close to it that people of the public have even followed parents who drag a disobedient child from a table at a restaurant only to see if a spanking was going to be implemented. They do so only to quickly snap a photo on their mobile device or record a short video clip and report it to authorities. So, what is your reaction towards spanking? Are you raising a wild child like Samson, or are you raising a Daniel?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Some people ask, "Will God keep me out of Heaven for a small thing?" Well, there are a lot of problems with that question. If it is such a small thing, then why not cast it aside? The fact that you do not want to means that it is not so small to yourself, which brings up the second problem. By asking such a question, evidently it is a big thing, so yes, God will keep you out for not wanting to surrender it for He says, "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matthew 22:37). By reserving such a "little sin" is not the "whole". The third problem is that we are about to dwell with holy, perfect beings, so any little sin allowed would taint perfection and therefore, cannot be allowed. The fourth thing with that type of question is the non-serious attitude towards sin in which we need to develop God's hatred for sin, otherwise we are blinded to many other things in life that we consider acceptable and no wonder we cannot gain the victory over something so small for it is a type of allowance in our lives. And opening the door for a "little sin" actually undermines all efforts to overcome the "big sins". The fifth thing wrong with it is the fact that we placed sin on different scales when with God, all sin is not tolerated at all, hence why a little bite of a piece of fruit sent Adam and Eve out of the garden creating the mess we are in today. Overall, it is a bad question in so many ways showing the lack of conversion. We are to be "hating even the garment spotted by the flesh" (Jude 1:23). A small allowance for sin spots the garment of Christ's righteousness. So, do you have that protection about yourself guarding against every avenue of temptation, or are you allowing desires and society and other influences to lessen your guard against sin?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Prayer does not replace action nor does it inform God of anything. Prayer permits God to act. Prayer empowers our action to do more. Remember the man with the withered hand? "Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched [it] forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other" (Matthew 12:13). Was it simply made like the other? No. The man had to stretch forth his hand first. So, when it comes to impossibilities in your life, especially in overcoming sin, do you pray and relax, not pray at all and hope for the best, or pray and put forth all your effort?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Jesus said, "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed" (John 6:27). Working hard and saving up for a vacation that one needs a vacation from, is that something that will endure for everlasting life? How about sporting events? Basically, spending money, especially large sums of it, towards things that are unnecessary in this world should be cut off and seek to spend money for everlasting life, like working to save souls, become better educated in God's Word, collecting supportive religious material, etc. So, where does most of your money go, beyond the necessities, that you worked so hard for?

Monday, June 12, 2017

There is a principle in the Bible that Jesus even spoke. "Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am [he]" (John 13:19). Prophecy is to help us to believe in God, but not only believe in God but to also trust His commands. So, at what stage are you at? Unbeliever? Simply believing He exists? Or also obeying "every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4)?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jesus said, "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak" (Matthew 26:41). This is why we need to be talking with God instead of asking our bodies what we want. The body will usually respond with junk food, junk entertainment, junk clothing, junk language, etc. God says, "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16). So, how do you walk and who do you talk to?

Friday, June 09, 2017

What should we expect from the world if we are told to be giving of ourselves once we are converted and those unconverted are the receivers? Should we not expect selfishness? That is exactly what happens. Should we not be so giving of ourselves then? Looking to Jesus, He gave everything for us, even when we were selfish. Should He not have done so much? Of course not. Then are you as giving as much as you can be or are you holding back?

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Since all things were created by Jesus (John 1:3) and creation week includes the seventh day, which He "blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it" (Genesis 2:3), then declared "the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day" (Matthew 12:8), and on top of that, "if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day" (Hebrews 4:8), then why are people keeping a different rest day or no rest day at all when we are told, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God" (Hebrews 4:9)? Do you keep Jesus' Sabbath day, the seventh day, holy?

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The fact that everyone is in bondage to sin proves that everyone cannot have their own version of the truth for the truth is to set people free. Are you free from sin?

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

"All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God" (2 Timothy 3:16). So, do you believe any part to be male chauvinistic, homophobic, fables, or in error?

Monday, June 05, 2017

Although nature has been affected by the sin in the world, looking close to it, one can still learn lessons of God. So, how much time do you spend in nature?

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Why are people so set in their own way of thinking when it comes to God? Do people not realize by not submitting to the way as revealed properly in the Bible that they make themselves to be God? It is evident when they utter, "Well, my God isn't like that." In other words, they have created their own God. So, which God do you serve? The one you made up or the one in the Bible?

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Indifference towards other humans regarding their salvation reveals a person who does not love their neighbors as they ought. So, how much do you love your neighbor?

Friday, June 02, 2017

Those that do not keep the weekly Sabbath as commanded in the commandments, which is from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown miss out on the spiritual application of Friday, the preparation day. Not only are Sabbath keepers to make sure of last moment tidying up for the Sabbath, it is a weekly reminder to be ready spiritually for the second coming or possibly entering into the grave. That weekly reminder is not a weekly application or preparedness but is to be applied daily as Paul said, "I die daily" (1 Corinthians 15:31). So, are you prepared to meet Jesus? And if you say, "Yes, I am. I'm saved!" then you are deceived for the Bible teaches a daily relationship, not a one moment landmark. So, again, do you prepare each day to meet Jesus?

Thursday, June 01, 2017

From Jesus' parable on the rich man who pulls down his barns to build bigger barns to horde his wealth is a lesson that Jesus said, "So [is] he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God" (Luke 12:21). But it is also a lesson in not knowing when our life will end. The uncertainty should encourage all of us to live for God today and not put it off another moment. So, how much of a risk are you taking in not giving your entire heart to God?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

We can think of multiple things at the same time. What portion of time do you think about godly things throughout the day?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

If people are saved and cannot be lost, then why go through the motions of obedience? In fact, most Christians do not. They evaluate what is and what is not so serious as sinning. If it is something they enjoy, they simply rely upon being saved and then enjoy it. If it is something horrendous, they avoid it. If it is a habit, they do not treat it as sinning. Most Christians have stopped murdering people but some still do drugs. Most Christians have stopped … You know what? I cannot think of other sins they stopped doing since becoming "saved". Most Christians enjoy sexual activity with multiple partners, cheat, use foul words, hardly go to church, are ignorant to their parents, covet often, lie on a regular basis, etc. What a lousy witness for Christ's kingdom. Do you see how insane "once saved, always saved" is? Do you "Strive to enter in at the strait gate" (Luke 13:24), "Resist the devil" (James 4:7), etc.?

Monday, May 29, 2017

In the United States, today we remember our fallen soldiers who died trying to protect our country, especially those who have died in battle. Let us remember also though that countries will soon fade away, but the spiritual war that has also claimed so many lives ought to be remembered as well. Jesus died for you and I to be saved. Many of the apostles died in spreading the gospel at the hands of pagans. Many Christians were slaughtered trying to spread the gospel. Many martyrs died in protesting straying away from the Bible. So, how do you remember all of our fallen spiritual heroes? Is it by being indifferent to the Bible standard and simply think that anything one wants to believe is fine, or do you continue the protest and exclaim that the Bible truth is worth dying for?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

No one is perfect. We miss a sale. We make the wrong turn. We drop things. But when it comes to obedience to God's law, perfection is simply expected. "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). So, have false pastors tricked you into sinning, or do you believe Jesus' command is also an empowerment of Heaven (2 Peter 1:3)?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

What preoccupies your time? "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:21).

Friday, May 26, 2017

If you believe the fact that people are allowed to simply pull out of the Bible whatever they want to believe, then you have discredit a word that appears over 200 times in the Bible -- Truth. If everyone is allowed to have their own version of the truth, then when the Bible says, "The truth shall make you free" (John 8:32) becomes null and void for my belief that you are not allowed to drink alcohol and another's belief that it is allowed means that alcoholism is nothing that can be set free from. That is just one example. So, do you discredit true Bible study by being indifferent to beliefs, or do you seek to know Bible truth?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

This world is depressing, full of problems, and downright nasty. Jesus has sent every true Christian on a mission. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). And we are sent in power for Jesus said, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil" (John 17:15). Are you up for the task and live above the evil, or has the evil world snuffed out your light?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

There is big crisis coming in which we shall not be able to " buy or sell" (Revelation 13:17). No, we do not believe the credit card or anything with purchasing power to be the "Mark of the Beast". But evidently only those with the Mark will be able to buy and sell. Of course accepting such will mean loss of eternal life. So that means a bit of being deprived is going to be in the future. Do not expect to survive though if you cannot live with a bit of depriving today. If you cannot be without things of this world today, including fun, certain foods, certain entertainment, how do you think you are going to survive being without food, maybe even shelter? So, how are you with being deprived today?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

To start the day off without God involved is to take on the day solo, and most times when we fly solo, it usually does not end well. So, how did you start today off?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hot stuff burns. People who touch hot stuff will get burned. When people see other people getting close to hot stuff, they warn the person that they are about to get burned. This may appear as a lower grade reading level, but evidently people today need this level because when it comes to hell fire and being warned that what they are doing is getting closer and closer to burning in it, they are quick to say, "Stop judging me!" So, if a person does not want another to burn in hell and wants to offer help to have them move away, is that considered judging? Nonsense! It is one of the most loving actions short of dying for that person. Do you get offended when someone tries to help you out of sin?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Every thought, every curiosity does not have to be resolved. To keep questioning every nuance of God is actually detrimental to one's faith. This is not to say we cannot search the scriptures for answers, but too many people dwell upon the exceptions too much that it shakes them from the main understanding simply because they cannot work it out. We know murder is wrong, yet God ordered Israelites to go and destroy whole cities, including babies. God Himself destroyed and will destroy. So does that make God a hypocrite? When we do not understand, it simply means "For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9). So, do you really have to have an answer for every single exception, or can you just be satisfied with a command of God and leave it at that?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

True love is not shown in kind deeds. In fact, a lot of it is behind the scenes. It is in praying for that person's salvation, looking for opportunities to lift up the standard of obedience in their life in a tactful manner, is basically bending over backwards trying to save them. Do you care about anybody like that?

Friday, May 19, 2017

When a priest, a rabbi, or other religious person (this not the beginning of a joke although it is) can grant dispensations, it makes the religion of the true God nothing more than a human creation. Individually, we ought to know what the rules are. Even Jesus taught certain exceptions like emergency healing on the Sabbath, tending to the needs of an animal, and more. So, do you turn to a human for permission to break God's rules, or do you have that personal relationship that knows when a true exception (not exaggeration) is permitted?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Life can seem out of control and we do not have time to stop and pray. Just imagine how much more in control we would be if we did stop and pray. Besides, why is life out of control? Because Satan does not want us having time to pray. We need to stop and pray anyways. Will you think about that?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Let's do a Bible study on the topic of habits. Let us look at every single verse that deals with the subject as we are commanded in proper Bible study according to Isaiah 28:9-10. Ready, set, go. Okay, we are done. There are no verses on the subject. The closest we could find would be customs and traditions, but realize that everything in the Bible describes only two sides. We either live wholly for Christ or not. Habits are not a third category. Habits are the pattern of either living for God wholly or not. So if we have "bad habits", that is sin. So, what sins do you ignore because you treat them as habits?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

If people believe that everyone has sin in their lives and that they ought not be pointing out sin in other people's lives, even in a helping way, then such thinking just ended the spread of the gospel, which is all about calling people to "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38). "Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins" (James 5:20). The truth of the matter is that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23), however, "first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye" (Matthew 7:5). All of this means is that people have sinned, but they do not stay in their sins. They repent. They are forgiven. These are the only ones that receive eternal life then. These are not selfish people. So they go about helping others to repent and be saved as well. So, do you disable the gospel, which involves pointing out sin, by declaring that anyone who has sinned, even long ago, are disqualified from giving such a message, which is everyone? Or do you believe in repentance and forgiveness and empowerment of the gospel?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Why is it that when we are at our weakest, physically, mentally, etc., it seems that the devil is relentless in temptation as well? Because that is when he knows he can have more of an advantage against us for "the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). So, in your weakness, do you get closer to God, praying more to keep you in the hour of temptation (Revelation 3:10)?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

"Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother" (Matthew 12:47-50). Are you doing the will of Jesus' Father?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Who rules your life? You or your body? We are told, "I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection" (1 Corinthians 9:27). And do you keep your body under subjection or does your appetite, desires, and overall body wants rule you?

Friday, May 12, 2017

How much does God love? He would not simply let us just die in our sin. James 5:11 says, "Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." And then, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). He could have easily wiped earth out of existence but for 6,000 years He has been delaying the execution, but "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). So, will you appreciate God's love and repent of all your sins before it is too late?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

"Sex is what makes the world go round," they say. It is used to control, sell, and manipulate people, but it should be a powerless tool towards a Christian. "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints" (Ephesians 5:3). So, how much does sex drive you?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? " (Romans 8:35) What is in your life that has you so stressed out that you turn to sin for relief instead of prayer to God?

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

God declares that creation proves that He exists. "For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I [am] the LORD; and [there is] none else" (Isaiah 45:18). So, can you show me one atheist, one evolutionist that can create something without using the materials that God has provided?

Monday, May 08, 2017

When sentimentalism rules the heart, know full well wrong decisions will be made. When we move from principle, we will only be accused of being uncaring, but in reality, it is very caring. So, how uncaring are you?

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Ever hear the phrase, "Better late than never?" Not when it comes to salvation. Today is the day of salvation. Have you received it?

Saturday, May 06, 2017

How can we have so many different denominations all teaching different ways to be saved and Jesus say, "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14), where the word "this" is an indicator of "one"? The answer is that all but one denomination are wrong. The only one that is right, seeing that Jesus mentioned there is an "end" time gospel, is the one that has the "end" time messages with the gospel as outlined in Revelation 14:6-12 for it says that right before Jesus shows up in verse 14, there is "the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people" (Revelation 14:6). So, do you know that specific gospel?

Friday, May 05, 2017

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4). So, did you know that when we partake of things that are worldly, we are actually cheating on our husband, Jesus?

Thursday, May 04, 2017

We, in general, keep looking into outer space, up into the sky, beyond this planet not realizing that there is someone always looking back. He is God. People make all kinds of preparations for leaving, be it in a plane, in a balloon, in a space craft, etc. Most do not realize that His Son is soon to return taking us through space at far greater speeds than humans have invented, but such is only for those who are prepared to go. So, are you following the basic preparation instructions provided in God's Word?

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

With 177 references to the word "obey" or "obedience" in the Bible and 3 condemning people "that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thessalonians 1:8), where does Christianity get the notion that it does not matter if we sin or not? "The wages of sin [is] death" (Romans 6:23), therefore, we ought to stop and submit to "obedience unto righteousness" (Romans 6:16). "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey" (Romans 6:16)?

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

"If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed" (2 John 1:10). So what does this do for ecumenicalism, the cessation of teaching doctrines?

Monday, May 01, 2017

Although it is not the same cycle of time that God has, using the same technique though, we wish you a Happy New Month. Too many people focus on New Year's resolutions and when they fail by January 21st, they give up for the year. So if we break it down by month, how successful will you be this month in being an overcomer of all of your sins?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

As spring is fully sprung and we head into the second full month of spring time with a new birth of plants and leaves, ask yourself, how is the new birth with me personally?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Bible says, "They measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise" (2 Corinthians 10:12). In puffing one up as better than others is obviously the intended application as the verse reveals, which was written by Paul, but a negative application would be like the woman that washed Jesus' feet. "Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw [it], he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman [this is] that toucheth him: for she is a sinner" (Luke 7:39). He might as well have said, "If this woman is allowed into Heaven, I don't think that is fair!" And many try to play God and reduce God's fairness down to the level of the human fairness neglecting God's purpose and mercy. When it comes to Heaven, we ought to just make sure we are right with Him, and let His fairness be decided by God. So, are you thankful for His mercy?

Friday, April 28, 2017

People spend too much time on the "what if" and not on the here and now. Jesus said, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof" (Matthew 6:34). Another application of this saying in addition to not being concerned about tomorrow's evils is to say that there are real evils to deal with right now, and it is a waste of energy and worriment to be dealing with made up ones. So, do you live in reality or in the "what if" game?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?" (Romans 8:31) Certainly not Satan, yet so many Christians do not believe it. How do I know? Because they are so careless regarding sin, believe they can never overcome all of their sins, and blame God for Jesus only can be perfect but us humans can never be such. So, do you believe God is for us and empowers us to live a victorious life (1 Corinthians 15:57), or do you believe Satan can be against us and we are helpless to fend off all temptations?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

One thing we never can get back is time. Now consider how much time is wasted each and every day. We may complain about sitting in traffic, having to stand in a line anywhere, and studies have revealed that it amounts to years of wasted time off of our lives. But how much time do we choose to waste in front of the TV, on the Internet, even sitting and gossiping about others?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"He which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6), but are you cooperating?

Monday, April 24, 2017

When we say we can stand any temptation and not sin when life is calm, where there is no sickness or even a headache, no outside pressures, etc., but make an excuse to sin because there was too much to handle, we are then really saying that we are only a Christian during the easy times, but if you look at every good character in the Bible, all of them are examples of being Christians under situations when things were falling apart all around them. Daniel did not sin despite the laws of the land and being fed to the lions. Although John the Baptist had his faith shaken a little, he lost his head faithfully. Joseph, as a slave, ran from an adulterous temptations at a time that it was easy to receive the death penalty for the smallest infraction. Paul was singing songs in prison. Peter slept well knowing that he was to be executed in the morning, and the same was true of Daniel. And then ultimately we have Jesus who had all kinds of torturous activities with sleeplessness and extreme stress that blood was coming out of his pores and yet never lost His temper, never sinned. He did not even accept pain killers while hanging on the cross, which was in the form of what they called vinegar. And remember, He did not use special God powers to get through all of that or He would not be our example. So, how quickly do you lose your patience; how quickly do you turn to a sinful escape (smoking, porn, alcohol, etc.); how quickly do you think evil thoughts; how quickly do you look for an excuse to sin when times are less than perfect?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

When people ask, "What's wrong with…", and there is an attempt to speak of the worldliness about it only to be shut down with arguments, then what has been revealed is that the little thing is no longer just a little thing but a big thing, even something of a god. Anything is considered a god before God when we refuse to let go of it be it material things, activities, even people. Peter said, "Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? " (Matthew 19:27) Jesus replied with, "Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life" (Matthew 19:28-29). So what are you not letting go?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Marketing products is a matter of appealing to the heart. For adults, sex and appetite is used. For children, it is the cuddly animals. Satan is in the marketing game too. He uses excitement, fun, and pleasure all to make God's ways appear boring and uninteresting. This has had a profound effect upon so many that even Christians say that the Bible is outdated, church is uninteresting, and prayer time is non-existent. Even churches have bought into the lie by offering entertainment on the premises with movie night, rock music, and even play areas for the kids. But are you "lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God" or are you seeing through it all?

Friday, April 21, 2017

When we sin, it is rebellion (Daniel 9:5), even if the sin is, in our eyes, small, and "rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft" (1 Samuel 15:23). The good news is, "To the Lord our God [belong] mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him" (Daniel 9:9), but that only happens "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). So, do you have any unconfessed sins?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"I just have had enough!" Glad Jesus never said that. Aren't you glad too?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What is the main reason the Bible is considered outdated? Sex. The view the Bible holds goes contrary to 92% of Americans who hold the belief that after three dates, sex should happen. The Bible is not outdated. In fact, it is much smarter than our technological knowhow of today. Did you know that most unwanted pregnancies happen among unmarried couples as opposed to married ones? Did you know most sexually transmitted diseases occur between unmarried people instead of married ones? Did you know that most divorces occur between spouses who had one or both sexually active before marriage as opposed to those who waited until marriage to have sex? Did you know that intercourse among sexually active people prior to marriage is treated just as sex in the marriage relationship when God intended intercourse to be a special exchange of love towards husband and wife? Therefore, free sex causes all kinds of problems, destroys most marriages in divorce or destroys marriages by weakening the bond between husband and wife. So, if you are not sexually active yet but are considering to become such before marriage, do you really want to destroy your marriage that has not even happened yet? If it is already too late, will you help deter others from entering into the soul and body destroying activity by having sex prematurely?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4), so that means as we enjoy TV, movies, music, clubs, concerts, revealing clothing, jewelry, fancy cars, sports, etc., we may pretend to be a Christian but we are actually an enemy of God. So, is that worldly item really worth giving up Heaven for?

