Monday, July 16, 2018

The Nature of Man - 2

Last week we spoke about the “Natural Man”; this week we shall begin to speak about the “Spiritual Man”.  The spiritual man is defined as one who has a full, real relationship with God.

Romans 8:1-17 describes the spiritual man.  There are certain verses that stand out more than others; they are:

  1. (v #1) “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Notice, they walk according to the Spirit – the Holy Spirit, because there are many spirits that are gone out into the world.
  2. (v#2) “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Amen!
  3. (v.#4) “[They] do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” The spiritual man is bound up with the Holy Spirit – he understands his need of the Spirit of God.
  4. (v#5) “...those who live according to the Spirit, [mind] the things of the Spirit”. Their minds are not on foolishness, but rather on the things of God. Let’s skip to verse 10.
  5. (v#10) “If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” The body is dead from the sinful things in this life. The things you used to do or to desire, no longer rule your actions or your conscience. The Spirit is now your ruler.
  6. (v#11) “…He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Paul is talking about the resurrection of the “mortal” body, when Jesus returns to take home his saints. That, my friend, is the blessed hope!
  7. (v#13) “If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live”. The promise renewed.
  8. (v#14) “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” That puts a nail in the plank, doesn’t it? All doubt is taken away. If the Holy Spirit is leading you, then you are sons and daughters of God – plain and simple!
  9. (v#15) “…you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” As a spiritual person, you become a son or daughter of God, by adoption. Thank God for His adoptive rights.
  10. (v#16-17) “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…” The promise of salvation is repeated and heirship with Jesus is added! What a glorious note for us to end on regarding the “spiritual man”. To become a “Spiritual Man/Woman” should be the goal, for each of us.  Next week, we shall take on the”Carnal Man.”

Monday, July 9, 2018

Nature of Mankind-1

This week we shall deal with the three natures of mankind, as used in my husband’s sermon, with partial notes taken from the book “Steps to Personal Revival”, by Helmut Haubeil.  According to Haubeil, the three natures of mankind are:

  1. The natural person who  has no relationship with God
  2. The spiritual person who has a full, real relationship with God and
  3. The carnal person who has a divided or pretentious relationship with God

These terms natural, spiritual and carnal are not judgments, as they are used here; they merely describe a person’s relationship with God. Today, we shall only deal with the natural man.

            NATURAL MAN:
I Corinthians 2:14  “the non-Christian or natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The natural man has absolutely no relationship with God or the Holy Spirit! He lives in the world but doesn’t inquire about God at all, or only rarely.
The last part of Romans 8:9 states: “Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” And again in the first part of verse 13, of the same chapter it says: “For if you live according to the flesh you will die…” 

That is the state of the “natural man, the non-Christian”. He is without God or the Holy Spirit. The non-Christian or natural man will die twice; once in this life as he knows it and the second time, after judgment is placed upon for rejecting Christ.  The non-Christian person will die an eternal death – meaning, after he dies the second death, there is no hope of his ever living again.  That is so sad, especially when you consider that salvation is “free” to all.

The Spiritual man – next week.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Our Greatest Need!

Today, my husband preached at a local prison facility. He talked about “Our Greatest Need for Today”. Some of his thoughts were quoted from Helmut Haubeil’s book, Steps to Personal Revival and the Desire of Ages, by Ellen G. White.  I shall share some of his message with you, over the next three weeks.

“Ask yourself, what is your greatest need?” When Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, Jesus gave them an example of how to pray, and followed with a parable. Luke 11:5-8
In this parable visitors come to the home of a man who has nothing, so he goes to his neighbor who he knows has something, and knocks on the door, to make his request. He explains that he has nothing and asks for bread, to set before his visitors. The neighbor doesn’t want to get out of bed, but the man insists and will not leave until he gets what he needs, because he knows the neighbor has it.

Finally the neighbor gets up and gives him what he is asking for. Why? Did he do it because they were friends? No, but because the man in the parable refused to leave without getting what he came to receive. Now, the man who had nothing receives what he needed and can now share it with others. Amen? Amen!

But Jesus doesn’t stop there. He goes on to show his disciples what they need and how to get it. Luke 11:9-11Yes, the Holy Spirit is our greatest need! In this passage of scripture, Jesus uses the verb “ask” six times; then he uses “seek” twice and “knock” twice. Ten times Jesus uses an action verb, to let us know that we cannot just ask once and that be enough. We’ve got to ask and keep on asking. Jesus told his disciples before he left that the Holy Spirit was their greatest need, more than anything else in the world. The Spirit was their link, to Jesus and the Father.

Next week, we’ll cover the three natures of mankind.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Wedding Bells!

Today, my pastor’s daughter is scheduled to be wed. The location is outside, in the midst of one of the pastor’s fields. He has worked on it for months; clearing the land, removing all the brush and making sure that is level and beautiful, for his only daughter.

 My husband and I received our invitations the last part of March, I believe. We talked about it; got excited for it and obtained for her and her beloved a very, very nice gift. We were planning to go to what should be one of the gala events, within our Christian community.

