Amazing promises, (I’m SO excited!)

From Hebrews 10

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”[c] 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”[d] 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

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Have I sinned wilfully?

That’s my question tonight. Look what it says in Hebrews 10:

Hold Fast Your Confession

19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

There’s more…

The Just Live by Faith

26 For if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgement, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[e] says the Lord.[f] And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”[g] 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Bible Gateway

I’m still going through videos where people insist they were Christians, but lost their faith. After reading this, and knowing of other Scriptures where we can have assurance of faith, and that none can be snatched from the Father’s, or the Lord Jesus’s hand; how is it then, that people say that’s exactly what happened to them? If they were kept by God, it wouldn’t have happened. He is able to keep us. He promises that to us who believe. If God makes such a promise, He isn’t going to fail to keep it. We do that! Make promises; some of which we keep; some of which we intend to keep, but other circumstances prevent us keeping them, or we make empty promises, hoping the person we’re speaking to feels a bit better that ‘someone cares’ for them. The last two of those are sinful.

None of us are protected from troublesome times. Jesus made it clear that in this world, we will have trouble. That’s the one thing which works extremely well, I’m afraid. That truth works way too well for my liking. It’s the gentle promises I don’t see enough of. I often feel reduced to beggar status when I keep asking for help with various things. Years later, that help still has not arrived. I think I might have found a solution, and, I’ll have to bring the thing to pass before I get it. That would either mean that if I had someone to talk about it with, I’d either be counselled that I was ‘stepping out in faith’, or that I was ‘putting myself before God and doomed to failure’. Sitting here asking and asking and asking isn’t working! I have to get up out of my chair and do certain things myself, therefore.

That’s just common sense! I won’t find fellowship, or a church unless I go out and look for one. That means getting my disability scooter ready for the road, a process I’ve already started, thank God. I hope I’ll find somewhere that doesn’t discriminate over disabled people’s needs, but if I don’t, I won’t be the only one who has faced that. I’ve already faced it once, so I don’t hold much hope that I won’t be bullied over the same thing again. That’s just stupid, and I can’t live with my head in a bubble. I’ve seen too much real life for that to happen again. I’ll have to face that again, and I’ll just have to deal with it better this time. How? I don’t know, but I’ll have to deal with it. In this world, we will have trouble. I must not repay evil for evil. So that’s how I have to deal with that situation.

I have been very spiritually upset in the last few weeks, and it hasn’t done me any good. I felt the spiritual depression easing away again last night, and I can only thank God it did. Now, hopefully, there’s room enough for me to take in some vital spiritual health food (my Bible!) and get to grips with the truth I already know, and what I need to continue nourishing my soul on.

We ALL need spiritual health food. The Bible is the only place we’re going to get it. Yes, I love listening to sermons; but reading God’s word myself is absolutely necessary. If I don’t bother, then sin creeps in, and heresy waits to catch me out. How am I going to discern the truth unless I know what it is? How will I know the truth unless I look for it?

Spiritual depression is deadly. If anyone reading this is suffering from it, I tell you the truth, as gently as I can – you are feeding yourself on poison. I speak from experience. Turn to God and grab your Bible. Read it. Start anywhere. Go to the gospels; go to John and read everything he wrote. Pray. Ask for forgiveness for any sin committed. If you have a church to go to, ask for the elders/pastor to pray with you, and/or, over you. Confess sin to people you trust. Pray for each other. Exhort each other about Christ’s forgiveness. Study that word forgiveness as soon as you can. It is available to all who ask for it. Once you’ve asked, make it your absolute need to follow and keep His commandments. Look up what they are, and do them. Exhort your loved ones in Christ to do the same. Pray for each other daily.

May the Lord keep us from falling. Amen.

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This is how serious sin is

I’m watching a terrible film right now. It lasts for about two and a half hours. I haven’t finished it yet, but it proves to me what Jude told us, many years ago…

THE BOOK OF JUDE

Jude New King James Version (NKJV)

Greeting to the Called

Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,

To those who are called, sanctified[a] by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:

Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Contend for the Faith

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God[b] and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Old and New Apostates

But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.

Apostates Depraved and Doomed

12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about[c] by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

Apostates Predicted

16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

Maintain Your Life with God

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction;[d] 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire,[e] hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Glory to God

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you[f] from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior,[g]
Who alone is wise,[h]
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,[i]
Both now and forever.
Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. Jude 1:1 NU-Text reads beloved.
  2. Jude 1:4 NU-Text omits God.
  3. Jude 1:12 NU-Text and M-Text read along.
  4. Jude 1:22 NU-Text reads who are doubting (or making distinctions).
  5. Jude 1:23 NU-Text adds and on some have mercy with fear and omits with fear in first clause.
  6. Jude 1:24 M-Text reads them.
  7. Jude 1:25 NU-Text reads To the only God our Savior.
  8. Jude 1:25 NU-Text omits Who . . . is wise and adds Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  9. Jude 1:25 NU-Text adds Before all time.
New King James Version (NKJV)Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Taken from Bible Gateway (as are all linked Scriptures).

I’m not going to link the film up. I wouldn’t dare. It’s too dreadful, but it certainly explains this text.