Monday, April 17, 2017

I have found out the real reason why people do not give God His day each week. The Bible says, "Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it [is] a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that [ye] may know that I [am] the LORD that doth sanctify you" (Exodus 31:13). Keeping the Sabbath acknowledges the God Who makes people holy, Who sanctifies, but if a person only believes in a life of forgiveness, called justification, there is no reason to recognize God as sanctifier then. That translates as also meaning that sin and Satan will reign in our bodies right up to seeing Jesus, despite the Bible saying, "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof" (Romans 6:12). So, how powerful is God in your life? Only able to forgive? Or is He able to "keep you from falling" (Jude 1:24)?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Why have we forgotten a day that God says to remember and remember a day that God never intended? "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it" (Exodus 20:8-11). One day acknowledges the God who saves us (Exodus 31:13). The other is pagan. Which day do you keep?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Satan is not dumb. He knows most Christians will reject exposure to sin, therefore he introduces things that can lead to sin, especially the excitement because through excitement, humans tend to spend less time with the boring God. This why God says, "anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see" (Revelation 3:18). Are you anointing so you can see through Satan's snares?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sometimes people just need time for themselves. They need to get away. Now, how many vacations did Jesus take? How many times did He go to the bar to hang out? How many boys' nights did He have? How much TV did He watch and video games did He play? Where was His man cave? How many sports teams did He play for? The answer is none. When He needed to escape, He entered into prayer. All those worldly escapes are not refreshing, in fact, much of it contributes to depression. The only one that offers any refreshment is communing with God through prayer and reading His Word. So, which do you turn to when you need to be refreshed?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Here's a popularly twisted set of verses: "Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust" (1 Timothy 1:9-11). A quick read of verse 9 alone makes it seem that the Ten Commandments are not for a righteous person but for all the unrighteous people and even a list is provided. Many preachers try to imply that a righteous person does not have to keep the law anymore. What nonsense! What makes a person unrighteous? Sinning. Does it make sense to be called from sinning into righteousness to continue sinning? Besides, verse 10 clearly teaches that a righteous person would adhere to sound doctrine. The Ten Commandments are very sound. Therefore when Paul writes that the law is not made for a righteous man, it is because a righteous man is already living the law. Look at it this way. If a whole town were to drive 25 miles per hour automatically, should the town waste the money to post speed limit signs everywhere informing the citizens that the speed limit is 25? Absolutely not. The speed limit is not for a citizen of the down, but would it make sense to post a sign on all roads that lead into the town that the whole town observes a speed limit of 25? Yes. The law is posted for non-citizens. Now, is it a reasonable expectation that both the citizens and non-citizens observe 25 as the speed limit? Yes. Therefore a righteous man will obey the Ten Commandments. So, are you a righteous person?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

If a person sets no goals, then there is nothing to reach for. So many set goals that are secular, but we ought to have goals that are spiritual. For instance, we ought to know what we want to be spiritually, and maybe we ought to set the number of people reached personally with the gospel. So, do you have those two goals in mind?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How horrible it would be to invite a friend to a party and then for the person doing the inviting to talk nasty about the person right in front of them or hold embarrassing conversations. How horrible it is to invite a friend to a party that the friend would not appreciate at all and yet forced to watch it all, hear it all, and smell it all. Why would anyone put a friend through any of this? Yet, we do it quite often since we have invited our friend Jesus into our lives. Do you really think Jesus appreciates all of what you have to say? Do you really think Jesus appreciates all that you do, listen to, even eat and drink? Next time you choose to enjoy the ways of the world, think of it this way… You are telling Jesus, "Excuse me, I know you don't appreciate this, but I'm going to do it anyways."

Monday, April 10, 2017

With the war involving antichrist being doctrinal (2 John 1:7-9), don't you think the notion of doctrines not mattering or the belief that "as long as one believes in God, all will be well" is aiding the side of antichrist? It sure does. Now whose doctrines are right then? "All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine" (2 Timothy 3:16). It's the Bible doctrines that matter, as discovered by using Isaiah 28:9-10 to guide one in all of their studies. So, how much time do you spend personally to make sure you have the right doctrines? Do doctrines even matter to you?

Sunday, April 09, 2017

"Strive to enter in at the strait gate" (Luke 13:24). "Press toward the mark" (Philippians 3:14). "Die daily" (1 Corinthians 15:31). "Let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). "Resist the devil" (James 4:7). "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12). This is but a sample of all of the many verses that tell the story that we have a role to play in the plan of salvation. The notion that it is all Christ and nothing that we are to do is satanic for it is the theology of being saved in our sins. Do not get me wrong. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation for "by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified" (Romans 3:20), however, taking that by faith, "I will shew thee my faith by my works" (James 2:18). After accepting Jesus' salvation and we are all cleaned up, we are then set to live a holy life, and that is the part we need to exercise because Satan tries to disrupt that relationship. So, are putting any effort into holy living or are you stuck in living just in the justification phase of salvation?

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Are you looking for your purpose in life? "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19). To look for some great thing to do to make a name for yourself or have some impact on the world pales compared to what impact with the Word of God. So, will you go now and do what you have been purposed to do?

Friday, April 07, 2017

What is the most prevailing sin to deal with? Sensuality. Adam ate the fruit because of desiring to be with Eve. Joseph barely got away from Potiphar's wife. The Israelite men fell to the Moabite women by the thousands. Samson could not contain himself. David saw a woman taking a shower and just had to have her. Solomon had a thousand women. King Ahab sold out his country to Jezebel. And we see today that sex is in just about every advertisement. There was a sexual revolution that purity lost out. It is common to have people sleep with several people before settling down. Most comedians turn to sexual jokes to get a really good laugh. Most sitcoms contain sex. Sexual products are advertised all hours and promoted as a great need to fight some plague of society for not participating in it. Clothing that is modest is something that needs to be specially ordered. Children are sexualized very early on. And one of the greatest battles raging around the world involves the permission of who people lust after, including animals. So, how are you doing in keeping yourself? Do you enjoy even being entertained by any of it?

Thursday, April 06, 2017

As a reminder, if the lost do not care to read the Bible and the saved think they cannot be lost and think," Why read all those do's and don’ts when it does not matter?", who then is the Bible written for? That is a lot of words just for a lost person to one day read a little in the Bible and be saved. In actuality, the Bible is for those that Jesus is saving. You see, once we are brought to Jesus, we are to then learn what it means to be Jesus' disciple. There is a standard to live up to. By our actions, we are to give a witness of what Jesus has done in our lives. Jesus does not save to have us stay as we are. This is true in the words of Jesus. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen" (Matthew 28:19-20). Notice that people are taught about Jesus, are baptized, and if that baptism is true, they are then to be taught everything that a Christian ought to observe, which means obey. And if a supposed Christian resists, then the baptism must not have been true, hence why it is a saving process as opposed to a saved status. So, how much time do you spend in the Bible learning the conduct of a true Christian?

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

If we are what we eat, and that is true on the basis of good versus bad health, then what we eat spiritually also has the same result of good or bad regarding eternal life. If we feed on God's Word in prayer, song, sermons, studies, etc., we ought to end up with eternal life with Jesus because that is how we let Him in. If, on the other hand, we feed off the corruption of the world, when the world is destroyed, we will be destroyed with it. So, what are you feeding on?

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

All the religions are working towards unity. Nations are moving in that direction too. Tech companies are now joining in, such as Google. Is this finally when the world can come together and have wars cease? Is something great being built up? "For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies" (Revelation 18:3). "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape" (1 Thessalonians 5:3). It's a sign that the world is unifying under antichrist and then the end shall come. Are you helping that along or are you speaking about God's unity based upon His Word?

Monday, April 03, 2017

The world has definitely fulfilled the prediction that the "love of many shall wax cold" (Matthew 24:12). There is more than an intolerance among people. Eventually it will get to the point that it will be said, "they have shed the blood of saints and prophets" (Revelation 16:6). So, when you hear Bible truth, what is your reaction?

Sunday, April 02, 2017

When people say that God ought to be the most important in one's life and then turns around and adds a "but" to that statement, then God is not the most important. Therefore, it is wrong to say, "God should be most important but it should not cause division between family members." It is also wrong to say, "God should be most important but I should not have to lose my job over it." So, what "but's" do you have?

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Only a foolish man or woman puts down other women even some men who stay home to be a homemaker and home school educator. In fact, it is prideful. And pride will not enter Heaven for God says, "pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate" (Proverbs 8:13). So, are you supportive of the homemaker and educator, or are you foolishly holding onto pride?

Friday, March 31, 2017

What does it mean to be saved? Just a free entrance into Heaven? It is more. An awareness of what sin is? It is more. A realization to what temptation really is? It is more. Is it even an empowerment to overcome those sins? Very close but even more. It also includes a willing service to go and tell others of the great saving power that provides eternal life and real power over sin that we can actually live without sinning. A real help in this world where sin reigns and destroys people's lives. The gospel offers another option. So, are you believing only a partial saving gospel or the whole gospel?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Continuing from yesterday's thought that some people keep dropping things of the world and choosing to live a more holier life. Up to the 1800's, most forms of entertainment did not exist. It seems that only the past century has there been a sports craze, theatre turned into movies and television fixation, multiple forms of gambling, different takes on a place to simply get drunk and hook up, activity centers or emporiums, and much more. It seems new and newer forms of distractions are being invented frequently. Sky scrapper climbing, bungee jumping, zip lines, and much more to get that thrill and yet is not satisfying. So what is distracting you from sharing the gospel with others?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Why do so many want to argue for the ways of the world? They do so by saying, "What's wrong with?" Probably nothing, but how close is it to the sin? Growing in holiness like Jesus said by the parable, "the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear" (Mark 4:28) means that for one person that it is a natural progression. For another, it may be too much. But that is what we are to strive towards, holier and holier still. If we are going to live with angels, there's a whole lot that this world has to offer that just won't be of interest there. Take for instance people who cut our foul language, violent, and sexual movies, then inappropriate TV shows, then TV shows in general, then sporting events, and so on and so on. Is there really anything wrong with sports? On a certain level, maybe not, but does it really matter who is the champion year after year? Not really. So technically it is but a waste of time to go to such events, watch it on TV, etc. So, where are you in your progress towards a holier life?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

When people forget to have daily time with God, it just shows how important God is to them or not so important. How important is God to you?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Jesus once said, "They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service" (John 16:2). There are at least two things to take away from here. First, if your church is so inviting that disfellowshipping is not taking place, you are in the wrong church. Jesus never taught to be so accepting of everyone's sins to make so comfortable that anything goes without standards. Second, if a church is practicing such, should they not be concerned that they are fulfilling this verse? We are not saying disfellowshipping is not to be practiced but is it being done right? By removing people so everyone can simply play church instead of upholding the truth and digging deep into the meaning of the truth should raise an awareness, but evidently according to the prophecy, no such thoughts come in. What a sad situation! But if you are the one being wrongly cast out, does that distract you from your God given mission? If you are the one holding bad feelings to the disrupters of the peace, do you really believe that all kinds of sins are permitted in the church despite the warning in (2 Timothy 3:1-5) or do you really think playing church is why God has us assembling?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Breaking the Ten Commandments, committing sin, which is one in the same thing (1 John 3:4), is not only wrong but harmful even if we cannot see why it is harmful. As we live more and more according to the Ten Commandments, we will be able to see clearly why certain acts are so harmful. So, will you be willing to obey now?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

When we place ourselves in the midst of people that are not believers and spend lots of time with them, we are no different than Lot placing himself in Sodom. Are you willing to lose as much as Lot lost?

Friday, March 24, 2017

In God's schedule of time, from sunset to sunset (Genesis 1:14), He has first day, second day, third day, fourth day, fifth day, sixth day also known as the preparation, and the seventh day also known as the Sabbath. Not just a day to go to church and then use the rest of the day as one pleases, but rather it is a day to spend getting as close to Jesus as possible through reading the scripture, listening to sermons, spending time in group study, and even learning from nature. That means that the Sabbath is a weekly meeting with Jesus. Therefore, the preparation day, done ahead of the Sabbath, is a day getting prepared to not only keep the whole Sabbath day holy but also to be prepared to meet Jesus. Drawing the final conclusion now, that means that the preparation and Sabbath is a weekly reminder of what ought to be happening even now overall. We are in the sixth day every day right now when one looks at it like "one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years" (2 Peter 3:8). We are about to close the 6,000 year period. That means we have been in the preparation period to meet Jesus for about 1,000 years. We should be perfecting that as the day approaches for when Jesus shows up, that will be the Sabbath rest for the saints who will be with Jesus in Heaven and the earth as it lies waste for 1,000 years. So, how is your preparation going? And do you experience the weekly cycle as God intended it to be, or have you allowed the man of sin and secularism to destroy that relationship each week?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

We may look at miracle stories of the Bible where trust in God seems to work mightily and then look at our lives and have the wonder of why doesn't God help us? There was the woman who never ran out of flour and oil, and there was the woman who filled every jar they could find from one jar filled with oil, just as two examples of many in the Bible. Well, such miracles do not come like magic. It is a building of trust. Trust does not come except their be trials. That is why the Bible says, "Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations" (James 1:2). That is because as we face these trials and challenging moments and rely upon God and not what we expect, we are building trust. Ours is not to question why but simply to do. So, are you living completely for God or is self still in the way?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

God wants us to prosper in health (3 John 1:2). Although that means we ought to take precautions to be in the best health possible, there is a balance between taking precautions and just going stressfully over the edge. Not to be an excuse to allow unhealthful items to enter the body because we don't want to rise up to the calling, do keep in mind that there is a reasonable aspect to it. For instance, turn the music off in the car unless it is proper hymns, but when going into a store with the raunchy music, you are not expected to seek out management to have them turn hymns on while you shop. Likewise, when within the company of some friends as a passenger, though it may be uncomfortable, one ought to encourage them to at least sit in silence regarding the car radio while you are in transportation with them. To justify that it is merely their car is to but make an excuse for not taking a stance. So, how balanced are you in health?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Peter wrote, "He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation" (1 Peter 1:15). So why do people cringe when told to obey the commandments? Why do people cringe at the thought of obedience to God in general? And when it says about conversation, that is actually harder than obeying the Ten Commandments, yet instead of holy conversation, supposed Christians even use foul language. That is not holy at all! And we labeled these people that way. They are not real Christians. And here is the harder part of the conversation. Do you really think God is pleased with most of our conversation being on sports, Hollywood, and other celebrity and entertainment subjects? How is your conversation?

Monday, March 20, 2017

We may outsmart our fellow human beings. We may even outsmart ourselves. But none can outsmart God. So, do you really want to try and justify keeping a sinful habit?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

What we are asked to give up, not do, or to do is minor compared to what Christ went through to save us. So, do you excuse sin in your life thinking it is such a hard thing to give up?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Formality in prayer is not prayer. In fact, Jesus said, "when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking" (Matthew 6:7). No doubt that a strong, true prayer life is a holy life. So, how strong are your prayers?

Friday, March 17, 2017

All the preparedness for the future matters nothing if one is not prepared to meet Jesus. How prepared are you to meeting Him?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Do you get concerned over what evils others work? When they enjoy themselves, do you get a little jealous? "Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity" (Psalms 37:1). In the end, do you really want their reward?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017 What a surprise Heaven will be when Stephen meets Paul, who was Saul. He's the man that oversaw the stoning of Stephen. So Stephen's last thought was that Saul was a lost man. Aren't you glad that final destinations are left with God?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Is it right for people of different faiths being employed to perform the work for one single faith? In other words, should Baptists answer the phones for a pastor who is a Lutheran having on his staff a Catholic counselor? In this ecumenical concept that we all serve the same Jesus, most have no problem with what I just described, but what does this mixed mindset do for the faith of the employer? It sends mixed signals. Think about it. Is the Lutheran message being promoted. If a caller calls into the Baptist receptionist and asks about baptism, Lutherans sprinkle and do not immerse, what kind of information is going to be provided? When in a counseling session the person asks, "Where is that in the Bible?", the Catholic counselor may reply, "Oh, it is not. The pope said it in one of his messages." No wonder Christianity is pictured as being Babylon or confusion in the last days. Are you part of that confusion not taking God's counsel of separation from unlike believers seriously?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Giving up foul words just clears the path to giving up euphemisms which clears the path to removing angry reactions to clearing the path to simply not be bothered by avoiding getting all worked up. No wonder Paul wrote, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14). Are you pressing towards the mark of perfection?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Life does not always go as expected. That's exactly what the devil does to our plans. Now how do you react? That will determine if you are walking as Christ walked or walking the way you selfishly want to walk with ranting, complaining, depression, and other natural reactions. So, whose character do you have?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ever wonder why people can see the scriptures in a certain way and you don't? In fact, have you ever said, "I can't see that?" You are right. You can't see that because of blindness. The world, even religion has blinded people so much in error that when truth is revealed, it cannot be understood. Therefore, there is a lot of unlearning that needs to be done. Are you up for the task?

Friday, March 10, 2017

A helping hand is not always asked for at a convenient time. In fact, it usually comes at the most inconvenient time. What would Jesus do? What should you do?

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Life is full of responsibilities, and when one becomes a Christian, quite a few more are added. And in the end, we shall have to answer for our failures to live up to those responsibilities (Matthew 18:23). So, how are you doing in taking care of those responsibilities?

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

What is the single most reason for falling through temptation into sinning? "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able" (1 Corinthians 10:13). It is all so subtle. The reason we cannot overcome a certain sin in our life is because we want it. We may say the prayers to take it away; we may tell others that we are resisting or giving it up; we may even go through the motions of doing what we are to do, but until we learn to hate it and want nothing to do with it, the sin will always plague us, and we will have moments of weakness. So, how badly do you want to gain the victory?

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

So let me get this straight. The scriptures that would eventually form the Bible was preserved from 4,000 years ago and we get to read and criticize it today to the point that makes every denomination, every religion simply a man made creation? Does that seem right to you? Shouldn't we have a single standard? Shouldn't that standard be based upon those people who claim to have visions and dreams from God and even were spoken to directly by God, as in Moses' case? How dare we replace the prophets with human, even in pastoral roles, those scriptures to the point that the Bible is even irrelevant by Christians? How much do you appreciate the Bible? If you do appreciate it, is all your beliefs well founded in the Bible?

Monday, March 06, 2017

Ever sense that despite "playing by the rules" things just do not turn out as expected? Take comfort. Despite knowing prophecy, the ultimate price of "playing by the rules" had Jesus ending up on a cross. So, do you say, "What's the use?" or do you continue to do God's will anyways despite the consequences?

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Ever have a feeling that you are being attacked from all angles on a sinful matter? Unconverted relatives may offer a certain food that you stopped eating; commercials on TV show how succulent it is; coupons arrive in the mail that offer unbeatable prices; neighbors in the middle of winter decide to break out their grills and send the aroma through the air; etc. That's alright. Paul may still say, "Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin" (Hebrews 12:4). How strongly do you fight back against temptation and sin?

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). The Ten Commandments contain the words, "And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments" (Deuteronomy 5:10). Also, Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:37-4). The first four commandments is our love to God, the last six our love to our neighbor. Any question on which commandments Jesus wants us to keep?

Friday, March 03, 2017

Did you know everyone has to fight against rebellion with God? Anytime we state that we are going to do something sinful because of any excuse we make up, that is rebellion. Some claim, "I need this drink to calm my nerves. It's been a horrible day." They may not have touched the bottle for years but that is rebellion. When we indulge our appetite because of our emotions, when we justify doing something wrong because the other person deserved it, when we justify any moment of sin in our life then we are in rebellion. And when it gets really bad, God describes it as "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin" (Isaiah 30:1). In plain speak, getting advice from people if one should or should not do something instead of through God's Word that only continues the rebellion because the advice will be tainted with a sinful influence, usually selfishness. A supposed friend may encourage, "Yeah, you're single. Go ahead and sleep with that person." To cover it up as not being rebellious is to justify it and go as far as to say that God is alright with it. And that just compounds the sinning as it leads to more rebellion and sinning. Remember, "The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment" (Lamentations 1:18). What is the cure? "The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious" (Isaiah 50:5). Get into the Word of God, and I mean get into it. Study it. Live it. So, how rebellious are you?

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Politics aside, the difference between liberals and conservatives is that liberals are lead by their hearts, their feelings but the Bible says, "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool" (Proverbs 28:26). As for conservatives, feelings are not brought into the commands of God. We let consequences with God and simply obey for the Bible says, "If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed" (John 8:31). That does not mean all feelings are wrong. We are just not to be lead by our feelings as such change per circumstance as well as per attitude of the moment. Even the Bible says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). Without love, which is a feeling, obedience to the commandments is legalism or formality. Therefore feelings are involved but are kept secondary. They have to be otherwise how could the Israelites "slay both man and woman, infant and suckling" (1 Samuel 15:3). I would find it very hard to kill a newborn baby but if God commanded it, I would. I would probably do it with tears in my eyes because it is not only a loss of human life but eternal life. But when God gave such an awful command, He knew that if that newborn grew up to be an adult, that person would be lost. And so when the whole group of people were completely handed over to Satan, God commanded such to be done. So, when we wrestle between liberals and conservatives, what we really are wrestling with is the importance of feelings. How important are feelings in the tough decisions you make?

