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Was Solomon Saved – Who’s Your Partner

Last time we said –

1 Kings 7:1 told us it took Solomon 13 years to build his house which means Solomon has been king in Israel now for a while. Solomon started the temple in his 4th year and it took 7 years to build the temple plus 13 years to build his own house. Solomon has about 24 years as king now.

And then, It happens.

Now the first physical temple is built in Jerusalem, by King Solomon, David’s son. Solomon prays during the temple dedication starting in 1 Kings 8:31. Then notice, after the temple dedication, the Lord appears to Solomon a second time.

1 Kings 9:1-10 KJV  “And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the Lord , and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he was pleased to do,
[2] That the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.
[3] And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
[4] And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:
[5] Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.
[6] But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them:
[7] Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:
[8] And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and to this house?
[9] And they shall answer, Because they forsook the Lord their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the Lord brought upon them all this evil.
[10] And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the Lord , and the king’s house….”

Notice God told Solomon, if you or your children turn from following me, I will cut off Israel out of the land. 1 Kings 9:6,7.

We know scripture tells us Solomon’s heart was turned away from God and we know Israel lost their land and it was not until May 1948 when Israel recaptured their land.

So how could a guy, after God appeared to him twice, turn away from God? Scripture tells us Solomon loved many strange women. Why does this matter? Because the strange women Solomon loved and married did not have the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Those strange women served false gods.

Starting in 1 Kings 9:16 and beyond,  God tells us Solomon marries Egypt’s Pharaoh’s daughter. Solomon gave the Queen of Sheba whatever she wanted in 1 Kings 10:13. This is the reason Solomon’s heart was turned away from the Lord.

1 Kings 11:1-2 KJV  “But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;
[2] Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.”

Paul tells believers the same thing in 
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 KJV  “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
[15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
[16] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them ; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
[17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you,”

God warned Solomon about not taking wives from the following nations:
~ Egyptians
~ Moabites
~ Ammonites
~ Edomites
~ Zidonians
~ Hitties

Don’t marry from these peoples. Why?
~ They do not serve the same god as the Lord. They serve false gods.
~ They will turn your heart away from the Lord God Almighty.

And when did they turn Solomon’s heart away from God? We will look at that next time. Until next time.

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Was Solomon Saved Part 2 – Dreams

Last time we said:

Keeping our title of this post in mind, what do we learn so far?
– Solomon knew God – he loved the Lord.
– Solomon walked in the ways of the Lord.
– Solomon knew God showed his father David great mercy.
– Solomon knew his father David walked in God’s ways with an upright heart.

Based on what is recorded in scripture, was Solomon saved?

When God asked Solomon, What shall I give you, Solomon asked for a heart change.  He wanted God to give him an understanding heart so he could judge between good and bad. And notice what God replies.

God’s answer to Solomon’s request? God tells Solomon, normally people ask for one of three things:
~ long life
~ riches for themselves
~ the life of their enemies

1 Kings 3:11 KJV  “And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;”

But you asked for yourself understanding to discern judgment, I have done according to thy words.

God gives Solomon what he asks for PLUS MORE . God adds to what Solomon asked for and gives him things he did not ask for:
~ riches
~ honour
And if you walk in my ways to keep my statutes and commandments, as thy father David, then I will lengthen thy days,
~ long life

1 Kings 3:13-14 KJV  “And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.
[14] And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.”

And Solomon awoke and it was a dream, verse 15.

We learn from this, God speaks to us when we are sleeping physically in our flesh. God speaks to us in dreams. So when you dream, you should keep a pad and pencil next to your bed so when you wake, you write every single thing down that you remember from the dream. Especially write every word from a conversation. Ask the Lord to help you write everything down. Then write all the symbols and colors you remember. Pay attention to every detail including were you walking to or from or standing still. Then you take scripture to help you interpret symbols.

Getting back to Solomon, we read God gave Solomon wisdom.

1 Kings 5:12 KJV  “And the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together.”

For us to understand Solomon and ask if he were “saved”, we need to stick with his life story. I am not going into all the detail but I want to look at the overall picture.

