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SCRIPTURE SUNDAY SERIES INTRODUCTION

Sadly, many professing Christian pastors and teachers today teach that the Old Testament is no longer important or relevant. However, Jesus often quoted from the Old Testament, and Scripture in the New Testament clearly shows us the importance of the Old Testament, as well:

“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:1-12)

“For whatever was written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 KJV)

All of Scripture is important:

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

Even before time, as we know it, began, God knew that mankind would choose to rebel against Him and sin, and He already had a plan to redeem mankind (Revelation 13:8) and to establish the only way to reconcile sinful man to Himself, a God who is completely loving, kind, and merciful, but above all, completely Holy and just. He planned to send His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the second Person in the Trinity, into our evil, sin-filled world, to live the sinless, perfect life that we could never live, in order to take upon Himself the sins of all mankind and be our substitute and take upon Himself God’s full wrath for all of our sins and guilt. The The Book of Genesis shows us that even in the most perfect of environments man still chose to sin.
Throughout the Old Testament we see just how depraved mankind is. We read about: Murder, rebellion, incest, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, rape, deceit, thievery, malice, lies, etc., etc. However, as depraved as all of mankind was and still is, he — or she — is not so depraved as to be unable to choose to receive God’s free gift of salvation through placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior after hearing or reading the truly good news of the Biblical gospel, as some sadly teach in Reformed Theology and Calvinism.
The Old Testament is also extremely important because: It traces the genealogy of Jesus Christ, foreshadows and prophesies the coming of Jesus Christ, and shows God’s patience with us, as well as His love, complete holiness, and hatred for sin. So much more could be said, but my time these days is very limited.

Now I present to you the third Book in God’s Holy Word –the Book of Leviticus. I hope and pray that you will take some time throughout your week to listen to another very important Book in God’s Holy Word.


“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 18:21)

“Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:4)

 

Thank you very much for stopping by today.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

Photo – Billowy Clouds With Sun Glowing Through – By Mary K Dalke/Reflections Of His Glory Photography

Scripture – Leviticus 9:24,25 added by Mary K Dalke on Pixlr Free Editor

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As summer draws to a close, I pray that this short series of testimonies shared by former Jehovah’s Witnesses placed a love and compassion for these people (and for the many others who are being deceived by false teachings) within your hearts, and that from now on you will prayerfully consider taking at least a few minutes to either briefly share your testimony with them, or lovingly share some of God’s truth with them that will cause them to think about what they have been taught instead of being rude to them or closing the door in their faces as many sadly do –including some professing Christians. If you know God’s Word well and the Lord leads you to invite them in, try to keep the conversation from going off topic. Above all, pray for God to prepare their hearts to receive the truth of His Word and whatever He would lead you to say to them before they go on their way.

Now I present to you, the very moving testimony of Floyd Erwin, former Jehovah’s Witness for twenty-six years, who finally came to understand from reading God’s Word that Jesus Christ truly is God:

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

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24)

“Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD will never count against him.” (Romans 4:7,8)

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)

  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this, not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life.” (John 6:47)

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

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:5,6)

In the past God spoke to our ancestors 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 also 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”?

Or again,

“I will be his Father,and he will be my Son”?

And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

In speaking of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.”

But about the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

He also says,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”

To which of the angels did God ever say,

“Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:1-14)

“Now Thomas (called Didymus) one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it.”  A week later His disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to Him, “My Lord  and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:24-29)

“He [Jesus Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the *firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him t0 reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:15-20) *(firstborn – unique in rank and privilege).

INTRODUCTION – FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO THIS SERIES

Because there seems to be such a lack of emphasis on God’s Word these days, I wanted to start a new series that will simply focus on God’s Word. So, Lord willing, at the beginning of each and every day I will just be sharing a picture with a Bible verse or a short passage from God’s Word with you, to help you start your day off right by helping to turn you focus off of the problems in your life and on to God,  who desires for you to come to Him with all of your burdens and to surrender them to Him.

Maybe some of you are going through a trial right now and you need some hope and encouragement. I am at that place right now. Reading and reflecting on the truth of God’s Word always has a way of making us realize that God is truly aware of what we are going through. He knows our thoughts and sees every tear that we may cry.