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Ever hear how important family is? Jesus didn't think so. "For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law" (Matthew 10:35). And when His mom and step-siblings showed up one day, this is what He said, "Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?" (Matthew 12:48). And along that line, did you know the phrase blood is thicker than water is mostly misunderstood? It is to be understood as "The blood of the covenant [Jesus] is thicker than the water of the womb." So, how important are your unconverted family members to you?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Do you see the real appeal here when Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). Yes, we are to obey the Ten Commandments, which He, not the Father, but He (Jesus) gave to Moses twice, however the real appeal is the love factor. If we simply keep the Ten Commandments, we are legalists. If we simply love Jesus, love God, and "He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (1 John 2:4). We must love to obey. If our reaction to any command is rebellious in the slightest, as they say, those converted against their wills are the same person still. He says, "the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:30). That does not say to go along grudgingly. Our attitude should be striving for perfection because we love God and want to be like Him, and so He continues to reveal new things to bring us to that point. But if our attitude is, "Now what am I doing wrong?", that is not good at all. Come on folks! God said He gives us a free pass in our ignorance. Our only thought when we are shown new light should be, "Okay Lord, you asked me to now take another step. This is going to upset the way I live, my schedule, my you know what, but show me how to work your ways no matter the consequences." So what is your attitude towards God and His ways and what He reveals?

Monday, February 27, 2017

What is reality? Today, Satan has confused so many minds. He has convinced just about everyone that what is reality to one person may not be reality to another. He has convinced these people that environment creates reality. Although we may get a picture of what life is like from our environment, there is only one true reality. It is called God's standard. So the true reality to dating is to be chaste until marriage. Who cares what the world calls reality. "Come on, get with it. Everyone has four or more sexual partners before marriage. That's just the reality of things." The reality of such things is that they are also headed to hell. So no matter what the media brainwashes people into thinking what is and is not acceptable, why not open the Word of God to see what eternal reality really is. Don't you want to live forever?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

So Jesus said, "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24). Does this really look like all judging is wrong? How so many Christians are quick to use other words of Jesus so not to be judged on their sinful practices, but they fail to quote Jesus' other words that encouraging judging is just a willful agenda into accepting all of the Bible. So, do you pit one verse against the other or do you find perfect harmony in the meaning of verses that seem to contradict in our minds but in reality do not?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Do you feel worthy to go to Heaven? If not, that's good because "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing" (Revelation 5:12). So, is Jesus worthy enough in your life?

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:13-14). After reading this and seeing that just about every Christian thinks they are going to Heaven, why are so many so prideful to think they have all the knowledge they need and that they are in the right church for this time? Only few will make it. How do you know if you will be one of them?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

So, why are our children so out of control and cannot even distinguish between protesting and rioting with destroying property? "Because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood" (Hosea 4:1-2). This not only includes our public schools that go out of their way to ban not only God but even truth, but this includes exposing our children to godless TV and movies, godless songs of the world, godless activities including inappropriate Internet usage, and encourage the blood and guts through sports and competition, encourage sex hidden under the guise of sex education, encourage excitement through amusement parks and adult play environments, and much more. So, are you one of the few that "Train up a child in the way he should go" (Proverbs 22:6) or are you contributing to the problem of society?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Want to overcome sin? Keep in mind, the Bible tells us to be overcomers. "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne" (Revelation 3:21). Then since "Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them" … "are set forth for an example," (Jude 1:7) avoid "the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness" (Ezekiel 16:49). In other words, keep busy upon godly things from the time we wake up until we go to sleep and give no room for the evils including convincing ourselves that we deserve time to just "veg" out. The only vegging out that Jesus did was to study nature. To veg out usually means to just waste time flipping through TV channels, reading inappropriate content, etc. It is not biblical to let our minds be open to being filled with anything and everything. So, how busy are you through your day?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

One of the beliefs of antichrist is that people would "confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh" (2 John 1:7). In other words, they do not believe Jesus came in the flesh. Oh, they believe He had flesh as in being human but they do not believe He "was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). The Bible clearly teaches that "God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh" (Romans 8:3). That means not only did Jesus not yield to any sin that we are tempted with, but we are given the power to also overcome every temptation and not sin. The notion that only Jesus is perfect allowing us to continue sinning is antichrist theology. Jesus tells us upon conversion, "go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). So, whose doctrine do you follow, antichrist's or Jesus Christ's?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Paul wrote, "I die daily" (1 Corinthians 15:31), but if we allow just one sinful habit in our life, are we really dead to sin? Do we even blame grace for the allowance to keep sin as a habit? "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" (Romans 6:1-2) "For he that is dead is freed from sin" (Romans 6:7). "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:11). So, are you truly dead to sin, or is sin still giving life to your old ways?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Jesus said, "If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). Denying most of the worldly things but hanging onto one or two items is still not denying one's self. It is still living for self and dangerously because by removing most of the items in our life that is displeasing to God but not all of the items creates a working to Heaven mentality. We may say to ourselves, "God will understand seeing I already gave up so much." No He won't for it is a total surrender without merit. None of the things we give up earn Heaven, but we give those things up because citizens of Heaven do not do those things. So, have you surrendered all or just a lot?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Many Christians say, "It is what is inside that matters." To that we have to say, "By their fruits ye shall know them" (Matthew 7:20). "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man" (Matthew 15:18). So if we think our heart is right but our actions are wrong or we are speaking wrong, then the heart is deceiving because in reality, it is wrong. So, what does your actions and words say about your heart?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Here's a diet check, do you eat for your taste buds or for nutrition? "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). So which rules in your life?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ever have a day in which there is so much to do that there is no time to sit for a moment and when one task is done there is another to pick up immediately? Does it even feel like as soon as you get one task done you discover there are at least two, three, or even more tasks to add to the list? Well praised the Lord! Every day should be like that. "The sleep of a labouring man [is] sweet, whether he eat little or much" (Ecclesiastes 5:12). And remember, "the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her" (Ezekiel 16:49). It is when we have idle moments that our minds wonder on things it should not. It is in the "free" time that there is more of a tendency to sin. It is in the idle time that we allow TV to brainwash our minds to worldly ways. It is in idle time that we have time to gossip. It is in idle time we find opportunity to sin. And as a bonus, not only can we sleep knowing we put in a good day's work, but the exhaustion will help us sleep more soundly. So, how do you sleep? How much idle time do you have? And what do you fill your idle time with?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

People admire strangers who are disciplined. Movies exploit this. But have a disciplined person in the household and they are labeled as being difficult to live with. Is that not hypocrisy? Will you not care what people call it but simply be what Jesus wants us to be, His disciple, a disciplined Christian?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

When it comes to death, people are more confused about souls or spirits going to Heaven upon death as opposed to those that believe people soul sleep until the second coming. Soul sleepers just have to explain that the rich man and Lazarus was a parable and not a teaching of immediate life after death in Hell or Heaven, and they have to explain that the spirit that returns to God is simply God cutting off the breath of life. Those that believe in immediate Heaven and Hell have to explain why 70 plus times the Bible calls it a sleep, the number of verses that specifically state that such life does not begin until the second coming, the fact that Jesus is coming back for all of us at the same time instead of us being whisked away individually, the number of verses that declare that there is no activity after death, the number of verses that describe death as a waiting period, the purpose of having a resurrection at all at the second coming, the number of verses that tell that the dead are in the graves at the second coming to be awaken out of sleep, and much more. How people can ignore over 150 clear Bible verses on the subject for a mere 5 to 10 that are simple misunderstanding of their meanings is beyond me. Of course modern translations do not help matters as the translators injected their beliefs into certain verses without proper Greek and Hebrew use of the words. Satan said, "Ye shall not surely die" (Genesis 3:4) and so many believe that lie in some form of continuance of life after death. God said, "Thou shalt surely die" (Genesis 2:17). Surely means certain and complete, wholly. Who are you going to believe?

Monday, February 13, 2017

"In the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety" (Proverbs 11:14), which means that though we are individually responsible for each belief decision we make, we still need to be comparing our understanding with one another. Comparing with an atheist is not a counselor. Our understanding will always be correct because they will not subject themselves to the ways of God. Likewise, Hindus and Muslims and other non-Christians will end up in the same results. Getting closer, we ought not be comparing just with any Christian either. There are those in name only or worship their organization and pastor or some other excuse of not submitting to God's will. We need to find like believers to actually have them be considered a counselor. Even the name counselor implies that you want to get counsel from someone that can offer good advice. You do not want to get wrong counsel. So if you and those you counsel with are so like in understanding, what you have is a denominated set of believers. Therefore, anyone that does not believe God has a church, a denominated people, do not understand God then. Being selfish and having your own beliefs, not sharing with others to get them to believe the truth, even if the beliefs are correct, will be a lost soul. So, won't you join God's church today?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

In this world, every decision has positive and negative results. When people focus on the negative, it can only undermine the good it potentially had. Unfortunately, the world is surrounded by people who focus only on the negative, so it is hard to agree with the positive, but that is what Jesus did and we are to "walk, even as he walked" (1 John 2:6). So, do you make a decision and then undermine it with your focus in the wrong place?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

What does it mean to be faithful and trusting? It is not all about God. It is not restricted to having faith that God exists and He will work out things in our lives as we sit back and do nothing. It is our reaction and our reaction to moving only by the Word of God. Read Hebrews 11 and see that every person of the Bible moved out in faith to do something without knowing if it would be reality. Noah built an ark never seeing rain. Abram to be Abraham journeyed to a land that he never saw before. Gideon went to battle with all statistics revealing he would lose by fighting with only 300 men. So, if there is something in the Bible that you absolutely, positively know is truth, be a John the Baptist and consider not the repercussions. He lost his head over telling the truth. Shall we do any less?

Friday, February 10, 2017

When facing temptation, do you focus on how hard it is to give it up and become disappointed when you fall, or do you look forward to making it no longer a temptation seeing the victory that Jesus has provided already?

Thursday, February 09, 2017

One day Jesus healed ten leopards. One came back to thank Him. Jesus then asked, "Were there not ten cleansed? but where [are] the nine?" So, do you take Christianity for granted and go about your normal life, or are you so thankful for what Jesus has done that you now live for Him?

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

John the Baptist was "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight" (Luke 3:4). And his message included, "Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 3:2). Repent is to be sorry for doing the wrong and ceasing from repeating it. Why do Christians think repentance is not necessary today? It is a mockery that Christians today are so worldly, even partaking explicit in sin, and still think they are saved. No wonder Jesus will say to them, "depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:23). Won't you repent and depart from iniquity now so you don't have to depart from Jesus later?

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Gideon tested God to see if the message from the angelic messenger was true by using a fleece. He laid out a fleece overnight to see if it only would be wet the next day, and then he thought he made a mistake and tested again with the fleece to see if it only would be dry the second day. Finally, getting his answer, he believed. This example does not mean we ought to test God when He speaks truth to us. In fact, if we are exposed to truth from the Bible, to test to see if God really wants us to obey it is an insult to God. In this case, God would never contradict Himself so of course He wants us to obey the truth for "when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). So will you obey the truth without testing God?

Monday, February 06, 2017

Jesus told a parable involving casting seed and only the good ground producing the saved. In that parable He states, "And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and bring no fruit to perfection" (Luke 8:14). So what contributes to the cares and riches and pleasures but lacking fruit? "The way of the slothful [man is] as an hedge of thorns" (Proverbs 15:19). Connecting the reference to thorns, we see slothfulness is associated with such people. They put no effort into developing a true relationship with God. If they are told to stop watching TV, they would then complain about the boredom, and filling the time with personal Bible study would be too much effort or slothfulness. That is just one example of where slothfulness or laziness contributes to the loss of those that allowed the Word to grow a bit only to be choked over time. They may still have religion in their life but they are not growing with it because they are being choked and don't even realize it as laziness is something that creeps up. So, how much laziness towards godliness is in your life?

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Just because you may want to make a new year's resolution, a new month's resolution, even a new week's resolution, there is no reason to wait until that day. The days leading up to it should be filled with days of practice and not with, "I want to get my last hurrah in!" So what is your attitude to overcoming sin? Do you postpone it for a special day or do you implement it immediately?

Friday, February 03, 2017

Next time you are short tempered because you had a rough night sleep, lots of stress going on, and lots of demands happening, just remember Jesus. Starting the night before, all His friends scattered leaving Jesus lonely (Matthew 26:31), had just come off of three hours of intense prayer drawing sweats of blood (Luke 22:44), was arrested (Matthew 27:2), tried before seven different people (Annas - John 18:13, Caiaphas - Matthew 26:57, Pilate - Matthew 27:2, Herod - Luke 23:7, back to Pilate - Luke 23:11, and then before the crowd - Luke 23:18), got no sleep, was rejected multiple times, cruelly abused, pushed to physical limits in which He could not finish the task of carrying the cross (Luke 23:26), was nailed to the cross at four different body parts (both hands and both feet), was mocked, and then turns around and says, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). So, are you sharp towards someone because of lack of sleep or are you still in self control?

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Ever meet someone that gets all worked up over little matters but on the bigger ones they are indifferent? Ever meet someone that is worried about counting pennies as the dollars are carelessly spent? Jesus met such people. "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. [Ye] blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel" (Matthew 23:23-24). Now Jesus did not condemn watching the pennies and worrying over small matters, but if a person is going to do so over small things, they should be careful of the larger one too. So, what do you do with small and large matters?

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

There is a lot of confusion about Romans 6, 7, and 8. In general, Romans 6 comes across as being justified from our past life of sins thanks to Jesus Christ who died and rose for us. Chapter 8 comes across as the sanctified life in which Jesus empowers us to not be committing sin. Unfortunately, too many Christians use chapter 7, the struggle to live the sanctified life by human effort, as allowance to sin claiming chapter 8 is about eternal life, and that is not true. We are not to simply think of doing good and be saved, but we are to do the good and be saved. Chapter 7 should be understood as the individual who has a logical relationship with Jesus and is trying to do the good through their own efforts. It is not possible, hence the failure at the end of the chapter. Chapter 8 should be understood as the proper way to live after justification, living for the spirit and not the flesh and empowered by God for "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26). So, are you using Romans 7 as an excuse to continue sinning or are you living a saved life according to Romans 8?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ever hear the phrase, "To each, their own"? It basically lets people believe whatever they want. Another similar phrase is, "Let's agree to disagree." Both phrases are not biblical. God says, "When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand" (Ezekiel 3:18). So, are you willing to let people remain ignorant of the truth risking your own soul?

Monday, January 30, 2017

We are to be "laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies" (1 Peter 2:1). Keep in mind that hypocrisy is not a person condemning the action of others that they once did. That is what conversion is all about. So if a person grew up being foul mouth and now never uses such language, they are not a hypocrite if they start telling others to stop using foul language. Now, a person that is currently using foul language and condemns others then that is hypocrisy. So, do you condemn former sinners as hypocrites or do you see it as conversion?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Paganism is no longer looked at as paganism but as tradition. And every church has traditions. Some are weird but some are very close to being biblical. Take for instance the notion of gathering to worship God on Sunday. Started by a pagan ruler, Constantine, so many Christians continue the paganism worship and even try to defend their tradition with calling it the "Lord's day" when it is not, referring to the resurrection yet Jesus spoke nothing about changing it (Hebrews 4:8), and even go as far as saying the apostles kept it despite the numerous gatherings on Sabbath (Acts 13:14, 27, 42, 44; 15:21; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4). Jesus even said, "Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition" (Mark 7:9). So, will keep to tradition worshipping on Sunday, or will you worship according to God's commandment, the seventh day of the week, which is Friday night to Saturday night?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Just because Jesus argued with the Pharisees and scribes and Sadducees over the Sabbath doesn't mean Jesus was trying to do away with it. In fact, Jesus saw the future in which He expected the last day people to be observing it still because Jesus said, "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day" (Matthew 24:20). And do keep in mind that Jesus said, "For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day" (Matthew 12:8). So, what do you think of Jesus' gift to us of His Sabbath day?

Friday, January 27, 2017

All jealousy is not bad. Sure, there are many stories in the Bible about God smiting people because of their jealousy, but there is a difference between godly jealousy and ungodly jealousy. "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2). What type of jealousy do you have?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

People try to comfort one another when there is a death with things like, "They are in a better place right now", "They are now with God and looking down upon you", "They now get to be with us in spirit", even "They will be reincarnated". What does the Bible say? "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). And that means there are no other words to try and comfort one another. So, how will you offer condolences to others from now on?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

When do we get to go to Heaven? Answer: "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming" (1 Corinthians 15:22-23). Any questions?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Save the animals from abuse is a great cause but not something Christians ought to get caught up in. Although God granted us responsibility over the animals in Genesis chapter 1, our work is in the last day gospel for if Jesus would return in 1, 2, 5, even 10 years from now, why would we spend a moment to try and save animals when they will all be destroyed in a few years, but what will last are saved souls. So, where is your energy spent?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Many Christians misquote the Bible and frequently. For instance, how many say, "The Lord does not give us more than we can handle" and then see them turn around and fail at all kinds of things. Is it the Lord that let the Christian down? Is it the Christian not trusting in God? Or could it be a misquote? "God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able" (1 Corinthians 10:13). The Lord not allowing more than we can handle has nothing to do with a full plate or more than full plate. It is all about temptation to sin. Therefore, when we sin, it is our choice because God knows what we can handle in temptation without sinning and permits only that amount. We may have to sweat blood (Hebrews 12:4), but we ought to not give in. Interestingly, Christians misquote this so much that they are only focused upon things in life to be handled and fail miserably at, which creates confusion because it looks like the Bible lies, while excusing away the correct application and declare that they shall sin right up to the second coming of which they ought to be gaining the victory over. So, do you have a clearer understanding about how much we can handle as applying only towards temptations?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

People get so worked up over what the new president and congress are doing, and that is both in criticizing as well as being encouraged. If people would just realize that there are but two things that should occupy our thoughts, none of it would matter, just like it did not matter to Jesus nor the disciples. The first objective is to be right with God. The second, especially before time runs out, is to be seeking and saving the lost, preaching the gospel, sowing seeds, waking up the saints. So, how much energy are you wasting on watching what the president and congress are doing?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

"If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?" (Romans 8:31) If you ask the average Christian, Satan is the answer because so many Christians believe sin is just part of our regular lives. So, do you believe God is for us and even Satan with his temptations cannot even be against us?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Who is greater? Christ or Satan? Christ of course. Who is greater? You or Christ? Christ of course? Which is greater? Christ or sin? Christ of course. Which is greater? Christ or the world? Christ of course. Then why do so many Christians believe that sinful, worldly, selfish, satanic actions will continue in a Christian when we are Christ's possession? Such teachers basically are teaching that Christ left this planet, withholds His Holy Spirit, and we are on our own until Jesus returns. Do you believe that? Or do you believe that Jesus is real in your life? If so, then let Him really remove all your sins.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ever commit a sin and don't feel worthy to come to God and ask for forgiveness right away? Unless you are glad you committed the sin, unless you are looking for the next time to be placed into the sinful situation so you can "oops" your way into it again, unless you are justifying why it was alright to sin in the first place, get on your knees, confess your sin for "he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). Not only will He forgive us but if we really are serious about our confession, He will make it so that we do not want to commit it again. Cleansing from all unrighteousness is not removing consequences of the sin; it is the removal of the guilt as well as the desire. And crucifying the desire is what prevents it from happening again. So, what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ever play the game, "What does not belong?" Usually a person finds the odd item thinking that the majority of objects are correct. For instance, if I were to show you six food items with one being an apple and the rest being cookies, which does not belong? The apple of course. But did you know that the apple is more nutritious than any cookie? The cookies should be discarded for the apple. Likewise, a group of six people with one of them being a true Christian should not have the Christian being the odd one, it is the other five people going against God that should be considered odd. So, are you trained to think that the majority are correct or the principled one being correct?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"The axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire" (Luke 3:9). Having trouble with giving into temptation? One may not be laying the axe at the root. One may actually simply be picking fruit off the tree. Feeding the body wrong food, music, and even entertainment may actually make it harder to overcome. Meat, most condiments, caffeine, etc. all work towards increasing the desire for the sensual, including appetite cravings. So, are you feeding your temptation or laying the axe at the root?

