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God is Faithful to His Covenants

God’s promises coming to pass, do not depend on the whims of his creation.  God is in control and has designed His plan with all foreknowledge.  We truly limit God and deny His power when we believe that man has the ability to thwart God’s plan and purposes.  This is silly.  God is the potter and all men are mere pieces of clay.  This is the common denominator of all the false teaching out there, it denies the power of God and of the Cross.  The focus of this post will be on the Covenant promises of God after we first review HIS character.

Numbers 23:9  God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Let God be true and every man be a liar!  Our God is faithful.  He is faithful even when His creation is not faithful.  God never changes.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forevermore!  His mercy endures forever.  God is good.  His anger is but for a short time.  His love never fails.  Nothing is impossible for God.  Jesus has won the victory over even death.   It is deceived men who continue to deny God’s power in their teachings and limit God and thereby exalt themselves.  All what is in this paragraph is clearly told us in the Scriptures.  But many do not believe.

God is a just God who will punish the wicked and is angry with the wicked every day,  but this does not change who God is as a loving Father.  His punishments are always just and given in love and with mercy.  This is His nature and He changes not.  This is why we are told to love our enemies and do good to those that hate us.  That is because that is what God does to His enemies and expects His children to be just like Him.  There is not a different standard for us and God.  Consider what the Lord Jesus had to say of such things from Luke 6.

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

So you see my friends,  God’s punishments in the end are for the good of all.  David came to see and understand this and my hope is you will to when the veil of an eternal hell and a God that stays angry for ever is lifted from your eyes.  Then you will truly believe.

Psalm 19:9-12

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,

These judgments are given in love.  To warn us and to turn us away from wickedness.  But the mercy never ends, even after we die.  I believe God can raise people died and buried in the ground from the dead and give them eternal life.  Do you?  That is exactly what our Father did with the Lord Jesus Christ, who has forever won the victory over death for ALL MEN for ALL NATIONS, ALL FAMILIES.  Yet incredibly many that profess to know the Scriptures do not even beleive it.  One day we shall see all of God’s covenantal promises fulfilled.  All tongues will be confessing that Jesus is the Lord to the glory of God.  The great Apostle Paul spoke against the scoffers and mockers of God’s power and the full breadth of richness of this marvelous gospel.

1 COR 15:16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!

But Christ is risen!  The dead do rise!  Believe this wonder and walk by faith.

I want to end this post with a mini review of the covenant promises of our faithful God.  They all will come to pass and be fulfilled.

Isaiah 46:11 Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.

Promises to the Fathers of Faith

Genesis 12:3  I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you ALL the families of the earth shall be blessed

The father of all faith is Abraham.  What this covenants say is that through faith,  God is going to bless all the families of the earth.  Jesus was this blessing and His sacrifice has indeed fulfilled this promise that God swore, and HE cannot lie.  The lamb that was shed from the foundation of the whole world has come and HE has taken away the sin of the world.  But very few believe that God is faithful to His promises, very few.

John 1:29  Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Gen 18:17And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, 18 since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and ALL the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

Gen 22:16By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed ALL the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

Thank you Abraham for your obedience.  But really thank you Jesus.  The same promise given to Abraham was repeated and given to his son Isaac.  Those in faith will receive this blessing and ultimately all will come to faith and will confess Jesus as Lord.

GEN 26:4 And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed ALL the nations of the earth shall be blessed

After Jacob wrestled with God in unbelief and his eyes opened,  the same blessing came upon him.  God gave this promise to Jacob in a dream and upon awakening he could now see spiritually (Gen 28:16).  Here was the promise.

Genesis 28:14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed ALL the families of the earth shall be blessed.

The Scriptures foretell of these promises throughout.  I believe them and there is no confusion any more on what the word “ALL” means in these promises.  God is God and His power and wisdom have no boundaries.  I pray all will stand firm on the promises of God and come into the covenant of faith, knowing of this blessed hope for all humanity.  It will change your life when you see it.  If you believe not that God can raise dead people, physically and spiritually and breathe new life into them,  you believe not the gospel and not in Christ and are still in your sins.

Christ has risen and rules and reigns today from the heavens.  Through Adam we all came into sin but through Christ,  all will come into eternal life in the order and sequence that God ordains.

1 COR 15:22-26  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.

Death will be destroyed for ALL in the very end.  Believe it.  God spoke it.  We can all look forward to this glorious day when all knees shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  God is good and His mercies endure forever!  Hallelujah.

Carnal man will not believe these promises and the absolute power of God.  Such a man will believe that God’s purposes can be circumvented by God’s creation.  It is really ridiculous when one comes to see the depth of the deception in the church today.  Many of you continue to call God a liar in your unbelief.  It is you who do not believe that need to repent and turn your heart to God and trust what He has promised.  Only in His mercy can you come to Him.

ISA 46:10  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure

God’s get His will done.  All that pleases Him is done.  He delights in mercy and loves to turn enemies into friends.    His pleasure, all of it gets done regardless of what the piece of clay thinks.  I am so glad that God has saved us all rather than leaving it to us to do it.

I am going to believe God and His promises knowing that all that was spoken will come to pass.  It will not depend on the will of man in any way shape or form.  In the end, God has the complete and total victory over sin. His grace wins out.  Praises to the King.  I leave you with a excerpt from a Pslam.

Psalm 66:3-5

“How awesome are Your works!  AMEN – tis all the work of the POTTER
Through the greatness of Your power
Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
 ALL  the earth shall worship You
And sing praises to You;
They shall sing praises to Your name

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The Enduring Mercy of God

Isaiah 49:13  Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted.

Rejoice my friends, I bring you good news and tidings. 

