God is responsible for the natural, as well as the supernatural. When things cannot be corrected or cured naturally using normal methods, we will see God work supernaturally to accomplish His purpose.
If the salvation of His Creation could have been accomplished naturally, then the supernatural birth and resurrection of Jesus was unnecessary. Nature could have naturally redeemed and restored herself, given enough time.
This was not the case, she was helplessly and hopelessly lost. Had God not intervened, she would never begin to recover on her own and eternal destruction would have continued.. well, forever!
“Grace came and stopped the process”
“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. –Matthew 24:22, New International Version (NIV)
Love in Him!
Please take time to read this newsletter. It is full of new revelation and truth for the days ahead! You may not agree with all Gary says, because it is not the popular teachings in western Christianity. However, more and more believers are changing their beliefs as a Great Paradigm shift is taking effect.
I have not published anything recently due to shifting views of my own… I hope if you also are struggling with yourself, maybe this World Challenge newsletter may offer you some confirmation as well.
If I do not post again before Christmas, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and remember Him!
Love in Him!
New Covenant Christmas
I have decided to stop posting visuals with my post and to start limiting them to just a few words..
The pictures continue to disappear and I really do not have the time or energy to find out why, so I will just stop using them. I suppose it has something to do with copyrights or some foolishness such as that… It seems that everything is owned today by someone and you have to get their permission to use it or pay for it or pay a penalty if you don’t pay for it and I am just tired of it all.
God gives us everything.. He does not charge us for the air we breath, nor the rain that falls. He freely gives us the sun that shines and the wind that blows. He gives us fall colors in the trees and beautiful seashores, sunrises and sunsets… He gives us life and sustains it for us and we can’t let someone use a picture we took without charging them or giving them our permission. I could go on and on about all the freedoms we have in God through Jesus, but I will let you come up with some of your own.
Please if I say anything on this blog that you like and want to repeat, just feel free to do so.. You don’t need to ask or be concerned that I may get you for plagiarism or anything of the sort. I figure if I have said something you think someone else needs to hear, then it most likely came from God anyway and He tells me; “freely you have received, freely give.” So I do just that.
Now enough of the rant…
What I want to say today is brief.. I think the Bible is the greatest book in the world and many, many people have been strengthened in their walk through Bible reading and Bible study. That being said, I am here to tell you that Jesus never commissioned us to be Bible readers and Bible studiers, He did ask us to become His followers and He promised that He had all the power and all the authority not only to call us to follow but also to empower us to follow Him in His work in this world… Bible reading and study is great and I am glad if you are involved in either, but when it finally comes down to following, and it will sooner or later, your faith will not be sufficient from reading, studying or attending Church alone…to follow Him!
Faith to follow Jesus Christ does not come from study, it comes from experience. You can sit and read and study a book on building a house but when you actually start to build the house you will find that it does not always, if ever go according to the book. Books are Great for gathering information, information however does not empower faith, only experience does. Many are those who read the do it yourself manuals and start a project only to become frustrated and either give up or go ahead and call a professional.
Please do not be fooled, Satan could care less about how much you read and study your Bible as long as you never lay it down and start following Jesus. Following is what stirs up hell against a Christian, not reading… What you have read and what you have studied will become useful to you along the way, but by themselves will never produce the faith to follow.
That is all I have to say today and like I said it is free… so take it and use it as you choose!
Love in Him!
–– John 6:25-26
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”…Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, `not because you saw the signs I performed` but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.
~ Have we had our fill? Have we missed the SIGNS?… Have we become so accustomed to having the Bread broken and handed out to us… that we are missing the Miraculous signs and Wonders which follow those who believe? ..After eating bits and pieces of bread and fish and becoming full.. the crowd left.. but they left behind 12 basketfuls of miraculous supply and they missed the POINT, altogether. [ Jesus the Bread of Life ]
Love in Him!
