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Here, finally, is the post that I had mentioned to you once before that I was going to put together for you. This post actually came about because of a very good idea that was given to me by Alec, who writes at alecsatin.com He requested that I consider putting together some resources that I found to be helpful and to share them with you, the reader of this blog. Thank you again, Alec, for such a good idea!

The suggestions that you will find below are things that I have found to be extremely helpful and indeed necessary to do in the time that we are now living in! A time when more and more pastors and teachers, sadly, are compromising with Biblical truth and are either self-deceived, or outright deceivers themselves! The important information that I have added will also aid you in discovering what may actually be happening at the church that you may be attending right now without you ever realizing it before! Frightening thought, I know!

The first and most important thing that you MUST do — and this is not simply a suggestion — is to read and study God’s Word, the Bible, like never before! Nothing else is more powerful to expose spiritual deception than the very living and active Words of God Himself!

Below you will find some very helpful suggestions that God has used in my life to see what was happening right before my eyes. I pray that He will also use them in your life, to guide you by His Holy Spirit so that you can not only discover any hidden truths of what may be happening at your church, but also confirm some of those disturbing thoughts that you may be having about your pastor or things that you are suspecting may be happening at your church. Be prepared, dear Christian, for what you may discover. You may become disappointed and even devastated by what you may read, but God will strengthen you and uphold you, and lead you every step of the way concerning what you are to do next.

HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS TO KEEP IN MIND

If you already have some serious concerns about what is happening in your church, or even if you don’t, here are some helpful suggestions for you to do. Some are quite obvious, others are not often thought of to even consider doing:

1. Always pray for discernment as you listen to your pastor preaching

2. Listen and follow along in your Bible as your pastor preaches to make sure that he is presenting Scriptures to you in context. You may discover that he is twisting Scripture in order to say what he really wants to say to all of you instead

3. If your pastor mentions a book or a person that you never heard of before, write it down and do some research on it later. You might find out some disturbing information that may reveal the unbiblical direction that he may be leading the church in

4. Never accept your pastor’s recommendation or suggestion for a “good book” and go out and buy it and read it without first doing some research on the author by checking out the content on their website and their statement of faith, and be sure to pray for discernment and test everything against Scripture as you do

5. If you recently left your church because of some valid concerns, may I suggest that instead of wasting your time and gas by driving to different churches, search online for a new church by listening to some of their previous sermons, reading their Statement of Faith, and by checking out their guest speakers or special events they may have had or are having in the future. You can find out a lot by doing all of that in the comfort of your own home

6. Above all, pray for God’s wisdom and guidance, and stay in His Word and allow His Holy Spirit to teach you what you need to know about His Word

(Lord willing, I will be adding more suggestions for you as they come to mind).

As followers of Jesus Christ, and not followers of men, we must do what is pleasing to God and walk in truth. Having said that, what you may discover after doing some research could mean that you might have to leave your church in spite of the many dear friends that you may now have at your church. So be prepared. Pray for wisdom and attempt to express your concerns to your pastor, humbly, and in love, and have your words rooted in the truth of God’s Word. However, sadly, many of us have already found that bringing our concerns to the pastor or leadership of the church oftentimes accomplishes very little. We go to them humbly, expressing our concerns in love and standing for the truth of God’s Word, and yet our concerns are dismissed as being unfounded, when, in our hearts we know that what God has shown us is true. You may even be laughed at or belittled by the words that they say to you in response to what you may say to them. If that happens to you, dear Christian, leave with your head held high, knowing that you have been somewhat persecuted for His namesake and because you have earnestly contended for the faith and stood for Jesus Christ, and know that God is well pleased with what you have tried to do.

Place your trust in God and your shattered heart in His hands, and He will lead you forward to where you are to be next. You may find yourself among the many who have finally realized that we are not to place our trust in any man, but only in God who is always worthy of our trust even in situations when we don’t understand why, and even when things happen in our lives that fill our hearts with deep sorrow. These are things that I have found to be true over and over again! God is always faithful, and He will never abandon those who choose to place their trust in Him.

VIDEOS TO HELP YOU LEARN TO DISCERN

Some of these videos you may have to watch a few times (as I did) in order to grasp all of the information that is presented in them. They are quite lengthy, but they have very helpful, and somewhat shocking information to help you realize what is happening in many churches today, things that may be happening even in your church.

CELL GROUPS

Does your church offer Small Groups that are referred to as Cell Groups? If so, then these audio presentations by Sarah Leslie of Herescope are a must for you to listen to! You may find it beneficial if you sit down with a notebook in hand so that you can take notes as you listen. I found that to be very helpful because of the important and very detailed and in depth information that she shared in her presentations that you will find at the link below:

HERESCOPE – THE CELL CHURCH – SARAH LESLIE

 


Are you aware of what Hyper-Dispensationalism is? If not, please read the following article by David Cloud of  WAY OF LIFE MINISTRIES so that you will not be led astray by this teaching:

BEWARE OF HYPER DISPENSATIONALISM

Below is an example for you that will help you to identify if the pastor of a church teaches this false doctrine. I found this on a church website on their Statement of Faith page:

“The MYSTERY “Hid in God” was the divine purpose to make Jew and Gentile a whole new thing, that is, the Church, which is Christ’s Body. The revelation of this Mystery was committed to Paul, and it is in his writings alone that we find the doctrine, position, walk, and destiny of the Church.”