Monday, January 16, 2017

If a Christian looks like worldly people, listens to worldly content, watches worldly content, does things of a worldly nature, and eats and drinks in worldly ways, does that not make a worldly person? It sure does. Christ came to give us victory over the world. "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" (1 John 5:4-5) The faith and belief is not just in the head but belief and faith to "be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:4). So, are you are worldly Christian or an overcoming Christian?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17) is what Jesus said, yet so many Christians do not believe in holy living. Do they not see how they are working on the side of antichrist? Do you believe in victorious living?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Do you read only half verses? How do you read John 8:11? Do you hear only, "Neither do I condemn thee" or do you hear "Go, and sin no more". The two go together to make up the full verse. If a person goes and does the same sin, they condemn themselves. We ought to be helping people out of their sins. We ought not make it easier, especially in the church, to continue in their sins, yet so many churches open their doors saying, "Come as you are." So, are you a discourager or an encourager of sinning?

Friday, January 13, 2017

God, what's your favorite day? "Let's see. I 'blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it' (Genesis 2:3). Wrote my commandment out stating twice about the seventh day. My Son's custom was to keep it (Luke 4:16). He stripped the legalistic additives off of it (Matthew 12:11-12). He rested in the tomb on the seventh day (Matthew 28:1). Even years later the apostle Paul kept it because he knew that the commandments were still binding (Acts 18:4). And I inspired Paul to write very strictly about keeping it (Hebrews). And speaking of inspiring, I gave John a vision on my day that he referred to it as the Lord's Day (Revelation 1:10), yet it saddens me that people read into it that such was Sunday, the first day, which venerates the sun worship and Satan's paganism. Does that answer your question?" To me it does. Does it to you my friends?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

So, we just spent 8 days on 8 different health topics creating the acronym NEW START. How many people are going to implement such though? Oh, a few may implement a little here or there, but how many will be serious? Did you know that God says, "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health" (3 John 1:2). But people, even Christians, turn selfishly to themselves and say, "Oh, I rather enjoy what life has to offer than to be constantly making sure I'm staying healthy." Well, did you know that it is not about you? God wants you healthy because He wants to put you to work telling others the gospel. Of course that is a whole other matter too, but the point is, staying healthy is not optional. It is our duty. So, will you now consider the importance of healthy living?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

How strong are you? Able to lift heavy things? Able to hold things for a long time? Able to walk great distances without needing a break? Are you able to refrain from retaliating? That's where the real strength is. It is weak of a person to throw themselves into a rage because someone else upset them. So, how strong are you?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

So when we have done all to eat nutritiously, exercised properly, drank the water amount necessary as well as bathed as frequently as we ought, exposed ourselves to the sunshine, been temperate in all things, gotten the fresh air, and gotten plenty of rest, we have to then realize it also takes a lot of trust in God and His ways instead of what science has to offer. That is the last item, which ought to have been the first: Trust in God. We can do just so much but we do live on a sinful planet. Things are going to happen. And we need to get to the point that we surrender all of our ideas to Him. So, won't you trust God with everything beginning today?

Monday, January 09, 2017

In coming towards the end of the list of things to keep us healthy, we cannot neglect the need for rest. God gives us the Sabbath commandment (Exodus 20:8-11) to rest from our labors, but ideally we ought to be getting the right number of hours of sleep where possible for that is when the body rejuvenates. Staying up late just to watch movies or play video games is an abuse of the body, while having to hold down two jobs to make ends meet still hurts the body but is a necessity. Even Paul worked third shift at one point (1 Thessalonians 2:9). Saying that your body is not ready for bed at a normal time is simply saying that you need to train your body to get tired. So, won't you start getting more rest along with the eating more nutritiously, exercising more, drinking water, getting sunshine, being temperate, and getting fresh air?

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Here's another helpful tip that can be combined with the sunshine and exercise tips. It is called fresh air. Get outside and breath in cleaner and crisper air as opposed to the stuffy contents in the house. Opening up windows throughout the house is a good idea too. So, won't you try to get some fresher air today by spending some time outside?

Saturday, January 07, 2017

So we are up to our fifth item in the list of trying to be healthy and avoid all the illnesses. The next item in addition to nutrition, exercise, water, and sunshine is temperance. We are to be "temperate in all things" (1 Corinthians 9:25). Even eating good food can easily turn into excessiveness while temperate does not mean moderately using other things but a complete cutting out, like alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, even caffeine. But it is not only with food and drink. Being intemperate with watching TV, staying up late unnecessarily, pushing the body more than it has to be pushed, are all examples as well. So, what is in your life that you are intemperate about that ought to change?

Friday, January 06, 2017

So eating healthy, exercising, and using water both inside and out leads us to the next item… Sunshine. This one could be accomplished if you simply walk for your exercise. Being out in the sun several times a week for a mere 10 minutes a day does wonders for the body, especially in fighting depression. So, won't you get out in the sun soon?

Thursday, January 05, 2017

So now that you have cut out unnatural sugars and are eating more nutritiously and you have gotten into exercising, next up is your drinking habit. I don't care what the experts say, clear water is necessary for your body on the inside as well as on the outside. Experts use the word liquid. Would you wash the outside of your body with orange juice? Grape juice? Of course not. And flavored waters simply is sending confusing messages to your stomach. Therefore, take your body weight; divide that number in half; and now drink that many ounces a day. The notion that you want to be careful about drinking too much water at a time is a false scare by a non-water drinker. You would have to consume 4 to 5 times the recommended amount per day over a period of time. Let us first get up to the recommended amount and a little more for hydration before worrying that you might damage your body from drinking too much water. Also, water inside is not the only water your body needs. You may not sweat. You may not stink. But bathing once or twice a day removes the unseen waste from your body and invigorates the skin. Fear of drying out your skin simply means, in most cases, that you have the water temperature too high or you are taking way too long for a shower. So, won't you investigate the proper use of water inside and out?

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

So, have you returned for your second dose of how to beat the flu and colds? Yesterday we learned the value of nutrition and the negative effects from unnatural sugars. Next up is exercise. Exercise is not just for losing weight. It helps with all kinds of things. Getting the blood moving keeps the body warmer. It helps move the toxins through the body faster. It helps burn off fat, which again, is not all about losing weight. Fat clogs things up. That is why daily one ought to go for a nice long walk, which is not the same as a stroll. Crack a little sweat. Exercise helps fight arthritis, decreases depression, decreases anxiety, and much more. And the longer toxins remain in the body the more likely a person is susceptible to becoming sick. So, won't you get off your lazy butt today?

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Want to avoid the colds and flus? If every member of the family would cooperate, there are eight Bible principles that if followed would pretty much prevent sicknesses. If you are the minority in the family following these rules, living in the flu and cold home is going to eventually get into your system by mere concentration. But if everyone could eat only nutritious food, which means, no unnatural sugars, immune systems would be boosted greatly. Ok so I just lost everyone there. A simple candy bar knocks out the immune system for 8 or so hours. Of course 'tis the season to eat all kinds of leftover sweets. That does not include what sugary drinks do or adding sugar to your food like cereal and drinks. Like I said, I probably lost everyone on the first step. We will tackle the other seven later. And you know unnatural sugar intake is of the devil because the unnatural sugar comes in from all different ways including corn syrup as an ingredient in many processed foods. And that's just one sugary ingredient. So, will you be looking for ways to cut out unnatural sugars?

Monday, January 02, 2017

So here is mistake number one in keeping to a New Year's resolution. People count days. At this point, they say, "Well, that was one day. Today is day number two." Although that is true, Jesus said, "Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof" (Matthew 6:34). We must treat today as separate from a link of days. It is fantastic that one has made it through the day with the resolution, but by counting the days, one is setting themselves up for a great fall. How great? Well, when the day comes that such a person stumbles, they are usually done for the year. They may even say, "Well, I did better this year on this resolution than I did last year." But the point of the resolution is not to see how far one gets but how successful throughout the year. Imagine if people would not give up. It could be the only slip up of the year. Would that not be great? Of course it would. But most will never find out. So, will you just treat each day uniquely in dealing with the resolution?

Sunday, January 01, 2017

In a rare moment, today is the first day of the new week, first day of the new month, and the first day of the new year. How you treat this triple first day event may set the tone for the rest of the year. So, how are you treating it?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Every Christian should have a New Year's Resolution. Every Christian should have the same resolution. Become more Christ-like and teach others Christ's way. Stop trying to pick off the fruit by giving up this or that or even doing this or that. If your heart is right, the fruit will be right also. So, won't you pray for a new heart even now?

Friday, December 30, 2016

"Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you [that] which shall befall you in the last days" (Genesis 49:1). That is basically what God is telling us as 2016 comes to a close. In 2017, as the last days continue to unravel, if you have little time for studying things out regarding these last days, you will be swept up in the tide and end up on the wrong side of things, and that would be sad, no matter how Christian or how saved you think you are. With attention off the real antichrist, the real antichrist has become the religious political representative to the world and will simply grow stronger and bolder. With Trump's promise to return power to the churches, though with good intention, Bible prophecy states that the United States will trample upon the rights of her people and help such happen around the world. As of October 31, 2017, the Protestant movement will be declared dead as all religions unite. Those that do not accept this agreement will be labeled as extremists, and it is already been declared that such people must be dealt with swiftly. That's the predicted persecution. Unification among religions will grow stronger to the point that the Mark of the Antichrist, the Beast, the acknowledged authority will be enforced upon all, followed by the seven last plagues, and the second coming. This is summed up in the verse, "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape" (1 Thessalonians 5:3). As Antichrist leads everyone into the false hope of a peace and safety message, the plagues will come upon them, and none shall escape God's wrath. This is not one man's point of view; this is not one denomination's point of view; this is the outline of Revelation 14:6-12 that has been taught for over 170 years. The "see, we told you so" begun 3 or 4 years ago but still no one is listening, as predicted for "all the world wondered after the beast" (Revelation 13:3). People have beaten up the true messengers of God in one form or another because they all want to enjoy the ways of the world a bit and still be saved without this ringing in their ears speaking contrary. Removing the messenger does not remove the truth (Matthew 24:48-51). So, I plead with you again, will you stop running around taking care of this and that and having little time to study out what truth is? Time is seriously running out. Honest!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

All these celebrities that are dying, especially at the close of the year is just bringing quite sadness around the world. For what? Many overdosed on drugs, abused their bodies, were overly stressed dealing with fame, and so on and so on and so on. Just how much sadness is shared for all the true Christians, not just Christians, that doors a slammed upon, are rejected, are even killed?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Young people have all this energy and waste it on all the worldly activities. Older people have all these great godly ideas but not the energy necessarily to carry it out. No wonder the Bible says, "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth" (Ecclesiastes 12:1). How was your youth spent or is being spent?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December 26 is the biggest return day of the year. People flock to the stores because their gifts were not just right. Now, the most important gift is the gift of salvation. Are you planning to return it by choosing to sin rather than being an overcomer?

Monday, December 26, 2016

If you had to choose between good relationships here on earth or seeing those people in Heaven, which would you choose? Too bad most relationships are such a choice. If everyone would believe the Words of God, which is even a point of disagreement as so many reject the Bible as being such, we could have both. But selfishness rules, and therefore the choice is before us. For me, I choose to see people in Heaven, which causes friction on earth, just as Jesus said it would. "I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes [shall be] they of his own household" (Matthew 10:35-36). So, how are your relationships?

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Did you know George Washington actually used Christmas day to launch an offensive by crossing the Delaware and surprising the Red Coats? Sin doesn't take a holiday off either. So, are you on guard against gluttony, pride, greed, etc.? Is such allowed in the children as they want more and more as they see the number of presents to be opened dwindle? Do you even lie to the kids about a certain character? So, outside of it being a pagan day to begin with, whose holiday is it, Christ's or Satan's?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

How do angels in Heaven look at our constant returning to our sinning? "As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly" (Proverbs 26:11). Are you disgusted by the thought of a dog licking up its own vomit? Well, that is the picture Heaven has of us when we return to our sins. So, do you lick up your own vomit (sin), or have you completely stayed away from it?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Shall we gather at the river? That's a song about the gathering in Heaven after the second coming. Are you making any plans to be part of that gathering?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

'Tis the season alright where everyone remembers cute cuddly Jesus while the rest of the year they hardly take notice living however they please, which is called selfish. And cute cuddly Jesus is coming back, only He won’t be back cute and cuddly for "behold, your God will come [with] vengeance, [even] God [with] a recompence; he will come and save you" (Isaiah 35:4). And why does He come back that way? “The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word. The earth mourneth [and] fadeth away, the world languisheth [and] fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant” (Isaiah 24:3-5). So, which Jesus do you remember this season? The cute, cuddly one that can't question how you live in sin since He's only a baby? Or the one with vengeance that will turn the earth inside out because the inhabitants continue to break God's commandments while gathering to Himself those that live in obedience to all He commands?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Galatians 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Here is an unbelievable gift given to us. We did nothing to deserve this. If anything, we all have been rebellious at times. And thanks to Jesus Christ, we have been made heirs in which we shall "inherit the kingdom" (Matthew 25:34). Why would anyone want to reject this offer and choose not to believe? Do you believe?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Bible says, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:1-2). Life as a Christian is a sacrifice. How much? Sinning even a little is not holy. So a ceasing from sin is expected. And if one thinks that such is an impossibility, then why would Paul pen the words that this is but a reasonable thing to do? That is because Jesus did not die for us to continue in our sins but rather He died to show the power He has over our sinful ways that "ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:4). What this will require is breaking out of the worldly practices, like, stop keeping in touch with worldly friends, stop the exposure to movies and TV, stop the exposure of even legalized drugs, stop the influence of worldly music, stop many more things, even the way the world is financially set up. But we need to go further. We need to be thinking differently. We need to basically allow the Holy Spirit to cause a hatred, not just a dislike, a hatred towards any taint of sin and at the same time love righteousness so that we are ready for the judgment because when we are filled with the real Holy Spirit "he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment" (John 16:8). We ought to not tolerate the off colored jokes, sarcasm, etc. (Ephesians 5:4) and we ought to love reading the Bible, reading religious material, praying, and right doing. So, how do you present your body?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The challenge of Christians is that our reward is not here and now. As we see everyone else getting satisfaction from the material items, it is hard to look forward to when we will walk the streets of gold, be with all the wild animals without fear, and especially be in the presence of God. These things we have not seen yet we see people getting fancy cars that eventually rust out, gorgeous houses that eventually need repaired, and go to wildly fantastic concerts. It creates a little jealousy. This explains why so many Christians mimic non-Christians, for instance, Christians now have their concerts they like to attend, which appear no different than the non-Christian except for the lyrics using God or Jesus in them. So, are you a tired Christian that has given up on waiting for the future reward and are using worldly rewards instead, or are you still holding out for that blessed hope, Jesus coming in the clouds?

Monday, December 19, 2016

Jesus said, "Watch and pray" (Matthew 26:41), which can also mean, "Study and pray". Are you studying the Bible and praying significant prayers every day, or are you criticizing such people as fanatics?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Jesus said, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof" (Matthew 6:34). This was spoken in a manner in which we are to look at temptation. Stop looking a week from now and wonder how you will ever face an event without sinning. That event is not here yet. Don't think about it. Today is hard enough. But let us take this a step further. If during the day the intensity of temptation is so strong, we need to break the day down even further. Try not to outsmart your mind because if done right, the Bible says, "if there be first a willing mind, [it is] accepted according to that a man hath, [and] not according to that he hath not" (2 Corinthians 8:12). Are you willing to say during the temptation, "Lord, I believe you can keep me from giving into the temptation by thy power (Jude 24) for the rest of this hour." If need be, pray it for just the next 5 minutes. Once the time is up, pray it again, and again, and again. And if you really believe in Jesus (Romans 10:9), then you will be able to gain the victory. How people outsmart themselves is by thinking, "Wait! Then I never get to do what I am being tempted to do. Where's the reward?" The reward comes later. Don't you want to be an overcomer now and eat from the tree of life? (Revelation 2:7)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

It’s one thing to get disappointed for a moment when things do not go as planned, but beyond that, any further reaction is of the devil. Do we not think that God knows what is best for us? Do we not trust that God grants us happiness as well as those things that benefit us? To "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33) means that He will grant us the things that would bring us happiness and fulfillment. Therefore, when things do not go as plan, will you trust in God that His will would not have been done?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Dedication is something developed and is not something a person is born with. When we ignore all of the distractions that pull us away, each distraction rejected builds dedication. So how dedicated are you towards God, especially through obedience?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

What is a habit? It is something done repetitively. So why not purposely find good habits, like daily Bible reading, to replace the bad ones? Stopping the bad ones leads to the feeling of being deprived. Inserting plenty of good habits does not allow for the time to exercise the bad ones. So, what good habits can you put into your life?

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Did you know that if we are slipping up, inch by inch slipping into doing a sin, even though the thoughts have already progressed into sinning, we do not have to complete the act. We can still "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7). And then regarding the thoughts, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). So, how far do you allow sin to play out? Do you let it go all the way since you are already sinning, or do you actually build up a bit of resistance towards sin by stopping it in its tracks becoming stronger for the next temptation?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Why do people seem to struggle with overcoming their sins? This is PART 2. A few days ago we did part 1. So continuing that theme of overcoming, or the lack thereof, let us look at the main issue. Why are so many Christians not Christian? What I am saying is that the Bible teaches we are to walk or live as Christ (1 John 2:6), yet so many people are not like Christ. Why? It is called the influences. The only way we can be like Christ is if we spend a significant time with Christ. In other words, if we are not giving God a significant amount of time each day and at the same time not cutting out that which leads away from Christ, we can go to church all we want, but in the end, we will still be un-Christ like. The "boring" Bible cannot compete with the excitement of entertainment. If such holds a significant amount of time in the life, a Christ-like character will never be formed. So, how much time each day do you give to God and beholding Him (2 Corinthians 3:18)?

Monday, December 12, 2016

"Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter?" (James 3:11) Does good and bad come from you? If we are a Christian filled with the Living Water, we ought to then have only sweet water coming from us. So, does only sweet water come forth from you?

Sunday, December 11, 2016

God says, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord" (James 5:14). He did not say to pray for the sick among unbelievers for upon their healing, they would return to the work of Satan. So, how careful are you in your prayer requests?

Saturday, December 10, 2016

God says, "come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you" (2 Corinthians 6:17), and yet, so many Christians remain close friends with the unconverted. Do they not know that who we surround ourselves with will influence us. If we spend a lot of time with the unconverted, we will become weak in our relationship with God. So, who are your friends?

Friday, December 09, 2016

Why do people seem to struggle with overcoming their sins? This is PART 1. First, do you even know that we are to "Strive to enter in at the strait gate" (Luke 13:24)? So those Christians that are not even trying to overcome their sins are already in a bad situation for only "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God" (Revelation 2:7). Now those that know and seem to be still doing the sins they supposedly don't want to do, here is a bit of insight. The reason why failure happens is because we are to "regard not iniquity" (Job 36:21), yet so many still regard it. For instance, "Why can't I stop using foul language? I keep trying to watch my words, but I seem to keep saying them." That's because you still regard iniquity in other forms. By hanging around people who use foul language simply because they are your friends is regarding iniquity. First, tell them that you don't want the words said around you, and if they continue, cut them out. And don't tell me it is not that easy. It is that easy. What makes it difficult is that you don't want to look weird or worse, you don't want to lose your friendship with them. If that is the case, go ahead and hang in with them, and when you are found burning next to your friends, you can keep on saying, "I don't want to lose my friendship." Are friends that much worth to risk Heaven?

Thursday, December 08, 2016

What can be so sweet and yet end up being bitter? There are five verses in the Bible that contain the words bitter and sweet. Of those five, something that starts out as sweet and then turns bitter, there is but on verse. "And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter" (Revelation 10:10). Symbolically, if a person studies God's Word and comes to the wrong conclusion, what a bitter disappointment that would be! So, are you willing to compare your beliefs with the Word of God to see that all remains sweet? It would be a great disappointment to be on the wrong side of the second coming.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

So let me get this straight. God sends His only Son (John 3:16). Jesus gives up permanently part of His God power to become human, which is His omnipresence (Hebrews 2:16). Christ is now present through the Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:14). He suffered (Luke 24:26) and died (Romans 5:8). He endured all kinds of ridicule (Hebrews 12:2). Then He turns around and says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). No strings attached. No having to pay money. No having to work extra. What a free gift! But we dare to hold onto a single sin? We dare to not make an immediate and complete surrender right now? We dare put it off? Something just does not seem right in this exchange. How is it in your relationship with God?

