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          Beloveds, we must clear up the lie that when the Lord told Joshua he would have good success through obeying the Law, that this was meant for Christians today. The Lord told this to Joshua that in obeying the Old Covenant of the Law God would give him success in conquering certain lands and taking these lands for the nation of Israel: Joshua 1: 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
          
          
          
          Also in keeping the Old Covenant of the Law, (which is all they had from God), he would not face the wrath of God and die as Aaron and Moses did for their disobedience to God in not keeping the Old Covenant of the Law: Num. 27: 12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. 14 For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
          
          Moses never preached that the Old Covenant of the Law would make anyone permanently righteous in the sight of God. Here is the truth, preached by our Saviour Jesus Christ: Jhn 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
          
           Luk 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.
          
          See Galatians 3, which explains God’s purposes for the Law; and how Jesus Christ has delivered us from it for all time. Feel free to study on your own the numerous verses that fully declare that Jesus Christ is the eternal Saviour and final sole source of eternal salvation for all time for all who believe in Him. See John 14:6.

          

          Anyone willfully claiming salvation based on keeping the Old Covenant of the Law and/ or combining it with the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, or anything else is not considered a Christian according to the Bible.

          
          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.

          
          Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the CURSE: for it is written, CURSED is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that NO MAN is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

          1Ti. 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
          7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

          1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

          John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

          
          

    Sat, Jul 25th - 2:48PM



    RECOVERY

     

    God’s word trans: Mt. 18:

     

    1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3Then he said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever becomes like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me. 6"These little ones believe in me. It would be best for the person who causes one of them to lose faith to be drowned in the sea with a large stone hung around his neck.

     

    Mat 23:11

    But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    Luk 22:24

    And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

    Luk 22:26

    But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

     

     

    Saints (G40 hagios) there is absolutely no justification in the sight of God for self-promotion in the church:

     

    God’s word trans: 1 Cor. 4: 7Who says that you are any better than other people? What do you have that wasn't given to you? If you were given what you have, why are you bragging as if it weren't a gift?

     

     

      1Jo 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

     

     

    I.pride, haughtiness, arrogance

    II.the character of one who, with a swollen estimate of his own powers or merits, looks down on others and even treats them with insolence and contempt.

     

     

    Most Christians do not lust to elevate themselves over others. However, for any brethren who suffers from pride God gives His people the power to recover from pride which is the wrongful desire to elevate oneself above all others.

     


     Mar 7:22

    Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

     

    1Jo 2:16

    For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

    In the world, holy people, it is not unusual for people to scratch and fight to climb the corporate ladder. However, God forbids His people to operate this way in the church.

    Luk 14:11

    For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

     

     

    Holy people we can see from scripture that pride is harmful to the church. Those operating out of pride are a terrible example for children to follow and imitate, damaging their faith and causing them to go in a harmful direction.

    The drive for excellence in service to God and one another out of love for God, the brethren, and all men, has nothing to do with pride, which is self- promotion focused only on one’s own self- interests or benefits; and/or self- elevation as superior to and above others. Pride causes divisions, strife, and turns the church wrongly against one another, to see one another as competitors to be trounced, rather than brothers and sisters working in cooperation with God and one another for the Lord’s sake.

     

     

    While no Christian can ever lose their salvation, no one regardless of what he calls himself, who unrepentantly persist in pride, will ever receive salvation or enter into heaven. So, brothers and sisters we can see that the issue of pride is of an extremely serious nature. However, God makes it easy through faith in Lord Jesus Christ for any believer to have complete victory over pride out of love for God.

    Phl 2:3.

    Now adays, dearly beloveds, it is common for some to lie and falsely claim that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour is too perfect for anyone to use as an example or to follow as the standard for righteous.  The eternal truth is: Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

    Jhn 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

    As believers we shouldn’t be preoccupied or strive to be seen as great in the sight of men, or to elevate ourselves above others.

    Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

     Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

     1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

    Every Christian can be great God’s way, by coming to Him in complete trust and obedience just like a little child. Every Christian, who humbles himself in God’s sight can trust that God will lift him up according to His timing and in the right way pleasing to God.