The corrupting of God’s enduring nature of love and mercy has greatly corrupted the gospel handed down to the Apostles and described in our Bibles.  This Satanic doctrine of eternal torment makes God into a Monster and opposes the true work of God’s workers.  When this lie and idol is removed from our hearts, then we can see clearly the deeper truth that was always right there in the Scriptures.  God just would not allow us to see it until we come to know His true nature and character.  He really is a good God that has been made into the image of the beast by the minds of carnal man.

Psalm 107:1  O give thanks unto the LORD, for HE IS GOOD: for his mercy endureth for ever

Mercy and agape love go hand and hand.   There are scores of places that tell us God’s mercy endures forever which is directly opposed to the doctrine of an eternal torment.  Few are getting this yet, but here is something to think about.  There is no double standard on how we as God’s people are to forgive and sow mercy versus how God forgives and sows mercy.  We are to be conformed into God’s own likeness and image.  We are to be always forgiving and always merciful, no exceptions.  Did you know that the LORD delights in being merciful?  Who or what is going to stand in the way of an ALMIGHTY GOD.  Consider this Scripture as it brings to fulfillment the oath our God swore to Abraham.

Micah 7:19  He does not retain His anger forever, Because He DELIGHTS in mercy. 19 He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea. 20 You will give truth to Jacob And mercy to Abraham, Which You have sworn to our fathers From days of old.

If you believe in an infinite hell,  you might as well cut this verse out of your Bible right now.  The God whose mercy runs out is another god and not the one that gives live to His chosen ones.  Do you believe God stays angry forever?  The Bible says otherwise if you have eyes to see.  There will be joy in the morning my friends.  BELIEVE IT!

Psalm 30:5  For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.

Yet those that have this idol of hell in their heart have a major contradiction that cannot be explained away.  The true purposes of God’s judgments and the nature of the true God have been hidden from them and revealed unto babes.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

With the blinders off, let’s take another look at some powerful Scriptures that tell of God’s plan.

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The straight gate is narrow indeed, only a few will enter into the kingdom in this body of flesh.  The vast majority, the “many” will enter by way of the broad way that leads to and results in destruction.  God does indeed choose to whom He reveals His mysteries.  This confounds the wisdom of wise men.  Yet verses such as this which carnal eyes believe state that the vast majority of people go to an eternal hell, state no such thing at all.  When the nature and character of God is impugned with huge error, we have another jesus and another gospel.  The righteous judgments of a loving God are totally misunderstood by those who read Mat 7:14 to speak of an eternal hell.  The entire motive and purpose of God’s judgment and sending the many to destruction in the lake of fire is love.  Jesus has paid the penalty for all sin for the whole world. Yet God in His infinite wisdom and love will yet purify His people so He can be reconciled back to all. What kind of a loving father would torment his own children forever and ever?  Not the God of the Bible.  Not the God I serve.

The proper rendering of these verses, is that few will enter into the eternal life with Christ fully formed in their spiritual temples.  Few will enter into and possess the land that is a pure heart in Christ.  Most, the very many will be tormented day and night and never find true peace on this side of the grave.  They will endure the fires of a spiritual hell in this body and in the lake of fire in the final judgment.  Their flesh and soul will be destroyed yet their spirit shall be saved and they will forever be with the Lord.  Thank you Jesus, this is really good news.  It is the pursuit of love and peace, the carrot that is the motivation to seek God with your whole heart.  To those God has chosen, they will be pulled and shaped like a piece of clay to accomplish all that God has predestined for them. 

Traditional Christianity has gotten it all wrong with the doctrine of demons regarding eternal torment creeping into the church and completely corrupting the doctrine.  This error uses fear as the motivator for people to turn their hearts to God.  But this is not how it works.  Man does not save Himself by making a decision.  God must grant repentance to our hearts and it is solely by His doing that we are given faith, a new heart and have the laws of God written on our hearts such that we have the desire to obey God.  It is God Himself that pours out His love inside of us, so we can in turn love others.  Men need to quit taking credit for what is solely the work of God.  Wow, what a powerful set of gifts are these.

Hebrews 8:10  FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE

Men will indeed toil in vain but the Lord shall build His Church, His way and in His timing.  It is not us,  it is God.

There are many voices out there competing as the truth.  Yet the true WORD is only revealed by God’s choice unto babes.  We have forgotten about the tests or have rationalized them away when judging ourselves or others.  It is all about the fruits that are being produced.  Love and peace are the fruits of righteousness.  If we do not produce this and only this, we can be sure we still have a problem with the Lord.

Matthew 7:18-23

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

This is the only litmus test that I have found which is 100% accurate.  It works on oneself to expose hypocrisy and idols in your heart.    If you are producing bad fruit on a regular basis and not walking in true righteousness, which is peace and love, then there is a problem.  The Apostle told us to judge ourselves on this matter. 

21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Those that do the will of the Father here and now, which is to love,  will enter into the kingdom of heaven on this side of the grave.  The kingdom is within us Jesus told us in Luke 17:20-21.  This is eternal life abiding in Christ right now.  Few shall enter in this way.  What follows is a verse that has been called the saddest verse in all Scripture.

 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity

 This is a sad verse because it tells us most will live a lie in their professed faith in Christ.  They will never know the Lord truly but will walk in the deceptions of their own heart.  They may be hearers of the law but they cannot be doers of the law because they deceived themselves with their religiosity.  They walked in judgment and condemnation of others, puffed up in their knowledge but had not the true love of God abiding in their heart.  But all hope is not lost for any of them as it is already finished.  Jesus has already come and accomplished all.  He came to save the entire world and HE did not fail.

John 12:32 If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw ALL peoples to myself!!!!

1 TIM 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe

Look at this and the special blessing given to believers to be saved.  If we truly believe the report from Isaiah 53 that Jesus paid the price for all to forgive sin and take back death,  then we are especially saved.  That is because we can enter into eternal life right now via the narrow gate and not have to take the wide road that leads to destruction.   Many are called, few are chosen. 

