"...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.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Why Study Bible Prophecy At All?

Why does Bible Prophecy matter?

Why study it at all?

What made me get into it?

After watching Dr. David R. Reagan's two videos on "rebellious" America, something was triggered in me to focus on Bible Prophecy.

Sure, I was a baby Christian, hardly even a day old then, but I was magnetized to study Bible Prophecy.

When you are intrigued or interested in something -- as if a "call" had been sounded -- you don't even think how difficult or challenging it may be.

That never even occurred to me, for I've been a relentless reader, writer, student, and researcher on matters of the self and soul since I was a child -- what more when it was a question of knowing more about God and Christ's Prophecies -- something I'd waited for all my life?

I personally felt the urgency of the times. I'm just blessed to be here on time to tell you these things, even as many have gone on before me.

On 6 September 2019, I felt I was in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing -- focusing on God, Christ, the Bible, and Bible Prophecy.

Forty-five days later, today, my zeal has grown even more.

Sure, unbelievers will call us "nuts" like how John MacArthur once wondered about how people call end times ministers "Grape Nuts" (how it ought to be one or the other).

Thanks to internet evangelist, Nathan Jones, a colleague of Dr. David R. Reagan, the short (a little over five minutes) video will give you a quick run-through of the importance of studying Bible Prophecy.

When else will you do so?

When it's too late?

I've made my decision first week of September 2019.

And there was no turning back after that.

Every day merely showed how little I knew and that it was time to catch up.

Read the Bible.

It will tell you everything you know, for it's God's Word.

It's time to learn more about 27% of the Bible -- Prophecies.

"...worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

Revelation 19:10 NIV

Dr. David R. Reagan on the "Divinity of Jesus"

What would it take for people to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our Savior?

What more proof do people need?

Was His Death, Resurrection, and Promises all for naught?

I may have embraced Christ a bit late but never too late for my soul, for when God called my attention to Christ's Power and Divinity on 6 September 2019, there was no turning back but only full force forward.

It became night and day studies -- non-stop.

You can see the results of my awakening here on this blog where I'd written 51 posts (9 from a previous blog and 42 here) since that day in September.

I know I can write fast, but this time, I'm taking greater care what I write and it must ALWAYS be backed by Scriptures.

A friend recently remarked that I was "on fire" and he's very accurate about that.

When you acknowledge Jesus as your Savior, the Messiah of this cruel and unbelieving world, you will be fired up in ways only known to the Holy Spirit -- for He is the Spirit of Truth -- the One I had been waiting for to correct me.

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16:15-16 NIV

As we get to the end times, the attacks on Christ's Divinity will intensify -- it's an all-out war from the destroyer and his demons.

How patient and loving Christ is.

How he tolerates all these slings, arrows, and blasphemes at His Person and Spirit. But there's one "unforgivable sin" and that will be for a future post.

A previous post shares with you man's evil ways and ought we be surprised disbelief is but one of his many traits?

I don't know about you, but when God touched my heart (for I searched for Him all my life) that day in September, I did an IMMEDIATE and URGENT "180-degree turn", as my Bible teacher friend remarked triumphantly.

After that, it was all repentance and yet an ever-growing and every day eagerness to know more about Jesus.

Please listen to Dr. Reagan's short but lovely video above and pay attention to the verse below which he also shared about Christ's Divinity:

3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Hebrews 1:3 NIV

Read the Bible -- all the proof is right there.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

On the Question of Suffering and Evil

It's a fair question, and a very common one at that, when people who are in pain and suffering (or even those so ready to mock God and Christians), ask, "If God is so good why is there suffering in the world?"

True believers of God and those who read the Bible cringe at such unbelief challenging the love and power of God.

But like I said, it's a fair question in this world of many religions.

We do have free will:

15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Joshua 24:15 NIV

How we exercise that free will is another story.

To put things in perspective, John MacArthur says there are no "good" people, in answer to that popular book, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People".

Do you believe there are no good people?

I do, because the Bible tells me so.

Here's God to tell you Himself, thus the Flood:

5 The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

Genesis 6:5 NIV

And after the Flood, here's what God says:

21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

Genesis 8:21 NIV

The Bible -- the infallible Word of God -- is proof positive of man's perpetual sinfulness.

The Bible doesn't mock our fallibility, otherwise God wouldn't have sent His Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-17 NIV

It takes a humble heart to know Christ.

And let's face it: we are an ungrateful lot.

When you really care to know God in full, you will eagerly and happily listen to His Words, become obedient, and trusting.

You will also be faithful and devoted to His Word.

And the Bible carries all the answers to any and every question the human race has.

Jesus offers us comfort in our times of difficulties.

He says:

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

So, there's really no need to lament, accuse, blame, or give up.

Christ is in charge.

The only question has always been:

Have we received Him?

To protect ourselves from evil, we can do what my Bible teacher friend recommends from the ever-wiser King Solomon:

“…Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”

Ecclesiastes 12:13. NIV

(Verses sourced from biblegateway.com)