Time To Make Things Plain

Many people have asked questions about the chaos in our world today. They ask a variety of questions about churches, leadership, professing “believers” who walk away from God, from church, from their family and other questions.

We get questions like if someone says they are saved and they kill someone, are they still saved? And, if someone says they are saved and they stop going to church, are they still saved?

I have been thinking a lot about what is going on in the world and how people, churches, believers and even myself, how are we explaining and understanding events in the light of Scripture.

The Lord has put it on my heart to look at common questions and make things plain. This post is the first of this series Time To Make Things Plain. I pray this series will answer your questions and help you get grounded in truth. Let me give you five verses to read, study and write out.

Romans 8:1-5

1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

I suggest you get a spiral notebook and take notes, write out verses and questions and answers. Then search the scriptures daily to see if these things are so. We only get one shot through this life. When we die we can not make changes. Be sure you are grounded in truth and you know the way. Why?

Matthew 7:13,14 says

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Notice the last six words in Matthew 7:14 and few there be that find it. Few, few find it. To find something, you have to search for it. And only few will find it. So buckle up as we search to find it. Until next time.

Legalism and Demur

Did Jesus ever encounter legalism? Do you encounter legalism? Is legalism a set of rules that line up with a law of works? If legalism is – do this or else, what is demur? Demur is a legal word basically meaning yes I did that but I had a good reason, let me explain why I did that.

What is legalism? How does legalism start? Do parents exercise legalism with their children?

Do the cops and the courts practice legalism? Is there equal justice under the law?

Do governments practice legalism? Jesus encountered legalism from the religious people. I can relate. I have had more “issues” with professing believers than I have had with unbelievers.

Luke 14: 1-6 KJV And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.

2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.

3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

5 And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?

6 And they could not answer him again to these things.

Here we see Jesus eating with “religious” people. This teaches us churches and religious people are legalistic. And Paul tells us, believers, ” All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” 1 Corinthians 6:12

Expedient – fit or suitable for the purpose. That which promotes or advances an outcome.

When believers tell people just say this prayer to get saved, that is trying to promote an outcome. It does not mean the person got saved. No where in the Bible are we told to say a prayer to get saved. We are told in scripture/the Bible to believe to have faith and our faith and believing is all on the Lord Jesus Christ and his blood shed on the criss to pay for our sin. And as many as receive him gave he the power to become the sons of God. 2 Corinthians 6:18 KJV — And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

What causes legalism? Did you ever ask where does legalism come from? We will look at this more. Until next time.

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Expectations

What are expectations and why do we have expectations?

Proverbs 13:12 KJV — Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Expectations is a strong belief that something will happen in the future. We go to bed at night expecting to wake up in the morning. We expect our family to work together to uplift and help one another. We expect if we work hard and learn we wil get a good education and a good job. But what do you expect from God?

You have 20, 30, 40 or more years so far and how much of your time have you given to the Lord? So do you expect God to take you to his house (heaven) when you die?

No, eternal life is not about works we do in this flesh it is about what Jesus Christ did on the cross. Jesus shed his perfect blood to pay for all the sin of this world.

This is about expectations and why do people expect things? Who gave you your expectations?

All the issues of life come from our heart. Proverbs 4:23 KJV — Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

So we get expectations (a strong belief something is going to happen in the future) set in our heart and when that expectations is deferred time and time again, it makes the heart sick. And when we are heart sick, we have issues in life.

People are human and make mistakes. If you are going to set expectations in life you are far better off setting them according to God’s word and not what people promise.

I would venture to say everyone reading this post expects to go to heaven when you die. What do you base that expectation on? God’s word clearly tells us we do not go to heaven if we are a good person. God does not base our going to heaven on our works. If he did none of us would go to heaven.

We only go to heaven if we believe on and receive the Lord Jesus Christ into our heart for salvation. Just like the thief on the cross, save me Lord Jesus, I believe. How to get saved is in our Menu above.

Friends, expectations can be happy and good or terrible once you realize you were wrong or the person let you down. Put your confidence and trust, your expectations, in the Lord Jesus Christ and God’s word. Until next time.

Sifting Truth From Error

Two points I want to mention and we will look at one of the two points here, today (Point Two), and we will look at the other point in the next post.

Point One: What does Scripture define as being born again?

Point Two: Some say the scriptures never say the temple will be rebuilt.

Students of the word of God can watch events happening in this world, this physical world, and based on Scripture, these students can see spiritual truth and fulfilment.