     

    Again, it’s easy for any Christian, through faith in Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit to recover from pride. I pray that all such will be fully convicted, convinced and persuaded that God’s way is the only right way and the only right way is God’s way.  I pray without delay that any brothers or sisters with this issue will renounce pride, seek to serve others (not saying allowing one’s self to be taken advantage of or to be a door mat at all), and trust the Lord to do the exalting.

    love

    serola 



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    Sat, Jul 25th - 2:48PM



    RECOVERY

     

    God’s word trans: Mt. 18:

     

    1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3Then he said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever becomes like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me. 6"These little ones believe in me. It would be best for the person who causes one of them to lose faith to be drowned in the sea with a large stone hung around his neck.

     

    Mat 23:11

    But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    Luk 22:24

    And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

    Luk 22:26

    But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

     

     

    Saints (G40 hagios) there is absolutely no justification in the sight of God for self-promotion in the church:

     

    God’s word trans: 1 Cor. 4: 7Who says that you are any better than other people? What do you have that wasn't given to you? If you were given what you have, why are you bragging as if it weren't a gift?

     

     

      1Jo 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

     

     

    I.pride, haughtiness, arrogance

    II.the character of one who, with a swollen estimate of his own powers or merits, looks down on others and even treats them with insolence and contempt.

     

     

    Most Christians do not lust to elevate themselves over others. However, for any brethren who suffers from pride God gives His people the power to recover from pride which is the wrongful desire to elevate oneself above all others.

     


     Mar 7:22

    Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

     

    1Jo 2:16

    For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

    In the world, holy people, it is not unusual for people to scratch and fight to climb the corporate ladder. However, God forbids His people to operate this way in the church.

    Luk 14:11

    For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

     

     

    Holy people we can see from scripture that pride is harmful to the church. Those operating out of pride are a terrible example for children to follow and imitate, damaging their faith and causing them to go in a harmful direction.

    The drive for excellence in service to God and one another out of love for God, the brethren, and all men, has nothing to do with pride, which is self- promotion focused only on one’s own self- interests or benefits; and/or self- elevation as superior to and above others. Pride causes divisions, strife, and turns the church wrongly against one another, to see one another as competitors to be trounced, rather than brothers and sisters working in cooperation with God and one another for the Lord’s sake.

     

     

    While no Christian can ever lose their salvation, no one regardless of what he calls himself, who unrepentantly persist in pride, will ever receive salvation or enter into heaven. So, brothers and sisters we can see that the issue of pride is of an extremely serious nature. However, God makes it easy through faith in Lord Jesus Christ for any believer to have complete victory over pride out of love for God.

    Phl 2:3.

    Now adays, dearly beloveds, it is common for some to lie and falsely claim that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour is too perfect for anyone to use as an example or to follow as the standard for righteous.  The eternal truth is: Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

    Jhn 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

    As believers we shouldn’t be preoccupied or strive to be seen as great in the sight of men, or to elevate ourselves above others.

    Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

     Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

     1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

    Every Christian can be great God’s way, by coming to Him in complete trust and obedience just like a little child. Every Christian, who humbles himself in God’s sight can trust that God will lift him up according to His timing and in the right way pleasing to God.

     

    Again, it’s easy for any Christian, through faith in Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit to recover from pride. I pray that all such will be fully convicted, convinced and persuaded that God’s way is the only right way and the only right way is God’s way.  I pray without delay that any brothers or sisters with this issue will renounce pride, seek to serve others (not saying allowing one’s self to be taken advantage of or to be a door mat at all), and trust the Lord to do the exalting.

    love

    serola 



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    Sat, Jul 25th - 2:48PM



    RECOVERY

     

    God’s word trans: Mt. 18:

     

    1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3Then he said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever becomes like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me. 6"These little ones believe in me. It would be best for the person who causes one of them to lose faith to be drowned in the sea with a large stone hung around his neck.

     

    Mat 23:11

    But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

    Luk 22:24

    And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

    Luk 22:26

    But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

     

     

    Saints (G40 hagios) there is absolutely no justification in the sight of God for self-promotion in the church:

     

    God’s word trans: 1 Cor. 4: 7Who says that you are any better than other people? What do you have that wasn't given to you? If you were given what you have, why are you bragging as if it weren't a gift?

