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
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.
Has God planted the eternal message in all hearts?
Have you ever wondered where the true gospel exists?
I am being reminded of the words of Paul today on this powerful question.
Where is the Gospel?
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
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?
These are things that took me by surprise when I first noticed them. Have you noticed?
Is God our “minds eye” who allows us to truly “see” spiritual truth?
Have you noticed that “darkness” already existed in the second verse of the entire bible?
The word is “choshek” and here is the Strong’s entry for it.
H2822 choshek kho-shek’
from H2821; the dark; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness.
KJV: dark(-ness), night, obscurity.
Have you noticed that in Isaiah 45:7 that the Lord tells us he is the one who created the darkness? Do you ever wonder when it was created?
Have you noticed that in Genesis 2:10 it says a river flowed out of Eden to water the Garden. How could this garden be in Eden?Continue reading
Who are the “Wolves in Sheep’s clothing”?
Have you ever pondered these verses and asked the Lord their true meaning?
“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves Matt 7:15
So, what does it mean to be a “sheep” and to be in “sheep’s clothing”? Is this a religious or non-religious person? Why are they “ravaging wolves”? Who is this referring to?
Let’s look at Ezekiel 22.
“Son of man, say to her, ‘You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.’ 25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have devoured lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her. 26 Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 27 Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to get dishonest gain. 28 Her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken Ez 22:24-28
When do the “wolves” come in?Continue reading