1 COR 15:21-23 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ SHALL ALL be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order

Many will come to Jesus on the Day of Judgment speaking as is written in Matthew 7:22.  And then Jesus will tell them the sad news that He never knew them and that they continued to break His laws.  They had not walked in love and mercy; they were law breakers despite the outward forms of godliness.  This is not good; it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God who is a consuming fire.  The Hebrews 10 punishment is particularly spoken to those who have knowledge of the truth yet persist in their rebellion.  They will be beaten with many stripes just as Jesus said. Yet this is not the end of the story as indeed the gospel tells us.

1 John 2:1-2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy.  The unbiblical doctrine of eternal torment is killing, stealing and destroying the good news of Jesus Christ.  Many think they serve God by speaking a repent or burn forever message, but that was never the gospel Jesus told us to take into the world.  These deceivers unfortunately are working against the purposes of God as I myself have done.  But thankfully we can go to the throne of mercy and grace.  That is everlasting.

But God in His infinite love had a plan all along to purify all of His creation and reconcile all things back to Himself.  Those that will depart into the lake of fire will be spiritually burned out of all things that offend and are stumbling blocks to entering the kingdom of God.  We know the punishment is meted out in varying degrees and duration but it is not everlasting.  The purpose of God’s final judgment is not to kill their spirits or torment them unjustly but to purify them which is the will of the Father and always has been.  God’s will is going to be done and nothing in creation is going to stand in His way.  God’s mercy and love does endure forever!!!  The Scriptures do not lie when revealed to us by Christ Himself.  How can anyone with sound reasoning believe that sending people to a never ending torment for eons after eons be considered merciful?  They cannot.

The last victory will be death.  1 COR 15 tells us this wonderful news in powerful language.  Those for whom God has given ears will hear and they will come on this side of the grave.  They will not be so deceived.  The idols in their heart that keep them from seeing will be torn down and shattered by the ROCK that is Christ.

Jeremiah 23:29  Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

The judgments of God begin at the house of God.  All these stumbling blocks that have kept us from seeing the light of the gospel will be gathered and burned by the spiritual fires of God’s judgment.  He does indeed work in mysterious ways but there is one enduring attribute we should compare our image of God to make sure we have the right one.  That is His enduring mercy.  In case we missed it above,  I leave you with Psalm 136.  

PSALM 136

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:

9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:

11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:

12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.

13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:

14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:

15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.

16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.

17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:

20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:

21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:

22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.

23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever!!!

I guess this Pslamist lied as God rejected the Jews forever and burned their temple to the ground and many went to an eternal hell?  Not true.  God’s plan all along was and is to save all.  He will and He has done it already.  Guaranteed.    What many fail to see is God has His hands on all of it.  He is the one directing a man’s steps (Prov 16:9). 

Romans 11:32  For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on ALL.

 Praise God.  Thank you Jesus.

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Hell and the Goodness of God

MARK 9:43-44  And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Many are believing a lie that is so big and has been told for so long, that it keeps one from seeing the true gospel in anywhere near the fullness of its richness and the brightness of its glory.  I hope you will begin to see this deception and how it holds men back from living and serving in the example of the Lord.   Sorry for the length but this is not something I  could explain in a short post and even still  I had to leave many confirming witnesses out.

These Scriptures in Mark simply state that if you practice sin, you will not enter into the peace and rest of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Far better to change our mind and deeds (REPENT), symbolized by chopping off a hand or plucking out an eye, and enter into the eternal life that is found only in Christ.  These words are not intended to be taken literally nor is the hell they speak of a literal hell of the carnal mind.  Jesus is the prince of peace and has come to show us the way to the peace that transcends all understanding.  We can enter into this kingdom right now.  It was near at the very door 2,000 years ago.  Far too many have become victims of religion and have not entered in and our keeping others from entering in based on carnal understandings and man’s traditions.

Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves

Until we truly come to know Christ deep in our spirit, such a person will be living in constant inner torment and will never find the true Sabbath rest that only comes from abiding in Christ.  Many fake it and do have varying degrees of peaceful periods,  yet still fall short of finding the true rest in Christ.  In this sense, being a child of hell has nothing to do with a literal never ending punishment by a wrathful God for billions upon billions of years.  What foolishness that we could be so deceived to think that God would ever act in such a way.  Such a belief violates ever attribute of God’s character and His righteous and just judgments.  Such a punishment is not just by any measure of reasoning.  Yet most believe that is what these Scripture teach because that is the lens our 30,000 denominations have filtered the Bible for hundreds of years.  Be they of the Calvinistic persuasion or an Armenian persuasion, many preachers stand before congregations in churches or online mediums and spew forth this centuries old lie.  Now that I see it clearly, it is sickening and I am ashamed of my own prior deceptions and contributing to spiritual darkness.   But God had other plans for me and created circumstances that I could be rescued from this error.  The devil has deceived the whole world.  This view of hell and God’s judgment is an absolute false understanding of the Scriptures, the core of the gospel and the very nature of God.

I can speak to this error and help pull the specks out of eyes on this issue because use I lived in this error for a very long time.  The doctrine of a never ending torment and punishment is a bad news gospel.  This gospel never leads to true peace and only puffs up men and encourages external forms of godliness in many who can help God out in their flesh.  I seek nobody’s approval in sharing this with you.  This truth will be vehemently rejected by the carnal mind and will come against traditional church doctrine and also the doctrine of many who have been called out the harlotry of religion.   But getting free of this error about hell is a key missing link that will lead to a humble heart and a contrite Spirit submitted unto the Lord.  When you realize God’s purpose in judgments and how He brings them about, the boasting and speaking evil of others will stop.

