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The Purpose of the Spiritual Cycle of Life

The purpose of the spiritual cycle of life is too transform and conform us into the image of Jesus so that others might see God’s glory and come into the family of God. We learned that with every new truth of God’s word that is revealed to us, a new spiritual cycle of life starts. This cycle begins when we hear the word of God and the seed of truth is planted into our hearts.  Then a test of our belief in that truth will come in various forms and different ways, but they will come to test our faith.

No matter the method, whether it is stress from this world system or attacks, the objective is to see if we will stand in faith or buckle under the pressure of any given attack. The test is won or lost with our commitment to the true word of God.  When we speak God’s word on the matter we are standing on the foundation of our faith.  But when we fold under the burdens of this world, or the attacks of friends or the needs and desires of our flesh, it is then that the truth of our belief is displayed

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. NIV

Everyone will go through difficult times but it is how we respond to these difficult times that will show which kingdom and principles we are operating in.  Those that are trained up in this fallen world will respond with their concern on themselves, their rights, their pride, their riches and fame. Those who are mature in Christ will understand they are no longer living for their selfish concerns, but God is working a work in their lives for their good, the good of others and His glory.

God’s purpose for creating mankind did not change with the fall. He created us in His image so that we would bear the likeness of God on the earth. When sin entered the world mankind was marred and no longer looked like their Creator. God knew His created purpose for us and even with the fall He had already predestined us to look like Christ. He foreknew us before the fall, He foreknew we would fall and He also preordained a plan to bring us back to His original purpose, to be in the family of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

God knew us all before we were born because we all came from His Spirit and God gave us life. Having given every person a free will, God knew and foreknew those who would as an act of their will, choose Jesus as their Saviour.  Those God foreknew He also prearranged a plan to work everything, the good and the evil of this world system, together for the purpose of transforming us into the image of Christ.

It is God who calls us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Jesus died for all and though all may have an opportunity to be saved only those who choose to believe, through faith, in Jesus will be saved. God has provided justification and forgives our sins through the blood of Jesus on the cross. It is our decision to receive it or reject it. We cannot earn forgiveness by the things we do or do not do or in our own strength it can only be received by faith in what Jesus did for us.

When we accept Jesus as our Saviour and payment for sin, the Holy Spirit will start revealing to us truth in God’s word and we are transformed by the truths we receive and believe. The spiritual cycle of life will begin with every new truth and we stand by speaking God’s truth on every matter. Then those lifestyle and character flaw that are unlike Christ will begin to change. The Holy Spirit will teach us God’s word and then we must make a decision, to believe the word of God and let it transform us, or deny the truth

and remain stuck in that situation.

Sometimes we see people who keep repeating the same test and go through the same crisis time and again, until they decide to choose a different path. God does not give up on His children. He keeps working with us until we are transformed into His image.

Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. NIV

Again, it does not matter what we are going through, whether it is good or bad, God foreknew His plans for our lives. He also foreknew the attacks we would face and He has made provisions for us. God has promised to work all these things together so that in the end we will be transformed to look like Jesus.

The purpose of spiritual cycle of life is for those who truly love God and are called for His purpose, will go through this cycle of learning a truth, then that truth being tested and then a life will be transformed to the image of Jesus. It is when the world sees this transformation made in a persons life that other will praise God and receive this hope for their lives, their future and for God’s glory.

What is the Spiritual Cycle of Life?  

Just as nature has a cycle of life so the believer has a spiritual cycle of life. In the natural we see the birth of a life, struggle and growth of a life and then the end of life as the cycle begins again.  We can see the spiritual cycle of life in what Jesus went through being tested of Satan in Matthew 3:16-17 – 4:1-11. Looking at Jesus’ response we can better understand our own spiritual cycle.

Jesus started His public ministry being baptized, which acknowledged openly a death to self-interest and a committed life for God. God acknowledges Jesus as His Son and the Holy Spirit guided Jesus away from the crowd into a wilderness, separating (sanctifying) Him for God’s purpose. Jesus was then tested in the very area that God had just spoken about Him, “This is my Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.” Satan will come and test or try the words God has spoken in our lives to see if we firmly believe God or if he can cast doubt in our hearts and cause us to give up just as he did with Adam and Eve.

