Worldwide Christians: “Jesus said, If thou wilt be perfect…”

In Matthew 19:21,  “Jesus said unto him [the rich young ruler] If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven:  and COME AND FOLLOW ME.  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful:  for he had great possessions.”   

This rich young ruler recognized Jesus’ righteousness because he said,  “Good Master, what shall I do that I may have eternal life?  Jesus said….keep the commandments.”  Obviously, this kid had a golden spoon in his mouth and didn’t need anything else except eternal life.  Thats the one thing his money couldn’t buy!    The other lesson here is to “…first seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, then, all these other things shall be added unto you…”  This situation could have been reversed, i.e., the goodly rich lad could have been a goodly poor lad seeking wealth.  Then, the Lord would have told him to continue on the right path as the reward will follow.

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

Wnen you have great possesssions or too much of good things, they get in the way.  Literally, we have so many toys to tinker with and these things keep us from serving the Lord.  For example, you may have a boat and you take it out on Saturdays-Sundays. So, you cannot attend church because you’ve got to stock the boat, clean it, get some steaks and beer on board, invite others along with you, and celebrate over the weekend.  Maybe you’re one of those who gets up early to wash and shine the cars; then, walk the dog or go jogging in the park.

The Bible states,  “…don’t forget to assemble yourselves in the body of believers…”  But, you’ve GOT OTHER THANGS TO DO.  What happens, if there is a boating accident…you will call upon the Lord.  What happens, if somebody smashes into your nice car…you will call upon the Lord.  Don’t make these things demi-gods.  The Bible states, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me…” 

Aside from keeping God’s Word, living according the the Commandments, maintaining our faith, we must do good works,  “Faith without works is dead…”  Unforuntately, this rich young ruler, just couldn’t give up his wealth which was a good thing to do (because the Lord planned to give him wealth in heaven).   But this kid wanted his reward down here on earth and probably would have lost his mind without his riches (i.e., no more servants, no more feasts, no houses and land, no gold, no silver, etc.)  Because he was accustomed to the finer things in life, he couldn’t bare to sleep on the ground.  

Let’s look at a few examples!  No farmer just plants a seed in the ground, he fertilizes the soil, waters it, cultivates it, digs up the weeds, and so forth.  You cannot just live on unproven faith because your faith will be tried and tested.  Believe me!  Here’s another example:   lots of young folks (and people in general)  want to get paid every two weeks but they go to work late and leave early.  They use up their sick leave and vacation leave.  Yet, they still want a check for 80 hours.  When they get the check, they cry out “Wolf, I’ve been wronged..my check was short.”  The concept here is no work…no pay! 

Being perfect doesn’t mean you are spotless and/or without sin.  Clearly, the Bible states that  “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  When you sin and make a mistake against the Lord and others, REPENT and ask for FORGIVENESS!  Get that thing right before the Lord. 

Have a Blessed day!

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Worldwide Christians: “Stop asking the Lord, WHAT SHALL I GET?”

In Matthew 19:27-28, Peter asked Jesus, “Behold, we have forsaken all and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

One day, Jesus called Peter who was out fishing and he took the Lord out for a spin on his boat.  That day, Jesus filled up Peter’s boat with fish.  Eventually, Peter eventually left his boat, his wife, and sons to follow the Lord. Without doubt, Peter loved the Lord.   And, we all know that Peter died stretched out on the cross hanging upside down, but he was really right side up gazing up to heaven.  

You may be hanging upside down with your tongue hanging out of your mouth from talking and preaching so much to your family, friends, and others.  There are days, your mission on earth seems FRUITLESS, because the people you help still go on doing the same things wrong every other day.  Naturally, you want to know when and what the Lord plans to do for you because you’ve made so many sacrifices.  You’ve laid down low for others to trample over you time and again. 

BUT, you already know what your REWARD is!  You shall receive:  LIFE EVERLASTING, a new name, perfect health, no more tears, no more aging, no more doctors or hospitals, you will eat of the leaves and of 12 fruits of healing, drink from the crystal lake (flowing from the Throne of God), live in the daylight (as Christ is the Light), and be in the presence of the LORD GOD forever. 

Yet, you have the nerve to ask,  “What Shall I Get?”   Every time your family, friends, and others act like monkies, Praise the Lord and tell the Lord, forgive them and save them.  Move along about your business, because you cannot live their lives.  Instead, keep Praising the Lord! 

Have a Blessed day!

Worldwide Christians: “Learn to Bind things on Earth and in Heaven!”

