THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT

WHICH IS THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT?

Mat 22:37  Jesus answered him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

God does not ask more of us, than He gives us.

Rom 5:8  But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  (Enemies of God)

GOD FURTHER PROVES HIS LOVE FOR US.

By warning us in advance what is coming, God proves both His love, and the reality that He truly is God.       GOD IS REAL !!!

For example, climate change proves God’s foreknowledge, and by warning us in advance, it also proves God’s love for us by making a way for us to be able to escape the worst of it.

Mat 24:3  As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming  and  of the end of the age?“  

Three questions, which Jesus then answers.  Only through knowledge of God’s word are we able to know where the answer for one question ends and the answer for the next question begins, as it is not stated in the text.

Mat 24:5  For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. Mat 24:6  And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.   Mat 24:7  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 

Mat 24:8  All these are but the BEGINNING of the BIRTH PAINS.   It is after these beginning pains, which are fairly gentle, but which are our warning that Jesus is coming soon, that the Rapture / Catching away of the TRUE believers takes place.  

1Co 15:51   Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — 1Co 15:52  in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.   And again in …..

1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
1Th 4:17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.    

These signs have now all occurred, and will  continue to occur, becoming much stronger and more intense, increasing also in frequency as time goes on.  From now on it is up to us to make sure we are ready, watching, waiting, and longing for our Lord’s return.     Mar 13:23  So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.

Luke picks up on the climate change also, and in Chapter 21 verse 11 He says there will be “MEGA SEISMOS”   MEGA means MASSIVE.

Seismosis the movement of air water and land, & covers Volcanoes, Hurricanes, Floods etc, which cause death & destruction.     Floods bring landslides, & water borne diseases.     Lack of water causes droughts, plagues and wildfires.    Volcanoes cause Earthquakes which cause tsunamis and floods.   These shall be all over the earth.  

We are seeing only “The Beginnings”.   Expect to see things getting worse as time progresses, as Jesus says it shall be like a woman’s labour pains, they will get worse until the birth of the child, but remember we will not be here for the worst of it, as we will be with Jesus in Heaven.

JESUS TAUGHT THAT CLIMATE CHANGE WOULD BE THE SIGN OF THE END OF THE AGE OF GOD’S GRACE!    A NEW AGE is about to be birthed, THE MILLENNIAL AGE, when Jesus shall rule over the world in righteousness.   Satan will be locked up, sin WILL be punished.   Because there will be no temptation to sin, those on earth will live in a perfect world with a perfect environment.     WE,  the Bride of Jesus Christ ,  the TRUE Christians, will help Jesus to reign over the earth in righteousness. 

Let it be noted, once the Church, the Body of Jesus, His Bride to be, has been caught up to heaven, those who have been left behind will not only be facing extreme “Climate Change”, but they will also be facing an extremely angry God.   

It could be very soon, or it may be quite some time after the Church disappears, that God will begin to pour out His Wrath also, on an evil, rebellious and wicked world who have rejected His offer of salvation, thus showing themselves to be enemies of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ, and of The Word of God, The Bible by continuing on in their evil, wicked and perverted ways.    See Rev Chapter 6.

There will of course also be many millions of people who will at that time, decide to become True followers of Jesus Christ, who will repent and turn from their sin, rather than face an eternity in hell, cut off from God and from eternity in heaven.

Most of these will have previously been “Nominal Christians” prior to the Rapture; that is Christians in name only, but not in practice,  and they will share with family and friends about what is coming.    Most of these  “Tribulation Saints” will be murdered by the God Haters, and will be beheaded for their faith, and their testimony of Jesus Christ.  Rev Chapter 7:9-17  cf  Rev 20:4.

SO WHAT PROVES OUR LOVE FOR JESUS?

John 14:15  If you love Me, you will KEEP My commandments.

Jesus is looking for LOVERS   – SPIRITUAL  LOVERS who WANT to be His Spiritual Bride.  Lovers who obey His commandments in the “Here & Now,” and who are looking for and longing for the Rapture of the Saints.

The Bible is HIS love letter to us.   Do we read it regularly? 

Do we talk to Him each day, tell Him how much WE love HIM? True lovers are in constant communication with each other, by phone, by SMS Texts, on Facebook etc if they live a long way apart from each other.    We also, need to keep OUR lines of communication with our Spiritual Lover busy all the time.

Do we do the good deeds that He has asked us to do, which will bring honour and glory to HIS NAME?       That is part of our preparation for our wedding to our Bridegroom to be, making sure our Wedding Garments are clean and spotless, without stains or wrinkles.   Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.       NOT to try and pay for our sins, because Salvation is Not of Works, lest anyone should boast.    Eph_2:9. 

Our communication, our watching, waiting, and longing for His Return are the kind of things which prove OUR love for HIM.

WHICH COMMAND IS IMPERATIVE TO ENTER HEAVEN?

To understand the need for this particular command, we must go back to the beginning of the Bible.       God warned Adam and Eve NOT to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden, telling them clearly in  Gen 2:17 on THE DAY that you eat of it, you will die.    There are those who say, “But they lived for over 800 years after that day”.   This is because they do not understand that God was talking about Spiritual Death and not about physical death.

On THE SAME DAY they ate of that tree, God cast them out of Eden, & they were separated, cut off from the source of spiritual lifewhich is GOD, and so on the day they ate from that tree, they died spiritually.

Corpses cannot give birth to living children,  and in the same way, people who are Spiritually dead, give birth to children who are spiritually dead.   Spiritually dead people cannot enter, or even see Heaven, because it is a place of Spiritual beings, which is why Jesus commanded Nicodemus … “You must be Born Again” Spiritually.     John 3:7  You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’  Explaining to Nicodemus what He had said in …..

John 3:3   Truly, I say to you, Without a new birth, no one is able to see the kingdom of God.       Because …….  John 3:6That which has birth from the flesh is flesh, BUT that which has birth from the Spirit is spirit.”

When we INVITE Jesus into our heart to be our Saviour, the Holy Spirit come into us and births our spirit, thus God becomes the Father of our spirit and we become God’s Spiritual Children.    So we pray “Our Father in Heaven”, because we have received New Life, Spiritual Life from our Father in Heaven.

