Ken

Aug 222014
 

Have you heard the Living Word?

As had been said; words do have power; your time to come alive may be this very hour!

Awake oh sleeper has your knap been sweet are you still desirous of something to eat?

What can satisfy the hunger of your soul, don’t you realize only Jesus can make you whole?

Do you want to go on blindly seeking   for all the world’s means of making you whole or the Lord’s peace that will comfort your soul?

He came into this dark world to give you light, when you know him his joy will be your delight!

He may speak to you in the morn before you arise, or at noon time in the bright but even at nighttime his Spirit will give you light.

He loves you this I can assure, his mercy and kindness will make you love him more!

Jesus said; “My peace I give unto you, not as the world gives”

The world offers peace through drink, drugs and whatever but these cannot quench the thirsting of the soul that longs for God, only he can do that!

Author Ken

August 2014

 Posted by at 11:49 am
Aug 142014
 

A poem for those hurting and sad

She loved her life in this world as many do, soon to find out how few really love you!

The evil pleasures of sin are only for a while; painful can be the birth of an unexpected child.

God does allow his loved ones to suffer the results of sin for a reason, but joy comes in the newness of life in due season.

Out of her pain and anguish comes the soothing balm from God and all her sufferings it will extinguish.

Then she will call upon me says the Lord and she will never again ask amiss.

Her walk with her King will be sweet much love and spiritual food to eat.

Good things will he give to her his Bride, in his arms she will always abide, always wanting him by her side.

*Then will her song be sweet and her poems for her Lord hard to beat.

Those will say who live on her street, who is this shining star we want to meet.

And when she speaks to them she will give them spiritual food to eat!

She will be God’s light from above; her face will shine with his love, with the Angels smiling from above.

*There are so many souls who have been wounded by their circumstances or poor choices in life, so many make decisions never knowing if they are right. I believe that only the Lord Jesus will direct a person to make the right decision because he cannot make a mistake! He calls out even today; “Come unto me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest!” Many have holes in their hearts that only God’s love can fill!

Author Ken

August 11, 2014

 Posted by at 8:28 am
Aug 112014
 

My brother’s wife, a poem

Her name is Arleen, to my brother Bob she was his Queen.

Many of the things she did went unseen, she was always quiet and never mean.

When keeping the house with all its bills and costs she was very keen.

They always had help from above; their Lord Jesus kept them with his love.

One sad day Bob did depart, he left carrying his great love for Arleen and the boys in his heart.

From this world of woe our beloved Robert did go, he is not gone as some would say, he is in Heaven with Jesus to stay.

His beloved wife and sons will always remember that day.

Many remember the good works he did walking with Jesus, along with me, his brother, by the way.

We miss him very much and life moves on but the same light shines in his family,

proof to the world of the Master’s touch!

Author Ken

August 2014

 Posted by at 10:40 am
Jul 282014
 

Crosby his name was to be, sent by God, a new wonder for his family to see.

He was sent from above, blessed with God’s love, he and Grayson will fit together like a glove!

Gray will be his loving big brother, he will be keen to protect him from the bad other.

He will see what other people cannot see, special gifts he will have, unlike the ones given to you and me.

He and Gray will have a bond of brotherly love, their walk with God will be led from above.

The Holy Spirit will be their guide, from evil they will not hide, for in their Lord Jesus they will always abide!

Author Ken

June 2014

 Posted by at 9:34 am
Apr 062014
 

Who is the enemy of the cross?

When I awoke this morning the scripture about the enemy of the cross came into my mind and I desired to know what people Paul the Apostle was speaking of. This is the scripture I was thinking of; for many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, Philippians 3: 18 NASB

