Bible Verses of the Week – James 4:5-10

“Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The Spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?”
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

envy- painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage

This is something I have to share with you right now. When you see all that Satan does possess, you will feel envious. He is cunning, smart, powerful. Money is no object to him; he stands atop the world and does boast. Many will follow him to their damnation. He has immortality in this world and is both untouchable and unseeable. He is set in his ways, and none shall distract him from his purpose of claiming your soul, not even for a second.

I had to share that because, there are many in the last days who will follow Satan for personal gain, and like lions over a flock of sheep, they will take everything you have because of advantage.

But there is also something else I must share with you right now. While Satan cunning, smart, and powerful, he also has a major weakness that, if you know it, makes him helpless. God gave him dominion over the demons of hell, but what he lacks is the ability to completely take away the souls freedom of someone who is still in the presence of the Holy Spirit. While under that protection, Satan cannot control you beyond the abilities of the body. So what is his major weakness? Simply that he cannot make you sin without your free will intact; or even if he does, you will remain blameless in front of the Lord.

But it’s not just Satan you will envy. You will envy the rich, powerful, famous, and maybe even your own brother. There is no avoiding it.

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

As there is no avoiding envy, God blesses us with grace and allows us to become humble. A humble man can turn envy into something positive. Because he knows he is of little importance and can then make a sacrifice of what he has to share with those who are more important than himself. You might just be thinking, well if he is humble, what if he has nothing to share? The truth is, we all have something to share with one another. Emotions, the very things that connect us. He can share love, understanding, compassion, and he can be there to listen to the poor man’s word. Even some bad emotions can be shared in the right way and given the right circumstances.

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Be afflicted and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

And in becoming a humble person, having an understanding of God, and how great He is (How little you are in comparison, and how much greater his love for you is than even Himself (having died for your sin on the cross; bearing your burdens)) you will find that God draws nearer to you. You will be able to feel His presence.

Why should you be afflicted and mourn? Why should your laughter be turned to mourning, that all joy leave you? Because your brothers and sisters are suffering, all around you. There are those who are starving, those who haven’t had a second of peace in days, those who would give up their lives for anything, just to make it all go away. You may not see it, but it’s there. Murder, theft, rape, torture. This is an evil world.

Once you see this and once you are humbled, God will lift you up. I like to think that, the apostle meant by “Lift you up”, was that God will grant your entrance into heaven. But also that he will grant you power to be a better person.

God bless you guys, my readers.

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Prayer to the Father

“My Heavenly Father,  you are both Holy and perfect in your ways,

Allow me to pray to you now and hear these words I speak,

Allow me to surrender to Your overpowering love,

Allow me the sight to see my sins for what they are,

and cast them aside as a fragment of this world,

Allow me to cast aside this world,

So that I might gain Heaven, the Angels, and firstly You.

Allow me to accept that your will be done,

both here and in all places, because even the the darkness does not escape you,

Let Your light shine on this world, and on all of your children,

as the sun rises with every morning, allow your Son to rise up even as well.

Glory to You God,

Amen”

 

Is Prayer Enough?

Do you ever get that feeling that you’re not doing enough to draw near to God, or feel like you’ve done something wrong despite not clearly remembering what it is (if anything)? I get that feeling sometimes, even though I pray daily. Sometimes I will think that maybe I should be doing something more, you know? So the question today is, is prayer enough?

The answer: Yes and No.

Yes, in that God hears you and understands that you are trying to have a connection with Him. He appreciates that. You can pray for forgiveness of sin, you can pray for your dreams to come alive, you can pray for others, or even just talk to God about what goes on in your life that particular day.

But at the same time, prayer is not enough for entrance into Heaven. Many believe that just simply believing Jesus Christ is God automatically gives them forgiveness of sin. While it’s true Christ came into this world and died for our sins, and because of our sins, He didn’t do that so people could just do whatever they wanted and gain a definite savior. He did it so those who go through oppression, and sin due to suffering can be saved; namely the saints.

I see it so many times; people go to church, but don’t fully accept God into their lives. The whole point of church is to open you up to God and His ways so that you live a Godly life, not to automatically make you Godly just because you go. You can go to church all you want, you can profess God with your tongue, but if you lie with your hands, you haven’t done yourself any favors.

Yes prayer is good, but actions speak louder than words as they say. Your actions need to be Holy. What is a man who prays, if he then goes and kills or steals. You must learn from your sin, allow it to evolve you; make you a better person.