Some topics, themes and teachings in the Bible seem to stand out so bold and obvious that they cannot be missed even with casual reading. Often, these topics which WE believers become so bold and confident of are the very topics, themes and teachings in the Scriptures that cause the problems we see in the Body of Christ today… Disagreements, disputes, divisions, denominations and so forth.
You would think we could agree that a Vase is a vase, or a Face is a face, or that Black is black and White is white… don’t you agree.??? … sorry, I couldn’t help but ask. LOL!
But it seems that we can’t…. It is the stuff which there should be no questions about.. that become the questions that cause all the problems… SEE?
I have fun writing ambiguously and vaguely at times… can’t you tell? Most folks do not like this style of writing because more often than not, we come away from it with more questions than we do answers.. and that’s the point??
Now, I will be BLUNT which will be obvious… Most of US just don’t like to THINK for ourselves!!! We have been raised in slavery and we are not accustomed to thinking freely and unobstructed. Sorry I had to be so blunt… BUT sometimes vagueness just doesn’t work… does it?
May I offer my view on what I mean by Slavery? …I will try not to take too much of your time and I promise to leave you with more questions than answers… Ok? …. You and I have been born into a world controlled by forces of darkness… this verse is evidence of what I mean…For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. —Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) …Now, I will not give you my definition of this verse because I want you to decide yourself what the words covey to you. ..I refuse to try to convince you of the identity of these forces or how they operate in this world! …Why? …Because I would be taking your thoughts and ideas captive (into slavery) to my point of view… However, I do hope you see.. that there are Ungodly forces in this world attempting to control you and I for their own ungodly purposes.. Is that clear?
No, it’s not clear… I know it’s not clear and that is my point exactly… Life is not clear and neither is Our Book on Life so clear at times either.. The Bible is not intended to be as clearly defined as we would like for it to be… Because?? We are all individuals with different ways of seeing things and understanding Truth.. Can we agree on that? …Let me say it this way: We do not need to keep on agreeing to disagree.. (which has never made any sense to me anyway since we are agreeing to just keep on disagreeing???) WE need to start AGREEING that we all see and learn things differently and IT IS OK that, that’s the way it is…
I am not saying that Truth changes to agree with the way we perceive and conceive it… or Him? No; Truth changes US, ..our perceptions and conceptions of Life until we come into agreement with the Way, the Truth, and the Life… Jesus. …..He changes us… while He is unchanging and unaltered by our differences and disagreements with Him.. or His ways which we often misunderstand..
When and if we can ever ALL agree that God brings us all back to Him in different ways, at different times, on differing trails and through different trials and experiences in Life.. THEN, we can begin to see The Same ONE GOD and Father of us all, leading us all through Life in this ungodly world… exactly the same way… while at the same time much differently… Do you agree?? and ..It’s OK, if you don’t..
Love in Him!
New International Version (NIV)
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
I posted this on Facebook this morning with these words.
Has Christianity been reduced to only believing what the Bible says about God?
Is believing IN Jesus all that is really required to live the Overcoming Life and make a difference in the World we live in?
I affixed the comment to Today’s post from “My Utmost For His Highest” a daily devotional by Oswald Chambers… I have included it below for your enjoyment and I will be using it for further reference.
Are You Going on With Jesus?
September 19, 2013
You are those who have continued with Me in My trials —Luke 22:28
It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations, but are we going on with Him through His temptations? Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch when God changes your circumstances to see whether you are going on with Jesus, or siding with the world, the flesh, and the devil. We wear His name, but are we going on with Him? “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more” (John 6:66).
I do not know what you believe about the Anti-Christ but I do know what I believe about him and I will share that with you.. I am not trying to change what you believe. I am just explaining where I am coming from on the post…
Ever notice how many sets of twins are mentioned in the Bible? ….and even though they are not identical in most cases, it is still important to remember that they are twins… It is even thought today by many students of the Word that Cain and Abel were twins.. In the beginning. …Please explore the Bible for yourself and see all the twins listed in its pages..