The Lord revealed to me through my meditation the true meaning of this scripture and it is backed up by Jesus himself and confirmed by Paul in the Book of Galatians, concerning those whose actions and works caused Paul to weep. The enemy of the cross is the Religion of man. It is the work of Satan’s deception through man.They take the truth of God’s word and use it to promote a Religion that looks like the real thing but is false!  The method they use is the twisting of scripture and the Law given through the commandments of men. Their works produce a self-righteousness of the followers that results in their judgments and condemnation of others. Was it not the self-righteous Scribes and Pharisees who were always plotting against Jesus waiting to find a way to trip him up by setting up their traps, one being the woman caught in the very act of adultery? Who did our Lord condemn as blind leaders of the blind and children of their father the Devil? Who was Paul so infuriated at when he wrote to the Galatian Church, was it not the “Judaizes” who were Christians (Jews) who embraced both Jesus and the Law of Moses. So even to this day the real enemy of the cross is the false Religion of man but how many today even among believers recognize the true from the false? Because Satan transforms himself into an Angle of light using great deception so it can be difficult indeed. When Jesus began his ministry do you think the people looked at the Scribes and Pharisees the same way he did, no, they could not see the evil and darkness in them that our Lord clearly saw. So, even today many Christians do not see what has crept into many Churches which is the Law, legalism the commandments of men. The end results are the same as those that happened in the Galatian Church, believers were deceived, falling from grace into law and bondage. It has been perpetrated to greater results through the TV ministries today. They produce only feel good experiences and have no room for repentance towards God. They keep their captive audiences mesmerized through great swelling words, promises of health, wealth and happiness. It is not strange that they seem not to suffer much adversity but are like celebrities treated to interviews with the TV Anchors, could it be that Satan doesn’t have a problem with them? The Judaizes were sent by Satan to destroy the liberty the Galatians had in Christ and their only adversaries were Paul and the other believers who knew the truth. Paul wept because of these imposters and what they were doing to the believers by turning them from the grace of God to the bondage of Satan. Jesus said to follow him was to deny one’s self desires, take up the cross which means to bear his sufferings through persecutions, to put others before yourselfs. The enemies of the cross will have none of this; they feed their own lusts through the endless supply of money they extract from their followers, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of sin. They hate grace, love the tithe, they think they are right with God through their own self-righteousness and* works as did the Pharisees whom Jesus rebuked for that saying that the Prostitutes would be in Heaven and they would not be. When you hear those windbags on TV promising all kinds of good things that seem great, remember that old saying; if it seems too good to be true, it usually isn’t!

*Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name perform many miracles?’ Matthew 7:22 NASB.

Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who practice evil!'” Matthew 7:23 ISV.

Those scriptures should be a wakeup call to many as Jesus warned that MANY would come in his name and deceive many! If you notice that those deceivers say that they did all these works in his name but clearly they are false because the Lord rejects them and declares he NEVER knew them! It is opposite to what he says about those who belong to him; “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—John 10:14 NIV.

Keep your eyes on Jesus and the cross where our freedom was purchased and do not be entangled again through a self-righteousness which comes through the Law.

 

Author Ken

April 2014

 Posted by at 9:07 am
Mar 142014
 

Jesus Christ, the Father’s perfect likeness!

He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact likeness of his being, and he holds everything together by his powerful word. After he had provided a cleansing from sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Highest Majesty Hebrews 1:3 ISV.

In times past God hid himself from men. He clothed his glory and brightness with clouds and chose to dwell in a Temple made with hands, hidden in the Holy of Holies.  No man could look upon him as he truly is and live. Only Moses was allowed to see his back parts while hiding in the cleft of the Rock. (Jesus)

This man Jesus lived a normal life, called the carpenter’s son by the locals. We know through God’s word that he had brothers and sisters who had no idea who he really was but Mary and Joseph knew and they treasured this secret in their hearts. There was an ongoing lingering suffering that they both experienced because of those who knew that Mary was with child before they were joined together as man and wife. Jesus also had to bear this false gossip that was repeated by the evil Pharisees one day after he had rebuked them. “You are doing the deeds of your father.” They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.” John 8:41 NASB.

Obviously they had heard about this through the gossip from the people that knew Mary and Joseph and used it to insult Jesus, thus calling him falsely one born through sin.

It was at the wedding in Cana that his ministry began and his glory displayed by changing water into wine, a “New Creation”. That miracle symbolized the greater miracle of being Born Again, a New Creation by God himself, born from above as Jesus told Nicodemus the Pharisee.

The disciples and the masses had no idea of who this man from Galilee was but they knew God was with him by the great miracles he performed. Even a Pharisee acknowledged that a man could not do these signs and wonders except God be with him?  If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.  John 9:33 KJV.

