Who Are You – Count The Cost

The first time I heard the truth of the gospel and understood it, I was twenty seven years old. I started thinking about what I heard and I looked up some things in my Bible. As I have said before, I told God, okay, I will give you thirty days to get through to me. We know he did and I got saved. But during those thirty days I realized there were some things I needed to change in my life. I was counting the cost for my decision. At the end of the thirty days I needed to decide if I was willing to step out in faith. I had a cost for my decision. Was I willing to pay the price (figuratively speaking). I chose yes, I will pay the price.

I had no idea back then but boy I am glad I made the right decision. I had no clue of a kingdom change. I had no idea about spiritual things or beings. All I knew was I was going to believe and trust God and follow him the best way I knew how. And after 36 years of being saved, now I get it. There was a kingdom change.

Last time we explained jurisdiction (see our last post Who Are You Legally). We explained….

So when God put Adam and Eve into the garden and gave them supreme authority over all the living things on the earth, Adam and Eve had legal jurisdiction over the earth. But when Adam and Eve sinned, who did they surrender their legal authority to? Yes, Satan.

And that is why Satan told Jesus in Luke 4:5-8 KJV  ” And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

Satan truthfully said, the kingdoms of this world were delivered to him, Satan. By whom? Yes, Adam and Eve.

This world offers many kingdoms, it offers power and truthfully, it offers wealth, power and glory and it tries to lure people away from God to serve the world. It is like dangling a carrot before a horse trying to lure the horse. Except the world dangles wealth, power and glory. And many chase after this world’s “carrots”. They usually do not consider the cost to them personally or the cost to their life and family.

Jesus put it this way in Matthew 9:26 KJV  “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

A lot of people in this world will exchange their soul for things in this life, in this world. But do you know what scripture says about that? Things in this world? 2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV ” While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Many people look at their life here now in the flesh. Some see two systems; God’s system and the world’s system. God’s kingdom and the world’s kingdom owned and operated by Satan now, since Adam as Eve lost their right after being deceived by Satan.

The world’s cursed system operates one way. They have their rules and their laws. In America, the laws were set up based on scripture.  Evil doers and evil workers of the cursed earth system have slowly infiltrated positions of authority and have changed laws that were based on scripture. Now good is called evil and evil is called good, just like scripture said would happen in the last days.

So how do we live in this present evil world as believers? Remember when God was speaking with Joshua and letting Joshua know if you chose good what God would do? Remember when God gave Moses the Levitical law and the promises of blessings and destruction in the book of Deuteronomy?

God laid down guidelines for Israel. God also informed Israel they were not to be like the other nations. They were to be different. So as nations did their own thing, Israel would obey God. Israel would be peculiar. So when people of the world looked at Israel, people would notice, wait, Israel is not doing this or Israel is not doing that yet Israel is prospering? Why? People would know it was the hand of God.

So I have to ask you. Are you trying to get ahead the world’s way? Are you trying to prosper the earth’s cursed system way? Is your personal situation and your family blessed and prospering? Prosperity is not just money. Prosperity is also good health, living debt free, enjoying your job, enjoying life, winning souls, serving others. All these are prosperity and yes, increasing spiritually, physically and financially.

Friend, when you realize you are a sinner and deserve to go to hell because you have disobeyed God. You sinned against God. When from your heart you repent and tell God you are sorry and ask him to forgive you. You believe with all your heart the Lord Jesus Christ, as God in the flesh, came and died on the cross to pay mankind’s sin debt by shedding his blood, he was buried in the grave and after three days and three nights, Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is in heaven today interceding for us. When you believe that in your heart and confess that with your mouth, then you are saved according to scripture.

My Jewish friends should read Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 and my Gentile friends should read Romans chapter 6, 8 and 10.

A lot of people know John 3:16 but I chose John 3:17 as an anchor. ” 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Friends, God wants to save you but you have to ask him to save you. When you join the family of God, you change kingdoms. You switch from the earth’s cursed system to the kingdom of God. And God’s kingdom does not work the same way as the world’s system.

One of the greatest issues in life today that I see, believers try to follow the world’s ways instead of God’s ways. And that is why we often find believers in similar problems as the unbelievers. And that is the purpose of this series, showing you the jurisdictional shift and trying to explain the change of kingdoms. Until next time.

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Who Are You – Legally ?

When I went to law school, it was not a typical law school, it was a constitutional law school that focused on the freedoms and rights of a free born person.

