Why Christianity Is Our Only Hope For True Peace

None will harm or destroy another on My entire holy mountain, for the land will be as full of the knowledge of the Lord as the sea is filled with water. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭11‬:‭9‬ HCSB)

All the chaos, murder, hatred, slavery, racism, rape, and violence in the world can be attributed to this one fact: a lack of knowledge of the One True God: The God and Father of Jesus Christ the Lord, who Himself is God in the flesh. When people do not know Him intimately, meaning, they do not follow Him as Master of their life, they are a slave to their own desires. And those desires are always rooted in evil; greed, lust, fame, hate, selfishness. When a person has yet to recognize they have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God by lying, stealing, hating, lusting, envying, using His name in place of a cuss word (blaspheming), and thus, do not recognize their great need for forgiveness and salvation from themselves, for God promises to judge all for their works; and when they fail to realize forgiveness is found alone in the Perfect Person, God Himself in the flesh, Jesus Christ, who never sinned and therefore never fell short of God’s glory, by their ignorance or willful disobedience, they reject Christ’s perfect sacrifice of Himself on a cross and they continue living out their destructive desires.

Christ came into the world to save sinners. What that means is, He lived perfectly, never once offending or rebelling against God, and then died on the cross in our place (the bible says God’s wrath for mankind was poured out on His Son on that wooden stake). Christ then rose from the dead three days later to prove He has power over death and can thus offer everyone who trusts/follows Him eternal life and forgiveness. But that’s not all Christ’s death accomplished. After He died and rose, He sent His own Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of those who trust in Him, that they may become transformed children of God who are no longer slaves to their old sinful nature, but are now able by the power of the Holy Spirit to live godly and honorable lives before God, a life fully pleasing to Him that impacts others to give their life to God, and a life that is able to experience and share God’s incredible love to all who need it and want it.

Their mission is no longer to receive attention and affection from a guy, to be wanted by many, because they know Christ, the greatest being of all wants them and died for them.

They no longer live to become rich, because their life is now enriched with love, hope, peace, compassion, and the power to save souls through Christ’s gospel (literally). And they know this earthly life is temporary, but they have an eternal life where streets of gold, and a crown awaits them.

They don’t live to be smarter than the next guy, because they’ve now obtained the knowledge and understanding of God and there is no higher form of perception. They are mind-blown and continue to be as they grow in their knowledge of Christ and His love and the true purpose of human existence.

They no longer believe they’re more superior than another human being because their skin color is lighter, because they know we all came from the same two humans and more importantly, we’re all created in the image of God Himself and He knew us all before we were born and had His Son die for the whole world, not just a certain ethnicity.

This is what the True God does in the hearts of those who know Him. And if everyone laid down their foolish pride that is leading them to destruction and the destruction of others either physically, mentally or emotionally (or all three), and surrendered to Jesus Christ as Lord, then and only then will true peace reign, and love saturate the earth.

But as it is written, not everyone will surrender to Christ. They will believe they know better than the God who made them, and thus continue following their own ways, hurting themselves and others. In the end, they will be destroyed by eternal fire for God offered them a clear path to forgiveness in a radical display of love and sacrifice yet they persisted in rejecting it. They seal their own fate and as they go down, they drag many with them.

Then after they stand in defiance to Christ one last time, only to fall to Him, this earth will be made new. All those who loved their wickedness will be cast away, and all those who loved/obeyed Christ and thus truly loved others will reign with Him in this new gorgeous city, the New Jerusalem, where streets are paved of gold, gates are hewn of pearl, walls are embedded with several precious stones, and all pain and death is done with.

That’s the peaceful city I look forward to and it will inevitably come. And as bible prophecies rapidly unfold, the Day draws all the nearer. I believe my generation and the next will be alive to see it.

So, I leave you with this: the bible says there’s no middle ground, you are either sons of Satan or sons of God. Whose side are you on?

I’m Going To Hell Because I Don’t Read My Bible

He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ ” (‭Luke‬ ‭13‬:‭6-9‬ NKJV)

Christ has expectations. He expects His followers to “bear fruit,” to make disciples and to be abounding with the characteristics of the Holy Spirit; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭22-23‬)

There comes a time when, if His followers do not produce fruit, He “cuts them down” and “throws them into the fire.”