 

 


Does your pastor teach tithing by twisting Scripture –especially Malachi 3:8-10? You may want to listen to this teaching when time allows:

I must give credit where credit is due: The above two teachings were shared on Facebook by a dear sister-in-Christ, and friend, Lori, who “earnestly contends for the faith” in spite of much opposition.


CALVINISM – WHAT DOES REFORMED THEOLOGY TEACH, AND DOES IT LINE UP WITH SCRIPTURE?

Originally I thought that coming to learn Reformed Theology was the answer to my desire to know Biblical doctrine in a deeper sense back in 2012. But what I discovered gave me a rude awakening as I came to realize that Calvinism/Reformed Theology distorts the character and nature of God, the Word of God, and the very gospel itself! If you are not aware of what Calvinism/Reformed Theology teaches, I urge you to sit down with your Bible opened and listen to these videos with teachings by Pastor Tom Stegall, when time allows you to do so. Why do I urge you? Because I have heard from a former Calvinist that the statistics for the percentage of Christians who now profess to be Calvinists are as high as 80% which is truly shocking! We must have God’s Word as our lens through which we look through as we are presented with a teaching in order to determine if it is true or not, as we are shown to do in Acts 17:11, and not accept the teachings of any man – or woman – no matter how many years they may have been preaching or teaching, and no matter how respected they may be among thousands!

As a word of caution, I no longer endorse any pastor or teacher because of so many who are straying from Biblical truth. I only present this to you because it is a very Biblical teaching, and Pastor Tom Stegall makes the teachings of Calvinism very clear to understand, speaks the truth in love and not harshly, and uses many Scriptures, which is the most important thing.

http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopupvideo.asp?SID=261218432810

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopupvideo.asp?SID=26121844221

 

http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopupvideo.asp?SID=26122215145


ADDED 6/20/17

If you are ever asked to sign a Church Covenant, never, under any circumstances should you do it! Below are five reasons why. You will also hear more important information concerning Church Covenants at the 41:51 minute mark in the video above, entitled, ‘Bob Klenck The Purpose Driven Emerging Lie.’

DO NOT SIGN A CHURCH COVENANT – FIVE REASONS TO SAY NO TO A CHURCH MEMBERSHIP COVENANT – APOLOGETICS INDEX

 

ADDED 7/5/17

If you are among the many who are still under the impression that yoga is just another form of exercise, please take time to listen to this presentation in which you will learn the frightening truth of what the goal of yoga really is!

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.  Let him turn to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.  For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,”  declares the LORD.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields  seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:6-11)

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.  For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:1-4)

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-9)

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. ”         (2 Peter 2:1)

“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7: 13-15)

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men. after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

“Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly–mere infants in Christ.  I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it.  Indeed, you are still not ready.  You are still worldly.  For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly?  Are you not acting like mere men?  For when one says,  “I follow Paul,” and another,  “I follow Apollos,”  are you not mere men?  What, after all, is Apollos?  And what is Paul?  Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task.  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.  So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.  By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it.  But each one should be careful how he builds.  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  (1 Corinthians 3:1-11) 

“Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:26-31)

 

Much more to come –Lord willing. I will continue to add to this post whenever I remember or find something that you need to be aware of.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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With the Christmas season upon us, I would like to keep the focus on Jesus Christ, where  and on whom  it should be this season –and always. So, today I present to you a sermon by Pastor Greg Durel which is entitled, Who Did Jesus Claim To Be? His sermon focuses mainly on these two points:

  • Did Jesus Christ proclaim that He was God?

  • Is extra-biblical evidence necessary to prove the claim that Jesus Christ is God?

Here are many of the Scriptures that he presents in his sermon. I put some of them in  context for you:

“Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you?” What will you do? Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:29-35)

“Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it, and was glad.” “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”  At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.” (John 8:54-59)

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:6,7)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly pleasures, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14)

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 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. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? (Hebrews 1:1-5)

“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the LORD and apart from me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:10,11)

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7)

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30)

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time…” (1 Corinthians 15:1-7a)

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him. Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.” (John 14:6,9-11)

“It’s not about religion, it’s about the reality of the Creator who came to earth, hung on Calvary’s cross, proclaimed that the sins have been paid; He will impart to anybody who believes that reality, eternal life.” ~Pastor Greg Durel

http://heritagebiblechurch.com/podcast/who-did-jesus-claim-to-be/

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking timeout of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

UPDATE:

As hard as I am trying to finish writing the next post in the apparition series, I am sorry to say that I’m not going to be able to finish by tomorrow evening as I had hoped, but I will continue working on it and finish it as soon as possible.

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The teachings of psychology always intrigued me –until after I became a Christian and began to read the Bible. The more I read God’s Word, the more God began to heal me from how others had caused me to view myself as God began to renew my mind with the truth of His Word. God set me free from many fears, and it was all through the power of His living Word and His Holy Spirit.