One of the key teachings was on jurisdiction. Basically, jurisdiction is what governing authority has the legal right and authority in a particular geographical area and subject matter area. Example – you do not take a freedom of religion case before a traffic court. The traffic court has no jurisdiction over constitutional matters. The traffic court has jurisdiction over traffic matters only. That is an example of jurisdiction over subject matter.

An example of jurisdiction over geographical area would be like living in any state in America and visiting Florida and being cited with breaking a law in Florida. But you tell the judge, ‘That is legal in my state.’ The judge tells you, ‘It may be legal in your state, but it is not legal in Florida. What state were you in when you did this act?’ You say, Well Florida. The judge says, Is it legal in Florida? You say, No. The judge says, So you broke the law in Florida and you are found guilty.

This is no difference than if a foreigner comes to America and does not know American laws. Or if you travel outside of America, you must obey the laws of the country you go to. Because wherever you are physically, you are subject to the laws of that area.

Now there are specific exemptions to these rules and the most common exemption is diplomatic immunity. An ambassador from another country, should follow the laws of the country they are visiting however, they can not be bound, by law, to those laws.

That is why we see so many diplomats in New York City get stopped by local police for drunk driving, and they get away with it. However, America and many other nations have set up rules for diplomats and the host country can expel diplomats from the country. Remember, about 2007 or there abouts, America expelled several Russian diplomats and accused them of spying?

Jurisdiction is key to law and who obeys laws. One of the key misunderstandings of many believers today, is not understanding jurisdiction.

This series is not a series on the law. It is a series on Who Are You. Many believers say, believers are to obey all the laws of government.  One has to ask, under that thought, where do you draw the line? And by what authority do you draw the line?

God’s word gives us many examples of God’s people not obeying governments of this world. Daniel is one, Rahab the harlot is  another, off the top of my head.

For students of the word of God, we know we ought to obey government. Just like an ambassador ought to obey laws in their host country. But when laws of the host country go against what God expects or declares to believers, we must decide who we will obey. Like Joshua said,

Joshua 24:14, 15 KJV ” Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

As students of the word of God, we also know we are ambassadors for Christ. In this present world we are foreigners. We are pilgrims in a foreign land. Our home is in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ. And God is our Father and the Creator of all and has Supreme Authority over all things.

As an ambassador, we ought to obey the laws of our host country but our allegiance is to the Lord Jesus Christ.

So why does this matter and how does that affect us as believers? Well, when you look at jurisdiction, it really matters.

Let’s say an ambassador, a diplomat from another country, gets into an auto accident and kills the other driver in the host country. Can the host country prosecute that diplomat/ambassador under the laws of the host country? No. Why? Because the diplomat is not legally subject to the laws of the host country unless that diplomat and the diplomat’s country signed over jurisdiction over that diplomat, to the host country.

Unless a person willing chooses to surrender their diplomatic immunity over to a host country, the host country has no legal jurisdiction over the diplomat. Now the host country can expel the diplomat and forbid the diplomat to enter their country. And the family damaged by the diplomat can sue the diplomat personally but the government of the host country has no legal jurisdiction over the diplomat unless the diplomat signed a waiver giving up their rights.

So when God put Adam and Eve into the garden and gave them supreme authority over all the living things on the earth, Adam and Eve had legal jurisdiction over the earth. But when Adam and Eve sinned, who did they surrender their legal authority to? Yes, Satan.

And that is why Satan told Jesus in Luke 4:5-8 KJV  ” And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8¶ And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

Satan truthfully said, the kingdoms of this world were delivered to him, Satan. By whom? Yes, Adam and Eve.

We will pick this up from here next time, Lord willing.

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Who Are YOU? The Plan

” But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV

Every human born into this world is born a natural man (mankind) with three exceptions. Do you know who the three exceptions are?

1. Jesus – As scripture tells us in Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 53, Luke 1:26-38 and –

” And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” 1 Timothy 3:16KJV

2 –  Adam – God created Adam from the dust of the earth as Genesis 2:21, 22 tell us. Adam did not have life, he was molded dirt, until God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and Adam became a living soul.

3 – Eve – God created Eve from Adam’s rib. Genesis 2.

When we look at Genesis chapter one we see God gives us an overview. Then God provides details of chapter one in Genesis chapters two and three.

So when we look at Genesis chapter one, we see an overview of creation (not evolution). Then chapters two and three give us details. So when we look at why did God create mankind (other than for fellowship) Genesis 1:27 (Adam and Eve) God tells us. Mankind was created to be fruitful. And God blessed them. God also gave mankind directions. He charged man to:

A. Be fruitful – what does fruitful mean? The 1828 Webster Dictionary defines fruitful as very productive, producing fruit in abundance, plenteous, abounding in anything, productive of anything. Fruit is bearing children, profit, whatever the earth produces for the nourishment of others (such as animals or plants for clothing). Fruit is production.

