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They Claim To Speak For God Part 1

'I Am NOT Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ!'

My Comment:  Put your discernment cap on and read this, its a great article, and we need to know how to tell the difference between these things that divide.

Bible Prophecy Blog By T. A. McMahon
The Berean Call

Again, sound doctrine is simply the teachings of the Word of God, which every believer is to read, heed, and obey. Yet, according to these teachers, since biblical doctrine stands in the way of the “new things God is doing,” it must be downgraded.

A very large part of Christendom in the United States is enamored with those who claim to speak for God. If you think that’s an overstatement, simply tune into some of the programing on Trinity Broadcasting Network or some of the other cable religious networks. What you will see are churches filled with thousands of Christians hanging on to every word of a man or a…

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Internet investigators, Conference fashionistas and Tattle-tale heroes

“…The Truth is not based in our opinions, or in the opinion of the speakers we tend to idolize, but in Scripture. …” Excellent post, points out crucial facts that are right in front of us, yet we tend to miss.

For the Love of His Truth

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Grant Swart

   

(1 Ti 4:16) “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine;    continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

   

                     (2Ti 2:14-17) Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene.

       (Eph 4:29) Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister

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to keep guard over our heart…

Ask for the Old PathsJph

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John GillWe should always praise God for the Scriptures. They point us in the way we should go. We must make use of them and search them since they testify of Christ. Through them we are guided to the old paths, and therefore to the good way in which we should walk. According to John Gill:

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein; and ye shall find rest for your souls.(Jeremiah 6:16)

There is rest for souls to be enjoyed in doctrines, which a man does enjoy, when upon a diligent search after truth, he finds it, and is at a point about it; a man that is tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine, is like a wave of the sea, always restless and uneasy; a double-minded…

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Is Deception Calling? A review of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

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Just the other day I posted that Christians should be wary of God “experiences.” Although there are many prominent promoters of practices that claim to be ways to hear directly from God (other than by reading the Bible), it is my fear that these are really paths toward self-deception or worse.

As a follow up I’d like to share my thoughts about a book whose author purports to have received messages from God (which she turned into a bestselling book).

A couple months ago I was given a devotional book called Jesus Calling, and although I never read devotionals I began to examine the book. What I found shocked me. The author, Sarah Young, claims to have received revelations from Jesus through dialogue journaling (something she learned from two “listeners” who wrote another book called God Calling. I’ll get to that in a minute). Her book is even…

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Day #52, Mark 13 – Staying Awake In Sleepy Times

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Mark 13

If you are not ready for it, Mark 13 shocks you awake with Jesus suddenly prophesying all over the place.  It’s like Mark in his writing has grouped similar stories together so that you just get a snapshot of who Jesus was and what Jesus said and did.  In this case, we get a chapter of prophecy… let’s dig in…

TEMPLE DESTRUCTION

Jesus leaves the temple with his disciples after watching the widow toss her coins in.  And his disciples remark on how beautiful the temple is – how wonderful the buildings in the temple were!  And Jesus foretells the temple’s destruction – which if I’m not mistaken happens in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem.

  • It seems like we as humans love physical beauty in our architecture, nature, other humans, etc.  And we focus on that beauty, but Jesus reminds us that all that we have is of a…

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“Navigator”

all of the poetry on this blog is beautiful. I chose to share this one because it speaks of the dangers lurking and trying to lure us away from the Narrow Way.

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dark road

The cold rain picks up and
Chills to the bone
It’s almost
Full dark.
I walk on
Into the troubled night ahead.
I place one foot
In front of the other,
Focused on keeping on
The Narrow Way
As my feet dance around
Slippery obstacles.
My eyes sting and
The air is thick
With the rot of decay and
Sin
Laced with
The sweet, heady scent of
Seduction and
Longing.
Neon signs glare,
Side roads scream,
“This way!”
To Nirvana!
Enlightenment!!
Truth!!!
I sense… I know
They all lead to
Ultimate Destruction.
I close my eyes.
I calm my heart.
I call on He who is the Way
The Truth, the
Life,
To show the Way
To guide my feet,
Not by sight but by faith.

