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Don’t let anybody “Talk you to death!”


According to Jesus: John  5:39 “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” This statement is not addressed to unbelievers but those that profess Jesus Christ. However, his astonishing appraisal of their misguided beliefs is directly opposed to their assumption that they possess eternal life? Eternal life as described by Jesus and stated in the Gospel is a present state of being, an opposing physical reality in which the possessor does not succumb to bodily death (by any means, Luke 10:19). So why do “Christians and born again believers” continue to die? According to Jesus, they are not receiving his Gospel instructions on acquisition of eternal life, “you refuse to come to me.” So if they are not listening to his word in this regard, whom are they listening too? Beware, Don’t let anybody “talk you to death!”

“Give no thought for your life concerning food, drink, and clothing,” or any other worldly commodity (physical need). Do Christians focus their prayers on worldly requests, that even a sinner may obtain through alternate means? Apostle Paul clearly illustrates the blessed ability of applying “Faith in God” to literal situations and circumstances.

Paul declares in Hebrews (New Living Translation, 2007) 11:32 “How much more :do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 33 By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. 35 Women received their loved ones back again from death.

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection.36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half,d and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.”

How many present day Christians use their “Faith in God” to perform life saving miracles, or death-defying acts? Has the application of faith been weakened instead of increasing? According to Paul’s final sentence on faith: “For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.”  Do you suppose we are appointed to do perfect acts of faith that make the episodes of our forefathers pale in comparison? Would overcoming physical death by believing, having faith in, and manifesting Jesus’ word qualify as an astounding feat of faith? Our beloved, great-ancestors of faith would give a standing ovation to anyone who overcame physical death and the grave, by faithfully manifesting and obeying John 8:51.

However, when billions of faithful believers overcome physical death and the grave, literally standing ready for the coming of Christ, what do you suppose the Heavenly Hosts will do? When we do our part and “endure until the end” (Matthew 10:22), the Heavenly Host will fulfill Jesus’ promise: “And he will send out his angels to gather his chosen ones from all over the world–from the farthest ends of the earth” (Mark 13:27, NIV 1984). This gathering of God’s ultimate faithful ones culminates in our direct physical ascension into heaven! Thereby we bodily manifest the perfection which was sought after and willed to us by the Ancestors of Faith, as it is written: “they would not reach perfection without us.” We must complete their journey toward perfection by performing the ultimate act of faith, which is overcoming physical death and the grave. Remembering always to have faith in 1st Corinthians 15:51, “But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!”  So, faithfully manifest 1st Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.”  So don’t let anybody, “Talk you to death.”

The Holy Spirit is Working in You!


“Peace be unto your house” (Luke 10:5)

The Holy Bible is filled with mysteries and untold revelations. Jesus often told his disciples to negate the passing on of certain information until a predestined release date? The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are filled with accounts of Jesus’ orders to those he healed, “go your way and tell nobody what was done.” Why all the mysterious blanks in scriptural revelation? God intends for us to have a relationship with His Spirit (The Holy Ghost), and subsequently learn to hear His voice through the “still small voice” which directs our paths by perpetually “renewing our minds.” When a person masters the art of heeding the Holy Spirit, he or she can read between the lines of scripture and understand unwritten mysteries while seeing untold visions. The following scriptures support this faithful point of view, beginning with an invitation from the Lord which urges us all too…

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

John 21: 24-25

24This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

25Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

Mark 9:9

And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead

 Revelation 10:4

Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”

 

 Why all of the mystery?

John 14: 25-27

25These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, (through revelation and practice) and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Isaiah 1:18

Come now, and let us reason together,saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

2nd Corinthians 3:12-18

12Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

18And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

KJV

18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to gloryeven as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Revelation and Understanding which is unwritten in scripture but revealed by the Holy Spirit strengthens and builds powerful relationships between God and His elect. (Elder Rod, 2012)

Don’t let anybody “Talk you to death!”


John  5:39 “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” This statement is not addressed to unbelievers but those that profess Jesus Christ. However, his astonishing appraisal of their misguided beliefs is directly opposed to their assumption that they possess eternal life? Eternal life as described by Jesus and stated in the Gospel is a present state of being, an opposing physical reality in which the possessor does not succumb to bodily death (by any means, Luke 10:19). So why do “Christians and born again believers” continue to die? According to Jesus, they are not receiving his Gospel instructions on acquisition of eternal life, “you refuse to come to me.” So if they are not listening to his word in this regard, whom are they listening too? Beware, Don’t let anybody “talk you to death!”