It is so much better to abide in Jesus Christ right now than to live a miserable life in this body of flesh.  Life is not a bitch and then you die — yet that is the lens of belief that many have come to follow in this life.  Sadly many that profess faith in Jesus and the gospel.  So many think that self abasement and having a miserable life is  what forsaking the world is all about.  That is not the case but I will have to wait to say more on that topic later.   The god if this world has been allowed by the true God to blind the people of this earth to the true gospel.  The truth is only revealed to us when we can come to Christ and rest in Him, believing not only who HE is but what He promised.  But this is only at the will and the discretion of the potter who is the Lord.  The clay doesn’t get to decide that.

Make no mistake our God is a consuming fire.  It is this very fire that purifies and a part of that is the righteous judgment of God.  I have been judged and continue to be judged and disciplined and shaped by my Father in heaven.  He is doing to the same to all of you reading this whether you realize this yet or not.  God has rescued me from the error of wicked religious men and put a fire in me that is burning away the veil and the sin in my life that keeps us in spiritual darkness (blindness).  I like Paul, only see in part and can only prophecy in part as through a glass dimly– but I see a lot clearer than I saw several months ago.  Logs of pride, self-righteousness and a false image of the love of God will keep anyone in the dark.  I joyfully share this with you and know it will take root for those God has prepared to hear it.

THE GOOD NEWS

The gospel is very good news.  It is not just good news for a few.  It is good news for all of God’s creation.   If you doubt this go back and read again the promises given to Abraham that Peter cited in ACTS 3.  God is much bigger than man.  Christ is much greater than Adam.  His ways are not our ways which really speaks to His enduring mercy and character.  This is real good.

Romans 5:18-19 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon ALL MEN to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon ALL MEN unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Ironic how we can easily accept that through Adam sin entered all men.  Yet God’s purposed remedy in sending His own Son to reconcile all men back to Him cannot be embraced by man who thinks he has to save himself.  What folly.  God is not going to be defeated in bringing about His will.  Thank God we all will have this victory in time through the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance.

What greater glory to God is there then to reconcile all things back to Himself?  Do you really think God sending 99% of people to an eternal torment in a literal hell brings glory to God?  This would mean that God did not get His will accomplished, that He was defeated in that quest.  Such a lie gives life to the beast and a false image of god, not the true living God who is all powerful and for whom nothing is impossible.  Where does it say God is limited by physical death?  Hebrews 9:27 does not say any such thing. Indeed we have many examples showing HE is not so limited by death.  Oh the folly of wise men and the deceptions of their foolish hearts.  The following is some of the most profound Scripture you will never read the same way again once you get past this damnable lie.

1 COR 15:21-16  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ SHALL ALL be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

It is finished my friends.  Jesus prayed Father forgive them.  Do you really think the Father did not forgive the Jews and sent them to an eternal torment that will never end?  No,  they are forgiven just as you and I are forgiven.  There will be second fruits after the firstfruits.   They missed out on the blessings in their physical life but they are not going to be punished for billions upon billions of years.  That is what the devil wants you to believe.   I don’t dismiss the judgments of God as indeed I have written about them much.  I have learned how they work and operate through my own disobedience and bearing the consequences of sin.

Knowing that hell is not a literal never-ending torment, what kind of life should we live?  A holy and righteous life, one full of love and mercy.  We were put here to serve others.  Jesus came to serve not to be served.  We are to all to be conformed into the likeness and image of Jesus.  That is God’s desire, and He will do it, He will not fail.  Nobody is going to outwit or out will God before it is all over my friends.  The righteous judgment of God,  His very wrath does abide upon the sons of disobedience and will stay there until HE gets the victory over all.  His fires will consume the fuel that is sin and wickedness out of all hearts.  Hearts and minds will be changed by the power of God (grace) in this life and the ages to come.  One day it will be evident for all to see.  This is the blessed hope.

Phil 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus EVERY knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that EVERY tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Paul goes on to tell us how God brings this about.  He is the changer of hearts,  He is the one who draws us and creates circumstances that will change our will.  His hand is not too short to save all.

Phil 2:12-13 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

It is all by God.  We all should be praising God for the Spirit He gave us and for the promises of the complete and total victory over sin and the rebellion of His children.  Believing in the lie of eternal torment in hell is not good news any way you rationalize it.  It is not good news to the Muslims; it is not good news to the Atheists’ or the Hindus.  But the true gospel is good news for all mankind.  Holding to this lie will keep you in fear and trusting in your own strength and intelligence to find God.

God’s Righteous Judgments

Psalm 19:9-11 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

The judgments of God are not contrary to the true nature and character of a loving God.  His judgments serve a purpose and that is to turn our hearts to Him in repentance.  God has the ability to turn up the heat and bring judgment to us in ways we scarcely understand.  Like an earthly father with high standards of moral behavior, our Father in heaven has laid His standard in His law and commandments.

The fear of the Lord is a very good thing.  We learn it by making mistakes and enduring the law of reaping and sowing.  At 56 years old, I get this and know this is an immutable law of the universe.  All sin and rebellion has consequences.  We are forgiven as Jesus already paid the debt, yet we will endure the consequences of our continued sin.  It is far beyond the purposes to explain here, but consider a simple example.  If we smoke cigarettes, God forgives us, yet we may pay a price with a serious illness or cancer later in life.    I just lost a dear brother and distant relative to throat cancer who was absolutely a man of God who had learned to love God with his whole heart.  Yet he bore the consequence of sin.  But the good news is,  we shall see him again with the Lord!.

There will be a serious judgment when Christ returns.  Many will be cast into the lake of fire and will be beaten with many stripes. There will be suffering and we should absolutely fear falling into the hands of a living God for this judgment.  We must choose to live righteousness daily and come thru the furnace of affliction here in this life or else we will have to do it in the next life after physical death.  I for one am thankful God never leaves us or forsakes us.  He is always there and brings righteous judgment to turn us from our wickedness and purify our hearts.  The more we rebel, the hotter the flames of judgment, a literal hell on earth become.  But as the Psalmist wrote above, once you understand, these judgments are sweeter than honey. 

