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“I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.”-Isaiah 66:4-5
This does not have to be our future. God gave us a choice. He sent His only Son Jesus to Save us!
This Christmas, as we celebrate His birth, we can also recommit ourselves to Truly Following Christ. Let that be our Birthday Gift to Jesus.
There are many Youtube videos shared on FollowingJesusUS.com. Most of them are of The Blessing being sung around the world. There is a reason for that 😊
It’s really important, especially right now, to remember that we are first and foremost citizens of Heaven. Our Faith in Jesus unites us as one family and we are going to Heaven together!
Politicians may come into power and make good or poor choices. We can pray for them, but we can’t change them. But with Christ’s Help, we can change ourselves.
For example, Putin may indeed make some poor choices, but that doesn’t mean those Christians who happen to live in Russia are responsible for them. The same with China. Many Chinese officials may make poor, even evil, choices, but that does not mean that Christians who live in China are responsible for them.
As Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we are called to love and pray for one another. The future may bring conflict among some countries, but let it not bring conflict among us.
We are one people. God’s people. Saved by Jesus for all eternity. Let no one break us apart 😊
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”-John 1:5
There can be no doubt that these are difficult times in which we live. The news that both the President and the First Lady have been diagnosed with Covid 19 is frightening. Especially with the presidential election coming up. As I pray for both of them, I can’t help but be in awe of their courage and sacrifice on behalf of our country. We are indeed Blessed.
And I have to share with you that I feel we are all called to that same courage and sacrifice.
In Isaiah 60:1-2 it says: “rise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”
Dark times may indeed come, but we are called to share Christ’s light and hope with all God’s people.
Christians have studied Matthew 24 for centuries in an attempt to figure out when exactly the “Last Days” will arrive. But if there is one thing that is clear, only God our Father knows…
But Jesus did give us some clues that we can look for :). And this next series will attempt to explore some of them.
So let’s talk about what is perhaps the most important comment. In Matthew 24 it seems to imply that “even the elect may be deceived”. Clearly, it is important that we not be deceived by the world or by the many false Messiahs…But how can we protect ourselves from that?
There are three ways! The first is to pray to the Holy Spirit that we will always see the truth-God’s Truth. The second is to read the Bible. When Christ comes again, He will not contradict what God has written :). And lastly, in verse 30 & 31 in Matthew Chapter 24, it says:
“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
Blessed are we that is very clear that we won’t miss Christ’s Return 🙂
“There are seasons of prosperity and adversity, victory and defeat. God’s children need to fervently pray in ALL seasons with ALL prayer. Paul’s communication to the believers in Ephesus, of how even though the Christian is blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ, spiritual warfare is still the daily experience of believers in the world. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication.” (Ephesians 6:18)
The same is true regarding the “inalienable rights” described in the Declaration of Independence. John Dickinson, a Pennsylvania Quaker and signer of the U.S. Constitution, wrote in the same year of the Constitution’s adoption: “Kings or parliaments could not give the rights essential to happiness — we claim them from a higher source — from the King of Kings and the Lord of all the Earth. They are not annexed to us by parchments or seals. They are created in us by the decrees of Providence, which establish the laws of our nature. They are born with us; and cannot be taken from us by any human power.”
Evil constantly attempts to take from God’s Children their God-given rights. Prayer is to be added, to those whom believe in God, to the Whole Armor of God when they go into battle against evil. The Christian soldier, if they fight to win, must pray fervently and continually. Only in this way are they able to defeat evil and his many agents. To pray on ALL occasions IS the Divine Direction from our Heavenly Father given to ALL Christ’s soldiers. Have you noticed, that evil will keep testing and stretching its tent to cover good in darkness?
SO, the question simply is, “Are you a Christian soldier, standing up and fighting to win against evil or NOT and just standing by with no resistance?” Evil will do its best to create fear and doubt, that you do nothing, allowing evil to advance its agenda.
I was reading The Intercessory Prayer book and it raised this very point. And I couldn’t help but think that sometimes that’s true. Why is it that it can take me a few moments to say thank you? After all, shouldn’t that be my immediate response?
For myself, many times my gratefulness and thank you are immediate. But there are occasional times when it takes me a little longer, when I hear that whisper in my mind, “would that have happened anyway?” That whisper-it’s from Satan. Banish him and give your thanks, and any doubts, to God.
For our Lord will appreciate the first and take care of the second 😊
The way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ. We tend to think that the only way to Heaven is through following the behavior that is in the Bible. But Jesus came for those who are sinners most of all. He loves us. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Of course we should. But we should also accept that we may fail, and God Still Loves Us.
Going to Heaven is not about how good we are, but about how good Jesus is! So please, don’t give up. Jesus loves you. There is nothing you, or the world, can do to change that. No matter what we each have done, Jesus’ door is always open; for He will never stop loving us. He will never stop being there for us. Because He loves us. He was crucified for us. And He rose again for us. And He loves us-always. Don’t ever give us-because Jesus won’t…
“Until a few days ago, a war memorial in a public park in North Carolina included a metal sculpture depicting a soldier kneeling in prayer before a cross. But city officials voted to remove the sculpture to settle a lawsuit claiming the artwork promoted Christianity.”-From Fox News
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” -From Mathew 10:32 & 33