society is bombarded with many slogans that portray us to be “deserving” of
something. Such self-focused messages are:
“You deserve a break today…” used by
“You owe it to yourself…” used by
“Treat yourself to take the break
you deserve” used by Hilton HHonors
the dynamics of families and relationships, how many times have you graciously
gave a gift and never received a “thank you” of any kind? How often have you
heard the stories of parents passing away, and the children fought over the
estate and money? If a sibling or parent is near their deathbed, do they
deserve to be treated with respect if they never reciprocated love to family
members in a state of healthiness? What if a husband and wife purchase a home
with their hard-earned money – should their children feel entitled to the
the business world, employees arrive late and perform their duties with little
ambition. They demand pay raises and better benefits. Are they really deserving
of it? Or, a parent scrapes and works hard to grow a business, and their grown
children now believe they’re entitled to run it when the parent is deceased.
also run into the same dilemmas when the congregation feels entitled to receive
answers from their pastors or to hold positions within the house of worship.
And, while I walk down the path of religious connotations, many believers feel
deserving of God’s blessings. Speaking of this, do you know why much of
humanity walks away from God and stops believing in Him? They prayed for an
answer they wanted to hear and didn’t receive it. He was a means to get what
they felt entitled to in life! Ironically, I believe our church leaders are
responsible for this incorrect train of thought. They stand on the pulpit and
preach God will meet all our needs and give them their desires if they pledge
their soul to Jesus. The fact is our sin separates us from the Lord.
Entitlement is a dangerous walk in life – it’s Godlessness. Let me be frank here – God, parents, and employers owe us nothing. God blesses us with things because He wants to – an unconditional love of grace. A selfish demand for His generosity will reap no benefits. It’s that simple!
ministry spoke of loving others with a grateful heart. This includes treating
each other with respect, even amidst our differences. The well-being of
gratitude promotes healthy relationships, both in our walk with the Lord and
relationships with others.
the subject of parenting, fewer children today respect their elders. They
ignore the recognition parents deserve for years of hard work and dedication to
their families because they live in the “gimme, gimme” world. These generations
are gifted with their heart’s desires, and they expect it from the parents.
Thus, the slogans I mentioned at the beginning of the message above, come into
play. As the children grow older, they feel entitled to life. Little do we
know, it promotes laziness, ungratefulness, and the subject of this blog –
entitlement. What are we teaching our children and others?
how can we live a life feeling less entitled to things and people?
• Humbly give thanks to God for all we receive. “Give
thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for
you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
• Remember the grace of God, for Jesus died on the cross for
our sins. We do not deserve to be treated with graciousness for our sinful
attitudes, but the Lord’s love and grace reaches out to us, anyway. “At one
time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of
passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one
another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved
us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”
• Set your mind on eternity with the Lord and not on this
world. Money and physical possessions mean nothing, for they cannot be taken
with you to heaven. “But, as it is written, what no eye has seen, nor ear
heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love
him…” 1 Corinthians 2:9
• Continuously pray for discernment of entitlement. Why do I
feel entitled, and how can I change this train of thought?
In summary of today’s message, expect little, receive with a grateful heart, and always give thanks. Give God the glory for your unexpected blessings!
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What makes a woman powerful? Is it money, fame, a political
position, or is it an Oscar-winning actress? Any of these attributes may be
true in today’s society, but not in biblical days. Many excellent examples of
strong, influential women grace the pages of the Bible. Now two thousand years
later, everyone may find much wisdom in the biblical females. Use them as a
guiding tool in your personal lives and to develop a relationship with God.
Did you miss the first two parts of this series? Click HERE for Part One. Click HERE for Part Two.
Joanna the Apostle (also known as Junia)
Joanna does not have a specific story as some other women
in this series. In fact, her life is pieced together by many scriptures
throughout the Bible, but what an influential person! She was an upper-class
Jewish woman in 1st century Palestine. Her grandfather was Theophilus, the High
Priest in the Second Temple, in Jerusalem.
The earliest mention of Joanna was in Luke 8:3, where she
is referred to as the wife of Chuza, a steward to Herod Antipas. They were
married when she was very young, and they both maintained jobs in Herod’s royal
household. I’m sure this placed Joanna in a very unpopular category with
ordinary Jews. One of her husband’s duties was to make sure everyone paid their
taxes to Herod.