We are not doomed to repeat the destructive behaviors of our fathers and mothers and become like they are, as some teachings in psychology lead one to believe. We are each responsible for our own choices and cannot blame others for how our life is today. Even though their destructive behavior may have deeply affected and devastated us, we still have a choice concerning how we are going to respond and lead the rest of our life. Will we choose to hold on to bitterness, resentment, anger, and unforgiveness? Or will we choose to forgive with an act of our will and move on with our lives? Some people may be able to somewhat go on with life by burying the pain through busying themselves in their work, or drowning their sorrows in alcohol and other drugs, but true healing can take place if a person places their faith and trust in Jesus Christ and takes the time to read and study God’s Word. Over time God’s Holy Spirit can and will renew our minds and make all things new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Again, I speak from experience.

I know someone who was verbally abused as well as physically abused as a child in many horrific ways: pushed down a flight of stairs, locked in a closet, etc.  Yet this person made the choice to never treat their child the way they were treated, and did not become a child abuser as psychology often teaches happens to those who were abused as a child.

As Christians we are being led to believe that God’s Word is not sufficient to help us overcome the problems and devastating circumstances that we all face at some point in our lives, whether it is the death of a loved one, the infidelity of a spouse, the end of a marriage due to a spouse who wants out for some reason, sexual abuse, etc. Many suggest going to “Christian” counseling to bring healing to our troubled hearts and minds, and psychology is now widely accepted and endorsed by many Christians today. You will find that many churches these days offer some type of so-called Biblical counseling classes in order for you to overcome addictions,  fears, and depression. But have you ever stopped to consider the roots of psychology and what teachers such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Yung, Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow and others believed? Are you aware of the fact that Carl Yung received many of his teachings from a spirit guide? Psychology oftentimes incorporates occult practices such as visualization and hypnosis along with their teachings that are rooted in the occult, and therefore the teachings of psychology cannot be merged with Christianity.

You will also hear about Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life and Purpose Driven Church Movement and how his teachings are not based on Biblical principles but rather on worldly strategies to grow the church, and how he focuses on social justice issues rather than on preaching the gospel. You will also hear how his church presents unbiblical counseling classes and occult practices. (In one of my previous posts I added quick captures of information that I found on Saddleback Church’s website in order to show you they offer classes on yoga, which is a religious practice in Hinduism). Those are just some of the things that you will find out if you take the time to listen to the following teachings in the Playlist that I shared with you below. The speakers include Dave Hunt, T A McMahon, James Sundquist, and Bob Klenck.

Much more could be said, but my time is extremely limited this week, so I will close by saying the following:

Dear Christian, and every reader of this post, when time allows, please consider listening to the following videos. If you have never heard the Biblical gospel and placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, please get yourself a Bible, pray for God to reveal His truth to you, and then begin reading through the gospel of John and the Book of Romans, and wherever else you are led to read in God’s Word. If you choose to believe the good news of the gospel [Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, willingly came to this earth to live the perfect, sinless life that you and I could never live, to become the perfect sacrifice by dying on the cross in your place and in mine to pay the debt for all of our sins and guilt in full, that He was buried and arose bodily from the grave on the third day which showed that He fully satisfied God’s wrath and His just demands] you will then be forgiven and covered in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and all of your sins and guilt will be washed away, never to be remembered again. 

In Jesus Christ alone you will find true healing and hope, and you will find that His strength and His grace will be sufficient to help you face tomorrow. No matter how difficult your circumstances may be, and no matter what trials may come your way, He promises to never leave you or forsake you, unlike others who have made that promise to you in your life and yet have broken it.

Do not be deceived by the philosophies of men and occult practices that have been presented to you cloaked with Christian sounding words. Look to Jesus Christ alone and to His Word. That is all we need to bring hope and healing to our minds and to our broken, shattered lives and sinful hearts.

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“I will praise the LORD who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:7,8)

“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.” (Psalm 119:45)

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.                               (2 Corinthians 1:3-9)

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:4-9)

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:6-8)

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:7-11)

DEPRESSION CAN COME FROM WRONG THINKING, A LACK OF TRUST IN GOD, A LACK OF SLEEP, AND IMPROPER EATING, AS WELL, AS THIS PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE IN 1 KINGS 19:1-18 SEEMS TO INDICATE

Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them. Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

 

GOD’S WORD COUNSELS AND STRENGTHENS US

“Your statutes are my delight, they are my counselors.” (Psalm 119:24)

“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”                 (Psalm 119:28)

 

BIBLICAL MEDITATION IS REFLECTING ON GOD’S WORD, NOT BLANKING OUT YOUR MIND AS TAUGHT IN OCCULTIC FORMS OF MEDITATION

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in seasonand whose leaf does not wither— (Psalm 1:1-3)

“I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” (Psalm 119:15)

“I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land. Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 143:5-8)


 

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR COUNSELOR

“Jesus replied, “If anyone loved me he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:23-27)

“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.” (John 15:26)

“But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go I will send him to you. When he comes he will convict the world of guilt, in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer, and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”  (John 16:7-13)

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

Mary/Living4HisGlory

UPDATE AND PRAISE REPORT:

God gave me the desire of my heart concerning a job by having circumstances change, and starting next week I will have my childcare job back taking care of the precious little girl that I had the privilege of caring for ever since she was only five weeks old! (Thank You, Jesus!) So over the next few days I will be working on updating one post, and completing at least two posts, with the hope of presenting them to you by Tuesday –Lord willing.

