Anyone one remember this song? 'When we all get to Heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus, we will sing and shout the victory.'
But, everybody talking about heaven is not going.
I love this song. The desire is to see the Lord's face in peace. In order to do this, there are things that have to be right in the life.
Going to heaven is not automatic. The Lord gives each 24 hours in a day to 'redeem wisely'. Seeking the Lord and his righteousness is necessary to seeing His face in peace. The Bible teaches that God is angry with the wicked every day (Psalms 7:11). Living contrary to the word of God will keep a soul from seeing the Lord in peace.
Be admonished to seek the Lord until you find him. Do not settle for a religious experience. Marvel not, you must be born again (John 3:7). Go to a REAL Bible preaching church and sit up under the word of God. Let that word renew and transform your mind. For your thoughts are not His thoughts. One has to become a new creature in Christ.
Many believe they are already saved and Heaven ready. Yet the fruit of their life and the fruit of their thoughts is not according to the teachings of scripture.
We are running out of time. Jesus Christ is on HIs way back. And, He is coming back for a church without spot or blemish.
"That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish."- Ephesians 5:27
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid."- Romans 6:1
Profound statement from the word of God. One can not continue in sin and expect to be saved (go to Heaven). Impossible. The Lord God said he chose the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
With all that is happening in the world right now, it would behoove mankind to start seeking the Lord for salvation. Folks have played church long enough. It is time to get back to preaching the Gospel, living the Gospel, coming against all unrighteousness, fasting and praying, and so on. Things are not going to get better because the word of God says so. What should get better is mans relationship with the Lord. The Saints should be drawing closer. The sinner needs to go to Church and be preached to. The backslider needs to repent and do their first works over. Jesus Christ is on his way back for His church. He is not going to take anything. Marvel not, you must be born again.
This ministry is based upon the word of God. It is not based upon the ideal ology of a mankind or any organization. It is based on the word of God. God called us to preach it and that is what we are going to do.
As time comes to a close I can not help but cry loud and spare not. Repent, repent before it is too late.
Praise the Lord. I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Praise the Lord.
The year is almost over, 2021. Many challenges and changes have taken place. But through it all the Lord is still Lord. Jesus never told his followers to trust in the world or man. He taught to trust in the Lord will all your heart.
The word of God also teaches to continue in the faith which was once delivered. The word also tells us to not add or take away from the word of God;.
The fall away is in full force. All Saints are admonished to hold fast, hold on, don't be deceived.
As 2021 comes to an end I would admonish all to seek the Lord. Time is running out. The dispensation of grace is almost over. It is truly time to draw nigh to the Lord like never before.
2022 will be a challenge also. If you are saved, hold on. If you have not obeyed Acts 2:38 it is time to seek the Lord so He can draw you. We are running out of time.
Steadfast will end the year with prayer. Starting December 26th until January 8th 2022 we will be praying at the church from 7:30 to 9:00/9:30. All are welcome. We are praying, seeking the face of God. For He alone knows what we have need of and He knows how to supply it. We will also be fasting (no food or water one day each week. Help us Lord.
Praise the Lord everybody!! The Lord is still good. The Lord is still in control. The Lord is still on the throne.
What a day and time we are living in! What a time to be saved!! What a time to be a witness for the Lord. What a time, what a time, what a time.
The goal for the Saint of God is to go to heaven and be with the Lord. Therefore, all the things going on that could invoke fear has not affect on the Saint of God! The Bible teaches that fear hath torment (I John 4:18). The Lord has said he would provide and care for his people.
I John 5:4 says, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that over cometh the world, even our faith.." Therefore it does not matter what the world does or what the world comes up with. Faith over comes fear. Hold on Saints.
To those that are not saved, seek the Lord while the blood is running warm in your veins. When someone witnessed to you about the salvation, going to church, repentance, being baptized in Jesus Name, they are trying to get you to obey what the Lord has said is necessary to go to heaven. When someone witness' it is not to get followers for themselves. It is to tell you what the Lord said. In the book of Matthew chapter 28 the Bible says, "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." And, the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost is JESUS (Matthew 1:21).
Eternity is a long time. Where will you spend it??
I will bless the Lord at all times His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
There is a song with a line in it that says, "time is filled with swift transition. Naught of earth unmoved can stand. Build your hopes on things eternal. Hold to God's unchanging hand." I thought about this song as the current events in hour country unfold. Everyday there is something happening that shakes someone's world. Many are in despair. Many are hurting. Many suffer depression. Many suffer physical pain due to sickness, injury or disease. Many have not hope in the future.
