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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LORD Light My Fire

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It is my prayer that during these dark times when people are seeking illumination that they do not forget the true living GOD and go looking for insight, knowledge and understanding somewhere else. I pray that they do not listen to the culture and believe that there is no GOD and pursue there own way. People seem to get discouraged when they do not see GOD actively moving in their lives. GOD is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). HE has not changed. HE is still the same prayer answering GOD. Do not turn your back on HIM. Remain true to HIM and HE will remain true to you. Remain faithful to HIM and HE will remain faithful to you. We will always have to persevere in this life. Our faith should push us forward when our mind and people tell us to stop. We should always keep our lamps lit because we do not know when the Lord will return.

An example of this is the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins.

Matthew 25:1-13 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

God did not show up when they thought they would so they got lax about being ready for his arrival. They were not prepared to meet the Lord. This is a bad predicament to be in. We don’t know when we are going to die so when we do die we need to be ready to meet the Lord. This will happen. Do not doubt it. There is a heaven and there is a hell. Those who are ready to meet the Lord will enter into heaven. Those who are not ready and have not made preparation for it will enter into hell. The five wise virgins were ready and the five foolish were not.

How do we keep our torches lit for the Lord.

  1. We need to connect with HIM everyday either through prayer or studying HIS WORD. We need to be filled with HIS WORD daily. We need to have our mind on JESUS so HE will influence our thoughts and actions for the day.

 

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!!!!!!!!

 

Christ Reconciling Work

When people think of beauty outward appearance always comes to mind. The way people look is not really all that important. People can look beautiful physically but have a nasty attitude. There face may look beautiful but their speech and talk is mean, hateful, and cruel. Who would want to be around a person like this? The bible describes Jesus as having no beauty that we should desire him.

Isaiah 53:2 King James Version (KJV)

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Yet crowds of people came to Him. They came because of His words, His healings, and His miracles. There was no physical beauty but there was beauty how he preached and reached the people. There was beauty when the woman he told the woman who touched the hem of his garment,  “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole” (Matthew 9:22). He didn’t say, “Woman get your dirty nasty hands off of me”. This what some of us would say today if this happened. Jesus showed compassion. He showed love. He saw the woman’s faith and responded with granting her with what she wanted. Jesus reconciled her to race of people by healing her bleeding and making her clean among the people. This is beautiful. This is what GOD does through his Son Jesus. Those who have been left out and discarded by others Jesus comes in takes care of the issue or problem and brings them back to the sheepfold of God. When He does this they are joined with their brothers and sisters in Christ. God loves oneness. God loves wholeness. He wants His family back together again. The family that has been separated by sin, hurt and bitterness caused by the enemy. God will forgive us of every pain and sin if we let Him.  Jesus has already paid the price for sin when He suffered and died on the cross.

Colossians 1:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

This is beautiful; died on the cross in our place, giving us life everlasting. All we have to do is receive it. All we have to do is believe in Christ reconciling work on the cross. Jesus saves us people from life of pain and misery in the next life. Receive Jesus today and live. Amen!!!!!!!

Eagles and Chickens Don’t Hang Together

Proverbs 12:26 New International Version (NIV)

26 The righteous choose their friends carefully,
    but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

It is good these days to choose our friends wisely. We want people who have the same beliefs that we do to be our confidants and brothers and sisters in Christ. We want this because when our thoughts or actions start taking us in a direction opposite of the gospel of Christ, our friend or confidant will speak up and tell us, “Hey you are wrong there!!!! You are going down the wrong path!!!!! You are headed in the wrong direction!!!!!!” Also we want to to be able to present Christ just and right before people. We do this by living by what the bible says. We do this by people seeing Christ in us; in our actions and in our speech. Our friends and confidants help us to do this. People in groups are often influenced by the others in the group to act a certain way and to talk a certain way. We should influence each other to do good, to follow Christ example, to stay strong in Christ in the midst of controversy and adversity. We should choose people who are going to keep us on the path of righteousness and not pull us astray doing the wrong things. A good friend looks out for our well being in this world and the world to come. This is why the righteous choose their friends carefully.