Matthew 18:18 states,  “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”   

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

We all must learn to go around human limitations into the realm of faith.  As things compound against you and your family, you don’t have to accept them.  START PRAYING AND BELIEVING IN THE LORD!  When you pray,  “Our Father who art in Heaven….” thats exactly where your spirit connects to GOD THE FATHER.  Physically, you (the believer) live on earth but the Holy Spirit within connects to the Spirit of God who is in Heaven. You have dual citizenship! When your citizenship is not working down here allow the Holy Spirit within you to ascend into the Heaven.  You are imporant to the Lord GOD.  If God’s eye is on the little sparrow then His eye is upon you.  And, you are worth more than many, many, many sparrows.  Praise the Lord!   

Stop low-balling yourselves as if you don’t matter to the Lord.  HE LOVES YOU and HE HEARS YOUR PRAYERS.  If you are praying for Buddy to stop drinking…believe it.  It may not happen tonight, but its coming!  If you are praying for a new job…believe it.  It may not happen tomorrow, but is coming.  If you are praying for peace in the home…believe it.  It may not happen next week, but its coming. 

Don’t listen to the devil when he tells you that nothings working right!  The Bible states,  “All things work together for good to them that LOVE THE LORD…”  If Buddy wasn’t drinking, you wouldn’t be on your knees calling out to the Lord.  If your job was a piece of cake, you wouldn’t be praying for the supervisor’s teeth to fall out!  If your home life was perfct, you’d wouldn’t understand the concept of rage and  hell in the home or outside the home.  However, these things (like it or not) are working TOGETHER FOR YOUR GOOD to keep you sharp and on your toes. The Word says that “..iron sharpens iron…”    

Have a Blessed day!

Worldwide Christians: “Why stand ye all the day idle? ”

In Matthew 20:1-16,  states, “…a householder went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.  And when he had agreed with the laborers for a PENNY A DAY, he sent them into his vineyard.  And he went out about the third, sixth, nineth hours and did likewise.  And about he eleventh hour, he went out and said unto them,  WHY STAND YE HERE ALL THE DAY IDLE?”   They said unto him, BECAUSE NO MAN HATH HIRED US.  He saith unto them, GO YE ALSO INTO THE VINEYARD AND WHATSOEVER IS RIGHT that shall ye receive.”

This is a parable:  “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.”   The Householder is the LORD; the vineyard is the WORLD; and the laborers are GOD’S PEOPLE (including you).  In that day a penny was a denarion, 17 cents.  The Householder agreed to pay a “penny” per day to every laborer.  At the end of the day, the eleventh hour workers were paid the same wages as the workers who started the first hour.  Well you can imagine what happened on payday!  The laborers murmmured against the goodman of the house saying,  “These last have worked but one hour and thou hast made them equal unto us which have borne the burden and heat of the day.”  (Matthew 20:12)   

The GOODMAN’S ANSWER,  “Friend, I do thee no wrong:  didst not thou agree with me for a penny?  Take that which is thine and go thy way:  I will give unto this last even as unto thee.  IS IT NOT LAWFUL FOR ME TO DO WHAT I WILL WITH MINE OWN?  Is thine eye evil, because I am good?  So the last shall be first, and the first last:  FOR MANY BE CALLED BUT FEW CHOSEN.”   (Matthew 20:13-16) 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

The Bible states,  “Work while it is day for when the night cometh, no man can work.”   The Lord called you to work in His vineyard. Don’t wait for the pastor to appoint you to a committee and don’t stand around idle as if you were born yesterday.  Don’t say, “Nobody asked me to help.”  There are manifold things to do inside and outside the church (i.e., the community). Its better to be a door post in the House of the Lord, than a cheating, lying politician over a nation.  The Lord will properly reward you!  Here is a chuckle for you!  You can start the “sheet ministry” or the “fan ministry” at church.  When the ladies fall out under the anointing, you can throw a clean sheet over them (should they roll over the floor) or you can fan them to keep them cool.”   

Ask the LORD what His will is for you,  “..as every man hath received the GIFT even so minister the same one to another as good stewards of the MANIFOLD grace of God.”  (I Peter 4:10)   “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into the marvelous light…”  (I Peter 2:9) 

Have a Blessed day!

Worldwide Christians: “How many times does God have to prove Himself to you?”

