Meteors Falling and the Earth Shaking

 

Revelation 6:13-17 King James Version (KJV)

13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Psalm 29:7-8 King James Version (KJV)

The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.

The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord shaketh,  people. After this meteor fell in Michigan the ground shook beneath their feet. Do we still not believe? Yes, there is a GOD; He has a Son named Jesus and the Holy Spirit is with his church to help and assist His people. This is real people. Those who have not received Jesus as Lord, believe in your heart and confess with your mouth while you still have a chance. Amen!!!!!!

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Good and Faithful Servant

God is slow to anger people. He is slow to wrath. He is slow to fury and rage. I think we forget or do not realize what a blessing this is. I am sure we all have done something to make God mad at times but He gives us time to repent. He realizes we are made out of flesh and blood and that we are going to make mistakes and errors. Some mistakes are big and huge. Others are small and tiny. Whatever mistakes we make we must remember to make it right with God. It matters what He thinks of us. It matters to be pleasing in His sight. He holds our life in his hands. We do not have any say so when it is time to leave this world. There will not be any bargaining or negotiating with God. It will just be time to go. What will he say to you when He sees you? Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord (Matthew 25:21). This should be our focus and concern while we are living here on this earth; not how much money we have and how can we obtain more. When we die we can’t take a thing with us. It will be left here on the earth for family, friends, enemies, government and strangers to pick and fight over. All what you had toiled over will be left behind.

Look at this example in the bible:

Luke 12:16-21 New Life Version (NLV)

The Picture-Story of the Rich Fool

16 Then He told them a picture-story, saying, “The fields of a rich man gave much grain. 17 The rich man thought to himself, ‘What will I do? I have no place to put the grain.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know what I will do. I will take down my grain building and I will build a bigger one. I will put all my grain and other things I own into it. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many good things put away in your building. It will be all you need for many years to come. Now rest and eat and drink and have lots of fun.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! Tonight your soul will be taken from you. Then who will have all the things you have put away?’ 21 It is the same with a man who puts away riches for himself and does not have the riches of God.”

Do not let your life be only about increasing worldly possessions. Take time to live and enjoy life as God intended.

 

Do You Love Jesus Today?

What a question hey? Jesus asked Peter this question after he denied Him three times. Jesus told Peter he was going to do this. Peter told the Lord he was willing to die with Him.

Matthew 26:34-35 Common English Bible (CEB)

34 Jesus said to him, “I assure you that, before the rooster crows tonight, you will deny me three times.”

35 Peter said, “Even if I must die alongside you, I won’t deny you.” All the disciples said the same thing.

God knows His people. He know us so well. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Perhaps at the time when he said this he actually meant it but God knew what he was going to do.

Jesus asks Peter this question three times. He was reminding him of the three times he denied him. Peter never denies the Lord again. In fact he preaches the first sermon after Jesus ascension and 3,000 souls were added to the church.

What about you? Do you love Jesus? What if Jesus were to ask you this today? How would you respond? Yes Lord, I love you. Are you willing to do what HE asks?

It is not the most comfortable or convenient thing to do sometimes. Following God is not always easy. Jesus showed His love for GOD by dying on the cross for HIM. This was the most difficult decision that Jesus made. Jesus said not my will but thine be done. If there were any other way Jesus would have preferred it but God let Him know the cross was his only way.

What God asks us is not easy sometimes. What are you willing to endure for Jesus?

God is testing our faith when He asks difficult things of us.

God calling Moses to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. Moses thought this to be difficult.

Exodus 3:7-12 Common English Bible (CEB)

Then the Lord said, “I’ve clearly seen my people oppressed in Egypt. I’ve heard their cry of injustice because of their slave masters. I know about their pain. I’ve come down to rescue them from the Egyptians in order to take them out of that land and bring them to a good and broad land, a land that’s full of milk and honey, a place where the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites all live. Now the Israelites’ cries of injustice have reached me. I’ve seen just how much the Egyptians have oppressed them. 10 So get going. I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I to go to Pharaoh and to bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

12 God said, “I’ll be with you. And this will show you that I’m the one who sent you. After you bring the people out of Egypt, you will come back here and worship God on this mountain.”

