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Is A Seed Dead Or Alive?

How would you define what a seed is? Are seeds alive? Are seeds dead? Or are seeds dormant? When you consider mankind, the man has the seed. But nothing comes of his seed until he fertilizes the female egg.

Note: That is why the Messiah would be a miracle. He would come from the seed of a woman, completely against normal methods.

When you look at seeds of plants you get a good understanding of spiritual matters. So I chose to use a zucchini seed.

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A Zucchini Seed

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A seed is defined as something that contains the rudiments of something. Another words, a seed carries the first form of something. But inside the seed are other forms.
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Inside A Zucchini Seed

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Notice the inside of the zucchini seed is quite different and soft. This is another form of our zucchini seed. And just as our zucchini seed has different forms, the seed forming a baby in the womb is similar. The seed looks different nine months later. Now the seed looks like a baby.  When we look at our zucchini seed and turn over a part of the seed, we notice inside the inner seed is another part.
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Zucchini Seed - Dead Or Alive

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Is this zucchini seed dead or alive?

You could say the seed is dead but if you plant it in the ground and water it, it will bring forth a seedling. It brings forth a young plant. But what if you do not plant the seed and water the seed? Is the seed dead or alive?

If seeds carry the first form of something ( the rudiments) how do the other forms come about?

When human seeds come forth, they bring babies into the world. That baby’s body is like the shell of a seed. Inside that shell / body is the rudiment or first form of that baby. But we all know, babies grow up and we see another form of that baby. We see a teenager. Then we see an adult. Then we see an old person and then the seed dies.

When you plant the zucchini seed and water it, you notice a sprout comes out. The shell of the seed opens and a sprout comes forth. The sprout grows into a plant. Then the plant brings forth more zucchini. Then the plant can go to seed or in the zucchini example, the seed is inside the baby zucchini. Then the plant dies.

All of mankind, each of us, spring forth as a natural man or woman. And whatever God put into our seed (eye color, hair color, skin color, height, etc) comes forth as a natural seedling. Mankind can alter one of his forms by dying their hair color, stunting their growth, over eat,  bleach their skin – you get the idea.

But because God created man in his image, we have a spirit, a soul (our mind, will and emotions) and a body ( a form). As the body has many forms, our spirit man has two forms, alive unto God or dead unto God.

That zucchini seed has inside it – by God creating it the way he did – the ability to be a luscious plant bringing forth much fruit. What determines if that zucchini seed brings forth much fruit? What determines if a person is alive unto God or dead unto God?

Remember, the seed for the baby is in its rudimentary form or first form. We call this form the natural man.

1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV ” 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.”

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

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Guns & Schools – A Question

Many liberal thinking people want to blame the gun for school shootings. The gun did not decide to shoot anyone.  The person using the gun made a decision to kill innocent people at the Florida high school.

If the weapon of choice was an ice pick,  then ice picks would be ban. Or if baseball bats, then baseball bats would be ban. Now, the same type of foggy thinkers want to ban guns.

Guns have been in schools in America for hundreds of years. We never had issues with guns in schools until the past twenty years or so. What changed? Schools changed. Social engineering and government run education. God was thrown out of school, the moral character of America has been plummeting because liberal foggy minds want to select what our children learn, how we treat our children. Frankly, it is a nanny state where Uncle Sam tells parents everything they can and can not do with their own children. And parents do not stand up for their rights.  God gave the parents the children to train up in the ways of the Lord, not for the state to train them up.

American history has been rewritten, monuments moved, destroyed or removed because a minor few are offended of something or someone from a hundred years ago. Rediculous. Wait, just wait until they stand before God. When Jesus Christ will judge them and you.

I saw some of the young people from the Florida high school shooting and just wept. So young. So much of life ahead of them. I kept saying, Lord I pray they were saved. Then I saw the reports of some liberals calling for gun control again. Then I got angry. Today’s progressive society wants to control everything and sanitize life for snow flakes, marshmallows of this country. These foggy thinking liberals would take guns away so Americans couldn’t defend themselves from tyrants or  government as George Washington warned of us.

Stop the gun violence by putting up the 10 Commandments in schools again, like they use to be posted in schools a few short (30 years ago). Start school with prayer to Almighty God. Apply the Golden Rule. Punish disrespect. Put all “government run education” in the hands of the states and not the federal government. Teach the Bible in school as a mandatory credit to graduate, from K-12.