I truly appreciate all of your comments, but with all that I have just shared with you in mind, if you desire to make any comments on any posts in the future, please keep them short and to the point because my time will be even more limited now, and I will only have just a few minutes to reply. Thank you for understanding. 🙂 

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On October 12th of this year I presented you with A POST that had the following Biblical teaching given by Pastor Greg Durel of Heritage Bible Church in Terrytown, LA:

Pastor Greg appeared on the show As It Is Written,  with host, Tony Orlando, someone I had never heard of before. Two weeks after I posted the above video I received an email from a dear Sister-in-Christ who told me that the host of the show that Pastor Greg appeared on was a Seventh-day Adventist, and she included the link to the information that she had found. After reading her email I updated that post to let readers know that I would no longer be posting Pastor Greg’s teachings and why, but that I would not delete them yet hoping that I would find out that he had a good reason for being on the show, although I could think of none to justify his reason for doing so.

This morning I received a message through my blog from Pastor Greg Durel in which he stated that Tony Orlando, (the host of the show, As It Is Written, the show on which he appeared in the video above)  “is not 7th Day Adventist.” Upon searching for the information that my Sister-in-Christ had sent me telling me that Tony Orlando was a Seventh-day Adventist, and after finding her email and actually going to the website of the link that she had shared with me, I discovered that the link she had sent me was indeed a link to a Seventh-day Adventist site. However, it was called It Is Written; a very similar name, but it was not the site of Tony Orlando and As It Is Written. Therefore, Pastor Greg Durel did NOT appear on a program with a Seventh-day Adventist host.

(Note the fact that this Seventh-day Adventist program “regularly airs on TBN” –Trinity Broadcasting Network; a network that claims to present Christian programming).

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I already apologized to Pastor Greg, so now I would like to apologize to all of you:

I am deeply sorry for causing any of you to wrongly think that Pastor Greg Durel was compromising with Biblical truth and involving himself with Seventh-Day Adventists; Seventh Day Adventism is a religion that focuses on the false teachings of Ellen G White. (Please watch the video below). So, now that Pastor Greg cleared up that misunderstanding by making it known to me that Tony Orlando is not a Seventh Day Adventist and therefore he did not appear on a Seventh Day Adventist program, I will continue sharing some of his teachings with you in the future –Lord willing. Just continue to test his teachings — and the teachings of everyone that you listen to — against Scripture as we are shown to do in Acts 17:11 because we are certainly living at a time of strong spiritual deception and we are seeing many pastors and teachers departing from the faith just as God’s Word warns us about. (Matthew 24:4, Luke 21:7,8, Acts 20:25-31, 1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Timothy 3:13-17, 4:1-4, etc.)

I promise from now on to be more careful concerning the information that people share with me in order to make sure that everything is correct so that I do not wrongly accuse anyone, and so that I do not present you with faulty information that will cause you to turn away from someone who actually earnestly contends for the faith as Pastor Greg does.

We need to pray for Pastor Greg, and other pastors and teachers who earnestly contend for the faith, so that they will stay on course and never be among the many pastors and teachers who have already made compromises with Biblical truth and who associate with those who distort the gospel or Biblical Christianity in one way or another. Lord willing, I will be presenting you with some posts next year on that very topic, so be watching for those.

NOTE: I already updated the original post that I wrote with Pastor Greg’s teaching with most of the above information.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this short, but very important post.

God Bless You

Mary/Living4HisGlory

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It has been a while since I have presented you with a survey question on the last Saturday of the month as I often do. Last night, as I was pondering the possible questions that I could present to you in a survey form, the thought occurred to me that since I am having a very difficult time finding a new church after leaving my former church of five years in June (due to a failure on the pastor’s part of not seeing the importance of warning the people that attend his church of the unbiblical nature of Reformed Theology and Calvinism), that maybe many of you have also left churches for one reason or another and you may also be having a difficult time in finding a church where the pastor does not compromise with Biblical truth. So with those thoughts in mind, I hope that you will consider taking part in this survey. You will be completely anonymous; I do not receive any information at all concerning who takes part in these surveys. You have a full week to participate in this survey; your ability to vote ends a week from today. Thank you very much in advance to those of you who are willing to participate!

Here is my survey question for you on this last Saturday of the month of November 2017: 

 

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

All of us have stories that we can share about heartache and loss. It’s how we deal with them that truly matters. Some choose to harden their hearts and push everyone away. Others may develop a heart of deep compassion because they know what it feels like to be lied to, abused, rejected, and unloved. They will always be the ones looking for those who are alone in a crowd at a party or some type of gathering desiring to bring hope to a shattered life.

Some go on with life as if they have years to make things right with those they have distanced themselves from, but tomorrow is promised to no one. Life is so fragile, and so fleeting, as well. My precious mom will be eighty-nine next month and my eyes fill with tears just thinking about the fact that there’s not much time left before she will be gone from this earth, and that causes me to treasure every moment that I have with her when we get together because even though I have shared the good news of the Biblical gospel with her many times, I don’t yet have the assurance that she has placed her trust in Jesus Christ alone for her salvation, as I have.

I hope that you will take the time to treasure every moment that you have with your loved ones, as well. And if you are a follower of Jesus Christ I pray that you will share the love of Jesus and the good news of the Biblical gospel with your loved ones who do not yet know Him and all that He accomplished for them/us through His sinless life, His sacrifice on the cross in our place for our sins, and His glorious bodily resurrection from the dead for our justification.

