POOR JESUS   Leave a comment

Poor Jesus.

We just don’t remember you.

We remember a little about you.

That remembering,

is what we call salvation.

We don’t know what you said.

We don’t remember.

Were your words important at all?

Did you bring a message?

Did you????

They say,

that just your birth and death were enough.

Everything that they teach me,

contradicts

every word that you left here.

You know,

those dusty old words left up on the shelf,

that no one knows about anymore.

So what was the point?

Just smile,

and sit on my butt,

in a building,

all the while saying,

Isn’t it great to be saved?????????

Poor Jesus

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The New Testament Calls Jesus Savior 17 times.

The same New Testament calls him Lord Just under 700 times.

Connect the dots.

The word, “if” is in the New Testament 548 times.

The word, “if” denotes condition.

If Jesus is Lord, then shouldn’t we pay attention to the words He said???

“Why do you call me Lord, Lord and you don’t do the things that I say?”

“If you love me keep my commandments.”

“This is my commandment, that you
love one another as I haved loved you.
Greater love has no man than this; That
a man lay down his life for his friends. You are
my friends (if) you whatsoever I command you.”
.
.
“Search the scriptures
for in them you think you have
eternal life, but they are they
which testify of me, and you will
not come to me that you might have life.”

 

Long before there was ever talk of a cross He said….

” The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom
of God is at hand: Repent ye, and
believe the GOSPEL.”
.
.
We call Him savior, ignoring that He is LORD.
We call Him Lord yet ignore nearly everything that He said.
We play church, and we forget that this is only
about laying down this valueless earthly existence.
We call historical facts about Him the Gospel,
and we desecrate HIS message, because somehow
our opinions outweigh His Words.
We have thrown out the wheat
and worshiped the empty husk.
Yes, His Words are hard,
But he brought a message
that you cannot even bear to hear.
If we can’t grab hold of the easy
stuff, HOW in the name of GOD
shall we ever partake
of the truth???
.
.
If you continue in my Word, then you are my disciples indeed,
and you shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall
make  you
free….
           Jesus

 

 

 
 

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Hosea 4:6 tells us that God’s people are destroyed for a
lack of knowledge. It is our deepest prayer, that in these pages,
you will find a wealth of knowledge that will enable you to become
the strong, world changing, Christian, that God is looking for in
these latter days. This book is small enough to keep in your pocket.
Keep it with you, and read it as you have time. Learn what it teaches,
and pass it on.
 

 

 THE FOUR TYPES OF TEACHING

There are four types of teaching found in the church today.
There are more, but most will fall into one of these categories.
The first type of teaching is informational. It teaches us how far it was
across the porch of the temple, or how tall Noah’s ark was. The second
type of teaching is ear tickling. In this type of teaching, we are taught
that another group is wrong, but we are right. This teaching puts
others down, and builds up our pride. It is much like gossip, very ungodly.
The third type of teaching is heretical, or apostate. This is always a type of
teaching that leads us away from Christ. This teaching will focus on things
that have little or nothing to do with true Christianity. It will misinterpret
Scripture to fulfill the desires of man. The fourth type of teaching is 
that which edifies. With this type of teaching, you are made stronger for
living the Christian life, each time you hear it. This teaching builds you up
so that you are more capable of living a Godly life. It is the only type of
teaching you need. Run from the others. If you are not being equipped to
live a victorious Christian life where you are being taught, then quickly
find yourself another teacher. Don’t let church politics, or loyalties,
keep you in an environment that is unproductive for your
spiritual growth.

             

 

THE TWO REALMS

There are two realms, nothing more. They are the physical realm,
and the spiritual realm. We are able to see everything in the physical
realm, but the spiritual realm is invisible to us. It is important to
understand that the spiritual realm is more real than we understand,
because what we rarely consider is that we are spiritual beings.
Whether you know it or not, you are an eternally existing spiritual being.
You are actually a three part being. You are a spirit. That is the part of us
that is created in the image and likeness of God. You have a soul. Your soul;
is your mind, will, and emotions. It is what makes you an individual.
You live in a body. The body is only the vehicle that you get around in
while you’re here. There is a design to how these three parts should
be working together. However, we seem to have it backwards.
We should be led by our spirit, but we are usually led by our body.
If the spirit were leading, we would be seeking love and true peace.
But, with the body leading the way, we seek only those things that
gratify the flesh. Like a pay phone that just takes your money,
we are out of order. Our lives produce bad fruit because we don’t
function the way we were designed to function. Finding a proper
order will help us build a strong foundation. It will help us begin
to produce quality fruit in our lives. The good news is that you don’t
have to live the old life anymore.

  

 

THE TWO KINGDOMS

 

GOD   SATAN
LIFE   DEATH
LIGHT   DARKNESS
TRUTH   LIES
LOVE   HATE
GOOD   EVIL
PEACE   TURMOIL
HEALTH   SICKNESS
MERCY   JUDGEMENT
FAITH   FEAR
GRACE   TORMENT
JOY   DEPRESSION
PATIENCE   ANGER
GIVING   SELFISH
GREAT MARRIAGE   DIVORCE

 

In the spirit realm, there is always a war raging.
Light is fighting against the darkness. It has always been considered
that the prize of this battle, or war that is being fought, was the souls
of men. In one respect, this is quite true. When all is said and done,
we will line up behind the king of  the kingdom we have followed.
Today’s choices declare our eternal future. Know this: Of the two
kingdoms, light will win. The entire message of this book is about
choosing sides. One side has the ability to give you amazing fruit
in your life. The other side will always promise to gratify your flesh,
but it comes at a price.  The fruit is always destruction. You have to
choose sides.
 