Abraham taking Isaac to the mountain like God asked to offer him as a sacrifice to God.

Genesis 22:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

Abraham Tested

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

This was not easy for Him but one thing about Abraham was that he believed and trusted God. Abraham believed that God can raise the dead.

Romans 4:17-18 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

17 As the Scriptures say, “I have made you a father of many nations.” This is true before God, the one Abraham believed—the God who gives life to the dead and speaks of things that don’t yet exist as if they are real.

18 There was no hope that Abraham would have children, but Abraham believed God and continued to hope. And that is why he became the father of many nations. As God told him, “You will have many descendants.”

So the question we may need to be asking is not Do You Love Jesus? but How much do you love Jesus?

These people loved Jesus a whole lot. What about you? How much do you love Jesus today? Amen!!!!!!!

 

 

GOD is Waiting with His Arms Wide Open

 

Psalm 5:11-12 The Message (MSG)

11-12 But you’ll welcome us with open arms
    when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
    Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers,
    for decking us out in delight.

When someone is standing somewhere with their arms wide open that means they receive you. They are not judging you or talking about you. They just want you to be where they are. God wants us to be where He is; in heaven. If things are not like what they need to be; GOD will clean it up and make it right. As the Word goes forth it corrects us of error.  Those who are truly seeking GOD will realize this. They will make the necessary changes in their life to be right before GOD. People who are not ready to submit to a true living God will not come to Him.  Those who create their own religion and what is acceptable to them are in the hands of GOD. His name and holiness is not something to take lightly and if they do not repent and stop this they will find out what their wickedness has gotten them into. Do not worry about the ones who are playing or acting holy. God has the situation under control.  He knows the ones who are real and the ones who are fake.

Matthew 13:49 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

49 It will be the same at the end of time. The angels will come and separate the evil people from the godly people.

Evilness and wickedness will be exposed.

Genesis 1:4 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

He saw the light, and he knew that it was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.

GOD knows his children and His family and who belongs with Him.

Matthew 25:32 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

32 All the people of the world will be gathered before him. Then he will separate everyone into two groups. It will be like a shepherd separating his sheep from his goats.

When the wicked can’t get their way through manipulation and scheming, they will leave. Only those who are are real will remain. They are the only ones who can be managed by God’s truth. Everyone can’t be managed because they want to be in control and have their way.  Once we come to GOD through Christ, it is never our way, only GOD’s way. We are to used by GOD for his glory; not to be used by people for their ulterior motives. Watch out for wolves in sheep clothing (Matthew 7:15).  They want to use and abuse God’s sheep. Let us read and know our bible for ourselves. Let us know God for ourselves. The true GOD. GOD is not a joke. HE is not something made up. GOD is real. Death and the grave is real. Everyone is going to die someday.  Where will you end up? The old are not the only one dying. Young people are leaving this world before time. GOD wants us with HIM.  Yeah, they may have engaged in some behaviors in their past that were not good. We all have done things that were not good or bad when we look back  at them but I thank God for his grace and mercy that has given us the chance to make things right with Him. I thank God that the entrance to heaven is not dependent upon what people say. If that was so, then there would be no one there. Give your life to Christ today and find security in knowing that when you leave this world, you have a home with God in heaven. Amen!!!!!!!!

 

True Riches in This Life

The Christian life is different from worldly living or it is suppose to be. Sometimes its hard to tell. It appears as though the church is pursuing the same things the world is pursuing. People want things that GOD didn’t give them. Let me tell you right now; if GOD didn’t give it to you, whatever it is, it want last. It want bring you joy or fulfillment, it will only bring you heartache and pain. We are always coveting what someone else has. Quit wanting what someone else has and ask GOD what does he want you to have. Everyone has different assignments in the church. GOD gives us what we need to complete our assignment. We live for GOD not for ourselves. Life and breath in our body comes from HIM today. You might not acknowledge it but it is the truth. GOD holds our life in HIS hands. HE and only HE is LORD. Can’t no one take HIS place. No other God can do what HE can do. There is no other GOD. GOD is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Quit worshiping these things that do not have life; inanimate objects. Jesus was crucified, dead, and buried. He was dead for three days. Father God (Yahweh) raised Jesus from the dead just like HE said HE would. JESUS now sits on the right hand of GOD the Father Almighty. He will come back to the earth to judge the quick and the dead. There is life in Jesus today, in this world and in the world to come. Be ready when Jesus comes back. Pursue those things that are important to GOD today.