Some people want to believe the word they receive from God and then go happily without a struggle into an easy and uneventful life. But this is not reality there will always be a testing of our faith and some give up hope because of adversity and hard times. True faith with deep roots will persevere through testing.  Those without deep rooted faith are like the seeds sown in shallow, stony and thorny ground, though they believed with joy at first when worry and concerns of this world comes it chokes their belief and they lose hope and their faith in the word God had given them in the beginning.

Matthew 13:21-23 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.  The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Jesus is our example as to how we are to survive the pressure and onslaught of this fallen world’s system. It is by the spoken word of God, saying what God says on the matter.   The Bible says, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. When we are tested we will see what we truly believe in our hearts, because our mouth will speak and the words will reveal our faith or our lack of faith.

God had just proclaimed to the world Jesus was His Son and that was the very point Satan tested to see if Jesus would hold on to that word or if He could be persuaded with the riches of this world and with immediate gratification. Jesus knew He was the Son of God but He would have to experience the pain, scourging, the death of the cross and a separation from God to fulfill His purpose. This was the only way to set us free from sin so He would bear sin for us.  Satan will always tempt us with a quick fix or a fast track to avoid the struggle and God’s purpose, but it will always end in death and destruction.

Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit used the same weapons of warfare that we are given by the Spirit of God and that is the word of God, “it is written.” Satan attacked Jesus on the same three fronts that he uses against us.   He entice us satisfy our survival needs at the cost of others and obtain fame, exalt self-pride and to obtain riches and power unjustly at the expense of others.   All these things God had already promised to Jesus and to us that we would receive in due season. God wants His children to have the good things in life as any good father wants the best for their children, but not at the expense of their integrity and character.   It brings God glory when we walk in the truth of His word and when we persevere through the testing and struggles. When we let God’s love shine through our lives others will see and have hope for their lives.

Some believers have the same mindset as the world. They believe their lives are for their own pleasures and comfort. Many think they are here for an easy life and when difficult times come, some may even think God is not protecting them or He is not doing His job. True believers of Christ are not their own, we were never created for ourselves even in the beginning but for God’s glory.  Even after the fall of mankind we were purchased through the blood of Jesus for God’s purpose to become children of God and for His glorify.

1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. NIV

We are told not to think it a strange thing when there is a testing of our faith, because our faith is only validated when it is tested. Some people will say they are children of God and believers of Christ but when the truth is tested in their lives then we will see what they truly believe in their hearts. Some will say they love God and His people, but when tested to do what is righteous by the marginalized and destitute they forfeit their beliefs for what will benefit themselves and their finances. It is then their true beliefs are revealed. They will allow the cares of this world to choke the word of God from their lives because they do not really trust God to provide.  Some may give up saying there is no use in trying and they will choose the immediate satisfaction of the moment over the promises and eternal peace of God.

1 Peter 4:12-13   Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. NIV

With every new truth God reveals to a believer it could start a new spiritual cycle of life. It is when we hear the word of God that the seed of that that truth and life is planted into our hearts. The enemy or life struggles will come to test our belief in that truth.  We are able to stand when we continue to speak God’s word and know His truth on the matter. The Bible says, though we be troubled on every side, we are not distressed; we are persecuted, but not forsaken. These afflictions are but for time and a season. Once we persevere through this cycle the experience and faith we gain will work in us and through us an exceeding and eternal weight of triumph.

We cannot speak what we do not know. The Holy Spirit is in us constantly bringing new truth to us in different areas of our lives and these truths will be tested, but we can stand by the power of God’s word. The spiritual cycle of life is when a truth of God’s word is planted into our spirit.  At which time we must choose to die to the old self and persevere through the testing of His truth. Then the world will see God’s glory manifested in our lives giving hope to those in the earth. This cycle will begin when a new truth is given by the Holy Spirit and as we are being transformed into the image of Christ.