After Solomon’s dream and God speaking with Solomon in his sleep, in 1 Kings 6 God records it is 480 years after Israel came out if bondage in Egypt, in the 4th year of Solomon’s reign and in the month of Zif (the 2nd month) Solomon starts building the temple. We are told it took 7 years to build the temple and in the month of Bul (the 8th month) the temple was finished.

Solomon built his house too and after the building was done,  then we read in 1 Kings 8, in Jerusalem, at the feast of dedication, in the month of Ethanim  (the 7th month) the temple is dedicated and Solomon prays “if any man” in 1 Kings 8:31 -1 Kings 9:1.

1 Kings 7:1 told us it took Solomon 13 years to build his house which means Solomon has been king in Israel now for a while. Solomon started the temple in his 4th year and it took 7 years to build the temple plus 13 years to build his own house. Solomon has about 24 years as king now.

And then, It happens. We will pick it up from here next time. Until next time.

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Was Solomon Saved?

When we say the word, “saved” we use that word because it is more a New Testament word. Scripture teaches us the Old Testament saints had to keep the law for salvation. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law and we are justified by his blood atonement at the cross. And through faith in Christ and his blood paying our sin debt, we are saved. As Paul explains we must believe that in our heart and confess Jesus with our mouth.

Some people think they can loose their salvation based on their works. If they do something bad, they think they can loose their salvation. Salvation is not based on our works at all but on what Jesus did at the cross. Yet, some people do not want to believe God’s word on the issue.

Even some  “seasoned” believers think if someone stops believing, they can loose their salvation. Scripture tells us,

Ephesians 1:10-14 KJV  “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
[11] In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
[12] That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
[13] In whom ye also trusted , after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
[14] Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Notice once someone gets saved, becomes a true believer, God seals them. We are sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. We have another example of God sealing believers in the tribulation. God seals 144,000 Jews. 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Once God seals them, do you think they can loose their salvation? No.

But let’s look at Solomon. Was Solomon saved? Yes or No? We know Solomon was King David’s son and Solomon was set up by God to rule and reign over Israel after David. We also know God spoke to Solomon and asked him what he would like from God.

1 Kings opens with David is old and getting ready to leave this world. Solomon is set up as king. David dies in chapter two and in chapter three, God speaks to Solomon. Notice when God spoke to Solomon?

1 Kings 3:4-5 KJV  “And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.
[5] In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.”

Notice, it was night time and Solomon was asleep. God appeared to Solomon while Solomon’s body/flesh was sleeping. God spoke to Solomon in a dream. This would indicate that while our body, our flesh sleeps, our spirit man is awake. How do we know this? Because when God asked Solomon a question, Solomon answered God. Solomon’s body was sleeping and Solomon had a dream and it was in that dream where God spoke to Solomon.

Do you dream? Do you hear from God in your dreams?

Then notice how Solomon answers God. Solomon did not just answer God, Solomon acknowledges first –
–  He knows God walked with his father David.
–  Solomon notices God’s great kindness to David in giving David a son to sit on the throne.
–  Solomon acknowledges his own inability by saying he is but a child and he does not know how to do things. (I can relate)
Then Solomon answers God and makes his request.

1 Kings 3:9 KJV  “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”

Keeping our title of this post in mind, what do we learn so far?
– Solomon knew God – he loved the Lord.
– Solomon walked in the ways of the Lord.
– Solomon knew God showed his father David great mercy.
– Solomon knew his father David walked in God’s ways with an upright heart.

Based on what is recorded in scripture, was Solomon saved?

Next time, we will look at God’s answer to Solomon. Feel free to read ahead. Start at 1 Kings chapter 3 and read through to the end of chapter 12.

Until next time.

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Changes – It’s In The Seed Part 2

Last time we said –

So the tomatoes growing on a stalk are a creation. The corn is a creation. The baby is a creation. But the believer is a completely new creature. And Paul said to the  Colossians, you are dead. The old you is dead.

Scripture likens physical death of a believer as sleep. So the question is, when we sleep, is our soul and spirit sleeping or just our body? We will explore that more later because we are looking at “seed” here.