Matthew 5:3-12 New International Version (NIV)

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Poor maybe in those things that the world has but rich in the things of God. No fame or great wealth but may have a loving faithful spouse, food to eat, a nice vehicle; not a mercedes benz, rolls royce, or porsche; a nice home, not a mansion; nice clothes, not name brand fashionable clothes, and money to pay bills and have money left over. This is rich people in GOD. Receive and accept this. This is real living.

People who mourn over wrong they have done and truly seek repentance from GOD. They turn from the wickedness they have committed and give their life over to GOD. This is what GOD wants. This is what GOD desires true repentance.

The meek are gentle and easy to forgive those who have done them wrong. They let GOD deal with their enemies and continue to be Christians. God does deal with enemies. It may appear HE does not but HE does. He gives the enemy a chance to repent. GOD is a just GOD. GOD is merciful. HE does not give us what we deserve but HE gives us a chance to make it right with HIM. If we do not repent after a time of grace then punishment comes from HIM. GOD is just like a Father punishing disobedient children who can’t do what they are told.

The pure in heart are upstanding, decent, good, right minded. Their motives and intents are free from manipulations and wickedness. They stay in line with what GOD says. It is revealed in the their outward actions toward other people. This is plainly seen. This is what GOD wants from HIS people.

GOD wants his people to be peacemakers. He wants us to get along with other people. Peacemakers actions prevent hostility, friction, and hatred. Peacemakers desire people who have broken apart because of misunderstanding, wrong words and actions, to come together again. Peacemakers do not like schisms in the church, the work place, or any place for that matter.

Nobody likes to be teased, poked fun at, or laughed at because of their faith in Christ but because this world is not our home we will have to endure some things that are uncomfortable at times. Do not focus on them but always keep your mind fixed on Christ.

2 Timothy 4:18 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work and will preserve me unto His heavenly Kingdom, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

This is God’s Realm

It takes courage to follow the Holy Spirit. We step out of the ordinary into the super ordinary when we follow the Spirit. Things happen that don’t normally happen. It breaks the routine of things. It interrupts our schedule. It breaks up the mundane. It’s almost like a special news bulletin that interrupts your normal television schedule. “We interrupt this broadcast for a special news bulletin from NBC news”. Well this is Keicha Gates interrupting your normal ordinary day with a special update from God himself; the update is that “God loves you and is leading you out of dangerous situations and difficult circumstances”. God will lead us, if we allow Him to take the lead. Let us come to the realization that we can not see very far ahead of us. God sees everything and knows everything. If we listen to Him and follow the direction of the Holy Ghost we can avoid meeting the wrong people and going to the wrong places. This is why some of us are having difficulties in our lives now. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Lets look at King David shall we. King David did not go to war with the men but stayed in Jerusalem. Bad decision!!!!!!! One evening King David got up and went to the rooftop of the palace; from the rooftop he saw a beautiful woman, Bathsheba, bathing. He sent messengers to go and get her. David had sexual relations with Bathsheba and she went back to her home. Later Bathsheba got word to King David that she was pregnant.

2 Samuel 11:2-5 New International Version (NIV)

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba,the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.

David was in a jam. He had been in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong somebody. What was David going to do? David started scheming and plotting. He asked that Bathsheba husband, Uriah the Hittite,  be sent to him. King David wanted him to sleep with his wife so everyone would think this baby was his baby but Uriah did not sleep with Bathsheba. Instead he slept at the entrance of the palace with all the other master servants (2 Samuel 11:9). Uriah did not feel this was the right thing to do since the men were sleeping out in open fields. Why should he go home to wine and dine and sleep with his wife.