“Give no thought for your life concerning food, drink, and clothing,” or any other worldly commodity (physical need). Do Christians focus their prayers on worldly requests, that even a sinner may obtain through alternate means? Apostle Paul clearly illustrates the blessed ability of applying “Faith in God” to literal situations and circumstances.

Paul declares in Hebrews (New Living Translation, 2007) 11:32 “How much more :do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 33 By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. 35 Women received their loved ones back again from death.

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection.36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half,d and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.”

How many present day Christians use their “Faith in God” to perform life saving miracles, or death-defying acts? Has the application of faith been weakened instead of increasing? According to Paul’s final sentence on faith: “For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.”  Do you suppose we are appointed to do perfect acts of faith that make the episodes of our forefathers pale in comparison? Would overcoming physical death by believing, having faith in, and manifesting Jesus’ word qualify as an astounding feat of faith? Our beloved, great-ancestors of faith would give a standing ovation to anyone who overcame physical death and the grave, by faithfully manifesting and obeying John 8:51.

However, when billions of faithful believers overcome physical death and the grave, literally standing ready for the coming of Christ, what do you suppose the Heavenly Hosts will do? When we do our part and “endure until the end” (Matthew 10:22), the Heavenly Host will fulfill Jesus’ promise: “And he will send out his angels to gather his chosen ones from all over the world–from the farthest ends of the earth” (Mark 13:27, NIV 1984). This gathering of God’s ultimate faithful ones culminates in our direct physical ascension into heaven! Thereby we bodily manifest the perfection which was sought after and willed to us by the Ancestors of Faith, as it is written: “they would not reach perfection without us.” We must complete their journey toward perfection by performing the ultimate act of faith, which is overcoming physical death and the grave. Remembering always to have faith in 1st Corinthians 15:51, “But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!”  So, faithfully manifest 1st Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.”  And don’t let anybody, “Talk you to death.”

Cliché vs. Catch Phrase (part 3)


According to Jesus, eternal life requires us to read the Gospel and follow its instructions (John 8:51). However, the anti-gospel of the world bombards the human mind with cliché sayings that are exactly the opposite of God’s Word. In order to “clear the air”, we will focus on three major clichés that effectively make people live unhappy lives, and eventually die.

1. “We all gotta go sometime?”

How many times have your heard this statement? How many times have you said this statement? How many times have you read it in the Bible? Remember the criteria of a Catch Phrase is its origin in the Bible, conversely a Cliché is not in the Bible. If the phrase “we all gotta go sometime” is in the scriptures please add chapter and verse to this blog, if not we have identified a Cliché, a simple opinion of man. Nevertheless, the same rules apply to Clichés that apply to Catch Phrases, this rule is found in Matthew 4:4 “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Subsequently, we will examine each word contained in the Clichés and Catch Phrases, in order to determine if they instruct towards life or death.

What does “we all gotta go sometime” mean to you? The first word in the sentence is “we.” This word is used to draw you into the outcome of the statement. Whatever the sentence says will happen, will happen to you, if you agree and believe in the “we” part of the sentence. What do “we” supposedly have to do? “All gotta go sometime,” means 100% everybody without exception (all) must physically die, and a person’s death comes by fatal disease, accident, catastrophe, suicide, or murder. So this statement is literally a death sentence, and whoever believes it goes through life expecting physical death at any time, by any means. Moreover, they have no expectation of an alternate ending to their life, do they? Is it possible that the alternate Catch Phrase is “The living end?”

According to Jesus we live by “every Word of God” so every word in the Cliché must be validated as fact in order for the statement to be designated as, “words to live by.” But who lives by a “death sentence? Nevertheless, lets find the antidote to this poisonous Cliché. By finding scriptures that document the fact that everybody does not die, we dispel and invalidate the death sentence Cliché! Furthermore our discovery will establish another path of human life which is physically perpetual, and does not include death and the grave. Keep in mind, if any word of the Cliché is false, the entire sentence is rendered invalid, untrue, and a lie. Let’s examine the 100% inclusive word in the Cliché that attempts to put you into the (death) sentence, that word is “all.”

If one person escapes physical death, the word all is inaccurate because that one is needed to validate the 100% which defines the word “all.”  However, when two people escape physical death the Cliche begins to reek as a falsehood, and a demonic lie. Genesis 5:24 “Enoch was continuously walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him” (New Living Translation, 2007). The chronicles of Enoch record his physical ascension into heaven because of his righteous nature and consistent love of God. Where ever God’s kingdom is, Enoch is there as a living breathing man who escaped physical death thousands of years ago, because of his undying love of God. But remember, one person escaping death constitutes a Cliché inaccuracy, it takes two death beaters to brand “we all gotta go sometime” as an outright lie of demonic origin. So let’s go back into the Bible and give that old death sentence a one two punch, that will knock it out of our vocabulary and out of our conversation forever.