Why would we have been given Jude to read? Why would the Holy Spirit have given this man such things to write? When are we going to take these Scriptures seriously? And why do we even bother arguing what the mark of the beast is? Just read this couple of pages, and it’s fully explained. Then, lets give ourselves over to God and keep His commandments. It really is the only way to live. If we keep His commandments, we know that we abide in Him and He in us. God’s Spirit cannot live in a darkened house. He is Light, and He is incorruptible.

1, 2 and 3 John would be a good reminder, too.

1 John

2 John

3 John

I pray the Lord grants us understanding; gives us protection from the evil one, and brings us into a full knowledge of who He is. Let Him never say of us: “I never knew you.”

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I thought my own situation was bad, but this is appalling…

For years and years, I have had to practise my faith alone. I went to one church while my husband was still living with me, but that ended in awful drama. The way I was spoken to in that place, the last time I was there made me extremely angry. I could have thrown my hands up in the air and finished with it all, but somehow, I didn’t.

Someone else is also disabled. Now, that’s what put two people’s backs up in my case. I didn’t have the time to complain or ask for help with the church. I’d already failed over many years to get help for my husband’s sickness. I couldn’t fight any more.

You know – they talk about ‘Christian love’. Funnily enough, so does the bible! Of course, there are many other texts as well to cover this point. I picked that one for a particular reason, but here’s another, if you’re interested…

There’s a terrible sermon someone gave about desperate people. You need to have guts to listen to this:

If that’s not drastic enough – then this page with either make your eyes pop, or it will make you angry.

You need to get real about why it makes you angry. Does your anger stem from someone who was pulled in the direction she went? Or is your anger directed towards the writer herself because  – “Oh well, she couldn’t have been SAVED, then, if that’s her attitude”?

Let me tell you something: when someone prays, and cries out to God for years on end, and those prayers are not answered – how do you survive? Since 2009, I’ve begged for a church. No church has ever come my way, or Christians. Those who call themselves ‘believers’ walked away from us when we were in desperation. Don’t expect me to forget that treatment, or to give myself over to those who proved they did not care. It will never happen. If they repent, however, all walls will fall down immediately. I am also a sinner. But, you want me to TRUST YOU? Then you have to treat me as a sister in Christ. Don’t come bumbling around here looking for some ‘doctrinal correction’ to throw at me. This time, I am not at fault. Neither was the woman who looked for help. Looks like compassion failed again folks, and it ain’t doing God, or His truth a service.

When we hurt each other, we cause scars. Some of them never heal this side of eternity. Think about that before you jump on someone for whatever reason, or excuse. Don’t push a suffering soul over the edge. It isn’t worth the possibility that God might pull you or me up over it.

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Sorry, not interested

There are those who sadly, get caught up in all sorts of weird beliefs. I was asked, (advised?) to research one of these beliefs only this morning.

Paul: “And I, when I came to you, brothers,[a] did not come proclaiming to you the testimony[b] of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

1 Corinthians 2

Please don’t try to sway me from my course. I’ve got enough difficulties as it is. If you want me to research strange beliefs, my response has to be: “Sorry, not interested”. Read your Bibles, get to know the Holy God you say you believe in, and let’s leave it at that.

I can fellowship with that, but I stray far away from strangeness. I’ve had more than my fill already.

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I can’t do it any more

I’m so used to being kicked away when I ask for help now, that I can no longer ask for it! If anything was ever ‘offered’ in the past – time after time, it turned out to be an empty promise. I would have had better luck if I’d asked to be beaten up, or punched in the face. If that had happened, I would have had something to show for my trouble, (bruises!) instead of endless frustration, which eventually morphed into outright anger.

When this happens year after year to a person; never mind what the perceived need might have been, you end up having to let go and stop being so needy. Actually, it’s a strength if you can do that. You get extremely independent. But it can leave a person hollow inside. If ever I feel a perceived need now, and let too much slip during a conversation, I have to stop myself, and put the brakes on.

Earlier, someone I know well asked if I was in need of anything. My response was “No, I don’t need to steal from you!” It’s become my stock response. Yet, if I see someone else in trouble and I can offer help of any kind, I want to get stuck in!

Funny ole life, ain’t it.

The gospels are full of situations where people went to Jesus and asked to be healed of their trouble. I wish I knew how to be that humble.

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I, Daniel Blake…

Matthew 25: If you do for others as you wish for them to do for you, you’ll make it into the kingdom of heaven. If you do the opposite…

Siobhan Kayleighs World View

 

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This film truly touched me. So honest, a true representation of the hardship faced by people on benefits in this country. Showing the effects of ESA work capability assessments and sanctions have on the poorest, most vulnerable people in society. I cried almost from the beginning. Not because it’s instantly sad. But because of the parallels I could draw, between Daniel and myself. Also people I know personally in these sorts of situations.

It was as if they had come into the jobcentre with me. My best friend agreed that this was also how she felt. I don’t want to talk about the film in detail to much as I don’t want to detract from its impact. However I will talk about how it has effected people I know, Including me.

The assessments are terrifying. The second you get the envelope about the assessment with its forms, the fear…

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