Understanding the Love of God and the Power of Praise

A good prayer to pray for our children and ourselves is Philippians 1:9-11. That God’s love may abound more and more in us with the knowledge of who He is and realizing He loves us more than we could ever know. We should pray that we may experience and understand His love for us in our everyday living, the way we understand our family, children and friends. We should pray that we may comprehend and come to know the love language of God, so that we may understand how He expresses His love towards us and have insight into the depth of His love for us.

When we understand the depth of His love we are able to make better choices for our lives. Our desire will be to please Him and not our flesh, and then we will become blameless and filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes though Jesus Christ. Righteousness means we are in right standing with God. When we accept Jesus’s payment for our sin we are then in right standing with God and not because of any work we have performed. This is for the praise of God who has saved us from destruction.

Philippians 1:9-11 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ- to the glory and praise of God. NIV

It is the Holy Spirit in us that purifies our heart and gives us the desire to do God’s will in our life. If we continue in the same vain we were in before we got saved, then we need to reconsider our conversion to ensure it was truly based on the word of God and faith in the completed work of Christ. Salvation is a life transforming process that is experienced by the believer on the inside and it is worked out in our everyday lives so it is seen on the outside.  It is a hope in the love God has for us and that we understand we are not in this situation alone.  It is faith that believes in His love and believes He would never leave or forsake us. Because of His love for us It give us a desire to be more like Christ and to come to know Him through the word of God that lives in us.

Our purpose is to praise God in every situation.  God inhabits the praises of His people and Praise stops, stills and silence the hand of the enemy.

Psalm 22:3 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praise of Israel. NLT   But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. KJV

Psalm 8:2     Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

When we praise God, He is enthroned and seated as King of all kings on high. He dwells, lives and occupies that space in our praise.  It is in praise that we lift up Jesus above our situation and circumstances; it is in praise that God is exalted and then our circumstances are made small. It is in praise that we exchange our weakness for His strength.  It is when the King is on His throne that He transacts business in His kingdom. It is when we praise God that He comes to defend us and defeat our foes.

God has chosen praise as His weapon of warfare against our enemies. He has given the power and strength to little children to praise Him and silence the noises and lies of our enemy. Even young babies as they chuckle and coo they are praising God and can stop the hand of the avenger from overtaking us.  Babies only have praise because they have no worries their every need is met. We must choose to set aside our worries and doubt as an act of our will and then decide to praise God even when it may look like there is no hope. Praise empowers us with the strength of God.

Judah comes from a word that means to celebrate, the holding out of hands to revere or worship, to praise, or to give thanks.

Judges  1:1-2 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the Lord, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?  And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. KJV

God wants us to send out praise, celebrate Him, hold out our hands in reverence, respect and worship giving thanks to who He is and knowing He will deliver us.  God occupies our praise and in the light of God’s praise, darkness and the enemy cannot stay in the presence of God. This is why praise stills and stops the hands of the enemy against us. Light dispels darkness and darkness and light cannot occupy the same space.  This is why the enemy tries to paralyze us with fear and depression to keep our mind on what is lacking and to keep us in darkness to make us feel like we cannot praise God in our situation. Praise must become a choice of the will. We praise God because His word says we should praise Him.  It is our choice to obey God rather than wallow in our pity, shame and disappointment.

We should understand music and dance are also windows into the soul. Just as food enters the mouth and feeds the body so music and dance feeds and nourishes the soul.  Just as David sang and danced before God and he was called a man after God’s own heart. When we realize the importance of music and dance we see why the enemy attacks it so as to keep the people of God from using this mighty weapon against the darkness he has established. Satan always perverts the good things of God into something evil. Just as God has given every good thing for us to enjoy the enemy has tried to attack and destroy the blessings and goodness of God in the earth and he does the same with music and dance.

2 Samuel 6:14-15 And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

What Do You Believe?