Kings 2:11 “As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven.” (New Living Translation, 2007) Wait a minute! First Enoch physically disappears after consistently walking with God every day of his life, and then Elijah is taken up into the sky by some sort of chariot of fire? Oh snap! That makes two documented occurrences of people who “did Not have to go sometime.” The common definition of “go sometime” means to physically die, but Enoch and Elijah avoided physical death by maintaining phenomenal relationships with God. By the accounts of their leaving earth alive (as living humans), the death sentence Cliché of “we all gotta go sometime” is devaluated and debunked.  From this day forward “we all gotta go sometime” is not an acceptable thing to say, because it disagrees with God’s Word that documents two extraordinary men who avoided death completely. However, by acknowledging and combining the fact of physical death with the fact of physical ascension, a new Catch Phrase replaces the Cliché of death. The new Catch Phrase is the expression, “We all have to go somehow!”  Finally, we can choose how we leave earth: Go up, or go down?

2 B continued

 

continued: Cliché vs. Catch Phrase


To accurately clarify the difference between a cliché and a catch phrase, we will let the Holy Bible be the judge. If a saying can be found in the Bible and it’s meaning promotes everlasting life, it is a catch phrase. If a saying cannot be found in the Bible and it promotes death and mediocrity, it is a cliché. In other words, all Catch Phrases can be found in the Bible (100%), and no Clichés can be found in the Bible (0%). By using this formula you can determine the validity of any conversation by simply looking it up in the Bible, if it’s not there it is a cliché (of human origin). Please use this link to BIBLOS if you need help looking up sayings of interest http://biblos.com/. This site contains a Biblical search engine which pinpoints word and sentence inquiries according to their Bible relevance.If a word or sentence is in the Bible, BIBLOS will locate it an offer it to you in the translation of your choice. Enjoy!

According to Jesus, eternal life requires us to read the Gospel and follow its instructions (John 8:51). However, the anti-gospel of the world bombards the human mind with cliché sayings that are exactly the opposite of God’s Word. In order to “clear the air”, we will focus on three major clichés that effectively make people live unhappy lives, and eventually die.

 1. “We all gotta go sometime?”    2. “Nobody’s perfect?”    3. “We are all in the same boat?”

2B continued…

Cliché vs. Catch Phrase


According to Jesus, people have the tendency to talk about Christ but not practice the commandments of the Gospel. In the book of Mark chapter 7 verse 7, Jesus sternly warns against this hypocrisy by saying, “Their worship of me is worthless, because they teach human rules as doctrines.” (International Standard Version, 2008)  It is incumbent for true believers to validate their genuineness to Christ by consistently discerning God’s Word from human rules, opinions, and clichés. Moreover, once the distinction is known, believers always choose to obey God rather than man. Apostle Peter exemplified this type of thinking and behavior in Acts 5:29, “But Peter and the apostles answered, We must obey God rather than men.”  He made this statement in the face of certain persecution, to illustrate the importance of being loyal to God’s Word.

The Information Age offers a different challenge to present day true believers. They must discern between the human rhetoric perpetually transmitted on a global scale, and the pure Gospel which Peter proclaimed “must be obeyed.” This process takes place in the human heart, and the individual mind makes the choice. Are the words you treasure just human cliché? Or do you live your life according to the catch phrases of God? Either way the choice is perpetually yours, Cliché  or Catch Phrase, God or man?

2B continued

Maximum faith for the maximum goal, beholding the return of Christ!


“From faith to faith” (Romans 1:17) admonishes us to exercise our faith by believing in something new, the “deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10)!  Give your body to John 8:51 and have faith in God to make it happen. Don’t physically die, choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). Don’t expect and have faith in the death of your body, expect to physically greet Jesus when he returns (Matthew 25:1-13). Endure to the end and behold his glory with your own eyes (Mark 13:13). The Holy Spirit will keep your body alive to greet Jesus when he returns (1 Thessalonians 5:19-24). It is God’s pleasure to keep you alive and present you to Jesus, face to face (Jude 1:24-25). Look forward to His coming, don’t look back to the ways, belief, and expectation of death and the grave (Luke 9:62).