Monthly Archives: April 2017

God and War

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Philippians 2:12Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Lights in the World
12 My dear friends, you always obeyed when I was with you. Now that I am away, you should obey even more. So work with fear and trembling to discover what it really means to be saved.

Acts 2:2-4Contemporary English Version (CEV)
2 Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. 3 Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. 4 The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.

Exodus 14 CEV
6 The king got his war chariot and army ready. 7 He commanded his officers in charge of his six hundred best chariots and all his other chariots to start after the Israelites.
10 When the Israelites saw the king coming with his army, they were frightened and begged the LORD for help. 11 They also complained to Moses… Is that why you brought us out here to die in the desert?
13 But Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Be brave, and you will see the LORD save you today. These Egyptians will never bother you again. 14 The LORD will fight for you, and you won’t have to do a thing.”
19 All this time God’s angel had gone ahead of Israel’s army, but now he moved behind them.
26 The LORD told Moses, “Stretch your arm toward the sea—the water will cover the Egyptians and their cavalry and chariots.” 27 Moses stretched out his arm, and at daybreak the water rushed toward the Egyptians. They tried to run away, but the LORD drowned them in the sea. 28 The water came and covered the chariots, the cavalry, and the whole Egyptian army that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them was left alive. 29 But the sea had made a wall of water on each side of the Israelites; so they walked through on dry land.
30 On that day, when the Israelites saw the bodies of the Egyptians washed up on the shore, they knew that the LORD had saved them. 31 Because of the mighty power he had used against the Egyptians, the Israelites worshiped him and trusted him and his servant Moses.

Exodus 23 CEV
If you faithfully obey him, I will be a fierce enemy of your enemies.

New Testament
Matthew 21 CEV Kicks Over Tables
12 Jesus went into the temple and chased out everyone who was selling or buying. He turned over the tables of the moneychangers and the benches of the ones who were selling doves. 13 He told them, “The Scriptures say, ‘My house should be called a place of worship.’ But you have turned it into a place where robbers hide.”
John 2:13-17Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Jesus in the Temple
13 Not long before the Jewish festival of Passover, Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 There he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves in the temple. He also saw moneychangers sitting at their tables. 15 So he took some rope and made a whip. Then he chased everyone out of the temple, together with their sheep and cattle. He turned over the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins.
16 Jesus said to the people who had been selling doves, “Get those doves out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace.”
17 The disciples then remembered that the Scriptures say, “My love for your house burns in me like a fire.”

Kind David…

Plan For Success: A Guide to Conquering Sin

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Plan For Success: A Guide to Conquering Sin
1. Know that God has already forgiven you of it (Sinbad)
Romans 8 English Standard Version (ESV)
Life in the Spirit
8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.[a] 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you[b] free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin,[c] he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, (Pig & A Dove) but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit (Righteous living and evangelizing).

2. Plan For Success
i. Avoid the appearance of sin

1 Thessalonians 5:22King James Version (KJV)
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

ii. Avoid knowingly temptable situations
Psalm 1:1 ESV Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

iii. Avoid people that sin
iv. Have an accountability partner
James 5:16English Standard Version (ESV)
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.[a]

v. Convert your inner circle to 100% born again Christians

Questions From You

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1. Can God answer the prayers of someone who prays to have bad things happen to someone?

This is such a great question because it touches on a few different areas…
1. Who does God listen to?
2. How should that person present their prayer?
3. What should that person pray?

God doesn’t listen to all prayers, the bible says that the prayer of the righteous gets the most attention.

James 5:16 New International Version
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
So the offshoot of that is “Who does God consider righteous?” The bible says that no one is righteous (Romans 3:10 – no one righteous, not even one) but in Romans 4:22 a chapter to the right we are reminded that God imputes to us righteousness “credits us as though we were righteous) because of our faith in Him. So now you have to ask yourself “Would a righteous person of faith pray hurtful things on someone?” and the answer is NO and even if they did it would backfire! If God knew that someone was getting pleasure out of someone else’s suffering God would stop allowing the other person to suffer.

Leviticus 19:17-19New Living Translation (NLT)
17 “Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives.[a] Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin.
18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
19 “You must obey all my decrees.
So God is saying don’t hate anyone but if you have a problem with them then talk to them about it! In layman’s terms you need to MAN UP or WOMAN UP and just tell the person how you feel and work it out if possible.
Proverbs 24
17Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;
don’t be happy when they stumble.
18For the LORD will be displeased with you
and will turn his anger away from them.

Don’t be happy when your enemies fall, not everyone you try to work it out with will agree to be friends, so for those people , the enemies, pray blessings on them and never wish evil on them because like it or not they are your neighbor, brother or sister and you are commanded to love them even if they don’t love you!

Matthew 5:44
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But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

b) For example; Can we pray that the ISI leader is killed/or dies so that many lives are saved?

This prayer, obviously by the examples already given, doesn’t work but you can pray for lives to be saved, for the ISIS leader to find Jesus, for the U.N. Allies to be protected so victories are quick and casualties are low. So you can pray up (blessings, protection, and prosperity) but people of love and forgiveness basically people of faith don’t pray down curses (death, pain, misery) on others. God wouldn’t acknowledge it anyway God may view the prayer as unrighteous.