Which kingdom you are in, depends on which king you are being
obedient to. If you are living obedient to God and His word, then
you are in His kingdom. If you are obedient to Satan, then you are
in his kingdom. What you need to know, is that disobedience to God,
is obedience to Satan. You don’t have to wear a pentagram to follow
Satan, just ignore the teachings of God.
All day long, you are in a position to make decisions. How you decide
will proclaim who you follow. How you respond to each situation will
declare your king. You represent your king by how you live your life.
If you obey Jesus, then He is your king. If you do not obey him, then
He is not your king. Consider these scriptures.
 
Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of
eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.
 
John 14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments.
 
Luke 6:46 And why do you call me Lord, Lord, and don’t do those
things which I say.
 
Matthew 7:21 Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord,
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the
will of my father which is in heaven.
 
I Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:
and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them
that don’t obey the gospel of God?
 
You need to know, that all things in the kingdom of Satan,
lead toward death.
His kingdom is a kingdom of darkness, and full of lies.
If you are not following God, you are following Satan.
There is no middle ground, no fence to straddle, no grey area.
Everything is clearly black and white. You choose your kingdom,
solely on your obedience, or your disobedience to God. The
wages of sin are always death.
 
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

SIN

 

Sin, is anything in your life that is contrary to the will of God.
Read His word. You will see the things that please Him,
and the things that do not please Him. His words are there
to guide you into the fullness of life. Just as a father tells his
child not to cross the busy street without holding his hand,
God tells us the instruction that will keep us alive with Him forever.
Sin does not please God. We must learn to hate sin, just as we hate
the evil that is in this world.
There are far too many false teachers out there telling believers
that they are just miserable sinners. They teach that you cannot
stop sinning. They teach that you cannot overcome. This is not true.
You do not have to sin. Test yourself. Can you go ten seconds
without sinning? Of course you can. Can you make it thirty seconds?
How about two minutes? If you concentrate real hard you might
be able to go without sinning for a half hour. You get the idea.
You choose not to jump off a bridge every day, because it will kill you.
When you see a bridge, you don’t even think about jumping off of it.
Learned behavior. You can learn not to sin as well, because it will
kill you just the same. If you do sin, you must confess, and repent.
 
I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 
Confession and repentance are the keys to a continual walk with God.
God is aware that this is a process. When a small child begins to walk,
we know that he will fall down a few times. When he falls, should we
throw the child away, and get a new one? O course not. We pick him
up and help him to start walking again. God is like that with us
and we should be that way with one another.

 

 

OBEDIENCE

 

When the Bible uses words such as obey, or commandment,

 

in the New Testament, it is not talking about insisting that you do something.
It is referring to the fruit of relationship. To understand the fruit of
relationship, consider that when a man loves a woman he automatically
does the things that please her. He also knows the things that might
upset her, so he would never consider doing them. This man acts, or orders
his life a certain way, out of his love for her. This is the fruit of relationship.
So, when God lets us know what he wants of us through His word,
He expects that we will do these things because we love Him.
A New Testament commandment is just God looking for fruit
in your relationship with Him. Your entire Christian life is based
on relationship. Salvation included. Consider these scriptures.
 
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you
the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
 
Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name have cast out devils?
And in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them,
 I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
 
John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
 
I John 2:3-5 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
He that says, I know him, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar,
and the truth is not in him. But he who keeps his word, in him truly is the
love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
Learn to practice His presence. By this, we mean that you should live as
though the Lord is always beside you. Speak to Him, listen to Him,
and live as though what He thinks really matters.

 

 

PRAYER

 

 

Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written,
My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer?
But you have made it a den of thieves.
 
Prayer is where we make connection with God, and begin to build relationship.
Prayer is what the church should be all about. When you are trying to build
a relationship with a person in this realm, you try to spend as much time
alone with that person as possible. It should be the same with God.
If you say that you have a relationship with God, but spend no time
praying to Him, you are deceiving yourself. You have to take time
with someone to build a relationship with them. It doesn’t happen just by magic.
Prayer is the way that we spend time with God.
Prayer is no more difficult than just talking. But a conversation is more
than just talking, there is also listening. You can make your needs known
to God in just a few minutes. After that, it is time to listen for the
voice of the Spirit. According to 1 Kings 19:12, God speaks in a
 “still small voice.”
 
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me.
 
 
In order to be led by the Spirit of God, (read Romans chapter 8)
we must learn to hear the voice of our Lord. Of speaking and listening,
the more important part of prayer is the listening. You have nothing
that you can share with God that He doesn’t already know, but He has
a universe of information to share with you. As you wait quietly before him,
keep your mind still. Don’t let it wander around. Concentrate on God.
Yearn to hear even one word from Him. Even though you may not
think you heard anything, you are growing in your spirit. This exercise
of private, quiet prayer changes everything about your nature as you
wait in the presence of the Lord. As you wait like this before Him,
and seek Him, you will learn how to pray according to His will.
And this is the key to finally getting your prayers answered.
 
I John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that,
if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us, whatsoever we ask,
we know that we have the petitions that we desire of him.
 
Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer,
believing, you shall receive.
 
Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek,
and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened.
 
John 14:13 If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.
 