Like Mary Magdalene, Joanna, too, had demons in her body.
She was often curious about Jesus and His miracles. Would He cleanse her as
well? On the days she traveled away from the royal household, she would sit as
a bystander and listen to His sermons of parables. One day, Jesus directed his
attention to her and spoke with conviction. As the healing miracles of Jesus’
power tell, He knew she was possessed, too, with infirmities…and so He healed
Joanna gave a lot of money to Jesus and His disciples. She
was wealthy, well-connected, and influential, so she was able to protect Him in
subtle ways. She became instrumental in the success of His mission. In this
biblical age, it was scandalous for a woman to be financially supportive of a
man, much less a female who came from King Herod’s house. But, she took the
risk, even though she witnessed her employer, King Herod, behead John the
At some point in Joanna’s marriage, she becomes single
again. One can only imagine the reasons why this happened – perhaps Chuza
divorced her, or was he murdered for his position in the royal home? The Bible
does not state a specific cause. But, Joanna was in the ranks of the Galilean
poor with no social standing or financial security, but she held her head high,
turning her life to serve Jesus.
She memorized the Lord’s parables and joined Jesus in
storytelling among the poor villages along with a few other women. Many of
their listeners were rejected for their conversion to Christianity, so Joanna
could sympathize with their feelings. Indeed she was inspired by Jesus’
teachings. She traveled as far as Rome, being a witness to the Lord. She was
eventually named an Apostle.
It is spoken in scripture Joanna and Mary Magdalene
prepared the cloths to wrap Jesus’ body after His crucifixion. She was also a
witness to the empty tomb after His resurrection. Her love for Jesus was deep,
and she served Him faithfully until the end of His life.
What made Joanna a powerful woman?
Joanna was brave and proud. She faced public
condemnation by becoming single and leaving a royal household, but she held her
head high amidst the turmoil and confusion. I’m sure her conversion to
Christianity was a radical change too.
When she lived among the elite and wealthy, she gave her
money to Jesus and the disciples. She was generous to a fault. Her high
values didn’t place wealth on personal belongings, but rather to God.
Joanna was inspiring because she transitioned from
an aristocratic woman to a humble servant during her life. She didn’t mourn the
loss of possessions but became a witness to the strength of the Lord. Money was
a means-to-an-end to serve others.
Jesus healed her ailments because he recognized the self-power
she had inside her to change.
Her stewardship to Jesus and the Gospel was
uncompromising, and in return, He blessed her with grace.
After Jesus’ death, Joanna became a traveling missionary.
It is implied that if she died outside the Holy Land, they brought her body back
to Jerusalem. In the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, they adorned
Joanna a saint.
Imagine if suddenly your body just appeared as an adult.
You are facing another human who looks different, and his name is Man.
Everything around is magically beautiful. Objects called trees stand taller
than yourself, and the ground is green with grass and shrubs.
God spoke to them saying they could eat from any fruit of
the trees except for the tree of good and evil in the middle of the garden. God
warned them if they ate from the tree, they would die. This scenario is precisely
the one Eve faced on her creation day. I wonder what her thoughts were at this
As she walked through the shrubbery, she saw a slithering
serpent who spoke to her. (Genesis 3:1-6, NIV)
“Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in
Eve responded, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the
garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the
middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.”
“You will not certainly die, for God knows that when
you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing
good and evil,” the serpent retorted.
The fruit on the tree looked delicious, so she picked it
off the stem and took a nibble. Then she handed it to the Man who also took a
bite of the irresistible fruit. Their eyes opened wide when they realized they
were naked. Ashamed and embarrassed, Adam and Eve pulled fig leaves off of the
trees, sewed them together, and covered the most intimate parts of their body.
Suddenly, they heard footsteps walking in the garden, so
they hid, in fear, among the trees. The Lord God approached them and asked why
they were hiding. Adam spoke first… “I was afraid because I was naked; so I
God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you
eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” Adam and Eve
hung their heads down.
Adam answered, “The woman you put here with me—she gave
me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then Eve responded to God, “The
serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:11-13 NIV)
God sternly faced Eve and said, “I will make your pains
in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to
children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
(Genesis 3:16 NIV)
Then the Lord God said to Adam, “Because you listened
to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must
not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil
you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and
thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of
your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it
you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:17-19
The Lord made garments of skin for them to wear and moved
Adam to the east side of the Garden of Eden, where he would work the land for
food. Adam and Eve procreated, and a son, named Cain, was born. Later, another
son, Abel, was born. As they grew older, their children learned to struggle,
working in the fields.