2. Can the Grace/covering of God leave you? If so, how do you regain it back?
Another excellent question which is really multiple questions rolled into one big ball of curiosity and grace! 🙂
1. What is grace exactly?
2. How does one obtain grace or lose grace?

Romans 11 NIV (noticing Romans a lot… see why we started in Romans…. 🙂 )

5So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Paul means here that we have salvation (freedom from going to hell and being separated from God for an eternity) because of Grace (what we believe – our faith) and not by works (stuff we do and rituals we carry out.) The short of it is that what Jesus did at the cross and our belief in what Jesus did at the cross gives us grace (salvation from hell and separation from God). So how do we, being sinful and wretch, obtain this sweet Amazing Grace (see what I did there.) Well the answer is…

Ephesians 2:8 New International Version
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–

Grace is a free gift BECAUSE we believe, so how do we lose our grace simply by losing our faith. If faith saves us and grace is a state of being saved than a lack of faith, meaning choosing not to choose God, could cause a loss of grace.

99% Rule: Humans will act on belief other than impulse when they believe the impulse will (not possibly) destroy the belief.

3. a) Where does someone go to when they die?
b) If the answer is that they either go to hell or heaven….then what is the purpose of Judgement day?

What a question MUCH DEBATE over this one! Some say directly to heaven or directly to judgement and then to hell, some say they instantly get teleported to the future to the rapture but I kind of go with what I’ve heard Jesus say about death. Let’s dive in…

2 Corinthians 5

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

4 These tents we now live in are like a heavy burden, and we groan. But we don’t do this just because we want to leave these bodies that will die. It is because we want to change them for bodies that will never die. 5 God is the one who makes all of this possible. He has given us his Spirit to make us certain that he will do it. 6 So always be cheerful!
As long as we are in these bodies, we are away from the Lord. 7 But we live by faith, not by what we see. 8 We should be cheerful, because we would rather leave these bodies and be at home with the Lord. 9 But whether we are at home with the Lord or away from him, we still try our best to please him. 10 After all, Christ will judge each of us for the good or the bad that we do while living in these bodies.

Luke 8
51 When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and mother. 52 The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

John 11:11

Then he said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.”

So due to these scriptures of Jesus talking about the dead I am under the impression that we die or go asleep. Our body is physically dead but our spirit is asleep and when the rapture comes we will either go to heaven or are judged and go to hell.

Revelations 20
5This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 6Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years.
The Defeat of Satan
7When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. 8He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore. 9And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.
10Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
The Final Judgment
11And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13The sea gave up its dead, and death and the graveb gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

1. How will God judge those people who have not heard the Gospel?

Second Peter 3:9 reads, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

Romans 10:13-15 underscores the significance of Christian evangelism when it comes to reaching those who have never heard: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Psalm 7:11 (NLT) God is an honest judge. He is angry with the wicked every day.

7Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

2. Is taking alcohol a sin?
1 Timothy 5:23 NASB
No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.
Medical News Today says that a moderate glass of wine a half a glass a day for women and a full glass a day for men can help reduce dementia, breast cancer, colon cancer and effects of aging.
Eph 5:18 NASB
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,

Proverbs 23 NLT
20 Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons, 21 for they are on their way to poverty, and too much sleep clothes them in rags.

Challenge People to have a 3 part witness
1. Lifestyle
2. Speech: How can they know if no one tells them
3. Connection: Connect every man to daily bread e.g. WordToday.Org & Podcast

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How To Know If You Are Saved: 100% Sure Fire Test!

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How To Know If You Are Saved: 100% Sure Fire Test!

I find that I spend the first half of my witness to non-believers distancing myself from the experiences they’ve had with past believers.

– Yes you saw a Christian on tv that killed someone but was he really a Christian or just a murderer.
– Ok, You had a friend that was a Christian that cheated on his wife but maybe he wasn’t saved.
– OH, you knew a pastor that was overtly mean to his wife, alright well did she have it coming. Just kidding.

And I find myself having to clean up the mess of previous believers so today once and for all we are going to clear the air! We will discuss.

– What the biblical definition of a believer is!
– What believers, new believers and potential believers measuring stick for Christianity and their own faith should be.
– What believers are saved and which believers are not.

What is a Christian? The word Christian was first used in Acts 11 at the church of Antioch.

Acts 11:26

When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.)

Acts 26:28

Agrippa interrupted him. “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?”

The word Christian literally translates to “like Christ”. Act like Christ, think like Christ, do miracles like Christ.

It’s not a title it’s a description!

There is no Aramaic context for belief without action so to believe in a principle means within itself to also follow that principle.

What believers, new believers and potential believers measuring stick for Christianity and their own faith should be.

Romans 3:21-25English Standard Version (ESV)

The Righteousness of God Through Faith

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

Here Paul points out that there is no savior among men for everyone has sinned in which everyone is a sinner and thus being a sinner is unworthy to die for the sins of mankind. In other words never look at people in search of perfect character and righteousness.