Dear Christian, we must stay in God’s Word to keep us connected to Him so that His strength will be made perfect when we are weak, and so that He can give us His grace which is always sufficient to see us through the hard times in life. I know that you know this, but when we are in the valley, so to speak, when the circumstances are so overwhelming that we just feel as if we can’t make it through another day, God’s living Word breathes new life into our weary souls and enables us to carry on in His strength.

There were times when things were so hard in my life that I felt like God had abandoned me. But those of us who truly belong to Him (because we have place our trust in Jesus Christ’s death on the cross as being fully sufficient to pay for all of our sins and guilt, and know that He was also buried and that He gloriously arose from the dead for our justification),  know that simply isn’t true! Jesus promised that He would never leave or forsake us! Therefore, we must live by faith and trust Him in the midst of our heartbreaking trials and difficult situations, regardless of our feelings of hurt and confusion.

After going through a very hard time in my life and realizing that I was beginning to have  bitterness towards God and was starting to turn away from Him because He wasn’t doing what I had prayed, believed, and trusted that He would do, I was struck with the overwhelming reality of what a horrible thing I was doing and asked God to forgive me! I came to clearly realize that as Christians we are to love God for who He is; our love for Him should not be based on what He does or doesn’t do in our lives. We must love Him for what He has already done by providing salvation for us through the sacrifice of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, who willingly died in our place and took upon Himself the full wrath that was intended for all of us because of our sins! What amazing love!

Sometimes we forget just how encouraging and living and active God’s Word really is and how it can address exactly what we are going through at the moment our lives start falling apart. But we must choose to trust Him and not become bitter and angry. We must cast our cares on Him and never forget that He is in control and aware of everything that is happening. We must also keep in mind that because sin entered the world when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, therefore sickness, death, and the evil, hurtful choices that people make by the acts of their own free will, are the consequences of that one sin. So, we must not blame God for the evil that befalls us at the hands of others. He is there waiting to pick up the pieces of our shattered lives and to renew our minds with the truth of His Word, and to comfort us and heal us emotionally –IF we choose to turn to Him.

If someone has wronged you, express your hurt and anger that is within your broken and shattered heart to God. Make the choice to forgive the person before Him with your will and not based on your feelings, even if the time never comes for that person to express any sorrow to you for hurting you. Sadly, for some of us that day may never come when we hear the words, “I’m sorry.” Therefore, we are only hurting ourselves if we choose to store up bitterness and anger within our hearts.

Maybe you have been passed over time and time again for that much deserved promotion. Or maybe you have unjustly lost your job. Or it could be that you have taken a stand for what is Biblical and your warnings have been ignored and you have been made to feel as if you have no idea what you are talking about. Whatever you are going through, God’s Word will always bring you comfort, peace, encouragement and direction.

God’s Word also brings conviction, as well, which may be hard to receive at first, but if we are truly a child of God we should appreciate His loving discipline. If we choose to submit to His discipline, we will see how He will give us His strength to overcome sinful habits and cleanse us in order to use us for His glory. One day we will then be able to look back and appreciate how He intervened in our lives in order to prevent us from the consequences of the sin that we once clung to and refused to turn from.

And, oh, the many warnings in Scripture that God has given us to warn us about how spiritual deception and the many false teachers that will arise in the last days, and the importance of knowing His Word and testing the teachings of everyone we listen to so that we will not be deceived! These verses will also be presented to you in this daily series.

All of these important topics that I briefly mentioned to you in this post will be addressed through these daily verses to help keep you focused on the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS  – Jesus Christ —  and to guide you along life’s way.

For those of you who have yet to place your trust in Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and glorious resurrection from the dead as providing the only way to reconcile sinful man with a thrice Holy God, and are instead continuing to wrongly believe that your good works will earn God’s acceptance, I pray that you will choose to place your trust in Jesus Christ alone, very soon! Tomorrow is promised to no one, and your eternal destiny depends upon the choice that you make concerning Jesus Christ:

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

Please consider reading the gospel of John or the book of Romans, and pray for God to reveal His truth to you. Instead of guilt, regret, fear and sorrow, you can be forgiven for your sins — no matter what you may have done! If you choose to place your trust in Him, He will free you from condemnation, remove the heavy burden of sorrow and regret, and fill you with His peace that surpasses all human  understanding. He will transform your thinking and your life as you spend time reading the truth of His Word, and He will use all that you have been through for His glory to reach those who are still in bondage to their sins, because they have not yet heard the good news of the Biblical gospel and made that choice to believe the truth of God’s Word.