Many that once believed in Jesus Christ no longer do. Many despise the Church and its teachings, blaming the actions of others as the reason. But, Jesu, Christ is still the answer!!
In the book of John chapter 10. verse 10 Jesus said, "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." Jesus went on to say that He is the good shepherd and that the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Jesus is not the reason for evil, hurt and pain that is going on. Jesus came that one might have life.
Won't you seek the Lord today so you can have life? Psalms 9:17 says, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." Proverbs 13:15 says,
but the way of transgressors is hard. Sin has a price.
Song: 'I believe I will hold to His hand. Gods unchanging hand. I believe I will hold to his hand, God's unchanging hand. Build your hope on things eternal. Hold to God's unchanging hand.'
I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Praise the Lord. During a Bible lesson there was a question asked about fellowship. Who is it ok to fellowship with and things of that nature. The discussion led to witnessing and what or how to address fellowship when the doctrine is different. Doctrine means teaching(s). I asked what does the 'fellowship' believe. The answer was they believe in Jesus, Heaven. The leader of the group wants to help youth get into Heaven, but he is not 'hard' like we are?? I am recounting the essence of the discussion and not words verbatim.
In essence, the group meets together socially with others that want to go to Heaven, but nothing 'hard" or as it was described, nondenominational. I asked, would they come to Steadfast and how do you think they would receive the truth. The answer was 'they would not'. Not 'hard' like this.
I am grateful for the discussion because it helped to answer a lot of questions the Church is facing right now. I even thought about what one must do to get on an airplane to take a trip. How many ways can a person enter an airplane to take a trip? How many doors can the person choose from? The answer is one. There is only one way to get on an airplane to fly to your destination. One. And as far as going to heaven, there is only one way, Jesus said he is the way, the truth and the life.
How many ways is it to get into Jesus? One. "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heat, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, 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 2:27,28
No sin will enter into Heaven. And, there is no such thing as big sins or little sins. Sin is sin and the wages of sin is death. The sinner has to be warned of this. The church can not allow the fact that they won't like it or accept it keep the truth from being preached/taught to the sinner. And, it takes being called of God to preach the truth in season and out of season.
For those that think or feel holiness preaching is hard and 'controlling', you need to get past that. God chose the foolishness of preaching to save those that believe. Time is short and now more than ever it is time to believe the Gospel and live.
Stephen lost his life telling the people what they needed to hear and not what they wanted to hear. "And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God and saying, lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 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." - Acts 7:59,60
Hebrews 4:7 says, "Again, he limfiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time as it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts."
Praise the Lord.
Just a few words to express something that is on my heart today as a servant of the Lord. Prayerfully, these words will help someone in some fashion to do better, be better and most of all get saved before Jesus comes back for His church. I do not profess to know anything except Jesus Christ and Him crucified and His word. It is not my intent to offend anyone. The following thoughts are on my heart.
My soul aches when I see or hear of the Saints of God getting into confrontations about Democrats being devils and Republicans being 'Gods People' and Patriots with the good of the country at heart. It pained my soul when I heard so. many preachers and "prophets" declare that "God said ? would be president a second term. It pains my soul to see all the hate going forth in the name of the Lord. My brethren this should not be. There are good people in both parties. There are Republicans that do not agree with everything the party does and vice versa with Democrats. Why is the church being drawn into this? The purpose of the Church is to prepare souls for the judgment and eternity. I do not know how those that do these things have no shame for disgracing the Name of Jesus and His Church. There are Republican sinners and Democrat sinners for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, which is why mankind needs Jesus Christ.
A political affiliation does not equate to right standing with God. Marvel not, you must be born again!
Politics and religion do not mix just like light and dark do not mix. Why are folks trying to make it seems as if the Republicans are God's people? That God is for the Republicans and if you are a Democrat you are a devil. I know i stated this earlier, but it just amazes me that the church has stooped so low Where in the Bible did Jesus Christ get involved with politics? Did Jesus ever approach Pilot and come agains how he governed the land? Jesus involvement with the rulers of the land was to turn them away from sin and bring them to repentance. Church, what are you doing?
Jesus said He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Jesus said whosoever will, let him come. The Bible says as many as receives Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12). Jesus divides good from evil, right from wrong in each person, not a collective group. Everyone that goes to church is not saved, does not love the Lord. Its and individual thing!
Why are folks following those that promote confusion, hatred, division and discord? If someone identifies as a Democrat, they will automatically be viewed as a devil? How is it that all these theology trained preachers can't see this? How is it that those that study the word of the Lord for themselves do not see they are being led astray from the things Christ taught?