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭1-8‬)

In some religious circles that claim allegiance to Christ, there is a lie being spread: you say a prayer once to accept Christ, and you’re now fire-proof and heaven-bound.

These two passages alone prove that notion is false. If Christ says people who don’t bear fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire, then they will be cut down and thrown into the fire, despite having prayed a prayer to receive Him into their lives.

I’m afraid the unadulterated truth of what Christ actually taught has become and is becoming more and more foreign on pulpits.

My husband and I left the large, organized, insanely popular non-denominational building we used to attend for services because the messages kept getting more and more watered down to the point where our spirit-man was no longer getting fed. We’d leave unaffected by the teaching, and I would actually forget it before evening came.

I am beyond thankful to God that I thoroughly know my bible. From the time I first surrendered to Christ on February 22nd, 2009 to the present, I have never once gone a day without reading the Word. I’ve read the Old Testament about six times, and in year one of my walk with Christ, I stopped counting how many times I read the New after the twenty-something time and can say I’ve likely read it well over sixty times since.

But what about the newcomers? What about those who visit these extremely watered-down churches for the first time where they get more jokes and christianity ABC’s than actual heavy-duty challenging and edifying teachings? I’ll tell you this much: many, I mean many Christians I know who have professed Christ as Savior within the last five years or so, most have not read the entire bible yet, or even the entire New Testament yet and most do not read every day. Thus, they are ignorant of much of the truth, so they go to these services on Sunday and hear these watered-down pastors teaching things that either do very little—if anything—to impact the way their congregation lives, or at worst, they teach lies.

And so the ill-aquatinted “Christian” who doesn’t make the time to be a diligent student of the word in his or her own personal time becomes rather fruitless, and in the end, he will be burned with fire.

How horrible! How absolutely tragic that the very thing God warned His people about thousands of years ago is happening yet again:

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (‭Hosea‬ ‭4‬:‭6‬)

Please, if this is you, really start reading your bible. You do not want to be in everlasting torment because you trusted more in the words of your pastor than in the living Word of God.

Don’t be foolish, make yourself wise. Because many false prophets have arisen, and many more will come. You do not want to be duped because of a lack of knowledge when bibles are so easily accessible you can have the entire thing on your phone for FREE!

Praying for you,

Natasha

I’m Gonna Worship Jesus, But I’m Gonna Worship Me Too

Following Christ is a choice. Obeying Him is a choice, as is disobeying Him. If you truly desire to pick up your cross, deny yourself, and follow Him, He will imbue you with His most powerful Holy Spirit, and enable you to follow/obey Him.

Do not believe the deception that you can partially follow His way, and then follow your own heart and standards in other ways and still get to heaven:

“But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 NLT)

I’m begging you, if you are in sin, if you are disobeying Christ’s commands, lowering or compromising God’s standard for your life, please repent. You many not have tomorrow or even tonight to do so! And do not let your heart, which the Bible calls deceitful and wicked, tell you it’s okay, that God will forgive you when you are dead and face Him.

“Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit … And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1 NLT)

“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10 NLT)

In other words, just feeling bad or guilty about your sin isn’t enough. Trying to cover it up by church attendance or service, isn’t enough. You must repent, or you will experience spiritual death: eternal destruction of your soul.

I beg you, do not take this lightly or call me radical. I am merely quoting the words of the Bible, not my opinion.

I love you, and God loves you, but you cannot “trample on Christ’s sacrifice” and think you won’t receive judgement. Paul says those who continue sinning deliberately, after knowing Christ’s standards, should only expect:

“Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.”(Hebrews 10:26, 27 NLT)

Our past sins are covered, but if we continue sinning after receiving knowledge of the truth, those sins will not be covered.

I leave you with this:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin. And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord ’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong. Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears.”(Hebrews 12:1-17 NLT)

Christians: Stop Stepping In Dog Poop

Wow:

“But now since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life.”(Romans 6:22 AMP)

Wow squared:

“So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12, 13)

This verse has finally clicked in my brain:

“Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.” (Philippians 2:14, 15, italics mine)

So my question is: why are so many Christians struggling with sin?