Here is your verse for today:

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

INTRODUCTION – FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO THIS SERIES

Because there seems to be such a lack of emphasis on God’s Word these days, I wanted to start a new series that will simply focus on God’s Word. So, Lord willing, at the beginning of each and every day I will just be sharing a picture with a Bible verse or a short passage from God’s Word with you, to help you start your day off right by helping to turn you focus off of the problems in your life and on to God,  who desires for you to come to Him with all of your burdens and to surrender them to Him.

Maybe some of you are going through a trial right now and you need some hope and encouragement. I am at that place right now. Reading and reflecting on the truth of God’s Word always has a way of making us realize that God is truly aware of what we are going through. He knows our thoughts and sees every tear that we may cry.

Dear Christian, we must stay in God’s Word to keep us connected to Him so that His strength will be made perfect when we are weak, and so that He can give us His grace which is always sufficient to see us through the hard times in life. I know that you know this, but when we are in the valley, so to speak, when the circumstances are so overwhelming that we just feel as if we can’t make it through another day, God’s living Word breathes new life into our weary souls and enables us to carry on in His strength.

There were times when things were so hard in my life that I felt like God had abandoned me. But those of us who truly belong to Him (because we have place our trust in Jesus Christ’s death on the cross as being fully sufficient to pay for all of our sins and guilt, and know that He was also buried and that He gloriously arose from the dead for our justification),  know that simply isn’t true! Jesus promised that He would never leave or forsake us! Therefore, we must live by faith and trust Him in the midst of our heartbreaking trials and difficult situations, regardless of our feelings of hurt and confusion.

After going through a very hard time in my life and realizing that I was beginning to have  bitterness towards God and was starting to turn away from Him because He wasn’t doing what I had prayed, believed, and trusted that He would do, I was struck with the overwhelming reality of what a horrible thing I was doing and asked God to forgive me! I came to clearly realize that as Christians we are to love God for who He is; our love for Him should not be based on what He does or doesn’t do in our lives. We must love Him for what He has already done by providing salvation for us through the sacrifice of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, who willingly died in our place and took upon Himself the full wrath that was intended for all of us because of our sins! What amazing love!

Sometimes we forget just how encouraging and living and active God’s Word really is and how it can address exactly what we are going through at the moment our lives start falling apart. But we must choose to trust Him and not become bitter and angry. We must cast our cares on Him and never forget that He is in control and aware of everything that is happening. We must also keep in mind that because sin entered the world when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, therefore sickness, death, and the evil, hurtful choices that people make by the acts of their own free will, are the consequences of that one sin. So, we must not blame God for the evil that befalls us at the hands of others. He is there waiting to pick up the pieces of our shattered lives and to renew our minds with the truth of His Word, and to comfort us and heal us emotionally –IF we choose to turn to Him.

If someone has wronged you, express your hurt and anger that is within your broken and shattered heart to God. Make the choice to forgive the person before Him with your will and not based on your feelings, even if the time never comes for that person to express any sorrow to you for hurting you. Sadly, for some of us that day may never come when we hear the words, “I’m sorry.” Therefore, we are only hurting ourselves if we choose to store up bitterness and anger within our hearts.

Maybe you have been passed over time and time again for that much deserved promotion. Or maybe you have unjustly lost your job. Or it could be that you have taken a stand for what is Biblical and your warnings have been ignored and you have been made to feel as if you have no idea what you are talking about. Whatever you are going through, God’s Word will always bring you comfort, peace, encouragement and direction.

God’s Word also brings conviction, as well, which may be hard to receive at first, but if we are truly a child of God we should appreciate His loving discipline. If we choose to submit to His discipline, we will see how He will give us His strength to overcome sinful habits and cleanse us in order to use us for His glory. One day we will then be able to look back and appreciate how He intervened in our lives in order to prevent us from the consequences of the sin that we once clung to and refused to turn from.

And, oh, the many warnings in Scripture that God has given us to warn us about how spiritual deception and the many false teachers that will arise in the last days, and the importance of knowing His Word and testing the teachings of everyone we listen to so that we will not be deceived! These verses will also be presented to you in this daily series.

