Monday, August 31, 2009

The HOLY TRINITY!

What is the Holy Trinity? Who is in the Holy Trinity? These are questions which need some attention as we Christians navigate through our daily lives.

I have thought, for a long time now, that God created the earth and man, Jesus Christ died for our sins and through Jesus we can continue to seek out God. The Holy Spirit was a deity who occassionaly was brought up during discussions about Christianity or mentioned in the same context with speaking in tongues. I never realized the inportance and relevance of the Holy Spirit and how much influence He really does have. He is our Advocate just as Jesus was our Advocate during his short period here on earth before his death. Jesus was created by God like man and as a man. He was raised by human parents and in a human atmoshpere. He was always perfect but, Jesus still had to go through experiences much like us and had much of the same feelings as us. He had a purpose though. This was a very important and necessary purpose. He was to redeem mankind from our sinful nature by acting as our Advocate and dying for us on the Cross! He accomplished much in his lifetime and even more in his death. However, Jesus was raised from the dead and soon after, recieved up to Heaven to be with his real Father, God.

God created this earth and everything in it to include man. He gave man a chance to make a choice and man made the wrong choice, sin! God then created an atonement for our sin, a blood sacrifice known as the Son of Man or Jesus Christ. He made it this way because of His first commandments to us known as the Ten Commandments. These were given to us to follow by His faithful servant, Moses. During this time, it was customary to offer God sacrifices of blood ie. clean and perfect animals of God's choice. *Note It is here that we see the direct correlation of blood sacrifice. Jesus was a human, but a perfect human, the only perfect human. He committed no sins and therefore was accepted by his true Father, God, as a sacrifice to atone for our sins. He didn't even die for his own actions or deeds, no, instead, he died for mankind. This explains what role Jesus Christ plays in our salvation. Now, we will shift into second gear.............................................

This is where it becomes very interesting, rather fascinating indeed! However, until recently, I didn't give what I am about to say much thought. I didn't because I was brought up to think differently and taught the same. I was brought up believing that Jesus was in our hearts and in us. How can this be if he was recieved up into Heaven (Acsention) after his brief death and coming back to life? And who was supposed to act on our behalf as our new Advocate?

Jesus stated that the Holy Spirit gives "eternal life!" John 6:63 "The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life." Thats huge. Why, because it changes that way most believers think about the purpose of each of the three in the Holy Trinity. Yes, thats right! There are three deity's that make our salvation possible; 1) God the Father and creator of the earth, man, and Jesus Christ, 2) the Son of Man or Jesus Christ, who made our salvation possible by dying for our sins (or becoming an atonement for our sins), 3) and the Holy Spirit, who now guides and influences us in our earthly walk towards the ultimate goal of Salvation!

We must understand that mankind was not the first being to fall short of the mark and commit sin. Satan, or The Deciever, fell long before we walked this earth. He became jealous of God and God's omnipresence, and wanted it for himself. This is why Satan and his angels, or the demons, are constantly attempting to decieve us and cause us to stray from God by sinning! Even though Satan has already lost the battle (Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the Cross), he will continue to try and make us sin or lose sight of our goal which is righteousness through adhering to God and His rules. We can still give in to sin by listening to Satan or following our own temptations and will to do wrong. This leads to eternal death if we do not correct (get forgiveness) our mistakes and if we refuse to continue to sin. God has a plan and until His plan has come to full circle, we must continue to live free of sin or we face sure death.

Now, after Jesus' action of atonement, God took Jesus back to Him to sit by His throne in heaven, but God decided to leave us another guide or "Advocate" to influence and guide us into eternal salvation with Him. This shows God's love for us. How much He truely loves and cares for us is made so clear by His divine nature. The "Advocate" God put here on earth for us after taking back His Son is known as the Holy Spirit. He is our current Intercessor and assists us in getting into the New Kingdom. The Holy Spirit will influence and guide us if we acknowledge him and his role in our lives as Christians.