Saying that, It’s important to remember nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes, do things we regret, which is why it is important to continue praying for forgiveness even if most of your actions are holy. God will forgive if you simply ask.

To wrap up, prayer is enough to draw close to God, however it is not enough to be saved. It helps, but it is not the only deciding factor to where you’re going after this life.

 

Devotion of the week – A prayer for someone else!

The day before Jesus Christ was hung on the cross, he turned to his disciples and said “Pray!”  Prayer is more powerful than most people realize because God works good in this world all the time, despite nobody seeing it. He may not answer your prayers today, but one thing you must know about God is that He doesn’t ignore you at all. He may not even talk to you directly, but a lot of the time He will give you ideas without you even realizing it. So if you pray to Him, maybe He can help you help yourself, or somebody else help themselves.

There is another thing you must know about God, and that is He knows everything you are going to say before you say it. Indeed even before He created you, He knew everything you were ever going to go through and every thought you were going to have. But it helps if God hears you say what you want often because it shows that you are willing not to give up on your own wishes or the wishes of your brothers and sisters.

This week is all about prayer for someone else. When you’re laying there one night this week, trying to fall asleep, say a simple prayer for someone else. Even one person. If you don’t know what to say, say this:

“God, I ask that you guide “—” in all of their troubles;

Allow them to follow your path and become better people

so that when they are finally ready for you, they have the strength to rise up to Heaven.”

Amen

Just something simple like that. Not too hard and it means a lot to God to hear your voice actually talking to Him and knowing that you care for others just as much or more than you care for yourself.

 

 

 

Devotion of the Week – Show Someone you love them

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31

This week is all about showing our love for our fellow brothers and sisters. As the bible says, we should treat others as we want to be treated. If you are constantly treating people the way they treat you, how can you expect to get anywhere in a bad relationship. Now, all is fine in a good relationship, but on an unsteady ground, it is time for a change.

The Bible says:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away”
Corinthians 13:4-8

As you can see, the Bible clearly states love does not dishonor others. So your challenge this week is as follows: Do a good deed to someone who you are on bad terms with.

If you can’t think of anyone, this challenge is not for you. but I am sure most of us can think of at least one person. If you want a relationship to evolve past hate, someone must make the first steps toward peace. “(Love)… always protects, always trusts” Trust that your relationship with this person can evolve.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

When all passes away, and your body is nothing but dust, all that will remain of you in this world is the knowledge of others, and memories of your friends and enemies. The Bible states to do good to our enemies, because doing good is of Christ.

So do good, be good, and embrace love. With peace from me, Stephen.

Bible Verse of the Week 7/5/2017 – John 4:4

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” John 4:4

This message is a strong one; and if you are dealing with any rough spot in your life, this is probably one of the greater messages to take from the Bible. This is basically saying that because God had overcome the world, those who walk with Him will also overcome the world through Him. Not only did God create us, He gave us everything we need to ensure our entrance into Heaven; He didn’t forsake us and is with us always. That means this world can never defeat you, and death has no power over you.

Satan can take you, however he cannot take the one to whom you are joined, Jesus Christ. That is a profound statement that God will, and is, offering us protection from all of the evil forces of darkness currently at work in the world. He will not let you fall, He will forgive all sins (within reason) and never leave you alone to fight Satan and his demons alone.
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Satan in Revelation – what it means and why it matters

So I’m going to start this out by saying these are my beliefs. I don’t know them as facts, but if you’ll bear with me I will try to quote the Bible to back up my beliefs. Satan is mentioned in revelations several times, under several different names. He is mentioned as being the first beast, and he is also the second beast (I will get to that in a minute).

 

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. Revelations 13:1

As you can see Satan is mentioned in the very first line in Revelations 13, and in fact the whole rest of the section is devoted to him since he is a very important figure in the Bible (being the god of demons; god not God). It says he has seven heads, when in fact his soul has six (his favorite number) and the seventh comes from the stolen body of the Anti-Christ. I will explain how I came to this realization when we get to the second beast.

 

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.  Revelation 13:2

The only part I could make out from this is “the mouth of a lion”. He is a very proud being, but that is not what this verse is signifying. It is that he is the father of Lies. Lion, Lying. Word play from our ancient friends.

