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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.

          
          

    Wed, Oct 30th - 5:32PM



    THE SIN OF PRIDE

    Brothers and sisters, praise our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for the abundance of faithful servant leaders, and brethren men and women, who put Jesus first understanding that the whole of scripture is valid/inerrant unchanging, private interpretation forbidden, and only through the new covenant of Jesus Christ can salvation be obtained for all who will believe. Most of us know, however, that whatever we put before the love and truth of Jesus Christ is our idol and idolatry is absolutely forbidden. The unbelief and hardness of heart of the prideful is always injurious to the gospel message and the body of Christ.  We all hopefully love and provide for our families: 1Ti 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

    However, even though we love and provide for them, we cannot put them first: Mt 10:(Luke 12:49-53) 34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

    Take up Your Cross

    (Matthew 16:24-28; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 9:23-27)

    37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

    When we put our Lord Jesus Christ first, holy people, then we really understand how to truly love and care for our families.

    Dearly beloveds, the Bible is comprehensive, it does not guarantee that our families will love us. In some cases when a person becomes a Christian their families reject them and threaten their lives, and in some cases kill them:

     Let us recall how our brother Stephen, so wonderfully gifted was not insulted to wait table. He still preached the gospel to his own and was brutally martyred at the hands of His own people: Act 7:2-60.

    Some of our family members, sadly, will not be a part of our forever family, and it badly grieves our hearts. Paul notes his own grief concerning some of his own people who rejected Christ: Ro 9: 1I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 2That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 3For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh

    Nevertheless, whatever work we are given amongst the brethren, all of it is important to God and therefore to us, and we must do it faithfully unto the Lord out of love for Him and our brothers and sisters. Brothers and sisters, let us not get caught up in the pride of seeking preeminence in the body of Christ. Ultimately it is Jesus Christ who places us in His body where we can best fit and serve Him. Jesus gives all Christians gifts and a place in His body: 1Co 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

    I pray if there are any angry, hurt/disappointed brethren feeling slighted at being assigned some seemingly menial work in the church, please reconsider for God can and will still use your gifts wherever He has placed you in His body for the good of His body as a whole.

    Love

    serola



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    Thu, Oct 24th - 4:59AM



    THE SIN OF PRIDE

    Act 6 1And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

    Act 6:8And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

    Brothers and sisters, how many with all the power Stephen had would have humbly accepted being assigned to wait tables for the widows of the church? How many servant leaders would have been tempted to elevate such a man as Stephen to a prominent leadership position in the church?  Some might even feel disrespected or insulted by being assigned to wait tables or to do seemingly menial work in the church. However, the apostles worked to equip and teach the disciples scripture and they understood  that there is no menial work within the church in God’s eyes: Luk 19:17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

    Brothers and sisters, the world hates humility. Humility has a bad reputation in the world. To be humble in the eyes of the world means to be a wimp, a weakling, a milk sop, a push over, fearful of men, a coward, someone who allows others to trample on their rights, a person who will not stand up for him or herself or others, worse yet a lack of manhood among other epithets. In summary humility in the eyes of the world is the epitome of weakness, powerlessness and even cowardice. The underlying ideological core of worldly pride, brethren, is that a real man or woman can trust solely in themselves, draw on their own strength, wisdom, personal courage and can stand on their own independently, needing no one =self- reliant, no need for a crutch to prop them up, not even God. God, in error, is seen as a crutch too and not to be trusted. Unrepentant pride is a direct challenge to the truth, trust worthiness and authority of God Almighty Himself.

    Holy people we can see why God, eternally rejects pride among men and nations and when it shows up in the body of Christ. Biblical humility has nothing to do with the false picture of it that the world paints. Biblical humility is not God’s default program, it is His only program, with absolutely no options or plan Bs. Pride does not come from outside of people whether saved or not: Jesus taught: “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:21-23)

    The Bible presents in terrifying detail God’s hand of retribution against the devil the first prideful sinner: Eze 28:12-19; Isa 14:12-15.

    Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

    There are too many examples in scripture of God punishing the pride of nations and of individuals as well.  Certainly, dearly beloveds, there are those who scour the scriptures in vain looking for passages that exalt the glory of mankind to stoke their pride. However, all they will find is that God resists and punishes the proud, for God hates pride. 
    love
    serola


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    Sat, Oct 19th - 4:04PM



    THE SIN OF PRIDE

    Brothers and sisters, remember, we know initially the apostles thought Jesus was coming to make Israel great again. They were, at that time, under the bondage of national pride, and clueless about what Jesus had wrought at the cross of His crucifixion. They initially saw the death of Lord Jesus on the cross as defeat, and the end of their dreams and hopes to restore the nation again, where they also hoped to be given power to rule.