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter ye in the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many…

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A.W. Tozer : Testing the Spirits

What is Apostasy? – A.W. Pink (Audio reading with text)

Christian Praise and Worship in Sermons and Songs

What is Apostasy? – A.W. Pink (Audio reading with text)

A.W. Pink Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=10C95ED824AA4503

From Studies in the Scriptures.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?

1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

John 8:39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham.

1 Timothy 1:19 keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.

2 Peter 2:20 For if, after they have…

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The Christ in Prophecy Journal: End Times Truth: Avoiding Deception

'I Am NOT Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ!'

By Nathan Jones

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How do we avoid deception in these last days?

This question was put to me recently by Doug Harris from Britain’s apologetics television program “Simply the Truth.” In this first episode of Doug’s new show “End Times Truth,” he sought along with me and other guests to define what the Last Days are and how we should live in them. The following is an excerpt of that program.

Doug Harris: First Timothy 4:1 warns the believer to pay attention so as not to be deceived by deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. It becomes very obvious if people pay attention to these things that sooner or later they will want to communicate with these evil spirts and will want to draw closer to that which is deceitful — the doctrine of demons.

Just how can we test out what is truly from God…

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As Time Get’s Crazy, And Governments Have Gone Wild, What Do We Do?

'I Am NOT Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ!'

“As I sat with neighbors yesterday and we discussed current events, and what they mean for us as Christians and the times we are living in, one of them pointed me to this psalm.  They said, they had asked God the question what are we to do?  How can we get out of the mess we’re in?  What are we to do ?  And God pointed them to this psalm.  It not only comforts, but it teaches that “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.”  We can truly find comfort and guidance in God’s Words.”

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Psalm 34

I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all…

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Spiritual Warfare and Obtaining the Shield of God

The Tree of Knowledge, painting by Lucas Crana...

The Tree of Knowledge, painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It isn’t a coincidence that we are presented with deceit and illusion as being present from the very beginning of Creation.  The serpent made his way to Eve and convinced her to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, which was something which God had forbidden Adam and Eve to do.

The issue is placed before us for us to understand, in the open, from the very beginning…good and evil exist in the same realm.  According to the Bible, God had originally intended to shield his creations, Adam and Eve, from evil by forbidding them to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.  Eating this would expose them to a particular situation : that evil and good both exist side by side.

As a result of eating from the fruit of this tree, all of the descendants of Adam and Eve were forced to use discernment, to have to live among evil and to be forced to having to distinguish between good and evil in order to survive.

It isn’t always a simple task to do. Evil is not always apparently dark.  Many times it shines with a light, hiding its true corruption. Like they say, “all that glitters isn’t gold”.  Well, that is true.

The serpent is shown as deceiving Eve by tricking her with a very tempting illusion….in a few words, he convinced her that she will become wise like God if she were to eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree.  He promised her light, wisdom and knowledge like those of God – all obtained by eating this particular forbidden fruit.

The darker forces often use the weapon of illusion to try to ensnare us into their lot.  They like to convince people that they can be or are gods.

Look at the deceit. Can a person, a product of Creation, ever be godlike?  You can not be god like, and human at the same time!  That is their attempt to diminish Christ’s status as God’s Son in human form and “allowing” us all to claim the same divinity.  Can a person create a universe or a world?  No! Then how can we be a god? The illusion is out there that we can create our reality – that is a well contrived lie.  We are able to determine many events in our life, but we can’t “create a reality” just like we can’t “create a world” or “create a soul”.  People mindlessly fall into these traps.  It is easy to feed these lies to people if their egos are in a weak state.  It is easy to trick these egos, they prefer to view themselves as “creators” and not “created”.