Next King David had him to dine and eat with him. David got him drunk. Uriah still did not go home to be with Bathsheba. Instead he slept on the mat among his masters servants.

King David was failing miserably. He finally wrote a note to Joab, commander of David armies, and sent it with Uriah. The note commanded that Uriah be put on the front lines where the fighting is the fiercest and withdraw from him so he will be struck down and killed (2 Samuel 11:14-15).

David had become reckless, thoughtless, careless, murderous, lustful, and unwise. All because he was at the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong person. David thought he had gotten away with this but God was not going to let David get away with it. God sent the prophet Nathan to visit King David. Nathan told King David a story.

  “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

“Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”

Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’” ( 2 Samuel 12:1-12)

It may look like people are getting away with sin but truly they are not because God sees everything. In David’s sinful actions, he forgot all about God. It took the prophet, a person who was not afraid of David’s position of authority to correct him and see the error of his ways. God is over kings, emperors, queens, sultans, pharaohs, princes, princesses, czars, dukes and all people of positions of authority. God is over them all. God is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Everything and everybody comes under his dominion. God rules and reign. Remember that when you think that high officials in this country or another country are getting away with things. God will bring them back to reality. Amen.

Listen to Jesus!!!!!

People living in today’s society are not interested in what the bible has to say. They live their life according to their standards and what makes them feel good. The bible is the corrector of man kind. We can not just believe anything and everything and expect to make into heaven. There is one way and that is through Jesus. If we try to make it any other kind of way, we are a thief and a robber.

John 10:1 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

10 “Verily, verily I say unto you, he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

There are people who  want to always be in charge, always be in control when truly they shouldn’t because they are serving their own self interests and not thinking of the welfare of others. During Jesus time these people were Scribes and Pharisees. They did not acknowledge Jesus nor listen to His teachings. Jesus was bothersome to them because He did things they way God wanted things done. Jesus had compassion for people that the Scribes and Pharisees cared nothing about. There was only a certain sect or clique of people they were concerned with and that was the wealthy. They were not concerned with people who were outside their social status or income bracket. The Scribes and the Pharisees made sure they wealthy were taken care of while others had to fend for themselves.

Today, really this what the world does. There is a saying that if you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. All this means is that that if they help you, you will help them. 

This is worldly thinking. God wants us to help if we have the ability to help someone. We should never look to get help back from the person we helped. God will reward us for what we do.

Colossians 3:23-24 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not unto men,

24 knowing that from the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Externally the Scribes and Pharisees were extremely holy but inwardly they were carnal sinful people.  True Christians are not concerned with getting approval from people. There are those who are always concerned about how they are perceived by other people. People may say they are good when actually they are terrible and rotten to the core. God sees what man can not. There are those who know all the pretense of acting holy without actually being holy. Then there are those who obey and do what the Lord says. The bible has top priority in their lives and it is seen in their lives. In today’s world people will be ostracized, talked about, and laughed at for listening to Jesus but God tells great is our reward in heaven.

Matthew 5:11-12 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

11 Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake.

12 Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in Heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.

Really we should smile when this happens because that means we are doing something right. They would not be talking about us so badly if our life was not having an real impact on the world and on those who are living around us. Continue to listen to Jesus. Continue to listen to His words. There is life with Jesus; without Him there is only death.

 

Prayer:  Father thank you for your Son Jesus who came to this earth doing what you asked Him; destroying the works of the devil. Father help your church to not be intimidated or afraid to listen your Son Jesus words and to act upon His Words. When we move when you tell us to move and say what you tell us to say a difference is seen and known. There are people Lord who are hurting and have no way out but Jesus. It’s Jesus or nothing. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  He is the same Lord that made a path through the Red Sea and the children of Israel walked on dry ground. He is the same Lord that made the manna fall from the sky so the children of Israel would have food to eat. He is the same Lord that made the walls of Jericho fall down. Nothing is too hard for God and nothing is impossible with God. Father God (Yahweh) help people to turn to Jesus. Help them turn from doing things there way to your way. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Amen!!!!!!