    Praise Jesus Christ our Lord, He changes everything and everyone who will trust and believe in Him. When the Holy Spirit lit them up, indwelt them, destroyed any remaining unbelief and gave them power, they stopped trying to lift up their earthly nation, and faithfully began to lift up the only kingdom that is great and will last forever, the kingdom of God. Then they preached the gospel of Jesus Christ as mankind’s absolutely last chance from God for sinful mankind to be saved, forgiven of all their sins, become new creations, and receive eternal life, and escape the wrath of God and utter damnation and eternal punishment of the unrepentant wicked to come.

    Now, brethren, instead of them being turned off by the cross seeing it as defeat, they now understood the utter victory of the power of the cross of Christ, and they humbled themselves there. Saints (G40 hagios) raise your hand if Lord Jesus Christ had you at the power of His cross, and you humbled yourselves there, (I raised both of mine).

    Dearly beloveds, their ministry was not lopsided, the work was great. They knew they were not to do the work alone, therefore; the apostles grew the church by the grace of God, and added workers continually to help. They preached to everyone, they did not target only certain people or certain age groups, or those most likely to be able to finance their ministry, only looking to perpetuate their ministry, because they knew it was not their ministry, but they and their ministry all belonged to God. They taught the generations how to treat one another, as well as how women, men and children should relate. Therefore: they also kept unity, and avoided estrangement between the generations in the church. They taught scripture diligently, absolutely, and did not assume that saved people automatically understood the cross and how they should live and serve God after salvation. They did not ignore sin in the church or fail to correct error in the body. They taught the body to love all of the body and all men, to minister to one another spiritually and physically when the need arose.

    As servant leaders, brethren, we know they had the care of their own families, but never ceased to care for the flock of God. They never let their lambs forget that they were the standing army, the occupying force of Lord Jesus Christ upon the earth and the visible evidence of His kingdom as a testimony and a warning that He will return. They fully weaponized their lambs with the love and eternal truth of God through the scriptures understanding peace and when to fight and that they must pray at all times. When the apostles fell asleep, they left a fully armed flock of God upon the earth to occupy until Jesus Christ returns. Luk 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

    Love

    serola



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    Thu, Oct 17th - 1:05AM



    THE SIN OF PRIDE

    Pride, we know, is encouraged and seen as a good thing in the world, brothers and sisters. Pride of country, pride of race, face, economic status, various accomplishments, etc. People in the world are encouraged to be proud of themselves as an important part of having good self-esteem, or self-worth:

    However, dearly beloveds, God teaches us absolutely differently from the world: 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. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

    God hates pride. He declares it to be the first of the seven abominations: Prov 6: 16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood…

    God will punish unrepentant pride: Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

    Pride has no place in God’s play book, holy people, because God does not have a play book, and God never plays about any of His commands with anyone.

    Pride is a carnal unholy self- love, self-glorification that presumptuously exalts itself above others and above God. Pride brazenly declares that all that it is and all that it has gained is by, of and through itself with no need of God whatsoever. Pride is refusal to believe that God cares or can be trusted to provide for us.  Rebellion comes with pride, because the proud in error believe that they know better than God, and turn to their own ways of doing things.

    2Ti 3:2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

    Those who are full of pride are contending not with men, but with God who will fight against and oppose all such.

    Love

    serola



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    Mon, Oct 14th - 4:01PM



    THE SIN OF PRIDE

    Important too, brethren, is that these men did not flip the gospel message to make more of men or women than of God, encouraging their pride by telling people to do God a favor and accept Christ who died for them not because they were lost sinners, but because men are of such great value and Psa 139:14 Fearfully and wonderfully made.. This Psalm has nothing to do with the so-called glory or majesty of mankind, but addresses the power down to the minutiae of the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent God as Possessor and Maker of mankind, which did not and could not ever make itself. It extols God’s complete control and supremacy over mankind, who knows and writes our end even before the beginning.

     

    Surely, brothers and sisters, God loves mankind, nevertheless the Bible teaches that of ourselves, none of us ever has anything to be proud of or to brag about: Psa 103:15 - As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 1Pe 1:24 - For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

    Jer 9: 23Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

    Jas 4:14 - Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.Top of Form

    1Co 1:31That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.;2Co 10:17But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

    Glorieth, glory: glory, boast ,rejoice, make boast, joy.

    We find the apostles enjoyed the same things that most of us do. Some of them were married and still preached the gospel. Surely, dearly beloveds, they loved their wives, friends and family, but they kept right on preaching the gospel too. They were not lone rangers and understood that even as servant leaders, the work was too big to do alone, and Jesus never commanded servant leaders or the body general to do it that way. It is interesting that they did not just choose any warm body to minister to the saints (G40 hagios). They assigned work to those who were skilled in the scriptures to wait tables. Those chosen did so without murmuring or complaining, and humbly accepted their ministry for the care of the widows in the church: Act 6:2-8.