One great example Paul uses for believers to understand what kind of body we will have in eternity is laid out in 1 Corinthians 15. There were some people teaching there is no resurrection from the dead once a person dies. Paul told them they were wrong and Jesus Christ himself is our example.

1 Corinthians 15 starts with Paul explaining what the gospel of salvation is in verses 1 – 11 . Then Paul explains the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 verses 12 – 31 . Then notice how Paul explains the resurrected body by using examples of different flesh in verses 32 – 49. And Paul likens this to “seed” in verses 35, 36 and 37. Then look at verse 44 –

1 Corinthians 15:44 KJV  ” It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.”

And Paul concludes the chapter explaining all believers will not fall asleep ( die in the flesh ) but all will be changed.

The body we have now, in the flesh, is from the seed of Adam. So when you look at that tomato seed or corn seed you say this is tomato seed and will grow tomatoes. Or this corn seed is of corn and will grow more corn. And we, as humans, are seed from Adam and we grow more Adams, humans.

But if you are born again, born of God, you are a new creature. A whole new being created from the seed of the word of God. And that new creature is living inside your mortal body, your flesh. But one day, God is going to remove you from your fleshly body and give you a new body.

I post 1 Corinthians 15 so you can read this for yourselves.

1 Corinthians 15:1-58 KJV  “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
[2] By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
[3] For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
[4] And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
[5] And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
[6] After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
[7] After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
[8] And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
[9] For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
[10] But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
[11] Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
[12] Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
[13] But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
[14] And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
[15] Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
[16] For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
[17] And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
[18] Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
[19] If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
[20] But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
[21] For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
[22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
[23] But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
[24] Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
[25] For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
[26] The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
[27] For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him.
[28] And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
[29] Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
[30] And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?
[31] I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
[32] If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
[33] Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
[34] Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
[35] But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
[36] Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
[37] And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain :
[38] But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
[39] All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
[40] There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
[41] There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
[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.”

Until next time.

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Changes – It’s In The Seed

Believers often look at how much God has “changed” them since they were saved. Many say they are a new “creation” and they base that comment on 2 Corinthians 5:17. Several Bibles use the word “creation” but the King James Bible uses the word “creature” and there is a good reason for that. But I am not going to convince you creature is the correct word, you will convince yourself after you read this post.

We know God created everything, including the sun, stars, trees, animals, flowers and man. And because these all are living, they are called creatures of God’s creation according to Webster’s 1828 dictionary.

So I considered, why did God use the word creature in 2 Cor. 5:17 and not the word creation? What is the difference between a new creation and a new creature? This will be exciting so stick with me a moment.  When you use the word creation here in 2 Cor. 5:17 it is like you are saying you are re-created in the same form, the same being. But if you use the word creature, that means a whole knew being.

So I considered, why did God use the word creature? God did not “re-create” believers in the flesh and God did not “re-create” believers spirit man because scripture tells us when we get saved our spirit man is “quickened” or made alive unto God. Our spirit man is not re-created meaning it is not a new creation. And our body and mind are not re-created.

Before we are saved we have a body, a soul (our mind, will and emotions), and a spirit. Our spirit however, is dead unto God because of the sin nature we inherited from Adam and Eve. Once we get saved, we have the same body and our mind is “renewed” and our spirit is “quickened” unto God according to

Ephesians 2:1-2 KJV  “And you hath he quickened , who were dead in trespasses and sins;
[2] Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”

So using the word creation would be like saving God re-created us in this body and that, according to scripture, is in error. Now my regular readers know – I am a staunch believer in God having one word, not 54 different versions of his word and that is why I believe the King James Bible is God’s word in English. And the KJV uses the word creature, not creation, for a reason.

So I wondered why did God say creature? 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

So, before you were saved compared to now, after you are saved, are you the same creature? Consider this. Take a tomato seed or corn seed and look at it, study it, hold it in your hand. Now think, when that seed is planted in the ground, it brings forth fruit after its kind. It brings forth a stalk loaded with tomatoes or loaded with corn, right? But you planted only one seed.

You planted one seed but the one seed grew into a stalk and produced several tomatoes or many corn. Are the “offspring” of the tomatoes or of the corn a new creature or a new creation?

