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Luis was an angry young man involved in gang wars as far back as he could remember. He stabbed so many rival gang members in fights he loss count at 20. He was abandoned by his parents when he was 10 years old. He got into too much trouble and they gave up on him. Jesus never gave up on him. Luis wanted nothing to do with Jesus even after that fateful night… He found solace and acceptance in his gang family.

Luis was a tall, good-looking Puerto Rican who exceled in athletics. He was wiry, strong and a very fast runner. His skin was dark brown and shone like bronze under the New York sun. He spent most of his young life on the streets of New York City scraping out a living by stealing and working at the local market part time. He was induced to join the gangs at a very early age. He was a natural leader having a bent toward violence being filled with rage from being abandoned by his parents five years earlier.

Unfortunately, Luis took to the gang life like pancakes and syrup blend together. Unlike pancakes Luis left a bad taste in the mouths of many people especially his parents, who abandoned him because he was out of control.  He became a seasoned drug addict by age 15 and his choice of weapon was a black-handled switchblade. The blade of the knife was 6inches long and sparkled brightly when the noon sun reflected off it.  He kept that blade as sharp as a razor. This knife was Luis’s prized possession and it was like a brother to him. Everywhere he went it went right along with him. His knife was well known to the police and rival gang members. He had punctured many young men while actively fighting with his gang. He became so successful in gang warfare that he started his own gang.

He called his gang” Luis’s Loners.” His gang became so prominent that they controlled about 20 blocks of prime New York City turf. Luis was known for pulling his weapon out and let it talk for him. He had become a very skilled street knife fighter with all the gang wars he fought. He always managed to avoid getting sliced by other gang fighters. He was extremely quick with his hands and feet and instinctively he ducked, dodged and weaved to avoid being stabbed by an opponent’s knife.

Joey was the only bright spot in Luis’s life. Helen, his girlfriend, was of no help to him she was always high and worlds away from reality. Joey was his younger brother who had been a formidable gang member as well. Jesus took Joey off the streets about a year earlier when Joey became a Christian. Ever since then Joey had been imploring Luis to turn his life over to Jesus before it was too late. Luis wanted nothing to do with Jesus or that religious trash. Luis was heading into his 1000th gang fight this evening a record he was quite proud of.

This night Luis was especially bold and feeling very angry. He had pumped his system with amphetamines all day in preparation for his big occasion. Luis displayed his usual fighting prowess avoiding knife blade after knife blade. He slashed right and left never missing a body within his reach. Then the unthinkable happened … a knife blade flashed out of the dark alley slicing Luis’s jugular vein in half!  He crumpled to the ground grasping his throat and gasping for air. Everything spun around him faster than his mind could perceive. He woke up in the hospital with tubes entering and exiting out of his body every way imaginable.

He lost so much blood doctors had little hope he would live through the night. He drifted in and out of consciousness. Joey was at Luis’s bedside waiting for the right time to have one last talk with Luis. The time came. “Luis can you hear me?” He nodded his head yes.  “John 3:16 says For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. I am asking you for the last time-Do you want to accept Jesus as your Savior?” Luis nodded his head violently no! At that moment Luis slipped into eternity, Joey laid his head on Luis’s bed and wept like a baby. There was no midnight conversion this time.

 

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. John 3:16

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 Why are we always ups and downs in sins?
 Shalom.

I want to live on earth as in heaven. I know you want to live on earth as in heaven too. Together we want to live on earth as in heaven. 

If all human beings want to live on earth as in heaven, then evil will wane quickly. And that's when peace exists among human beings on earth.

Matthew {6:10} Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.

I am happy. You are happy. All humans will be happy. :) 


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Question:
Nita
Shalom ..
I am a Christian;
I want to ask.
Have I you experienced ups and downs in building an intimate relationship with Jesus?
Because I also had a wonderful experience with Jesus.
But I always ups and downs and as it continues.
And sometimes I feel ashamed of my condition now in God's presence.
Because I know the truth but I always hurt his heart.

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Answer:

Ups and downs are common in human life. Included here are the ups and downs in our relationship with the Lord Jesus.


Why is that? Since we all have sinned and lost the glory of God (Romans 3:23). And the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).