Believe that Jesus is the Son of God. This belief is not just a cognitive saying of mental reasoning or thought it is intentional ongoing dependence on all that is true in Christ. Belief is a set and un-moveable dependence on and obedience to the love of God for us that is displayed in the gift of Jesus Christ.

God works within the confines of our times and through the hearts, souls and the culture of fallen man. God’s plan for man was what He created, a perfect world and He gave mankind dominion over it all but because of sin mankind forfeited all they had and gave dominion over to Satan. Mankind has been battling this fallen world system ever since.

Even though we rebelled and gave our authority and dominion over to Satan. God would not leave us in our fallen state without hope He sent Jesus to restore God’s kingdom on the earth. Every person is given the opportunity to choose life or death, to choose Christ or stay in this fallen world system of destruction. God made it so simple that anyone can be saved, just believe.

Romans 10:9 Confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Romans 10:10 with the heart a man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

When we believe right we will act right – out of the heart the mouth speaks. When we continue to speak the word of God our heart will believe it and the saving power of God will transform our lives. God has given us Grace which is His divine influence upon our hearts, favour and joy.

God has given us His Peace which is quietness, a rest in our lives, minds and spirit. This happens when our minds are occupied with God our Father and Jesus as our Lord and Provider. Some people want to speak of Jesus as a Saviour but they want to reject Him as being their Lord. They will call on Him to save them but they do not want Him as Lord over their lives, to tell them what they should do, say and how to act. Some people will try and live in both camps, this fallen world system part time and then want to be in the kingdom of God when it is convenient

If Jesus is Lord of our life then we must die to self. The one person that stands in the way of Jesus as Lord is self. We want to be saved but we want to do what we want to do and continue living the life we had before we knew Jesus. It cannot be done.
Revelation 12: 11 And they overcame him (Satan) by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they did not love their lives to the death.

We are able to overcome self, this world system, the attacks of the enemy and persecution from the world but it is done in the power of the Holy Spirit which is given when we accept the Blood of Jesus as payment for our sins and He becomes Lord over our lives. The words and testimonies we hear and say gives us hope and increases our faith and this is how we grow in faith. Many people want to stop but there is a third part to the overcoming process, to not love their lives more than Christ. It is when we put self to death and all our selfish, self-centeredness away that we can truly live for Christ. Jesus becomes Lord and our life is not our own.

We can be full of Joy when we are in fellowship with God and know His word. The good news is that God has brought His kingdom back to the earth and we are part of that kingdom. God has given us a circle of people, friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to pray for and display God’s image before them. They are not always the nicest or kindest of people but God has allowed us the opportunity to represent Him in their lives.

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.

It is when we love and pray for those that do persecute us that we are acting like children of God, it is then when we start looking like and acting like our Father. Paul says in Philippians that he is confident that God who begun a good work in them will perform it until Jesus Christ returns. Paul says he is confident that God will perform the good work He begun in us that we will be transformed into the image of God in Christ Jesus. It is God who will be working in us to transform us.

We were born with a fallen nature and trained in this fallen world system to hate, lie, and to be concerned only with our selves. We are told to be transformed from this old way by renewing our minds to God’s way of living and thinking. When we give our lives to Christ He becomes our Lord and we are re-born into a different kingdom, the kingdom of heaven on earth. Though our spirit is saved our minds and habits haven’t been changed and this is done by reading the word of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit living in us and guiding us in the things of God.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (This is how you do that…)
Romans 12:2 Be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by renewing your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

We are to understand what really matters are God’s priorities, the love of God flowing through us and that we live pure and blameless by doing what we know is right. Just do what God has shown you to be right no matter the hurt or the cost. We may suffer people’s slander and insults but we will show grace and forbearance. Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered.

Jesus showed grace to the sinner but walked in truth. We too should have a high standard for our own lives and give much grace, mercy and love to others for their failures. This proves our belief in God and He is able to perform the good, acceptable and perfect will in our lives.

Are You Being Destroyed Or Are You Fulfilling Your Purpose?