     

     

      1Jo 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

     

     

    I.pride, haughtiness, arrogance

    II.the character of one who, with a swollen estimate of his own powers or merits, looks down on others and even treats them with insolence and contempt.

     

     

    Most Christians do not lust to elevate themselves over others. However, for any brethren who suffers from pride God gives His people the power to recover from pride which is the wrongful desire to elevate oneself above all others.

     


     Mar 7:22

    Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

     

    1Jo 2:16

    For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

    In the world, holy people, it is not unusual for people to scratch and fight to climb the corporate ladder. However, God forbids His people to operate this way in the church.

    Luk 14:11

    For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

     

     

    Holy people we can see from scripture that pride is harmful to the church. Those operating out of pride are a terrible example for children to follow and imitate, damaging their faith and causing them to go in a harmful direction.

    The drive for excellence in service to God and one another out of love for God, the brethren, and all men, has nothing to do with pride, which is self- promotion focused only on one’s own self- interests or benefits; and/or self- elevation as superior to and above others. Pride causes divisions, strife, and turns the church wrongly against one another, to see one another as competitors to be trounced, rather than brothers and sisters working in cooperation with God and one another for the Lord’s sake.

     

     

    While no Christian can ever lose their salvation, no one regardless of what he calls himself, who unrepentantly persist in pride, will ever receive salvation or enter into heaven. So, brothers and sisters we can see that the issue of pride is of an extremely serious nature. However, God makes it easy through faith in Lord Jesus Christ for any believer to have complete victory over pride out of love for God.

    Phl 2:3.

    Now adays, dearly beloveds, it is common for some to lie and falsely claim that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour is too perfect for anyone to use as an example or to follow as the standard for righteous.  The eternal truth is: Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

    Jhn 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

    As believers we shouldn’t be preoccupied or strive to be seen as great in the sight of men, or to elevate ourselves above others.

    Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

     Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

     1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

    Every Christian can be great God’s way, by coming to Him in complete trust and obedience just like a little child. Every Christian, who humbles himself in God’s sight can trust that God will lift him up according to His timing and in the right way pleasing to God.

     

    Again, it’s easy for any Christian, through faith in Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit to recover from pride. I pray that all such will be fully convicted, convinced and persuaded that God’s way is the only right way and the only right way is God’s way.  I pray without delay that any brothers or sisters with this issue will renounce pride, seek to serve others (not saying allowing one’s self to be taken advantage of or to be a door mat at all), and trust the Lord to do the exalting.

    love

    serola 



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    Fri, Jul 24th - 5:35PM



    RECOVERY

     

     

    Let’s face it, brothers and sisters, the whole history of mankind through its sin nature is abundantly, well documented as  sordid, ugly and liberally covered with the ashes of failed lives. Alcohol and drugs have played a part in the story of mankind since its earliest beginning. Nevertheless, all kinds of many different sins are rampant in the earth.  Mankind, again, brethren, has an ugly sordid history and as a whole intuitively understands that things are going to get far worse on earth, with no expectations to the contrary.

     

    Even now the leaders of countries with the wealth and brain power to do so, are looking for ways to terraform other planets to make them more hospitable to human life in case of a doomsday event on earth, which they clearly believe and expect that it is only a matter of time. Of course, holy people, we don’t have to wonder who will get first dibs on escaping earth in case of a doomsday event. The idea of men terraforming planets ought to cause many to be extremely ill at ease.

     

    Anything that changes geography to suit human interests can be called terraforming, even if it happens on earth, which it has, and not necessarily in the interests of mankind. Although earth has a long history of terraforming by people, some of it has been beneficial, and some of it has had disastrous consequences.  Holy people, for instance, on August 29, 2005, there were over 50 failures of the levees and flood walls protecting New Orleans, Louisiana and its suburbs following passage of Hurricane Katrina and landfall in Mississippi, all concur that the primary cause of the flooding was inadequate design and construction by the Corps of Engineers.  

     

     

    Oil and gas corporations have aggressively adopted the technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to shatter subsurface shale rock and liberate the oil and gas trapped there. But the process results in chemical laden wastewater. Parts of the central United States now face a ground -shaking hazard equal to the famously unstable terrain of California, due to the force of the waste water being forced into deep wells underground. Besides the dangers of natural earth quakes we can now add those caused by man himself. In 2011 in Oklahoma there was a magnitude 5.6 earthquake linked to wastewater injection. According to the U.S. Geological Survey map seven million Americans are int danger from man-made earthquakes.