One more thing to consider, is that when you pray, be sure to be very specific.
Prayer is a lot like aiming a gun. If you aim directly at your target,
you will hit it. If you just start blasting away there is no telling
what you will hit. There is a big difference between asking, “Lord bless me,”
and asking, “Lord please watch over my children tonight. Meet their needs.
Please keep them safe and healthy. Draw them to you Lon in a powerful,
life changing way.” Prayer like this, from the heart, will accomplish
great things in the kingdom of God. When you pray, think it through,
and pray for the exact answer you are looking for.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BELIEVING IN JESUS

 

What does it mean to believe in Jesus? Does it mean that we believe
in the historical account of Him? That He was born of a virgin,
lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, and was raised
the third day? We should believe these things, but if we do not believe
and adhere to His teachings, then we are only believing in history.
His teachings are what guide, direct, and changer our lives. Believing in
Jesus, means that we are sure that His words are the path of life.
When we believe in something, we act upon it.
 
James 2:17 Even so Faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.
 
Faith without works is dead. In other words, if we say we believe
in Jesus, but there is no evidence of it in how we live our lives,
then we have a pretend religion. The words of Christ teach us
the eternal lifestyle. His life is our prime example of how to live.
 
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate
to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the
firstborn among many brothers.
 
It is far too common among those who profess to believe in Jesus,
to find people who talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk. If our
religion is just empty words, with no living of the life behind them,
then our salvation is in question. We have to live the life that Jesus
laid out for us, if we say we believe in Him.
 
Mark 7:6 Correctly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites,
as it is written, These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WORDS

 
Words are the most powerful force in the universe. God created every-
thing through the spoken word. His power is in His communication.
 
Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were
framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not
made of things which do appear.
 
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
 
We are created in His image and likeness, and our words have power.
We are responsible to God to control what comes out of our mouths.
 
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue:
and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
 
Matthew 12:36-37 But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak,
they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by your words
you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.
 
Are we cursing or blessing when we speak about ourselves and others?
Remember that God will consider every idle word that has left your mouth
in the day of judgment. We need to pray and ask for forgiveness for words
already spoken, and then take great care with the words that leave our
mouths from this very day forward. You know far too well just how
words can hurt. We must think before we speak. Remember, that we are
created in the image and likeness of God. He created everything by the
spoken word of His mouth. Then, He warns us to be responsible with
the words we speak. The power of Life and death are in our words.
We need to be speaking things pertaining to life, into the lives of other people.
We must stop gossip and backbiting.
Learn to speak only those words that give life.
 
 

PLANTING AND HARVESTING

 
If you plant a garden in than spring, and you plant corn,
corn is what you will get. If you plant tomatoes, then tomatoes are what
you will have at the harvest. Your life with God is very much like a garden.
Whatever you plant, is what you will harvest.
Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that you be not judged.
 
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly
Father will also forgive you: But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
 
Galatians 6:7-9 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man plants,
that shall he also harvest. For he that plants to his flesh shall of the flesh harvest
corruption; but he that plants to the Spirit shall of the Spirit harvest everlasting
life. And let us not be weary in doing well: for in due season we shall harvest,
if we don’t weaken.
 
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which plants sparingly shall harvest
also sparingly; and he which plants bountifully shall harvest also bountifully.
 
When I was young, I lived near a cherry orchard. I like cherries.
Every day in the spring, I could walk across the railroad tracks and eat
cherries. In this orchard, I could eat cherries, but I could not find apples,
pears, plums, peaches, or oranges. In fact, if the farmer turned his back
on the orchard and walked away, cherries are all that it would ever produce.
Do you know why?
Because cherry trees only produce cherries, and they are full of cherry seeds.
You have to change the seeds that are being planted if you want to change
the fruit.
Your life is like an orchard. What kind of fruit has your life been producing?
What kind of seeds have you been planting? Do you have a life of perfect
peace and health, free from fear, and full of great relationships? Or does your
life produce another kind of fruit? From you marriage, to your job, to your
children, and every other part of your life, there is a way to live. You may
be getting up every day, but are you living? The way of life will fill your
whole world with good fruit.
Believe it or not, the culture that you live in today has been designed to assist
you in producing bad fruit. It is like there has been a curtain hung in place
to keep you from seeing the way of
life, the way to live.
This little book is here to help you find the way of life and change the type of
fruit that your life has been producing. Do you want to see your life produce
better fruit? Unlike a tree, you can change your fruit. You do not have to
continue living the old life. Given the proper information and support,
you can decide to live a new life this very day
The rule of planting and harvesting, goes across the board, and applies
the board, and applies to every area of your life. How you treat others
is how you will be treated. How you love others, is how you will be loved.
How you give, is how you will receive. Take great care to plant only in the
kingdom of God, and you will reap the rewards of the kingdom.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT

 

Have you ever heard the expression, “You are what you eat?”

 

Your spiritual life is much the same. If you spend twenty minutes
a day readingyour Bible, and two hours a day watching television, you will be going
backward. Television and nearly all forms of media, are designed to
move you away from the kingdom of God. They teach you wrong attitudes.
You need to look at all the information that comes your way, in light
of the two kingdoms. Decide which kingdom the information is from,
and make a firm resolve in your heart to always reject the evil.
Don’t say that you follow Christ, if all you put into your spirit,
is garbage from the world.
           
 
 

BAD COMPANY

 
2 Corinthians 6:14 Don’t be unequally teamed up with unbelievers:
for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness?
And what relationship does light have with darkness?
 
When you make a decision to truly follow Jesus, you will usually
need to leave some friends and family behind. Being a Christian,
and hanging around with unbelievers, is like standing up to your
neck in mud, and shouting, “I’m clean, I’m clean.” People who
do not follow Jesus will always lead you away from Him.
 
Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and does not hate his father,
and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, yes,
and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
 
In the kingdom of God, we must always have our priorities straight.
Jesus, and the life He gives you to live, must always come first.
Nothing, or no one can get in the way of that. Find others who believe.
They are your new family and friends.
Mark 3:25 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my
brother, and sister, and mother.
 
 
 
 

TWO BY TWO

 
Jesus never sent anyone out alone. He sent them out two by two.
No one is strong enough to stand alone. You need to understand that
the enemy is out there looking for you. He wants to fill your heart with sin,
and destroy you. When you are alone, you make an easy target.
When we are always with another believer, it is very hard to sin.
Usually just the opposite will happen. We encourage one another to be
better and stronger Christians. Always be in the company of at least one
true believer.
 
 
 
 

GIVING

 
If the Bible teaches us any major lessons at all, one of the biggest
would have to be the lesson of giving. If God is our provider, why would
we ever consider being selfish? Yet selfish is how we are when we first come
to God. It is what we have been taught by the world system. That system is in
the control of the kingdom of Satan. Our eyes must always be open to the needs
of others around us. When it comes to feeding the world, we are God’s hands.
In Luke chapter three, John the Baptist teaches about not being selfish.
 
Luke 3:11 He answered and said unto them, He that has two coats, let him give
to him that has none; and he that has food, let him do likewise.
When Jesus tells the parable of
the sheep and the goats, He tells us that if we do not give when we see a need,
then we will not enter into life with Him, but will go into eternal fire prepared
for the devil and his angels.
 
Matthew 25:31-46,  31: When the Son of man shall come in his glory,
and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.
32: And before him shall be gathered all nations” and he shall separate them
one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33: And
he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34: Then
 shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35: For I was hungry, and you gave me food: I was thirsty, and you
gave me a drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in. 36: Naked and you
clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison and you came
to me. 37: Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord when did
we see you hungry and fed you? Or thirsty and gave you a drink?
38: When did we see you sick or in prison, and came to you?
40: And the King shall answer and say unto them, truly I say unto you,
inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers,
you have done it to me.
41: Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me
you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
42: For I was hungry, and you gave me no food: I was thirst, and
you gave me no drink. 43: I was a stranger and you took me not in:
naked, and you clothed me not: sick and in prison and you visited me not.
44: Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you
Hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison and
did not minister to you? 45: Then shall he answer them, saying, truly
I say unto you, Inasmuch as you did it not to one of the least of these,
you did it not to me. 46: And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:
but the righteous into life eternal.
 
According to this story, your eternal well being is based of your willingness
to give to those in need that God brings across your path. And He says that
when you give to even the very least of people, you are giving to the Lord Himself.
What an opportunity to show our love for God. This is contrary to what the world
teaches, but it is the only way of life. Notice that Jesus call those that took care of Him, righteous.
 
 
Luke 6:30a Give to every man that asks of you.
 
Jesus said to give to every man that asks of you. He didn’t say to qualify it,
He just said to give. What they do with it, is between them and God.
So, the question is; If you saw Jesus hungry, would you feed Him? Well,
He is hungry. Tonight, he is sleeping under a bridge. He is cold, and He could
use a shower. Will we leave Him there tonight? Or, will we seek Him out
and help Him? He said to give.
 
 
 
 

THE GOSPEL

 
If I ask fifty people who profess Christ, what the gospel is,
I usually never get the proper scriptural answer. The gospel, is the gospel
that Jesus came preaching. It is the gospel of the kingdom.
 
Mark 1:14-15 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came
into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. And saying,
The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: you should
repent, and believe the gospel.
 
The gospel, or good news, (the word “gospel”, means good news) that
Jesus brought, was the gospel of the kingdom of God. Our sin
separated us from God. Because of our sin, we could not enter the kingdom.
Jesus allowed himself, by the command of God, to be a one time sacrifice
for the sins that are past.
 
Romans 3:25 Whom God has set forth to be an appeaser of His own anger,
through faith in His blood, to declare
His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through
the patience of God.
 
By the work of the cross, Jesus opened the door for us to enter into
the kingdom of God. So why is the kingdom good news? Because in
the kingdom of God we don’t have to live the old life any more.
The old life was in the kingdom of Satan. We could easily look back and
see the fruit that was in our life from living in the wrong kingdom.
Now, the price has been paid, and through a lifestyle of confession
and repentance, we have opportunity to walk in fellowship with
God himself, in the kingdom of God. Now, He guides our choices,
and orders our steps. There is great freedom in humbly submitting
to God in His kingdom. The knowledge of good and evil was never
intended to be ours. Our place was to let God decide these things,
and to humbly walk with Him.
 
Micah 6:8 He has shown thee O man, what is good; and what does
the Lord require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to
walk humbly with your God?
 
The good news is that we have access to all the provision, and protection
of the kingdom of God. We have over time, made the cross the good news,
(and it is good news) and forgot, that Jesus, the Lord of all, said that
the gospel is the gospel of the kingdom. If we choose to stay at the cross,
then we remain spiritual infants.
 
I Corinthians 3:1-2 And I brothers could not speak unto you as to spiritual,
but as to carnal, even as to babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk,
and not with meat: for before now you were not able to bear it, neither yet
now are you able.
 
We must walk forward from the cross, (baptism) in newness of life.
We are now resurrected from the dead, and have become dead to sin.
 
Romans 6:3-7, 3: Don’t you know, that as many of us were baptized
into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4: Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like
as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so,
 we should walk in newness of life. 5: For if we have been planted
together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness
of his resurrection: 6: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him,
that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should
not serve sin.
7: Now he that is dead, is freed from sin.
Nothing prior to the cross, (our baptism) could free us from sin.
We do not have to live the old life any more. Don’t let the devil
lie to you and tell you that you have to continue to live in sin.
You are free. You can choose to live the kingdom lifestyle,
by the word and Spirit of God.
 