This Holiday Season I hope that you will set aside how you personally feel and reach out to someone who you know is hurting maybe as much as you are, and try to bring some hope and encouragement into their lives. Or, if you are someone who has unforgiveness towards anyone, now is the time to make things right because tomorrow just might be too late, and living with regret is even harder.

All of us have so much to be thankful for compared to so many people in this world. Yes, you may be deeply hurting right now because of the way that you have been treated by others, or because of how you are continuing to be treated by others, but unforgiveness only hurts the one who holds on to it. Express your sorrow and the anger that you feel to God who created you and who loves you more than anyone could ever love you! Take time to thank Him for the many blessings that He has given to you this year. Forgive those who have hurt you with an act of your will, and allow God to heal you emotionally, and to make things right and to change the circumstances in His time. Or He may just choose to change you through your circumstances. But please don’t wrongly believe that He approves  of abusive behavior or causes things like that to happen; do not blame God for the wrongdoings and sinful acts that others choose to do.


UPDATE: When I originally wrote this post it was rather late; it was close to  midnight when I finally finished it. Because it was so late I didn’t have enough time to carefully consider how some people might perceive some of the things that I had said concerning forgiveness, so I want to update this post now with additional information, some personal thoughts, and more Scriptures in order to give a more Biblically balanced view of forgiveness according to God’s Word:

As I started writing this post the night before Thanksgiving, the main people I had in mind were those who have chosen to distance themselves from family due to a minor disagreement or an unwillingness to forgive someone who has sincerely apologized for their wrongdoing or their failure to do what’s right. However, I failed to think of the many of you out there who must distance yourselves from family members because, sadly, you have been physically and/or sexually abused by those who were supposed to have loved and protected you. If that is you, I am deeply sorry if I hurt or offended  you by causing you to think that you are wrong for choosing to stay away from abusive family members. It took my dear Sister-In-Christ, May I Not Clang, who left a comment in which she shared some heart wrenching things that her family has gone through in life, to make me realize what I failed to include in my post which I will now add:

Yes, as hard as it may be, we must come before God, and with an act of our will we must choose to forgive those who have hurt us out of obedience and love for Him, even when our hearts are still filled with crushing pain and a righteous form of anger. We must choose to forgive even if the person never chooses to express any amount of sorrow for the wrong they did to us. We must release them to God and allow Him to deal with them as only He can.

Forgiveness is a very difficult thing to talk about, and it’s even more difficult to do! I speak from experience, so please don’t think that I am giving you advise so easily as if I don’t understand what it feels like to be deeply hurt, betrayed, lied to, and rejected. I have had to deal with things in life such as verbal abuse, and things that I never could have gone through if it wasn’t for the grace of God and His strength being made perfect in my weakness:

My husband left me and my two children when they were young, and he told me it was because I had changed so much since I became a Christian. However, the painful truth that was made known to everyone many years ago, is that he left me for another woman, and only God knows just how many years he was involved with her before he actually left us. God kept trying to show me what was going on in many visible ways, which included having my eyes fall upon verses dealing with adultery when I would open my Bible to read it during the day. When I refused to believe that he was cheating on me, God brought me to face the painful reality; the phone calls began:

A woman called one day and asked for my husband by name, and when I asked who it was that was calling, she replied by saying, “Oh, just a friend,” and she hung up. There were other times when I would answer the phone and say, “Hello,” and the person would then simply hang up. We did not have caller id at the time, but the time soon came (after receiving a disturbing phone call in the middle of the night) when I saw the need to have it, and it verified what I believed to be true based on certain evidence that I had found. Sometimes being a detective-at-heart, as I am, makes the shocking truth even more shocking — and heartbreaking — when you see more of the facts. 😥

There were many other heartbreaking things that happened over the years after he left us, the worst being the fact that when we were still legally married my husband chose to bring the woman he was living with to our daughter’s wedding. Instead of ignoring her as many people told me to do, I prayed for God to show me the right time to go over to her and to confront her. I did it in such a way that it dealt with the truth, and yet it honored God in how I did it and by what I said, and by what I didn’t say or do, as well! Confronting her was my way of fighting for my ‘husband’ and our marriage (what was left of it). I was hoping that my ‘husband’ would see it that way, and that he would come to realize just how much I loved him, and that he would end his relationship with her and take steps towards making things right between us. But that never happened. I became angry at God because I thought that He was going to restore our marriage. My anger towards God only lasted for a short time. It ended on the day that my anger quickly turned to repentance before God when my eyes fell upon this verse:

“However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b)

In a moment’s time God used His Word to show me that I was turning away from Him, and I realized that I must love Him for who He is and for all that He had already done for me [by sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, who bore all of my/our sins and took upon Himself the full wrath of God intended for me/you for my/our sins and die in my/your place upon the cross, and that He arose from the dead for our justification] and that my love for Him must never be based upon what He does or doesn’t do for me! My life changed that day, and I made a decision to love God and to live for Him with all of my heart whether my husband chose to come back or not.

The passage of Scripture that I stood on from that moment on was:

“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17,18)

He never came back. I realized that as much as  God hates divorce, He will not violate man’s free will, and my ‘husband’ freely chose to continue on with his adulterous relationship, and he completely ended our marriage in divorce and married the woman less than a year after the divorce was final.