This was said after Jesus had opened the eyes of a man born blind. I always loved reading how Jesus spat on the ground, mixed the dirt and spittle together and put it in the blind man’s eye sockets; do you really understand what he did? He displayed the power he used in creation, he created NEW EYES! God created man from the dust of the earth.  We are composed of organic matter which is found in the ground along with water, when Jesus mixed the two together he made new eyes! (All things were created by him and for him)

When these things took place his brothers at first *mocked him but later we learn that he saved them also. The Bible tells us that they were his half-brothers/sisters, having the same mother but different Fathers; he was born from above through the Holy Spirit and they were born from below through Joseph. Jesus revealed his glory on the** Mount as God the Word in human flesh. He is Emanuel, God with us and all of the fullness of the God dwells in him! (The brightness of God was seen shining through his flesh on that Mount)  This is why when asked to see the Father, Jesus replied; how long have I been with you and you don’t know me, when you see me, you see the Father also. He is our God walking with his people and after his resurrection actually dwelling in them as he had promised from his word in the Old Testament and confirmed in the New Testament.

Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 2-Corinthians 6: 16 NASB.

So now we see clearly that Jesus is the second Adam and the perfect likeness of God as we read in the Book of Hebrews. Sinless in his flesh God himself dwelling in him, hidden to eyes but revealed through his words and works. How marvelous that God himself would eat drink and walk with his created men and women. As the Apostle John wrote that they had seen his glory and his humanity and how wonderful that we believers are in his family as his own children by adoption. This should bring praise and adoration of our Lord and Savior Jesus on this day as well as every day.

*For even his own brothers did not believe in him. John 7: 5 NIV.

**As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Matthew 17: 2 NLT.

Some have twisted God’s word by denying that Jesus had brothers and sisters by saying that the word’s reference to them was of those who followed him, this is ridiculous because his followers did believe in him and his brothers were in the house with him when they mocked him. The word declares them as “His own brothers”. After the birth of Jesus Mary and Joseph had more children, son’s and daughters. This came as God blessed their marriage, the wife with many sons was a sign of blessing in the eyes of the Jews. As today, children are gifts from God. It is always wise to rightly divide the word of God and it comes with a warning in the Book of Revelation that those who add or “Twist the word” as we are told in the New Testament will suffer dire consequences! Revelation 22: 18

Author Ken

March 2014

 Posted by at 7:12 am
Feb 242014
 

What are the “Dead Works” the Bible speaks of?

The answer from God’s word may surprise some for there are those who think they are helping God out, the big question is; does God need our help?

I know some Bible scholars will jump on me for what I have said and use one of many scriptures to refute it such as; for we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1-Corinthians 3: 9 NASB.

Guess what, I will agree with them all!  As an obedient Christian moves towards maturity they will discover as I had also discovered the paradoxes in the word of God. A question; why did Jesus speak to the people in Parables? He did so in order that only his people the believing followers would understand and the others would not. The Lord said some controversial words to the Jewish people which included the ever present evil Scribes and Pharisees looking to catch him breaking the Law. When he spoke of the eating of his flesh and drinking of his blood it set off a firestorm among the Jews especially those who were the experts of the Law. What the Lord had said was a violation of the Law. (Cannibalism and the drinking of blood) This indeed is a paradox for we know that our Lord always* kept the Law perfectly and would never break it. Even his disciples came to him being deeply troubled but our Lord quickly put their fears to rest by saying; the words I speak are Spiritual, not literal, for the Spirit gives life and the flesh profits nothing. (Paraphrased) John 6:63 NASB. When we take communion we are not actually eating and drinking his blood but are being spiritually tuned into what he suffered at the cross for us. The Lord re-affirmed this at the Last Supper by using the bread and wine as the symbols we use today in as he said a “Remembrance” of HIS sacrifice alone, not ours, for what could we offer that would be greater than his sacrifice on the cross?

The answer is nothing, as our own works even sacrifices cannot save us, it is only by faith in Jesus plus nothing else, the thief on the cross believed and was saved without works or sacrifice on his part. The Lord explained to his disciples why he spoke to the multitudes in Parables, he said; Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. Matthew 13: 11 NASB.

This brings me back to my topic about dead works, this is a paradox as we are told to love God with all our heart and soul and might and our neighbor as ourselves, it is only possible by God giving us the ability to do it! This is why he gave us his Holy Spirit who is also the only one who can through us perform his good works that he had previously ordained we walk in, so any of our works done by us and not the Holy Spirit are “Dead Works”. We can love God and our neighbor with all our heart and soul by the power of the Holy Spirit, so God does it all through us

and then we are truly his fellow workers, obedient mature Sons performing just as Jesus did by doing only God’s work and not his own, follow him only, not the commandments of man.