We can see by studying the Book of Acts how much of a role the Holy Spirit played, plays, and will play in man's salvation! Listed are some passages which directly mention the Holy Spirit and his role in believer's lives. John 6:63, 12:23, 13:31, 14:15-31, 15:26-27, 16:7-10,11-15, Acts 1:1-2,5,8, 2:4,33,38, 4:24,31, 5:3,32, 7:55, 8:29,39, 9:17........ You have to actually read the Bible to see what God says. You cannot miss the awesome and fascinating stories and examples of how wonderful and glorious God really is if you study His Word. You will see that God has a plan and its in that plan that He tells us the steps we need to take in order to secure our place in Heaven. These steps are very easy to follow and understand IF you can understand each of the three and their roles in the Trinity. But, it's just as easy to miss these steps so reader beware! It requires patience and prayer to be able to understand God's intentions and directions which He lists in His Word. You cannot just flip through the Bible in a day and expect to understand its content and the meaning of that content. You must give the Word much effort and meditate on it daily to realize what it says. It takes knowledge of God, not man, to unlock the scripture's meaning. This knowledge is possible only with time and lots and lots of study. We will never be able to acomlpish absolute knowledge and wisdom and therefore, we should not even try! Satan did and was cast out of Heaven! We simply need to pursue God's meaning and direction in our lives. We are able to do this by reading His Word, obeying His instructions, and forming an intimate relationship with Him.

Because God is untouchable and we cannot physically see Him (only a few situations where a human did see God), He gives us the Holy Spirit to influence and guide us. God gives us His instructions, The Word, then provides us our Advocate (Holy Spirit) to guide us in adhering to or obeying His instructions. Jesus Christ was our Advocate during his short time here on earth and gave us the ability to obtain salvation by offering himself as a blood sacrifice for our sins. He will come back again to get us and take us back to Heaven with him to be with God. It is because of his next appearance that we should be focused on living our lives as God has instructed us to while we are still here on earth. If we do, than we can be sure that we will be going to live an eternal life with God when Jesus Christ returns.

If Jesus Christ is going to return, then that means that he is not here now, and this further supports the fact that someone is, the Holy Spirit. Without an Advocate here with us, we would surely be doomed. God knew this and this is why He left us the Holy Spirit! God has never and will never abandon His children!


John 14:15-31 "If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth! The world cannot recive him, because it isn't looking for him and doesn't recognize him. But you know him, because you because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans---I will come to you. Soon, the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And becuase they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them."

Notice that Jesus says IF. This should not leave any doubt about the importance of following and obeying God's instructions or commandments!

This explains everything pertaining to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thats it! Pretty Simple~It has to be. Because there are so many people who will not or do not understand if it wasn't so simple. Humans (Christians also) have this inate tendency to complicate rather simple things into major things. It is this tendency that causes so much discontent and unrest with and among Christians. We can't just do what The Word says, but instead, we always seem to want to become fanatics or idealists and manipulate everything into a mistruth or untruth. We take God's Word and integrate our own bias and opinions into it to the point of actually changing what it says. Then, we begin to believe, through repetition of teaching these changes, what we think is the Truth........but it really is not. Be carfeul that when you read God's Word, you cleanse yourself of any subjectivity or sin, or what you read will not be fruitful, but instead, it will be confused and have no real meaning. This is why God states that before we approach Him with requests or prayer to first forgive anyone who we have an issue with.

Romans 5:3-5 "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develope endurance. And endurance developes strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love."

You see, if something is not true, especially with God's intended message, than it does not matter who preaches or teaches it, it will be wrong. To teach God's Word in a manner different from what He has commanded or directed (Holy Spirit), is to sin! Luke 17:1 One day Jesus said to his disciples, "There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting!" That is a very loud statement! We must realize the importance and relevance of sending out the wrong message of God! Jesus plainly stated the result of sending out the wrong message. We (Christians) should all have the maturity to understand God's true meaning of sending His Son and the Holy Spirit! We cannot continue to live in denial. If we do not start understanding God's Word and what He really intends us to understand versus what we think he intends for us, we are facing sure eternal death.