In Matthew 6:14,15 and Mark 11:25 God shows us the importance of forgiveness if we find ourselves holding anything against anyone:

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins your Father will not forgive your sins.”

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

 

As hard as it was I chose to forgive them both before God, even though no words of sorrow were ever expressed to me by either of them. On the day the divorce was final I read a letter that I had written to my ‘husband’ in front of the judge which brought me peace and a sense of closure, but I did it to mainly express what was in my heart to my ‘husband’ and to bring glory to God through the words that I said that day in order to make the most of that opportunity knowing also that the judge was Jewish.

CONCERNING ABUSE

God’s Word gives Christians a very strong  and clear warning concerning getting involved with anyone who claims to be a Christian and yet continues in a sinful, unrepentant lifestyle. This verse alone shows those of you who have been verbally and sexually abused by a professing Christian that you are not to associate with anyone who has abused you in the past and has not come to you broken and remorseful for the wrong they have done and the hurt they have inflicted upon you:

“I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. I was not including the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a verbal abuser, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.” (1 Corinthians 5:9-11)

The life of a true follower of Jesus Christ will not be perfect, but there will be a strong desire to live according to the Holy Spirit and not according to the flesh, and their lives should show forth the fruits of the Spirit. This passage of Scripture also comes with a strong warning:

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:16-25)

Please forgive me! When I originally wrote this post I did not have sexual or physical abuse in mind when I said how we should all set aside our differences and forgive those who have hurt or offended us and join with family! I never want any of you to think that I am condoning putting one’s self in a situation where there may be the possibility of them being sexually, physically, or even verbally abused again by a family member or friend of the family! In the minds of some people, who have been abused and have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ and have been transformed by His Spirit and His Word, they may think that attending a family gathering where their abuser will be present is showing the love of Jesus Christ. However, if the person has not come to the point of asking your forgiveness for the wrong they have done to you, you may actually be allowing them to continue on in their sinful behavior towards you! God would not want you to put yourself in a situation where you may be harmed again!

Rape and physical abuse is never the fault of the person whom these acts of violence have been done against! Don’t believe the lies they tell you! You do not deserve to be treated that way! There is no good excuse for their destructive behavior towards you!

If you are presently being sexually or physically abused by someone in any way, please tell someone that you completely trust! The truth needs to be made known! You will be protecting others who may possibly become a victim by this abuser if you don’t let the truth be know! Think of your little sisters and brothers! Think of your little nieces, nephews, and cousins! Yes, it will be very difficult. Yes, some may not believe you, but this is something that you must do!

If you are not a Christian, come to God through Jesus Christ; He is the only way to the Father. He will give you the wisdom to know what you need to do next and He will heal you from all that you have been through. He will make all things new, give you hope to face tomorrow, His grace that is sufficient, and His strength that will be made perfect in your weakness.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9,10) END OF UPDATE


IN CLOSING

God offers the free gift of salvation to whosoever will come. Only through Jesus Christ  can we receive forgiveness for the vilest of sins and freedom from the burden of guilt by placing our trust in His once for all sacrifice when He died on the cross in your place and in mine. Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, took upon Himself the full wrath of  God that we deserve for our sins, so that we could be covered with His righteousness in God’s sight, and our sins would be paid in full, never to be remembered again. If you choose to place your trust in what He did for you the barrier of sin that separates you from Himself will be removed and you will then become His child. This is the only provision that He made for us to receive His forgiveness, true peace, and a relationship with Him.

There is no other way:

Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

There is no other name:

“It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10b-12)

“There is no other Mediator:

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.”      (1 Timothy 2:5,6)

 

Give thanks to the Lord this Holiday Season — and every day — for He truly is good! Others may have wronged you, but God desires to forgive you, to heal all the pain in your life, bring you true joy, and His peace that surpasses all human understanding. I truly speak from experience!

I want to express my thanks to all of  you who stop by here from time to time to read my blog posts. I appreciate every one of you!

To those of you who are in the United States, a blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family!

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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SCRIPTURE SUNDAY

When time allows, I hope that you will click on the video above and listen to the reading of the entire book of Colossians and be blessed by hearing the truth of God’s Word.

For those of you who have placed your trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ as being sufficient to pay the debt for your sins and guilt in full, have a blessed Sunday as you keep your eyes on Him. (Hebrews 12:2)

For those of you who have not yet come to realize that you are a sinner in the sight of a thrice Holy God, I pray that you will come to realize that the hard times that you are going through right now may be due to not only the consequences of the wrong choices that you have made in your life, but also due to the fact that because of the deep love that God has for you He is trying to get your attention. Many people either ignore God when things are going good in their lives, or they may even lash out at Him and blame Him or others for the pain in their lives.

The teachings in psychology have many believing that we are to blame others for how our lives are today, instead of taking full responsibility for how our lives are and forgiving others with an act of our will which is not dependent upon our emotions, and by choosing to make right choices. Contrary to some of the teachings in psychology, we are not doomed to become like our fathers or our mothers if they were abusive to us in some way, or if they ruined their lives by making wrong and sinful choices.