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

"To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts" (Hebrews 3:15). So, Jesus died and rose to provide us with eternal life. What is so important here on earth that we are so willing to throw it away? Why do we rather choose compromise with sin, like just a little bit of sinning at least, instead of being completely surrendered to Him? And why can we not choose to completely surrender to Him now instead of after the holidays, after a certain period of time, after right now?

Monday, December 05, 2016

The principle found in 2 Corinthians 3:18 states basically that what we behold we are changed into. Some think themselves smart and know if they watch movies with violence they are not going to go and kill someone, but they don't realize that the level of impatience decreases and intolerance of others increases. So, what do you behold (listen or watch) often?

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Jesus said, "Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able" (Luke 13:24). And, "if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1). Then, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). And then, "Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able" (Luke 13:24). So, how's your fight against sinning going?

Saturday, December 03, 2016

"Modest apparel" (1 Timothy 2:9) does not mean to just be all covered up. The movement of wearing painted clothing yet being naked is immodest. Wearing see through clothing is also considered immodest and so is form fitting clothing, especially ones that reveal every crack, crevice, shape, and form. Compounding the issue are the immodest women presenting themselves as victims declaring that they ought not be ashamed of their gorgeous body. This is a change in wording from the, "If you got it, flaunt it" cry. Appearing as a victim shows how religion is oppressive, yet the Bible says, "no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk uprightly" (Psalms 84:11). So, are you part of the naked movement repeating the sins of the past, or do you wear proper modest attire?

Friday, December 02, 2016

Although Jesus said, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof" (Matthew 6:34), referring to wandering how one would face temptations in the future, we ought to also consider that looking back at successful past days can also have a negative effect. Yes, we ought to count the victories for that strengthens us to face future temptations, but when we say, "Hey, I haven't had a cigarette in 10 days", "…11 days", "…two weeks", etc., sometimes we set ourselves up to fall because we start think we have it beat when in fact, Jesus said, "Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof", meaning, we ought to treat each day as its own day of evil, a new day of temptations, and battle the day just as hard as if it were the first day of battle. So, how are you treating the day?

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Although it is not the biblical new month, it still is a new month. What are you going to make of it? How closely will you walk the walk of Enoch, of Jesus?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Being trustworthy is not something bestowed upon another. It is earned. God earned it through His reveal Word and deserves to be trusted. We earn it through our actions. So, the next time we consider cheating or cutting corners just a little because no one is looking, think how even a little act can break the trust. Would you really want someone to accidentally find out that you cut corners, did something short of being trustworthy?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The balance between being disciplined and giving a good witness is difficult. Visit with somebody offering a whole lot of food, not all acceptable to God, and it is tough to keep saying, "Oh, I don't eat that, or that, or that, …" when people are asking you, "Why aren't you eating any…?" When conversations are not what God would like, it is hard to show oneself as friendly without joining in the trivial matters. And the list goes on. If one is verbally disciplined, they will state things without concern of it being effective in eventually winning souls. To go along with it, however, as much as is allowed without raising other people's awareness is giving the impression that later may appear as a hypocrite. Now after stating this, there is no clear cut guideline to offer. Every situation demands for us to think these things through and quickly for a moment's hesitation can tip people off. This is why we are told to "be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10:16). So, how quickly, for the gospel sake, can you think on your feet?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Past victories over temptation may strengthen for the next battle, but never should we start thinking, "I got this" for it is a daily experience. In fact, usually when we get to the point of saying such that is when we fall into temptation. So, do you treat each day as a new day as Jesus said, "Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof" (Matthew 6:34)?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

To err may be human, but obedience is divine. "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:4). So, do you give into the human nature or tap into the divine power? Jesus prayed constantly, and no, not always with His eyes closed. So, in every temptation, do you pray to escape, or do you jump in for the enjoyment?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

They say that the weakest link is where a chain shall break. Jesus similarly said that the weaker foundation is what makes a house fall down (Matthew 7:24-27). The weakest resistance to temptation is what the devils use to cause people to sin. Why does it seem there are more temptations in a day regarding your weakest points of discipline? Because they know how to take down everyone by using that which one is weakest at. What simple things in life others may enjoy freely without sinning may not be the same for you. Extra measures need to be taken watching out for the step by step into sin. So, will you "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak" (Matthew 26:41)?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Overeating, even though it is the holidays, is still not an acceptable activity of God when it comes to the physical food. Now overeating bread, as in, the Word of God is something that hardly can happen. I suppose that if one never goes to bed and ignores every day duties, overeating even of God's Word could happen, but to keep the TV off and spend more time in the Word, when there are moments of "What can I do" and one chooses Bible reading, etc., no one can eat too much then. So, how much do you eat?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

This Thanksgiving, just remember, "For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer" (1 Timothy 4:4-5). The Word of God says that there is a difference between clean and unclean animals. The Word of God says to keep from eating blood. So, what are you having for Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Another reason why people seem to struggle in overcoming sin is the fact that people do not realize, especially many Christians, that such is required. Not only are we told this eight times in Revelation, a picture of the second coming has Jesus saying to many Christians (Matthew 7:22), "I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:23). Iniquity is sin and "sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4). Therefore, so many Christians will be lost for not ceasing from sinning. In other words, they are not overcoming their sins by the power of God. So, do you at least realize that we are to overcome all sin in our lives?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Why do people seem to struggle in overcoming sin? One reason is the allowances in other areas. When trying to quit one sin but allowing the "not so bad" in other areas, it weakens our ability to gain the victory in the sin we are struggling with. For instance, if we are trying to give up foul language, but we allow a little gluttony here or there, then the discipline to overcome foul language is weakened. So, what so called little allowances do you make in unrelated areas that contributes to your struggles with bigger sins?

Monday, November 21, 2016

What is wrong with good TV programming? The Bible tells us that "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes" (Psalms 101:3). So where is the line drawn? What is wicked to one person may be considered acceptable to another, leaving it to the eye of the beholder, and that is how we have gotten to the point that most content is raunchy because we are driven by being adult enough to handle it. But I will propose even simple things like the holiday movies that are usually found on story channels are inclusive of not being good. Those that are selective of TV think they are doing well with cutting out the violence, sex, and foul language. What they do not understand is that is the decoy. Satan is more subtle than that. When we see a movie picturing the whole family, many generations gathered around a table full of food, more than they all can eat seven times over, it breaks the tenth commandment of coveting because now that is what we would like to have happen, and we may even try and try to get it to happen and we know it never turns out that way. It also encourages gluttony, usually the use of alcohol, and for everyone to get along, the purpose of being on this planet is squashed. We are to seek to win souls, and not have our conversations of the world. So all the sports talk that is nothing more than ego talk and pride, all the celebrity talk that is nothing more than idol worship, all the shopping talk that feeds coveting, all the talk about the various gift lists feeds into greed, etc. is what is promoted on TV at these gatherings. So, are you blinded to the undermining purpose of Satan, or have you picked up God's Word instead?

Sunday, November 20, 2016

When we are told that if we start sinning, it is the same as actually completing the act, that does not mean to complete the act. Victory over sin is a growing experience, hence Jesus' parable about the seed, the blade, the ear, and the corn in the ear. Victory is not only how many less times we have fallen but it also how far. If one lights up a cigarette, takes a puff, and then says, "What am I doing?", and puts it out, they are growing. If that same person would have said, "Well, might as well finish it", then that person is not growing. So, are you growing in your sanctification, or is it all or nothing?

Saturday, November 19, 2016

What are your first thoughts of in the day? Got get this done and that done and…? Do you have a moment to say, "Good morning Lord. Thy will be done"?

Friday, November 18, 2016

When a person says that "I'm only human" to make allowance for continuing to sin that means the old person we used to be is not dead (Romans 6:6); we have not become a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17); we decided not to resist the devil completely even to the sweating of blood (Hebrews 12:4); we have not tapped into the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4); we do not believe with God that all thinks are possible (Matthew 19:26); we are not striving to enter the kingdom of God (Colossians 1:29); we do not have faith that Jesus is able to keep us from falling into sin (Jude 1:24); we have chosen to not put forth our best effort to run the race foe eternal life (1 Corinthians 9:24); and I could go on. In other words, every "human" thought that comes to mind needs be rejected as an untruth. Every "human" urge we feel in our bodies to do something needs to be repulsed. Every "human" word that wants to come out of our mouth must be swallowed. And so, who is greater in your life? You or God? Satan or God?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ever have a day that does not go as planned? Probably every day almost. That's because someone wants to throw a wrench into our plans. As a Christian, "we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose" (Romans 8:28). Do you believe it or do you get frustrated instead?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How do you know who is telling the truth in the news? Is it for or against vaccines? Is it for or against gun control? Is it for or against getting rid of the electoral college? The answer is in the Bible. Look up the topic at hand and compare it to the Bible. No, we're not talking the obvious, like for or against abortion being considered unnecessary killing, or that practicing homosexuality is condemned by the Bible. Look at the electoral college. Should you be for or against abolishing it? According to Revelation 13, this country was founded on two main principles: freedom of religious expression and civil liberties with protection. In other words, our country was very much against tyranny, both from the King of England as well as from popery. In the end, it will do away with these liberties and make dragon-like forceful laws. To protect these liberties, checks and balances were put in place. Many think that such is only for the president and congress, but there also some against citizens too. The college caps the influence of populous states over the sparser states. Sure, the populous states have many more people representing their vote, but it is still capped. No matter if the state has 51% or 99%, the cap is the cap. Looking at the elections since 1992, if the college were removed, we would have had one party in power and about to have another four years as well. In 2000, nearly in 2004, and in 2016, the popular vote did not elect the president. Do keep in mind, that 2004 would have not been won by the sitting president if in 2000 the popular vote was used. In short, what we are stating is that to remove the college is to allow one party to have been controlling for 28 years. That's too much influence no matter which party is in control, therefore, one ought to be against the removal of the college for continued civil liberty in this country. So, do you blindly accept the conservative or liberal media reports, or do you realize that both have an agenda and they need checked by the God's Word?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

So many Christians say that they can face big battles of faith. Having a choice to live or die based upon willing to deny Jesus is a pretty big battle, but did you know that every day Christians are denying Jesus in the little battles? The Bible says, "They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate" (Titus 1:16). Yes, there are certain abominations mentioned in the Bible but notice the word :disobedient". To say, "Oh, I'm not that bad" is to ignore the disobedience part. Every act of disobedience to what the Word commands is a denial of the power of Jesus who says that He "is able to keep you from falling" (Jude 1:24). So, do you deny God's power or do you get empowered by it?

Monday, November 14, 2016

Back to John and Judas on the subject of two different outcomes despite the same exposure and same background. Judas must have known that Jesus knew he was a thief yet Judas was entrusted to hold the donations, the money, which Judas dipped into as he justified for his purpose (John 12:6). But notice that none of the gospels reveal an open rebuke towards Judas or even removal of position. John on the other hand was rebuked of Jesus several times. "Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of" (Luke 9:55). "To sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but [it shall be given to them] for whom it is prepared of my Father" (Matthew 20:23). So, do you misunderstand the opportunities given to you to encourage you in your unconsecrated ways, or do you accept rebuke as being loved for "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten" (Revelation 3:19).

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Why do people give into temptation? It is because they lack something. Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). So do you love Jesus or do you lack that love?

Saturday, November 12, 2016

As a reminder, temptation is not sin, and "with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]" (1 Corinthians 10:13). "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death" (James 1:14-15). So, how long does temptation stay in your mind before it becomes sin?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Procrastination may not always have consequences, but one area of procrastination will have eternal consequences. It's called eternal life. Putting off being a true Christian because there is always tomorrow is very risky. Accidents happen and who knows if one of them will take your life. Additionally, there is something called the "close of probation" that happens to people even before they die. Heaven only knows when that happens and there is no outward sign for us to know of such. So, do you really want to continue to procrastinate with salvation?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bereans were known as a people who studied to see if those things Paul was teaching were so but not only so, they also applied it to their lives. Do you simply acknowledge Bible truth or does Bible truth get applied to your life?

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Remember, if you are happy or sad about the election results, God "removeth kings, and setteth up kings" (Daniel 2:21). So, are you worked up because your candidate lost? Are you enthused because your candidate won? Just remember, your candidate didn't actually win or lose. God put them there for His purpose, which may be to undo evil or maybe even to bring evil. The important thing is, are you voting for God every moment of your life by representing Him always?

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

So who are you going to vote for today? It all comes down to this moment. It is very important. "My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth" (1 John 3:18). So, in your deeds and truth, will you vote today for God, or will you vote for Satan? Oh, and you are to vote all day long and every day.

Monday, November 07, 2016

In the Judas versus John comparison, religion can drive people either closer to Jesus revealing what true religion is all about, or away from Jesus, misrepresenting Christianity. Without the love in the heart, Judas was forceful, much like the middle ages where if one did not become Catholic, they were put to death, hence the crusades. So, does your relationship reflect the loving character of John, after the cross, or does it reflect the character of Judas?

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Back to our comparison between John and Judas, notice that Jesus even went the extra distance to reach Judas. In the actual act of betrayal, Jesus calls Judas "friend" (Matthew 26:50). "And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him." Jesus did not label Judas as he ought to be addressed, "Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him" (Matthew 10:4). So, how do you respond to those that treat you still as their friend? Does your heart melt like John's, or do you plow through with your own plans like Judas? When prompted not to sin, before you execute your plans, Jesus still calls you friend hoping that you shall turn away from the sin. Will you picture that next time you are tempted or will you go ahead and betray Jesus by sinning misrepresenting what a true Christian is like?

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Although every day is the day the Lord has made, only one did He do something special to. "God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it" (Genesis 2:3). Then He tells us, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Exodus 20:8) as it is "a sign between me and them, that they might know that I [am] the LORD that sanctify them" (Ezekiel 20:12). So, won't you keep His Sabbath day holy today?

Friday, November 04, 2016

In continuing our John versus Judas series, let us address favoritism, in which, when Jesus sent his disciples out in power to heal and to cast out devils, did both exercise the power thereof? Yes they did. So there was no favoritism. They both were "confirming the word with signs following" (Mark 16:20). That means it takes a whole lot of denial to turn around and reject Christ, but so many do the same thing today. When people are shown exactly what the Bible teaches, without question, positively no exception, and yet people deny that it is the Word of God, something is wrong. To be indifferent and say, "Well, every denomination has problems." Problems? Yes. Error on the books? No! So, are you like Judas and deny the Holy Spirit who "will guide you into all truth", or will you live "by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4)?

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Continuing from yesterday's John and Judas comparison, where Judas had the same opportunities as John, but John became the "beloved" disciple while Judas became the betrayer. Today, let us address that both had the wrong belief of the Messiah, in which they believed in a physical kingdom that would beat back the Romans, one person accepted the fact that their belief was wrong while the other tried to force Jesus' hand to make it happen. John's three epistles clearly show a different thought about his original beliefs. Judas was the one that stirred up the people, after thousands were miraculously fed, to make Jesus king. Judas refused to change his beliefs. So, who do you relate with best? When you hear doctrine that is different than what you believe, do you resist the new doctrine or do you search these things out to see if they are true or not and if they are true, do you change your beliefs?

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Now John and Judas were basically equal. Both were unconverted as John was a "son of thunder" (Mark 3:17), which means, he had an unconverted temper. And we know Judas was a thief (John 12:6). Yet Judas ends up betraying Jesus and committing suicide, while John humbled himself and became the apostle of love. So, who do you relate more to when receiving correction?

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

While many Christians celebrate the souls wandering around, the Bible says, "David is not ascended into the heavens" (Acts 2:34) and "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming" (1 Corinthians 15:22-23). So since David is not in Heaven yet, and we are to be waiting until the second coming before anyone else goes there, just who are these Christians acknowledging? It is called spiritualism. So, are you a spiritualist, or do you believe when people die, they are dead, sleeping unconsciously waiting for the second coming?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Today marks 499 years since Martin Luther nailed the 95 thesis to the church door sparking the Protestant reformation, correctly identifying the Catholic Church as the entity that would teach doctrines different from Jesus Christ, hence the name antichirst. Next year, Protestants will join the pope to sign an agreement that officially ends the protest, but has the Catholic Church ceased from her errors? No. Have the Protestants stayed biblical in all of their beliefs? Most have not, especially the ones described as "think to change times and laws" (Daniel 7:25). Antichrist would think to change God's times and God's law, His Ten Commandments. To change God's times is to accept the reckoning of a day off of God's sunset to sunset into midnight to midnight as well as moving the Sabbath over to a pagan day of Sunday. Protestants and Catholics alike accept Sunday as the new Sabbath, which God never changed. Catholics have altered the Ten Commandments, such as creating two commandments on coveting, while many Protestants have cast away all ten of them. So, are you going along with all of this false unification based on feeling good, or are you described as part of the last day group "Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12)?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well" (James 2:19). "But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26). "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). So if we are all filled with the same Holy Spirit, why don't we all believe the same truth?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

What you love is what you spend time with. How much time do you spend with Jesus?

Friday, October 28, 2016

When the Bible says, "They loved not their lives unto the death" (Revelation 12:11), that means people do not live for their own pleasure but submit everything to the will of God in complete obedience without dread even if those around them go so far as to kill them. How far Christians have strayed is unbelievable, but then again, when every generation of pastors seem to lighten up and lighten up on the obedience part and even less on the sinning part, and we have the congregations not studying their Bibles for themselves, it is believable that today's Christians do not resemble true Bible Christians. So, are you a true Christian that will "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil" (James 4:7), or are you one that goes along with society thinking that the Bible is not so strictly to be followed?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

When we ask God for forgiveness, it is basically saying, "I'm sorry for what I did." Now the question is, do we mean it? Look at the person that was forgiven the huge debt and turned around and abused the person who then owed him a few dollars (Matthew 18:23-35). His debt was placed back upon him, therefore, when we sin, ask for forgiveness, and then turn around and just carelessly do it again, think not that our sin we originally confessed was forgiven. So, do you really mean what you confess?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

When people say, "Oh, that's old fashion", when it comes to morals, what they are saying is that I choose worldly ways instead of God's ways despite thinking one is a Christian. For instance, there's to be no body touching and especially sex without the marriage commitment, yet, even Christians say, "That's old fashion." Swimwear should almost resemble scuba wear yet even Christians wear bikini's, thongs, and see threw garments stating the former to be "Old fashion". Then I better not mention how God would have separation of the sexes at swimming places. I mean look at the facts. Most people's under garments, underwear, cover more than what is worn at the beach. To watch "Brady Bunch" content instead of "The Simpsons" is considered "Old Fashion". To read and study the Bible is considered "Old Fashion". There are many other things that are actually of the world as compared to God's "Old Fashion" ways. So, has the world changed or God's allowances changed? Have you chosen the world's ways or God's?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

God says, "For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD" (Isaiah 55:8). In everything we do, places we go, things we watch, are we thinking along God's way or our own? Would God approve of what you watch? Does it make you a holier person or worldly person? Would God approve of what you listen to? Again, does it make you a holier person or worldly person? Would God approve of what you eat and drink? Does it strengthen your body, like grains, fruit, vegetables do, or does it weaken, like lots of sugar does? Where you go, is that of the world of God? Yes, grocery shopping is necessary but going to a bar is not. Going to school or work is necessary, but going to a sporting event is not. So, do you evaluate everything you do as if it strengthens your relationship with God or with the world, or do you just carelessly go about your business?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Jesus said, "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matthew 5:44), and people think they ought to pray blessings upon them, which is wrong. "Oh, Lord, this alcoholic may beat me and verbally abuse me, please give Him blessings", which just encourages the alcohol abuse. This is not what God meant when He said to bless and pray for them. That includes, "Oh, Lord, they now have kidney disease and been given a few months to live. Please heal them." What for? So, they can go back to their drunken state and abusive ways? This may seem to be an extreme but sometimes we need to see it in the extreme light. No, don't pray for lightening to come upon them, but do be kind as one can be, which is a blessing since the world would look for ways to retaliate. When praying for them, pray, "Oh, Lord, please help them find their way to you before it is too late." So, how do you pray and bless your enemies? In a manner that enables them to continue their evil ways or in the manner that opens the way for God to work in their lives?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

When we enter into the day or think of the future and start with "I want", know full well that we still need converted. Jesus says, "If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). That means, if we say, "When I retire, I'm going to travel the world" is wrong. That may not be what God wants us spending our time and especially His money on. When we say, "I think I want to start a stamp or coin collection", again, that is probably not God's will, in fact, to tie up money like that in these days is definitely not God's will. Solomon speaks of "a generation" (Proverbs 30:11-14)referring to the last generation in which denying themselves is hardly a thought, yet Jesus says that without such, we cannot be His disciples. And when we use the word "generation", as in the Bible, we are not referring to the world's way that points to the upcoming youth and young adults. It is everyone living right before Jesus returns from the age of accountability (about 12) until they enter the grave. Just what generation do you want to be part of in these last days? The one that spends time and money carelessly chasing "I want" or the generation that is focused upon denying the "I wants" and focused upon sacrifice, hard work for God, seeking and saving the lost?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

"Choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Joshua 24:15). And if I choose to serve God, then I have not only made my choice, but I am one that has chosen. That's not just "in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth" (1 John 3:18). So, are you chosen or are you of the world?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Although the tithe or "the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD" (Leviticus 27:32), technically it is all God's money, and how we spend it, even on ourselves, ought to be done as a "good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21). So, how much money do you spend unnecessarily or even in worldly ways?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sharing the gospel today seems to be telling people how wonderful their church is and that is not the gospel. The Bible says, "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" (Acts 2:42). First, they are taught who Jesus is. Second, they continued in specific scriptural doctrine, which is hardly heard of today for what we here is how doctrines divide. Third, they fellowshipped together. The end result was "the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved" (Acts 2:47). Nowhere is there mention of a good children's program, youth program, great choir, movie night, etc. It's all about Jesus and His doctrines to be followed. Fellowship is simply togetherness. So, what do you put out to the public, your church or Jesus and His doctrine? Do you even put anything out there?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Every branch of the government has sold out the citizen. From abuse of power from the presidency enacting executive orders beyond the limits of the federal government, to the congress not calling the abuse, to the FBI who are easily bought and threatened, to the Fed who is only interested in themselves, to the IRS that have an obvious bias into who they call to be audited, to the judicial system that can be bribed, to … so on and so on. And if people do not think that it is that bad, then they are blind, corrupt, or willingly ignorant. But despite all these things, we are to "be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work" (Titus 3:1). So whatever law that you may or may not agree with, do you still obey as God would have us obey (except those contrary to God)?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Why do our posts seem not to speak much of God's love? In actuality, it is all God's love. People just seem to have warped sense of love. They think love is the fact that God sent His Son do die for our sins. That's only partially true, however, the way Christians are presented the message of salvation, you would think that such is all there is. So to balance things out, we stress what happens after accepting Jesus. It's called living the Christian life by not sinning through the power of Jesus Christ. So, since God loves us so much that He does not want us to daily get hurt through continued sinning, won't you cease also from your sins?