All of these important topics that I briefly mentioned to you in this post will be addressed through these daily verses to help keep you focused on the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS  – Jesus Christ —  and to guide you along life’s way.

For those of you who have yet to place your trust in Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and glorious resurrection from the dead as providing the only way to reconcile sinful man with a thrice Holy God, and are instead continuing to wrongly believe that your good works will earn God’s acceptance, I pray that you will choose to place your trust in Jesus Christ alone, very soon! Tomorrow is promised to no one, and your eternal destiny depends upon the choice that you make concerning Jesus Christ:

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

Please consider reading the gospel of John or the book of Romans, and pray for God to reveal His truth to you. Instead of guilt, regret, fear and sorrow, you can be forgiven for your sins — no matter what you may have done! If you choose to place your trust in Him, He will free you from condemnation, remove the heavy burden of sorrow and regret, and fill you with His peace that surpasses all human  understanding. He will transform your thinking and your life as you spend time reading the truth of His Word, and He will use all that you have been through for His glory to reach those who are still in bondage to their sins, because they have not yet heard the good news of the Biblical gospel and made that choice to believe the truth of God’s Word.


During the first week of July I prayerfully chose Scriptures that would be encouraging for you. Then we looked at Scriptures concerning what Jesus Christ said about Himself as He spoke figuratively — not literally — to present spiritual truths about Himself, and then we continued with verses focusing on the theme of I AM the Alpha and Omega verses which gives evidence to the fact that Jesus Christ truly is God! (More verses to show the deity of Jesus Christ coming next week –Lord willing!)

This week we will focus on verses that shows the love and strength that awaits you if you will choose to turn to Him in the midst of your trials and moments of despair. If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation you have the assurance that He will never leave or forsake you! If you have not yet come to the point of realizing that you are a sinner in the eyes of a thrice Holy God, turn to Him now and receive His forgiveness and His love that awaits you. If you do, you will find real hope and true peace that surpasses all human understanding, and you will find that His grace will be sufficient to carry you through the very darkest moments of your life that we all face in one way or another. Turn to Him now♥

Though this post may not be coming to you at the beginning of your day, depending upon where you live, here is your verse for today:

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

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

 

Capture Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will bw saved Acts 2-21

The Resurrection of Christ

1″Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.”

3″For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 9For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.”

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”

The Order of Resurrection

20 “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”                                       (1 Corinthians 15:1-28)

 

 

Thank you very much for taking time out of this special weekend to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

 Capture OUIJA BOARD PICTUREDANGER!! This is NOT a game!! (I ‘quick captured’ this image from the video that I posted below).

All of us, in one way or another, embark on a search to satisfy that spiritual part of us.  Those who have a desire to know the future may begin by reading their horoscopes in the newspaper, or seeking out a fortune teller thinking they can tell them what lies ahead for them.  Others may become involved in paganism or witchcraft, desiring power over circumstances and people, possibly because of cruel and abusive people they may have had to deal with in life.  Then there are others who may begin to dabble in the occult by simply starting to read books or watching movies filled with witchcraft and vampires, such as the ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’ series, or by delighting in the celebration Halloween.

What is it about the dark side of the supernatural that entices many of us and draws us in?  Unaware of the real danger and bondage that awaits us, many of us attempt to contact a loved one who has died and is now on ‘the other side’ by taking part in seances and ‘playing’ with Ouija Boards thinking these practices are just “harmless fun.”  So, with all of that in mind, I’d like to share some experiences with you that I had to make you aware of the real danger that you are opening yourselves up to, as well as sharing many of the clear warnings in Scripture with you that God put there for us concerning these types of practices so that we would not be led astray by them.

The first thing that began to entice me into the supernatural realm was a seemingly harmless birthday gift that I received when I was around nine or ten years old.  It was a Magic 8 Ball (pictured below); a black plastic ball filled with a clear liquid as well as an object that had words written on each angled section, such as,  “Yes,”  “Yes definitely,” “No,”  “Most likely,” “Ask again later,” “Without a doubt,”  “Reply hazy, try again,” “Don’t count on it,”  and “My reply is no.”  You would ask a question and shake the ball, and the angled object with the answers would float up to the top where there was a round clear plastic window and you could then read the supposed answer to your questions  that came from the ‘spirit world.’ 