     

    The moon has been looked at to terraform but it is not possible, still there are private corporations attempting to do somethings with the moon. Currently due to the expense the taxpayers are not willing to sink the massive sums of money into doing stuff on the moon in the face of massive homelessness, and other problems needing attention right here on earth.  God created mankind to live and spread upon the earth instead Mankind in pride, early on, dearly beloveds, lusted to ascend to have dominion in heaven: Gen 11:1-9 (1The whole world had one language..).  This was a direct act of rebellion against God by mankind. We must note, saints (G40 hagios) God can easily handle mankind, but there is none who can ever handle God.

     

    The question that some might ask is will man make it into space to colonize the stars? The final answer is that it doesn’t matter because God has a plan for all the stars, which His hands have made:   Rev 6:13-14. God will not share His glory with anyone nor can any escape His hand: Psa 139:7-12.  Some amongst us, holy people need to recover from pride.

    love

    serola



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    Sat, Jul 18th - 6:21PM



    RECOVERY

     

    Mat 23:37, 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

     

    Brothers and sisters, we see the tremendous compassion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who greatly desired even to save His deadly enemies, and how it troubled Him that they refused.

     

    Dearly beloveds, many of us have sorrow of heart and continual heaviness and our cries/prayers to God continually rise up to Him in hope and lament regarding those, even some relatives who resist the good news of salvation through faith in His name. Yet, while the door is still open, we know we are to still keep witnessing to the lost, and praying to Lord Jesus Christ for the lost. Raise your hand brethren, if you have ever prayed or continually pray, “Lord, don’t let it be too late”. I raised both of mine, holy people. How many of us have wept in the night knowing the certain consequence for those who die unsaved resisting salvation to the end?

     

    Yet, brethren, God would caution us that regardless of how sorry a person is in hell, he or she shall not be removed from the consequences of it.

    There is such a thing as too much sympathy for the children of the devil in hell so to speak. In Luke 16: 19-31, the evil rich man did repent but not in a true sense. His motive was rooted in helping his brothers evade the punishment of hell rather than urging them to trust and obey God. There is no point in feeling sorry for the evil rich guy in hell, although no one gloats about such matters, this is God’s absolute business alone. Abraham did not express any such sentiments, and didn’t grant the evil rich guys pleadings. God absolutely forbids anyone to go beyond scripture with private interpretations and/ or personal opinions in this matter since we know the final end of the wicked. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that Moses preached about Jesus Christ: John 5:  46For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

    Contradictory personal opinions and private interpretations stir up needless controversy. Evil people will absolutely not get out of hell nor escape from the punishment of real fire just because they feel the pain of guilt and anguish of the missed opportunity to receive free salvation:  Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

    In the end, we know brethren, that personal opinions or private interpretations never trump the inerrant eternal and unchanging truth of scripture, because it is absolutely certain, according to the Bible, there will be an actual bodily resurrection of the saved and unsaved.

    Jhn 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

    The Bible is absolutely clear evil people will have real bodies and be ultimately, eternally damned in the lake of fire. Real fire produces real smoke as in:  Rev 14:11

    And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

     Rev 20:10

    And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

     

    Rev 20:15

    And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

     

     

     

    Rather than be  concerned about the just punishment of the children of the devil in hell, which we cannot change, let us be about God’s business of obeying God by declaring the gospel message, in its entirety, to the living that they might be saved from eternal damnation.

     

     

    If there are any amongst us that in error believe that hell isn’t real, that punishment in hell is temporary or is not physical but only mental, or that there are many roads to salvation, or that Jesus plus something else saves: Now is the time to believe the absolute eternal truth of God: Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died on the cross for your sins and rose again. Confess this to Him with your mouth and believe this eternal truth in your heart and He will forgive you of all your sins, save you, fill you with the Holy Spirit, and make you a child of God, delivered from the wrath of God to come. DON’T WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW, TOMORROW MIGHT BE TOO LATE DO IT NOW!!!

    love

    serola



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    Sat, Jul 18th - 6:21PM



    RECOVERY

     

    Mat 23:37, 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

     

    Brothers and sisters, we see the tremendous compassion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who greatly desired even to save His deadly enemies, and how it troubled Him that they refused.