So when Ephesians 5 says the fruit of the Spirit, it means there has to be something of the Spirit of God, produced in believers.

So when God charged Adam (mankind) he told us to be –
1 – Fruitful – produce and be productive, profit, be plenteous, produce in abundance abounding in anything.
2 – Multiply – God instructed mankind to multiply. Have children.
3 – Replenish the earth. It is not something that was here before, but replenish here is when you use something in the earth, replenish it so you do not run out. It is about resources so replenish your resources.
4 – Subdue – subdue the earth. What does subdue mean? Again, the 1828 says subdue means conquer. To conquer by force or exertion of superior power, and bring into permanent subjection.

God told mankind to subdue the earth and to have dominion over every living thing that moves the upon the earth. So first, we need to ask, what is dominion? Dominion is defined as supreme authority. Now stop and think about that. God Almighty gave mankind supreme authority over every living thing that moves upon the earth. (Even the serpent that appeared to Eve.)

Now remember, this is what God created man for, to have fellowship and to have supreme authority in the earth, to be fruitful, to multiply, to replenish resources.

Now stick with me for a minute – Before the fall of Adam and Eve (through sin), mankind ruled the earth equally, man and woman and the earth was subject to them. Man’s supreme authority was governing the territory of earth and everything living on earth. Today, we call this the earth’s system and it is based on the rules of man.

But when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in Genesis chapter 3, God changed things up. God cursed the ground, God cursed the serpent, God made the woman subject to her own husband (not all men). The woman lost her authority in the earth and she gave her authority to her husband.

Note: There are many today who want to put believers in Christ, who are new creatures in Christ, under this cursed system.

Plus, God told Eve he would multiply her sorrows and conception. In sorrow she would give childbirth.

For Adam, God cursed the ground and in sorrow you will eat of the ground all the days of your life. (A time frame established for the days of your life.) God told Adam, thorns and thistles and the sweat of your face, man was to labor and work, sweat all the days of his life.

Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden of Eden. No longer were they supreme rulers over everything living on the earth. The government changed.

Everyone today blames Adam and Eve for the fall, but God held Adam accountable, why? Because when God gave the command about not eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Eve was not created yet. Genesis 2:15-17 says, ” And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

And now, every person born after Adam and Eve are born with Adam’s sin nature. They are born into the world tainted with sin because of their ancestors all the way back to Adam and Eve. They are also born into this world’s system after the fall. And what did God say about the earth’s system after the fall? Cursed is the ground, Genesis 3:17-19.

After the fall, the earth’s system is cursed and that is why Paul says in the New Testament in Romans 8:18-23,
” For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

Paul tells us, not only creation groans but that we too, we who have been born again also groan waiting for the redemption of our earthly body in to our new body.

I am going somewhere with this. You see, before Adam and Eve sinned, they had “jurisdiction” over every living thing on earth. Why does that matter to you today? Jurisdiction sets up the seat of authority and it is not determined by what someone says or does but it is determined by one’s position. We will cover this tomorrow, Lord willing. Until next time.

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Turn Around

Why do people running forward stop and turn around? They want to see what is coming after them. Why does history repeat itself? Because people do not turn around and see what changed them. They do not see the mistakes of the past and because they do not see the past mistakes, they can not learn from them. When they do not learn from their mistakes, they are bound to repeat them.

We could look at the sources leading us as individuals down the wrong path and we can look at policies leading our country down the wrong path. Freedom has never been achieved when a large central government tries to run individuals. Freedom exists when individuals realize they have the power to decide and act.

Often, our family and friends may not understand our actions or our motives but if we do not act, we are bound to repeat history.

As scripture says, If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, then and only then, will I hear from heaven. God was not speaking to unbelievers. He was speaking to his people.

When I turn around and see what America was like when I was a child and look at America today, I weep. It is like you see what is coming. The forces of evil have inbed themselves in government, in schools, in churches and in our families. If we do not repent and turn back to God as individuals we will lose our country.

All we need to do is look at this recent measles outbreak. America had pretty much eradicated measels. So what happened? Government, our government, brought in a flood of illegals and now we have a measels outbreak. And what is our government blaming it on? Believers who oppose being injected with animal tissue such as monkey and pig tissue. They are not blaming themselves for bringing in illegals who were never properly screened.

Yet, after WW2 people were put in camps until they received vaccines and had a clean bill of health. Sick or infected people were not allowed in to the country. And this is just one of many minor issues.

