Following Jesus

Being united with God is my highest good. I have made the Almighty Lord my refuge so that I may report everything that he has done.

Psalms 73:28 GW

So, then, brothers and sisters, don’t let anyone move you off the foundation ⌊of your faith⌋. Always excel in the work you do for the Lord. You know that the hard work you do for the Lord is not pointless.

1 Corinthians 15:58 GW

If we say, “We aren’t sinful” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong. If we say, “We have never sinned,” we turn God into a liar and his Word is not in us.

1 John 1:8‭-‬10 GW

Stop.

And think.

And God will save your everlasting soul.

People are getting killed everyday by the storms of life.

We are born to die.

That’s guaranteed.

Nobody gets out alive.

Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.

If you must die, then perhaps you should find a purpose worth dying for.

My purpose is truth.

I love the truth.

I want everything to be true.

The devil is a liar.

I hate the devil.

I’m here to expose and destroy the works of the devil with the light of the Lord which shines brightly out of me.

What you see on the surface is only a reflection.

Below the surface, that is where the truth is found.

I see a lot of former addicts and alcoholics get into ministry once they get freed from their addictions.

It makes sense.

We find something that works and we want to share it with others.

But addicts are also really good liars.

We usually had to live a life of lying to everyone around us to hide our addiction.

Why?

Because we’re stubborn fools trapped by pride and ego.

I’m talking about material addiction to substances like food, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, but I could just be talking about any one of us with our addiction to sin.

There’s only one cure that works.

Jesus.

His blood breaks the chains.

Without Jesus, we’re slaves to sin.

Don’t judge the addict just because they’re exactly the same as you, they just express their brokenness and moral depravity slightly more sincerely than you.

What am I saying?

Love people.

We’re all broken.

We all need Jesus.

But watch out.

There are wolves and sharks and snakes everywhere.

Even in the pulpit.

Even on the stage.

Even earning tens of thousands of dollars per speaking engagement where they twist the Scripture and depart from the faith they once probably loved dearly.

Bad company corrupts good morals.

I, for one, do not approve of heretical teachings and those who teach them.

To follow Jesus, you must separate yourself from the lies.

If you shepherd a flock, you must protect them from the wolves, not invite the wolves into the house.

Change is coming.

God will not be mocked.

Exercise discernment.

And tell those who teach false doctrine to be silent and to repent.

Jesus,

Save us from this wicked and perverted generation.

Amen.

Times Like These

Do not brag about tomorrow, because you do not know what another day may bring.

Praise should come from another person and not from your own mouth, from a stranger and not from your own lips.

Proverbs 27:1‭-‬2 GW

Pay attention to this! You’re saying, “Today or tomorrow we will go into some city, stay there a year, conduct business, and make money.”

You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears.

Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and carry out our plans.”

However, you brag because you’re arrogant. All such bragging is evil.

Whoever knows what is right but doesn’t do it is sinning.

James 4:13‭-‬17 GW

You must understand this: In the last days there will be violent periods of time.

People will be selfish and love money. They will brag, be arrogant, and use abusive language. They will curse their parents, show no gratitude, have no respect for what is holy, and lack normal affection for their families.

They will refuse to make peace with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what is good.

They will be traitors. They will be reckless and conceited. They will love pleasure rather than God.

They will appear to have a godly life, but they will not let its power change them. Stay away from such people.

Some of these men go into homes and mislead weak-minded women who are burdened with sins and led by all kinds of desires. These women are always studying but are never able to recognize the truth.

As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men oppose the truth. Their minds are corrupt, and the faith they teach is counterfeit.

Certainly, they won’t get very far. Like the stupidity of Jannes and Jambres, their stupidity will be plain to everyone.

2 Timothy 3:1‭-‬9 GW

It is clear to those who know the Lord and know Scripture, what sin is.

Sin is failing to do the right thing.

Like being humble.

The world loves to brag.

All such bragging is sin.

All I hear is bragging and slander.

Even without the gift of discernment, we know from Scripture, that is the fruit of counterfeit faith.

Real faith loves God.

Real faith trusts in God.

Real faith testifies to what God has done.

Real faith cannot see tomorrow, but it knows God will be there.

Beware of false prophets.

They appear to have a godly life, but they do not let God’s power change them.

Inside, they are ravenous wolves.

They don’t want to make disciples.

They want to make subscribers.

They want to make customers.

They want to take your money but care nothing for your soul.

Discipleship is done person to person.

It takes time.

A lot of time.

It’s based on relationship.

First, your relationship with God.

Then, your relationships in God.

These are dangerous days, perilous times.

Watch.

Listen.

Examine their fruit.

You will know them by their fruit.

Do not be deceived.

The spirit of error is at work in the sons of disobedience.

If they are bragging, they are sinning.

You have been taught to obey Scripture, not the voice of man.

Lord God,

Obey our eyes and ears.

Lead us not into temptation.

But deliver us from the evil one.

In His Name we pray, the Name of Jesus, amen.

Thy Will Be Done

And he said unto them,

When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

Luke 11:2 KJV

He wants all people to be saved and to learn the truth.

1 Timothy 2:4 GW

“So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you.

“And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.”

Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 GW

What is God’s will?

That all be saved.

Everyone in Heaven is saved.

He also wants everyone on Earth saved.

God’s will is executed by His angel armies in Heaven.

He also wants His will to be done by His ambassadors on Earth.

He wants us to preach the Gospel to every living soul.

He wants us to make disciples.

He wants us to baptize them.

He wants us to teach them to do everything that Christ commanded us to do.

Basically, He wants everyone to be like Jesus.

That won’t happen if we’re disobedient.

Disobedience is sin.

There are some false teachers who misinterpret the Scriptures to feed their ego and pride.

They make the Gospel humancentric.

They make it about them.

It was never about us.

We’re the sinners.

We’re the ones who need a Savior.

God doesn’t need us.

But He loves us.

So He is merciful and full of grace.

Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing.

They spread lies disguised as truth.

Their consciences have been seared as if with a red hot iron.

They think the Gospel is a way to make a profit.

They want you to buy their books and recordings.

Their teachings tickle the ears but do not lead to repentance and salvation.

Read the Bible.

Not an emotional paraphrase that adds a bunch of words and ideas that are not in the original manuscripts.

That’s not a translation.

Nor is it a Bible if it doesn’t include the 66 books of the canon.

Be not deceived.

If you have to rewrite the Bible to suit your agenda, your agenda isn’t godly.

Guard your heart above all else.