Some “believers” are saying the temple does not need to be rebuilt for the tribulation scriptures to be fulfilled. Let God be true and every man a liar. Clearly Scripture does say the temple has to be rebuilt. Where?

2 Thessalonians chapter 2.1-5 KJV

1¶ Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Now if you are using a watered down version of the scriptures instead of the original King James, then the word temple may not be there. Just like in Colossians 1:14 the watered down “new” versions take the word blood out of verse 14. Why? It is the blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin.

The point is, in 2 Thessalonians 2, Scripture clearly says the man of sin (Satan) son of perdition, will sit where? Verse 4, in the temple of God. Case closed!

How can the son of perdition sit in the temple of God if there is no temple of God? He can not.

And to use the argument the word ‘rebuilt” is not in that verse is crazy. The word trinity is not in the Bible but God calls it the Godhead. The word Bible is not in the Scriptures yet we have a Bible.

And Luke the physician, he wrote the Gospel of Luke and in Acts chapter one (which Luke also wrote) Luke called his writing a treatise not the Gospel of Luke.

Scripture clearly states there will be a “temple of God” and the man of sin will sit in that temple and falsely declare himself God. And according to Scripture, many people around the world will believe the lies of the man of sin.

Friends, don’t take man’s word about things of God. Search the Scriptures prayerfully, asking God Almighty to reveal the truth to you and he will.

Until next time.

What You Thought

Imagine growing up thinking thinking the earth was flat only to find out later in life, the earth is round. How would you react to that discovery?

Thing of it is, had you known what the Scripture says about the earth, you would have known the earth was not flat.

Isaiah 40:22 KJV — It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

Later, pioneers would sail the oceans and discover, indeed, the earth is a circle. But what about all those people who had lived before that discovery? They went to their grave believing the earth was flat.

But the people who knew the scriptures or those who believed God and his word, they knew the earth was a circle. These people did not need proof, they just believed God and his word. And now we see images from satellites, images from space that prove the earth is a circle. The earth is round, not flat. And yes, there are some who still choose to believe the earth is flat. Those who believe the earth is flat, they reject the scriptures, they reject God and they reject the images from space.

So when these people who reject God and his word die in their mortal body and go into eternity, I wonder what they will think when God shows them they were wrong in their belief. What will those unbelievers think when God shows them they were deceived?

Now take it a step further. I wonder what all those people will think when they go into eternity and realize their family and friends are not where they thought they would be.

People believe all kinds of things and many beliefs are not based on what God says. Many beliefs are based on what mankind says or thinks Scripture says. Another words, many people believe in people interpreting Scripture for them and not what God actually says.

When God says you must be born again of the Spirit and the Word (John chapter 3) then you must be born again or you will not go to heaven. You choose to believe or reject God telling you that.

When God says you are saved not by any works you do (see Ephesians 2:8,9) then why would you try to keep a bunch of rules or laws to go to heaven? You choose to believe what God says or reject what God says.

God does not send people to hell, people send themselves to hell by rejecting God and what God says.

Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,

24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

And look at Matthew 7:13,14

13¶ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

When I heard a preacher preach on Matthew 7 years ago, his message stuck with me. Why? Because he emphasized the words many and few. He said the way that leads to destruction, many, many, many are going that way. And the way that leads to life, few, few, few, few find this way.

Once you die you can not go back and get saved. You must get saved before, before, before your mortal body dies. Have you decided to be in the few who find life? What about your husband or wife? What about your children?

How to get saved is in our Menu. Please choose life in Christ. Until next time.

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Choice or Decision?

What is the difference between a choice and a decision?

There is a big difference. Write out your answer to the question above and let us explore the differences between a choice and a decision.

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Spiritual Inventory

As much of the world celebrates a new year, 2021, how do you look at where you are in your life? About eight or nine years ago I started doing a spiritual inventory at the end of each year.

Because my relationship with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ is most important to me, I have always set out to grow in Christ and share the gospel every year. This past year, 2020, I switched things up a bit.

Instead of taking a spiritual inventory alone, I added to my inventory classifications physical and financial. So my 2020 inventory includes Spiritually, Physically and Financially as the three areas of my life I wanted to examine closely.

One word Scripture uses is consider. Look at a portion of Proverbs 23.

1. Consider diligently what is before thee:
2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

And Jesus spoke about a man, before he builds, he considers what it will cost him to build.