John {3:1} There was a man of the Pharisees, named
Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: {3:2} The same came to
Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou
art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these
miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. {3:3}
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the
kingdom of God. {3:4} Nicodemus saith unto him, How can
a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time
into his mother’s womb, and be born? {3:5} Jesus
answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be
born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God. {3:6} That which is born of the flesh is
flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. {3:7}
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
{3:8} The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest
the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and
whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
{3:9} Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can
these things be? {3:10} Jesus answered and said unto him,
Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
{3:11} Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do
know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our
witness. {3:12} If I have told you earthly things, and ye
believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you [of] heavenly
things? {3:13} And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but
he that came down from heaven, [even] the Son of man
which is in heaven.
{3:14} And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the
wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
{3:15} That whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have eternal life.
{3:16} For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life. {3:17} For God sent not
his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the
world through him might be saved.
{3:18} He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he
that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath
not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
{3:19} And this is the condemnation, that light is come into
the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil. {3:20} For every one that
doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest
his deeds should be reproved. {3:21} But he that doeth truth
cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest,
that they are wrought in God.

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When we follow Jesus and be baptized then we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

2 Corinthians {5:17} Therefore if any man [be] in
Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things become new.


So in every Christian who has been baptized, there is an old man living in sin (the natural man) and the new man (spiritual man).

The desire of the old man who lived in sin and the new man has always opposed and this is what causes us like ups and downs in sin.

An old man living in the flesh while the new human life in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26). 

That is why Jesus told us to watch and pray.

Matthew {26:41} Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit

indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.
 
Mark {14:38} Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly [is] ready, but the
flesh [is] weak.

By watching and praying that we will be strong in the face of temptation. All trials are divided into the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).

1 John 
{2:15} Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the
world, the love of the Father is not in him. {2:16} 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. {2:17} And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
 
When the devil tempted Jesus, the devil tempting to do all three of the above.

Matthew {4:1} Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the
wilderness to be tempted of the devil. {4:2} And when he
had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an
hungred. {4:3} And when the tempter came to him, he said,
If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be
made bread. {4:4} But he answered and said, It is written,
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of God. {4:5} Then the devil
taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a
pinnacle of the temple, {4:6} And saith unto him, If thou be
the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall
give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands
they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot
against a stone. {4:7} Jesus said unto him, It is written
again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. {4:8} Again,
the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain,
and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the
glory of them; {4:9} And saith unto him, All these things
will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
{4:10} Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:
for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and
him only shalt thou serve. {4:11} Then the devil leaveth
him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.  


The lust of the flesh = Matthew {4:3} And when the tempter came to him, he said,
If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 

The pride of life = Matthew {4:6} And saith unto him, If thou be
the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall
give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands
they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot
against a stone.

The lust of the eyes = Matthew {4:9} And saith unto him, All these things
will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

One more thing that likes to make children of God fall is money.

1 Timothy {6:7} For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can
carry nothing out. {6:8} And having food and raiment let us
be therewith content. {6:9} But they that will be rich fall
into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and
hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
{6:10} For the love of money is the root of all evil: which
while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith,
and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Regarding the issue of money, Jesus gave a warning to us.

Matthew {6:24} No man can serve two masters: for either he will
hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the
one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Luke {16:13} No servant can serve two masters: for either he
will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to
the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

I also like ups and downs in my life, even the pastors and the leaders in the Bible also could ups and downs like us.

Remember. John the Baptist had also doubted Jesus until he sent his disciples asked Jesus, saying, "Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?" (Matthew 11:2-19, Luke 7:18-35). Whereas before it stating that Jesus is the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29). 

According to Paul, we live like in a game, so we have to train the body and master it (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

1 Timothy {6:12} Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

The question now is what is the master of the body? The mastering body is our intention to master the hearts, minds, and our tongues.

In a match then sometimes we lose and sometimes we win. Therefore, Jesus told us to watch and pray (Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38).

Besides Jesus also told us to deny ourselves and bear the cross every heart.

But we do not fight alone because Jesus has given the Holy Spirit living in our hearts (Proverbs 4:23, John 7:38-39).

Jeremiah {31:33} But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After
those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Jeremiah {32:40} And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

Acts {15:8} And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as [he did] unto us

2 Corinthians {3:3} [Forasmuch as ye are] manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

IF WE STRIVE TO FACE TEMPTATION OWN WILL THEN WE WILL LOSE, BUT IF WE ASK THE PROTECTION OF GOD THEN WE WILL WIN WHEN FACED WITH TEMPTATION because the Holy Spirit will strengthen us.

Romans {8:28} And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to
them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

Psalms {37:23} The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he
delighteth in his way.
{37:24} Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD
upholdeth [him with] his hand.

Ephesians {6:10} Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in
the power of his might. {6:11} Put on the whole armour of
God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the
devil. {6:12} For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers
of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in
high [places. ]{6:13} Wherefore take unto you the whole
armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil
day, and having done all, to stand. {6:14} Stand therefore,
having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the
breastplate of righteousness; {6:15} And your feet shod
with the preparation of the gospel of peace; {6:16} Above
all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. {6:17} And take
the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is
the word of God: {6:18} Praying always with all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all
perseverance and supplication for all saints;

1 Peter {5:8} Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring
lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

James {4:7} Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Conclusion
You realize that already sinned, aka you fall. HOLY SPIRIT REMINDS YOU IF YOU HAVE sinned. SO YOU WAKE UP AGAIN. AND YOU KEEP YOUR SIN SO YOU FALL AGAIN.