God said, His people, are destroyed for lack of knowledge. They lack the knowledge of who they were created to be. It is not the world or Satan that destroys God’s people but, they are destroyed because they do not know who they are, or their purpose. Many do not understand that once their souls are saved they must change the way they think. Our thoughts and actions were trained up in the ways of this fallen world and in things that seem right but leads only to death. We also have an enemy who wants to destroy us because we are created in the image of God to be and act like Him.

God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge of who they are in Christ. We are the Beloved of God. We are the image bearers of God Almighty. Created in His image to walk like, talk like, love like and be like God our heavenly Father. This is who we are and who we were called to be in this earth. Also, we were to have dominion and to reflect the image of God, to look and reflect our Abba-Daddy God where ever we are.

God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge of the strategy of their enemy. God has given everyone a choice, a will and a mind so that we may choose our destiny. Satan, the enemy of God came and deceived mankind and planted seeds of doubt and rebellion in their minds causing doubt of God’s love and His perfect plan for our lives. Mankind in the beginning chose to obey Satan rather than God and then Satan became the master and lord over all that was given to mankind in the earth. God in His love and mercy toward us would not leave us in that fallen state.

God made us like Him, perfect and our purpose is to have dominion over our lives and to replenish the earth with people who look like God our Father and Creator. It was a man who lost dominion and it must be a man to restores it. Jesus came as a man, lived a righteous life before God and offered His life as payment for ours. Jesus who knew no sin became sin so that we could be made righteous before God.

It is because of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and ascension that the kingdom of God was restored on the earth. Now there are two world systems operating on the earth; this fallen world system that Satan is using to destroy people’s lives and the Kingdom of God. We were all born into this fallen world system but when we are born again by the power of the Holy Spirit we are born as children into God’s kingdom.

God’s people are destroyed because they do not take the time to know their Father God and His ways and they continue in the old mindset and practices of this world. They do not know the truth of God’s word. Just as Adam and Eve had a choice to obey God or Satan, we too must make a choice for our lives. We can believe the lies of this world that lure us into believing and behaving the same old way or we can renew our mind to know and trust the true and living Word of God. It is the word of God that transforms our old way of thinking and give us hope and a new life.

We all will choose the type of life we will live, either by conscious choice or by default as the results of the actions we take in life. We can stay and operate in this fallen world system full of pride, hate and destruction or we can choose to seek God’s Kingdom and learn of His way and His will for our lives.

Jesus gave us one new commandment, to love one another as He has loved us, and God has given us the power of the Holy Spirit to live in love and to walk it out in this earth. It is by the love we have that the world and we ourselves will know that we are disciples of Jesus. Love is the mark of a true believer of Christ not church attendance or flashy performances.

John 13:34-35 A new command I give you; Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” NIV

The one new thing Jesus gave us to do was to love one another as He has loved us. We must recognize the schemes and strategies the enemy uses against us. There are two weapons that the enemy uses against those created in God’s image. Pride and un-forgiveness are two sides of the same coin; both will lead to destruction.

Pride wants to lift itself up above the word of God it is rooted in the very act of rebellion making one believe they are better than others. Un-forgiveness refuses to forgive others and puts self above God’s word and denies the blood of Christ that was shed for all mankind. Both are an abomination before God and blasphemy against work of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. NIV

I Peter 5:5-7 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. NIV

Mankind was not made for themselves, to only satisfy and gratify oneself. God made mankind to display His love in this world. Jesus is our example. Christ, the perfect and just man, when He was hated, detested, insulted and abused, He did not return the hate and abuse. Jesus humbled Himself and committed the situation to God who sees all and vindicates all things. Even while He was on the cross, skin torn from His body, whipped, nails in His hands and feet with people laughing, taunting and teasing Him, He did not retaliate.

Jesus asked God to forgive them, because they did not know what they were doing or who they were doing it to. When people misuse us they do not know that we are children of God the Most High King. We too can pray, Father forgive them; heal them and save them for they do not know what they are doing.