Eve realized the curse God placed upon them, for life was
a battle. Childbirth was unbearable, and then she endured the death of her son,
Abel. The Lord punished Cain for killing Abel and placed him in the land of
Nod, east of Eden, to become a wanderer. We must do what is right before God or
reap the consequences.
Many misunderstandings about Eve swirl throughout the
generations and since the beginning of mankind. She is held responsible for the
sin of humanity by eating the forbidden fruit. Some believe she ‘enticed’ Adam
to eat it, too. However, there isn’t biblical truth to this statement. The fact
is, Adam did not have to take the fruit and eat it, but he did, knowingly aware
of the consequences.
Eve is mislabeled with names such as “the devil’s gateway,”
“temptress,“ and “wicked persuasion.” My response to any of those unwarranted
titles come from this standpoint – Eve did not know of evil, nor Satan and his lies.
How can she be singly be held accountable for the fall of mankind?
What made Eve a powerful woman?
Eve was the first woman, no other before her.
She is “the mother of all living,” for she is the
beginning of humanity. Eve represents the maternal potential of adult
women. She proclaimed the sons she gave childbirth to were created by man and
Eve was created with a pure heart, and her only
knowledge of life came from Adam and God.
Created in God’s image, Eve carries the feminine qualities of the character of God. Her power of being a woman teaches us mankind cannot exist without ‘womankind.’
Eve’s powerful story wasn’t so much about her good
qualities, but what she taught us about life and a relationship with God:
Disobedience to God leads us to follow our own will, thus
unfortunate consequences. She believed Satan rather than God. How many of us,
today, act on impulse versus praying to God for the correct answer to problems?
When we compromise God’s Word by blocking out or changing
the parts we refuse to hear, it becomes a means to continue sinning.
If we do not resist sin when it presents itself, we will eventually give in to the temptation.
Next Sunday will be the final two women in this series. Be sure to join us!
How easy is it for you To do what you know Is right? How easy is it for you To stick to What you know is right? When temptation’s hand Is being stretched To you, How easy is it to resist? Isn’t it so hard To be pure in a world That is full of sinners? We live in a world of sin, Where great is anyone Who lives above sin; And scarce, are such To find; Yet, we must not throw in the towel in our struggle; We must continue To climb to the top Of the ladder of purity; Where sainthood dwells; And each time we fall, As many times we will do; Many times we must get up, Dust ourselves And continue; It is a permanent struggle.
It’s another Sunday morning of crowd seekers searching for forgiveness as they rush through the eye of the needles around the world. I, too, came to find my eternal gateway to a place called heaven’s home. I walked across the side street onto the freshly paved parking area extended for convenience. The air reeked of an odor as Satan’s evil sin blew in the breeze. Little elderly women held on to their nicely brushed hairdo as they dashed in front of cars while others ran to find their pew. I reached the entrance of the church and could smell the difference between Satan’s musty humidity and the fragrance of Christ living inside the vestibule.
I wondered when the
dress codes at church changed because men used to don three-piece suits with
cuffed trousers and tacked ties. They held the doors for those feminine dressed
ladies in their finest ensembles. After the church service, everyone mingled
with each other to share the week’s news over a cup of coffee and pastries.
Those were better times when men talked about the drought and ladies conversed
about canning tomatoes. It’s another world away now as I vaguely remember my own
The church was clearly
a refreshing place to sit in the comfort of Jesus Christ. I wondered if it was
just me or did the rest of the congregation feel the Holy Spirit? Was their only
intention of attending church to just rush in with the hope of forgiveness
handed to them? Satan’s shining sin glows everywhere, you know, but he’s so
exposed in God’s house.
Our world of sin is
never so obvious nor blatantly displayed as it is today. I will push the
envelope by saying schemes and gimmickry have run to the forefront. It’s like
running for the presidency. Subliminal ice cubes in a glass spelling
“SEX” in bold letters was an impressive way to relay the message to
the public. Most movies flaunt “R” and “X” ratings which have become the norm
in this distorted society. We catch up with friends on social media only to be
subjected to jokes and articles about the male and female anatomy. What
happened to sex and our bodies being personal and sacred?