Friday, August 28, 2009

What does it mean to be a Christian (Christ-like)?

Why do we avoid or dodge the difficult problems in life instead of working them out by coming up with a solution or consulting God to help us? Why are so many Christians always complaining about an issue or problem that involves them or bugs them, but then, when they are asked to provide a possible solution to that issue or problem, they don't seem to really want to fix what they are complaining about in the first place? They don't open their Bible, God's very Word to us, and read it to find the solution. The Bible has a solution to every problem we have faced, do face, or will ever face. There is nothing that happens to us now that hasn't happened to someone before us. We have the same problems, tendencies, habits, customs, and issues that people faced since the creation of man! But, we have God's Word to guide us and give us solutions. We can "consult" with God at any time, any day by simply opening His Word and reading. It is absolutely free and has absolutely no bias or "secret" agenda. It is tried and very true. Then WHY don't we consult it more? Why are we constantly trying to pass our problems and issues off to someone else?

The important question is why do we (Christians) put up with this constant complaining and misery without do something about it?

Because, too often, we find it easy to sit back in our "comfort zone" and place judgement about other people or issues without really searching out God and activating our Faith! We are content in simply covering the underlying problem up and pretending it is not there. We look the other way or appear to be happy on the surface when the real problem is like a cancer beneath our skin, slowly eating away at our lives. On the outside, we "claim" God in our lives and "claim" to live a Godly life but are we really? Aren't we really just being superficial in our walk with God? We pretend to have a relationship with God and profess to believe in what Jesus Christ did for us on the Cross, but then we clam up and abandon others in need when the storms start to brew in our daily lives! We "claim" this and "claim" that but we refuse to show anything by doing nothing. On the surface, we appear to be Christians, yet we change that appearance when the very values we "claim" to live by become a reality. WE ARE NOT DOING WHAT GOD SAYS TO DO!

2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 7:1 "Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can believer be a partner with and unbeliever? And what union can there be between God's temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God! As God said; "I will live in them and walk among them, I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord [it is a command, not a request]. Don't touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. [it doesn't say "please don't touch their filthy things" or "I might welcome you"] And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty!" [this is not a suggestion or request, it is an order] Then it goes on to say in the next chapter, "Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit! And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God!"

God had this written because He knew that by hanging around unbelievers or negative people, it would pollute those of us who believe. He knew that nonconformity to our Faith is like a cancer and destroys us just as quickly! Our God is not a politically-correct God or a lukewarm God. He is a tolerant and forgiving God, but do not mistake this for weakness, no, do not make this confused!

For the scriptures say in Romans 12:2 "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think [this also covers how we live]." We are made in the image of God and therefore are given a duty to remain holy as God is holy and clean as God is clean. For are we not Christians or Christ-like? Like Christ, in the image of God...........This means that we have become like God in our image and our image is our identity. So if we identify with or affiliate with sin, we have just violated God's image! And if an image is also an identity, then we have just violated His identity! We have just "misrepresented" God and Christianity because we are supposed to be Christ-like in everything we do and say. This is very important because it is something we encounter every day in our lives!

I have studied the religion of Islam and attended multiple classes and briefings (while serving in the United States Army) regarding the religion and its fundamental ideologies and beliefs. This was mandatory as a result of the September 11th 2001 attack on our country. This attack brought about an intense hatred and dislike for Islam and Muslims everywhere. But I have noticed something about this religion that is very different than most other religions. There is absolutely zero tolerance for lukewarmness or half-way participation when you are a Muslim! You cannot be a Muslim and not practice the religion. You have to conform to all the beliefs and practice every requirement or you will, not might, will face severe punishment and in some countries, certain death! That's right, death!