Now the Lord had said unto Abram, “Get thee out of thy country, from thy kindred, from and thy father’s house unto a land that I will shew thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee; and curse them that curse thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3) In Genesis 15:1, God said to Abram, “Fear not Abram, I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward.”  Now all of this happened before God changed Abram’s name to Abraham and renewed His covenant with Abram. CHECK IT OUT ABRAM’S REPLIED WITH A QUESTION, “Lord GOD what wilt thou give me seeing I go childless and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?” (Genesis 15:2)   But the WORD of the Lord came unto Abram saying, “This [Eliezer] shall not be thine heir but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.” (Genesis 15:4) [Notice: Abram and God referred to Eliezer as “this.”) The Bible states, “And GOD brought him forth abroad and said, Look now toward heaven and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, SO SHALL THY SEED BE.”  (Genesis 15:5)  THEN, Abram “…believed in the Lord and he counted it to him for righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6)

LET’S BACK UP A LITTLE! 

In Genesis 14, the Lord GOD gave Abram the Hebrew, trained servants, and confederates VICTORY against great, great warriors (Hammurabi, a.k.a, Amraphel, king of Babylon; Arioch, king of Ellasar; Chedorlaomer, king of Elam; and Tidal, king of nations).  May I pause to tell you about one of these four kings? Everybody (who likes movies has seen the “Mummy” and/or watched the “History Channel“ on television ) knows all about Hammurabi’s Code of Laws which governed the daily lives of its people in that day. Well, Hammurabi was one of these four kings who made war against the GIANTS in ancient times (i.e., Rephaims, Zuzims, Emims, Horites). Upon their return home, these four kings smote the Amalekites, Amorites, and others.  As the kids say today, “THEY KICKED SOME BIG BUTTS.”  [Notice: God used these kings to diminish the populous of GIANTS and the enemies of His Chosen Ones. Also, these kings were exhausted from continuous battles. That was a good thang!]

Next, these four kings went up against the five kings of the five cities of the plains (Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Zoar) and THEY WON taking many hostages, their goods, including Lot (Abram’s nephew), his family, and his goods. WHEN THESE FOUR KINGS CAPTURED LOT, THEY MADE A BIG MISTAKE! One person escaped to tell Abram about Lot’s captivity and that put the icing on the cake!

After Abram the Hebrew, his servants, and his confederates fought these kings and freed Lot, his family, others, including their goods and returned people back to the king of Sodom, MELCHIZEDEK (the king of Salem, a.k.a. ancient Jerusalem) was the priest of the Most High GOD (the possessor of heaven and earth) said, “Blessed be Abram of the most high God and blessed be GOD who hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he [Abram] gave tithes of all.” (Genesis 14:19-20) And Abram told the king of Sodom (who wanted to reward him for the victories), “I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, that I will NOT TAKE from a thread even to a shoelatcher and that I will NOT TAKE any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich…” (Genesis 14:22-24) HOORAY for Abram!

God called Abram, commissioned him, and told him to get thee out unto a land that I will show thee! At the same time, God made an unconditional covenant with Abram promising to perform every WORD (whether or not Abram promised to obey!) To repeat, the Lord GOD said, “I will make of thee a great nation…I will bless thee…thou shalt be a blessing…make thy name great…all families of the earth will be blessed because of you…I will curse them that curse you…” Then, God was Abram’s shield in all of his battles against his enemies and Abram won all of his battles, even the ones against Giants. Thus we have about an 80 year old unselfish and unafraid man leading others into battle, BECAUSE the Lord GOD is with him!

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

How many times has GOD proven Himself to you? How many times did GOD give you second-third-fourth-fifth-sixth chances, deliver you, heal you, set you free, give you the desires of your heart, give you a great job, give you money, cars, land, homes, people to love, people who looked up to you, people to be friends with, people to travel with, people who gave you the shirt off their backs, people who loaned you money, people who paid your bills, people to help you paint, people who fixed your leaky pipes, people who tuned up your car for nothing, people who helped you move from one place to another, and on and on…. HOW MANY TIMES DOES GOD HAVE TO PROVE HIMSELF before you BELIEVE IN HIS WORD? Pardon me, did you say, “What Word?”

The Bible states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. And the WORD was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth. …I John bare witness of him…” (John 1:1, 14-15)

Have a Blessed day!

Worldwide News: “King Nebuchadnezzar was the First Biblical Werewolf!”

My latest book is entitled, King Nebuchadnezzar, The First Biblical Werewolf, just released October 6, 2011.  The story concerning King Nebuchadnezzar is not new or make believe! Never mind the latest horror  movies at the cinema regarding fictional vampires and so-called werewolves!   