This is our purpose to be the love of God in the earth and this is how we walk in love and in forgiveness. We humble ourselves before God and allow Him to vindicate us and lift us up in due time. This love walk is not something we can do in our own fallen nature. It is only done in the power of the Holy Spirit, God in us giving us the strength to forgive, to release our pride and love those who despitefully abuse us.

Love is shown and displayed in the form of respect. A respect for God as our Creator is displayed as respect for all who are the image bearers of God. This reveals the love God has for all people regardless of race or social status. God is not willing that any should perish. Our position in Christ is to show His love even when people are unlovely.

Are You Sure, You Know, You are Saved?

Do you have a religion that is just concerned with appearances or do you have a relationship with Christ? Jesus told us to beware of false prophets who look like they are harmless but their heart is greedy and predatory. He told us to look at what is being produced in their lives and then we could tell if they are true believers or not. He said He is not Lord over everyone who says Lord. Just because they said it, does not mean that they meant it. People may say a lot of things, but the actions that follow their words Jesus said, is a true reflection of their heart.

Matthew 7:15-16a Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits….

Matthew 7:17 -18 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. NKJV

Jesus said that some people will have a word of prophesy, which means to be able to give a correct word regarding the lives of others. Others will be able to cast out demons and do many wonders and they may say it was done in Jesus’ name. But Jesus also said, He never knew them because they practiced disorder, unruliness and lack of control and demanded them to leave His presence.

Most people think those who give a word of prophesy, cast out demons and heal the sick are the closest to God. Many travel for miles and stand in long lines to hear and see the miracles performed. But be careful false prophets because their true hearts are revealed by their lifestyle. Jesus said be careful if they practice lawlessness and are boisterous, being loud, disruptive, lacking self-control and are without restraint. They fail to put limits on themselves and allow their appetites and flesh to rule their lives which will eventually end in ruin.

Matthew 7: 21- 23 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” NKJV

Jesus tells us how to discern, distinguish and differentiate between those who are speaking words but whose hearts are not right with God. Jesus said, when trouble, rain and the floods of this life come, a wise person will trust in Jesus as their salvation and stand strong. Their faith is in the completed work of Christ and it gives them the ability to stand when this fallen world’s system comes to destroy.

This shows everyone will experience hard times in life, because it is the consequence of the fall and sin in the world. It is how we manage these crises that will reflect our true beliefs and the true condition of our own hearts. In good times both the false prophets and believers can appear to act the same. But a true believer’s action will show the love of God in difficult times.

Matthew 7: 24-27 therefore whosoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these saying of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall. NKJV

We all will stand before God and give an account of our lives and our time on this earth. Many people are going through this life thinking the world owes them something because of all they have been through. While others will allow life challenges to be an opportunity for the light of Jesus to shine in those dark places.

People with false religion may go to church every Sunday for appearances, but may not know God nor love those who are created in His image. False religion will put on a show that appears right but when problems come and their faith is tested by problems of life. There will be a great fall because they did not know the true and living God and Jesus His Son. The greatest opposition to a life in Christ is self-consciousness, self-pity and pride. It is because people are more concerned about themselves, their needs and self-importance that they choose to please themselves rather than save a life for Christ.

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. NKJV

We must ask ourselves; do we truly know Jesus Christ and God as our heavenly Father who loves us? Do we have a personal relationship with Him? Or are we so caught up in just knowing things about God, what He can do and in seeing people perform and still not know Jesus personally, intimately, warmly and confidently. A relationship with Christ is the test of a true believer.

Eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ who He sent to set us free from this fallen world system. In our relationship with God we know confidently, in self-assurance and without doubt, that our faith is in God’s ability to handle all our problems.
Do you know you are saved? Does your life reflect love and respect for God and for others? Now is a good time to ask Jesus to come into your life and receive God’s forgiveness for your sins.

The life God requires us to live cannot be done in human strength. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit who indwells us and reveals the person of Jesus to us that we are we able to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Children Our Greatest Wealth – Forfeited on the Alter of Possessions

Some may wonder why the young children are having such a hard time in life and in society. It is because their enemy would rather slay them as children than to fight them as men who have been trained in the wisdom and knowledge of God. For this reason we should be vigilant, watchful and cautious of who and what we allow to influence our young children. Many people so freely give the training and care of their children to other people and organizations without any knowledge of the organization’s rooted beliefs, practices, attitudes or persuasions. Some establishments may adversely affect or even be hostile toward their children.