I touched on this, but for me personally, I struggled with sin; impatience, rudeness to my husband sometimes, selfishness. And even though they were done on “smaller scales,” they were consistent. I didn’t know why I couldn’t stop acting them out completely.

Then this whole thing happened; a huge whammy revelation that all this time, I’ve been believing a lie: that even as a Christian, I would mess up and sin. I just completely accepted this as fact, that it was impossible to be, as Colossians 1:10 states, “fully pleasing” to God.

But it’s not impossible. In fact, it’s expected! We are commanded to walk worthily and work out our salvation.

Now some will pause and say I’m believing a works-only salvation, but that’s not what I’m saying, and that’s not what the Bible is saying.

What the Bible says is that we are saved by God’s grace, through Jesus Christ, who’s blood cleanses us from all sin, and makes us new. Now, in this newness, we can walk in holiness and obedience to God, that leads to salvation.

Remember:

“But now since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life. For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:22, 23 AMP)

There is a payment for sin, and that is death, however:

“All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin which does not [involve] death [that may be repented of and forgiven]. We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him].” (1 John 5:17, 18 AMP)

There are sins that don’t lead to death, but we know lying does for sure, as does sexual immorality, drunkenness, selfishness, idolatry, anger, envy, etc. and how many Christians struggle with these yet justify it and think they’ll still get into heaven?

We can’t trust our feelings or the mere teachings of men. We need to search the Scriptures, to really know them ourselves, and obey God.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.” (Matthew 7:13, 14)

I’m A Christian; Party Over My House Everyone!

As a disciple of Christ, there are many commands over my life. Jesus is supposed to be the Master of my life. He commanded that if we truly love Him we must obey His commands. I must love the Lord with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love others as myself. But in order to really obey Christ, I must fear Him.

If you don’t really fear street racing, you’re gonna do it, and you can die. If your parents tell you you’re not allowed to do something, but you really want to do it, if you don’t fear them, you will engage in the activity. The same is true with the Supreme Ruler.

How many Christians are compromising right now, whether it be in an ungodly relationship, or their idolizing money, or thinking it’s okay to dress immodestly, and be impure in a relationship as long as they’re not going all the way? And they have no idea that their disobedience leads to death and a terrifying judgement according to Hebrews chapter ten. Why are they engaging in sin? Because they have believed a popular lie preached in many churches today: you can sin, God’s grace covers, you’re “free in Him,” you’ll still go to heaven.

The real truth is:

“For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. If anyone disregards Moses’ law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!”(Hebrews 10:26-31)

We need to fear God. If you are in sin, you can literally pray for the fear of The Lord, and God will give it you. That, and believing His word without wrestling with it, is necessary if you are going to overcome sin.

Let us not take God or His Word lightly. Let us fear Him that we may abstain from sin by the power of His Holy Spirit within us, and thus be able to stand before Him, “blameless.”

I Just Got Electrocuted By God

Romans 6-8 has me really contemplating my walk with Jesus.

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” (Romans 8:1-14 NLT)

A few things jump out and just shock my heart with electrifying words of truth that have somehow bypassed my mind and have thus darkened areas of my heart from the light of Truth.

If I belong to Jesus, the power of His very own Spirit has *freed* me from the power of sin.

Paul goes on to explain that in Christ who was sacrificed for us, God declared an end to sin’s control over our lives, and that we are no longer obligated to do what our sinful nature urges us to do.

This got me thinking: if the all-powerful Spirit of Christ lives in me, why am I still “struggling” with selfishness, impatience, and rudeness?

Then the Truth of God’s Word dawned: once you’re in Christ, sin is a choice. Every time I’m rude to my husband or impatient, it’s because I am choosing to be rather than choosing to take a moment when I’m tested to pray for strength to overcome and be led by the Spirit. As a Christian, because of what Jesus did, my, “old sinful self was crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in my life,” and I am, “no longer a slave to sin.” For when I, “died with Christ I was set free from the power of sin. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.” So I, “also should consider myself to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.”(Romans 6:6, 7, 10, 11 NLT)

I literally should not be sinning, or “struggling” with sin. If anything, I should be battling temptation through the Spirit’s power, but by no means should I be giving in to it, and based on Scripture, even as believers, there are sins that “lead to death.” I am not merely saved by grace so I can keep on doing what I please. I am commanded to please God and that means to stop sinning. If I “spit upon His cross” and abuse His grace, I forfeit His sacrifice for me and I will go to hell.