Please do not blame God for the pain and abuse that others have wrongly brought upon you in your life. God loves you; He is not responsible for these things happening to you as some wrongly teach! God went to the extent of showing the depth of His love for you by sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, who willingly allowed Himself to be cloaked in human flesh and came to this earth to live the perfect, sinless life that you and I could never live, to become the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus Christ willingly allowed Himself to be nailed to the cross where He hung in your place and in mine to take the full wrath of God that you and I deserve for our sins upon Himself. (John 10:18, Hebrews 10:8-10)

Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, the second Person in the Trinity. He proved that He is God by His glorious resurrection from the dead. Please get a Bible and begin reading through the Gospel of John and the Book of Romans. Pray and ask God to reveal the truth to you and you will indeed come to discover these truths for yourself!

Remember, all of us will have trials and temptations in life. Some of them come to get our attention to turn our hearts and minds to Him so that we realize our need for a Savior if we have not yet come to the point of placing our trust in Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and glorious resurrection from the dead as the only means of being forgiven and accepted by God and being able to have a personal relationship with Him. Sadly, many wrongly place their trust in their good works as the way of being accepted by God, but these good works appear to Him simply as filthy rags (Romans 3:10, 20-29, Ephesians 2:8-10,  Isaiah 64:6).

For those of us who have placed our complete trust in Jesus Christ’s sinless life, His once for all sacrifice on the cross, His death in our place, and His glorious bodily resurrection as being sufficient to pay the debt for our sins and guilt in full, trials come to prove that our faith is indeed genuine, (1 Peter 1:3-9) as well as to produce perseverance, character, and hope in our lives (Romans 5:1-11), and to conform our minds and our lives to Jesus Christ (Romans 12:2, 1 Peter 1:13-16, Romans 8:29).

In Jesus Christ alone you will find true freedom! You will find freedom from sin, guilt, fear, destructive behavior, and every false religious system that holds you in bondage to lies and deception. Turn to Him today! I pray for all who will read this post that many will choose Jesus Christ and seek the truth that can be found in His Word, the Bible.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

Many Christians are unaware of how they are giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils when they fail to test the teachings of professing Christian teachers they sit under against the truth of God’s Word. In failing to do so, many are being led into New Age/ New Spirituality practices that are rooted in occultism, and they are being led away from the Biblical Jesus and the Biblical gospel. This is happening through Spiritual Formation classes that present Christians with practices such as Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, Silent Prayer, meditation stations, so-called “holy yoga” classes, and so much more!

The Human Potential Movement (another term for the New Age Movement) is another way in which many Christians are being deceived and are departing from the true faith; the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. (Jude 3) In many businesses, seminars are being presented to their employees with techniques that they are told will relieve stress and help them to become more productive. However, this movement presents mind altering techniques and tells a person to look within themselves where they will realize that everything they need to achieve success can be found. Therefore, there is no need for God because ultimately you are God. There is no concept of sin and therefore no need for a Savior from sin.

In the following presentation, well respected Christian author and speaker, the late Dave Hunt, warns us about many of these doctrines of demons and emphasizes the importance of getting back to Biblical Christianity. He urges Christians to learn to think for themselves. He also has this to say, which many of us who have been part of an abusive church can sadly relate to:

“I think that some pastors don’t want their people to think. They ought to be able to tell you what to do.  That’s one of the problems. There’s a form of guruism in the church of Jesus Christ today, and to follow a guru you check your mind at the door, and they literally do your thinking for you. “Sun Myung Moon said, “I am their mind.” You have got to learn to think for yourself, because you have individual, moral accountability.”

When time allows, I hope that you will prayerfully consider listening to his very important and Biblically based message. As always, please be sure to test every teaching you listen to against Scripture –even what Dave Hunt says. (Acts 17:11)

 

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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There is a growing attack on the Book of Genesis like never before! If a person does not view Genesis as the inspired Word of God, then it will inevitably be simply a matter of time before they begin to start doubting the virgin birth, the deity of Jesus Christ, and even His resurrection from the dead.

In the following video Pope Francis has some very disturbing things to say that clearly limits the power of God and has even caused many Catholics to become deeply concerned:

“The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God. On the contrary, it requires it.”

Pope Francis also has said:

“When we read about creation in Genesis we run the risk of imagining God was a magician with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so. He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”

Is Genesis an allegory as some teach? Or is Genesis truly a divine, historical book that records some of the amazing details about how God created our universe? When time allows, please consider watching this documentary filled with scientific evidence that show the many intricate details concerning the genetic structure of animals and man, giving strong evidence of a Divine Creator as opposed to evolution which is simply a belief with no fossil evidence whatsoever to show any transitions from one species to another, and therefore this system demands a belief in billions of years in order to allow for so many changes to occur.


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“For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21,22)

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned–for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned  from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.” (Romans 5:12-14)

“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:17-19)

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Even the Catholic Apologetic organization, Catholic Answers, sees no problem believing in God and in evolution:


In the video below, Bishop Barron reveals that he does not believe that Adam was the first literal man by saying:

“Adam…now, don’t read it literally…we’re not talking about a literal figure, we’re talking in theological poetry; Adam, the first human being, names all the animals…” (5:48-6:03 minute mark).

Former Catholic priest of twenty-two years, Richard Bennett, shares his insight on how Roman Catholicism views evolution in the following video:

Lest you think that only some Catholics are embracing evolution, in the video below you will hear Pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church say that he does not take Genesis Chapter 1 literally. In his book, The Reason For God, he said the following:

“For the record I think God guided some kind of process of natural selection, and yet I reject the concept of evolution as All-encompassing Theory.” –The Reason For God (Source – YouTube video, ‘The Real Tim Keller’) (More on Tim Keller at a later time –Lord willing).