If we Christians had the passion or conformity to Christianity as Muslims have to Islam, I can guarantee that the world would be a much better place. Yes, there would be absolute happiness with one another, patience in the waiting lines at the store, giving and more giving, hope and love everywhere we looked, and full church buildings on Sunday.................We would have polite telephone operators, positive news reporters, there would be equality with race and no divisions among wealth classes. We would be an almost perfect world! But this would be because we would live like-Christ.

If we could just come close to this other "religion" we would, the the least, be more understanding and passionate toward other people. We would stop thinking less of the other man or putting others down with our thoughts and we would definitely not be acting the way we do towards others on a daily basis in our regular lives. Why can't we just come close to what God requires or what Jesus tried so hard to show us by his righteous example? When we accept God into our lives, we are giving Him control (complete and utter) of our lives and everything that is a product of our lives. This means that we do nothing without His consent or, more importantly, His guidance. We must live a God-guided life. This is a very strong statement in itself because it leaves no other alternative to how we approach life. We do not have the "choice" of living this way or that way because, God guides and orchestrates everything we do and how we deal with our problems and issues. But if we do not let Him, he can't! Because God gave the human race choice. And every day we choose to ignore and disregard God. We choose to try and take on life ourselves and it always fails. We will never be able to fix us if we don't admit that we need to be fixed. We must "cast off" the old us and "put on" the new us!

2 Corinthians 5:17 "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"

What "separates" us from the unbelievers is our Faith or belief that Jesus Christ died for our sins to set us free and that with God at the front of our lives, we cannot and will not fail. We will surely live and survive the storms we face in life. So if it is our Faith which separates us, then we must begin to show the world that we have this Faith and this can only be accomplished by living it. The best method of bringing an unbeliever to believe or to God is to show them how good it really is to have God in our lives. We must live our Faith and beliefs every day in every way. Stop "hiding" from our problems and turn them over to God. He will handle every problem we give Him and nothing can separate us from the love of God! By gaining true intimacy with God, we are gaining life. And by living with God, we are living as true Christians!

Galations 3:26 "For you are all children of God through FAITH in Jesus Christ."

You see, it is Faith in Jesus Christ and the Cross which makes us true Christians and we need to begin thinking of ourselves as soldiers for Him in the fight for ultimate survival in this world filled with sin. As long as there is sin, there will be a need for God and when we need God we need to let God dictate our every step in life. He must orchestrate every decision we make and action we commit. Without this guidance, we will fail and surely die. I challenge we Christians to begin letting God handle our problems and start living "like-Christ".................... Amen!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jesus Christ (Son of God, Son of Man)

Jesus Christ was born of a virgin Jewish woman. He was born of a human woman in a very human form and through the same human method of birth.

Colossians 2:9 "For in Christ lives all the fullness 0f God in a human body!" Notice that I made a point to put in an explanation mark in place of the period for emphasis on the statement preceding it! We, as Christians, or of Christ's body (the Church) cannot argue with this one, single statement. This is the precedence for any debating Christ's human existence with a godly or perfect (sin-free) spirit.

Jesus was a human. But, he was a perfect human. In fact the only perfect human. But, Jesus was still a human being. Galations 4:16 "God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn't say "to his children," as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says "to his child"---and that, of course, means Christ (Jesus Christ)."

Philippians 2:5-11 "You must have the same attitude that Jesus Christ had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all names, that the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, the glory of God the Father."

Colossians 1:15-20 "Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see---such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross [blood sacrifice]."

Wow! This says alot. In fact, this pretty much explains what God's purpose was for Jesus being His son but in human form. Because God knew that we (humans) would need something real, something believable in order to believe that God himself was real. Even with the previous post about our knowing of God's existence explained in Romans 1:18-21, humans still find a way to deny God or refuse His omnipresence! We always find "another eplaination" or "another theory" of who God is or what God is.......
This must stop! We must realize that Jesus Christ was sent for one purpose and one purpose only, to save humanity by sacrificing himself.