Yesterday, the weather was absolutely beautiful! It was just slightly overcast enough, to keep back the harsh elements of the sun and cool enough to be comfortable. Then late last night it began to rain – no not just rain, but pour down buckets of water that resembled the stories of the antediluvian flood – the rain that fell in the days of Noah.

Again, this morning and throughout the day the rain has continued. Therefore, I texted the pastor’s wife and shared my regrets about not coming because of the weather. She commented that it was raining lightly there, but should clear up by ceremony time. What faith! I told her that I would join her in her prayer, but still was not going to come.

Later, after our exchange, the prophecy of the Lord’s wedding ceremony came to mind. It’s found in Revelation 19:5-9. Just before His wedding, there is supposed to be an outpouring of rain, which is symbolic of the latter rain – the outpouring of the Holy Spirit – who gives the saints on earth power to witness about the soon coming of Jesus and the wedding supper of the lamb, for the church is Christ’s bride – Ephesians 5:22-32.

The thought came to me: am I too faithless? Should I go to the wedding and take my chances at getting soaked, or maybe dry? Is this symbolic of my lack of faith, in the outpouring of the latter rain? Will I yet be admitted to the bridegroom’s prophetic wedding? Humm? These are good questions to ponder. However, I shall skip this physical wedding and pray to be included in the prophetic one, complete with the outpouring of the latter rain.  I invite you to prepare your heart for that time as well. It’s the wedding attendance that truly counts!

Wedding Feast:

Monday, June 18, 2018

Fathers' Day

Yesterday was the day Americans set aside to honor all of its fathers. The day when men receive their breakfasts in bed; are allowed to sleep in and better yet, they are relieved from “lawn duty”. Yes, fathers can catch a break.

However, our heavenly father never takes a break. The Psalmist tells us that He never slumbers nor sleeps (Psalms 121:3-4 ). His watchful eye is ever on us.

Often we think of mothers being the one who watches over their children, at all hours of the day or night. They are the ones with the attentive ear and eye; but they inherited that from their heavenly father.

Some earthly fathers fail to provide for their children, for various reasons; but God promises and does provide for all of our needs according to His riches in glory, by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

Some earthly fathers desert their wives and children; but God promises never to leave or to forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

Unfortunately, some fathers abuse their wives and children; but God says that He will not harm, even a bruised reed/stalk or a smoking flax, which is a plant fiber, used to make clothing in bible times (Isaiah 42:3).

Yes, on Sunday Americans honored the fathers in their country; I believe that we each need to learn to honor our heavenly father every day; for in Him we live and move and have our very existence (Acts 17:48).

Best Bible Quotes - Fathers Love Letter -

Monday, June 11, 2018

Worth Forever!

Being lost, in hell’s fire is a horrible thing. No one wants to have to endure the agony, pain and shame – yes shame of hell’s fire; because if you’re lost, everyone that is saved will be aware of all of your dirt. They will have the opportunity of looking over God’s books that He keeps on every one of us.

No, being lost in hell’s fire is NOT the worst punishment that one can bear. The worst punishment is missing out on living with God eternally, forever!

God originally built us to live continually. Sin put a halt to that! Now living unceasingly, without the ability to die, with options far beyond anything the finite mind can conceive is conditional. The condition is that each individual must choose to accept Christ/Yashua the Messiah, as his or her own/individual savior – the one and only one who can take away your sins and justify you before God – or not.

Not making the right choice to live throughout eternity with our creator, maker and redeemer will cause an individual more mental torment than the burning, sulfuric flames of hell fire!

However, living sin free, in an atmosphere without fear, anger, hatred, violence of any kind, etc., only peace, joy, freedom and love is WORTH FOREVER!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Hell Fire Forever?

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Rev. 14:9-11

Will hell fire burn forever and ever and never go out? Many people believe that because many pastors preach that. However, I have learned to believe what the Bible says, over any person and God has blessed me to understand many bible subjects. Therefore, the answer to that question is NO! Unequivocally, NO! Here is why:

1)     II Peter 3:9-10 tells us that Jesus is coming again, as a thief in the night; and when he does, the heavens shall pass away and the earth will be burned up! The earth is going to come to an end! Everything is going to be destroyed by fire.
2)     Malachi 4:1-3 states that the earth will one day be burned up and the wicked dead will be ashes under the feet of the righteous. Take note that burning can only continue as long as there is something to burn. When everything is gone,  then it is burned up!
3)     Isaiah 34:9-11 sheds some light on burning fires started by God. He states that they cannot be quenched – meaning no one can put them out but God. However, once God’s goal of destruction is accomplished, creatures can dwell in the same area.
4)     Jude 1:7 speaks of Sodom and Gomorrha as an eternal fire; however, they are no longer burning. The fire destroyed them eternally – forever gone!
5)     Lastly, one of the laws of nature, which God created, is that smoke only ascends; it does not descend. Therefore, the smoke associated with any burning will always ascend up and away from the source of fire. Hence, all smoke that has ever existed is still ascending and will continue to ascend forever!
There is so much more that I could add, but investigate this subject for yourself; you will be so much better off.