Monday, October 17, 2016

The last great battle is not against governments, against people in general, against unconverted friends, even against unconverted family members. The last great battle is the mind for we must be "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5). So, what battle are you fighting?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

"This [is] the day [which] the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalms 118:24). And that includes all the trials and challenges and burdens. So, will you still rejoice and be glad in it, or will you basically curse the day God has made with your negative attitude?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

On your birthday, do you glorify God for granting you another year of existence? Do you rededicate your life for the coming year? Or is it all about the friends and family recognizing that it is your birthday and you are put out when people forget? Is it even about what gifts you receive?

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Bible says, "happy [is] the man whom God correcteth" (Job 5:17). That does not sound appealing but let's face it, a parent who does not care if their child gets hurt or not is not a very loving parent. The ultimate hurt is hell fire, therefore, correction from God shows the love He has. So, do you get angry at a preacher for telling God's true position on sin? Do you close the book when you read something that crosses what you are used to doing? Do you stop listening when people try to inform you of the true Christian lifestyle? Do you find excuses not to pay attention to God's way no matter what source it comes from?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Don't feel in the mood or feel like always doing the right thing. Just remember, Jesus prayed, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22:42) and went to the cross. Many people don't feel like eating good food when sick so they fill up on junk food. The same occurs when depressed, sad, or even lonely. Some people, when tired, will just veg for hours watching TV or even inappropriate content. All of this is not becoming of a Christian. So, when you feel low and tired and even sick, will you pray, "Not my will but thine oh God"?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

If people would put as much effort into sharing the gospel as they do talking politics, everyone in the United States would have been exposed to the gospel by now. If people would put as much effort into studying the Bible as they do in reading political articles, they would be more knowledgeable in the way of God. If people would put in as much effort into watching sermons as they do watching the news, debates, commentary about the political race, such would be better enlightened people. So, how much time do you give God as you do politics?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

When do you get to do what you want to do? "If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23). Ummmm, never. So, do you deny yourself or do you regularly give into selfishness from time to time?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Remember, who you are is when you are all alone and no one is there to see what you do or don't do. Know this though, angels of Heaven and God are seeing it. What do you want to show them?

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Atheism versus faith in God, it's a choice; it's just that one offers a better future. And yes, there is enough evidence that reveals it is not just a fairy tale, but there is also enough lacking to have faith. If the atheist is wrong, it will be a sad day for them for even all their goodness will not be sufficient for eternal life as "all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). If the believer is wrong, and they were a true believer, all their righteousness would at least make this place a better environment to live in. So, believing in God is not a waste. Being an atheist, even doing the same right things, is a risk, a risk in being wrong and missing out on what they could have received. Which do you want to believe in?

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Do you lead the day by look for what "I want" or "God's will be done"?

Friday, October 07, 2016

"And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation" (Isaiah 25:9). This is not only said in a manner of waiting for the second coming to end all of this earth's misery, but it is also in regards to the reward of satisfaction. Why do so many, even of Christians, choose to sin? It is because of the reward of instant satisfaction. People feel good right away and that encourages more of the same behavior, which forms a habit. So the people in the verse are those that may appear to have been deprived of the fun of sinning while they are looking forward to the future satisfaction of reward instead. So, do you look for satisfaction now or are you waiting for the second coming instead?

Thursday, October 06, 2016

When Jesus departed, "Two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:10-11). So all of the movies that portray Jesus having to be born again are false. All the theories of Jesus setting up an earthly kingdom is nothing short of deception. Jesus is coming in like manner as He left. He left on a cloud and will return on a cloud. "Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:17). So outside of this one true manner of Jesus' return, what other false theories are you listening too?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Ever get backed into a corner and make a decision that others heavily criticize only for you to retort with, "I had no other choice!"? All through history such has been the case with even governments where bad laws and regulations have been enacted under crisis situations that otherwise would never have been voted upon. In reality, we always have another choice, and that choice is God. Did you know that the dreaded Mark of the Beast is not something that will arbitrarily be enforced upon society? What is going to happen is that it will appear that there is no other choice to deal with a crisis that is predicted to be happening at the same time. With "wars and rumours of wars" (Matthew 24:6), especially with ISIS, along with major natural disasters (Matthew 24:7), it will appear that the only sane choice is to turn to a universal god, which is not the true God. And then in the name of God, "They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service" (John 16:2). The reason people make these poor decisions is because they don't want to fully use God's method. Sometimes God's methods embarrasses us, causes us to lose friends and family, make us uncomfortable, etc. So, the next time you feel you have no other choice, will you look for God's choice even if it is the difficult choice?

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

It is so easy to criticize the Pharisees as the enemy of Jesus. I mean, let's face it, crucifying Him is pretty bad, but are the Pharisees really as bad as we are taught? Could there be a good motivation in what they did in addition to their hypocrisy and love of attention? I propose yes. Why did the Jews go into captivity? Mostly for desecrating of the Sabbath and turning to pagan worship. So between the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the time of Jesus, the Pharisees come along motivated by protecting against such ever happening again. During their meetings they would add one rule after another to protect the Sabbath. As one board meeting after another made rule after rule, several members started to question some of the rules. "One of the Sabbath rules restrict our need on the Sabbath to do something?" So exceptions were made, once again motivated by a good intention creating inadvertently a bad result, appearance of hypocrisy. Jesus even addressed this. "For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay [them] on men's shoulders; but they [themselves] will not move them with one of their fingers" (Matthew 23:4). And was it only hatred towards Jesus that motivated the crucifixion? Speaking of Jesus, at one of their board meetings, "Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all [men] will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation" (John 11:47-48). So, if you are on your church board or if you know your church board is creating rules with good intention but also having negative results beyond God's intention, will you consider for yourself or gently bring it to their attention that even though the rule or rules have good intentions, we ought to be careful of placing a burden that God does not want placed upon His people? How easy it is to make a blanket rule that takes care of addressing individuals.

Monday, October 03, 2016

So when a person in the faith asks if we can stop doing something, saying something, or whatever it may be and that person happens to be long in the faith and usually trustworthy, do you take it personally if you are practicing what they asked to stop? For instance, if someone were to be talking about the latest sports event at church and someone else said, "Could we not talk about sports right now?" Would you be offended because you are a sports fan, even if you were not addressed personally but overheard? Or would you think, "Hey, that person has been well studied and knows more than I do, I'm going to have to look into the reason we ought not do that"? Hopefully it is the latter response.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

In trying to get out of debt, advisors suggest a little personal payment, as in free spending money, because to just pay down debt is so long of a period of time and feels so depriving. In trying to lose weight, it is suggested to be very restrictive most of the week and then allow a splurge on one maybe two days a week. The same is true with all habits they say. This is where advisors, counselors, etc. are not understanding God for He says, "my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD" (Isaiah 55:8). Taking the human logic to the fullest extent would advise a cheater in a marriage to be very restrictive and not cheat most of the week but one or two days is alright. Those that are guilty of roughing up people, like the mafia, the logic would be, only rough up people once or twice a week but the rest of the days be as nice as possible. Really!!! To cater to the wants of humans in any manner is to make a weak, non-overcoming person. The Bible teaches cold turkey, as the phrase is. Now, if one is overcome by the habit, that is not the time to give up for God says, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1). There is no allowance for sinning of which bad habits are just that. There no reward with sin for trying to overcome sin. There is forgiveness in a "oops" moment but a pattern of "oops" is not "oops" at all. So, who are you going to listen to? Human beings with a bunch of degrees that do not offer eternal life, or God, through His Word that does offer eternal life only for those that overcome (Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:26, 3:5, 3:12, 3:21, 21:7)?

Saturday, October 01, 2016

"For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief" (Proverbs 24:16). So, if you are trying to quit a habit and end up doing the habit, not just once but several times, do you say, "I give up!", or do you rise again and try again?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Being "children of light, and the children of the day" (1 Thessalonians 5:5), we see things are set. The last world empire is aiding antichrist regain domination. The last great physical conflict has been under way since 9/11. Pestilences are immune to vaccines. Strong and large disasters are occurring. There are rumors of wars about to break out. The gospel is going around the world. And many more events are happening. But since all of these things individually have been happening slowly over time, the response has been, "Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation" (2 Peter 3:4). Well, to that, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). In fact, "I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads" (Revelation 7:2-3). So things have not let loose yet, which is a good thing and a bad thing. Things are pretty bad but they will instantly double, triple, and more in intensity once all of God's people are sealed, but the sealed ones are only for those who have "heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" (Ephesians 1:13). And evidently God is having a hard time finding such people because the mood today is that everyone has their own version of truth and no one's opinion is wrong. Not so with God. So, are you loving the truth and being sealed, or are you pretending to be a Christian only to get serious later?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Everything has a positive and a negative to it. Some things are harder to find the positive about it, but that's our job as a Christian because in this world, it is so easy to find the negatives. No one has to put effort towards finding a negative. Even in jest, when it comes to the good that is done, to fire off a sarcastic negative comment, who does that really help? It helps Satan, especially when the person that is sharing the good news may have put forth a lot of effort to bring it to fruition. By uttering such and not resisting the devil, you actually take a notch out of the excitement, especially if it is God related. For instance, for the church to say, "We mailed out a thousand Bible study invitations" in hopes of positive numbers despite knowing reality, and if someone to shout, "Yeah, and we'll probably end up with only one responding if that", is a negative remark. It may have taken a lot of effort to be able send out those study requests. All involved may have had to fight through the negative feelings they experienced to finally get to the point of doing something to further the gospel. The money may have been raised solely by the small group and not from the church budget. And for someone not involved to be a downer is not helpful. It may be true, but Jesus told us to work forward despite the obstacles. Sharing the gospel is not popular, both in workers and recipients. You know, there's enough negativity going around that tires the mind. The one's closest to the person, like family and church members, should be people they can simply rest their minds with. So, do you see it as funny to cut into someone who is wearily working by a quick jesting comment, or are you supportive?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

No one likes to be deceived, but to try and present oneself as unable to be deceived when they are being deceived is the worst kind of deception. True religion is to "Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21). In other words, beliefs ought to be subject to testing. If we are closed to listening to new things, then either we are weak in the faith and are afraid or we are too proud to admit we are wrong. The sad reality is that both groups will end up being lost as we are to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15), and "if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins" (James 5:19-20). So, which are you? Weak in the faith? Prideful and closed minded? A student of the Word?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

James writes, "Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins" (James 5:20). Although the intended soul to save is the one being witnessed to, keep in mind that it may be the soul providing the guidance that is saved as well. To be an effective teacher, which we are all called to be, we need to be Bible studiers and living examples of what is taught. Therefore, we could end up saving our own souls through doing Bible studies with others. So, how many studies do you have going on?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Do you struggle with private temptations to sin? Do you sneak food, smoke, look at porn, drink alcohol, do drugs, or other similar things? Well, after praying for the power of God to overcome, after trying to keep the mind focused on godly things and away from thinking about the sin in any form, consider this practical thing. Most of these sins can be avoided by keeping busy. How busy? Well, don't tell yourself you need a break. Saying, "I need to rest for a moment", is when we look for the food, the cigarette, the bottle, the porn, the whatever. First thing to do is look for something to do. When that task is done, immediately look for another, and another, and another. The notion that we are to have a break here or there is of the devil. In fact, most employees are told that there is a 15 minute break in the morning, a lunch break, and a 15 minute break in the afternoon. Nonsense! When at home, break out of that thought and keep going. When it is time to take a meal, then take a meal, but outside of that, the only break one should take is switching tasks. Those suffering from heart conditions may actually need a break. Now, if small tasks are not easily obtained, then take a walk. If one's task is mentally tasking, look for a small physical job to "break" from the mental. A computer programmer from home can always find some short physical task to do around the home, even if it is just dustings. When the day is done, rest will be sweeter than ever experienced. We should be able to hit the pillow and fall asleep right away. If not, it's because we must have been resting hours prior and bed is simply a different form of rest. So, won't you work out, literally, your own sins?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Are you an autumn Christian? Many trees burst forth with bright and vibrant green leaves in spring. Then they wear through the heat of the summer to finally burst forth with one last ditch effort to be looked upon by changing colors during autumn. Finally, they fall to the ground and wither and die for winter. Likewise, many Christians will be excited about their new birth; endure for a little while; cover up their unchristian acts with all kinds of colorful attractions like Christian rock music, bumper stickers, jewelry, etc.; to finally fade away. Evergreen trees, on the other hand, are called "ever green" on purpose because they are steady throughout the year. One can definitely spot them when all the other trees have lost their green. So, which type of tree are you? The inconsistent Christian or the consistent one?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

"They have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed [difference] between the unclean and the clean" (Ezekiel 22:26), but "they shall teach my people [the difference] between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean" (Ezekiel 44:23). The ministers during a sermon or school time that use sports analogies, movie analogies, or any worldly analogies is putting no difference between the holy and profane, the clean and unclean, but those that do not use such respect God's holiness and separate the profane. So, what ministers do you listen to?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ever see a little child be told to do something but they won't until they know why? "Come here," the parent may say and the child replies, "Why?" That's a form of disobedience as many parents know, but as adults, you would think we would know better, however, we usually don't. "Don't have sex outside of marriage!" "But why? I won't get pregnant because I take birth control and I won't get a disease because of extra protection and what my spouse doesn't know won't hurt him and…" "Keep the Sabbath day holy!" "But why? I don't feel like I need rest from my labors; church is boring; and if I don't work on the Sabbath day, I won't get everything done." So, how much do you argue with God?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

There's no greater joy in life than giving birth. Now before men feel left out, you too can experience it. "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth" (Luke 15:10). So, will you give that joy to Heaven or will you continue to bring sadness?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Do you use the phrase "Adult activity" in regards to sex? If so, you may want to change that phrase use. A Christian does not believe in "adult" activity. Such implies that once you are 18, you are allowed to freely engage in sex when the Bible actually teaches that a sexual encounter is actually being married to that person. It is not reserved for marriage; it is marriage (Genesis 24:67). "Marital activity" would be a more appropriate term. So, are you careful with what you say regarding sex?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Many Christians are ready to stand for the Bible when laws are made to forbid the reading thereof only to be missing the fact that it is being done now in a subtle way. We’re not even referring to the Creation versus Evolution battle. It’s a matter of war of words. The Bible forbids the practice of homosexuality, but the word homophobe is applied to anyone maintaining that Bible stance. Those that believe stealing is wrong must be steal-a-phobes then. Those that believe the Bible to be the standard of living are considered to be fanatics. And there are many other names applied scaring Christians away from getting serious with God. Are there names that have negatively affected your relationship with God?

Monday, September 19, 2016

So many Christians don't mean what they say, for instance, does anyone really understand "I give my all to Him" means? It means there is no selfishness at all. That means there is no moment of thinking, "What do I feel like doing?" Which then means that there should be no reason to sin for sin is selfish actions. I am a glutton because I chose to eat a lot, but if we were to give our stomachs over to God, we would eat properly. "I do nothing but veg out and watch whatever the main networks offer after 8pm because I feel tired and don't even want to think!" If we truly give our bodies to Jesus that means we will "veg out" with more appropriate content "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5); not be so lazy for as the body is trained so will the expectations be; etc. We shall not commit adultery for that is a most selfish act of satisfaction. We will not tell lies for that is a selfish act of reputation. We will not steal because that is a selfish act of "I want it". So, what selfishness prevents you from giving your all to Jesus?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Perfection is not being perfect in all things, in fact, such is not obtainable for none of us know the Bible so well to know the complete will of God. Even the apostle Paul said, "I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14). Perfection is based upon the knowledge we do have for "the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:30). Basically, it is a state of mind in which we are always seeking to know more and more of God's will, therefore, as Jesus said, "he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God" (John 3:21). We ought to be perfect in all known sin "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins" (Hebrews 10:26). But once we remove alcohol, drug use, eating unclean meats, dressing like the world, smoking, the use of foul language, etc., more will be revealed to us. And if our attitude is, "Thank you Lord. By thy grace I will be perfect in these areas to for thou are 'able to keep you [me] from falling" (Jude 1:24), then we continue to grow and grow just like "the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear" (Mark 4:28). So, how are you doing in your walk of perfection?

Saturday, September 17, 2016

What soil does Jesus have in you to plant His Word (Matthew 13:3-9)? Is it hardened by people walking all over you as if they control your life or influence, like, what will others think if I am a consecrated Christian? Is your heart like stony ground where it sounds good, but it doesn't go deep enough to change the whole being and when issues come up, it is abandoned? Are there thorns in your life that choke out the Word, like TV, movies, old worldly friends, worldly music, worldly entertainment, etc.? Or is it on good ground in which you go forth planting seeds into others?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Why is that almost all Christians are, "Yeah, yeah. Keep those commandments. People shouldn't be stealing, committing adultery, lying, etc.", but when it comes to the Sabbath commandment, Christians are like, "Oh, I just keep the letter of the law", "I'm saved by grace, not works", etc.? So, do you keep only those commandments that fit your lifestyle or are you willing to keep them all "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all" (James 2:10)?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Jesus said, "Enter ye in at the strait gate" (Matthew 7:13). That is a restrictive entrance. Although our works cannot save us, our works are still required for we are to give evidence of Jesus' saving grace. So when we say, "I can't go there" it is because a Christian would not go to such places for they have better use of their time. When we say, "I can't eat or drink that" it is because we respect the use of these bodies which are God's. When we say, "I don't listen to that nor watch that" it is because we respect the fact that our minds have been made for God's purpose and not to be poisoned with verbal and visual filth. So, are you following the destructive wide road that allows a Christian to do whatever, or are you following the strait path that appears to have a bunch of rules but is actually revealing the power of God in our lives?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matthew 22:37). So what part of ALL do people not understand? To be naughty once in a while is not ALL to God. To reserve the little habits of sin is not ALL to God. Even to hold onto just one sin is not ALL to God. With God, it is ALL or Hell. Which do you choose?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

With your "walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Romans 8:1), if you utter the words, "I can't…" you are already defeated. "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26). So, do you believe Jesus' words or your own thoughts?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Since the Bible is written more for the last days, then other than facing a naked woman and commanded of God to turn away, what else should we learn? Well, a woman in prophecy represents a church. A woman behaving in adulterous way represents an apostate church. Therefore, the woman before Joseph (Genesis 39:12) matches "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:5). Our lesson is to flee from the presence and not stick around listening to their arguments of why we do not adhere to the strict commands of the Bible. So, do you listen to philosophical reasons for not adhering to the Bible?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

It's the devil that wants to beat you down; Christ wants to lift you up. "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly" (John 10:10). Who are you going to listen to?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Who will be our spiritual enemies? "And a man's foes [shall be] they of his own household" (Matthew 10:36). I propose that if there is not strife in the home, either the entire family is saving relationship with Jesus, or the entire family just accepts whatever. Peace in the home does not mean peace in Heaven. The more we adhere to the Word of God, unless the family is in agreement, strife will rise. So, how is your family?