What sets Christianity apart from the world’s religions today is their works done in one form or another in order to obtain a right standing in the eyes of the one who is the head of that belief. Christianity is based upon the word of God and the Bible proclaims that salvation is totally of God through the perfect sacrifice of his only begotten Son Jesus and this is apart from works, based solely upon faith in him alone. So in concluding, we must understand that it is only through the Holy Spirit that we can rightly divide God’s word in order to obtain it’s true meaning especially of those paradoxical scriptures that some take and make a whole false doctrine out of like those who promote “Works and faith” in order to be saved, these are according to God’s word the dead works that will always be rejected by God. They flaunt these dead works to the Lord himself who replies; many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name perform many miracles?’ Matthew 7: 22 NASB.

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7: 23 KJV.

*Not only did Jesus keep the Law of Moses perfectly, he magnified it by saying that if you even think about something against the Law you will have broken it without actually doing the act! But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:28 NASB.

And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It’s better to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, Mark 9:47 NLT. Jesus was proving that the Law was impossible to keep by anyone besides himself, the God man, the second Adam that could not fail.

Ken

Feb. 2014

 Posted by at 2:44 am
Feb 182014
 

Do you know our wonderful sharing God?

I have been thinking about this past Valentine’s Day, and the beautiful card my wife gave me. We both through prayer always look for special words that will touch each other’s heart and the good Lord always delivers! This prompted me to make some observations about this special day that is based upon love and what kind of love that is?

I wonder how many times a day the words are spoken “I love you”? On Valentine’s Day they really come into focus.  From life’s experiences many can remember that special moment when the person you are crazy about says I love you! Your heart soars, you sing for joy, the world becomes a beautiful place, life is great!

How many reading this blog truly understand what love is? How many know that there are various kinds of love and that there is only one true love and not all have it or are capable of having it? I wish to go through the types of love that are common to the world and the one that is uncommon to the world. The first is a friendly social love that is common to everyone, an example from God’s word is that the wicked have this love for the world and it is not pleasing to God. James 4:4 The Greek word for this love is “Phileo” Before receiving the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost the Lord Jesus revealed to Peter that he did not have true love for him. It is only through understanding the Greek words for love that we can understand why Peter was grieved after the Lord had asked him the third time if he loved him. Jesus twice used the Greek word “Agape’” (God’s love).  Peter’s reply both times was the Greek word “Phileo” (Friendly love). The third time Jesus asked the question and he used the Greek word Phileo, in other words, Jesus was asking if he truly loved him even as a friend? Grieved Peter answered; “You know all things and what I am capable of and not.” John 21: 17 NASB. The Lord did this test of Peter so he would understand his need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to love and serve God. On the day of Pentecost he and the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit who is given to every person the moment they believe in Jesus.

The second type of love is from the Greek word “Eros” from which we get the word Erotic, a sensual sexual love which many in this world have experienced at one time or another. This type of love is contrary to God’s revealed will and is a direct result from mankind’s fall from Adam; it comes through the sin nature. Through Adam mankind turned from loving God to loving “Self” (Being spiritually dead, separated from God). Erotic love being sexual in nature and those with this love cannot deny themselves and will strive to get their pleasures from the other person, taking rather than giving, both partners loving themselves only. In the end they will always reap what they sow as God will not be mocked and God views sex outside of marriage as adultery or fornication, which is sin. Sodom and Gomorrah are an example of those who took erotic love to the max. Not having their sexual desires satisfied through women but they went after animals. They even lusted after the Angels God had sent to deliver Lot and his family from his wrath that was to totally destroy them and their Cities.

The third love is the only true love and can only come through a personal relationship with God. His love is Agape’ love that gives rather than takes. (John 3: 16)

Only true believers in Christ can have Agape’ love for God and their fellow brothers and sisters of the faith. Jesus at the Last Supper commanded them (And all believers) to love one another with Agape’ love and love not the world which the Lord said he didn’t pray for but only those the Father had given him. This is the love we as believers give to ONLY those who belong to the Church, the Spiritual Body of Christ. It is our Father’s Agape’ love through the power of the Holy Spirit and it is NOT for the world. Loving the world would go against God’s word.    Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1-John 2: 15 NASB.