Let’s take this a step further. The seed of man is in the sperm of a man. Once the seed has been planted in a woman, a baby begins to grow inside the woman. After about 9 months, a baby is born. Is the baby a creature or creation?

Genesis tells us God created everything and God put seeds inside “things” so they would “replenish themselves” . So tomato seeds replenish tomatoes and corn seeds replenish corn and human seeds replenish humans.

But what about God and believers? Remember,  Paul said if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. They are not a new re-creation of themselves but they are a completely new creature. A new being. How do we know? 2 Cor. 5:17 says so,  “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

New creatures come from the seed of their creature. It is all in the seeds. For God, we are told the seed is the word of God. Luke 8:11 KJV  “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”

For the true born again believer, Jesus explains it this way. Luke 16:16 KJV
” The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.”

A change came. The Old Testament up to John was not about the kingdom of God. That is what Jesus says in Luke 16:16. But since then, the kingdom of God is preached. What is the kingdom of God?

Luke 17:20-21 KJV  “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
[21] Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

And when Paul explains the kingdom of God to the Corinthians, Paul tells them the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 KJV
” For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”

So how does one get into this kingdom of God? It is in the seed. Jesus explained it this way –

Luke 8:10-15 KJV. “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.”

So the tomatoes growing on a stalk are a creation. The corn is a creation. The baby is a creation. But the believer is a completely new creature. And Paul said to the  Colossians, you are dead. The old you is dead.

Colossians 3:1-4 KJV  “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
[2] Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
[3] For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
[4] When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

And Paul explains to the churches –
1 Thessalonians 1:5-6 KJV  “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
[6] And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:”

So the true born again believer is not a new creation of themselves like a new tomato or corn. But believers are a new creature who is temporarily housed in this earthen vessel (our mortal body) but as the apostle John tells us – 1 John 3:2 KJV  “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

Believers are completely new creatures created in Christ from the seed of the word of God. And although Paul likens our new creature to babes in Christ, Paul uses the earthly understanding to teach new creature truths. Just as true water baptism is immersion picturing a dying, burial and resurrection of the believer, a person truly gets saved, they died and are a completely new creature in Christ,  created from God’s seed ( the word of God).

So if you use the word, a new creation in 2 Corinthians 5:17 instead of a new creature, you are saying with your mouth, confessing with your tongue that you are a new person created in your family’s image. But if you are a new creature, born from the seed of the word of God, all things have become new and you are a new  being created in Christ Jesus.

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It’s What You Do With It

There is a saying that goes something like, God created you and that is a gift from God. What you make of yourself is your gift to God. At face value, the saying is doctrinally in error but the message is designed to encourage people to make your life count for God.

We go through the motions in life. We get up in the morning and hopefully spend time alone with God every morning,  before we start our day. Then we go about our business all day, come home and spend time with the family and then, go to bed. Then we start the process all over again the next day.

When I heard a preacher explaining how believers stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ and unbelievers stand before the Great White Throne Judgement, the preacher emphasized the wood, hay and stubble from 1 Corinthians. The preacher was focusing on rewards Jesus gives us but I was reminded to always re-evaluate what I am doing, my labours. Why? Because our labours are going to be tried, tested to see not only our motives, but the purpose of why we labour in specific “things”.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 KJV  “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.”

Isn’t it time we all look at what we do all day, every day, and ask, is this wood, hay and stubble? When I looked at my work, my job, I asked if it was wood, hay and stubble. Then the Lord helped me to see my work provides a means to help others, to share the gospel, to be a blessing to others. Yes, my work provides for my needs but if it is all about providing for me, where is the reward? But if I use my provisions for the Lord’s glory, the Lord’s business, therein is the reward. It is what you do with “it” that matters.

Scripture tells us of two people, one a believer and one an unbeliever. The believer struggled all their life and the unbeliever was wealthy and had everything. There are people like this today. And believers have an opportunity to earn eternal rewards that Jesus gives us. Sadly,  many believers are earning wood, hay and stubble because they are caught up in the cares of this world, this earthly life. And in the mean time, souls are going to hell. We need to be about our Lord’s business, not our business.