1 Corinthians 6:12-13
12 “I have the right to do anything,”
you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but
I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the
stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not
meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
But as far back as
the Roman Empire, sexual exploitation was Satan’s key denominator. John the
Baptist contested, in public, King Herod’s lack of discipline for he replaced
his wife with her sister, who was a younger, more vivacious aristocrat. John
was beheaded, consequently, as requested by Herod’s daughter. Sex was the
ultimate sin which began the betrayal of God’s words. Kings and Queens fell
like dominoes in the world’s wake of Satan’s shining sin. Sodom and Gomorrah
suffered God’s divine judgment because of prolific prostitution and
degree of accountability exists in sin by exploiting sex outside of God’s marriage.
Adulterated sex is a gateway to Satan’s castle. If one relishes breaking the
laws of God, I must ask, “Where will it end?” When you break one of God’s cherished
laws, the rest will seem obsolete. More men and women today need to hold to
God’s commitments because Satan, without a doubt, has made sex a sport – a game
with damning results.
Satan uses his
power of persuasion to convince us it’s all right to sin against God. Whether you
have a lack of willpower, insecurity, or mental illness, sex outside of
marriage is Satan’s invitation to give you a life of perversion, long-lasting guilt,
and recordable sin. It changes personal values and corrupts the mind where
cleanliness and innocence once prevailed.
1 Peter 5:8-9
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may
devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings
are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
In the beginning
of this blog, I spoke of dress codes. A lack of proper attire invites Satan into
the mind. His shining sin, sex, makes it appear acceptable though, doesn’t it? As
history repeats itself, God seized empires because of this sin, and improper sex
was the root of their evil.
Be alert and be
informed for God knows our thoughts before we act on them. Satan lurks on every
page of life. He is in the movies and programs we watch, and the commercials
impeding clothes. Sex sells! The satanic air you breathe, whether in church, at
home, or in public lures the perfumes from afar, tempting the spirits within
I pray this world, one day, will wake and beg for forgiveness from such absurd things. Straying from God is like being dropped in an ocean of sin – you will eventually drown! Your life will be forever changed when you find Christ. Pray to fill your spirit with hope and God’s true love!
the only people who get paid to get it wrong. So I open the shades, unlock the
door, and sit on my front porch to read the List of Predictions of the End
of the World in Rational Wiki. Like the climate, predictions of
Christ’s second coming are vague. Let’s face it. We do not have a clue; just
the signs outlined in the Bible. But, the fact of the matter is the news
channel gives light to the predictions in biblical proportions – massive
flooding, strong earthquakes, and severe climate changes.
swirl about Sin City and the lifestyles which spread to the Pacific coast.
Hollywood wanted to be first to predict events such as the “Armageddon”;
yet the scenes recently played out in the “swarmageddon,” forty miles east of
Los Angeles, with one thousand earthquakes rumbling Southern California. Speculate
what you will, but never doubt the hand of God. He displays his
unpredictability when eradicating or warning areas of a lot of sin. Is it my
imagination, or do you recognize the signs too?
Prostitution and sexual deviations are now commonplace, and the courts dismiss more cases than not – it’s become an acceptable way of life. We show it on the big screens and cellphones in your home. You may doubt my correlation, but watch what happens to a lawless country, or in this case, state. Officials with gold-lined pockets who make poor decisions for their state, will suffer in the end – trust me! Be wary for God is pounding the ground in a temper of tremors!
Sin and cynics are
on the rise, just as the Bible predicts for the End Times.
7 For nation will rise against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and
earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
And because lawlessness will abound,
the love of many will grow cold.
I do not want my
readers to misunderstand my intentions for this blog. I am not only referring
to just California or Las Vegas with a high concentration of sin in America but
there are many cities around the world. Examine other volatile nations and
notice they, too, reap the repercussions of climatic events. Don’t tell me
there isn’t a God sending us a message!
The Bible isn’t
clear on predictions of the ending date of civilization, but God’s clear on
what infuriates Him, and it’s unrelenting sin. Do you remember the biblical scriptures
of Sodom and Gomorrah? It is a sad story with a reminder of how God’s temper
destroys sinners. I do not have enough space on this blog to tell the whole
story, but it is found in Genesis 19:1-30. Take some time to read it and make
your own comparisons between the nations and the states who suffer significant
catastrophic occurrences. God rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah
and burned them to the ground.