I think that most people (alot of Christians) don't really grasp the reality of how human Jesus really was. We read about his youth, his miracles, his perfection, but we skip the part about his struggles with sin and constant battles with the Deceiver or Satan. We need to understand that Jesus was very human and had the same temptations as we encounter daily. He felt real pain. went through real emotional trials and battles.

John 1: 10-12 "He came into the world he created, but the world didn't recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God."

Jesus represented God on earth to the human race. He was God's Son and chosen One. He was crucified and nailed to the cross so everyone (even as undeserving as we are) could accept his sacrifice and be set free from sin. So we can have everlasting life without going through the same pain Jesus encountered on the cross and before the cross! Although he did not always enjoy parts of his job, he did it none-the-less! He never questioned God and did as he was told. He was a perfect human and now, our ticket to God, our representative or sponsor for heaven, the New Kingdom.

Jesus did take pride in his work and so should those of us who are working for the Kingdom of God. John 4:34 Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing His work." Let us not forget what Jesus accomplished on earth while he was here. Let us remember daily what Jesus had to go through and the hurdles he had to over-come during his ministry. Let us always be thankful for his work and the work he continues to do to and with us to this day. Let us begin each day giving thanks to God for letting us experience His mercy and faithfulness to us. I urge you to remember, as you experience your daily struggles, that Jesus was also human and what he went through and the struggles he encountered were very similar to ours. If Jesus was able to resist deception by Satan and live on earth in a peaceful manner, so can we! God bless you and may He be with you.

Let our nourishment come from doing the will of God everyday and in every way, Amen!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dangers of Un-Belief (taking on the Atheist)

I have known several atheists in my lifetime and have been able to get opinions and the general attitude of the average Atheist from my experience. I am taking a very hit-miss angle with this post, so if you are weak of Faith or are easily offended, please do not read this post!

Atheism: is the condition of being without theistic beliefs and alternatively the disbelief in the existence of deities. In antiquity, atheism was represented by Epicureanism. It disappeared from European philosophy when Christianity became dominant. During the Age of Enlightenment, atheism re-emerged as an accusation against those who questioned the religious status quo, but by the late 18th century it had become the avowed position of a growing minority. By the 20th century, atheism had become the state-supported position of countries governed by communism, as well as the dominant position amongst scientists, rationalists, and humanists.

-Atheism is believing in unbelief. What a huge contradiction in itself. We have not even crested the term itself and it is already coming into contradiction.
-Another point about Atheism is that by being in the condition of or having a view of un-belief, an atheist has already admitted that they acknowledge God exists!

In order to believe that something does not exist, you have already entered into the realm of the spiritual world (1 Corinthians 2:10-15 "But it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets. NO ONE can know a person's thoughts except that person's own spirit, and NO ONE can know God's thoughts except God's own Spirit [the Holy Spirit]. And we have received God's Spirit [not the world's spirit], so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit [the Holy Spirit], using the Spirit's words to explain spiritual truths. But people who aren't spiritual cant receive these truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can't understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others.") whether you intend to or not. Be very cautious because this is were it gets very touchy and serious! You invoke the Deceiver's power in your life when you begin to open yourself up to attacks by making strong statements like "God doesn't exist", or "God is a big lie!" You just entered into another realm, one which is very real and very dangerous! You just sent Satan a huge notice saying "Come on in and ruin my life."

I am taking this stance on Atheism because so many people tend to throw God away or just plain deny His existence. Remarkably enough, I was raised in a predominantly christian (non-denomination) home and read the Bible daily and attended our little church regularly. But my past experience in Christianity caused my previous beliefs which I held for so many years. "God did not exist!" I firmly believed that God was not real and could not be real because I could not feel, touch, taste, see, or hear Him. So He couldn't be real, right? Wrong!