Friends, we had better repent and turn back to God or we can kiss our country and our life good bye. God tells us in Isaiah 1:10-20 KJV  ” Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
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.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”

Time to turn around and see what is coming after us, and repent. Until next time.

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Adam A Son of …..Define Son

Last time we said –

Luke 3:37,38 KJV ” Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan,
38. Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God. ”

Remember, in the beginning, God created Adam and Eve and they had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain kills Abel. So Adam and Eve have another son named Seth. The lineage up to Mary and Joseph plus Jesus goes back to Seth.

But that is not my point here. Look at the last verse, verse 38. Adam. Adam was the son of whom? Right. Adam was the son of God. That is why Paul talks about the first Adam and the second Adam in 1 Corinthians 15:42 – 58 KJV

So how would you define a son? What determines if someone is a son? And how do you know who is a son of God?

Some people say the word son means a male child. Okay. Jacob has twelve sons and they make up the twelve tribes of Israel. So pick one of the twelve sons of Jacob. The son gets married and has sons and daughters, plus his wife. So when referring to those of that son’s family, you still identify them as sons of Jacob.

But you also have countries that call their military personnel as sons. Sons of a nation. Today, we say our sons and daughters fought in such and such war.

Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines son, primarily comparing a child to produce; a shoot. A child is a shoot, a small young part of a larger piece. The shoot grows and later is replanted to produce its own shoot.

Sons are also identified as those who have been adopted in to a family.

Someone who sits under a teacher or tutor is called a son of the teacher or tutor. And don’t forget, when a believer leads an unbeliever to salvation through Jesus Christ,  and his blood atonement, that new believer is called a son. Paul never had earthly children in the flesh, but Paul called Timothy his son in the faith.

Children inherit qualities of their ancestors. So the sons of God, inherit qualities of God. The sons of Satan or Belial, inherit qualities of Satan or Belial.

When the word son is used (son is singular, meaning one) it refers to a male child. But when sons (plural, meaning more than one) it generally means or signifies descendants in general, according to the 1828 Webster dictionary.

Remember,  the whole human race comes from Adam and Eve. Adam did not have an earthly father. Adam is called the son of God. As the son of God, Adam had no sin. Adam ruled the world. Adam was in charge of everything and spoke with God regularly. But after Adam sinned, something changed. Adam lost everything. God had to prepare a blood atonement.

Did you ever think about – what would have happened if Adam and Eve had a baby before they sinned? Before the fall? I do.

When Adam sinned, was he still a son of God? So when God made the blood atonement for Adam, what did that do regarding Adam being a son?

You know, Jesus referred to unbelievers as being children of their Father, the devil. John 8:42-47 KJV
” Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.”

We see from these verses, if you are not a believer, you are not of God. So how do you become a believer? A son? Click on How To Get Saved from our Menu above.

Paul explains this sonship, being a child of God this way in Galatians 4:4-7KJV
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6¶ And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

Notice sons is plural signifying descendants. So what is the difference between sons of God and unbelievers? What is the difference, to you, of your son to the child down the road? When you understand your son has “position” with you and the child down the road does not, then you understand the difference between your state and your standing with God.

As a child of God, we have standing. We have position, God is our Father. Our state may be good or bad but we are still God’s child, rebellious or not. When you understand this, you can understand Romans chapter 8 and Galatians chapter 4.

According to definitions and scripture, a son is not so much about male and female, it is more about our position or standing with God, joint heirs with Christ.

Until next time.

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Whose Son Was Adam?

I will come back to the Destiny Equals Trust post but with the Resurrection holiday, aka Easter, this weekend, I pray people will reflect on not only the sacrifice God gave, but also the victory.

When we read the genealogy of Jesus in Luke 3:23 – 38 we notice the genealogy is really Joseph’s geneology. Matthew provides the geneology of Mary and Luke provides the geneology of Joseph.

What this shows us, Jesus, as God in the flesh per scripture, came from the King David’s lineage. But to me, one of the most interesting things from this geneology in Luke 3 is the last verse of that chapter.

Luke 3:37,38 KJV ” Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan,
38. Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God. ”

Remember, in the beginning, God created Adam and Eve and they had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain kills Abel. So Adam and Eve have another son named Seth. The lineage up to Mary and Joseph plus Jesus goes back to Seth.

But that is not my point here. Look at the last verse, verse 38. Adam. Adam was the son of whom? Right. Adam was the son of God. That is why Paul talks about the first Adam and the second Adam in 1 Corinthians 15:42 – 58 KJV

“42. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56. The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. ”

And when people get born again aren’t we called the sons of God?  Scripture says sons and daughters,  children of God. So it is like Adam was before he sinned. What a cool study that is.