They put porn on websites, ads of porn, porn on tv, commercials laced with indecent nakedness. Stations promote ungodliness. Look at Fox having a show called “Lucifer”? What is wrong with these people. Time to turn the tube off or turn off the programs that go against God’s desires.

When will people wake up and realize they are being lulled into a society that is destroying them and our free Republic? Time to push for Supreme Court term limits. They destroyed the American family in our society with a stroke of a pen. Legalized sodomy. Didn’t they read what God says about sodomites?

People have to choose whose team they are on. Either God’s team or government. Either scripture or government brain washing.

I’m all for progress but what would happen in America if all computers in homes, all tvs, all smart phones were removed for 30 days?

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Doubt – In Head Or Heart?

When God’s word tells us something specific and people doubt if what they are reading will really happen, is that doubt? Where does doubt come from? Does doubt reside in your mind or in your heart? A good example is when scripture says, ‘ Believe on (not in) the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.’ But some people doubt that verse.

When you begin to doubt God’s word you are on dangerous territory because you can, through doubt, be calling God a liar. Even Jesus warned “doubting” Thomas. Did Thomas doubt Jesus rose from the dead in John 20:21-31? Thomas needed proof and when you need proof of something, you are doubting. Doubting or needing proof, is not believing, it is not of faith. And mankind can not believe God unless mankind has faith. Mankind has to believe, without proof, that God is who he says he is and he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

Jesus told Thomas, ” because you have seen me,  thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

People believe things in their head first. Then their belief goes into their heart and the belief turns into conviction. And people will give up their life, or die, for their convictions. We have all kinds of thoughts, information and teachings going into our mind every day. Believers compare information with God’s word before deciding if they will believe information. An example. The world says and promotes evolution. But God’s word opens with, In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth -( and everything in it. ) So a person who believes in evolution clearly does not believe God or his word. Either you believe God or you don’t. Plain and simple.

So when someone says they are a believer and they believe in evolution, they deceive themselves. Why? Because they believe man’s teachings over God’s word.

Back to Thomas. Did Thomas doubt Jesus rose from the dead in his head or in his heart? It appears, in his head because he wanted to see proof indicating, if he had proof, he would believe in his heart. What about Peter? When Jesus walked on the water and told Peter he could walk to him, on the water. Peter started off walking on the water and then began to sink. Pastors have taught Peter began to sink because Peter took his eyes off Jesus.

I do not believe it had anything to do with where Peter was looking. Why? Because Jesus told us why Peter began to sink. In Matthew 14:31 Jesus asked Peter why he doubted and had little faith. It had nothing to do with where Peter was looking. It was because doubt snuck in to Peter’s mind. And when there is doubt, there is little faith.

Believers and some non-believers want to believe God’s word about everything God says, but they allow doubt to sneak into their mind. That is why Jesus said you have to come to God like a child. Children believe everything you tell them. When the children grow up, someone has planted doubt in their mind to turn them away from truth.

Doubt is planted as a seed in minds. Once you feed the doubt and do not feed the truth, the doubt will go into your heart and then it becomes a conviction. God tells us, if we do not doubt in your heart and you have faith, you can move mountains Matthew 21:21 and Mark 11:23 KJV.
Paul tells us in Romans 14:23 that doubt is sin. And Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:8 …pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without wrath and not doubting.

Abraham took God at his word, he believed God. And for Abraham, God counted Abraham’s believing him, for righteousness. God declared Abraham righteous because he believed. We are told to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and we will be saved, made righteous through Christ. Believing on is not the same as believing in.

Believing in is a head belief, not a heart belief. Believing on means you believe everything Jesus said about himself, his redemption for mankind. Remember Romans 10:9,10? That if thou shalt confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and  believe in your heart  that God has raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.

Pastors tell their congregation to “say this prayer” and they lead them in a prayer and tell them they are now saved. A lot of people have said “the salvation prayer” but their is no change in them because they have not believed on the Lord Jesus in their heart. They only said a prayer. Believing in your heart means your belief is a conviction you are willing to die for.