I eventually hit my rock-bottom in my not-so-distant life and turned to the God that I had to re-believe in and as a result, I am now a born-again Christian. I do not question God's existence or the validity of Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross. I now know God exists and I now know that Jesus suffered and died for our sins to serve as a blood sacrifice (that was the customs of repentance to God in that period of time). He had to in order for God to forgive us of our transgressions against Him. This was the only thing God would accept in place of total extinction of the human race in payment for what we had become from what we were created to be. God had previously conducted a sin-sweep or clean-up during the Great Flood and had promised to man that He would never again conduct the same clean-up of our sin. So He had a Son named Jesus Christ who was born of a virgin woman (ensuring His birth remained very spiritual and pure) and raised as the human Son of God! Jesus was very human and I will get into this more in my next post. But even with Jesus' stigma of needing to eventually die for all humanity to be saved (not a small accomplishment), He was very human, He differed in that He did NOT sin!

Too many atheists spend so much time and so much energy trying to prove what is already true and trying to deny what has already come to pass. This is a mistake that will only be forgiven if that person repents to God and turns their life around and begins to live according to what God wants in their lives and not live according to what Satan wants in their lives! Satan loves atheists because they are deceived and try to deceive others in what they say and do. Their lifestyles are their "ministry" of fate. We as Christians need to love them and return love for hate and show these confused people by our lifestyles that God is VERY REAL and VERY EXISTENT! Pray for those who persecute you and do good to those who harm you. This is the Word of God, our book of instructions for life.....................................................................................

1 Timothy 6:3-5 "Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become healthy."

Be careful not to become a party to this behavior because God takes this very seriously, so we should also take this very seriously.....................God WILL NOT tolerate ignorance and blatant disregard for Him!!!

SIN! Is it Evil or just plain Ignorance?

In the beginning, God created the earth and creatures to roam the earth, both fowl of the air and beasts of the ground. God also created man. Now, in the beginning, man was sin-free.

Sin literally means: any thought, word, or act considered faulty, shameful, harmful to oneself or to others, or which alienates self from others and especially from God.

So anything that goes against the will of God is sin. Anything! Pretty simple huh? Not for most people, more specifically Christians.

After man was created, God created woman to keep man company. See, even before we knew loneliness, God knew we would become lonely. This is why He created woman for man. Anyhow, woman (who should be considered man in this context) enticed man to sin after herself being enticed or decieved by the Serpent or Satan himself to sin. More specifically do the exact opposite of what God had instructed. This is the most important part of our existence because it is at this point that the direction or Word of God became necessary to lead man in his walk in life! Without it, we are lost! So many are convinced of their "right" to lead their own lives and do so in complete blindness all-the-while slowly getting closer and closer to the grave.

Before this act of sin, man was without fault. After this act of sin, man was born into sin. At this point in human history (there was much history prior to man's existence which consisted of God, the Holy Spirit, Angels, and other heavenly beings)it was an automatic occurrence for man to want to sin..............................

After this fact, man became so sinful or shameful in the eyes of God that He not only lessened man's lifespan almost 800 years, but also wiped out the entire race leaving only one man and his family with each and every animal walking, swimming, and flying in this universe. This was a direct result of SIN! This was what was known as the Great Flood.

You see, God knew that at the very moment man gave into sin and became sin, he was only going to degrade even further because of man's weak spirit and failure to acknowledge God's Omnipresence and Greatness! Man was never equipped with anti-sin measures or sin-proof agents to utilize on a daily basis. We need to understand where sin originated though.

Sin began long before man was created. It began with Lucifer or Satan, The Deceiver! He has earned the title Deceiver because of his previous involvement with angels and God. Satan became very jealous and envious of God and His power. So Satan decided to break away from God and start his own little click known as the demons, or angels who have turned away from God to follow Satan. Satan was a very powerful and influential angelic being in the beginning. We know that he was very powerful and one of God's right hand mates or possibly even the general of God's angelic hosts.

If we can accept that sin originated with Satan and because of his deception, man turned to sin, than we will admit that it is really The Deceiver who leads us into temptation and not God.

Far too many Christians and UN-believers alike think that God tempts us into doing wrong or sinning. This could not be farther from the truth. God never tempts man, only Satan or man himself. The Word says in Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord." Also, 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 "If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different than from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptations to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure."