     

    Dearly beloveds, many of us have sorrow of heart and continual heaviness and our cries/prayers to God’s continually rise up to Him in hope and lament regarding those, even some relatives who resist the good news of salvation through faith in His name. Yet, while the door is still open, we know we are to still keep witnessing to the lost, and praying to Lord Jesus Christ for the lost. Raise your hand brethren, if you have ever prayed or continually pray, “Lord, don’t let it be too late”. I raised both of mine, holy people. How many of us have wept in the night knowing the certain consequence for those who die unsaved resisting salvation to the end?

     

    Yet, brethren, God would caution us that regardless of how sorry a person is in hell, he or she shall not be removed from the consequences of it.

    There is such a thing as too much sympathy for the children of the devil in hell so to speak. In Luke 16: 19-31, the evil rich man did repent but not in a true sense. His motive was rooted in helping his brothers evade the punishment of hell rather than urging them to trust and obey God. There is no point in feeling sorry for the evil rich guy in hell, although no one gloats about such matters, this is God’s absolute business alone. Abraham did not express any such sentiments, and didn’t grant the evil rich guys pleadings. God absolutely forbids anyone to go beyond scripture with private interpretations and/ or personal opinions in this matter since we know the final end of the wicked. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that Moses preached about Jesus Christ: John 5:  46For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

    Contradictory personal opinions and private interpretations stir up needless controversy. Evil people will absolutely not get out of hell nor escape from the punishment of real fire just because they feel the pain of guilt and anguish of the missed opportunity to receive free salvation:  Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

    In the end, we know brethren, that personal opinions or private interpretations never trump the inerrant eternal and unchanging truth of scripture, because it is absolutely certain, according to the Bible, there will be an actual bodily resurrection of the saved and unsaved.

    Jhn 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

    The Bible is absolutely clear evil people will have real bodies and be ultimately, eternally damned in the lake of fire. Real fire produces real smoke as in:  Rev 14:11

    And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

     Rev 20:10

    And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

     

    Rev 20:15

    And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

     

     

     

    Rather than be  concerned about the just punishment of the children of the devil in hell, which we cannot change, let us be about God’s business of obeying God by declaring the gospel message, in its entirety, to the living that they might be saved from eternal damnation.

     

     

    If there are any amongst us that in error believe that hell isn’t real, that punishment in hell is temporary or is not physical but only mental, or that there are many roads to salvation, or that Jesus plus something else saves: Now is the time to believe the absolute eternal truth of God: Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died on the cross for your sins and rose again. Confess this to Him with your mouth and believe this eternal truth in your heart and He will forgive you of all your sins, save you, fill you with the Holy Spirit, and make you a child of God, delivered from the wrath of God to come. DON’T WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW, TOMORROW MIGHT BE TO LATE DO IT NOW!!!

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    serola



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    Tue, Jul 14th - 10:38AM



    RECOVERY

     

    Mt 13: 36,  36 When Jesus had sent the people away, he went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain what the illustration of the weeds in the field means." 37He answered, "The one who plants the good seeds is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world. The good seeds are those who belong to the kingdom. The weeds are those who belong to the evil one. 39The enemy who planted them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world. The workers are angels. 40Just as weeds are gathered and burned, so it will be at the end of time. 41The Son of Man will send his angels. They will gather everything in his kingdom that causes people to sin and everyone who does evil. 42The angels will throw them into a blazing furnace. People will cry and be in extreme pain there. 43Then the people who have God's approval will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom. Let the person who has ears listen!

     

    Brothers and sisters, some might say they thought this was a study about recovery, how did we get here? I know what you mean, brethren, I had not thought even to go here, but through faith in Jesus Christ, I have to turn to where the Holy Spirit directs: 2 Ti 2: 24,  24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

    I.Recover: to return to soberness

    ἀνανήφω ananḗphō, an-an-ay'-fo; from G303 and G3525; to become sober again, i.e. (figuratively) regain (one's) senses:—recover self.

     to be set free from the snare of the devil and to return to a sound mind ['one's sober senses'].