 
 

FINDING A CHURCH

 

The only simple rule, for which church you should be in, is this: If you can walk out of the door of the church each week, feeling better equipped to live the Christian life effectively, then you may be in the right church. Does the teaching make you want to clean up your life, and live as God would have you live? Does the Word of God stand above denominational identity? Is the
church seeking to eliminate compromise from their midst? Are all things done decently, and in order?
(See I Corinthians chapter 14)
No church is perfect, but the church that you seek, should be looking to always do those things that please the Father. And they should be teaching accordingly. Empty words do not get the job done. There must be action that backs up the words. We must walk the walk. You are looking for a church that will help you become godly, not just worldly functional.
 
 
 

FOUNDATIONS

 

I like going to the city and watching the building of sky scrapers. When they first start, they dig deep holes, and then drill even farther down. They fill these holes with steel and concrete. On top of these they build the foundation, again from steel and concrete. They do this so the building won’t fall down.
Your life is a lot like a building. Without building it on a proper foundation, you will always be falling down. (Failing) Divorce, fear, illness, depression, poverty of spirit, addictions, consistent trouble in relationships, always seeking and never finding, are all signs of a life built without a proper foundation.
When you build a building without a foundation, you will only get so far, and it will always fall down. Your life is a lot like that. This book will give you a strong foundation to build your life on.
 
 
 

CHANGING SIDES

 

In order to consider changing sides, we must first consider the cost. The price to enter has already been paid. Now we must learn just what it means to be a resident in the kingdom of God.
Salvation is not a prayer, but a process. We have been taught by some, that all you have to do to be saved is say a prayer. They still teach that. In order to find the way of life and enter the kingdom, we will need to know a little something about obedience and sin.
When God talks about us, and uses words such as “commandment”, or “obey”, He is instructing us in the way of life. When my son was three, I would tell him to hold my hand when we would cross the street. I knew if he would hold my hand, he would live. It was a busy street. If he was disobedient, death was a possibility. The way of life for him, was to listen to my instruction. The way of life for us is to listen to, and obey God’s instruction. Remember, this is about changing the fruit that is in our lives.
Sin is anything that displeases God. God loves us, and He is looking for loyalty in our relationship with Him. If I say I love God, but don’t listen to His instruction, then I am a liar. I might as well go sit in a church somewhere and pretend. He is looking for a real, honest, truthful relationship with you. Sin keeps you separate from God, and being separated from God is death. That is what real death is. It is not being allowed on His presence.
So, we start in the wrong kingdom, full of sin, or the things that don’t please God. The sin will keep us out of the kingdom.
Jesus, the very Son of God, lived a life without sin, and completely submitted to the will of God, dying on the cross to pay the price for our past sins, that we would be able to enter the kingdom of God. Carrying all the sins of our past, we had no access to the kingdom. Now, that price has been paid for you. You have access to the kingdom, but you want to carefully consider everything before you enter. Are you willing to turn your back on the old kingdom and not look back? Are you willing to submit to the one who paid the price, and trust that He knows best about the way of life? Satan was in charge of your life for many years. Are you willing to submit to Jesus, and let him be in charge of every part of your life? This is how it must be. He is Lord of all.
 
 
 
 

LORD JESUS

 

In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as, “Savior” 17 times. In that same copy of the New Testament, He is referred to as “Lord,” nearly 700 times. That’s quite a gap, isn’t it? The teaching that has been taught, of calling Him our personal savior, falls short if we don’t first know Him a Lord.
The word, “Lord”, means the top guy. He is the one in charge. He has the final say in all matters. He cannot be argued with. He is Lord. The boss is the boss. That’s just the way it is. His perfect obedience to God, earned Him this position. He lead the way in the fullness of the way of life. If we are to enter the kingdom, we must submit to His authority. This is because Jesus is the king. He is Lord. His teachings are the way of life.
In order to live in the new kingdom, the kingdom of God, you gave to decide to follow the king. You must decide to be loyal to the king, forsaking all others is necessary. Jesus is the king of this kingdom. In order to decide to follow Him, you first need to know what he teaches, and what He stands for. Also it would be nice to know what He promises to those who follow Him, and are loyal to Him. So, what does He stand for, and what is in store fore those who enter into agreement with Him? Before we can learn this, we must look at the word, “covenant”. This word means agreement, or contract.
 

 

COVENANT

 

