And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Matt. 24:11
I believe that without searching the Word of God, that many will be deceived by false prophets. The key is to search the scripture, (test the spirit). This means do not go with a “gut feeling” or witness, but to go with what the scriptures have to say. All prophetic words, will line up with the Word of God because that is His truth for today, in which to measure the righteousness of the word given. My advice to myself is to be very careful and allow the Lord to show me in His Word, what is truth and what is false. Lord show me what is true and what is not.
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. John 17:4
Jesus spoke this in the garden, the work which God gave Jesus to do was finished in that God was glorified on the earth that now people knew who God was and that Jesus established His Kingdom on earth. The work in which Jesus was to do was finished, and His death on the cross was not work that Jesus was to do, but was something that God had to finish in order that we will have eternal life. Through Christ’s death and resurrection God was finishing the work that He would have done by sacrificing His Son as a sin offering for us once and for all. We believe in Christ through the word of the Apostles we have atonement because of God’s Work on the cross. So all who believe in Jesus also believe that God is and always has been, thus God is made real to us through His Son, and our sins are taken away because of that belief in Jesus Christ and God the Father.
Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Psalm 113:1
The first thing I should do when I wake is praise the name of the Lord, and before I sleep, Thank Him for His mercy and grace. His Peace be to you.
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Matt. 7:12
All things, that I would have men do to me, I am to do to them and for them. So I am to treat others as I would want to be treated. That means love them, treat them with fairness, speak truth to them. Its something that seems to be hard to do at times, and takes a bit for me to do. If I love God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength, then I am not the one who is attempting to treat others the way I want to be treated. The love of God is in me and it is moving me, to do and treat and act toward others the way I would have it. I love myself, because He loves me, and I know that God loves others too. This verse says all things, which means to me, that no matter what another does to me, I am to treat him or her the way I would want to be treated. Maybe I won’t see the results, but I will be obedient, and following the leading of the Holy Spirit which fills my heart with love and compassion for them.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal. 6:7
I am not to be fooled because whatever I sow, which means that I do or say, that word or deed will I also reap. If I sow good things, like loving my neighbor or being a servant I will reap, meaning that good things will come from it. If I am gossiping I will reap from that and be caught speaking of others, if I steal or lie, I will suffer the consequences. That is what reaping is, the consequences of words or actions. When we plant we reap whatever we plant, if we plant seeds of faith, by speaking the Word of God, and believing what it says, then we will harvest what we speak. Others also benefit or not from what are words and actions are.
I received this the other day, and this is so true, for its happened to me, I truly hope some day it happens to you.
FOOTPRINTS…A New Version
Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord’s footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns. For much of the way, it seems to go like this, but gradually your footprints come more in line with the Lord’s, soon paralleling His consistently. You and Jesus are walking as true friends! This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: Your footprints that once etched the sand next to Jesus’ are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and Jesus are becoming one. This goes on for many miles, but gradually you notice another change. The footprints inside the large footprints seem to grow larger. Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set of footprints they have become one. This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse! Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the sand. A variable mess of prints. You are amazed and shocked Your dream ends. Now you pray: “Lord, I understand the first scene, with zigzags and fits. I was a new Christian; I was just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You.” “That is correct.” “And when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps, following You very closely.” “Very good. You have understood everything so far.” When the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like You in every way.” “Precisely.” “So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The footprints separated, and this time it was worse than at first.” There is a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His voice. “You didn’t know? It was then that we danced!”
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to weep, a time to laugh, A time to mourn, and a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 3:1,4.
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 1John 2:9
I know I cannot love God and hate another person, because God sent His Son to die for them, and I know that He created them for a purpose and loves them too. So how can I hate God’s creation if I claim I know God. Even when someone harms me how can I hate them? I hate the actions but not the man or woman who harmed me, because I know that essentially the actions from someone do not reflect the person, rather it is a reflection of what is in their heart. They are in darkness, or something is polluting the streams of water in their heart, soul. How can I hate when the heart I have has been made tender by the Holy Spirit, when the heart that I have is a heart of flesh not of stone? It has not been so long that I cannot remember the old man that was crucified, with its lusts and so forth, and understand that some have not had a new life created in them. That Jesus dwells within me, and the power of the Holy Spirit which created a new life in me. I don’t live but Jesus lives in me. One cannot hate, and be in the light, because if in the light the hate is not there, and if any hate dwells within a heart then that is darkness, and the Light of the World will dispel all darkness. These are just points to ponder when my heart is full of emotions, like hurt and anger. I need to stop and think, God was patient with me, not wanting me to perish, and like me, He is waiting to bring the offender to the saving knowledge of His Son. Another point to add, is that if I pray for someone who has committed offense to me, I may be the only one praying for Him, and I know the only way for God to hear my prayers and move His hand, is for my heart to be full of love for the offender, and with a heart full of love there is no room for hatred. Christ’s Peace be with you this day.
He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. Proverbs 11:28
I was wondering what riches mean in this, riches as far as money, and as far as things possessed would be one way of looking at this verse, and it is certainly is true. The other thing that I was reminded of is riches as far as most things go, trusting in my own ability, my work income, trusting in myself meaning I can take care of anything. I am to trust in the Lord, that is where I am to place my trust in, He will never fail, but my riches may run out, my resources, my strength all may fail me, but God never does. That is why the righteous flourish, because the righteous put their trust in God. They know that all they have is His, and they don’t trust in their own strength or abilities or resources. It isn’t that I am not to use what the Lord gave me, but to realize that those things alone will not cause me to flourish. What causes me to flourish is to give it all to Him and allow Him to guide me and provide for me. After all, if it wasn’t for Him, I would not have a life to live.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Psalm 1:1
I would rather sit in the counsel of the Lord, and stand on His word, and walk according to His truth. Sometimes this is a hard place to be, because it may not be comfortable or I may have a different path than others, but I know that the Lord is directing me. His Word is a lamp unto my feet and will guide me everywhere I go. I do not do it for a blessing but I do it out of love and obedience to God. This verse tells me I will be blessed. Well walking according to what the Word of God says than what the world says, in this, I am blessed to be in fellowship and right standing before my Father. His Peace to you this day.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Gal. 6:9
I looked at this verse and for the longest time I thought it meant doing well for others, but as I look at it again, I see that it means doing well, as in walking as the Lord would have me walk. Speaking what the Lord would have me speak, allowing Him to work in me, and being led by the Spirit instead of the flesh. I don’t have to do works to have approval of men, because that is what I would reap, the approval of men and not of God. I believe He is telling me, that if I continue to grow and follow Him, “good works” would be the fruit of my labor. As in fruit of the Spirit. So I need to press in, and keep following Him and doing as He would have me do according to His word, and stay in it, keeping the faith, and growing in knowledge of His Will and what He wants then I shall reap, I will be able to have fruit, I will be able to show what work He is doing inside my heart, it will be apparent for all to see. I can’t allow myself to become discouraged or try to change myself, or think its just not worth it, but to believe that while the Holy Spirit is doing a work in the inside, the fruit of that labor, will be apparent on the outside. So don’t ever think that a trial or problem or some exposed sin is an excuse to give up, but think of it as an opportunity for the Lord to work in you, and don’t grow weary allowing Him to do so. I would say,, Faint Not!! He will pick you up and He will do the work in you and see you through if you just let Him, because in due season,, you will reap the benefits, by bearing fruit, that is plain to see. Stick around and let God clean the inside and strengthen you, because in more ways than one, you will see the rewards of your faith in God. This verse is a promise, Gods Word to you.