"...worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Revelation 19:10)

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Another Blog Has Sprung

Thanks to Joseph, my Bible teacher and friend, another blog has sprung from whatever the Holy Spirit was guiding me to each day.

Joseph was urging me, long before I was ready.

He knew my faith in Jesus would bear more fruit.

And one day, yesterday, I was finally ready.

So ready that I believe I wrote 10 articles by hand in less than a day for that new blog.

And here's the result of it -- "Discipleship Unto Jesus" -- featuring three out of the initial 10 articles.

My new blog shares with you the Words and Teachings of Jesus, what it means to be His disciple, and how it applies to our everyday life and work.

If you love Him, you will listen to Him.

If you listen to Him, you will naturally follow Him.

And if you follow Him, you will obey His specific instructions.

Jesus is the Word of God, as the apostle John wrote in one of my favorite gospels:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 1:1-14 King James Version (KJV)

(Bible verse from biblegateway.com)

The Operative Word for the End Times

32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Mark 13:32 King James Version (KJV)

Knowing such, we can only be ready at anytime, for when the Lord comes.

Jesus will come on that white horse. Listen to the apostle John's testimony:

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Revelation 19:11 King James Version (KJV)

This time, Christ will come in full force of His Being, ready to do battle:

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Revelation 19:12 King James Version (KJV)

And He will be known to us by this Name:

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Revelation 19:13 King James Version (KJV)

All along, we've been taught and warned.

The only question is: how many listen?

Jesus has told us:

35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

Mark 13:35 King James Version (KJV)

For all who love God, the operative word is "Watch!"

37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Mark 13:37 King James Version (KJV)

One word is all it takes*.

Again, the question is: how many will listen?

There is something beautiful to look forward to, you know.

Click this.

*Actually, there are two more operative words, but that's for another blog post.

(All verses sourced from biblegateway.com)

Thursday, November 7, 2019

What the Word of God Means to Me As a Writer

Gone is the speed.

There is more thought now.

Better care.

Openness for correction.

Even greater responsibility.

But more zeal, thirst, and love.

And it's all for Jesus.

That's how my life has changed since I became a born-again Christian on 6 September 2019.

As a writer and lecturer, I deal with words.

But why must I exercise greater care with thoughts and words more than ever? 

Because words, written or spoken, have power.

36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:36-37 NIV

A writer with Christ in her heart, must really take more love and care in the choice of thoughts and words.

Words can either be a blessing or a curse:

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

James 3:10 KJV

Ideally, all my words will have come from the Holy Spirit alone, the One Jesus asked His Father to help us:

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

John 14:16-17 NIV

When you become a true believer and follower of Christ, everything changes.

You change, your life changes, your work changes, your manner changes, you are simply a changed person.

You only profess and reflect all things Jesus in every aspect of your life, work, word, and deed.

You become a true follower of Jesus, believing that He is the Son of God, sent by the Father, and have come to save the world:

14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

1 John 4:14 NIV

And maybe the verse below applies to those of us who are renewed in spirit, with new work to do:

22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”

Mark 2:22 NIV

(All verses sourced from biblegateway.com)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Only God is Good

I celebrate my two months as a baby Christian today, the 6th of November 2019.

In that time, I've started really reading the Bible and studying it, taking down notes which have filled three notebooks and used three ballpens already.

And that's only from having read Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, part of Numbers, and the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and nearly done with John.

It is no boast, my dear readers. 

If the Bible has 66 books and I've only read not even eight, that means I have 58 more books to read.

Long way to go.

It is hard work for I aim to get things accurately about God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Salvation, Eternal Life, and Bible Prophecy. 

I am not a theologian.

I'm just a quiet and independent writer and researcher who has embraced Christ in full as a two-month-old born-again Christian, thanks to my Bible teacher, Joseph, and to Dr. David R. Reagan.

I also love God with all my heart and thirst for Jesus' Words.

The Bible has so many beautiful verses from God, Christ, the prophets, and the apostles, but somehow, one particular verse really puts things in perspective for me, my life, and my work, and here it is:

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.

Mark 10:18 NIV

In so very few words, Jesus reveals His own humility, even as John the Baptist, His beloved cousin and precursor, had this to say about our Savior:

27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

John 1:27 KJV

God knows the heart of man. After the Flood, God has this to say about man:

Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood.