There is a reason for this you know? Parallels, parables, the Paraclete (Holy Spirit) …all are intended to set our mind into a certain way of thinking and recognizing things. Para itself is a prefix in Greek words which means: alongside, side by side, similar, alike.. etc.. ..Follow the link for more info. if you wish. The point is, the Word of God is trying to covey something to us to aid in our understanding of truth in His word.. God is establishing a “Mindset” so to speak!
Ok, enough of that already… You see, in the western mindset, we mainly see “Anti” as opposite and different… Do you agree? Well, that was not the mindset of the eastern world where the Bible was written.. I apologize for the link… it is not very informative and kind of scattered, but I hope you will dig into this “prefix anti” on your own and develop a personal mindset… which belongs to you!!! Please..
…To me, personally, I now view (anti) as [alike but opposed]… [similar but different]… [close but not the same]… [sounds alike, but is not]… You see what I am trying to say? It’s kind of difficult to convey without taking much time and many words!
Let me say it this way.. I believe Anti-Christ, whether a person, system, form of government, form of religion and worship… or whatever Anti-Christ turns out to be (and 1 John says many have already gone out into the world)… will NOT be so easy to recognize or maybe identify is a better word? ..He/It will look very familiar to someone/something we are all accustomed to, and comfortable with… and the differences will be so subtle, they will be almost indistinguishable… get my drift?
Ok, I am done with the comparisons, if I haven’t made myself clear by now, I don’t know what else to do.. I’m starting to sound like a teacher.. and that is not my intentions..
My point is this… Jesus did not call believers, Jesus called disciples who came to believe and trust Him as they followed Him! ..His disciples not only heard his words, they also observed Him in action… They experienced His compassion, His zeal, His love.. They saw Him interact with people, they heard what He said in private, away from the crowds. They ministered with Him, assisted in the miracles He performed.. They ate with Him, slept with Him… And they KNEW Him… They did not just “Believe in Jesus”, as I am afraid it has come to today with so many of us….. and that’s the TRAP!
I know multiple sets of twins, identical and fraternal, male and female.. all are very similar, all act a lot alike. Even the fraternal twins who are of different gender are very, very similar and could be difficult to distinguish if I were only hearing about them without seeing them… Am I making any sense? The identical twins would be almost impossible to tell apart from one another without KNOWING them personally. ..I have no problem any longer telling which is which after I really get to know them! …..I know now not to be confused by their a-likeness, but to look for their differences, however minuscule, subtle and un-apparent they might be… Got to wrap this up now. Aren’t you glad?
The Bible says Satan likes to disguise himself as an “angel of light”… which means He masquerades as Jesus, “THE ANGEL of LIGHT” in order to confuse and deceive us into believing we are worshipping and following Jesus… The ole Devil tries his best.. to look like Jesus, act like Jesus, talk, walk, smell, even perform counterfeit (fake) miracles like Jesus… are you seeing now? ..If we do not get familiar enough with the REAL Jesus, we will be fooled by the Look Alike Jesus..!! The Bible has much to say on this theme i.e. Lion of Judah, Roaring lion… Lambs and Kids, (baby sheep and baby goats are almost impossible to tell apart)… Weeds and Wheat growing up together… and so on and so forth! …In the Garden of Eden, Eve was even fooled by a voice instructing her on how to be More Like God… and we know who that was now… you see?
Done… with my part. Now it is up to you… There is really no need to worry, as the “TRUTH” will always overcome the “Lie”… the LIGHT will always displace Darkness… and LOVE will always conquer Evil.. BUT wouldn’t it be nice and helpful not to be confused and deceived in the mean time??
I pray this has sparked you interest enough to at least think about the Mystery of Twin-ship laid out in the Word of God… and maybe enough to dive in to it and discovery for yourself the secrets and keys given to us in His Word… They are there for our enjoyment as well as for our awareness..!!!
Love in Him!
1 John 2:18
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.
Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son.
1 John 4:3
But every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
2 John 1:7
I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.