Capture MAJIC 8 BALL PICI ‘quick captured’ the picture above from a video on YouTube. 

Though it seems harmless at first glance, this 8 Ball peaked my interest in knowing the future and led me to the next dangerous level into the world of the occult with just a little apprehension –‘playing’ with a ‘Ouija Board’ (pictured at the very top of this post, as well as below) with my friends at a sleepover.  (Parents, be warned!  This may still be a popular thing to do at sleepovers, so please tell your children not to ‘play’ this so-called ‘game’ that can be purchased at many toy stores, even today — including a pink one and this Hello Kitty version!  A definite example of evil cloaked in cuteness!

 

EXPERIENCE #1

If I remember correctly, I was around ten or eleven years old, and so were my two best friends at the time, Kim and Barb, when this incident happened.  We were having a sleepover at Kim’s house and we decided to play with her Ouija Board.  The way to play this ‘game’ is simple; two or more people gently rest their fingertips on the rather triangular shaped plastic disc that sits on the ‘game’ board that has letters and numbers on it, as well as the words, ‘Yes,’ ‘No,’ and ‘Good Bye.’  Each person takes a turn asking the ‘board’ a question.  Almost instantly, the disc begins to answer the question by moving quickly from letter to letter, spelling out words.  I remember feeling a strong force guiding the disc as it moved around the board spelling out the answers to our questions.  The best way I can describe this force to you is to say that it’s very similar to the magnetic force you can feel when you try to hold two magnets together and they repel one another.  Sometimes the disc would go directly to the  ‘yes,’ or ‘no’ on the board, and at other times it would actually spell out the name of someone, or answer our questions with a short reply.  I remember we asked questions about the boys we liked and our future husbands, and if we would have children, but thankfully I don’t remember anything at all concerning what was ‘revealed’ to me.  Some people who have asked the Ouija Board questions concerning their future sadly chose to commit suicide because of the frightening information they were given concerning what supposedly was ahead for them. 

The thing that may have kept me and my friends — and that also may be keeping others — from realizing the true supernatural source of where these answers are coming from, is the fact that since two or more people have to rest their fingertips on the plastic disc, both, or all of the people playing this ‘game’ keep thinking that the other person is the one who is moving the disc to spell out the answers, and the following advertisement for the Ouija Board makes that message quite clear:

 

 

Even though I truly do not remember any of the answers we were given, I clearly remember what happened one time when my curiosity got the best of me:  I said out loud to my friends,  “I wonder what would happen if I keep my eyes closed after I ask it a question?”  And I soon found out!  The disc began to move wildly around the board with a strong, almost uncontrollable force!  My friends told me that it was unable to spell out any words that made sense!  That was possibly the last time that I played with a Ouija Board! 

Looking back on that experience now as a true follower of Jesus Christ who has repented of  these occult practices and all of my other sins, and who has the awareness of the many warnings in Scripture on the occult, I believe that when a person ‘plays’ this ‘game,’ they are giving demonic spirits an invitation to enter them, and that these spirits are actually using their eyes to guide the disc around the board which would explain why the disc began to move furiously and chaotically around the board and was unable to spell out any actual messages that made sense when I had my eyes closed.  Please do not attempt to play this game or others similar to this seeking to have a supernatural experience!  All you will encounter will be deceiving spirits who will lead you astray, put you in bondage, use you, and then attempt to destroy you! 

Below is a video I recently found when searching for information to add to this post, which features Larry Wessels of CAnswers and his guest, Dr. Edmund C. Gruss, author of the book, ‘ The Ouija Board, A Doorway To The Occult.’  In this video Edmund Gruss not only shares the history of this ‘game,’ but also shares many stories of what happened to others who ‘played’ this ‘game.’  Larry Wessels also shares some of the many Scriptures that can be found in God’s Word warning us about the occult.  I also posted many Scriptures below for you concerning the occult in case you are not aware of them.

 

EXPERIENCE #2

We moved to another house right before I started High School, and two of my sisters and I slept in the attic.  I shared the room at the top of the stairs with my younger sister, and my older sister had the adjoining room to herself.  When my brothers, sisters, and I first toured the house before we actually moved in, I noticed that something was written on the floor boards at the top of the stairs.  The message was,  “Do not move Pete Busby.”  I jokingly said to my sisters,  “What, is Pete Busby buried under there?”  We all laughed.