In order not to fall ups and downs in sin continually then, YOU MUST PRAY AND precaution, submit to God, worship Him and resist the devil (1 Peter 5: 8). How to resist the devil is taking the Word of God, as Jesus did when tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-11). 

Hebrews {4:12} For the word of God [is] quick, and
powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing
even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart. {4:13} Neither is there any creature that
is not manifest in his sight: but all things [are] naked and
opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Revelation {19:11} And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he
that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in
righteousness he doth judge and make war. {19:12} His
eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many
crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but
he himself. {19:13} And he [was] clothed with a vesture
dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
{19:14} And the armies [which were] in heaven followed
him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and
clean. {19:15} And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword,
that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule
them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the
fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. {19:16} And he
hath on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING
OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

AND THE WORD OF GOD IS JESUS.

John {1:1} In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God. {1:2} The same was in
the beginning with God. {1:3} All things were made by
him; and without him was not any thing made that was
made. {1:4} In him was life; and the life was the light of
men. {1:5} And the light shineth in darkness; and the
darkness comprehended it not.
{1:6} There was a man sent from God, whose name [was]
John. {1:7} The same came for a witness, to bear witness of
the Light, that all [men] through him might believe. {1:8}
He was not that Light, but [was sent] to bear witness of that
Light. {1:9} [That] was the true Light, which lighteth every
man that cometh into the world. {1:10} He was in the
world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew
him not. {1:11} He came unto his own, and his own
received him not. {1:12} But as many as received him, to
them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to
them that believe on his name: {1:13} Which were born, not
of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man,
but of God. {1:14} And the Word was made flesh, and
dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of
the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
{1:15} John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This
was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is
preferred before me: for he was before me. {1:16} And of
his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. {1:17}
For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came
by Jesus Christ. {1:18} No man hath seen God at any time;
the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father,
he hath declared [him.]




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 LET GOD BLESS YOU OUT OF YOUR BITTERNESS
 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

Have you ever read the story of Joseph in the Old Testament, about how his brothers sold him into slavery, which resulted in him being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years?  When Joseph saw his brothers again many years later, he then had the power and authority to put them to death because of what they had done to him. Instead, he told them something incredible.  He told them not to be worried or afraid (Genesis 45).  Even more amazing was that Joseph didn’t blame them and told them that God had actually ordained what they had done in order to bring salvation and deliverance to them (Genesis 45:5-8)!  And then he blessed them for it (Genesis 45:10-11)!  That’s quite astonishing after all they had put him through.

How was Joseph able to so freely forgive?  He was able to do so because somewhere during his sufferings, he came to the revelation that it wasn’t about all the wrongs that had been done to him.  It was about all the rights that God could do!  Joseph didn’t focus on the labels placed upon him (i.e. slave, rapist, liar, prisoner, etc.).  Instead, he focused on the goodness of God and the belief that God would make everything right.  In other words, Joseph had faith God would make it up to him for every unjust sorrow he endured.  

Joseph also no longer looked at his brothers or his Egyptian captors to make amends for or to heal his wounds.  He solely looked to God, and God saw Joseph’s heart and literally blessed him out of his bitterness.  That is why, when Joseph saw his brothers again, he was no longer hostile or angry.  In fact, he was tearfully joyful, and he gave his abusers comfort and compassion.

If you have suffered much and labels have been placed upon you, I want to encourage you.  Rather than entertaining thoughts of revenge or vindication on those who have victimized and wounded you, to instead, think and meditate upon the amazing things God will do for you to make it right.  When we don't see our destiny and the greatness of God, we can stay stuck in our wounds.  Our God is bigger than that.  He can, and He will rescue us, but first, we must choose to let go and to forgive.  Give it all to Jesus. 

Will you pray this healing prayer with me?

“Heavenly Father, I give to You today every hurt, wound, every bitter thought, all resentment and anger toward those who hurt me.  I expectantly look to You to catapult me into my destiny, a destiny that You prepared for me before You created me.  I look forward to becoming a leader and great influencer of my generation like Joseph for Your glory, and I look for Your reconciliation and Your faithfulness in making all my wrongs right.  Thank you, Father. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Victory and blessing awaits you!

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The following dreams are significant to my life but also the Body of Christ as well.