ONLY SPIRITS CAN ENTER INTO GOD’S SPIRIT WORLD  –  HEAVEN

John 3:17  God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent Him to save them!    The unbeliever is already condemned, so Jesus came to set them free from condemnation, & free from  Satan’s lies and bondage.  

THE EVIDENCE IS INDISPUTABLE AND CONCLUSIVE

JESUS IS COMING FOR HIS BRIDE VERY, VERY SOON.  ARE WE READY?

1 John 2:15&17   Don’t love the world and what it offers.   Those who love the world don’t have the Father’s love in them.   The world is passing away, along with its desires.     But whoever DOES God’s will,  remains forever.

We were born flesh, have lived most of our lives in the five senses of the flesh.    BUT, God created us to be  SPIRITUAL – SUPERNATURAL, & God wants us to live by the spirit not by the flesh and its five fleshly senses.    

Gal 5:25   “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”    God wants us to live and walk in our Spirit life, as  HIS Spirit children, not in our flesh life as the children of this world, because the Bible teaches us that the flesh and the Spirit are in constant conflict with each other.

When we first become a Christian, we are spirit babies, and it is imperative that we are nourished in order to grow spiritually.   1 Pet _2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”.  God’s Word is the food and drink we must have to grow spiritually strong.    If we get no food as infants, we die, likewise, if we are not fed on God’s word, as spiritual babies, we will die and go back to the world. 

It’s time to begin living in our spirit life.   It’s time we began to use the power and authority of our Father, which Jesus gave us as He left this earth to return to Heaven.  

Mar 16:14  Still later he appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating together.   HE REBUKED THEM for their stubborn unbelief because they refused to believe those who had seen him after he had been raised from the dead.
Mar 16:15  And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
Mar 16:16  Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.
Mar 16:17  These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.
Mar 16:18  They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”   

HE REBUKED THEM!!!    If Jesus was here today, would He rebuke us for our stubborn unbelief, our lack of faith.   I wonder?

It’s time for our faith to spring from our Father, HE is the source of all faith.  Romans 12:3  tells us that  ……  God hath dealt to everyone the measure of faith …..

It’s time we truly believed for miracles from our maker, not from man.    People can do amazing things today, and medicine is just one area where we see miraculous achievements, but it is when the healing power of God’s Holy Spirit begins to work in our bodies, that the miracles go above and beyond the miracles of medication.    The same thing applies  in other areas of life also. 

It’s time to start living in Christ, and for Christ to live in us.

It’s time we allowed Jesus to have HIS way & not to go our own.

It’s time to remember that we are Princes(ses) not paupers, we are the Bride to be of the King of Kings, we are the Children of the Creator of everything that exists.

It’s time to Live Christ and use the Kingly authority he gave us when he returned to heaven.

It’s time to remember that it’s no longer you & I that live, but it is Jesus Christ living HIS life in our bodies.

God Bless,

Lex Cullen

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.

           IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, THE WORD WAS WITH GOD

AND THE WORD WAS GOD

John 1:1    Tells us that in the beginning the Word already existed.

John 1:3   Tells us that everything was created by Him, and nothing was created except by him.   This is confirmed again in  Rev 4:11 “Our Lord and God, you are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power.  You created all things, and by your decision they are and were created.”  CEV

Rev 4:8  Gives us confirmation of the Trinity and the equality of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.    “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying,  Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.   It has been said there is one “Holy” for each member of the Trinity, Lord = Kurios in Greek, and is used mostly of Jesus our Lord.              God = Theos in Greek, and is used mostly of God the Father.       Almighty = Pantocrator in Greek, and means Omnipotent, the one who holds sway over all things, which could be said of the Holy Spirit.

So we see that without the WORD, nothing would exist  ANYWHERE,  apart from ELOHIM, the triune God.    (Gen  1:1)

So let us take this a step further,  In  Heb 1:3  we are told that  “Jesus being the brightness of His (God’s) glory, and the express image of God’s person, UPHOLDS ALL things by the WORD of his power …..  The implication is that not only did Jesus (as the Word) create all things, but now He maintains all things.  He keeps the stars in their orbits, replaces the things that die with new things, gives strength to the things that have become weak.   He keeps the sun shining and the moon and stars  giving us light at night. 

As we are also a part of ALL THINGS, Jesus also upholds us by the Word of His power.   Speaking from personal experience, I can say that as a family we have seen many many times during our lives, how He has provided for us when we have been in need.    We have seen how He has protected us and kept us safe from danger and accidents.    We have seen how He has guided our lives, by opening doors for us to go through, and by closing off other doors so we could not proceed down that path.

From a personal point of view, in my own life at present, I know that He is upholding me, and keeping me alive.  I was told I could not expect to live more than a few months because of inoperable atherosclerosis, which they say has clogged my heart arteries to the point where blood is struggling to get to my heart muscles to keep the heart pumping.     I was told I could drop dead at any moment; yet because of the prayers of the Church and family, I am feeling better and stronger each day, able to do more today than I could a year ago when I was given the verdict.

Mat 4:4 Tells of when Jesus was being tempted by Satan to turn stones into bread, “But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”  So our lives are not dependant on things seen or on things presumed to be irreparable, but our lives are dependant on the Word of God, and our lives are in His hands, and our times are in His hands, so rejoice in His Word.

The Bible tells us in  Psa_138:2 that God has magnified His word above all His name, giving us an indication of of the importance He places on His Word.   Jesus also tells us in  Mat 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (not = greek  oo-may and is a double negative and is often translated as never ) so it shall never pass away.

Heb 4:12 “For the word of God is alive (living) and powerful  (active).  It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”        So the Word of God as we read it, or hear it spoken or preached, is doing His work in our lives, acting as our conscience, challenging, convicting, cleansing, caring, comforting,  and keeping us right with God.

Here are a few ways just from Psalm 119 how the Word works to help us.   Can you imagine if this is just from one chapter of the Bible, how many other ways we could find in the rest of the Bible? 

Psa 119:9    How can a young person (Or any person) stay pure?   By obeying your word.