There was a bi-fold door that opened to a storage space that ran behind the walls next to my younger sister’s bed and behind mine, a small bookcase that opened to reveal more storage space in my older sister’s room, and another opening to reveal more storage space behind the wall near the top of the stairs.  I was afraid to go in any of those storage spaces, but I remember that my younger sister enjoyed going in the one by her bed and would sit in there and read.  She began reading books on witchcraft and out of body experiences, and I started reading books about  UFO encounters and ‘automatic writing;’ the occult practice of sitting quietly with pen in hand and waiting for the ‘spirits’ to ‘speak to you’ by moving your hand in order to write messages to you from the ‘spirit world.’  As hard as I tried, my attempts to receive messages from the spirit world proved unsuccessful.  (Thank God!) 

I’d like to stop here for a moment in order to point out the fact that this practice is being promoted in Christian circles today by Sarah Young.  In her book, ‘Jesus Calling,’ she shares how she began hearing from God is this same way, and that she first learned about this from reading the book, ‘God Calling.’  Below is a quick capture from a portion of an interview she did on the 700 Club:

Capture Sarah Young CBN interview concerning 'God Calling'

If you’d like to read more about Sarah Young and her ‘JESUS CALLING‘ devotional and the concerns that many Christians have about it, you can read one of my previous posts I wrote concerning all of this, >HERE<

Now, back to my story:

I don’t remember how long we were living in this house before this incident first took place, or how long this continued, but here is what happened: 

My sisters and I were all in bed and the lights were out.  I was beginning to fall asleep, when all of a sudden my mattress began to gently move up and down as if someone was under my bed pushing up on the mattress.  I was facing the wall to my left, and in my half asleep voice I mumbled to my younger sister who was on my right,  “Eileen, stop shaking my bed!”  She mumbled with her half asleep voice and said,  “I’m not shaking your bed.”  When she said those words I could tell she was facing the other way, and I froze in fear as terror came over me when I realized that it wasn’t my sister who was moving my bed! 

This happened night after night, and I had to sleep with a night light on after that first night, because, needless to say, I was terrified!  No one in my family believed me when I told them what was happening, so I faced this continuous living nightmare alone.  I don’t know what was worse; the fact that no one believed me, or going through this extremely frightening experience of having my mattress moving up and down, night after night! 

Besides praying through the night, the best I knew how at the time, the only other thing I did that I believe helped me keep my sanity was this:  I would hold my hand out (under the covers, of course) and pretend Jesus was holding my hand, keeping me safe through the terrors of the night.  When I became a Christian, I came across this verse one day:

“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.”  (Isaiah 41:13)

In a sense, I truly believe He was holding my hand!

After I got married and moved out, the older of my two brothers moved upstairs in the attic and he slept in my older sister’s room who got married and moved out a few years before I did.  His stories of what went on in his room are far more frightening than mine!  He told me that one night the bookcase creaked opened and he heard a voice hissing and a force coming towards him.  He said he pulled the covers over his head and didn’t move until morning!  He also told me that one night he saw the sliding closet doors in his room begin to open, and he saw hairy hands coming out of the closet.  He told me that he was terrified, but again, he just pulled the covers over his head and laid there until morning.

Many years later my mom admitted to me that she believed me when I told her what was happening in my room, but that she didn’t want to say anything.  She told me that she also witnessed frightening things happening upstairs.  She said that sometimes when she would go upstairs, things would fly off shelves and dressers and come towards her and barely miss hitting her, and would hit the wall, instead.  She also told me that there were times when she would bring stacks of clean clothes upstairs so she could put them away, and the clothes would suddenly disappear!

Around five years ago, I was reunited with my childhood friends, Kim and Barb.  Two years ago we decided to take a trip down memory lane; we drove into the city and drove by all the homes we once lived in, and I saw that house again.  I can’t help but wonder if the people who now live there have a few terrifying stories of their own to tell!