The wicked make friends for different reasons. They may make friends because it may help their career to be associated with these people. These may be doing everything but living a Christian life. The wicked will not interfere. They do not care how their employer is living; just continue to give them their check. In order for them to get their check they may have to join these people in their wickedness. They begin to believe this is not so bad what they are doing. It is bad because it goes against the will of God. They may be driving nice cars and living in big homes, wearing nice clothes, and their children may attend the best private schools. They appear to have no worries or cares but one day they are going to have to leave this world. There is a heaven and there is a hell. We are going to one or the other. Choose ye this day where you are going. I would like to share this story with you from the bible. It is about the rich man and Lazarus.

Luke 16:19-31 New International Version (NIV)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Lazarus time on earth was not good. He had a very rough life. He probably could’ve connected with some wicked people who could have given him some conveniences to make this life easier but he didn’t. He remained loyal and faithful to God Yahweh. There were probably church people that even questioned if he was saved. He doesn’t look saved. He doesn’t look like a Christian. What does a saved person look like? What does a Christian look like? I guess people would say they look like the man dressed in purple and fine linen but look where he ended up; in hell he opened his eyes.

James 2:3-7 New International Version (NIV)

If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

Only God can judge people. God sees people in their entirety. He knows the person. He knows the good that they do and He knows the bad. We can’t look at people and think they are good because they were name brand clothes and the latest fashions. The world judges people by what they can see. God judges correctly because He sees and knows everything about the person. God is looking at more than just their appearance. He is looking at their heart. You may say what does this have to do with friendships. Well, Lazarus had the best friend he could’ve had and that is Father God (Yahweh) himself.

John 15:15

 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” 

Lazarus was like the eagle. Eagles don’t follow the crowd. Eagles don’t get messed up in other people’s sins. Eagles fly alone. There are going to be times on our Christian journey when we are going to have to go the extra mile for Jesus and we may have to do that alone. It may look like we are alone but, no we are never truly alone. Our God Yahweh is with us every step of the way. He helps us to make to the end of our Christian journey.

Don’t be like the chicken who is always in a coop with other chickens flapping their wings, clucking and flapping their wings, fighting for food and pecking other chickens in their head.

Learn to be like the eagle. These birds are very powerful and majestic. The eagle lives life with passion and with a purpose. Live like the eagle. Amen!!!!!!!!!

 

And the Wall came Tumbling Down

Joshua 6:15-20 New International Version (NIV)

15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[a] to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”

20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.

 

How many of us now that God Yahweh makes things happen? How many of us know that HE can make hindrances, stumbling blocks, difficulties, barriers, snags, impediments, and restrictions be removed. If we ask God HE will help us get through the barriers and the roadblocks the devil puts in our way to stop us.

 

Matthew 7:7-8 King James Version (KJV)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

GOD will give us instruction on how to defeat the devil in his plot to stop you. Just look at our opening scripture. Specific instructions were given to the children of Israel on how to take the city of Jericho. Joshua, the leader of the children of Israel, did not deter from the Lord’s instructions. He believed the LORD and did what he was told. If we are to be successful working for the Lord, we have to learn to listen to HIS instructions and do things HIS way, not ours. It may look like were doing it all wrong but we have to be convinced this is the way the Lord said to do this. Satan will come and try to put doubt in our mind. But we don’t listen to the devil, only to the Lord. HE is the Commander in Chief.

It took a little time to do this. Many times we want something instantly and immediately but it doesn’t always work out that way. We must have confidence in our God and the instructions He give us. GOD will never lead us astray or off course. GOD wants us to succeed. GOD wants us to make it. Don’t be so concerned about how it looks in front of other people. It may look strange to them but God’s people are peculiar people.