Psa 119:11  I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 

Psa_119:25     I lie in the dust; revive me by your word.

Psa_119:28  I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.

Psa_119:37  Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.

Psa_119:42  Then I can answer those who taunt me, for I trust in your word.

Psa_119:67  I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word.

Psa_119:81   I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word.

Psa_119:89   Your eternal word, O LORD, stands firm in heaven.

Psa_119:105   Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

Psa_119:114  You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.

Psa_119:130  The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.

Psa_119:133  Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil.

Psa_119:162  I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure.

So, as the Psalmist says, rejoice in God’s word, for it is truly a great treasure, and I encourage you to start digging for more gold in God’s word, for in it are endless treasures to be found that will enrich our lives, physically, mentally and spiritually.

KEEP LOOKING UP, the day is getting very close now; don’t miss it!!!

1Th 5:4 But you are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Lex Cullen

ALL RELIGIONS LEAD TO GOD!!!

 

YES, ALL RELIGIONS DO LEAD TO GOD!!!     In fact, ALL paths, including atheism, communism etc. lead to God, BUT, not all paths lead to salvation.   Only Christianity leads to God’s Mercy Seat, where ALL True Christians will stand before the judgement seat of Jesus Christ, and be judged and rewarded for their works. 

Every religion, every path other than Christianity leads to God, but they lead to a vastly different judgement seat, The Great White Throne.     Rev 20:11&12 “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.     And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

True Christians do not have their sins judged, as Jesus has covered our sins with His blood, never ever to be remembered against us, because God is going to “cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:19.   They have been removed from us, “As far as the East is from the West”.   Psalm 103:12.    

True Christians will ONLY be judged on the WORKS they did in God’s service.    So “True Christians” can forget our sins, as God has already forgotten them, but they will not be exposed when we get to heaven at the judgement seat of Jesus Christ. 

For the Non Christian the story is vastly different.   “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.   Luke 12:2-3.    AND  Matthew 12:36   But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day Of Judgment”.

How embarrassing, I would hate to even think about it, but that is what lies in store for all the Tares,  (Pretend Christians,)  and all other Unbelievers from all the other “Religions” and “Paths” that lead to God.

“The Bible is very clear about this fact.   Every person is going to be resurrected and judged individually.    Every hour of life, all our words spoken in secret, every hidden thought and every motive will be made public.    Our deeds and misdeeds will be tried in the perfect court, where there are no misinterpretations and no getting off on technicalities.     All blame will be accurately proportioned.    There’ll be no unsolved crimes and no hidden bribes.”      Missler, Chuck. Heaven and Hell: What Happens When You Die?   Koinonia House. Kindle Edition.

When it comes to sin, we don’t understand the seriousness of God’s view of ALL types of sin, and that is because our society has for many years minimised the seriousness which God places on all sin.    I’m not speaking of the sins of True Believers which have been washed away by the shed blood of Jesus, but only of unforgiven and unconfessed sin.  

We get a clearer perspective of GOD’S view of ALL types of sin in the Bible, where adulterery, blasphemy, communing with the dead,  even gathering sticks on the Sabbath were all capital offences, and those found guilty were to be stoned to death.            John 8:4,    John 10:33,     Lev 20:27  cf  1Sa 28:9,     Num 15:32 – 36,   Even telling lies is not acceptable to God, and we see the result of Ananias and Sapphira, who lied to the Apostles about how much they sold their land for, they were slain by the Holy Spirit for lying. (See Acts 5:1-10).  

We can see that when it comes to any sin at all, no matter what it is, God is deadly serious that it will be punished accordingly, because God has NOT changed, and cannot change, nor have the laws of His kingdom changed.   Mal 3:6  “For I am the LORD, I do not change”.     And  Heb 13:8   “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever”.

Every kingdom, every republic, every country has laws which its citizens must obey.   If you break the law and get caught, you are punished according to the law, some punishment is severe, and in some countries the offender is executed, other crimes are not considered quite so bad, and so prison sentences are given according to the crime committed, some crimes may be considered trivial, and the offender is only given a fine.

God’s kingdom is likewise ruled by God’s laws,  but there is no escaping the fact that you will be caught and punished.  Mark 4:22  For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.     All punishment will be served outside of God’s presence in hell.       Again, there are degrees of punishment as seen in the Bible.

Heb 10:29.   “Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us?”   AND    

Heb 2:2  For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished;     ALSO

Mar 6:11   “And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them.  Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!”.”

The above verses make it very clear that there will be degrees of punishment in Hell, and the worst will be reserved for Satan and the fallen angels, as hell was not created originally for mankind, but for the devil and the fallen angels.

By the same token, there will also be different degrees of rewards for the True Christians, as seen again in the parable of “The Talents” See Matt 25:14-30, and again in the Parable of “The Minas”  Luke 19:12-27.    

Having said that, we are NOT “earning our salvation” by doing good works.       Eph 2:8  “God saved you by his grace when you believed, and you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God”.   

We are doing four things;   1.  We are proving that our faith is real by living it out in our lives   James 2:17  So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough.  Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.       

2.    We are showing our love and appreciation to our Lord for what HE has done for us.      Mat 22:37  “Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”   

3.   We are obeying the Lord’s command.   Mark 16:15  “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. v16  He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned”     

4.    We are helping grow the kingdom of God by continuing to build on the foundations laid down by the Lord and the Apostles.   By winning souls for the Lord, we are not only saving them from hell and growing God’s kingdom, but as a bonus, we will also receive the Soul Winners Crown   1Thess 2:19  “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?”

ALL PEOPLE EVER BORN WILL RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE!!!     BUT not every person ever born will spend their eternity in heaven with God, nor will all the people ever born have the same Glorious Body that Christians will receive after the resurrection, because unlike Jesus and the “True Christians”, the ungodly have never died to sin and self,   John 12:24  “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain”.

The form of life springing forth from the dead grain of wheat is immensely different to the form of the humble grain of wheat.       Even so shall the form of our new spiritual bodies be immensely different to the form of our present bodies after they have been glorified at the resurrection.