As a Christian looking back on all of this now, I believe that since I was clearly involved in occult practices, (as well as my younger sister who read her occult books, and my older sister who went to a fortune teller), that we were inviting demonic spirits into our home.  These demonic spirits may possibly have already been there from the previous people who lived there and who possibly were also involved in occult practices.  I do not believe that ghosts of deceased people haunt houses, because God’s Word clearly says otherwise.  (2 Corinthians 5:6-8, Philippians 1:21-24, Hebrews 9:27) God’s Word tells us about deceiving spirits and demons and spiritual deception, so please be warned!  There is no such thing as ‘white magic’ or ‘good spells.’  They all come from the same source –Satan and his demons.

And now that brings me to my next subject:

HALLOWEEN

As a child, I thoroughly enjoyed Halloween!  I’d dress up in costumes, have Halloween parties in school, and after school I would go trick-or-treating door to door receiving candy from all my neighbors, and nearby businesses, as well.  But after I became a Christian, six months later my first Bible Study teacher shared with us the many occultic roots of Halloween.  When I learned the true meanings behind all the traditions such as wearing costumes, witches, skeletons, black cats, broomsticks, jack-o-lanterns, going trick-or-treat, and that there are actual human sacrifices that take place on Halloween, and that in September and October police reports reveal that the cases for missing children are at their highest,  and that Halloween is considered to be one of two of the most important holidays to pagans and witches, I realized then that there was no way that I could continue to celebrate Halloween, or allow my children to go trick-or-treating any longer.  That first Halloween after learning the truth, I shared with my children what Halloween is truly about, but I did take them because I decided to try and turn that day around a little; we handed out ‘treats’ to the people at the houses we went to –tracts sharing God’s love and forgiveness in an attempt to use Halloween as an opportunity to witness to our neighbors and to bring glory to God.  But over the year to come I came under strong conviction, and after again explaining the truth in love with my daughter (my son was still to young to understand) about Halloween, I did not take them trick-or-treating any more.

From that point on when Halloween would come, I made the most of this opportunity; knowing that many children would be coming to our door on this one day a year, we would not only give each child the candy they were expecting, but they also received a tract that shared God’s love for them and revealed a little information about the true meaning behind Halloween, and a pencil inscribed with a message.  The young children were given pencils that said, “Smile, Jesus loves you,” and the older children received pencils that said, “When you think that no one cares, God does.”  I hoped and prayed that God would use the truth of His Word in these tracts to plant a seed in not only the heart of each child, but I also prayed that the parents would be touched by the love of God when they would read the tracts and see the pencils their children would bring home.

I was planning on typing out many of the traditions of Halloween and the occultic meanings behind them, but since my free time is so very limited at this point, I decided instead to post a few videos for you that has all of this information.  This way it will save you time, as well; because your life is probably as hectic as mine is, instead of reading even more information than what I have already shared with you, you will be able to listen to these informative videos while you work around the house.

 

 

CAROL KORNACKI, FORMER WITCH WHO IS NOW A CHRISTIAN

 

 

IN CLOSING — FROM MY HEART TO YOURS

One day Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, will return.  And He may be coming very soon!  Will you be ready? 

In this world there is a battle raging for our souls.  You can be very religious, and go to church every Sunday, but still end up being lost for all eternity.  You can only become a child of God by:

1) Realizing you are a sinner in the eyes of a completely Holy God

2) Receiving the only provision that God has made to remove the full debt of our sins, which was sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to live the sinless, perfect life that we could never live so that He could die in our place; Jesus took the full wrath of God that was intended for us upon Himself, and satisfied God’s wrath towards us because of our sins.

3) Repenting of our sins by turning from them with a deep sense of sorrow in our heart for what we have done, and turning to God and choosing to live for Him by glorifying Him with our lives, not to earn our salvation, but to show our love and appreciation for what He has done for us.

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

“Do not allow a sorceress to live.  Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed.” (Exodus 22:18,20)

“Be careful to do everything I have said to you.  Do not invoke the name of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.” (Exodus 23:13)

“When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, He gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.  When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said,  “Come, make us gods who will go before us.  As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”  Aaron answered them,  “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing and bring them to me.  So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.  He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool.  Then they said,  “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”  When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced,  “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD.”  So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings.  Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.  Then the LORD said to Moses,  “Go down, because your people whom you brought up out of Egypt have become corrupt.  They have become quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf.  They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said,  ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who have brought you up out of Egypt.’ (Exodus 32:1-8)

“Any Israelite or any alien living among them who eats any blood — I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from his people.  For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.  Therefore I say to the Israelites,  “None of you may eat blood, nor may an alien living among you eat blood.”                           (Leviticus 17:10-12)