James 1:12-14 "God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterword, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, "God is tempting me." God is never tempted to do wrong and HE NEVER TEMPTS ANYONE ELSE. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away [from what is right]."

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

If you want a good life, give up your bad attitude!

Too many people tend to "feel" sorry for themselves and use this pity as their operating system. But it really becomes their "Identity!" They unknowingly have just sealed their own future or "fate."

Why don't we try to understand them and their problems? Why not join everyone else in feeling sorry for them and just nurse their pity even further into self-loathing? Why not jump on the bandwagon?

Because! We will just be serving to make their problems worse. We will only be coddling them and encouraging them. This is bad, not good. Counter-productive, not productive.

We find too much that it is far too easy to be "politically-correct" and by choosing this route, we are choosing failure for them and us. God teaches us that we need to forget our problems and give them to Him to fix. We are directly responsible for believing that He can and will make everything better. He accomplishes this through His Son, His Word, and the Holy Spirit. His Word? The Bible.

Understand that we must not confuse The Bible with any other written book claiming to be the Bible or altered in order to fit a "certain" religion or belief system. Christianity is not a religion, so don't get it confused with religion. (We will touch on this in the next post). I am referring to the Bible as we know it to have been influenced by Godly men with Holy Spirit lead prophecies and hands to write God's Word. It is truly God's Word and nothing will ever take that away. Not if you truly believe in God.

We need to begin to start encouraging the unbelievers, new believers, old believers, anyone who needs encouragement, to start being positive and begin to trust that through their Faith, God will fix their problems and create their "futures." We need to start preaching God's Word to everyone and spreading His wonderful story to the world. God's Word is awesome and also very sobering. It is the ONLY true guide or instruction for everyday life. But we need to share the Good News so it may multiply and touch someone else who is in need of something to believe in and someone to love. The best way to convince an unbeliever to believe in God is to show them by living it in our own lives and presenting ourselves as true disciples of God, not allowing them to wollow in their self-pity and not by being "politically-correct." I challenge you to challenge yourselves and start living the Word and not just reading it!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Words of Wisdom

"It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful but what you have in your heart."-Uknown

"Learn to differentiate between what is truely important and what can be dealt with at another time."-Mia Hamm, Soccer Champion

"Rudeness is a weak man's imitation of strength."-Eric Hoffer

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."-Carl Jung

"Everyone wants to be apprecicated. So if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret."-Mary Kay Ash

"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones."-Phillips Brooks

"It matters not what a person is born, but whom they choose to be."-J.K. Rowling

Monday, August 10, 2009

Have you lived everything you can but still feel a void in your life?

Have you done everything you can in life but still know that there is something missing?

Can you pinpoint what is missing?

Do you want to know what you are missing but are too afraid to admit it?

Follow this blog as I take you through my life from my childhood to the present........................

A Journey of Faith

I have spent my whole life walking in self-absorbtion. I have seen what being self-absorbed really is. You could call me a "professional self-absorbed expert!"

This has gotten me much. I have learned so much from this very interesting journey. I have gained so much knowledge in absolutely everything but definitely nothing!

Am I a smarter person for going through this experience? Yes.
Do I know more than I did before I went through this period? Yes.
Can I truely say I am better for making it? Yes.

But what have I really learned? What great lesson have I really walked away with implanted in my brain? Who am I now that I have been through the hardships of this painfully becoming experience?

Is this you? Have you crossed the same paths over and over again wondering why you continue to keep coming to the same path you crossed before? Do you want to know what more there is to accomplish and experience in life?

Please join me in a journey to discover Faith. I don't mean faith in yourself but faith in God. A Faith that over-comes all other faiths and a Faith that leads to a life lived fully. One that you will be able to look back on a say "I have truely lived for everything I could have ever imagined and I know that I will leave this earth completed!" Why? Because you will have lived your life for God and this is all you will ever need to do..............This is a Journey of Faith!