Satan and his crew have developed the most alluring illusion convincing people that they can “create”, that they are Christs, that they are gods.  This is one of the most cunning illusions that exists to this very day – used in many cleverly masked ways to draw people away from the true Light of God and throwing them onto paths of false light (masked darkness).

And this deceitful illusion was used to trick Eve, and it still is being offered to society today, in many different guises.  But it never ceases to be a “fruit” which corrupts our nature.   There is much to be said about the power of illusions and their hidden presence in this world.  The Bible provides the ability to discern so as to not fall prey to these traps.  It points out the presence of these illusions and traps from the very beginning of creation, with Eve and the Serpent, but Christ taught extensively about this very issue of spiritual warfare, and it was a common theme in the books of the New Testament.

The Bible provides  wisdom and knowledge that unveils itself according to our need and understanding.  It is very much “alive” in that sense, which is why it is sacred and not just ordinary volumes of stories and recorded history.

Personally, I think that there are layers and layers of knowledge and wisdom in the Bible.  It is written in a way which allows for all to take what they can and need to understand at the given place and time of their spiritual lives.  After all, Jesus taught mostly in parables, and everyone received what their spirits needed from these parables  according to their individual situations, and these parables were able to nourish all spirits regardless of how ignorant or insightful the listener was .

There are those people however that see the texts of the Bible as Word that should be taken literally, and others, like me, see it as Word which is rich in symbolism and should be interpreted as such.

The point of the post, and the blog, however, is not to impose  my interpretation of any biblical passage on others, nor to incite, challenge and drive others to defend their views whether it should be interpreted or taken literally. We must not foster division.

The point is that regardless as to how we read  the Bible,  we must all realize that the dark forces and the evil which these forces generate were present from the very beginning, and exist here to this day.  They are dark, void of  Divine Light.   And the whole purpose behind their existence is to fight against the Light of God.

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English: Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil עברית: חטא עץ הדעת – ד”ר לידיה קוזניצקי (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a spiritual warfare going on.  It has been made evident to us that is has existed from the very beginning, and it is still raging today.

We can not fight evil with evil.  We should not dwell on evil either, giving excessive attention to its ways, that would be giving it a place in our lives.  Yet we need to understand that there is an enemy, that we are in the middle of an unseen war, and we need to understand the tactics.  (see the following posts for more on the cosmic war).  The best way to engage in spiritual warfare, to defend the Light of God and to never give any room for darkness to enter your life is to follow the path that Jesus Christ laid out before us.

As we nourish our physical bodies with food, we should also nourish our spirit with the teachings of Christ and not be afraid of the crosses that we each must bear on our journey in this world  along the path towards our salvation.

In order to reach us today, His Word had to remain alive here on Earth. Christ kept His Word alive for us here today, as alive as it was when He was physically present on Earth approximately two thousand years ago.

He came, He spoke, He taught, He showed the Way and these very actions became seeds. These are seeds which bear the fruit of His Word, they bear Light, Purity, Love, Peace, Charity and Gratitude. These are the only fruits that we should be taking for our own spiritual nourishment .

Christ “planted” those seeds when He walked the earth so that we can still reach out to Him, and He can reach out to us, thousands of years later.

This is why the very presence of His Word, the very presence of His Wisdom, Ideas, Teachings and Love still with us today and very much alive.  If we feed our spirits just with these (soul food !), we will be able to grow spiritually, and place ourselves in His fold, on the path that He laid out for us, and we would then belong to His Kingdom.

By nourishing our spirit with these fruits we can be “in this world, but not of this world”, because we would be living according to His teaching, in the manner that God has intended, following His Son, and being  protected from the dark and evil that is predominant in this world.  By following Christ, we literally are protected with spiritual armor, or the shield of God, when we live according to Christ’s teaching.

There are two places where we can best receive His Word.

These best sources  are from your own personal journey into the teachings of the Bible, and from your own personal prayers and communication with God our Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and with the Holy Spirit, the life-bearing force.

The Peace of the Lord be with you always.

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