This revelation caused me to receive another answered prayer: God, help me fear You more.

Holiness is not to be taken lightly. As a Christian, I have no excuse to sin. My only excuse is literally, I chose to do it rather than depend on God and obey His will.

I’m sharing this with my brothers and sisters because I know of others who are in sin and yet claim to be a Christian. They, like me, probably don’t realize they are on a path to hell and are not tapping into the power Christ provides to defeat sin. They also probably focus on the second part of what Christ’s death and resurrection accomplished for them which is salvation from hell, but they are forgetting of unaware of the first part which is salvation from sin.

God’s Word has an extremely high standard for Christians. So let us stop compromising and take our sanctification seriously. God gives us the power to conquer sin, so let us begin walking in that truth. If you desire sin more than holiness before our Lord, then choose sin and know that it will result in your spiritual death, your eternal destruction. I pray you please choose rightly.

“For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.” (Titus 2:11-15)

“And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries.”(Hebrews 10:24-27)

I’m A Christian, But Me And Satan Are Homies

“In the same way He also took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood; it is shed for you. But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me! For the Son of Man will go away as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed! ” (Luke 22:20-22)

Do we not know that when we sin against Christ, we are betraying Him? We are rebelling against His will for our lives. When Satan rebelled against God, he was thrown out of heaven and cast into darkness. He continues to rebel, and his end is eternal destruction. We should not assume that if we likewise continue in sin, in rebellion against God’s will, that we will somehow escape God’s wrath and hell.

“…let us draw near [to God] with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. If anyone disregards Moses’ law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” (Hebrews 10:22-31)

I’m speaking to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We have no advantage over the one without Christ if we continue deliberately sinning. Jesus commanded those who desired to follow Him to pick up their cross, deny their self, and follow Him. We must deny our desires if they are contrary to His will. We must obey what He says if we are His disciples.

“When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:10-23 NLT)

So please pray to our Father. He is ready to forgive with fresh mercies each morning. Come to Him, walk into the arms of love, and repent. If you’re not sure if you’re in sin, ask Him to reveal if you are. He is faithful. Then really make it a goal to know His Word which clearly declares His will. Get into the New Testament and read it all the way through, then do it over again and again.

His desire is for your well-being, and sanctification is for our benefit. I love you guys.

Talk About Lighting the World On Fire

It’s simple: Christ came to earth to live a perfect, sinless life so that He can die on the cross in our rightful place, paying the price we deserve for sinning against God, for breaking His commandments, so that if we simply trust that Christ died in our place, but then rose again three days later, we will receive His Holy Spirit, the power to say no to sin, and eternal life.

We’ve all lied, or wanted something that wasn’t ours, or taken something that wasn’t ours. We’ve broken God’s commands, and are guilty before Him because of these crimes. None of us are good enough for heaven, only God Himself is good enough. He knew this, and that is why He sent His only Son, God in human flesh, to be our sacrificial lamb.

Before Christ came, God had a system set-up for the Jews that whenever they sinned, they needed a blood sacrifice to be forgiven. A price needed to be paid. But God promised that one day, someone would come, take the sins of the world, and die for us all, becoming a perfect sacrifice once and for all.

Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies of this perfect Savior, written by several different men, hundreds and hundreds of years before His birth.

He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one gets to the Father except through Him.

He loves us more than anyone on this planet. He died for me, He died for you. He tasted death and hell so that we wouldn’t have to, and instead experience eternity with Him, in the presence of Love forever. He is the ultimate Hero. Every one of His commands are given from love, and for our complete benefit. He is good, everything He speaks is good.

When your earthly father forbids you from doing certain things, like clubbing or dating, he’s doing it to protect you because he loves you and wants what’s best for you. How much more does the perfect God, who knows every single outcome before it happens, not only want what’s best for us, but know what’s best for us?