We are told to* love our neighbor who can be anybody we come into contact with in the world. It is the “Phileo” friendly, social love and who knows but the Lord if one day through the light of your good works and Godly behavior they may come to a saving faith and then you will love them with Agape’ love as a brother or sister in Christ.

*Jesus displayed this friendly love even to Judas who betrayed him, calling him in the Psalms, his close friend.  Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me. Psalm 41: 9 NLT.

I wish to share some of the wonderful things our Father God has done for us besides saving us from an eternity in hell by giving us his unspeakable gift of his beloved Son Jesus as a ransom for our sins.

Our sharing God.

He made us his fellow workman

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1-Corinthians 3: 9 NASB.

He shares his secrets with us

This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. Colossians 1: 26 NLT.

He shares his kingdom with us

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. Luke 12: 32 NASB.

He shares his glory with us (Our bodies are his Holy Temple and he dwells in us)

and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. Romans 8: 30 NASB.

He shares himself with us as we are “Now” partakers of the divine nature and “Have” the mind of Christ.

Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 2-Corinthians 6: 16 NASB.

He shares the completeness of Christ with us.

Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 1-John 3: 2 NLT.

 

 

Now we know what real love is, giving and sharing without taking anything in return, Jesus being the pure expression of God’s love. He came as a servant and the spotless Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice for our sins, the just dying for the unjust. It was God’s love for us that sent him to the cross, praise our marvelous Father and God.

Put your trust in Jesus and you will not be disappointed, build your house on him, and no matter how many storms come, your house will stand as its foundation is laid upon him, Jesus, the Rock of Ages.

God bless all, Ken

Feb. 2014

 Posted by at 2:31 am
Feb 102014
 

Some thoughts about what people believe today.

Have you ever seen or heard interviews with people on the street where they are asked questions about things pertaining to our country like; “Who is the Vice President“?  Over the years I have listened to people’s responses when asked about God, some say they don’t believe he exists, a few say he is dead and a good number say that they belong to a certain religious persuasion and believe in God. If asked the question if God loves everyone, many religious people will say yes, even those who say they believe in God but don’t practice or attend any particular congregation. I would ask the same question to those reading this blog, how would you answer?

I remember many years ago when I was a new believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, I listened to many preachers on the radio, and I really liked a certain Evangelist who was on the radio on Saturday’s. He had a way of teaching God’s word mixed with humor, for instance; he spoke about a man in Israel who defended his field of lentils.

Next in rank was Shammah son of Agee from Harar. One time the Philistines gathered at Lehi and attacked the Israelites in a field full of lentils. The Israelite army fled,   but Shammah held his ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory. 2-Samuel 23: 11 & 12 NLT. The Evangelist made me laugh by saying this man fought over “A hill of beans”

One Saturday morning he asked if God loved everyone, I was flabbergasted, because I had never heard any preacher ask that question and in the denomination that I was brought up in I always heard that Christ loved the world and died for their sins. He never answered his own question but it bugged me because I knew that by even asking the question he did not believe that God loved everyone, so I was determined to find out if he was correct. It has been over 30 years since I first heard that question and I can say that he was right and that’s not my own opinion but is proved by God’s word! Consider these questions; does God love Satan, does he love those he judges and sends to eternal punishment for their sins? Did he love those who Jesus said would come to him on that day (The religious, those without saving faith devoid of the Spirit, wells without water, the Tares. Jude 1: 19) saying; “Lord, Lord, didn’t we do all these things in your name?” He not only tells them to depart saying that they are accursed by God (Not loved) but that he NEVER knew them. They are the wicked whom God hates, which is the complete opposite of love.

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. Psalm 7: 11 KJV.

For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? 1-Peter 4: 17 NLT.

This judgment of Jesus is not a condemnation of ”His” people who are the Church, every “Born Again” believer who are his Spiritual body on the earth. His judgment of the believer’s unconfessed sin brings his correction upon them which is a sign of his love, as the word says that any loving father would do. Even though these believers may be disobedient and carnal they are never disowned or forsaken by the Lord, Romans 8:1 and Romans 8: 35 because it is what Jesus did for the m on the cross and not by their own works.  He paid it all, past present and future sins. It is through disobedience, deception and immaturity that the believer may be doing “Dead Works” but the mature Son will be led by the Holy Spirit, doing the true works of God. The thief on the cross believed and was saved without works!