Getting Clear About Hell

Christ spoke of hell several times.  Yet He also spoke of the love and the forgiveness that only a loving God can pour out of His children.  But to think hell is a place of eternal torment where God is going to punish people for billions upon billions of years is not taught anywhere in Scriptures.  It is not taught and the same deep study of Greek can clearly show some of the flaws in man’s translations.  But I don’t need to see it in a book; this is truth that brings peace to our hearts when we believe this gospel.  Eternal never ending punishment is a false doctrine. One would have to ignore hundreds of Scriptures to the contrary to hold to such a doctrine.   Our spiritual walk with Christ leading in our hearts is how we enter into the kingdom.  This kingdom is within our hearts said Jesus.

Luke 17:20-21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Jesus did accurately state that only very few would enter in by the narrow way.  The vast majority would follow the broad way that leads to destruction.  This destruction is the fires of hell and the living of a life of misery, torment without true peace in your heart.  We either have eternal life dwelling in our hearts or we have death and destruction working in us.  But these words of the Lord do not tell all nor limit God and His ability to carry out His will of our sanctification after death.

Indeed that is the very purpose of the lake of fire.  God is a consuming fire and will bring wrath to His adversaries but this is to bring about His true purposes which are to purify all His people and accomplish His will.  The Lord will not fail.

If you study the origins of hell one can quickly see hell is likened to the place we go at death.  This applies both in physical and spiritual death.  Even Christ was said to be in hell in ACTS 2, but thankfully HE did not stay there.  When spiritually dead, you will be in a living hell inside your heart.  This is spiritual death, the dead men’s bones of the Pharisees.  No joy, no peace, no contentment but on only the worries and negativity that comes from walking in the nature and character of Satan.  The fires and the worm that does not die are all symbolic of a life characterized by bondage, stress and the lack of inner peace.  Most are in this hell right now and as they age, the fires will get hotter and the worms more numerous. But this is the purpose of God and His righteous judgments.  Our loving God, who truly wishes nobody to perish but all to come to repentance, is going to turn the heat up to change the hearts and the will of men, to turn them back to HIM.  Some will continue to disobey and be stubborn in their rebellion and these will at the judgment be thrown into the lake of fire. But ultimately, like all fires, the source of fuel will be burned up and then all that is left will be pure.  This is God’s purposes in all His judgments and the motive is always love.

It is Satan who wants you to believe in the lie of a literal and eternal hell.  This will keep people in bondage to fear all their lives and from coming into the fullness of the love and joy of the Lord.  How could one love a God who will torture their family members forever and ever? These translations of Greek words have for centuries twisted the gospel message.  The deceivers and spirits of antichrist were already in this world and in the church well before the Bible was ever completed much less published to the masses.  Here is one thing Christ came to do.  He did not fail in accomplishing this for those that truly believe.

Hebrews 2:14-15 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

When you come to realize that God sees everything and that all sin not put under the blood is instantly judged; you will learn the fear of the Lord and have the beginnings of understanding the truth about hell.  Being in hell is horrible.  Far better to dwell in the richness of spiritual life and true peace through Christ.   But please get clear that hell is not a place of eternal torment where literal flesh bodies are burned literally forever and ever.  This is a doctrine of a demon and makes our God into a monster.  This is totally opposite of the true nature and character of God.

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16 is just that, a parable.  It has nothing to do with an eternal place of never ending torment and everything to do with showing the great divide that separates people from being in God’s comforting presence.  That great divide is faith in the one God has sent.

Luke 12:5  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!

This  is a powerful verse which shows the sovereignty of God over His creation.  He kills and He makes alive.  He afflicts and He heals says the Lord.  We are not to fear men who can only kill the body but fear a Sovereigns God that can kill us spiritually and put the judgment of hell upon us..  But this verse does not negate the enduring attributes of God’s mercy and lovingkindness.  God’s purpose and desire is for all me to be purified and come to repentance.  All of God’s judgments need to be viewed through the lens and filter of the true God of love and grace.

The Lake of Fire

Before the restitution of all things, the final judgment of God is not hell, it is the lake of fire.  This lake is not explained in depth in the Scriptures but whatever it is, we most certainly do not want to end up there.  Hell itself along with death is cast into the lake of fire that burns with fire and brimstone.

Revelation 20:13-14 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

If we do not enter into eternal life in this age by having our names in the Book of Life (not erased) then are place will be in this final judgment which is the ultimate wrath of God.  All those who do not overcome, the wicked and the unbelieving both are cast into this lake of fire in the end.  They are not cast into hell as the passage makes clear.

But I want you all to see that eternal life is possible right now.  When we truly overcome and are dead to sin and alive to Christ, we inherit all things as sons and daughters of God.  We are no longer slaves to sin but sons of the kingdom.  What an awesome promise.

Revelation 21:7-8 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The second death is the lake of fire.  Those that are truly Born Again in this age that enter into and see the kingdom in this age right now, will be part of the first resurrection and have crossed from death unto life and will not partake in the lake of fire judgment.  The second death will not harm them.

The god of this world who has blinded people to get captured by such heresy and keep many from seeing the true light of the glorious gospel.  God allows this in my understanding because He wants the living hell and lack of peace in your heart to be the catalyst to turn your heart back to Him. Then God can heal you and restore you into intimacy with Him.  Those that are living a miserable, stressed out, joyless, fruitless life are the ones perishing right now in their hearts.  They can’t see the gospel until their hearts are turned back to God.  It matters not how godly they appear of how much Scripture knowledge they have.  If they can’t see the basic gospel and the simplicity that it represents that even a child can see it, they are without understanding.