And those who would say, this is not for today or that no longer applies, my Bible says “All things are possible with God”. Ask God with faith believing and watch God work miracles in your life. Until next time.

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When Messiah Would Come – Alignment

Last time we said –

Religion tells us do this, do that, don’t do this and don’t do that. And if you listen, God will accept you. That is religion and not what God’s word tells us. And when God asks us to do things, it is not for “salvation” that is religion. God gave us salvation as a free gift. You can not earn salvation, work for salvation, keep rules for salvation or do anything but believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.

But God still has all these commands – love your neighbor, turn the other cheek, forgive those who persecute you, give and it shall be given unto you, bless those who curse you and many more. These commands are not for salvation, the commands are for the way God’s kingdom operates. They are to align a saved person’s life with the way God’s kingdom works. Scripture calls it conform to the image of his Son.

Put yourself in Israel’s shoes. God chooses Israel, calls them out of all peoples of the earth, through Abraham. God sets them aside, makes himself known unto Israel, instructs them to write his word and preserve his word from generation to generation.

God calls out leaders for the nation. Leaders such as Moses, David, Solomon and many more. He blesses Israel and protects them. God gives Israel laws, do this and don’t do that. Nobody in Isreal could keep all the laws. There are about 500 to 600 laws given to Israel. Then Jesus comes along and explains he is the Messiah they knew was coming.

But after 4000 years many were so steeped in their religious customs, they would not believe. After the death, burial and resurrection, the time of the Gentiles start. There was a shift. God calls a Jew, Saul, changes his name to Paul and sends him to Gentiles, Jews and kings. Paul works with churches, teaching them God’s word and explains how to be saved and how to live in this world. Paul constantly reminds the church, salvation is a free gift, nothing to do with works.

So Jews can not move forward because they want to hang on to their laws, their rules and Gentiles want to see proof and stick with their traditions. Both focus on rules, laws and traditions. And you end up with confusion about God, the law, grace and God’s kingdom.

Remember, Jesus is God manifest in the flesh ( see 1 Timothy 3:16 ). Jesus is our Prophet, High Priest and King. As our King, Jesus is preparing his kingdom ( which will rule and reign on earth one day – see Revelation ). Heaven is governed by laws. Those laws are different than the laws of this world. An example of heaven’s laws verses the world’s laws Jesus explained himself. In Matthew 5:27-48 Jesus said “ye have heard of” and he gives several examples like an eye for an eye.

Jesus was explaining his kingdom operates differently. So Jesus comes from heaven to save mankind’s soul and then teaches mankind how to live in his kingdom. He gives some rules that are contrary to the world’s ways. He explains these rules do not save your soul but believe on him. Faith saves. The rules he gives man is how things work in his kingdom. The rules are not for your salvation but to teach you how things work in his kingdom.

If you were to take a Brit and bring him to America and the Brit drove on the left side of the road in America, he would cause many accidents. Why? Because in America, drivers drive on the right side of the road. America does things differently. America does not use the metric system. Our founding fathers wanted America to be different than the world. God wants his people to be different from the world.

So when God asks you to do something, it is to conform you to the way his kingdom works, to align you with his country. Look at 2 Corinthians 4:18 and John 6:63. If you do not forgive, or give, or you do not comfort the hurting, you will not loose your salvation but you are not operating according to Jesus’ kingdom. You are out of alignment.

So Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:11 God set up certain administrators to help believers get into alignment: pastors, teachers, apostles, prophets and evangelists. Why did God set these up? Ephesians 4:12 – for the perfecting of the saints/believers, for the work of the ministry and for the edifying or building up of the body of Christ. And how long will God set these up? Verse 13 – Till we all come in the unity of the faith. Verse 13 to verse 16. There are several colons before there is a period meaning the thought of till carries through to verse 16.

The church is not in unity of the faith, they argue, fight, pick on each other  and are divided. So till the church comes in the unity of the faith, then God continues to send the administrators till the church responds according to God’s kingdom.

One day, Jesus the Messiah is coming back to set up his kingdom. If you fight God on doing as he asks now, you may have issues when his kingdom comes. The word alignment is not in scripture (KJV) but the word conform is in scripture. Conform means to give the same for or character to, to be similar.