Because the ungodly have never died to self, and never been born again into a New Life in Christ, it seems that their resurrected bodies will be the same as these old bodies, except for the fact that they will then be immortal and unable to die.     They will have none of the powers  Jesus had after His resurrection, which the True Christians, the Bride of Christ will share with Him.

In some of Jesus parables, He  told of wicked servants being cast out into outer darkness where there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.    For example, the man with no wedding garment in  Mat 22:13  “Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”       The servant who hid his talent, in  Mat 25:30  “And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  In the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man, the rich man asks Abraham to send Lazarus across with a little water to put on his tongue.    Luk 16:24  “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”   

We know that evil spirits do not have physical bodies, but it seems clear from these parables that the resurrected dead will have bodies the same as they had when they died, but,  like the resurrected Christians, their earthly bodies will also become immortal in the resurrection.

Evil spirits are always looking for a body to inhabit, refer to Mark 5:2-4   “And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,  v3  who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, v4  because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him”.   

Evil spirits are always looking for a body to live in.     See also the story of the seven sons of Sceva  Then the man in whom the evil spirit was, leaped on them overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded”.   Acts 19:16.   The same situation again, the evil spirit had found a body to live in and did not want to leave it.

God loves us immensely, so much in fact that He was willing to sacrifice His only begotten son.   God did this in order to make salvation from eternal hell possible for all people.     Every person who truly believes in what Jesus Christ did for us in order to bring about that salvation, and proves their faith in Him by following His teachings and by obeying His commandments, receives His salvation.

We must realise however, that although God loves us immensely, He loves His Son even more.  We see this clearly in  Heb 10:29.   “Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy.”  Any person who rejects God’s offer of salvation, by rejecting His Son Jesus, is looked on as having trampled Jesus on God’s Son.

We were created in the likeness and image of God, we are capable of love, because God is capable of love, we are capable of generosity, because God is capable of generosity, we are capable of goodness,  because God is capable of goodness, but by the same token, we are capable of hate, of anger, of fury, of revenge,  because God is capable of hate,  anger,  fury, and revenge.   If we trample on Jesus, by treating what He did for us as worthless, and as  rubbish, and not to be desired, we must expect to feel God’s wrath, fury and revenge upon us.

Eze 38:18  “And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord GOD, “that My fury will show in My face”.

Isa 63:4  “For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come”.

Isa 13:9  “Behold, the day of the LORD comes, Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, To lay the land desolate; And He will destroy its sinners from it.”

These are just a few of the verses that will apply to the unsaved and to those who pretend to be Christians, but are still following in the ways of the world.

This may well be our last warning, the wake up call to all who will hear what the Lord is saying in His word.   We cannot afford to play at Christianity, it won’t work.     Jer 17:9&10  “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?     I, the LORD,  I search the heart, I test the mind, and I shall give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. 

Like Paul of old, I beseech you brothers and sisters, in Jesus name, if you know people, friends, relatives or workmates who are either unsaved, or are playing at being Christians, to warn them now that time is rapidly running out.   Please send a copy of this article to them by post or email or however you can, as the signs are on every hand that the age of God’s Grace is closing down, but the world will not end there as many think, but rather retribution will follow.  

I cannot reach the people that you can reach, also ask them to pass this on to their friends etc. that they might warn them also.

God bless

Lex Cullen

 

 

 

COMING READY OR NOT!!!

All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and His angels that they are mine.  Revelation 3:5

1Cor 15:52  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. 

COMING READY OR NOT!!!   —  THE KING IS COMING,  AND WHEN THE TRUMPET SOUNDS, IT’S ALL OVER TOO FAST TO CHANGE YOUR MIND.

—  SO  —  WHAT IS THE TIME?

●The Jews of JERUSALEM did not recognise that the times they were living in, were the days of their Messiah, as had been foretold by all their prophets; this caused Jesus to make the following prophetic statement to them.        Luke 19:44  They will completely destroy you (JERUSALEM) and the people within your walls; not a  single stone will they leave in its place, because you did not recognize the “The Day of God’s Visitation.”       Jesus came to save them, but they missed the timing of their salvation.

● NEVER LET IT BE SAID OF MY READERS  —  “YOU DID NOT KNOW THE TIME OF YOUR VISITATION.”   What happened to Jerusalem was CHILD’S PLAY compared to what is about to happen to   “THE WHOLE WORLD”  AFTER the TRUE CHRISTIANS have been raptured off the earth to be with Jesus in heaven.

—  SO  —  WHAT IS THE TIME?  & WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF THE IMMINENT RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH THAT WE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR?

●  LOOK FOR THE REBIRTH OF ISRAEL AS A NATION    Matt 24:35 “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree (Israel)  When branches bud and leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near.   In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know His return is very near,  right at the door.  I tell you the truth, THIS GENERATION WILL NOT PASS until ALL THESE THINGS take place.     It is important to note that  ALL THESE THINGS refers to everything in  Matt 24:1-35 and that it covers right up to the END of the Tribulation period. 

—  SO  —  WHAT IS THE TIME?    Israel is God’s timepiece, so WATCH developments taking place in Israel!!!

● It is the time of FULFILLED PROPHECY,   ISRAEL IS PARABOLIC of “The Fig Tree” & ISRAEL was born in a day  (Isaiah 66:8)  on MAY 14th 1948   70 YEARS AGO!  

● 70 – 80 YEARS = ONE GENERATION   THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY  Psa 90:10a Tells us that the days of our lives are seventy years!  Some may even live to eighty.      70 is also a very important number throughout the BIBLE.

—  SO  —   WHAT IS THE TIME?  —  IT IS THE VERY END OF THIS AGE!

● SEVENTY YEARS AGO THE COUNTDOWN BEGAN WITH ISRAEL’S REBIRTH!     THIS GENERATION   Jesus said,  SHALL NOT PASS AWAY until ALL these things take place.  Matt 24:34

● THE AGE OF GRACE IS FINISHING  – THE CURTAIN IS SLOWLY BUT SURELY BEING LOWERED AS THE WORLD IS SCREAMING, IT WON’T HAPPEN, IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN,  BUT KNOW THIS   IT IS HAPPENING RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES.