Friday, September 09, 2016

In the area of perfection, Jesus says, "Be ye therefore perfect" (Matthew 5:48). How perfect? "Ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless" (2 Peter 3:14) because He "is able to keep you from falling" (Jude 1:24) and "will with the temptation also make a way to escape" (1 Corinthians 10:13). Now "I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14). And in pressing towards the mark, the purpose of church, which is made up of "some, pastors and teachers", is "For the perfecting of the saints" (Ephesians 4:11-12). So, do you believe the lie that we don't have to stop sinning or do you believe the Bible and in God's power?

Thursday, September 08, 2016

How is it that we can give our bosses 8 to 9 hours a day, our children 3 to 4 hours, the TV another 3 to 4 hours, maybe even video games, but we can't seem to find 1 hour a day to give to God? Do you even give Him 15 minutes of concentrated prayer and personal Bible time each day?

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Did you know that the average person does not fully understand pride? Yes, pride is condemned of God, but many think it is more for those that are looking for attention or trying to be better than others. But did you know that if you deal with a company and they make you jump through a lot of silly and annoying hoops or red tape and if you say, "Fine, I'm done. I'm taking my business elsewhere!", that such is also a form of pride? Well it is. "How dare you treat me this way" is the attitude being developed. How dare did they treat Jesus the way He was treated and yet He submitted. I guess you can say ungodly anger is also involved. So the next time a company has a nine level menu before talking to a live person or even having to leave just a voicemail message, are you going to let it irritate you or are you going to submit?

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Ever hear of the phrase, "Honesty is the best policy"? Well, with God, honesty is the only policy. How honest are you?

Monday, September 05, 2016

In the United States, today is a holiday known as Labor Day. The Bible teaches individual thought and action while labor unions are about group think and action. Today is a celebration for labor unions. So in Bible support, did you labor on this day instead of sitting back and relaxing all day?

Sunday, September 04, 2016

How often do you think of God? Don't you think it should be more often?

Saturday, September 03, 2016

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]" (1 Corinthians 10:13), but so many don't want to take that escape. They fail to ask questions regarding an event. When the event happens and they realize that much temptation is present, they don't leave it. And finally, they convince themselves that giving in just this once won't hurt. Now substitute "event" with any sin and the bottom line is that giving in just once does hurt. Satan now has some stronger ammo against that person. "What's the harm with the second and third time now?" "Don't you remember how good it felt?" And so on… Giving in does weaken the resistance for next time; it makes it harder to not give in ever; and it breaks being disciplined. So, are you that weak or careless, or do you have discipline?

Friday, September 02, 2016

So, to those that don't think they need the Bible or a church for guidance, doesn't that make you God then, for you make up what is right and wrong by your own impressions. And let's face it, everyone is influenced by others somehow. Therefore, when you think you have your own idea of who God is, you probably don't. So why not use the standard that Jesus used? The scriptures!

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Those that say, "The Ten Commandments are done away with", have they actually studied the Bible? What I mean to focus upon is the fact that the Bible is simply an expansion of the Ten Commandments. Jesus even condensed the Ten Commandments down further and not replace them. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:37-40). Hanging all of God's law on those two commandments means that the first four are for loving God and the last six for loving your neighbor. But when we are told to be helpful, kind, considerate, etc. in the Bible, even as far as preaching the gospel, that touches on so many commandments. First, our ultimate parent, God, has sent us to do this and not to do as He commands is to disobey our parent. To not care if our neighbor goes to Heaven is inclusive of murdering them since we have the life saving message and refuse to give it. It is also considered robbery of the soul, not bearing a true witness, and coveting their friendship more than their salvation because in sharing, we run the risk of people hating us. So, how do you look at the New Testament? As a book that replaces the Ten Commandments or expansion thereof?

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him" (Genesis 2:18). God did not create a slave for the man but a help mate. Sure, one person could do it all, but I will show you that same person who is worn out or even headed to the grave. Now the most important help needed is raising the children. Although, as a dad, it is enjoyable taking care of the kids, it's just not possible to also hold down a job at the same time. So one needs to take care of the kids while the other provides for a living. This typically falls upon the woman to manage the home while the man goes out and earns an income. This in no wise makes the man greater. In fact, it should be looked upon with sadness that dad has to leave the home. This is the typical scenario, but sometimes the woman makes more than the husband and is necessary, or sometimes the husbands are better equipped to manage the home and children. But that is the point. There are a list of duties to be accomplished. It is a matter of dividing out those duties in a manner that makes sense with keeping in mind what is best for the kids. So, for the married, do you see yourselves as helping one another or in competition?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

People who live without schedules, with a carefree life do not realize that they are actually undisciplined and undermining themselves in obedience. A carefree life is meant in the terms of letting the day dictate what does and does not happen, but when we are not disciplined in one area of our lives it tends to leak into others. Jesus calls us to be disciples (John 8:31), which means disciplined. He even examples being on a schedule as He is precise Himself. The first coming happened right on schedule. The flood, the exodus, Babylonian captivity, the baptism of Jesus, the crucifixion, the stoning of Stephen, the rise and fall of antichrist all have happened right on schedule. Since God keeps a schedule and it is proven that children are happier on a schedule, we ought to be on such ourselves. This will deter most procrastination, but a schedule does allow for flexibility within reason, and in the end, we will also be happier people too. So, if you are carefree with your time, won't you consider coming over to the way of God?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Too busy for God? Just remember, when Jesus returns, because people didn't get to spend time in God's Word, He will say, "I never knew you: depart from me" (Matthew 7:23). How important do you make personal time with Jesus every day?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

If you knew that today was your last day before seeing Jesus, what would be the last thing you would want to do? Are you giving it some serious thought? Just think, it will be the last thing you get to do here as Heaven will be your next conscious thought, or maybe hell. Do you have it? Is it to visit a hot vacation spot? Is it watch the last episode(s) of something? Personally, I would want to gather all my family, all my friends, all my neighbors and give them one last opportunity to accept the gospel. Outside of that, vacation spots, TV, movies, and many more things will all fade away as we shall not be recalling such things during eternity. It's not like we're going to get to Heaven and say, "Hey, I died before the final episode. Seeing you were able to live and see it, how did it end?" So, are your last thoughts of the world or for the Kingdom?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Christians who think they are saved and believe that everyone should be left to their own beliefs since we all serve the same God are actually lost. If we were meant to keep to ourselves and just live a Christian life hoping others would ask to be a Christian by our example, you could not be more deceived in the area of evangelism. Jesus said, "this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world" (Matthew 24:14), not "a" gospel. So there is a specific belief. "Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house" (Matthew 5:15). Light is knowledge. Both with our actions and speaking what we know is what we are to do. We are to be "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God" (2 Peter 3:12). All of this is active service to the world at large. So being content believing you are saved is not really being saved, nor is hanging around church members only. Do you even care if people are lost for eternity?

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Bible says, "he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved" (Mark 13:13). What is endurance? It is the amount of effort put forth until one reaches the goal or quits. Jesus' parable of the sowing of the seed is an example of endurance. When life goes one's way, just about anyone is willing to show what a Christian is like. Throw a few little bumps in the way, like too many red lights, slow traffic, people not being courteous, and the murmuring and complaining begins. To face such for an extended period of time without complaint is endurance while giving into sarcasm and negative remarks is not. Now add bigger bumps in the road. If one actually practiced true Christianity, it may cost employment, friends, "good times", and well, many Christians are not familiar with the word sacrifice and so they say, "Well, God doesn't want me unemployed and unable to take care of my family." Ummm, yes He may for in the future, true Christians won't be accepting the Mark of the Beast during a time when without it, one will not be able to buy or sell. So, how much endurance do you have?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

If today you were to die, what would one of your first concerns be? Would it be if your funeral arrangements are correct? Would it be if your family was ready? Would it be if your family will be taken care of? How about, am I ready to meet Jesus? That would be the next conscious moment. So are you ready to meet Jesus?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Another significant Bible number is two. We have Jesus who "began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits" (Mark 6:7). It is important to go with a partner out into the world for a witness as well as support. When one is weak, the other hopefully is strong. It is also harder to accuse falsely of something when another is with them. Another use of two's that is significant was at the time of the flood. "Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that [are] not clean by two, the male and his female" (Genesis 7:2). Please note that not every animal went on board in two's. Those that did, they were uneatable called unclean. So even before Moses, before a Jew was born, God already established the difference between what could and could not be eaten. So, have you partnered yet with another to conduct Bible studies with? And do you make a distinction between clean and unclean animals?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Have too much to do? It all has to get done? As Christians, "Do all things without murmurings and disputings" (Philippians 2:14). It may be a heavy burden, but it is how we approach it that all eyes are watching. What are they seeing in your life?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

When Paul said, "Unto the Jews I became as a Jew" (1 Corinthians 9:20), that was not an encouragement to participate in sin. Some take the verse to mean, well, to win a sports fan, I need to be a sports fan. To win a smoker I need to smoke. To win a drinker I need to drink with them. Does one really believe to win a murderer they need to become a murderer? Does one really believe to win a thief one must become a thief? Of course not. And to leave it to the conscience to where to draw the line between how far one becomes part of the people they are trying to win would be wrong because everyone has their own opinion of where to draw the line. God works off of standards. Having a moving line like that would not be a standard (Jeremiah 51:27). This explains why so many Christians are so worldly because they think to win people from the world, they have to participate in the world when Jesus said, "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world" (John 17:16), which is the opposite of what they practice. So, are you careful to the extent of Paul's Words, or do you use them as an excuse to enjoy any part of the world?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A king once asked, "Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?" (2 Kings 18:20) What is your answer? Do you know what God expects but do you also evaluate the consequences? Or do you know what God expects and leave the consequences to Him?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Good causes do not make for them to be God's causes. If a building were on fire, would you be going from room to room collecting donations to save the seals? Would you be fighting against abortion? Would you be donating funds for children cancer, or for that matter, cancer research in general? All of these things are wonderful causes, however, they are not present causes. We are to be "established in the present truth" (2 Peter 1:12). The truth of the matter is, the antichrist over the past few years has been gathering everyone under wrong theology at a rapid pace. The last day events are upon us. We do not have much time left. Persecution of those holding to Bible truth will be happening. Our money, our time, our effort should not be diverted to other "good causes". Satan does not care if it is for the good as long as it is not for saving souls. So though you may feel guilty that you are not saving the seals, not doing anything to stop the killing of the unborn, and not doing anything to help fight cancer, especially in children, do realize that when you give means to preaching the gospel, give time to sharing His Word, and look for opportunities to save souls, you have the approval of God. So, where are your efforts, time, and money going?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jesus said, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad" (Matthew 12:30). Do you see the deeper meaning? If we are not involved in gathering people into the truth, we are guilty of scattering and working against Christ. So, how much time, effort, money do you contribute to the cause?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Although the exact details may not be provided in the Bible for victory in every situation, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). Victory is spoken in general because it needs to apply all across the generations. It is the unconverted mind that does not dwell on the details enough to realize the true depth. For instance, Joseph is our example for dealing with ungodly sexual activity. This includes facing a promiscuous person all the way to watching porn. God did not have to address both individually. When it comes to sinful sexual activity, do as Joseph did, "And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out" (Genesis 39:12). But instead, people like to be excited a little and so they linger and wonder why they gave into it. This includes lingering on a date when things are getting dicey, as well as, not closing a browser right away when surfing the internet. See, if we follow biblical principles to the letter, there is no need for a seven or twelve step program. Just do it. And for those that say, "I'm too weak. I don't have discipline." Well, discipline isn't born. It is practiced and developed. Each "no" to giving into temptation develops discipline. Each "yes" to giving into temptation makes it more difficult the next time. Here's another example. Having anger issues? Having foul mouth problems? Having sinful thought issues? David addressed all of these by writing, "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes" (Psalms 101:3). That principle is still true today. Get rid of the TV. Even wholesome programming still works on the nerves. So, will you seek God's solutions better through His Word?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Are you stuck on pride? Are you sure? "And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem" (Luke 9:51-53). Now focus on the part of what offended the Samaritans. Jesus simply looked like He was headed to Jerusalem. It was a test to see if they were Christian or Samaritans. It turned out that they were Samaritans. The same issue and even more exists today. We ought not be Democrats or Republicans; we ought not get caught up in race riots or other political movements; it is not a nationality thing or even culture; it is not women's rights and men dominating. If we get offended because our particular cause is not acknowledge, no matter how legitimate it may be, that is just wrong. We ought not get caught up in the police officers assaulting blacks, women getting paid unfairly, teachers having to pay out of pocket for school supplies, or even our needs not being met. All of that is to distract from the two things we are to focus upon. We are to be in saving relation every day with God, and we are to seek every day where to help others to be saved. Besides, it is going to get a lot worse, very soon, and all true Christians will eventually be persecuted, black or white, rich or poor, female or male, adult or child, old Yankee fan or Red Sox fan (and it ought to be old and not current), tall or short, fat or skinny, etc. So, do you get worked up when anything but God's truth is under attack? If so, you are prideful, just like the Samaritans.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The last days are described in comparison to Lot and Noah in which the common element is "eating and drinking" (Matthew 24:38). Up through the 1900's, meals used to be plain, then all of a sudden things got spiced up, cooking shows exploded, cook books were flying off the shelves. This is not to say we have not always had spicy foods; southerners were known for such, but now it is the craze. As for drinking, sure we have had places of drinking, but now it is has become so socially accepted that if one does not participate once in a while with the company's happy hour time at the nearest bar, something is wrong. At the same time "because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold" (Matthew 24:12), there has been an increase of intolerance, more violence, more thirst for sex and violence, even in entertainment. Is there a correlation? God says so. But are you participating in it or do you keep from it seeing it is one of the last day signs?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

"Liberals" and "conservatives" are labels in most churches. Often the term legalist is thrown at the conservative. Jesus said, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love" (John 15:10). So since liberalism is about making exceptions to the rules or lightening them up, isn't liberalism the obvious wrong choice? And if we through our obedience do not believe we earn Heaven, which we cannot, does that not mean being a conservative is the right choice? Of course when over 96% of Christians don't really study the Bible, doesn't that make that many Christians actually liberals? To obey church rules, as dictated from the pulpit, may be conservative obedience instead of liberal, but that does not necessarily mean it is the Word of God. So, are you obeying every Word the proceeds from the mouth of God?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

God says "that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction" (1 Corinthians 7:35). Distractions from paying attention to God comes in many forms and from many directions. There is the distractions of the world, not all bad, but still a distraction. There is work, family, entertainment, socializing, and selfish desires. But more sneaky are the ones that we pass off as simply being annoying. Although children need attending to, do you see their interruptions during church service, reading the Bible, or other religious moment, as just annoying or the devil poking them into action? If children are seen as just being children at the moment that is most distracting from the message, then deception is greater than one realizes. The devil is the one that prompts a relative to call out of the blue just at the precise time a preacher is to hit the important part of the sermon as one tries to watch it on TV. The devil can cause electrical outages, unusual noises, and much more. So, the next time you are being exposed to God's Word, will you see how the devil distracts and deal with it accordingly, or will you just excuse the distraction and give it the attention it wants, no matter what "it" is? Do you guard God time or does the distractions win out?

Friday, August 12, 2016

If we are not allowed to judge right and wrong in a person, then why do we have "some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers" (Ephesians 4:11). The Bible even tells us that these people are used "For the perfecting of the saints" (Ephesians 4:12). But if no judging were happening, would it make sense for an evangelist to go to a Christian town? If no judging were happening, would it make sense for a pastor to preach on a sin that no one in the congregation is committing while knowingly, without judging, quite a few are indulging in known sins? If no judging were happening, does it make sense to just study a Bible lesson without leaping to side topics calling people to live in compliance when the teacher knows full well that many are not? Of course none of that makes sense. An effective apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher must judge people's actions, and so do individuals not in those positions for the Bible says, "He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins" (James 5:20). So, are you offended when someone says to you, "Excuse me, but Christians ought not do what you're doing"?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Another way to understand Psalms 66:18, which says, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear [me]", is the planning of even carelessness. To regard iniquity is the opposite of hating sin. It is not enough to just ignore sin, not enough to simply avoid participating in it, but we are to hate it, otherwise, we are considered regarding it, even if we do not care to even thing about it. This is evidenced by the toleration of it in others before our eyes, that which is placed before our own eyes by our own control in the form of entertainment, etc. Not taking precautions in avoiding the potential of interacting with the iniquity is also regarding it in the heart. In other words, if we do not take precautions, deep down we are hoping for an "oops" moment. So, do you give any regard for iniquity at all? If you do, it's time to get serious. Jesus is coming soon, but even if He delays a little longer, "This day is salvation come" (Luke 19:9).

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Satan is busy attacking the language once again. Ever hear people try to separate truth into two categories, truth and fact? They try to state that it is fact that the Ten Commandments exist. It is a fact that God inspired what we called the Bible. But only Jesus is truth, for He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). So that means that all the verses that encouraging following the truth is simply code word for believing in Jesus. Well don't be deceived. The Bible states, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17), and "Thy righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [is] the truth" (Psalms 119:142). So in addition to following Jesus, we are to follow the Bible and the Commandments. So are you following all of the truth or just the slanted Jesus part?

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

What part of you is not dedicated to God? The Bible says, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:23). So that pretty much covers all of it. Our spirit and soul covers our thinking, feelings, and the common phrase of "our humanity". The body covers all of the physical aspects. So, if we still doing the same sins, could it be that we are not preparing correctly because our thoughts are not wholly committed to God? It starts with the mind and ends with actions. We are to be "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5). Have victory over the mind and gain victory over sinning. Let the mind imagine things, dwell freely on the world, be fed from TV, music, and movies, especially with worldly commercials, no wonder people cannot but say, "I'm only human!" Well stop just being human and "be partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). Stop feeding and excusing the human nature and feed and encourage the godly one. "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin" (Romans 6:6). So, will you commit wholly to God, even if life is "boring", or will you continue to make excuses and enjoy a little of the world to keep things alive still?

Monday, August 08, 2016

Why are the choices in situations set up to be one or the other? For instance, a glass containing half water and half air, is it half full or half empty? Those that say it is half full are said to answer positively while those that respond with half empty are in the negative. Why is the third option ignored? Why are the details purposely being left out? The owner of the cup, are they drinking from it or pouring into it? If they are doing neither, then ignoring the glass is now the third option, which does not seem appropriate activity, but asking questions gets to the matter. The same is true in Christianity. Why are the Ten Commandments looked upon as a method of legalism to be kept or is looked upon as something Christians ignore thanks to grace? The answer is the third option. We are saved by grace to be empowered to keep them for the rest of our life called godly, holy, sanctified living. So, how do you view the commandments?

Sunday, August 07, 2016

A Christian ought to be "avoiding profane [and] vain babblings" (1 Timothy 6:20) if they are serious about entering God's kingdom (Revelation 21:27, where profane is synonym for abomination). What we say, is it uplifting to God, encouraging to others, or is it vain conversation or even worse, profane, cheap, worthless, discouraging, bragging conversation?

Saturday, August 06, 2016

In the process of trying to avoid being profane, a synonym for abominations that keep people out of Heaven (Revelation 21:27), the Bible says, "But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself [rather] unto godliness" (1 Timothy 4:7). So God does not want us involved in old wives tales. Now watch the context here. It is an old wives tale to tell children to wait an hour after eating before going swimming. God does not concern Himself regarding this tale. But in the context, when an old wives tale is placed above godly living, that is when it crosses the line. So think, are there any wives tales that you follow that are contrary to the Word of God? Don't say, "Oh, it's just an old wives tale" but rather shun it like the plague.

Friday, August 05, 2016

"I [am] the LORD, I change not" (Malachi 3:6). So if the Bible is considered outdated, who changed?