As a matter of fact, Jesus called his followers Christians, And, Christian means Christ like. It does not mean just going to church. You can go to church your whole life and never get saved. The Bible says, He (Jesus) came unto his own, and his own received him not." - John 1:11
Being associated with a political party does not establish a walk with God or salvation. The Bible says, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). The Bible says, "except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.: John 3:5-7. It does not say except one is a Republican or Democrat.
My final thought is, if satan has blinded the minds of the preacher, apostle, evangelist, pastor, prophet what are these folks feeding the sheep?
The Bible also says this: "Now I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. - Romans 16:17
Light and dark do not mix.
Praise the Lord. I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
I thank the Lord for salvation. I thank the Lord for the truth of the Gospel. Much soul searching has been going on . I pray that all that desire to go to Heaven are doing the same. These are truly perilous times and the very elect are being fooled. Fear has gripped the soul of the church and the life has just about been drained out of it. The enemy of the church has been trying since the beginning of time to wipe out the people of God. And, if he can not wipe them out, he will fool them into giving up their birthright by making the world more attractive that the ways of God.
This pandemic has drove the church into hiding physically. It has made the church think it can use computers and online platforms to 'go ye therefore'. It has made the flesh of the Saints comfortable being at home. Most are watching more television than they ever have or are playing games. It does not take flesh long to take over if it is not subdued. The church has got to get back on the battlefield.
My prayer is that the people of God will take a stand and go back to doing things the way God ordained it. If God sends plagues again, it is not to stop the church. The Saints are to have faith in God and use wisdom in doing things the way God said to do them. Man released this thing among us. Now more than ever it is time to have faith in God and live the life that we have preached about, sung about, testified about.
The Lord reminds me often of Daniel. Daniel ended up in the lions den because he defied the laws of the land. Why did he defy the laws of the land? Because the laws of the land went against the word and ways of God. I can only image how his flesh reacted to being put in a lions den. How would yours react? Would you defy the laws of the land to obey the word of God? Covid is letting us know the answer to that. What kind of witness is God's church today?
In the book of Hebrews the scripture states specifically to "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:'=- Hebrews 12:14. Then in II Timothy 4:3 the scripture states, "For 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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.""
The time that II Timothy is speaking of is in full swing today. Man kind would rather hear a fable than hear the truth. Mankind would rather hear sweet swelling words instead of the quick, sharp word of God. God has declared that without holiness no man shall see the Lord. So why are so many listening to half truth and in some cases no truth? Has your ear been turned to fables and not the doctrine of holiness? Is holiness now an offense to you?
The church Jesus purchased with His blood is continuing to earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered. That faith which was once delivered believes in the Lord Jesus Christ and His teachings that lead to obeying the Lord Jesus Christ and His teachings, which in turn will lead to holy living. The Bible says how shall they hear without a preacher and how shall they preach unless they be sent? ( Romans 10:14b, 15a). Do you hear?
The coming of the Lord is soon. What or who are you listening to?
The Bible tells us that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. All that he made was good. God then formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:6). God gave man the commandment that he could eat of every tree in the garden except the tree of knowledge of good an evil. The Lord God then said, "it is not good that man should be alone: I will make him an help meet for him (Genesis 2:18).
The scriptures go on tell us that the serpent deceived the woman. The man followed suit and did not obey what God told him. Sin has now entered the world that was perfect. The serpent beguiled Eve, but no one made Adam eat of the forbidden fruit. He did it on his own. When Eve gave it to him, he could have said no.
Many times people blame others for their sins. No one can make a person sin.
After Adam and Eve were put out of the garden, they had two children, Cain and Abel. The Bible says, in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Scripture goes on to tell us that Cain killed his brother Abel. He lured him into one of his fields and killed him. When God asked him about it, he lied. Sin is now found in one of the sons of Adam and Eve. How did it get there? There were only four people in the earth this time and three of them sinned against God.
All it takes is one person. This text also teaches us that is important what is in the parents. This scripture teaches us that sin nature is passed down. The Bible backs it up by saying, We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. All of mankind needs the redeeming work of Christ in their life to the saving of their soul!! Matters not the race, creed or color, we all have sinned!! You are born a sinner needing to be redeemed.
Thank the Lord for the redeeming work of Christ on the cross. In Luke 24:47, Jesus said, "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
As by one sin entered into the world, by one sin can be remitted. Romans 5:17 says it best, "For if by one man's offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ."
Have you repented of your sins? Time is running out.