2 PETER 3:9  SAYS   “THE LORD IS NOT SLACK CONCERNING HIS  PROMISE, RATHER HE IS BEING PATIENT, HE IS NOT WANTING ANYONE TO PERISH.” 

● This is the TIME OF THE END,  Dan 12:4  “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END;  many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase”.  –   AT THE TIME OF THE END –  Travel and Speed combine,  Knowledge increases exponentially: Science, Technology, Medicine etc. cannot keep up with the pace of new inventions.  

● THIS IS THE TIME WHEN PEACE AGREEMENTS ARE MADE.     1 Thess 5:3&4    For when THEY say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon THEM, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman. And THEY shall not escape.   But YOU, brethren, are not in darkness, that this day should overtake YOU as a thief.     THEY – THEM = THE WORLD  ––  YOU = THE TRUE CHRISTIANS.

●  As it was in the “days of Noah and Lot.” Luke 17:26 & 28.  A Time of great violence and rampant sexual immorality  –   so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man .  

It will be a time of great peril, BOTH  physically and spiritually.  2Tim 3:1-4 

It will be a time when people have a FORM of godliness but DENY God’s power  2Tim 3:5.

● It is a time when MOST churches, and MOST “Professing Christians”  will become “LUKEWARM  and be spat out.” Revelation 3:14-16

● It is the time of dividing Israel to God’s enemies.     Joel 3:1&2 

● It is a time when nations will “stumble over Jerusalem” and be destroyed. Zechariah 12:3

● It is the time when people leave God for the occult and Satan worship.  1 Tim 4:1

● It will be a time of violent CLIMATE CHANGE.  LUKE 21: 25 &  26

It is the time when people call evil good, and good, evil   Isa 5:20  Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;   Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

ALL OF THESE THINGS HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED & AND CONTINUE TO HAPPEN.

Now I want to remind you of some things I wrote in earlier Posts, because I believe that THE TIME OF OUR VISITATION IS VERY VERY CLOSE. 

I noted in earlier posts, at the end of 2016 that the Jewish Sanhedrin had declared that the Jewish year of 5777 would have been the actual “Year of Jubileeas proclaimed by Ezra  after ISRAEL’S return from the Babylonian exile.

I opined that the “Rapture” therefore, would most likely occur in the Jewish year of 5777 the Year of Jubilee as set by Ezra after Israel returned from the Babylonian exile.   However I did not discount the possibility that it could be next year, 5778 which would equate to the original year of Jubilee as set down by God in Leviticus.

I said,  I am convinced in light of what has gone before, there is a 95% chance it will be the year 5777, but regardless of whether you think this year, next year or five years time, I urge you to take the safest path, and stay close to the Lord every day.”    Jesus said “Occupy till I come”  Luke 19:13  whenever that may be!

I concluded by saying,  “Finally, will it be this year? Or will it be next year? and does it really matter?   The bigger question is, if you die tomorrow in an accident, are you prepared? ”  

At the time I wrote theses articles, the Jewish Sanhedrin was divided as to whether it would be 5777 or 5778.  Ezra’s Jubilee, – or God’s original Jubilee, obviously it was not 5777, so it seems this year 5778 MIGHT be the year, we cannot be sure of course until it happens, because as I have said before, the Jews deliberately changed their calendar at least once and maybe more, to make it fit a New Messiah they were proclaiming.

When the Lord seemed to confirm  for me that He would take His people during the “Year of Jubilee”, there was no indication of which Year of Jubilee, Ezra’s or God’s, as I stated in my previous articles.    Neither did the Lord give any indication it would be during the “Feast of Trumpets”, even though these are the next two “APPOINTED LAWS”  or “Feasts” time wise for the Lord to fulfill. 

Luke 21:36  Watch therefore, and pray always that YOU may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”   

It is time for US, as the “True Christians” to wake up and understand that ALL THESE THINGS have already been fulfilled!            Rom 13:11  And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  

How interesting is it that the Jews, who do not believe that Jesus was their true Messiah, are still waiting for Him to appear to save them.    Read the report in this recent article, as they seem to expect “Messiah” to appear suddenly at age 30 approx. in the same manner that Jesus did when He began His ministry!         Leading Rabbi: This Generation’s Bible Hatred, Sign the Messiah is Here      THEY can SEE all the signs have been fulfilled, THEY know the time  of His Visitation is very close.    Let us make sure therefore that WE CHRISTIANS DO NOT MISS THE DAY OF HIS VISITATION, and get left behind.

FINALLY,  as the world blames God for the terrible mess this world is in, and as the world calls  good – evil,  and they call evil –  good, it is important for us to LET OUR LIGHT SHINE IN THE DARKNESS, in the hope that they may turn to the light which is found only in Jesus Christ, for salvation, because God has said in    Isa 5:20  Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;  Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;  Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

There will be a terrible price for them to pay, if we cannot convince them to REPENT and turn to Jesus.    Already it has been put forward by some “NEW AGE” followers and other progressive thinkers, that God will take all the weak, non progressive, backward thinking haters OFF this planet and destroy them, (Referring to us at the “RAPTURE” of course) and that He will leave the progressive thinkers, who know how to LOVE and move forward behind to create a better place?

Again, I urge you to take the safest path, and stay close to the Lord every day,  and remember that  Jesus said we are to “Occupy till He comes”  Luke 19:13  And that means we are to SERVE HIM till He comes, whenever that may be.

God Bless you all,

Lex Cullen

 

Looking back from eternity!

The following article is being re posted with permission from its author, Joel Joseph from “The Prophetic Scroll” website.   http://www.thepropheticscroll.org/

This is the best article I have seen on eternity from both the True Christian’s perspective, and from the unsaved sinners perspective.   It is long, but it is a must read for all people if you want to know from scripture, exactly what you will be doing in a very short time from now.   Really exciting, or really frightening, depending on your spiritual standing with God when you stand before Him very soon!   Christians please note  –  Ezek 3:18  When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.    

God Bless you all,   Lex Cullen.     Now please read Joel’s Article very carefully!!!