 

DEBATE – GENESIS

In the following two presentations, Ken Ham gives many valid reasons to show us the extreme importance of believing in six literal days of creation as recorded in Genesis, and why as Christians it is not Biblical for us to accept evolution as fact. He also explains  how evolution actually destroys the very foundation of the gospel itself:

Once again, it comes down to this:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God? Or the word of man?”


 

For those of you who may be interested: On Thursday, November 16th,  you will have the opportunity to see Genesis: Paradise Lost. For tickets and a list of theaters where this movie will be showing, you can visit: http://genesismovie.com/

 

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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Sadly, we live at a time when many of us are like sheep without a shepherd. Many once trusted pastors and teachers have forgotten their God-given role of protecting their sheep from ravenous wolves and have chosen to willingly join with them wholeheartedly. Therefore, many precious Christians are prey for the enemy as they attempt to seek a new church where God’s Word is being preached without compromise, and some end up getting involved with another church where yet another form of compromise or spiritual deception is taking place. With that in mind I decided to no longer share any sermons from any pastors, because the more I find out about them, the more I realize that the only one we can completely trust is Jesus Christ. So, from now on I will just be sharing videos like the one below that just has the audio of God’s Word accompanied with videos that show the beauty of God’s creation, or videos that simply share the beauty of the truth of God’s Word because we should not seek things that simply appeal to our emotions. I hope that you will take a few minutes to listen and allow God’s Word to comfort your soul and cleanse your mind from worry, doubt, and fear, and guide you in truth.

For those of you who have yet to come to grasp the depth of the love that God has for you, I hope that you will consider listening to the truly good news of the Biblical gospel that you will hear as you watch this beautiful video of waterfalls that was put together by Martin Erdmann of the Verax Institute.

UPDATE:

Lord willing, I hope to be able to write a post in the near future with Biblical guidelines to help you choose a good church, and will also be sharing what to look out for if you are among the many who are searching for a new church as I am still doing after leaving four churches now. I will be sharing some of the churches that I have researched in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, and what I  discovered that you need to be aware of so that you do not find yourselves at one of these churches where there are unbiblical things taking place.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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As I have mentioned to you in a few posts over this past year, Lord willing, as soon as I get the time to finish the different series that I am doing concerning Catholicism and the Alleged Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, I am hoping to begin a series on Calvinism and Reformed Theology in light of Scripture. In light of that, I thought this debate that a dear sister-in-Christ let us know on Facebook was being live streamed would be a good video to share with all of you today for a Teaching Thursday post to make some of you who are not fully aware of some of the teachings of Calvinism and Reformed Theology come to understand some of the beliefs that they hold to. The speakers for this debate that will be presenting their position on man’s Free Will from the reformed view is not typical of most Calvinists; most Calvinists are known to be polite and respectful, though some can be harsh and unfair in their attitudes and statements at times, like James White. However, what you will hear from Dr. Sonny Hernandez, and especially from Dr.  Theodore Zachariades, is a lack of self-control and a lot of yelling, and a change in what they claimed to believe concerning man’s free will during the discussions and online interactions they  all had  before this debate took place. Leighton Flowers and Jonathan Pritchett who represented the Traditionalist point of view did an excellent job of staying in control under such shock and pressure and exhibited God’s grace towards Sonny and Theodore, and Leighton and Johnathan also kept them on point. This is one debate that you will not be  bored listening to! Above all, I pray that you will learn the importance of truly having a Biblical perspective on every theological issue, and not just accept a  teaching because it is being taught by someone who has been known to be a well respected teacher for many years. We must constantly compare Scripture with Scripture and look at it in its context and grammatical structure to determine the Biblical meaning of a verse, and not simply accept man’s interpretation of a verse!

Here is the video description:

Published on Nov 4, 2017

“Dr. Leighton Flowers and Dr. Johnathan Pritchett (Traditionalists) debate Dr. Sonny Hernandez and Dr. Theodore Zachariades (Calvinists) over the doctrine of Free Will. Things become a bit contentious in the CX when Theodore and Sonny disavow the London Baptist Confession’s statement on free will (Chapter 9) since prior to the debate Leighton and Johnathan were told they affirmed it. This cause much unnecessary confusion and contention. On July 18th, an email with all parties copied, Sonny said, “Hey Leighton, The best way to summarize our position would be to review the 1689 London Baptist Confession or the Westminster Confession of Faith (See Free will).” And even after Leighton literally copied and pasted chapter 9 (the one on Free Will) into the email and asking specifically what they affirmed, Sonny wrote back to all parties (including Theodore), “Leighton, what you see in the confession is what we affirm…” Leighton put up a live video on the Soteriology 101 facebook page showing all these emails for his followers to read for themselves. Things also became unnecessarily heated when Theodore called his opponents “brothers” and then retracted that statement saying they were merely “opponents” and that he wasn’t sure they were actual “brothers” due to their view of grace.”

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LordAnd if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:14,15)

“And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:16,17)

“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6,7)

“And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” (John 5:37-40)

“When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me,” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1:13-15)

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God –children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12,13)

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8,9)

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