John 14

5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Jesus clear points out here that the measuring stick is not other believers but Himself and Himself alone!

What believers are saved and which believers are not.

Matthew 7:21-23New Living Translation (NLT)

True Disciples
21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Jesus clearly states hear in uncut point blank fashion that I couldn’t care less about your words. When you die I will judge your actions and your actions alone! Checking a box off that you came to church and paid tithes and offering means nothing if you lived contrary to my demands.

Dealing With Difficulties: Do’s & Don’ts

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1. State Reality & Seek Jesus – Matthew 9:18-19
Jesus Heals in Response to Faith
Matthew 9:18-19
18 As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand on her.”
19 So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him.

The Faith of a Centurion
Matthew 8:5-13English Standard Version (ESV)

5 When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

1. Have Faith (To Persuade)
Jesus Heals the Blind
Matthew 9
27After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
28They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”
“Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”
29Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” 30Then their eyes were opened, and they could see!
2. Get Rid of the Mourners

Matthew 9:23-26New Living Translation (NLT)
23 When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music. 24 “Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”
3. Praise God

Matthew 9:26New Living Translation (NLT)
26 The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside.

1. Call Rain Sunshine – Rom 4:16-17

Calling That Which is Not as Though it Was
Romans 4:16-18King James Version (KJV)
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Romans 4:16-18New Living Translation (NLT)
16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.”[a] This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

Set Unrealistic Expectation

Even if We are Thrown Into The Fire
Daniel 3
16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”
Don’t Take Control Back From Jesus

Matthew 9:23-26New Living Translation (NLT)
…. But the crowd laughed at him. 25 After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up!

Take Credit: 3Gs.

A. Gold – How Shall A Man Rob God – Malachi 3:8-18
B. Girls/Guys – Touch Not My Anointed – Psalm 105
C. Glory – Father’s Prayer – Matthew 6:13

What Are You Chasing?

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What Are You Chasing?
I met a girl who locked herself out of her car… I was running late… She was running late… and then we started to talk.

Ecc 1 NLT
14I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.
15What is wrong cannot be made right.
What is missing cannot be recovered.

◄ Psalm 147:11 ►

Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Mat 6 ESV
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

A Life Set Apart

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Holy is to set apart

Strong’s Concordance
qodesh: apartness, sacredness
Original Word: קֹ֫דֶשׁ
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: qodesh
Phonetic Spelling: (ko’-desh)
Short Definition: holy

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from an unused word
apartness, sacredness
NASB Translation
consecrated (2), consecrated thing (1), consecrated things (2), dedicated (1), dedicated gifts (2), dedicated things (5), holiness (9), Holy (6), holy (263), holies (6), holy ones (1), holy portion (3), holy thing (2), holy things (12), most holy (25), most holy place (6), most holy things (6), sacred (2), sacred gifts (2), sacred things (3), sacrifices (1), sacrificial (1), sanctuary (65), set apart (1), thing most holy (2), things that are most holy (1), things dedicated (1).

◄ Isaiah 6 ►
New American Standard Bible
Isaiah’s Vision

1In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3And one called out to another and said,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”


Strong’s Concordance
dokeó: to have an opinion, to seem
Original Word: δοκέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: dokeó
Phonetic Spelling: (dok-eh’-o)
Short Definition: I think, seem, appear, it seems
Definition: I think, seem, appear, it seems.

HELPS Word-studies

1380 dokéō – properly, suppose (what “seems to be”), forming an opinion (a personal judgment, estimate).

1380 /dokéō (“suppose”) directly reflects the personal perspective (values) of the person making the subjective judgment call, i.e. showing what they esteem (or not) as an individual.

[1380 (dokéō) is the root of: 1378 (dógma), 1391 (dóksa), and 2106 (eudokéō). Each cognate stresses “the subjective mental estimate or opinion about a matter” (R. Trench, 304).]

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from dokos (opinion)
to have an opinion, to seem
NASB Translation
deem (1), expect (1), has a mind (1), inclined (1), recognized (1), regarded (1), reputation (3), reputed (1), seem (3), seemed best (1), seemed fitting (1), seemed good (4), seems (3), suppose (5), supposed (2), supposes (1), supposing (4), think (18), thinking (1), thinks (6), thought (4


pneó: to blow
Original Word: πνέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: pneó
Phonetic Spelling: (pneh’-o)
Short Definition: I blow
Definition: I blow, breathe, as the wind.

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
a prim. verb
to blow
NASB Translation
blew (2), blow (1), blowing (2), blows (1), wind (1).

Romans 11:16
New American Standard Bible
If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.

◄ Jude 1:20 ►

New International Version
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,

◄ Leviticus 21:8 ►

New International Version
Regard them as holy, because they offer up the food of your God. Consider them holy, because I the LORD am holy–I who make you holy.

◄ 1 Peter 1:15 ►

New International Version
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;

◄ 1 Peter 1:16 ►

New International Version
for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Powerfully Praying

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Matthew 6
9“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.

10‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

11‘Give us this day our daily bread.

12‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]