Looking back from eternity!   —   by Joel Joseph

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Introduction:

When people go away on holiday, they normally do so in excited anticipation. They think ahead of what their trip will entail. That’s the idea of this edition. It is the great déjà vu! But this is very real and irreversible. This will lead you to plan ahead!

The big thing here is that once we step into eternity, our position is signed, sealed and delivered. There is no going back to change or fix things. There will be no repentance allowed. It’s final!

Now please join me in imagining what the future holds for you. Imagine that we are there already, and we now are looking back to the times of our lives on earth.

My prayer for you is that you see the gravity, severity, importance and great potential of these things and make the necessary changes and adjustments now before it’s too late.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has put eternity in the hearts of man.”

Judgement, your great friend:

God’s judgement judges! It condemns and purifies. It cleans out sin. It leads to repentance now. It creates a new world of purity and holiness. It makes us right with God.

We have been judged for sin on the cross of Calvary. We take up our own cross of judgement upon ongoing sin in our lives – daily. We are free. What a great friend we have in the cross of Messiah.

We will soon be judged at the “judgement seat of Messiah” for the works we did in response to God’s call and leading. This judgement seat is essentially a reward seat. These rewards we receive are eternal. They set our eternal state with God. This judgement seat is fearful, but a great “friend”.

The unsaved world has no such friend. To them, coming judgement is a terror. They have no cross of salvation, and no daily cross, to clean them up as they go. They have no promised assessment of their works for reward!

We fear the Lord with a cross, which removes all terror from us and gives us confidence. The unsaved have no cross. They will fear the Lord in absolute terror, full of their unforgiven sin.

Psalm 96:11-13 “Heaven and earth rejoice, because He has come to judge the world.”

The things that lie ahead for the true believer are beyond our imagining in wonder, majesty and glory. But that’s all after judgement has cleansed us and the universe forever.

The universe:

We know very little about what’s out there. Many great, but stupid philosophies and presumptions rule the day about the universe and eternity.

The Bible gives hints at some of what lies out there. There are others worlds with life on them. There is a real place called heaven. The expanse of the universe is unknowable. There is more incredible wonder and beauty out there than we can imagine.

We will be supernatural beings able to materialise and dematerialise at will, and travel at the speed of thought throughout the universe.

Here is the shocker:

The Bible declares that we will rule and reign with our Lord forever. We will “inherit all things.” We will know everything there is to know!

The rule and reign will be on the earth in the Millennium, but it will not be limited to that. We may well be ruling and reigning in the entire universe too.

The demise of sin:

The sin of the world has already been removed through the cross of Calvary, but its effects still linger, because its author and god, Satan is still to see his demise completed.

Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far He has removed our transgressions from us.”

In other words, our sins are forever gone, never to be seen again!

Colossians 2:18 “Let no one defraud you of your reward.”

We must beware of the seducing power of the world. It nullifies our rewards and damages us severely. One of Paul’s faithful co-workers, Demas, left him and went back into the world, because he secretly “loved this present age.” (2 Timothy 4:9-10)

The spirit of the world, which contains the spirit of error, ridicules the things of God, neutralises sin, mocks righteousness, and denies judgement to come. It exalts and glorifies man now. It focuses on the temporary and material world. “Me now” is the world’s slogan.

The Spirit of God at work in us, which is the Spirit of truth, convicts of sin, righteousness and judgement to come. (John 16:8) It exalts and glorifies God. It focuses on the eternal.

More and more, what the Bible defines as sin is now being legitimised by the world, but it will not last for much longer.

Today there is no guilt in sin. It has been neutralised. There is no shame in sin anymore. So, the unsaved think that they have no need to repent!

The sinner must be made to know and feel helpless and condemned under the weight of sin. It is the preaching of the law that identifies sin and causes guilt.

Romans 3:19 “…Every mouth may be stopped (by the preaching of the law) and all the world may become guilty before God.”

●The law defines what sin is and what holiness is. It points the way, as a schoolmaster, to the answer, which is the law of life in Messiah.

●The world redefines sin as normal, and holiness as obedience to the world! It points the way as a schoolmaster, to its answer – Satan and hell.

The rewards:

Did you know there are degrees of sin and eternal punishment? Here are a few of the many verses relating to this: Matthew 10:15, 11:21, John 19:11, Revelation 20:12, Hebrews 10:29.

Likewise there are degrees of good works and eternal reward. Here are some verses relating to this: 1 Corinthians 15:39-41, 2 Corinthians 4:17, 5:10.

We will differ from one another in brightness, as the stars differ from each other. (1 Corinthians 15:41) That annihilates the philosophy of eternal equality. Yes, we will all be equal in terms of foundation, but what we build on our foundations will be totally different.

Many believers, at the judgement seat, will “suffer loss of rewards.” (1 Corinthians 3:15) They will still be saved, but due to them being turkeys all their lives, they will have no reward. Likewise those who die just after being saved, will have no reward, but will be saved.

The next time you look up at the stars, just remember that you are looking at what believers will be like forever, in terms of their reward state! So, do you think it’s important?

All sin will be gone, but it’s inconceivable that we will not know for what we suffered loss of reward. So there will be great regret and sorrow. That won’t last for five minutes though!

Isaiah 65:17 “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.”

Salvation with no rewards will still be beyond imagination in glory, but what is coming for those who were obedient to our Lord’s word in this life, is beyond the limitations of language.

The eternal rule, reign and magnificent state:

We rule and reign forever! (Revelation 22:5, 20:6, 11:15 2Timothy2:12)

This verse below is the envy of every government in the world. It is the envy of the mass media. It is the envy of all the one-worlders!

Isaiah 9:6-7 “The government will be upon His shoulders… Of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end…”

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What follows is a description of the some of the biblical factors of the eternal state, I have put together for your benefit:

●Nothing runs down or gets old. ●There will be no sin and evil. ●Everything will be pure, holy and clean. ●There will be full, perfect knowledge of all things. ●We will co-reign in the universe with our Lord. ●There will be perfect environment. ●Those who were humble before God will now be fully exalted. ●The transition between the natural state and spiritual will be at will, instant and immediate. ●We will be fully supernatural beings. ●There will be hosts of angels all around, and heavenly beings of incredible magnificence – glorious creatures beyond imagination.

