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.

Only Jesus

Jesus told them, “You don’t need to know about times or periods that the Father has determined by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you. Then you will be my witnesses to testify about me in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:7‭-‬8 GW

Peter and the other apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than people. You murdered Jesus by hanging him on a cross. But the God of our ancestors brought him back to life. God used his power to give Jesus the highest position as leader and savior. He did this to lead the people of Israel to him, to change the way they think and act, and to forgive their sins. We are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

Acts 5:29‭-‬32 GW

Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace. The number of people increased as people lived in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 9:31 GW

If you obey God, He will give you the Holy Spirit as a gift.

The Holy Spirit brings comfort and miracle working power, among other things.

Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are One.

They have the same essence.

If you walk in obedience, you will have communion with God.

God living inside you.

The human body is meant to be a temple of the Holy Spirit.

It’s where His Presence dwells.

In God’s Presence, people get healed.

Demons have to flee.

Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

If you don’t resist, then he’ll gain entry into your body and mind.

The way of Christ is to be in continual fellowship with God.

Sin breaks that fellowship.

Confessing and repenting (turning away from sin and toward God) restores that fellowship.

You control your body.

You control your thoughts.

You control your emotions.

You have free will.

Use that free will to choose Christ.

Use that free will to follow Jesus.

Use that free will to obey God.

You can use it for other things, but it will not be fruitful and will lead to death.

Obedience is better than sacrifice.

Jesus was the sacrifice for our sins.

God is looking for those who are obedient.

All the time.

Not just when people are watching.

God sees in secret.

He knows what you do in secret.

He knows what you’re thinking before you think it.

He examines our hearts and our motives.

Who can cleanse us from our sin?

Only Jesus.

Who can heal us?

Only Jesus.

Who can deliver us from evil?

Only Jesus.

This life, it’s all about Jesus.

When you are baptised, you are buried with Jesus and raised up in Jesus.

It is no longer you who lives, but Christ in you.

Quit identifying with your old, flesh nature.

Your carnal nature and its desires have been crucified with Christ.

The Holy Spirit now lives in you.

You have the divine nature.

Obey that nature.

How?

Only Jesus can show you.

It’s time to go deeper.

Walk in the Spirit.

Speak what the Spirit says.

Do what He tells you to do.

It’s easy once you know how.

Awaken the nations!

In Christ Jesus I pray.

Amen.