I’ve been there, and everything in my life that brought me temporary happiness eventually left me hurting or wanting more. Relationships, alcohol, friends, popularity, acting, none of it satisfied the deep hole in my heart that cried out for love. I was blessed enough to have both parents around and knew they greatly loved me, but their love wasn’t enough. So I sought relationships, but then no boyfriend could love me the way I desired to be loved. I gave them my whole heart, but they couldn’t take care of it.

Finally, I gave Jesus my whole heart. And in literally six days, He healed it from the brokenness caused by my ex. He filled me with joy, just like He promised in the book of John. He gave Me purpose, and He transformed my heart, and continues to—almost five years later.

I know, beyond a shadow of doubt, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died in my place and rose from the dead because He loves me perfectly. My heart is at rest, it no longer searches for love. It has found Love itself. This peace, this indescribable joy, I must share it with you all because it’s available to any and everyone that’s willing, to anyone who knows life’s empty and that they aren’t holy, to those who aren’t self-righteous but know they’ve messed up, and want to be forgiven by God and desire Him. Heaven is just a bonus, though I’d say salvation from hell is incredibly important.

Jesus taught that it was a literal place “where the fire is not quenched and their worm does not die.” I don’t think anyone wants to spend eternity in that place of eternal destruction.

Why did God make hell? Because He needed a place to cast out and destroy sin. Sin cannot be in His perfect presence, hence Him throwing Satan out of heaven when he rebelled. God can’t have people living in His presence who are going to rise up against Him and those with Him. They need to be destroyed. And the Bible is clear that even if you don’t consciously know it, if you are not following Christ, you’re following Satan. All rebellion, all sin is “of the devil.” He was the first to rebel against God, delusional enough to think he can be like his Creator.

Then God in His goodness decides, “Lucifer, you wanted to be like me? Watch this.” God then creates man in “His image” and gives them authority over all the earth, and, knowing they’re going to rebel just like Satan, He plans to send His perfect Son so that those who trust in Him will literally sit on His throne, receive a crown, His Holy Spirit, His glory, complete knowledge, basically, we will share all that is Christ’s and receive His inheritance because we trusted in Him. That’s why satan hates us so much guys. Because he, although a powerful, stunningly beautiful angel who stood in God’s presence, can never be like Him, but we helpless, weak, human beings can receive all of Christ’s glory. We can obtain what Satan always wanted so he’s enraged against us, knowing he will spend eternity in hell, thus he wants to bring down as many of us humans as possible to burn and be destroyed with him.

He’s consumed with hatred for us, so it blows my mind that people make light of this enemy while others like Lady Gaga act like following him is beneficial. They are clueless. They do not see that their fate, if they choose to continue on their path, is the same as his. They will not escape but by Jesus Christ, the only One who can save us from sin and hell.

Free-will.
The choice is ours.

God, You Can’t Drive So Please Kindly Move Over

“Summoning the crowd along with His disciples, He said to them, “If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me and the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8:34, 35)

If this is the case one would conclude that there is no such thing as, “saved but not surrendered.” For Jesus said we must deny ourself, take up our cross and follow Him. And that those who lose their life for Him will save it. So why do some believe you can be “saved”, but still do your own thing; what you want, still try to lead your life and only follow Christ on Sundays when you’re at church for an hour and a half? That doesn’t seem like a losing of one’s life, but rather a clinging to one’s life, one’s plans and wills, and doing outward religious routine to almost put up a partial show for God so that you deceive yourself into thinking you and Him are cool since you made it to church.

Jesus said in another place:

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his [own] father and mother [in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God] and [likewise] his wife and children and brothers and sisters–[yes] and even his own life also–he cannot be My disciple. So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. “For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, after he has laid the foundation and cannot finish it, all the onlookers will begin to make fun of him, saying, ‘This man started to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ “Or what king, going to war against another king, will not first sit down and decide if he is able with 10,000 to oppose the one who comes against him with 20,000? If not, while the other is still far off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:26-33)

If this is the standard, we all have to self-examine and ask ourselves, am I really saved?