●There will be no more tears. (Revelation 20:4) ●There will be no more death. (Revelation 21:4) ●There will be no more pain or sorrow. (Revelation 21:4) ●All things (including environment) will be new. (Revelation 20:5) ●The saints (all true believers) will inherit all things. (Revelation 21:7) ●There will be no more curse. (Revelation 22:3, Romans 8:18-23) ●Former things will not be remembered (Isaiah 65:17, Revelation 21:4) ●There will be no decay or corruption (Romans 8:21)

●There will be no rejection, loneliness, failure, fear, stress, or any psychological ailments.

We are about to participate in the final consummation of the age and receive the final stage of our salvation – a glorified resurrected body. We are now exiles in this world. We are the doorstep of the end of this evil age. We have been invited to a wedding to put all weddings to utter shame.

Philippians 3:21 “He will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body.”

Daniel 7:18 “The saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever and ever.”

The great regret of those in hell:

If unsaved, when you look around hell, you will ask, “Where are my friends, family and loved ones”? Your unsaved friends and family will be there. They will be waiting for you. Suddenly, they will appear. You will be able to commiserate in tearful regret with them all.

Here is a most shocking verse:

Isaiah 14:9 “Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming. It stirs up the chief ones of the earth and the kings of the nations.”

Note that many of the world’s leaders will be there too!

Regret, bitterness, gnashing of teeth, and deep distress will rule! Anguish, heartache heartbreak, weeping, wailing and lamenting – but all too late for repentance.

The residents of hell will look back and say: “If only we had listened to the preacher”. “If only we had not listened to the mass-media”. “If only we had not trusted the opinions of us all.”

Hell is real. It is the place of eternal punishment for demons, fallen angels and unsaved humans. It is referred to as the place of eternal torment, which will involve pain and suffering. There will be different degrees of this suffering.

Matthew 25:46 “These will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Matthew 10:28 “Do not fear those that can kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Matthew 13: 49-50 “At the end of the age, the angels will separate the wicked from among the just and cast them into the furnace of fire. There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

Psalm 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

Jude 1:7 “As Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, who gave themselves over to sexual immorality and went after strange flesh, suffer the vengeance of eternal fire.”

2 Corinthians 7:10 “Godly sorrow produces repentance, to salvation, not to be regretted, but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

Hell is forever!

The torment of Babylon (world-system) endures forever. (Revelation 19:3) The torment of the devil also lasts forever. (Revelation 20:10)This is why Satan wants to prolong this age. When it ends his torment begins!

●Eternal judgement, which includes hell, is one of the foundational doctrines of Messiah. (Hebrews 6:2) How can you remove a major foundation stone from your “building” and expect to endure?

If you, as a believer are ready to give up…Don’t.

Numbers 14:4 “Let us now appoint a leader and return to Egypt.” (This was after the Exodus!)

Genesis 19:26 “Lot’s wife looked back and she became a pillar of salt.” Luke 17:32.

The great relief of those in heaven:

If saved, as you look around, you will ask, “Where are my friends, family and loved ones”? Suddenly you see them, but many will not be here. There will be great joy, relief, release, peace, rest and great reunion. We will all be shocked to find some who we thought would never be saved, here in heaven.

Saved Jews will look back in shock at the fact that they were blinded to their Messiah who took away their sins, and it was not law-keeping that saved them. Perhaps that is why the Bible is so full of the most incredible parables, descriptions and joyful emotion about their coming salvation.

2 Corinthians 5:17 “If anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”

We will look back and be so thankful for the grace of God that led us to salvation. We will be so thankful for those who taught us well, and led us to this place of great reward. We will see that angles were our invisible companions on earth. They will now be with us in reality.

We will see that it was the hand of God leading us protecting us and guiding us.

We will see exactly who it was that we thought were men of God, but were the devil’s disciples trying to leads us astray. We will see exactly what false doctrine was.

We will see exactly what a dangerous mine-field the world was through which we walked. We will see its judgement and final end.

2 Peter 1:4 “Exceedingly great and precious promises have made us partakers of the divine nature, escaping the corruption in the world through lust.”

We will see those at the Great White Throne Judgement of God, the unsaved who were our friends, colleagues and family as they are condemned to hell. (Revelation 20:11-15)

“Many people, if permitted to speak on judgement day would curse you for leading them to hell, by your worldly lifestyle”. – Charles Finny – 250 years ago!

Bear in mind that you will meet the people that you were entrusted with or had dealings with here on earth in their judgement.

Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness. I shall be satisfied, when I awake in Your likeness.”

1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Think about these things:

You can change your thinking. How much of eternity do you think about? When you train you mind to think about right things and cast down evil imaginations, you are on the right course.

There is a wonderful thing about getting old. The Bible aligns age with wisdom. But as everything else starts to run down, grace at work turns your attention to eternity! Old age weans us from the temporal realm to the eternal – which is all very good!

The tragedy is to get old disgracefully!

To those Christians who have lost a child in death, here is a word of encouragement. Job lost everything. God gave back to him all he had lost, except his departed children. They, in fact were never lost! You will meet them again!

The final enemy is death. It will be destroyed. (1 Corinthians 15:54) We are to forget those things that lie behind us and move forward and upwards to ever intensifying light. (Philippians 3:13)

1 Corinthians 15:55 “O death where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory.”

If you are a Christian woman who has had an abortion, and now regrets it, you must repent, but you will meet your unborn child again, and be united in glory, where there is no sin or guilt.

What you must do:

Colossians 3:2 “Set you mind on things above, not on things of this earth, for you died and your life is hidden with Messiah.”

2 Peter 3:11 “Since all these things will be dissolved (world), what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness.”

Philippians 3:14-15 “I press towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Yeshua the Messiah…Have this mind in you.”

Job 17:9 “The righteous will hold to his ways, and he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.”

Salvation is not a patched up old life. It is death of the old and new birth and resulting life. Our lives are of supreme value when we go God’s way. The best way to love your life is to lose it, so that pure godly, resurrection life comes through.