So I want to wish you all, a happy resurrection holiday. We too, as believers, will one day be delivered from this mortal body, just like Jesus.

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Destiny Equals Trust

Are you directing your life or do you want to be in the place that God has written for you?

We have heard how God has a plan for each of us but can we thwart God’s plan? God gave each of us a free will. We can choose God’s plan or we can choose to go our own way.

I have always believed the scriptures are the words of God Almighty. I did not understand for years, how do we trust God’s word? What does it mean to “trust God’s word” ? After all, when God tells us believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, we believe and trust God will keep his word.

But what about when God’s word tells us something and we believe and trust his word, but we don’t see the results we expected? Do you loose confidence in God’s word?

Or maybe you chalk the perceived failure up as a learning experience. But what happens when you start stacking up failure after failure? Do you loose confidence in God and his word then?

I have always believed and trusted God’s word. And since I became a believer 36 years ago this year, I have tried to live according to God’s word, God’s teachings, the best I know how. When something would happen in my life, I would pick out key words and look those words up in scripture, using a Strong’s Concordance. I was looking to see what God had to say about my issue. God always gave me insight but I never could figure out how to apply that insight God’s way. Another words, apply the insight in a way where it changed things.

But when it came to issues in my life where my life would improve in this world, I would get stuck. I didn’t know the right answers. I know believers are “in this world but not a part of this world”.  So I would ask God, how do we live and work in this world to have a roof over our head, food in our stomach and clothes on our back, if we are not a part of this world? How do we work for people in this world and be ye separate saith the Lord? We are ambassadors for Christ. So when it comes to making money to pay our bills, how do we do that and not be a part of this world? I can’t tell you how much I have struggled with that question with God. A question I have been asking God for 36 years now.

When I would try to do things God’s way and a bill would come due, and I did not have the money to pay the bill because I was doing what God says, I would ask God, what am I doing wrong? Why isn’t your word working for me? I would quote God’s word back to him out loud saying, You say and then quote the verse. Then I would ask him, why isn’t it working for me? What am I doing wrong? I believe you and trust your word but for some reason, I am not seeing the results you say, why?

There are two things I love doing in this life on earth (besides sharing Christ and his word) – playing music on the keyboard/organ and data processing. I love “good” music hymns, Christian music and classical music.  But I also love taking information and condensing that information into an easy to understand and follow process. Data processing. But how to apply that data, that information, I am not that good at. I can show you what the information is and the process, but you have to do it. Think of a Technical Writer. A technical writer (say for a cell phone) would identify every button and function of the cell phone and write in an easy to understand way, using pictures and words, explain what the buttons and functions do and give examples. So when you were done, you would understand the buttons and functions of that cell phone. I would be processing the cell phone data.

To me, it does not matter what the data is about (Godly data a must). The data could be a title search for property or insurance inspections, or hurricane data, or technology data or learning to speak English made easy data, understanding the scriptures data, how to manuals. I love taking data/information and putting that information in to an easy to understand AND follow report.

I never understood why my testing scores, for reading comprehension, were always in the mid to upper 90 percent range until 40 plus years later. God gave me a gift.

When I look back at my “career” I thrived when music and data processing were playing a roll in my career.

But how to apply God’s word to my gifts and talents, in this world, I did not know how to do that. I have often said in this blog, that I find difficult things easier to understand than what we might say, easier or simple things. Things that many people struggle to understand, I read the instructions or search out the data/information and I can find how to understand the information. But ask how do I apply that to my life, I struggle with those parts.

That is why I often refer to things as step one, do this, step two, do this. Then when you get to the end of the steps, your results will be as the designer or manufacturer state.

Holding that thought, when I look at God’s word, I see step one, do this. Step two, do this. And when my steps are done, I ask God, why am I not getting the results you say I will get?  So either I am missing steps or I am doing something wrong. And welcome to my world.

God has just revealed this to me over the past month. And I am sure there are many people in the world who ask God, why isn’t this working for me? What am I doing wrong?

Recently, God gave me Proverbs 22 and he has had me buried in this proverb. Here is Proverbs 22 KJV.

” A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
2The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
3A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
4By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
5Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
6Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
7The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
9He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
10Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
11He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
12The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
13The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
14The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
15Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
16He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
17Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
18For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
19That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
20Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
21That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
22Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
23For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
24Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
25Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
26Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
27If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
28Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
29Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”

Focus with me on verses 17 – 21. And we will pick this up again next time.
Until next time.

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