2 COR 4:3-4 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

It is time we quit warning others about a false eternal hell and begin sharing the good news and setting the example by walking it and doing what Jesus told us to do.  He never said to go warn people and yell that literal fire and brimstone would rain down from heaven.  We are to love all as Christ loved us.  That is what fulfills the whole law and proves said Jesus who are His true disciples.  Each must judge themselves on this matter.  If we are not a doer of the law but instead walk in condemnation, judgment and fear we have deceived ourselves as I will shamefully admit was me.  But yet in all of this, God works it all out for the greater good.

John 13:35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another

The doctrine of hell as a place of eternal torment actually exalts man and makes God a loser who is not going to have the final victory and accomplish His desires.  Oh the foolishness of men.  God’s hand is not to short to save or else the prophet Isaiah told a lie.  Paul tried to counteract the carnality of the earlier church.  He was frustrated that they were not getting the meatier topics and the spiritual manna from heaven.  They were yet carnal in their understanding of these things.  Some things have not changed in today’s church!

I have waited some time to write this post as I wanted to be certain God wanted me to write it and that I had the understanding to share this profound truth.  Fear of rejection also held me back as I know this will invoke some responses that I have been deceived or somehow led astray.  But I cannot hold it in any longer and stand against the truth revealed unto my heart.  I cannot consciously contribute to people’s continued walk in spiritual darkness and live in peace in my heart.  So we follow no man but only the Spirit of God in the man.  Search the Scriptures with an open heart and I am convinced some of the pillars of error will begin to be dismantled by the Lord.

The will come a day when all will stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  The Scriptures guarantee this.  But what this judgment is and how it will be carried out has been greatly perverted by men.  Such perversions have hidden the true gospel, the one that is good news and the one where God wins the complete and total victory from the minds of deceived hearts.  Satan has deceived the whole world.  Only a very few will be saved from these deceptions.  In the last days the Lord told us they would be so persuasive that even the very elect (the ones HE chooses out of the many called) would be deceived if God Himself did not prevent it.

God is not sitting in heaven waiting to pounce on you for every sin and send a lightning bolt down to zap you.  As we have seen, God is a righteous judge and we should strive against sin but let’s not forget what Scriptures actually teach.

2 COR 5:18-19  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling THE WORLD unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God came and died for you.  The Father poured out His wrath on His own Son to make final and permanent sacrifice for all sins of the entire world.  Through this act of unmerited love, all men can now be reconciled to God and be given the power to overcome the works of the devil.  I don’t know about you but that is very good news.

I see the concept of Universal Salvation as being very misleading and false.   Salvation at some level is being saved or rescued from the wrath of God.  We can be sure based on God’s mathematics that many will bear the wrath of an Almighty God on the Day of Judgment.   In this sense they are not saved.  But they will one day be purified.  Many are going to be caught in this web of judgment and will be totally surprised when the truth that is found only in Christ is exposed.

1 Thess 5:2-3 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.  For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

But in the end,  God’s will is done.  God sent His son into the world not to condemn it but to save it.  In the end the propitiation of our sins will be made by Jesus to the Father and mercy will be given.  All things will be reconciled back to God to His glory.

1 John 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world

I hope your heart will begin to bear the convictions of propagating a false gospel that greatly diminishes the Lord’s character and greatness.  He is a good God that will continue to give good gifts to His people of which He is the creator of all.  Pause and consider the Apostles words…

1 Timothy 2:1-6  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;4 Who will have ALL MEN to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;6 Who gave himself a ransom FOR ALL, to be testified in due time.

In due time,  all knees shall bow and all tongues shall confess.  We are blessed to have the ability to do this now and our heart’s desire should agree with the Lord’s that all come to this knowledge of the truth sooner verses later.

Spiritual death or hell is the righteous judgment of God but it is not the final judgment.  Our Father in heaven is a God of love and one of great enduring mercy that we are told will endure forever.

Psalm 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures forever

It is the lovingkindness of God that made us and brings us into His presence and reveals His majesty to us.   Man has been deceived by the serpent and has turned God into a madman that shows no mercy and enjoys punishing His own creation in eternal torment.  Shame on us the Spirit for entertaining such blasphemy.  Our God is good and everything that God does is with goodness in mind.

The Soul That Sins Shall Die

The soul that sins shall die.  A soul that is practicing sin is a soul that is dead to eternal life and alive to sin, the very opposite of walking with Jesus.  When we practice sin, we are cast into a spiritual hell and cannot enter into eternal life.   The peace of God cannot dwell in such a heart.   The wages of sin is this spiritual death and a life of hellish torment and disappointment.    This is the righteous judgment of God.  It is what our loving Father does to bring discipline and chastisement upon us.  He loves us and wants us to be like Him and His purposes are to burn all the impurity out of us so we may enter into His glorious presence.

So if we continue in willful practice of sin, we shall spiritually die, this is the truth.   When we die spiritually we will to hell Jesus and bear a severe punishment.  We should fear this and work out our salvation with fear and trembling knowing the Lord is in control and has given us everything we need.

Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries

Far better said Jesus for us to enter into eternal life with one hand, one foot or one eye than to be cast into hell with our body complete.  The truth about the myth of an eternal literal hell does not mean one does not keep the fear of the Lord before their eyes or goes soft on sin.  But the greater error is to be captured by this doctrine of a demon and turn the nature and character of God into a lie.

The kingdom of God was near it was right there 2,000 years ago.  Don’t miss it by trying to work your own way into heaven. Don’t miss it by being puffed up in your flesh and think you are someone when you are not.  Don’t be so prideful to admit you believed in a lie.  There is freedom in the truth.  Not freedom to sin, but freedom to love like God made us to love.  This fulfills the whole law.