Finally

In all these things we should have an attitude of real gratitude and thankfulness for every breath we take and everything we have! When last did you thank the Lord for the water you drink?

We will soon be in His presence. Many who think they will be there won’t.

The source of holiness, strength, power and the knowledge of sin is the knowledge of God.

God comes with pardon and a sword! Our Lord is a Lamb and also a Lion. The truth contains goodness and severity, mercy and judgement. The message is: Heaven and hell repent or perish!

Too many ministries today give the impression that God loves the sinner so much that they have nothing to fear at all and no radical change is needed.

God will make you what no man, institution of learning, or church can do, if you go His way.

In His presence is life forevermore, light, sight, revelation, understanding, knowledge, wisdom, strength, power, peace, rest, fullness of joy, blessing and victory.

ATTITUDES ARE IMPORTANT

A BIBLICAL VIEW OF OUR ATTITUDES, AND GOD’S RESPONSES TO THEM.     

Like the Spiritual health “Check Up” which we did a few weeks ago, I believe that an “ATTITUDINAL HEALTH CHECK UP” is as important, or at least nearly as important, and some of these attitudes definitely affect our spiritual health .   If you have not read   A SPIRITUAL HEALTH CHECK FOR CHRISTIANS  the following link will take you to the article.   https://lexcullen.com/2018/03/19/a-spiritual-health-check-for-true-christians/ 

GOD WANTS TO BLESS US, — BUT  — WE BLOCK HIM BY OUR  ATTITUDES.      So let’s look at some of the attitudes that will block God’s blessing in our lives.      

A LAZY ATTITUDE    What does  God think of laziness? well, I think the following passage  of scripture sums it up beautifully.   Heb 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.    Heb 6:11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.
Heb 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.    NIV  

Speaking for myself, I know that there are times when I have been lazy in some areas of my Christian Service for the Lord;  times when I just feel too tired to bother doing another “Post” to my readers.   I convince myself that so few people ever read them, why spend all that time and effort, and rarely does any one ever thinks to post it on to their friends or relatives for them to be blessed, challenged, or comforted etc.   Why bother?   GUILTY!!!    Of course I make excuses, “I’m too busy, or I don’t feel well,” I always have a (reason) excuse. 

The Bible says that by our LOVE for HIM we help, comfort, strengthen and encourage other people in their Christian walk when they feel down, and of course the same thing happens in reverse; their love, friendship and presence also helps comfort and encourage us when we feel down.     When we cut ourselves off from the Lord, don’t read His word, don’t communicate with Him, we BLOCK His blessings to us.   In the same way, when we cut ourselves off from our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, we block them from being able to bless and encourage and strengthen us, BUT we also block the blessing to them, which our love and encouragement should be imparting to them. 

The Bible makes it very clear that the closer we get to the Lord’s return, the more important it becomes for us to BE THERE for each other.    Heb 10:24  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
Heb 10:25  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.   NIV     2 Tim 3:1ff  warns us clearly, that there will be terrible times, (perilous times) in the last days.   In these days you need to know I have your back, and I also need to know that you have my back, in fact, we all need to know that we all have each others back, because if  WE don’t, — the devil will — with a fiery dart in it. 

A  WATCHFUL  ATTITUDE   1Thess 5:1-6  Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you,  for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.   But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.   You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.  So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 

It is when we are spiritually half asleep, and not watchful as we should be, that we can become like the five foolish virgins of  Matt 25:1-13  and allow our lamps to burn too low, to be of any use, or even to go out without replenishing the oil (Holy Spirit).    If the Holy Spirit is not burning within us we will not be taken to the marriage.   It is so important that we keep replenishing the Holy Spirit in our lives, as the five wise virgins did when the call went out to go out and greet the Bridegroom, they had plenty of oil stored up.   

Note that they were all VIRGINS, they had all started with oil in their lamps  –  Mat 25:8   The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’  Note that they were not right out of oil, but they had gone off to buy some more and missed the Bridegroom’s coming.    We must watch out that we do not get slack in our Christian walk and allow the Holy Spirit to become a non essential part of our daily life, otherwise we may find that although we are watching and waiting, as all ten Virgins were, we are actually NOT ready when the moment arrives.

Rev 3:2&3    Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.   Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

A GENEROUS ATTITUDE    God wants a people who are like He is, loving, kind, merciful, patient, faithful, gentle, temperate, full of joy and peace and goodness, or generosity.    GAL 5:22-23    This is the fruit of the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.   As True Christians, our lives should be full of this kind of the Holy Spirit’s Fruit all the time.   Do not let it dry up!  

God wants to bless us, but we can block His blessings by wrong attitudes in our lives.   The fruit of the Holy Spirit brings us great blessing, but not only to us, but to those with whom we live, work, worship and communicate.     Let us learn a lesson from  2 Cor  9:6-10    “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.   You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.  “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”   And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.    As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor.  Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 

Once again, this is as much about God blessing us as it is about us blessing God.    God wants to bless us, in fact, God LONGS to bless us, because we are HIS Children.  But as Paul says, DON’T give reluctantly, and DON’T give because you are being PRESSURED to give, but give cheerfully what you have decided in your own heart to give, as a response to GOD’S prompting, and to God’s love, otherwise you are better not to give anything at all,  because it is being given with a wrong attitude.  God loves a CHEERFUL giver, not a RELUCTANT giver.

Luke 21:1-4  “As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.     He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.     “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others.     All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Was Jesus putting down the rich people who gave their gifts?  Not at all!   They gave out of  their wealth, but they didn’t HAVE to give.   They gave what they had decided in their hearts to give, not reluctantly, but as a service to the Lord God whom they worshipped.    What Jesus was trying to convey here is the fact that this poor widow loved God so much, that she was happy to give her all to Him.    She trusted God to bless her with what she would require to live on, and as she gave I’m sure that she had learned in life, that when you put God first in your life, you have no need to worry, maybe she had heard Jesus’ teaching, recorded for us also in Matt 6:31-34  “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’   For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.   But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.   Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Well, enough to chew on for now, I will bring some more on attitudes next time, soon I hope.   In the meantime, know I love you all, and I’ve got your back in the Lord.

God Bless.    Lex Cullen