    Holy people, we know that unrepentant pride is not a small matter with the Lord: Pro 16:5Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

    love

    serola



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    Sat, Oct 12th - 3:37PM



    THE SIN OF PRIDE

     

    We know, saints (G40 hagios) that it would be at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit would be unleashed to indwell/empower the apostles, disciples and every believer to carry out the great commission and to live holy lives through fully believing and understanding all of God’s commandments. God wrought salvation starting with these handfuls of His faithful Jewish apostles, disciples and later also gentiles who would take the message of Jesus Christ to the world and whosoever will believe whether Jew or gentle or Samaritan.

    The apostles got back on track full throttle and took the gospel message of Jesus Christ to the nation Israel through the scriptures: Act 6:7 - And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

    We know, holy people, none of these men of God, preached their personal opinions or adlibbed but through and by the power of the scriptures preached concerning Jesus, to convict, convince and fully persuaded men and women to eternal life: Saul after his conversion before he was renamed Paul, went right into the synagogue to preach the gospel: Act 9:20And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

    Again, we know, brothers and sisters that the Christ, being resurrected from the dead was not unknown nor a foreign doctrine to the Jews, for it was in the scriptures that God entrusted to them:

    Peter witnessed to the Jews in their scriptures of the preexistence of Jesus Christ and of King David’s prophecy of Christ’s resurrection and appointment to be the Head and Saviour of Israel from their sins: Act 2:31-41.

    Paul formerly Saul again preaches by the scriptures: Act 18:28 - For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

    These men of God preached to the Jews, gentiles and Samaritans this same gospel message. Interestingly, they did not take up a lot of time talking about themselves as to what was their favorite color, or food, where they spent their vacation, their childhood homes or events, or clever anecdotes regarding family and friends. One thing we do know, Brothers and sisters, we know they did not tip toe around the message of salvation to lost sinners through faith in Jesus Christ, to avoid offending anyone. They never perverted the gospel to feel good theology of Jesus coming solely to heal a broken and hurting world, to give people their best life now. They didn’t tell people to be saved they need only say a prayer, or pray for Jesus to come into their hearts. In the face of much opposition to the gospel message they did not bow down to the pressure of the times to make false promises that their converts would automatically be loved by everybody and never be sick or have problems ever again, nor did they promise them that their families would become more loving and accepting of one another.  

    They continually, rejected pride and in humility to the only true God, corrected error when they found it and helped their converts to learn from the scriptures how God wanted them to live and serve Him. No one, brothers and sisters,  automatically knows how to live righteously after they are saved it is a process of learning, trusting, living and understanding that the word of God is infallible, and the standard and boundaries the gospel has set do not change, so all of God’s people can trust them above all else as the only eternally true and safe path to follow in righteousness and holiness in Jesus Christ.

    love

    serola



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    Thu, Oct 10th - 1:23PM



    THE SIN OF PRIDE/CONFRONTED

    Lurking behind pride, brothers and sisters, is unbelief, and a hard- hearted desire to fulfill ones own will rather than the will of God.  

    The disciple, whom Jesus loved, the first of the disciples to believe.

    John 20: 6Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 9For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

    Brothers and sisters, for yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead means that although they knew the scripture, most of them did not yet believe it. Of course, there were the Sadducees too who shamelessly and brazenly taught that there was no resurrection. Jesus could handle the Sadducees and put them to silence: Mat 22:29-34.

    However, the promise of bodily resurrection, dearly beloveds, was well known to Israel: Job 19: 25-27 …in my flesh shall I see God". Before and after the time of Isaiah, the promise was still known. "Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt" (Dan 12:2).

    Brothers and sisters, we see most of them had a problem with believing the truth of scripture concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

    Jesus confronts and commissions His disciples

    Mar16: 14Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

    Upbraided: to reproach, upbraid, revile: deserved reproach.

    Unbelief: faithlessness, i.e. (negatively) disbelief (lack of Christian faith), or (disobedience):—unbelief.

    Hardness of heart: hard-heartedness, i.e. (specially), destitution of (spiritual) perception:—hardness of heart. 

    Brothers and sisters, even in the very presence of Jesus Christ, some of His disciples still doubted, although they are not named.

    Mt 28: 16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, ALL power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

    It is clear that before they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they still thought that Jesus would restore the Israel of the flesh circumcised of the flesh, not understanding that Jesus changes everything even Israel and the priesthood.