Romans 8:29 God expects believers to be conformed to the image of his Son.
Romans 12:1,2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Think differently. Change your thinking to line up with God’s thinking.)
Philippians 3:10 – Being made conformable unto his death..

The three times conformed is mentioned in scripture, all three are addressed to the church, by Paul. Often, lately, the church appears to conform to the world and not to Jesus. The church renames world events. The church has fall festivals to participate in Halloween,  Easter egg hunts for Passover? Christmas trees and presents when Jesus was not born on December 25 but the church and many members want the world’s ways. How many of you can name the three main holidays of Scripture? God’s holidays? How many of God’s seven holidays do you celebrate?

When Messiah comes he will set up his kingdom. Will you be in alignment with him? Until next time.

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When Messiah Would Come

Mankind owes a huge debt to Israel for preserving God’s word. Israel was trusted by God to write down his word and preserve his word so the world could know God. So when mankind sees Israel looking for the Messiah, man asks why Israel does not understand God told them who the Messiah is, why he came and what his mission is. Even the apostle John, a Jew, told his friends, we found the Messiah in John 1:41 and Jesus identified himself as the Messiah in John 4:25, 26.

John 4:24-26 KJV  ” God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
[25] The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
[26] Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.”

Several scriptures describe who the Messiah is including Isaiah 53 and he is the promised seed in Genesis 12:1-3; Galatians 3:6 and that he would come from the tribe of Judah Genesis 49:10; Hebrews 7:14.

So let me ask you, King David, one of the most loved kings in Israel, what tribe was he from? Judah, right? Who was the priestly tribe? Levi, right? Was David a religious figure? No. He was a political figure, he was king from the tribe of Judah. Scripture declares Messiah would be as David and sit on the throne of David. Jeremiah 23:5, 6. And he would be from the lineage of King David, right? So why would the Jewish people be looking for a Messiah from the tribe of Levi, the “religious” tribe?

Scripture explains the Messiah would be a prophet, priest and king. The book of Hebrews explains Jesus is the Prophet, our High Priest and a King. A prophet reveals God’s will, a priest is a religious leader and a king is a political figure. The Jews thought the Messiah would set up his kingdom right away but they forgot the verses in Daniel that explained ” a time of the Gentiles”. So when Jesus did not bring in his kingdom right away, the Jews assumed he was not the Messiah.

But Jesus, the Messiah, is King of all kings and Lord of all lords according to scripture. And he is coming back to establish his kingdom as Revelation states. The “Bible” is about a kingdom, God’s kingdom where the Messiah rules and reigns as King, from Jerusalem, from the throne of David.

Psalm 103:19-22 KJV  ” The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
[20] Bless the Lord , ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
[21] Bless ye the Lord , all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
[22] Bless the Lord , all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord , O my soul.”

How Jesus said you get into his kingdom is not by keeping laws, rules or regulations, that is religion. Jesus told us to believe. Have faith. Invite him into your heart to save you. To save your soul. See Isaiah 6:10. And read Psalm chapter 22. God tells us:

Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV ” For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

So Jesus comes to save our soul by grace, a free gift to those who believe in their heart, not believe in their head. Jesus took the curse of the law onto himself and took getting saved out of man’s hands and put it on himself.

Religion tells us do this, do that, don’t do this and don’t do that. And if you listen, God will accept you. That is religion and not what God’s word tells us. And when God asks us to do things, it is not for “salvation” that is religion. God gave us salvation as a free gift. You can not earn salvation, work for salvation, keep rules for salvation or do anything but believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.

But God still has all these commands – love your neighbor, turn the other cheek, forgive those who persecute you, give and it shall be given unto you, bless those who curse you and many more. These commands are not for salvation, the commands are for the way God’s kingdom operates. They are to align a saved person’s life with the way God’s kingdom works. Scripture calls it conform to the image of his Son. And we will pick it up from here next time Lord willing.

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Hurricane Irma

Many of our regular readers know we are located in Florida near The Villages. I thought I would take this time, while we have power, to update our readers.

Florida has a population of about 18 million people. With the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma, people evacuated from south east Florida only to discover later, the storm is targeted in the location they evacuated to.