Nebuchadnezzar was a great king (605 B.C.) in ancient Babylon (the Mother of Great Whoredoms) which was one of the largest, warring empires in the Old Testament.  Babylon the Great was founded by Nimrod (the son of Cush, the son of Ham, the son of Noah).   Nimrod was a wicked, awful, and controlling man.  Nimrod did as Nimrod wanted…Nimrod got what Nimrod wanted.  He purposefully began his cities with false relgions and scare tactics which continued throughout Babylon’s history until Babylon was completely destroyed.  However, the concept of pagan worship was Nimrod’s legacy to his kingdom.  You have to be careful about who you pattern your life after and the doctrines you adapt.  

By the time Nabopolassar (father of Nebuchadnezzar) became king of Babylon (626 – 604 B.C.), there was much hatred between the two greatest nations:  Assyria and Babylon.  Both of these nations were heathens,  ruthless,  destroyers, and terrorists.  In fact, the Egyptians, Syrians, and other nations were afraid of them.  Assyria captured the Northern Tribe of Israel and Babylon captured the Southern Tribe of Israel (Judah)

Unfortunately, king Nebuchadnezzar got lifted up in himself.  As a great conqueror and builder, he established a new world religion by erecting a golden image (12 1/2 by 125 feet) for all of Babylon, Chaldeans, and his captives, the Southern Tribe of Israel (Judah) to worship.  This was a big, big, mistake.  The Bible only records three people who refused to bow down and worship this enormous statue, the Three Hebrew Boys. Consequently, the Three Hebrew Boys received a fiery punishment!  This king had so many faults its useless to name them.  However, he was given a chance to turn aroung his life.  The Lord GOD sent Daniel to tell this king, “…repent…”   After Nebuchadnezzar refused to yield to the Almighty GOD, Watchers from Heaven were sent to punish him.  Nebuchadnezzar was exiled as king of Babylon, stripped down naked, literally transformed into a werewolf, and he lived in the forest with other wild beasts for SEVEN long years! 

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Worldwide: Your old act has played out: “YOU NEED A NEW ACT!”

Jesus said, Come unto me, all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

You’ve tried everything else and everybody. Maybe you started off with Jesus and things didn’t take off as you wanted. So, you left the Lord and took matters into your own hands. Now, things are a mess and you have no solace. Maybe you never came to Jesus because you’re self reliant: you’ve never been sick (other than a cold or flu); you’ve never been at a lost for comfort (got a house, condo, townhome, car, money, retirement, and friends); and you have no major issues that cannot be worked through. OK! What happens should you be in an accident (cannot walk again or talk) and cannot pray for yourself. Who will make the right medical and financial decisions for you?  The Preacher, king Solomon said, “…be careful because you may have everything and who knows you may leave it all to a fool…”  Ah yes!  The fool who said in his heart “…there is no God…come let us eat, drink, be merry, pleasure ourselves in madness and folly …”  If so, all of your labor could be eaten or swallowed up by the fool or he may give it away for pennies on the dollar for drugs or to a swindler!  What happens to your legacy? Remember, all the nights you stayed up to finish projects, to paint, to improve designs, to save money, to work extra hours, to work two or three jobs, to be on-call for others, to get shift differential, and to earn bonus incentives?  Don’t forget the sacrifices you made when you didn’t take vacations , pleasure trips, or splurge.

Our LORD didn’t come to devastate you!  Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill…” (Matthew 5:17)  Romans 11:1-2 states,  Hath God cast away his people?  GOD forbid…God hath not cast away his people which he fore-knew…”  Before you were ever conceived (in your Mother’s womb) you were known of God (i.e., in the Well of Souls in Heaven).  He called you out of that Well of  Souls and you (like Lazarus’ soul) came forth!  If you obeyed God back then, you can obey Him right now because you are precious in His sight!  There is a song entitled, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.”   Well, the Written Word says, “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows…”  (Matthew 10:31)  HE HAD TO COME or else none of us would be here today. That old devil came to annihilate you in any fashion, shape, or form with sickness, viruses, mental illness, shock, drugs, bacteria, varicose veins, spider veins, vitamin deficiency, multiple personality, rape, torture, lies, deceit, greed, covetous, murder, backbiting, scandal, embarrassment, and whatever else to MAKE you lose YOUR MIND and to lure you into madness, an early grave, and Hell!

Even if you don’t know the Lord, HE KNOWS YOU!   The Bible states that the Lord knows the secrets of  the heart.  Furthermore,  “…the very hairs on your head are all numbered…” (Matthew 10:30)  Apostle Paul wrote,  And be not conformed to this world but be  ye transformed by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND that ye may prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.  For I say, through the grace iven unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:2-3)

Won’t you come?