1 Peter 2:9 King James Version (KJV)

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light

The world and the church are separate. The world is concerned with the here and now, carnal things, lust of the flesh, pride of life, and lust of the eyes.

1 John 2:16 King James Version (KJV)

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

God is concerned about your life here but He is more concerned about when you leave this world. The church doesn’t put it’s confidence in the plans of a man but believes and has faith in the Word of God.

 

This is the way we need to be church. The children of Israel were listening to Joshua but they knew that Joshua was receiving instruction from the Lord. People how many of these kind of leaders do we have today. These are the kind of Pastoral Leaders we need today. People who hear from GOD and complete His instruction willingly and obediently. Where Lord are these people? We need them so much today.

Finally, the children of Israel through the leadership of Joshua, did what they were told and the wall came tumbling down. May the wall come tumbling down in your life today. Amen.

Prayer:  Father God, thank you for your Son Jesus that you have made our Commander in Chief, the Chief Shepherd and the Chief Cornerstone of the church. Father as Jesus gives the instruction today to your church let us listen and obey. When the children of Israel obeyed mighty things happened.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). That what happened years ago can and will happen today if we learn to obey Christ. Father let the people have faith in You and Your Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Let what happened in the early church happen today. Help us Lord to believe again. Amen. 

We Are Christ’s Ambassadors

2 Corinthians 5:20 New International Version (NIV)

20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

God has made reconciliation through Christ.

Colossians 1:20 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

20 and through him to reconcile
everything to himself,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace
through his blood, shed on the cross.

God brought everything and everybody back to Him by the blood Jesus shed on the cross. The whole was alienated from Him. God desired fellowship with His creation and everything that he made but because of sin there was separation. Now fellowship can take place again if people receive the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. The word of reconciliation has been committed to the ambassadors.  The word (the scripture) has been entrusted to faithful and committed people who make every effort to make known God’s love and forgiveness of sins.

God the offended party is seeking reconciliation not the ones who did the offending. It was the love for his enemies that God sought them. God’s love is tremendous. HE wants everyone who will to receive this gospel. The gospel is a life jacket to a drowning person. This world with all its corruption and filth has nothing to offer. The world may try to make sin appealing but in the end it all leads to death. Death for an unbeliever is eternal separation from GOD which is what GOD does not want.

 

Romans 8:7 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law. Indeed, it is unable to do so.

James 4:4 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

You adulterous people! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the friend of the world becomes the enemy of God.

1 John 2:15 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

A Warning about the World

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Jesus in his High Priest role is praying and interceding for people who have not received Him as Lord and Savior.  We are all under God’s control and care even if we do not want admit it. The world and the entire universe belongs to God.  We are small, weak and frail compared to our GOD. Yet HE is still patient with us. He is giving us chance after chance to receive Him.

Luke 23:34 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.”

He is still praying for us even when people lied on Him and had Him crucified for doing what pleased GOD. God’s will was important Jesus and He made sure to do it. He wasn’t worried so much about it fitting in with what the Pharisees and Sadducees did.  They were more concerned with position, looking good in front of others, greed and lusting for money. These things were far from Jesus mind. God’s will for Jesus was Him dying on the cross for the sins of people. Jesus paid for sin with His blood. If people receive this, they can have fellowship and be reconciled to the Father which is what Father God wants.

2 Corinthians 5:21 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

21 He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Now GOD desires for the world to come to Him. He desires for them to release, turn loose, and repent of sin. He desires his people to made new creatures in Christ Jesus, old things are passed away ( 2 Corinthians 5:17). We are now created in Christ Jesus for good works. Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life are not things that we pursue anymore. We are looking for that new heaven and that new earth God promised us.

Revelation 21:1 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The New Creation

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

God makes all things new. This is why God is coming after the people that he created because he knows that this world is going to one day pass away and will not be here anymore.

I urge you today if you have not received the Lord Jesus today, change your mind before it is too late. Receive His salvation today. He will help us in this life and in the life to come. There is life after death with Jesus. There is eternal life which is the best life to have. Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!