     Act 1:6 - When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  They could not discern, brethren, that Jesus changes everything- better makes everything new, and that includes Israel after the flesh and its priesthood: Gal 6:15 - For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.  
     love
     serola


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    Sun, Oct 6th - 9:18AM



    THE SIN OF PRIDE/CONFRONTED

    John directly confronted the pride of these Jews who felt they had a free pass from God just because they were biological descendants of Abraham: Mt 3: 9And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

    John warns, dearly beloveds, that neither they nor anyone else should ever allow themselves to even think that God accepts anyone as righteous based on human lineage alone without faith in God evidenced by the good works that accompany salvation consistent with faith. God ultimately rejects and punishes all such persons claiming salvation based on lineage or apart from faith in Christ, without any exception: Jhn 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

     

    Had God wanted, brothers and sisters, He could have simply created another people out of whatever He wanted and continued on His plan of salvation without the Jews. However, saints (G40 hagios), God in His faithfulness, love and mercy, chose not to destroy them but instead sustained and continued to help them according to His sovereign will.

    Then too, one must wonder why they had such a big problem believing that God could raise the dead especially in light of the scriptures: Gen 2:7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. The Lord Jesus raised up Lazarus from the dead even in their midst: Jhn 11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

    There are other examples as well as the aforementioned.

    After finding the empty tomb of the Risen Saviour, Peter was clueless as to what it meant!! Luk 24:12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

    Brethren, did anyone say huh? what? How could Peter forget what Jesus had told them before His death? Mt 20:  17And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, 18Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, 19And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

    Jesus let His disciples know how He would be maltreated and killed in their sight, yet it was The Father who sacrificed His only Son to bear the stripes of our punishment, to bear our sins even of the whole world and in so doing it is said of Lord Jesus: Isa 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

     

    Now despite the Jews having the old testament records, dearly beloveds, we know they did for Jesus freely quotes scriptures throughout His earthly ministry; they in error thought the Messiah was coming to glorify and restore the kingdom to the nation of Israel. This too fueled their pride. 

     

    After the death of Jesus even His disciples thought this as well for they said to the Risen Saviour: Luk 24:21 - But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

    They thought Jesus Christ would make Israel great again! How could the Jews miss God’s big picture that He would give mankind its absolute last and final chance to be saved from eternal damnation and punishment for their sins though faith in Jesus Christ? How could the Jews flip the scriptures in error upside down to think that God was coming to make any human nation great again? This is a mantra that has resonated throughout the nations in human history and not the Jews only. Brothers and sisters, fill in the blank: Make_____________great again.

    The apostles too seemed afflicted with this error, at that time, of seeing the Messiah coming to fulfill a national agenda to make Israel great again, when it is far and above greater. It is God’s agenda and absolutely final complete eternal plan of salvation to save all mankind through faith in Jesus Christ from their sins, from His wrath and eternal punishment of the wicked to come.

    love

    serola



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    Tue, Oct 1st - 9:29AM



    THE SIN OF PRIDE

    When Israel sinned against God, He would punish them. When Israel repented God forgave them. Brothers and sisters, we see this cycle over and over again in the Bible records from God. It would appear that by the time of the earthly ministry of Lord Jesus Christ, the ruling hierarchy, in presumption, came to believe that since God always forgave them despite their many rebellions, it was because God needed them badly and was powerless to fulfill His plan to save the world without them. They did not want to remember that God had told them differently: Lam 3:22It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

    Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

    Yet, the Jews continued to abuse their position and to be prideful and bragging, thinking that being the biological descendants of Abraham meant that they had God in their bag because only through themselves could He fulfill His plan or program of redemption for the world. Dearly beloveds, how could the nation be so full of pride? They knew that when God created the world, He made mankind LAST of all-out of the dust of the earth: Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Gen 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

    Dust, the stuff is all over the world. One would think, holy people, that in having to sweep the stuff up continually, the Jews, and all men would see God’s message in it and have a big bowl of humility on a regular basis. We know that God has unlimited creative powers, He could have made mankind out of diamonds, or precious things of the earth, but no, He made us out of common dust of the earth. Raise your hand, brethren, if you eat a big bowl of humility when you think of this, (I raised mine). Humility towards God will cure pride.

    It is terribly unwise for anyone to think that without their assistance God will be powerless to fulfill His program of Salvation. The devil could not stop God, Adam and Eve could not do it. Except for eight souls, God wiped out all of humanity in the flood of the old world. Moses sinned and God ended His life, Aaron the high priest sinned and God ended His life; His two sons sinned at the alter and God burned them alive, the nation of Israel never kept the Law and none of any of these things had the power to stop God’s plan or program. God is not a cosmic powerless teddy bear, shaking in fear that His plan will fail.

    Pride: self-exaltation, arrogance, hautiness.

     

     Brethren, we know that it is dreadful error  and the height of pride to take God’s mercy for weakness or permissiveness: Deu 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. 40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. 41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. 41If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.

    Mankind, dearly beloveds, we know did not make itself: Jer 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.

    love

    serola



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