We are to love others as Christ has loved us.  We are to serve just like He came to serve.  He gave us the example to follow.  It is a gospel of love.  God is love. And yes the love of God is to obey His commandments which are not burdensome.

Gal 5:13-14 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word (LOVE), even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

The Apostle continued to warn of the very thing that defines the Christianity being played out online by many that have been set on fire for God.  Let’s wake up folks.

But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

I think a reexamination of one’s ministry that is focused upon an eternal never ending punishment is in order.  This is not pleasing God and was never the model of discipleship in the Scriptures.  It is an invention of a carnal mind that thinks it serves God yet is partially blind to brightness of this glorious gospel.  I judge you not my friends if this you, as I have been there.  But I trust and know that in due time, this too shall be burned with the fire that is the Lord.

God has used the foolish things of this world, people and circumstances included to show me the things I have learned.  Milton Green played a big part.  My wife has played a huge role as have my sons.  Nobody has the whole loaf, each only a part.  My experiences here on this blog and the commentaries and private email have also been used to open eyes and peel off scales in God’s timing.  God used them all and the words spoken to prick my heart.  The true word of God spoken out in faith as commanded by the Lord through one of His servants will not return void.  It is HIS word that is washing me clean and will wash all of us clean.

Faith encompasses believing on what God said He would do it.  Jesus finished it and thru Him the whole world will be saved.  Will you begin to really believe this gospel?

John 12:32 If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw ALL peoples to myself!!!!

The promises made to Abraham will come to fruition.  Through him, all the nations and all the peoples of the earth shall be blessed. May you begin to trust in the enduring mercies of our Lord.  More to come as I know many will have objections,  the same ones I did.  But the Word of God is a fire that consumes its adversaries.  The error in my gospel was burnt out of me by the finger of God.  He used the foolish things of this world to bring it about.  To HIM all the glory.  I am praying for you folks and for all the brethren.

ISAIAH 53:1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

GRACE, salvation

Where is Boasting? It is Excluded

bluesky1 COR 16:13-14 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.  Let ALL that you do be done with love.

There is so much false religion that is not love.  This falling away from the truth is the sign of the end times.  There is so much deception it is unbelievable for those whom God has awakened and given eyes to see it.  We must be circumspect in these darkening  days and guard our hearts because it is easy to be caught in the web of man’s traditions and carnal logic.  Indeed most have been captured and caught by something religious and stay in a spiritual prison.  It is only by the grace of God that we can ever see anything spiritually or even have a heart for the things of God. I am going to share some things that I have been shown, which if you see them clearly will shake to the ground and expose the false religion most of us have pursued.  This may come against some strongly held beliefs you may have and yes some of them can be defended by picking and choosing thru the Scriptures, but they are lies and will keep you in bondage and from producing the fruit of love and righteousness.

First off you need to get past the claim and secret boast that you saved yourself.  Few will expressly say this, but very many implicitly claim it in their message and ministry.  This is wrong and shows they still have not grasped the wholeness of the  true gospel.  They just cannot see it, YET.  It is a fact that only God saves.  It is by His sovereign choice and election.  Oh yea, we got things to do once we are chosen,  but we should never ever puff ourselves up and think we are somebody because we know the Lord or a few Scriptures.

To Him goes ALL the glory!  Men will want to argue this “free will” issue till the cows come home but as it relates to initial salvation, we have no free will and can never reason it is because of our deeds or actions or will that we have come to know the Lord.   God is the mighty Savior, not men.  A dead person without life in the Spirit cannot choose to seek after God.  Good luck trying to explain these Scripture away as many have tried:

John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,  who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God

John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day

John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me 

John 14:16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain

Romans 3:10-12 There is none righteous, not even one;  There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.”

Isaiah 64:7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.  

 Romans 9:15-16 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.

 This could go on and on as this is the truth shown from Genesis to Revelation.  But you get the picture I hope.  We are the clay and HE is the potter.  None of us seek after God or find God on our own initiative.  This is not a defense of Calvinism which I have issues with and am not a follower.  So if you want to accuse me of that be my guest but I hope you will read the rest of this and take it to God first.  Salvation is of the Lord.  This is a core gospel truth that man has cut out to justify building the church by the work of their own hands.

 Jonah 2:9  That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord!

Men need to quit boasting for being smart enough to save themselves.  Men need to quit condemning others that do not yet have eyes to see.   The people of God must quit being led by the spirit that is the accuser of the brethren.  This is all spiritual pride that is hidden deep into the hearts of many.  We must cleanse our hearts of all such filth to walk in newness of life and bear the peaceable fruit of righteousness which is love.

There is a huge log in all of our eyes that must be plucked out before we can see.  When our ministry and walk is all about pointing out specks in others and focused on finding fault, you can be sure, you still have a huge log in your eye.

I say this out of love, having been the worst of such offenders.  But there was no true inner peace.  The peace of God will never live in our heart when we are walking with a spirit of condemnation and judgment. 

Many pretend obedience to the Lord and can spout off Scriptures right and left on holiness and godliness.  Yet they are far from true godliness.  They have a form of godliness yet inside are full of dead men’s bones.  They know who they are and don’t really need to be told by any of us.  The word of God itself will convict them and their lack of confidence before God should be a big clue.  But this was me as indeed I was living as a hypocrite and claiming to love yet being nothing but an evil judge clanging a gong.   What defiles a man lives and lurks on the inside.  We must come to judge ourselves in this regard.  It is God’s will that each and every one of us be sanctified and cleansed from all of this impurity that defiles and secretly tries to steal God’s glory.

Our walk with Jesus Christ is all about getting the living WORD planted deep inside of hearts and letting it transform us into the image and likeness of the Lord.  This is the mystery of godliness.  It is God’s work to do, He is the one who performs it, we just must submit to Him in faith.  So many have been deceived by the god of this world who has corrupted the simplicity and purity of our devotion to Christ. 