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8: 14 KJV.

You may ask; what about the Lord telling us to love our neighbor? That is true but all love is not the same, when we look at the Greek words for love we find the word Jesus used for loving our neighbor is a social, friendly love, not the love that only believers have for Jesus and for one another through the Holy Spirit. That love is the pure Agape’ love which God himself is!  Jesus the man loved Judas with a *friendly social love.

* Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 41: 9 NASB.

Even though Jesus was fully God he was also fully man and had to suffer in every way as a human being in order to represent us completely when he gave his life as a ransom on the cross. How many of us have suffered by having a close friend turn against you or betray you? Jesus understands this and is the only true friend that sticks closer than a brother.

We read in today’s newspapers of the things Jude spoke about, those who have crept into some Churches bringing things that God’s word has warned about, worldly things and God says that those who “Practice” those things will not inherit the Kingdom of God and are NOT loved by him.

nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1-Corinthians 6: 10 NASB. Note: Believers can and do fall into sin doing the most awful things but because they belong to God (His own purchased possession) they cannot stay in that state as willful unconfessed sin brings God’s correction upon them. This can be grievous and in some cases, even death. This death of a believer does not mean they would be separated from God; on the contrary, they go to Heaven early.

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 1-Corinthians 6: 19 NLT.

How many realize that there are words in scripture that don’t mean what you think they say? For example, Caesar issued a decree that “All” the world be taxed, but it was not for the entire world but for the world under the Roman’s rule. So all does not always mean all in the scriptures. The truth is that we find in God’s word that he does not love everyone in the world; he is a righteous and just God showing compassion, mercy, grace and love along with judgment and punishment of the wicked.

Author Ken

Feb. 2014

 Posted by at 2:59 am
Feb 052014
 

What is “The measure of faith”?

Scripture reference; For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Romans 12: 3 NASB.

We will discover in the word of God that there are two kinds of believing (Faith) mentioned in scripture. People today believe in many things mostly because of the senses, seeing hearing, reading and we all have heard that familiar phrase “Seeing is believing”, which is true. We believe that the sun will rise every day as it has done all our lives, many believe in the Theory of Evolution based upon fossils (Why they believe this is incredible because if it were a fact there would be far more transient changes found  from one creature to another which are not found in the fossil records, in fact they have found a fish seen in fossils they date thousands of years ago alive today. Also, they believe that the origin of creation began with the hydrogen atom which they believe appeared “Out of nothing”) Wow, that’s strong faith but not in God!

True saving faith only comes from God as a grant by him choosing from eternity to show favor to those he has elected to be his own. Those who found favor with God were of his “Godly” line and were always his by his foreknowledge and choice, these all from Adam and Eve were given to Jesus as he himself said; “Thine they were (Always) and you have given them to me”.

We know by God’s word that man on their own *cannot come to God, only the elect are given the saving faith that believes without seeing!

The following scriptures will shed more light on this subject.

Faith can grow.  Nor do we boast and claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended. 2-Corinthians 10: 15 NLT.

Not all men have faith. And that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. 2-Thessalonians 3: 2 NASB.

Jesus did not have faith in the wicked. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, John 2: 24 NASB. Note: Jesus only sought after his people, those lost elect given to him by the Father, this is why he rejected these people in this scripture, and he knew they were not his own but the dead non-elect.

The seeing is believing crowd. So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe.”  John 4: 48 NASB.  Here is a clear picture of belief (Faith) that is not the saving kind but human belief by seeing and without that, they won’t believe. Only God given faith can please him because he himself gives it, so that the true believer can believe the unseen. Only that kind of faith pleases God and only his people have it!

*THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; Romans 3: 11 NASB.

I wish to appeal to those who have a fear of God, his word says that that is the beginning of wisdom and it may be his doing, Jesus promised that those who seek will find him and he will never cast out those who come to him. All who call on the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved!

I hope I have clarified this subject as I believe many do not understand the two differences involved with faith (Belief) the true and the false.

Author Ken

Feb. 2014

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