Three people in the Florida Keys have died according to news reports. Signs are up for looters that say, “You loot, we shoot”. Irma will impact the entire state due to her size. Tornadoes have popped up in the squall areas. The reason the right side of a hurricane is the worst is because the winds go counter-clockwise causing tornadoes with heavy rain and storm surge.

Florida is swampy so there is fuel on land and water for hurricanes and with a sandy ground, we do not hold flood waters like Houston. Additionally, Florida’s infrastructure is designed with hurricanes in mind and drainage is factored in.

All local television stations interrupt programming and go 24/7 hurricane coverage and point out where flooding and tornadoes are, warning people. I remember during Hurricane Frances our local newsman said a tornado was spotted on a specific road which was located behind us. We went into our home shelter and we heard the tornado behind us. I am grateful to the newsman for his report because we were able to go into our shelter.

I have lived all over Florida for the past 30 years. I have experienced more hurricanes living “inland” than living on the coastline. Maybe it is time to move to the coast again. Most of Florida is under a tornado watch and warning.

Irma is suppose to hit our area overnight tonight but tornadoes are an all day and night possibility. Current projections show Cape Coral / Ft Myers to take a direct hit, then Tampa. We’ve heard a crane in Miami is dangling from a building and there is some wind damage. When you consider our entire state is 60-90 miles wide and Irma is about 450 miles in diameter,  you see how the whole state can feel the impact.

Not sure if we will loose power and if so, for how long so I wanted to update you on the situation. One thing for sure, Florida has experience with hurricanes and our state has a great hurricane program in place. Over 1 million people already with no power and the storm just left the Keys. And yes, all tourist attractions are closed until Tuesday including Disney, Universal, Sea World, Legoland and the state has everything closed including supermarkets, gas stations and all businesses. Curfews are in place to prevent looting.

I have posted our latest advisory for you to see. The information is from Fox35 out of Orlando, Florida. We are about 50 miles northwest of Orlando. The east coast is getting tornadoes from the feeder bands. I will try to update you later. God is in control and it is time for people to repent in our country and turn back to God.

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Are Hurricanes From God?

Many believers study the signs in the heavens including eclipses and the moon. Scripture even tells us there are signs God sends us. It has been reported the blood moons are a warning to Israel and the solar eclipse is a warning to Gentile nations. Whether you believe that or not is not the point.

We don’t hear much news from Israel unless we go to news sites from Israel. So evaluating the blood moons takes time. Additionally, we have the jubilee of Jerusalem coming up September 23, 2017. War is on the horizon for Israel because scripture tells us war is coming to Israel.

When we look at the events since the “celebrated” eclipse, we have to acknowledge there has been a shift. We see brush fires in the American west, the largest solar flare in years, Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City yesterday triggering a tsunami, Hurricane Irma targeting Florida’s entire state. It would not surprise me to see ice storms and blizzards this winter in America’s north and northeast.

Global warming is not the cause for these events, God may be shaking things up. When you look at the sin and filth on public television and cable, America has been feeding on ungodliness and so have other nations.

Anyone who has studied scripture knows these types of events may come from God to get people to repent. To turn from evil and wickedness to the Lord. Believers should be standing in the gap repenting and praying for their community, their state and their country. We need to be salt and light, not worldly and act like the heathen.

Many of our regular readers know we are in Florida. When you think of the storm that came up when Peter walked on the water or when the disciples woke Jesus up because they feared the storm (Matthew 14:22-31 KJV  ” And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
[23] And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
[24] But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
[25] And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
[26] And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
[27] But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
[28] And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
[29] And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
[30] But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
[31] And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”)

Notice how Jesus responded to their fear of the wind.  So when you look at hurricanes, God gives us wisdom but when circumstances prohibit your actions, like the disciples were in a boat on the water and could not get out of the way of the storm, you have to trust the Lord and have faith.

Even Paul was shipwrecked 3 times. They lost the ship in the storm but God saved them, their life. We are in the new path of Hurricane Irma in Florida. One of my first thoughts? Elijah going up to heaven in a whirlwind. How cool is that. And if we get “shipwrecked” we are in good company.

My prayer is God be merciful to the state of Florida. Yes, I have been praying and repenting for my lack of prayer for Florida over the years. Disasters bring people to God and Lord willing, the recent disasters in America bring Americans back to God. For Americans to repent and become salt and light again. Until next time.

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