     

    Obviously, this is absolutely addressing  only Christians: Jude 1: 24, 24  Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen

    Jesus Christ forever protects His people from ever being lost. He teaches us along with the Holy Spirit, the truth of scripture to prevent us from being misled by false doctrines. However, it is a warning that the devil has evil children, originates the doctrines of devils to deceive and turn people away from God.  For this reason, we should seek to tell the truth to those caught up in false doctrine, that perhaps they will believe the truth, escape the snare of the devil and be saved. If they reject the truth, they condemn themselves, as they have no cloak for their sin of blatant unbelief.

     

    The gospel is not an argument or quarrel, God’s people agree fully with God’s desires that none should be lost. Holy people, we know that false doctrines don’t come wrapped with a warning stating that it is a false doctrine. People can sincerely believe that they are saved by believing the lies of the devil, wrapped in nice sounding words spoken by false teachers, that appeal to the senses, and is man not God centered.

     

    Holy people, we know that false doctrines of the devil often mix the truth with lies; therefore, the whole is a lie although some may see some truth in it. If its not the whole truth it is none of the truth in the sight of God, and therefore in the sight of His people.

     

    Again, brethren, we must absolutely tell people the truth, so that those who have been deceived can hear the truth and turn to God and be saved. If any reject the truth they have condemned themselves. There is a saying that one cannot poison only a part of the well, and think that any of it remains safe to drink.

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    serola 



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    Sat, Jul 11th - 4:43PM



    RECOVERY

    Brothers and sisters, so much destruction is going on in the world as it always has from the very beginning, and according to the Bible the worst is yet to come. Nevertheless, our hope and peace rests in our great Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Praise Him for His faithfulness, eternal love and everlasting truth. Let us thank Him, holy people, for being the Author of our Salvation, our Peace in the times of troubles, the Shepherd of His people, the blessed God, Possessor of heaven and earth, and Omnipotent Potentate to whom be all might, power, honor, glory and dominion forever. God always wins.

    Saints (g40 hagios), we know many discover themselves sitting in the ashes of their lives. Some, but not all accept that it is their own hands that have sown to their own hurt not to theirs alone. It is worth noting that one of the features of sowing is that sometimes the process is so slow one can often be deceived into thinking that there will be no results i.e. neither reward, loss nor punishment. Then one is lulled into habituation and the false belief that one can continue to enjoy or do a thing that brings them profit and/or pleasure without consequences; but we know better.  We do well to remember, dearly beloveds, that God’s law of sowing and reaping always works, it doesn’t matter if a person is ignorant or indifferent to this law it always works.

     

    We know, brethren, that there are multitudes that pay attention to the counsel of God and are as they say forewarned is forearmed. For such a time as this the counsel of God stands sure. In His counsel is wisdom and life. The church cares about its children. Let us take heed to not make our children stumble, or steer them in a harmful direction.  Regardless of what it costs us, brethren, we should do nothing that we know hurts them no matter how pleasant a thing might be to us. Dearly beloveds, just as we would not, and do not ignore the drug and/or alcoholic addict neither should we ignore the glutton, those smoking cigarettes, and those doing other destructive things which are just as harmful to them and others. Job 12:13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.

    Psa 33:11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

      Pro 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

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    serola



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    Wed, Jul 8th - 3:17PM



    RECOVERY

     

    Brothers and sisters, only recently is obesity being studied for its effects on the brains structure, and impact on behavior. As aforementioned lowered work productivity, and depression is associated with obesity in adults. It is alarming that obesity in children affects the child’s capacity to learn, and puts them at risk for hypertension, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, breathing problems such as asthma and sleep apnea, non- alcoholic fatty liver disease, gallstones, heartburn, psychological problems, low self- esteem, lowered quality of life, social problems, bullying and stigma. Obesity can raise the risk of certain types of arthritis in both children and adults. 70-80% of overweight children are likely to be overweight in adulthood. A recent Sermo poll found that the majority of doctors blamed parents for obesity in children. Hormonal disorders are a rare cause of obesity in children. According to the Military Times one third of young adults are unfit for military service.