Luke 16:19-31 KJV  “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
[20] And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
[21] And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
[22] And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
[23] And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
[24] And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
[25] But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
[26] And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
[27] Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
[28] For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
[29] Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
[30] And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
[31] And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

We believers are ambassadors for Christ. This world is not our home. I encourage you to build rewards and not wood, hay and stubble.

Until next time.

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Bullies, Torment & Death

Last time we said –

What is the motive or purpose of a bully? To scare you. Bullies threaten people to scare them into doing something or into agreeing with them. A bully’s method of operation is fear.

You see, fear and torment get rooted in your mind, in your thoughts. So for example, if some bully has been bullying you, the bully wants to plant fear into your mind, into your thoughts. Then every time you see that bully or hear something about that bully, fear rises in your mind and brings torment to you.

The apostle John explains in 1 John 4:18 fear has torment. The context is those in Christ are not tormented by fear. So if you have fear, you are tormented  by that fear. 1 John 4:18 KJV  “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

Notice, fear has torment. So the more you practice fear, the more fear grows and the more fear grows, the more torment one has. If no fear, no torment.

One of the greatest fears of mankind is the fear of death. Why does mankind fear death? Most people know, naked came I into this world and naked I leave this world. Another words, when you die, you can not take anything physical from this world with you. People fear death, I think, mainly for two reasons. One, they do not know if when they die, it will hurt, have pain, physical pain. And two, they do not know what happens to them after they die. And because of these two main things, people “fear” death.

All of the religions in this world have their own theories about death, but only one book knows about death, can explain death and can prove what they say, the scriptures. Not only did Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead, but Jesus himself, rose from the dead.

There are many examples of people on earth seeing things in heaven. And people on earth being “caught up” into heaven including Elijah, Enoch, (who I believe are the two witnesses in Revelation). Paul mentions 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 KJV  “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
[3] And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
[4] How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”

There are plenty of Scripture that tell us when our physical body dies in this world, God gives us a different body. After you die in your body, you will either go to heaven or hell and neither location has to do with how good you have been. The entire Old Testament points to the Lord Jesus Christ and his coming. The New Testament shows he came and he is coming back – first in the clouds to gather believers (see 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) and then Jesus is coming and will stand on the Mount of Olives and the mountain will split.

Zechariah 14:4 KJV  “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”

Maybe we will do a post on the second coming of Jesus very soon. But this post is about fear and bullies.

God is love, not fear. God is life, not death. Jesus tells us in John 10:10 KJV
” The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Who is the thief? Satan, the devil.  Paul explains the flesh, death and Jesus in the book of Hebrews. Hebrews 2:14 KJV  ” Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he  also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”

The fear of death brings bondage
Hebrews 2:15 KJV  “And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

Hebrews 2:16-17 KJV  ” For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
[17] Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”

You see, Jesus is God clothed in humanity. And Jesus destroyed the devil’s power over death in this world. Why do you think God told Satan that Satan could not kill Job? The first time Satan wanted to go after Job, Satan took away Job’s family and worldly possessions but God would not let Satan touch Job physically.

Job 1:12 KJV  “And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.”

The second time Satan went after Job, God told him okay but save his life. Don’t kill him. Job 2:6 KJV  “And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.”

Why would God tell Satan to save Job’s life? Satan had the power to kill people. But as Paul tells us, Jesus took that power away from Satan when Jesus died on the cross shedding his blood for mankind’s sin debt and then Jesus rose from the dead conquering death, hell and the grave.

Hebrews 2:14 KJV  “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”

Notice, that he (Jesus) through death, would destroy the devil. The devil has no power or authority over anyone who is in Christ.

And we know from Scripture, Satan entered Judah Iscariot trying to destroy Jesus. Luke 22:3 KJV  “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.”

We also know Satan is going to enter a man in the future because Paul warns in 2 Thessalonians 2, Daniel mentions it in the book of Daniel and in the book of Revelation John explains the coming Antichrist.

The answer to fear? Get in Christ, don’t just believe in your head, invite the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart and ask him to forgive you and save you, to save your soul.

Until next time

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