When the Bible was written, everyone knew how important a covenant was. Marriage was a covenant. It was an agreement to be committed to the interests of the other party. It was a choice to enter into a relationship, and accept all the responsibilities that go with it. It was a binding agreement, or contract between two parties.
From a simpler perspective, it was just like buying a couch or a car. You are agreeing to pay a certain amount on the first of each month. This gives you the right, by agreement, to drive the car, or sit on the couch. What  happens if you don’t make the payments? They send a couple big guys over to your house, to take back the car or couch. They have a right to do this, because you didn’t keep your promise to pay them. It was in the contract. The New Testament, means the new covenant. The words, “testament”, and “covenant”, are derived from the same word in the Greek. This means, that when you are looking at the New Testament, what you are really looking at, is the New Covenant. The new contract. The book is a two sided binding contractual agreement. It is full of great promises, and it does not fail to mention your part in obtaining those promises. Your obligations are clearly pointed out. It is your opportunity to know what the will of God is for your life. The only reason we need to know God’s will is so we can do it. That is what we are agreeing to do, when we decide to enter His kingdom.
Did you know that the word, “if” is in the New Testament 485 times? “If”, is a word that denotes condition. Consider this scripture.
MATTHEW 6:14-15,  For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Can you see how this statement is part of a contract? Can you see how the word, “if” obligates you to perform something to obtain the promise? Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for your past sins, (things that don’t please God) so we would have access to enter the kingdom. (See Romans 3:25) After we enter the kingdom, if we do something that doesn’t please God, (sin) we must confess it to God, and turn away from it. The word “repent” means to turn away from. So, if after entering the kingdom, we sin, we confess it to God, and repent. (See 1 John 1:9)
I know you want good fruit in your life, and I know this sounds like something you’ve heard before. If you tried Christianity before, and it didn’t seem to work, it is most likely because what you really did is try church. There is a big difference between following Jesus in a covenant relationship and sitting in a building. There are amazing promises in the Bible, but you have to make the decision to step up and take the responsibilities that come with relationship. Accepting this covenant is deciding to lay down your old life, so you can begin to live the new life.
 
Matthew, 16:24-27 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If any man will follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what does a man profit, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then shall He reward every man according to his works.
You need to be aware that when we refer to being obedient to God, we are not talking about the empty life of rituals, or mechanically obeying the law. We are talking about the fruit of your relationship with Him. You love someone, and it shows in your life by your efforts to do those things that are pleasing to them. This is not a written law, but a judgment call from the heart.
 
 
 
 

TRUST

 

If you are going to lay down your old life to follow Him, this will take a great deal of trust. You have to trust that He really does love you, and that His promises to meet your needs and guide you are real. I tell you, that this is no gamble. The life you gave been living is the gamble. You have been standing out there on your own, with no protection at all. At any moment, more of the trouble that this selfish life offers can fall your way. And it does, doesn’t it?
Look at your life up to this moment. What do you see? You see the fruit, the consequences of you being in charge. It could be much better. Starting right now, it can begin to get better. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to hand over all of your earthly responsibilities to someone who cares for you and your loved ones, and is capable of doing, not just a great job, but a perfect job? To take the step, you are going to have to trust God.
You have enough trust to enter this relationship today, but through the process, there will be opportunities or tests to see where your trust level is, and to take even greater steps of trust. God is looking for nothing short of complete trust. You don’t have to start there, but it is where you will be stepping out of the boat and walking on water. The great thing about this is that God can be trusted. You do not have to doubt or worry. Unlike anyone, or any belief system you gave ever known, God can be trusted to be all that He says He is. And His number one goal is helping you cut off, and eliminate the old life. You are the center of His attention. He can be trusted.
 
 
 

SET FREE

 

So, how do you cut off the old life? How do you turn completely away? How do you kill it, so it can’t get up again? How can you make a full 180 degree turn, and live a completely new life? The answer is in the following scripture.
ROMANS, 6:3-7 Don’t you know, that as many of us were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall live also in the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that hereafter, we will not serve sin. For he that is dead, is free from sin.
 
The step of being baptized, is a very important one. It is where you put the old life on the cross to die with Jesus.
Remember, the good news, is that you don’t have to live the old life anymore. You can kill the old nature, and be raised in newness of life to live with Jesus in His kingdom. This is where you leave the old kingdom behind. New life. New kingdom. New fruit.
Before you take this step, you must consider the cost. Are you willing to really take the steps required to make the change? If it is required, are you willing to leave behind some friends, or others that will try to drag you back into the old life: You see, taking the step of being baptized into Jesus, in reality, is finding your place on the cross. You are going to be a new person after this step. The old person can’t just be changed, or stuffed away. The old you must die. That is the only way this works. It is a process that begins at baptism, and continues as long as you live in this physical realm.
MATTHEW, 10:38-39 And he that does not take his cross and follow after me, is not worthy of me. He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it.
 
LUKE, 9:23 And He said to them all, If any man will follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
LUKE, 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life, shall save it.
 
JOHN, 12:24-26 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto eternal life. If any man will serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be; if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.
 
This is not a step to be taken lightly. Consider your life; confess it to God for what it really is. Then, be baptized and enter the new life, the kingdom of God, with all of its provision, protection, and promise.
 
 

RELATIONSHIP

 
The kingdom of God, and eternal life, is only about your relationship with God, His son Jesus, and every person you come in contact with for the rest of your life on earth. The old man, the old nature, lives only for self, taking care of number one. The new man, the new nature, is willing every day, to lay down his life for others. Remember, laying down your life means, NOT GETTING YOUR OWN WAY.
This is the way that will change the fruit in your life. We must get to know God and His son Jesus, and live out their very nature in all of our earthly relationships. This is eternal life.
JOHN, 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Eternal life is not just knowing about them, but knowing them. We get to know them by relationship; through prayer, and living out the new life.
Thus far, we have looked at the entrance to eternal life; the way to live. Now, let’s take a look at the life itself.
The rest of the book will show kingdom concepts; and corresponding scripture references that you should look up for your self. I have given my life for the message in this book, and I expect you to take the time to look up each of these scriptures yourself, and consider them. Let them become part of you. Knowing and doing His will is food for the new man. Saying that you believe in Jesus, has to be more than just believing in a historical account of Him, you must decide that the things that He stands for and teaches are the genuine way of life.
 
