Have you ever been told that once a person “believes in Jesus” that the Holy Spirit will come and live inside that person?
Doesn’t this cause us to also believe that our own actions are causing God to do something?
Is that the way God works? Or is it the other way around?
What does scripture say? Do we cause the Holy Spirit to act or does God?
Let’s look at Acts 10:45 in the original words and see.Continue reading
Is the translated Bible a “book of magic”?
The following verse has fascinated me since I first read it.
The original words say:
Enough YET of-the-ones THE about-acts practicing together-carry THE SCROLLS they-down-burned in-view of-all and they-together-pebble the values of-them and they-found of-silver MYRIADS(10,000) FIVE Acts 19:19 Westminster-Leningrad Codex
The King James version says:Continue reading
What exactly is “his blood”?
The last few days have been in intense scripture study and things about the “blood of him” and “soul of him” and “the flesh” have arisen. Let’s take a look.
Is the “soul of all flesh” really the “blood of him”? Leviticus 17:14
Could this also be “his soul” that he “laid down” “for the life of the world” and “on our heads” (Matt 27:25)?
Could this be related to “the woman” of Genesis 3?
Let’s consider these things together, shall we?
Blood of him
Blessings to you today.
What really is sin according to God’s words?
What really is sin?
Is it immoral behavior?
Or is it MUCH deeper and all-encompassing?
Let’s look at the original words of God. What he shows us is very powerful and very freeing…
What really is Sin?
If I were God, was all-powerful, and I truly loved all people and wanted them to be with me forever, how would I cause this to occur?
What if I made a person’s imperfection or what the Bible calls “sin” their “free ticket” to receive my OWN perfect righteousness and thus be with me forever? Do you think they would be thankful when they found out about this free eternally good gift?
If I were God, would I have the power to do this? Wouldn’t this be a “foolproof” plan?
Now, certainly, I am not smarter than God, right?Continue reading
Is God really making all things new? Even right now?
Do you ever wonder what is going on right now all around us spiritually?
What is God “up to” even right now as we watch TV with our family or go to work?
Many people say they “want to know what God is doing right now” or they “wish they knew what God wants them to do“. “I just want God to be real to me right now in my everyday life”, is often heard.
Do they really want that?
Or is that something they just say in order to be perceived as pious or “religious”?
Well, let’s test that a bit. I am going to share what God has revealed to me that has allowed me to see RIGHT now what he is doing.
First, please prepare yourself.Continue reading
Today, I find myself back in Genesis 2 and 3 reviewing the “garden scene”. I see so many amazing things occurring there that I hope will be “eye opening” to you.
These are things that I suspect you haven’t heard but I believe are very good. I pray it will give you a WHOLE new inspiring view of what is often called “the fall of man” and a whole new outlook on mankind and even yourself. I know it has dramatically changed my view of who I am.
Before we do this, let’s ask the following question.
What are the parts of a man? What is a human made of?Continue reading
The mystery of God from our natural view.
Warning: The following will sound like the words of a crazy person.
I woke up this morning a couple hours early and couldn’t sleep again. Then, as I was becoming more awake, I heard a conversation going on again in my mind which has occurred many times before. Once I realized it wasn’t going to stop, I got up and started writing down what I heard.
I wrote for 3+ hours and was hoping I could share it with you, but it is not very understandable for our natural, linear human mind as it has too many topics all woven together. I couldn’t find the words to make it linear. So, I kept it for myself or I would be asking you to untangle a barrel of fish hooks. I don’t think I would like doing that, so I won’t ask you to.
Then, I stumbled upon this verse which is very close to being an epic summary of much of what I was hearing and writing.
Before we look at it, I a wondering if there is anyone truly seeking the truth who is willing to accept what it is really saying and dig deeper into it?
If you are, I can promise you that you will find both LIFE and the author of life, my friend. If you are still with me, please consider these words carefully and then let’s ask some questions.Continue reading
Ever feel like you are waiting for the splat?
I believe I understand and have been living in the reality that Jesus told us about living in faith. It’s a scary and lonely place at times. Where did Jesus himself spend much of his time?
Alone in the “wilderness”. Have you ever asked yourself where this place truly is? It’s a place of temptation by the enemy of our soul. Remember the phrase the “wilderness of the soul”?
I believe the true walk of faith in this life and this body is a single, solitary walk in the “wilderness” (solitary) of the soul. It doesn’t mean others are never around us, but we are to spend most of our time with him. It sure would be nice to have others to walk along, but my experience has been that they quickly separate from you once the Lord has you speak words of faith beyond where they are. We are not supposed to go beyond what the “accepted level of faith” is for the group.
I have come to conclude that believing God’s Word directly as it is written and speaking it to others will cause them to separate from you. It’s like “dividing the waters” or “separating the wheat from the chaff”. When you first see it occur, it will perplex you. You see a powerful life-giving truth in his Word that is feeding you life and you attempt to share it with others and they run away from you as if you are the walking dead! Why?
I have asked this question and here is what I heard.
Did you know that the definition of a “Pharisee” is “one who separates or goes away from”? They actually run AWAY from the truth when they hear it instead of towards it.
Why does this occur?