“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God.  I am the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 18:21)

“Do not practice divination or sorcery.” (Leviticus 19:26b) 

“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them.  I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)

“I will set My face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people.  Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.  Keep My decrees and follow them; I am the LORD, who makes you holy.” (Leviticus 20:6-8)

“A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death.  You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.” (Leviticus 20:27)

“You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire.  Therefore, watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below.  And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars — all the heavenly array — do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.” (Deuteronomy 4:15-19)

“Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below.  There is no other.” (Deuteronomy 4:39)

“Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains and on the hills and under every spreading tree where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods.  Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.  You must not worship the LORD your God in their way.  But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put His Name there for His dwelling.” (Deuteronomy 12:2-5) 

“If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says,  “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer.  The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love Him with all your heart and with all your soul.  It is the LORD your God you must follow, and Him you must revere.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-4a)

“When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.  Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.  You must be blameless before the LORD your God.  The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination.  But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.  The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers.  You must listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-15)

“The LORD said to me:  “What they say is good.  I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.  If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.  But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.”  You may say to yourselves,  “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?”  If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken.  That prophet has spoken presumptuously.  Do not be afraid of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:17-22)

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit.  He cried out at the top of his voice,  “Ha!  What do You want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have You come to destroy us?  I know who You are–the Holy One of God!”  “Be quiet!”  Jesus said sternly.  “Come out of him!”  Then the demon threw him to the ground before them all without injuring him.  All the people were amazed and said to each other,  “What is this teaching?  With authority and power He gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!”  “Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting,  “You are the Son of God!”  But He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew He was the Christ.” (Luke 4:33-36,41)

“If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples.  Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31,32)

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

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

“Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future.  She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.  This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting,  “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.”  She kept this up for many days.  Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit,  “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of  her!”  At that moment the spirit left her.  When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.” (Acts 16:16-19)

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11)

“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said:  “Men of Athens!  I see that in every way you are very religious.  For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.  Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.  “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.  And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.  From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.  For in Him we live and move and have our being.”     (Acts 17:22-28a)

“Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed.  They would say,  “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.”  Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this.  One day the evil spirit answered them,  “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?”  Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all.  He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.  When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.  Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.  A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly.  When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. (note: a drachma was a silver coin worth about a day’s wages).  In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.”             (Acts 19:13-20)

“Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.  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 20:25-31)

“But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed.  “God will give to each person according to what he has done.”  To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, he will give eternal life.  But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” (Romans 2:5-8)

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)”

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light.  (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:8-11)

“Finally , be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” (Ephesians 6:10-17)

“Test everything.  Hold on to the good.  Avoid every kind of evil.”                      (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.  They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

“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)

“The Spirit clearly says that in the later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

“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 4:2-4)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, 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)

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7)

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God?  Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.  Or do you think that Scripture says without reason that the Spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?  But He gives us more grace.  This is why Scripture says:  “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and He will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Grieve, mourn, and wail.  Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.” (James 4:4-10)

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may life you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith…” (1 Peter 5:6-9a)

“The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood — idols that cannot see or hear or walk.  Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.” (Revelation 9:20-21) 

“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur,where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown.  They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)

“Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.  The lake of fire is the second death.  If anyone’s name was not not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14,15)

“He said to me:  “It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.  He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be My son.  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice arts, the idolaters and all liars — their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:6-8)

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.  Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”                  (Revelation 22:14,15)

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

 

Once again, I’d like to share with you that if you are seeking to ‘experience God’ or the ‘supernatural,’ through these types of practices, you will only find yourself being deceived and eternally lost.  You will find no greater love, and no real truth or real life until you come to know God’s love and truth that can only be found in the person of Jesus Christ, the Living Word, and in His written Word, the Bible.  I challenge you to begin reading in the Gospel of John, and in the book of Romans and Ephesians, and ask God to reveal His love and truth to you.

Even though as a Christian you will still continue to face trials and struggles in life, His love is a love that will not disappoint.  And unlike others who may have failed to keep their promise to love you forever, He will never break His promise;  He will never leave or forsake you.  You will find His grace and strength to be sufficient if you truly place your trust in Him, and He will work all things together for good –no matter what life may bring your way!

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

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

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