Every child that is born is born in the image of God, a reflection of the Most High King. This in and of itself brings an innate value to every human being. Their worth is rooted in their creator God, who has placed significance on all created in His image. Every child is born as a gift from God whether they are welcomed or not, children are a gift. They are born in innocence without bias and of a clean heart and mind. Their minds are so impressionable and like sponges they soak up all that is put into them, be it the good or evil of life’s occurrences.

Every baby is born to a person who is to be responsible for their nurture and wellbeing and yet so many children are left to themselves or left among people who would prey on their every existence. Every child is born with a pure heart but it can be twisted by life experiences and by the things they are taught. The most important responsibility of every parent and adult is to train and teach these young minds who they are as an Image bearer of God. Their purpose is to be the love of God in the earth and to show His love to a lost and deprived world.

Unfortunately we are living in a fallen world system with an enemy who hates the true and living God and all who are created in His image. The Bible says Satan is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Satan is the enemy. It is not our neighbor, coworker, boss or those of a different race or culture. It is Satan who plants seeds of hate, pride and tempts us to forsake the care of a person’s souls for money, he is our enemy. Satan comes and plants lies and deceptions to cause disunity and cultivate hate among the brethren. He wants to destroy the very thing we are created to be, an image bearer of God.

1 Peter 5:8-9a Be sober, be ]vigilant; ]because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith… NKJV

We see a world system that is raising a generation of people to be used and debased through social and educational systems that before a child reach the third grade or 8 years old they are without hope. This system is devised to enslave some children for a life time while others are slated for a life of affluence and privilege. All at the cost of a child’s soul and thereby forfeit their created purpose and this is often for personal gain of others.

It is so much easier to destroy a life of royalty before it has begun or before it has matured into a crown prince who knows and is committed to his true destiny. For this purpose Satan has attacked the lives and minds of children and those responsible for their safety. To have people preoccupied with the things of this world rather than the training and protection of their children.

The societies are being transformed from esteeming Godly qualities such as integrity, truthfulness and honor to becoming obsessed with money, prestige and pride. We are appalled at the killing and the sacrifice of children on altars of pagan gods of old heathen nations and yet we see so many children’s lives destroyed on the altar of gain, possessions, riches, fame and pride.

Many have lost sight of the most important possession they have been entrusted with by God our Creator, the souls of children. Some have allowed these young children to be turned over to a world system that hates, despises and will destroy the very souls.

The enemy is seeking whom he may devour. He does not have the right, because Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law. He can only be given permission by the life choices we make. Everyone will make a choice to go after the riches, fame, pride and lust of this world system or they will choose to put the souls of mankind first.

When we put the primary thing first, the kingdom of God, which is concern for the souls of people, then the secondary things food, clothes and shelter, will be given. When we die to self, selfish pride and lust, and choose not go after this world’s systems that we truly win in this life naturally, spiritually and eternally.

We must guard the souls, minds and bodies of these young children and make decisions based on the word of God and not on the basis of some social, economic, racial or ethnic beliefs. When those things are put first our children are at risk. The enemy does not care which method of transportation is used in getting a soul to hell. It could be the luxury white limousine of entitlement, pride and prejudice or the black junkyard car of hate, anger and bitterness.
To Satan, who is the enemy of all mankind, either will do. They both will end in the same place, in hell for eternity. Both positions put self-first and refused the love and forgiveness of God through faith in Christ and neither chose to live a life seeking those things that concern the kingdom of God.

When we value the things that God values, then we will learn how to make wise decisions and better choices in this life. When we value the eternal souls and lives of people above temporary worldly possessions, then are we seeking God’s kingdom. By this we are putting first the most important things to God and He will supply the secondary things, food, clothes and shelter.

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