 

 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 Revelation 13:12-16

As I said before his seventh head is his body. The second beast is Satans body, the first beast is his soul. Satan came into this world a very long time ago. Before you or I were even born. however he has yet to take a body for himself. I know this is rather confusing, but bear with me.

beast rise up out of the sea” -first beasts entrance

The first beast “rose up out of the sea”. Meaning he came from the center of the earth (which is how it works, if you are going to Hell, God makes Earth’s gravity affect you, so you are literally sucked into the center of the earth falling in every direction “see: bottomless pit” until you can break free) Side note: hell being a lake of fire signifies the molten lava at the center of the earth, however being on the physical plane and not the astral one, demons cannot feel it nor does it even touch them. I’d imagine it would be a very blinding light though.

coming out of the earth” -second beasts entrance

Meaning coming from the earth, being a part of. Word play again. The second beast is a body, which is made from the earthly materials.

So Satan will take a body one of these days and the second beast will appear. It will make people worship the first beast and will exercise all power of the first beast (being the first beast in a body). He will literally turn himself into a fake god ,and he will deceive many.

 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast

In other words the second beast is a body, which will give breath to Satan’s soul. He will be in a body breathing like you and I.

Thank you for reading, and God bless!
 

 

 

 

Why Have Faith? God and otherwise

I get asked this sometimes, “Why do you have faith in God? Why do you have faith in God when so much can be proved by science?” But the truth is science is even more proof of God. The fact that everything makes sense and everything has a purpose, allows you to realize that “Hey, this has to have a creator!” This world only had one chance to create itself, and if the universe really is infinite size, that means it had one chance to get everything right. The law of gravity, the size of the earth in comparison to creation, the distance of the Sun and moon from the Earth, Earths perfect rotation around the Sun, the law of attraction, how bonds either combine or reject based on negativity and positivity. 

But anyway, back to my main point, why have faith? Well, everyone has faith because faith doesn’t just tie to religion. You can wake up one day and realize that you have faith (hope) that you will get a pay raise, or that the girl of your dreams will finally talk to you. You could have faith that your going to get that big screen HDTV you’ve always wanted. So you see, faith is almost an emotion, and it is imprinted in all of us. It is such a strong state of being that no one, not the homeless man down the street, or even your neighbors can honestly say they have never felt it. 
And since it is unavoidable and placed in all of us, what is the single greatest thing to have faith in? The answer is God! If there is a God, he gave us existence, and placed us in charge of this world. But he also wants us to be ourselves and prove ourselves. Prove that we are good beings, that we can have faith and wrap our minds around something more than this selfish world. When the time is right, our faith will be rewarded, and even most of those that don’t have faith will find out the truth. 

Have Faith in our Lord, and don’t forget the sacrifices He has made for us. He could’ve created anyone, but He chose you. Live in his will. God Bless! 

Devotion of the Week – Keeping a Calm Mind

I thought this might be fun for us to try; and not only that, but it will allow us to draw closer to God. Every week I will post a challenge for the community based around the Bible. It could be anything from help a random stranger, to telling someone you love them, but this week is all about staying calm and overcoming the temptation to yell or get angry.

The Bible says:

“My dear brothers and sisters, take not of this: everyone should become quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19-20

So, the next time you feel yourself getting angry; whether its today, or any day in the next week, take a deep breath and remember that the situation may not be as bad as you first believe. In our anger we say things we don’t mean, and we become people we really aren’t. Just trust in God to handle your circumstances, and I have a feeling everything will work out fine.

God bless you!

Bible Talk 5/23 – What/Who is the Holy Spirit?

This question is not so obviously answered as you might have thought.  But when God created man, there was something hidden in him, a force even he couldn’t recognize or begin to fathom in life. It was his true self; it was his soul. Now God had created many souls before He created man. These were the first angels. In truth, before God created Man, the Holy Spirit existed in Heaven as one of these first angels. The angel form of God. 

Around 2000 years ago, when God created His body through Mary the virgin, the Holy Spirit itself was given as the Soul for the baby; who was to become Jesus Christ. So who is the Holy Spirit? The holy Spirit is literally Jesus Christ’s Soul.

Praise the holy trinity:

Jesus Christ (the body)

Holy Spirit (the soul)

Father (the creator of all)

This is something that a lot of followers of Christ/God don’t realize. All of those going to Heaven, that are currently on Earth, are angel souls in human bodies. We weren’t there in the beginning, but we will be in the kingdom of God forever and ever.

All the praise to God!