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Ezekiel sees into the future using the language of his day where priests are today's ministers. "Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed [difference] between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them" (Ezekiel 22:26). Profaning God's holy things is definitely happening today, unlike up through the 1800's. One of the biggest things that ministers teach their congregations in a profane way over something holy is God's Holy Word. Many Christians do not take it literally or hardly even use the Bible. Many Christians also don't know that the Sabbath is a holy day that was set as such back in the garden of Eden and was not made just for the Jews. Even God's holy name of being reverend is misapplied towards humans. So, what is holy of God that should be treated as holy but has not been such in your life and should change?

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

We also found out many months ago that according to Malachi 2:11, abomination and profane are synonyms. So let us look at the smaller list of profaning that can prevent entrance into Heaven. In the Old Testament, people were buying and selling on the Sabbath. What was the reaction to this? "What evil thing [is] this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?" (Nehemiah 13:17) For those that think the Sabbath has changed or been done away with, that's a lie and is based on human implication without any solid scripture. Hebrews 4 is quite clear that it still exists. There is no direct command for an alteration to God's Sabbath day. Therefore, all who break it today are profaning it. Although God winks at ignorance (Acts 17:30), all who are reading this are not in ignorance. Therefore, if you are keeping another day, simply choosing a few hours of church time, or ignoring it all together, won't you cease from that and turn to keeping the Sabbath day holy?

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Jesus said, "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God" (Luke 16:15), so things that are important in the world are an abomination to God and people that get caught up in such things, despite being a Christian, will not enter Heaven (Revelation 21:27). So, what does the world seem to place importance on? Celebrities, sports, gaming, even illicit sexual activity. Vacations seem to absorb the minds, latest TV programs, latest movies, new song releases seem to also be important. May we even go as far as to say, a good career instead of godly one could be on the list. This is not exhaustive but everything we strive for should either be for the benefit of making us a better person and helping others to be so too. So, what has your attention?

Monday, August 01, 2016

It's been a while since we last said, "Welcome to a new month!" Though this is a secular tracking of a new month as opposed to God's original cycle of time, the objective is the same. You have 31 days before you, of which 1 is half over. Instead of waiting for a New Year's resolution, why not see how you can utilize this month to God's glory. In other words, the month has just begun. It is yours to keep it spotless or give into the devil's suggestions. What will your choices be summarized as on August 31?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Do you know what cards, sports, board games, video games, and even political parties have in common? One side wins and the others lose. And believe it or not, everyone, even if controlled, are a sore loser. No one wants to lose. But then it is what life is about, isn't it? Well, that is not God's way. In fact, these things have trained people so much in the way of "us against them" that when it comes to the truth, people resist admitting that they were wrong. They will make all kinds of excuses why they are not wrong because they hate to lose. "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved" (2 Thessalonians 2:10). So, how much do you do to encourage winning and losing instead of working together for a common goal, even Heaven?

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Life is truly what one makes it. We can choose to blame the flood of the world that seems to push us like a mighty torrent, or we can choose to swim. We may not seem to get very far, but Jesus never said that many shall be saved. In fact, "few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:14). So, are you of the few that swim against the flow, or do you just give up?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Evidently removing Jesus as our sacrifice is an abomination to God, and we will not enter Heaven (Revelation 21:27) by continuing to do so. "They shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily [sacrifice], and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate" (Daniel 11:31). People do this in two ways. First, especially through the Catholic Church, sacrificing Jesus body at every church service, called the mass, is an outright rejection of Jesus' one sacrifice. The priest literally prays, "May this sacrifice be acceptable" referring to the wafer he is holding being the body of Jesus through another false teaching of transubstantiation in which the bread becomes the body of Jesus, then breaking it, and then genuflecting to it. The other, especially in the Protestant world, "if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins" (Hebrews 10:26). So being careless and not overcoming sinning or by excusing sinning is an abomination to God. This is different from all of us having sinned. Sinning is present tense. So, are you continuing in your sins without any expectation of victory, or are you overcoming through the power of Jesus Christ's sacrifice?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

So Ezekiel sees a time that supposed people of God would "have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed" (Ezekiel 43:8). When it comes to God's name, it is associated with the Seal of God. God's people are those "having his Father's name written in their foreheads" (Revelation 14:1), and in the forehead is where angels "have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads” (Revelation 7:3). The word "seal" and "sign" are synonymous according to Romans 4:11. Therefore, the actual seal or sign is told to us in the Bible. God says that we are to "hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I [am] the LORD your God" (Ezekiel 20:20). Therefore, to defile God's name through abominations is to treat another day as the Sabbath when it is not, such as Sunday, which man created and is nowhere found in the Bible as the new day of worship. So, do you defile God's name through the abominations of keeping a different day than God instituted, or are you honoring God's name by keeping His holy Sabbath day?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Those committing abominations that won't go to Heaven (Revelation 21:27) include those that are not careful of what they expose their eyes to for the Bible says, "Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I [am] the LORD your God" (Ezekiel 20:7). In modern times, we could say, "Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Hollywood: I [am] the LORD your God." With TV, movies, celebrities, it truly is a Mecca for idols. So are you caught up with the glitz, glamour, sparkles, excitement, thrills coming out of Hollywood, or are you weaning yourself off of those things? Do you tolerate the nudity, violence, foul language, the Lord's name being taken in vain, or do you say, "Enough is enough. I will not expose myself!"?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Another abomination that will keep even self proclaimed saved Christians from entering Heaven (Revelation 21:27) is that of a Christian exercising righteousness and then turning away from it to participate in sin (Ezekiel 18:24). One obvious reason is that it brings a bad reputation upon true Christians, all that God calls us to be. This is different from a momentary lapse. This is outright indulgence of sinning. It gives the world encouragement in their ways for they will say, "If that Christian has now chosen to give up the faith, why should we even think about Christianity?" So, do you make excuses for allowance of any sin in your life, which is an abomination, or have you "resisted unto blood, striving against sin" (Hebrews 12:4)?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Another abomination to avoid is that of being haughty, puffed up, exalted, arrogant, for the Bible says, "And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me" (Ezekiel 16:50). So, do you think yourself better than others, especially if you have more knowledge of God than others do?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

With the conventions happening, it brings to mind, who are you voting for? Oh, I'm not talking about Republican, Democratic, or third party conventions or gatherings. The Bible says, "we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1). There is a heavenly convention of witnesses watching our voting. Our voting is not by ballot; it is by choices we make. Every action, every word is either for God or for Satan. Honesty or dishonesty in business dealings, truthfulness or lies in relationships, wasted time on the world or useful time for God, are but a few of the ways we vote all day long. So how is your voting record each day? 50 - 50? 70 God, 30 sinning? 80 - 20? 90 - 10? God wants a 100 to 0 and with God, all things are possible.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

If there is one abomination above all others, the Bible says, "thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all thine abominations" (Ezekiel 16:43). Lewdness, adultery, incest, harlotry, etc. are all describing exactly what has been taking place in an open an defiant manner. From the 1960's of Woodstock all the way to today's performers, clothing styles, celebrity appearances, lewdness is practiced without guilt. That means that God's cup must be about full before He releases His wrath, the seven last plagues. But are you a supporter of lewdness or of modesty?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ezekiel 8:17 tells us of another abomination that will keep people out of Heaven (Revelation 21:27) if they continue therein. "Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence." So those that help promote violence in the land is an abomination to God. In the United States, we are experiencing a number of riots. If there is actually a political encouragement, those that do so do to the detriment of their soul. Those that encourage fights, even at a hockey game, are guilty of the same. So, are you an encourager of violence or do you try to prevent such?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ezekiel was shown great abominations that would take place in the church, symbolized by women. "He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, [and] thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which [was] toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz" (Ezekiel 8:13-14). A period of time known as "weeping for Tammuz" has come down to us as Lent. Nowhere in the Bible is such taught. The whole premise of it reveals a method of trying to earn Heaven through human sacrifice, giving up something, when there is but one thing we ought to give up -- sin. And for those that don't see any harm, keep in mind that it is an abomination to God and no people working an abomination enter Heaven (Revelation 21:27). So, do you weep for Tammuz or do you do as Jesus said, "go, and sin no more" (John 8:11)?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

When Jesus returns, "The LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one [tree] in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD" (Isaiah 66:15-17). So despite people claiming to be saved, if they are eating unclean foods, it is an abomination to God, and they shall not enter into Heaven (Revelation 21:27). So, have you ceased from unclean foods? Have you studied it out?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Let us look at the political scene back in the day of Jesus. "There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:1-3). Did you see what Jesus' reaction was? Was it to mass a march against the soldiers? Was it encouraging to overthrow the government? Was he undermining the government? Absolutely not. Jesus' reaction to the political unrest of the time was to all those observers to worry about their own salvation. "Repent!", He said. Now I ask you, "Should we get involved with the riots happening?" No! And how can a person who is a staunch Republican witness to a Democrat? How can a staunch Democrat witness to a Republican? Politics get in the way. Put aside politics and let politics handle themselves. Did you know that a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for climate change regulations of which, as the Bible describes, is connected with ushering in the Mark of the Beast? Did you know that a vote for Donald Trump, in which he has stated numerous times that he plans on empowering the Christian churches because he's tired of the removal of Christianity from our country while protecting Islam, and that turns out to be exactly also what is predicted to usher in the creation of the Image to the Beast of Revelation 13? In other words, a vote for either one will probably be end time prophecy fulfilled in our country because our country will go and "make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17). This country will also prevent people to "buy or sell" (Revelation 13:17), which is part of the climate change proposed rules. So, won't you consider sitting this election out as Jesus being our example?

Monday, July 18, 2016

"He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination" (Proverbs 28:9). So if one's prayers are an abomination to God for not simply listening to God's law, especially that pesky one known as the Sabbath, then how can one enter Heaven under those conditions? They can't (Revelation 21:27)! So, are you listening and keeping God's law?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Ever hear of someone who uses kindness for deceitful purposes? Not only is it wrong, but God says, "He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for [there are] seven abominations in his heart" (Proverbs 26:24-25). And those that do this don't enter into Heaven (Revelation 21:27). That includes all the people that go to church with their best outfits on pretending to be a Christian so as to achieve a different goal than what is intended. So, will you make sure you aren't using kindness to achieve a deceitful purpose?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ever see someone that did right get corrected for doing the right when the one that was doing the wrong is actually get consoled? In fact, it is happening politically right now. Those who in the right spirit are inviting homosexuals out of their lifestyle practice, since such is also an abomination, are being threatened, now can be fined, and even face jail time while those of the homosexual lifestyle get the protection, encouragement, and support. The Bible says, "He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD." (Proverbs 17:15). That means those that are doing such and don't repent are not going to enter Heaven (Revelation 21:27). So, where are your sympathies at?

Friday, July 15, 2016

"Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD" (Proverbs 16:5). Doing a job well done is one thing. Letting it go to your head is another. This is why sports is of the devil. It encourages the wrong type of proud. So, how proud are you?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Bible compares those that are an abomination with those that are saved. Those of an abomination don't go to Heaven according to Revelation 21:27, but what people don't realize is that a person like Hitler, Judas, even Pharaoh of Egypt are not the only wicked ones. A wicked person is even kind people that do not do the righteous thing. For instance, the Bible says, "The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the LORD: but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words" (Proverbs 15:26). This is not saying that Judas, a really wicked person, was the only ones that thought wickedly while unkind thinking people who are "not so bad" are not classed as wicked. Instead, God is saying that if the words one speaks are not pleasant, then one is wicked no matter if they go to church, give lots of money, help the poor. If the words are cutting, meanly sarcastic, hurtful, etc., maybe even negative bringing others down, then we are doing that which is abominable. So, how are your words?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Here is a long held argument: "[Is it] any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or [is it] gain [to him], that thou makest thy ways perfect?" (Job 22:3). Let us reword it into modern speak: "Are you trying to earn Heaven by striving to be perfect? Are you expecting your effort to be perfect to gain you something?" And the problem is that such people that ask the question do not understand the purpose of grace. They have the belief that Jesus gave us grace so all may go to Heaven, and that is not so. Grace covers our past sins (Exodus 34:9) and even sins of ignorance (Acts 17:30). It covers the sins we may commit but then confess them (1 John 1:9). But grace was never intended to permit the Christian to continue sinning or be careless about sins. Jesus told us, "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation" (Matthew 26:41). Being carless about guarding oneself against sin is not watching and praying. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man" (1 Corinthians 10:13), which means that there is no reason to enter into temptation, which sin. And for the born again Christian, "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God" (1 John 3:9). So, once I receive grace from God, I will not only cease from choosing to sin the sins I am aware of, but I will also study the Word of God to see what else God classifies as a sin. And all of this is done without any expected merit for Jesus has paid the price fully. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service" (Romans 12:1). Such an attitude of avoiding all known sins and studying to know what else is sin is only a reasonable relationship with God. So, are you reasonable striving to live a perfect life, or are you being unreasonable and taking advantage of God's grace continuing to be careless about your sins?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

What is today? "This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham" (Luke 19:9). And guess what tomorrow is. It is the same day. You see, salvation is not only the first day, but something we ought accept every day. So, do you?

Monday, July 11, 2016

How can so many Christians claim that the God of the Old Testament, blamed mostly on the Father, was mean and vindictive and demanding, and the God of the New Testament, pointing mostly to Jesus, is loving and kind and overlooks a lot more called grace, when the Bible says, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?" (John 14:9); "For I [am] the LORD, I change not" (Malachi 3:6); and "I and [my] Father are one" (John 10:30)? So, do you believe God does not change and is the same in the Old and New Testaments, or do you believe the lie?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

In our continuation of ridding one's life of abominations, "The way of the wicked [is] an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness" (Proverbs 15:9). So, any act that is not righteous is wicked and an abomination to God. Are all your acts righteous?

Saturday, July 09, 2016

"The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD" (Proverbs 15:8) and won't be going to Heaven. Now of course we think of the grand amount of money a mafia person is willing to donate to the church, and yes, that is an abomination. We think of all of the politicians that pass laws in which go against the Bible and yet they are captured in the media as attending church somewhere, and yes, that is an abomination. But what is also an abomination is when we think all of our good works justifies our little naughtiness here or there, and we are also fooling ourselves if we claim to be saved. So, do you live according to God's word and also sacrifice, or are you thinking what sacrifices are being done allows you to not be wholly on God's side?

Friday, July 08, 2016

"A false balance [is] abomination to the LORD: but a just weight [is] his delight" (Proverbs 11:1). Some people, depending on appearance, who they know, etc. will judge things differently. An unkempt man would likely be found guilty, not receive a job, be judged as a dreg of society. A beautiful woman, on the other hand, would usually be found innocent, receive the job, and held in high regards in society. And to think, it is possible that the man is a rocket scientist that has quirks, while the woman may be a thief by using her sensuality to distract. So, do you have different balances depending upon who you are addressing, or do you give everyone the same opportunity to prove themselves?

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Although we are told "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48), keep in mind, "If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse. [Though] I [were] perfect, [yet] would I not know my soul: I would despise my life" (Job 9:20-21). Paul even said, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14). The bottom line is, we are to be perfect after coming to Christ, but we will never come to a point to declare such, however, that does not discourage us from striving towards the mark. By the grace of God, are you striving, or are you quite satisfied with imperfection, known as sinning?

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Does the fact that we do not understand everything about God discourage you in your belief of God? Keep in mind, if we could figure everything out, then we would be equal with God, yet the Bible says that God "doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number" (Job 9:10). Is that what makes Him God to you or does that make you uncomfortable to have to rely upon faith?

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

God says, "For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips" (Proverbs 8:7). If people would deduce properly what the verse is stating, we would all be better off. God speaks truth; we are to be godly people. That means we are to speak the truth as well. Now I know people do not see the word "only" and "always" in the verse, but when we see that "God, that cannot lie" (Titus 1:2), that makes Proverbs 8:7 to mean always is truth spoken and only truth is spoken; therefore, anything short of the truth is wickedness, even though we don't think it is "that bad". That means the lie of "white lies" is wickedness. That means when we tell kids about the Easter Bunny, Santa Clause, and the Tooth Fairy, it is not children's play, it is wickedness. So, is the abomination of any lie on your lips? If so, God says such people cannot enter Heaven (Revelation 21:27).

Monday, July 04, 2016

The Bible says, "And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:16-17). In this prophecy of which we do not have time for details, the earth is an unpopulated place on earth that helps the church to escape the flood of errors, primarily from papal authority, at the end of the 1700's. That place is the United States. We were destined to be a country independent of England, and we celebrate that today. However, despite freedom of religion, this nation is going to eventually persecute those that keep the Ten Commandments, specifically those that keep the Sabbath on the seventh day. So on this day, we thank God for the fulfillment of prophecy allowing freedom of religion to exist, but as this country continues to get friendlier and friendlier with papal power, Sunday will be the law of the land very soon, and all those that oppose it by keeping God's holy day will feel the attacks of war. So, won't you determine today to study these things out so that you are not the persecutor but rather the one persecuted for "Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you" (Matthew 5:10-12)?

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Do you know it is not enough to disagree with someone's position of religious belief? Today, we seem to simply say to ourselves, "Well, I don't believe that!" But we then turn around and say, "Well, everyone is entitled to their own belief." Nonsense! One of those theories, maybe even both, are of the devil. We either have the doctrines of Jesus Christ or we have the doctrines that are against Christ. And if we have doctrines against Christ, we are lost. And to let someone be in that situation means that we really do not love them. And one of the requirements of Heaven is, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matthew 22:39). Besides, "Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins" (James 5:20). So, do you just leave people in error allowing them to suffer eternal death, or are you helping others from death by sharing God's true doctrines?

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Baptism, a symbol of being buried as in being dead to sin and then being resurrected to newness of life. Although the water is not magical, the action is; something sprinkling just cannot represent; something triple immersion distorts. Only single immersion provides the reenactment of dying, being buried, and rising again (Romans 6:4). If you have not been properly baptized, won't you consider such?

Friday, July 01, 2016

The Bible says, "Seven times a day do I praise thee" (Psalms 119:164). Do Christians do it even once a day? Do you think of God at least 7 times a day or just when you eat and go to bed, if that?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

It's amazing how people have all these different names for their gods and yet, when people go to use foul langue, they may say, "Oh God!" referring to God the Father, and also blatantly say, "Jesus Christ". Why are the other gods not used as foul language? But do you reverence God's name?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In Matthew 5, Jesus said, "Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake" (verses 3-11). Peter wrote, "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity" (2 Peter 1:5-7). Other places, other writers state the same pattern. What is that pattern? It is called Christian growth. Being saved is not all that Jesus did at the cross and we just have a momentary acknowledgement of that action by saying, "I believe!" No! The fruit of true salvation is becoming a better Christian every day. And if we are not growing every day into real Christian people, then we are claiming salvation that will end in disappointment. So, are you growing everyday or are you dead?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

As people say when they hit something big, it's the mother of it, and in this case, we have a series of abominations because the Bible says, "These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren" (Proverbs 6:16-19). So practicing those seven items is serious enough to prevent us from entering Heaven (Revelation 21:27). Unfortunately, Christians don’t take God so seriously. Even pretending to have a proud look is wrong for we ought not pretend with sin. If we are to have the character of Christ, I don't recall seeing Jesus pounding His chest saying, "Come at me!" Avoiding lying includes around holiday time too. Shedding innocent blood is not only physically but through slander as well. Thinking of evil or wicked things, yet not carrying them out is still wrong. When evil has happened and it really does not involve us, to run to it or click the link is just as bad as participating in it, if it is merely for curiosity sake. Reporting the evil in the context of a religious awareness is one thing, but trying to get a glimpse at an actress showing her breasts in protest to something is over the line. Telling falsehoods is obvious but sowing discord may not be so obvious. Those that love to argue, stirring things up, spending other people's energies needlessly in conversation, all of such is an abomination. There's much more that could be shared on theses seven points, but this is not the forum to write a book. Therefore, we ask, "Are you able to see the spiritual meaning of these things and avoid them, or are you careless by speaking and doing like the world?"

Monday, June 27, 2016

The next reference to avoid abominations is found in Proverbs 3:32, which says, "For the froward [is] abomination to the LORD: but his secret [is] with the righteous." The key is FROWARD, which according to Bible definition means: "Perverse, that is, turning from, with aversion or reluctance; not willing to yield or comply with what is required; unyielding; ungovernable; refractory; disobedient; peevish." In short, it describes most Christians when the subject of the Ten Commandments come up. They turn away from the claiming falsely that grace covers them, or they live by faith, neither of which, when rightly understood, does away with the commandments. They are definitely unyielding (giving in) towards God's will despite praying, "Thy will be done" (Matthew 6:10). So, are you froward, or do you submit to God's righteous ways?

Sunday, June 26, 2016

In trying to avoid abominations because Revelation 21:27 tells us that nothing enters Heaven while committing such things, the Bible sa