YOU ARE AN AMBASSADOR OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IN THIS EARTH. You have taken a step. You have decided that you would no longer live in the kingdom of Satan. As a member of the kingdom of God, you gave a responsibility to represent your king in all that you do in this world. Your life now is more than just being a subject in a kingdom. We are here to take ground for our king. We are here to open people’s eyes to the truths of the kingdom of God. This kingdom has nothing to do with playing church. We are members of an army. We are here to show the way to reconcile others to God, so they also can enter His kingdom. If we say that we follow Him, then we have to let our light shine.  Matt. 5-14-16, Eph. 4:1-3, Mark 16:15-18, II Cor. 5:17-20, I Peter 2:11
 
WE MUST LIVE IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD AND THE PRECEPTS OF HIS KINGDOM. Life in the kingdom of God is about living the life that He wants us to live. This has nothing to do with the old life, with its’ old fruit. Living the new life in obedience to our king will show that we are truly following Him. Empty words will never be enough. There has to be the living of the lif to back it up. If He is our king, we are His subjects because we choose to live the life that His word declares. From the front to the back of the Bible, obedience, (the fruit of relationship) is the message. There is a way of life, and His word declares it. There is no other way to live. The fruit of the old life is your evidence. We have decided to follow our king. Matt. 5:17-20, Romans 10:13-17, Hebrews 5:8-9, John 14:15-25, John 13:34-35, John 15:12-14, I John 2:3-6, Matt. 7:21-23,  Acts 5:26-29, James 1:25, Revelation 22:14, John 15:10, I John 5:3, Matt. 12:50, John 4:34, Matt. 7:24, Romans 6:16-17, James 2:14-26.
 
YOU CAN NO LONGER LET ANGER CONTROL YOU. We get angry, or impatient, when we think more of ourselves than we should. Why do we get mad when someone cuts us off in traffic? Is it because we feel that our life is more important than theirs? Do we feel that we have a right to that spot on the road, and they don’t? This is an ungodly spirit of pride. We need to find a place of peace and patience in every area of our lives. We must be ready for the surprises that the devil might send our way. If we think of all others more highly than ourselves, then this will never be a problem.  Matt. 5:21-26, Romans 12:3, Eph. 4:26, Proverbs 14:17a, 22:24, 29:22, Eph. 4:31,James 1:19-20.
 
YOU MUST ELIMINATE SEXUAL SINS FROM YOUR LIFE. Remember, we are to be led by the spirit, not the flesh. It is that momentary gratification of the flesh that will keep us from fully following God. Sin is sin. The wages of sin will always be death. (Romans 6:23)
Everything in this world works to pervert your perception of sexual relations. What God intended, and what this vile culture of today presents to us, are a million miles apart. It was only to be a simple part of the life of a married man and woman, but this word, (the other kingdom) tells us that the majority of our lust and pride must be based on physical relations. Stop believing the lie.Matt. 5:27-30, I Cor. 5:9-11, 6:9-10, 6:18-20, 6:13-17
 
GOD HATES DIVORCE  Set me preface this by saying, that you are where you are. And God will sign on with you just where and as you are. Remember, the sins of the past are taken care of by Jesus on the Cross. And the sins of today are forgiven, through confessing them to God, and turning away from them. You know the damage that divorce causes. So does God.Matt. 5:31-32, I Cor. 7:10-17, Malachi 2:14-16
 
CONTROL THE WORDS THAT COME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. Just say yes, or no, and let that be enough. You are responsible before God for the words that come of your mouth. Be careful what you say. Your words hurt yourself, and others.  Matt. 5:33-37, 12:36-37, Proverbs 18:21, 10:21, 10:11, 22:10, 23:16-17
 
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES  This is the absolute opposite of what we are taught in our culture today. We are taught to seek vengeance and retribution. We are taught that someone must always be blamed. If you want to be the children of God, you must treat your enemy like your brother. We must always say like Jesus, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” We must be like Jesus, ready always to lay our lives down for our enemies.  Matt. 5:38-48, I Peter 3:8-18, John 15:12-14, Psalms 35:11-15, I Peter 2:21-23, Luke23:34, Romans 12:18-20
ALWAYS GIVE TO EVERONE THAT IS IN NEED. Never judge or qualify a person in order to help them. They do not have to measure up to our standards. It is before God that they stand or fall. It will always be our duty to meet their needs. God has been good to us and we must be good to them. Matt.6:1-4, Matt. 25:31-46, Gal.6:2, Is. 58:5-12, Dan. 4:27, Acts 10:4, I John 3:16-24
 
PRAY Always be in communication with God about everything. In your prayers, let your love for others be known. Be thankful, be forgiving. Matt. 6:5-15, James 5:14-18, Luke 18:10-14, Mark 11:22-26, Matt. 18:21-35
 
FAST When you fast, your flesh becomes weak and your spirit becomes strong. The hardest spiritual battles will be won by prayer and fasting. This is how openly beat the devil. Matt. 6:16-18, Is. 58:5-12, Matt. 17:14-21, I Cor. 11:27, I Cor. 7:5
 
THE THINGS THAT YOU TREASURE, MUST BE THINGS OF HEAVEN, NOT THINGS OF EARTH.
The things of this earth, the treasures, are here to tempt you away from the kingdom of God. Many people live their lives in this earth as slaves to their earthly possessions. Why do you think that Jesus, or John the Baptist owned nothing? Anything of this world that has a hold on you will hinder your ability to serve the kingdom of God. Matt. 6:19-21, I John 2:15-27, James 4:4, Col. 3:1-11, I Tim. 6:17-19, Matt. 19:16-30
 