     

    Currently authorities are examining whether child obesity should be considered child abuse/neglect. Dearly beloveds, there are instances where the courts have intervened and charged parents with abuse and neglect of their obese children, removing some of the children from the parental home,

     

    Brothers and sisters, the estimated annual health care costs of obesity related illness are $190. 2 billion dollars or nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States. Childhood obesity alone is responsible for $14 billion dollars in direct medical costs.

     

    Dearly beloveds, there are those who want to make it a hate crime for fat shaming. There have been those on the other hand who think obesity should be criminalized to some extent with the penalty being enforced weight loss. Holy people, it is doubtful that any of this will get any traction to be put in action, because it is a problem impacting “nice” people, who are unlikely to pose an overt danger to society.

     

    Saints (G40 hagios) Is there a silence among believers about the dangers of obesity? Some might be offended or see it as an invasion of their privacy should anyone address their obesity. God is Maker/Creator of all mankind and everything that is made. All of us are by His permission leasees on this present earth. Praise and thanks be to God, that He is generous, merciful, and kind. I pray, brethren, that we will always keep in mind that we are never alone, and to never hesitate to come to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in everything. He is wisdom, His counsel stands sure.  Christ is our hope and perpetual answer.

     

    God reminds us, brethren, that spiritual laws hold true and effective in the natural as well as in the spiritual world:  Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” There are natural consequences to our actions. The world operates under the law of cause and effect.

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    serola



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    Thu, Jul 2nd - 2:52AM



    RECOVERY
    CANCERS ASSOCIATED WITH OBESITY.
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    serola



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    Wed, Jul 1st - 1:42PM



    RECOVERY

     

    Brothers and sisters, one of the medical treatments for obesity is through various kinds of surgeries to cause the obese to be inhibited from overeating and to only be able to eat very small portions of food, even this does not guarantee success. The mainstay of medical treatment is life style changes of diet and exercise, behavior therapies, and self-care to exercise and reduce calories.   However, if weight loss is not achieved and there is a significant risk to the health of the obese, certain medications will be prescribed to help the person lose weight.

     

    Dearly beloveds, obesity was recognized as a disease by the AMA in 2013, although historical records show obesity as being thought of as a killer disease for at least a hundred years. obesity is a world- wide pandemic not just in America.

     

    Sadly, many of the diseases caused by addictions are also found in the general population not due directly to addictions. Holy people, we know that there are some who are obese that point a harsh finger at drug/alcohol addicts not understanding how ironic that they do so with jowls quivering, and bellies overflowing waist bands. It’s not that they are not right or sincere, but that the addict comprehends that the finger pointer has no answer for his or her own problems, and therefore has no real help to offer beyond noting what the addict already knows, which is that he or she has a problem. People want answers too not merely just someone pointing out their problems.

     

    Does God have the answers? Yes, indeed, brethren, we know without a doubt that God always has the answer, but we can look at that later on in the study. Some say the Bible is not for dealing with addictions. We know, brethren, the Bible is exclusive, explicit, thoroughly comprehensive, inerrant, final, finished and complete, encompassing the totality of the human condition of the good and of the evil, and the sole standard by which all men can truly live and be saved from and above self or die and be damned in devotion to self.

    Pro 23:21For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

    Dearly beloveds, we can see from God’s word that He associates drunkenness with gluttony. The habitual excess of intake of alcohol and or food can severely impact a person’s ability to work appropriately and maintain a work life.

     

    There is no need for an obese Christian to freak out and believe their obesity is caused by the devil. NO- the Bible is clear the world, and the devil has nothing to do a person’s failure to control themselves in regards to their eating and failure to have foresight that there are always unpleasant consequences as a result.

    1 Cor 10: 13 13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

    God knows our weaknesses and is always faithful and way ahead of us leaving His absolute effective commands/instructions in overcoming our temptations out of love for Him.

     

    Then too, brothers and sisters, some in error believe God is to blame for them being tempted to habitually over eat: Jas 1: 13 13When someone is tempted, he shouldn't say that God is tempting him. God can't be tempted by evil, and God doesn't tempt anyone. 14Everyone is tempted by his own desires as they lure him away and trap him.

    Jas 1: 25 25However, the person who continues to study God's perfect teachings that make people free and who remains committed to them will be blessed. People like that don't merely listen and forget; they actually do what God's teachings say.

    Bible Verses About Gluttony

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