 

When I was on vacation, I dreamt of a baby and the baby was drowning in a muddy river. The baby had green moss in its mouth and was choking, near death. I was trying to save the baby so I cleared its mouth and got it to breathe again. I just looked up the interpretation in Ira Milligan's: Understanding the Dreams You Dream: Biblical Keys to Hearing God's Voice in the Night. Baby means new beginning, new idea, new work in the Church. A muddy river equals spirit of the world; religious traditions of man; sin, wickedness. Stagnant, muddy, or polluted water equals man's doctrines and ways, iniquity, haughty spirit, unkind. I believe that this dream is referring to the new thing, the new work that the Lord is bringing to the Church. However, it is being suffocated and drowned in the muddy rivers, dirty waters of the religious traditions of man. So we need to purify the water and I had a dream later that I was trickling in like an IV into a pool of water purity and infusing purity into the water. Little by little the muddy, murky waters will be cleared.

Dreamt I was driving a semi-truck (tractor trailer) last night. Dream book says: Large burden: Ministry; powerful and/or large work in the Church! Truck size is often in proportion to the burden or size of the work. For every man shall bear his own burden (drive his own truck, do his own work, natural or spiritual) Galatians 6:5

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 The Hand Than Never Lets Go
 

Do you know there is a love that is so awesome that we don’t have to worry about being separated from it? A love that is pure and without mixture. A love that promises to stay by our side and never let go. A love that never leaves nor forsakes us. It’s beyond what the human mind can comprehend. There is a love that is divine and with perfection casts out all fear.  The love of the Father who loved us even when we were still sinners. When we were lost, before we were even born, Jesus died for us. This love reached down through time and saved us from eternal darkness. Jesus took upon Himself the sin of humanity. God is a spirit and He is also love. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8)

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from my Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.  (John 10:28-29)

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8) We are not saved by anything we can naturally do. In other words, we cannot earn our salvation. Since we cannot earn it we cannot lose it either. Once we invite Jesus into our life and our genuinely saved we become born again, which means our spirit is changed and made new. The spirit of a man or woman is the true person. You see we live in these earth suits (our human bodies), which eventually physically die. The spirit continues to exist after it departs from the body. As a believer in Jesus Christ and a student of the Holy Bible, I believe in heaven and hell.

The Bible says whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13) There are multitudes of Scripture that confirm salvation is forever. It’s not something you just walk away from and even if you try to you will never be able to release yourself from the firm grasp Jesus Christ has on you.

Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died and rose again, who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? (Romans 8:34)

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38)

So, nothing can separate us from the love of God and since God is love we cannot lose our salvation! I think that is crystal clear from the above Scripture. Nothing can separate means just that, nothing! The blood of Jesus is the glue that holds us together with the Father. For we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11)

For example, if you take the hand of someone much stronger than you and that person has promised to never let go, you will not be able to release yourself from that person no matter how hard you try to let go. If this is physically true in the natural, how much more is this true with God the Father who is the strongest being in the world.

 

 

 

He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:8-11)

 

There is no higher authority than Jesus Christ! He cannot lie for the Word of God is infallible. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit. First, we hear the message of the gospel of truth, the gospel of salvation and we must believe. Once we believe we become sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise. The Holy Spirit is the Father’s pledge to us that we are redeemed. (Ephesians 1:13-14) For example, if you have a coupon that is valid and you take it to the grocery store you can redeem a product with it. Once our spirit is sealed it is up to us to take the steps necessary to grow and mature as a believer.

Our physical bodies are not redeemed until the second coming of Christ when we are changed in a twinkling of an eye. The mortal puts on immortal. The corrupt flesh becomes incorruptible. Does that give us a right to live anyway we want? No, it just assures us that we are redeemed. Once we are saved and sealed with the Holy Spirit we are changed from the inside out.

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52)

When interpreting the Bible, we must first study it to show ourselves approved, but we must also not take Scripture out of context and build a whole theology around it. Unfortunately, man has the inclination to live by traditions and denominations. Everything needs to be proofed in the fire of the Word. “Is not my Word like as a fire? says the Lord; and like a hammer that shatters the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29)

The Word is also described as a double-edged sword that separates soul (or man) from (spirit) God. “For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) In conclusion, it is important to exercise your discernment and not receive every spirit that teaches the Bible. We are to tests the spirits because there is so much mixture out there. (1 John 4:1) Mixture is when part of the teaching is correct and then part of the teaching is incorrect.

Let us study and show ourselves approved rightly able to divide the Word of God and don’t just blindly follow a wrong doctrine or theology because someone or some denomination has chosen to adopt that teaching. Beloved, I assure you when you are sealed by the Holy Spirit you are saved eternally. Don’t let anyone put doubt in you concerning this. In Jesus Holy name. Amen.

Author Rochelle Arnold  Added On 10/16/2017
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