CONTROL YOUR EYES.  Your eyes have been conditioned, or trained to look at things that tempt you. This world is in the control of the other kingdom. Everything in it is designed to keep your heart from fully finding the kingdom of God. You can control the damage this world can do in your life, simply by controlling your eves. How much evil do we let in every day by letting our eyes wander. The thoughts that this causes, keeps us out of order, and unequipped in the power of the kingdom of God.  Matt.6:22-23, Job 31:1-12, Luke 11:34-36, I John 2:15-17
 
TRUST GOD, NOT THE WORLD OR YOUR OWN ABILITIES. God is looking for an exclusive relationship with you. If you will trust Him completely, and only, He will be your provider and protector. Your needs will always be met, and nothing will be able to successfully come against you. Whether you are rich or poor doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that your full trust for EVERYTHING is in God. Matt. 6:24-34, Proverbs 3:5-10, Phil. 4:19, 4:6-7, Psalm 91, James 4:13-17, Jude 1:24-25, Psalm 37:3-5, 49:6-7, Jer. 17:5-10
 
DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS. BECOME FREE OF OPINIONS. We live in a world where everyone feels that their opinion is important and valid. There are only two perceptions. That is all there is. There is the perception of truth, and everthing else. God offers us life. He shows us how we should see it and live it. You are either free by the truth, or you are in chains by your perceptions, or opinions. Your opinions, unless they are backed by the truth of God, are like lies. Lies are built upon lies to defend opinions and maintain pride. You have to let go. You do not have to be right. God is right. That is enough for all of us. This is contrary to what the world teaches, because this world is controlled by the kingdom of darkness. This world will not give you life. Only following God in His kingdom gives life. If we, by our opinions, condemn others, then we condemn ourselves. You must work hard to be free of all of this. That process will always lead to death. Without taking this step, you cannot have a fruitful walk in the kingdom of God. There is no shortcut. You have to lay down your perceptions, and opinions. This is not an option, it is required. Matt. 7:1-12, Romans 8:1-2, 1:17, 2:6, 14:10-13, I Cor. 2:12-16, 11:31, Phil. 1:9-10,  II Cor. 10:4-5
 
TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. If you were sleeping under a bridge tonight, cold and hungry, how would you want to be treated? If you were at an intersection a long time in heave traffic, would you want someone to slow down for you to make room for you to pull out into traffic? If you made a mistake, would you want the tone offended to forgive you? What if it was a really big mistake with grave consequences? Would you want to be given a fresh start, or a fair chance? This is the heart of life in the kingdom. Beyond this, is nothing. This is the place that you are working to get to. Why does it seem so hard? What do you have to give up, to make even a moment of someone’s life a little better? The answer is your life. We are here in the kingdom of God, to lay down our lives for others. Laying down your life means; not getting your own way. If we really are following the king, then we must also lay down our lives for others, just as He did. Matt. 7:12, John 15:12-14, Gal. 6:1-9, Romans 12:1-2, Luke 9:23-27, 10:30-37, Romans 13:8-14, 14:19, 12:9-14, I Cor. 10:24
 
 
 
THE GATE INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NARROW. BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHERS WHO TEACH AN EASY WAY TO GOD. We are told that there are many paths to God. This is not true. The way of Christ, His way, is the only way. We are told come as you are. God says repent! (Turn away from the old life) We are taught, just say this little prayer, and you’re in the kingdom forever. Jesus said that the gate is narrow, and few are the people that will find it. Man says show up, (to church). God says give up (Your life). If someone teaches that there is an easy way into the kingdom that does not threaten to destroy your old life, then that person is teaching lies. Be careful not to listen to false teachers. It is easy to see them. Just look at the fruit in their lives. You will see the old nature ruling, and their teaching will always be contrary to the Word of God as they defend ungodly lifestyle issues. They teach that you gave to sin. They say it can’t be helped. This is a lie. Just because they have a church building, does not mean they are telling the truth. A building full of people might just mean that the message in that building is comfortable to the old nature, and pleasing to the flesh. The truth is pretty simple. You will know it by its fruit.  Matt. 12:13-20, I Tim. 6:3-5, Matt. 15:7-9, I Tim. 1:6-7, Eph. 4:14, Ezk. 34:1-11, II Cor. 11:13-15
 
ONLY THOSE WHO DO HIS WILL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Walk the walk. It is the only way. It is the way to live. Anything else is just talk. Empty words will not gain you entrance into the kingdom. If we don’t do the will of the king, then we are not in his kingdom. Pretending, or just sitting in a church will not be enough on the last day. Matt. 7:21-23, Hebrews 5:9, Rev. 22:14, Luke 19:11-27, 12:31-40
 
A FOUNDATION The teachings of Christ are a foundation that you can build your life on. This is the new life. The way to live. Live obedient to His teachings and you will not fall.Matt. 7:24-29, Jude 1:24-25.
 
 
All power is given to me in heaven and earth. Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Jesus
 
 
 

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IT’S REALLY OK   Leave a comment

Learning to pray, starts with us begging or demanding
God to perform our will. Sounds silly, but it is true.
As we begin to mature, prayer takes on the shape of
thankful surrender. God really is in control. Every act of
our lives that is in opposition to the path set before
us is an act of rebellion. Slow down. Stop worrying.
Quit demanding. Take a breath. Give peace in
your soul a chance. You CAN trust God. It’s ok.
It’s really ok.
                                                                    Pastor Jacob

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The gifts of the Spirit are for the Church.
The fruit of the Spirit are for the individual Christian.
We must and will see the fruit before we see the gifts.
It is very important to God that we turn away
from the world and develope character qualities
that reflect the loving nature of God.
                                                                   Pastor Jacob
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