Genesis 8:21 NIV

Very humbling, isn't it?

But if you can accept our true nature, then you know we all need to be corrected, and that's why we must look to Jesus as our Savior.

If you cannot accept it, then the world is still too much in you.

And you know who rules the world, right?

Check this previous post in case you're not aware. 

But all is not lost.

The Bible says that Jesus is the Way to God:

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6 NIV

If you really aim to know Christ, you must lose that ego.

Only Jesus must remain.

Remember this, then:

30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

John 3:30 KJV

(All verses from biblegateway.com and biblestudytools.com)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Jacob Prasch on The End Times

Joseph, my Bible teacher friend, shared the video above and I was pleased to have become aware of Jacob Prasch.

Head of Moriel Ministries, Jacob says:

"The dawn of antichrist is the sign of the last hour."

He also refers to the Bible about the end times:

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

1 John 2:18 King James Version (KJV)

We are truly in very perilous times more than ever.

As Jesus would often say, "Those who have ears, let him hear."

Jacob Prasch also says when you see any kind of denial of Jesus' coming, you are dealing with the spirit of the antichrist.

Here's another helpful set of verses which helps us recognize the Spirit of God and to be careful of false prophets and the antichrist:

On Denying the Incarnation

4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit[a] of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

1 John 4:1-6 New International Version (NIV)

1 John 4:6 Or spirit

The Bible is the Word of God and reveals all to the believing heart.

What need you of any other source for the end times and of proper conduct of our lives until Jesus comes back?

The Bible will be your best friend and the Holy Spirit will be your Spirit of Truth and Comforter, for Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit.

Stay closest to God more than ever.

(All verses sourced from biblegateway.com)

Monday, October 28, 2019

Are You a Mary or a Martha?

Are you a Mary or a Martha?

Are you of Christ or of the world?

Here's a lovely story to discover which one you are from the Gospel of Luke:

At the Home of Martha and Mary

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 19:38-42 NIV


Luke 10:42 Some manuscripts but only one thing is needed.)

So, which one are you?

If Christ came to your home, would you immediately sit at His Feet and listen to His Word with complete attention?

If you are led by the Holy Spirit to listen to God's Word, would He have your undivided attention?

Or would you be like Martha, caught up in unimportant things that Jesus didn't come to you for?

Martha did open her home to Christ but she was caught up in work that didn't really matter nor honor Christ at that sacred moment.

Furthermore, she was asking Jesus to tell Mary to help her.

That is grave disrespect for Jesus who invites us to listen to Him.

Nothing of this world can give us the Wisdom only God can give.

Christ made time for us.

Won't we devote all our time to Him instead?

Can we drop EVERYTHING we're doing and give homage to the Son of God who died on the cross for us?

What could matter more than the Word of God, which is Jesus anyway?

The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1 NIV

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(Bible verse source: biblegateway.com and biblestudytools.com)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Why Scripture Matters

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and  training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:14, 16-17 NIV

With that Scripture quote alone we don't even need to write another word for it supports itself.

But I think I'll write a bit more about how how beautiful it is to live and breathe God in your heart by studying His Word through the Bible.

When you become a true born-again Christian, your life will change magnificently.

When you've been touched by God, you will only want to know EVERYTHING about Him.

It's almost like oxygen for you.

You breathe in from the Bible each day.

You listen to chosen sermons each day.

A lot of those had been carefully selected for use on this blog.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, the one Christ left us with, to teach us:

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."

John 14:15-18 NIV

I've also found that people who are in Christ tend to find each other and God connects us effortlessly.

You will find yourself with a new circle of friends who are so much like you -- loving God above all.

And all because you sought God and wanted to learn more about Him.

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.

Jeremiah 29:13-14 NIV

You will also find, from reading Scriptures and loving God with all your heart, that you've become humble and teachable.

Also, you will see the world for what it is:

On Not Loving the World

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 2:15-17 NIV

The greatest wisdom is that which comes from the Word of God -- JESUS

How else have I come to know all these but through the Bible and through the various teachers I've featured on this blog?

Have a teachable heart.

Open your heart to Jesus, through God's Scriptures.

Your life will be as you never knew it before.