So when we consider things from our life we are faced with a choice. We can focus on the bad things that have happened to us or we can focus on the good on hope on the future.

When my mom died and went home to be with the Lord, I was heart broken. We were pals for many, many years. Someone told me, don’t focus on your loss. Thank God for all the wonderful years, the happy times God gave you with her. He was so right. My mom and I did so much together and went to Europe. We had fun and I was able to lead her to salvation in Christ when she was 56 years old. I know she is in heaven waiting for me and my siblings.

So when doing a year end inventory, consider what your purpose is, what are your goals. Paul tells us how to consider this in 1 Corinthians 3:11 – 19 and notice the word salvation is NOT in those verses. Your works have nothing to do with your salvation. Your works are tied to your rewards.

11. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

How to do your own Spiritual Inventory? Write out on paper what specifically you did in 2020 to win the lost, to share the gospel, to show to others Christ in you.

Then for Physical Inventory, this is about your life here on earth. It may be about losing weight, giving up a bad habit, being kind or helpful.

Financial Inventory can be about increases your money, getting out of debt, saving, investing or giving to missions more.

Above all, consider if you are truly saved and going to heaven when you die. If you are not sure, in our Menu above, select How To Get Saved or send us an email at theheavensrecord@gmail.com

Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Until next time.

Weak Things In Us

We think holy means a bunch of rules but holy is God making us different. And things we struggle with in this world, our “issues”, are really weak things in us.

Hebrews 5:12-14 “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Notice Paul uses the words unskillful in the word but it is not just the word, it is the principles of the word (oracles). So the word of God has principles is like saying process or procedures.

When I first got saved I thought God would magically do things I prayed about. And yes, sometimes he does. I mean look at the Red Sea parting. Look at Jesus turning water in to wine. I found out God does not always go poof and it is done for us.

Look at Luke 8:10-15

10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Jesus describes four types of people in this world, when it comes to the word of God. This parable has a lot of good teaching but I want to look at what I faced when I got saved and all of us face the same thing at some point in our walk with the Lord.

As I said, I thought God would just answer my prayer, like poof, it is done. Maybe God did when I first got saved but then I noticed not as much and I wondered why. I had to choose, would I get mad at God and quit or trust him. I chose to trust him.

I remember getting really angry with God once since I have been saved, really angry. I had been saved about three months and my parakeet got sick. (I use to breed parakeets and teach them to talk). I started praying for my parakeet, for God to heal my parakeet. My parakeet died. I spouted off to God saying, Oh, you can part the Red Sea, wipe out armies, raise Lazarus from the dead, heal the sick but you won’t heal my parakeet? I’m exceedingly angry with you. And I pouted for about two or three days.

Now I look back at that time and realize I was acting like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum. But God was patient with me and after about one week, and I buried my parakeet in my mom’s yard near a specific tree, I wanted to find out why God did not heal my parakeet so I started digging in his word.

Like Job’s friends, my friends asked me if I had “sin in my life”. I knew that was not the issue because I was a new born babe in Christ and God did not expect me to grow up over night. There was more to finding the answer on why God did not answer my prayer to heal my parakeet. And friends, that situation and what God taught me back then has carried me through 37 years as a believer.

So over the next few weeks or so, I want to try and help you by sharing my experiences. I hope you will join me and feel free to share this with your friends. One verse I encourage you all to memorize is Romans 8:28 kjv.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Until next time.

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Setting Things Up

First, let us see what God says – Revelation 13: 11-18 KJV Then, let us see how this may be put to use in the very near future, like now. (No we are not in the tribulation but the world and their players are getting things set in place).
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (666)

From Fox Business – Instead of using a credit card or smartphone to pay for your goods, Amazon wants you to use your hands.

In a blog post, the company unveiled its own palm recognition technology, known as Amazon One. The technology, first rolling out in Amazon’s home market of Seattle, will use people’s palms to identify them and combine that with details of the palm, such as lines and ridges, to build a “palm signature.”

“In most retail environments, Amazon One could become an alternate payment or loyalty card option with a device at the checkout counter next to a traditional point of sale system,” Dilip Kumar, vice president, Amazon Physical Retail, wrote in the post. “Or, for entering a location like a stadium or badging into work, Amazon One could be part of an existing entry point to make accessing the location quicker and easier.” Read more here.

Friends, remember, salvation is not a head thing, it is a heart thing. Knowing Jesus in your head and believing in your head does not save you. Romans 10:9,10 says –
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Until next time.