Love God and Love your Neighbor – this fulfills the whole Law

But as we begin to cleanse ourselves of our sins by submission to the Holy Spirit and suffering in the flesh; be watchful for the enemy who will tempt you into taking credit for your goodness, intellect and faith.  It is not you my friend; it is God as only God is good.  This is how the enemy eats up the good seeds and the plant grows and is cursed as a fig tree bearing no fruit.  It is GOD working in you to both will and to do.  Give Him all the glory.

Phil 2:12-13  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

It truly sickening to see the fulfillment of Matthew 24:5 about all the deceivers being played out in real-time on the Internet and the various social media.  The false prophets and false teachers are too numerous to even count anymore.  I truly need to clean up my life and mark those that cause such division and shun them.  That is our instruction on how to deal with false teachers.  So many like I did have morphed into evil judges and know not the origins of their faith and salvation.  They are storing up wrath by such actions by not walking in the way of the Spirit.

If you have been blessed by the Lord and shown the truth I speak of above, you will be a lot more humble than you once were.  Spiritual pride is instantly vaporized when exposed to the bright blinding light that is the love of Jesus Christ.  This gospel of Jesus and Him Crucified, will expose the hypocrisy and feigned humility of all religious activities that are not grounded in true agape love. This is a God kind of love that loves even when not deserved with no expectation of favor or return.   It seems so many of us have forgotten this:

Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us

Who are we to boast?  The only boasting we can make is that we know the Lord and even that only by His grace.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches. But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

The disputing, criticisms, judgment, gossiping, backbiting and accusations will only stop when one comes to see the truth of salvation. Those still in the flesh blinded by the god of this world that do not see this glorious gospel in its fullness cannot help themselves.  So we should judge them not on this as it is by God’s will only that they shall see.  It is by grace we have been saved and the faith we need to access that grace is a gift from God.  We don’t decide to have faith.  A spiritually dead person does not decide to seek after God.  It is all the work of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that (the faith) not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast

Even the very faith that starts our walk is a gift from God.  Our boasting as Paul wrote in Romans 3:27 must be excluded and have no part in our ministry.  So many are taking credit for their faith and being evil judges and accusers of the brethren.  They think they serve God but it truly is sad.  I am not mad at them,  I pray God will give them mercy and open their eyes to this deception so they could understand the love of God. 

My purpose here is to make the point that it is the Lord alone who saves not any man.  We have things to do to choose to act upon this faith and we will indeed bear the consequences of our obedience (blessings) or disobedience (curses).  So we must choose wisely and serve the Lord who has chosen to save us through His divine gifts.  Thank you Jesus for giving us a measure of faith.

Romans 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

ACTS 13:48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed

God decides who is saved now.  But in the end always planned to show mercy to all.  I will no longer be pointing fingers and accusing.  Instead I will be preaching the gospel.  That is  the good news of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.  It is not up to me or you to save anyone.  That is the choice of an almighty God.  Jesus does build His own church.  I know I will be hated and spurned for the gospel that is a promise in the Scriptures.  But we must press on and work in the field God has placed us leaving the vengeance and judgment to Him.  I hope we all come to unity in the faith, the simple child like faith that saves us and not let our pursuit of knowledge or selfish ambition make us evil judges of hearts.  We best heed the Apostle.

James 4:11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

My prayer for all that do not know the Lord or are living in sin and helpless to overcome is that the Lord will have the same mercy on them as He did on me.  We will indeed be judged by the same measure we mete out to others.  If you want these blessings of God, then you better be sowing them.  The measure of a true disciple of Jesus Christ is this.  I have made it very large on purpose.

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another

How did Jesus love us?  Did He go around condemning sinners? Did Jesus kick people when they were down?   No,  as we saw up above He died for us while we were yet sinners. We should encourage holy living and the putting off the deeds of the flesh but most that do this are doing it with a spirit of condemnation and spiritual pride not in agape love.  Their motive is wrong.  I think the example of the woman caught in adultery is a good one for us to follow.  What Jesus did condemn and rebuke was religious people acting proudly with external forms of godliness that had not the love of God in their heart.

A true Born Again person will have this desire planted deep in their heart by the Spirit of God.  The love of God will compel them to live righteously and godly.  And when we fall down or stray, the Spirit of God is going to be right there to correct us and chastise us and bring discipline and wrath if we continue in our disobedience.   But you see this is the work of God, not the work of men.  Let us live for God and not for ourselves.   Don’t misread this as of course we are to correct brothers and pull specks out of eyes and wash their feet, but we do that gently, with humility, with love as our only motive.  When we act that way, it is God doing the correction working thru the Spirit of God that is inside of a true believer.

 Prostitutes and tax collectors were already entering into the Kingdom of God, 2000 years ago.  The kingdom of God was near, at the very door Jesus said even way back then.  My friends, I hope you enter into that door that is Christ Himself. God forbid you become a Pharisee and not enter in nor allow others to enter in to this spiritual kingdom.  Jesus will return one day soon and all of us will stand and be judged according to our deeds. 

John 5:28-29 Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

The Scriptures tells that many will be astounded and that faces will melt in fear and horror when some realize their religion was a big fat deception (Isaiah 13, 1 Thess 5).  We must be judging ourselves in this regard and inspecting our fruit of righteousness.  I urge all to be looking at this litmus test and not camp around your intellect or Scripture knowledge or good deeds you have done in the past.  Jesus said we will know them by their fruits.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Do not grow weary in doing good.  But please quit the boasting and remember where you were  — dead in your sins and trespasses until God showed you mercy and saved you.  Now we are to go and do likewise to others.  Remember who does the saving.

ACTS 2:47  And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved

 May God Bless You Richly