Many readers ask
me what kind of loving God can be so destructive? The answer is simple. He gave
us rules and commandments to live by, yet we go against His words and continue
to sin. Parents, you can appreciate what I’m about to say here. If you scold
your child and they continue to misbehave, what happens? They are punished
because they made their OWN choice to disobey the rules of your home. All God’s
people make the same choices in life.
When I watch the
news and hear of earthquakes and floods, I know God is shaking the guilt from unrighteous
spirits. Yes, many good people live in these areas but remember this… a few
believers and even children inhabited Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord left them to
die in the tragic fire so future generations would not carry on the deviant
behavior. Where sin exists, God will address the situation.
Here is my hypothetical
prediction. I promise those who attempt to rewrite or disobey God’s
commandments will suffer in the acts of fate or famine. Our wonderful Lord and
Father created this earth, and His mighty fist rules this not-so-sacred ground.
Fall to your knees and praise our great Creator. Pray for forgiveness. When God
places His temper of tremors in your area, you can be secure in knowing you are
safe in His loving arms. God bless you, my friends around the world. Be not
afraid, but aware God is calling.
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
As the sun glistened
in the sky, so shall God’s love and mercy radiate below the heavens. The waters
receded reflecting the beginning of life. The elegance of the ocean’s beauty permeated
in every ripple and sparkled like diamonds. Marine life emerged, slowly
inhabiting the pristine bodies of the sea. The earth turned green from the growth
of new sprouts. Creatures with feathers perched atop cliffs and took their first
flight in the morning breeze. Beasts of the earth moved along the ground
frolicking and seeking food. God was pleased He created a perfect balance to the
sea and land.
It is here the three will meet…
decided it was time to create His own image and let him enjoy the fruits of His
imagination. Man, the most sophisticated species, roamed the land and learned
to hunt above and below the earth’s surface. But, our Creator realized man
needed a complement, so he didn’t have to live alone. He made a correction to
the plan and gave the man a submissive woman to love, adore, and honor. She was
a goddess from heaven, where all human life evolved, and a rib created her.
They cultivated the earth with the enjoyment of love, bringing gifts to God.
What a masterfully crafted world designed by an architect far beyond our scope
It is here the three will meet…
Then suddenly, out
of the blue, cumulus clouds mounted, and storms roared destruction to His
creation. Evil evolved, and lightning tried to conquer the earth. God was
furious Satan, a fallen angel of all people, found pleasure in the flames of
wickedness. So, Noah built an ark to help Him wash away the sin of the world, but
to no avail. Evil came back with a vengeance. This time, God sent Moses with
scripted laws in stone which gave guidelines for mankind to live by, but still,
immorality existed. Now distraught, God insisted on filling the world with love,
so He divinely created an offspring in His own image. This child would attempt
to right the wrong in people.
There the three will meet…
now lies upon the edges of the origin of the earth. God vowed His son shall
return and destroy all persisting evil. If you lay claim to worldly idols, be
prepared… you won’t have them much longer. Death and destruction are in the
forecast. God will eliminate sin with the same scorching flames evil derived from
when Satan arrived on earth.
So, I shall run to
meet Him, at His point of origin – the beginning of life. Like all sinners, I too
will bear the heartaches of hell on the incoming tide. God will scold for poor
choices, yet many will still choose the path of least resistance. Behold your
breath, for the undertaking of God words, shall not be minced in heaven. I will
stand with all of humanity, when the firestorm commences, praying our Father will
save those who asked for forgiveness.
I beacon all
believers to join me. Let us gather, in good faith, and bring love to the beach
where Christ will come calling once again.
For there the three will meet – the Father, the Son, and… will you be joining me too in the celebration? ~~www.danabicksauthor.com~~
simple bible scripture quietly wrapped up within the Easter season, placed a conviction
on sinners and nonbelievers. Christ’s crucifixion was not in vain. Allow me to
test your knowledge of an event which surrounded the resurrection of our Lord,
Jesus Christ. It is written in the Apostle’s Creed.
you know many saints were raised from the dead along with Jesus? It’s a
shocking revelation, written only in the Book of Matthew, and overlooked by
many because the occurrence is not mentioned by any other author of the Holy
Word. But, here it remains…
the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised
to life. 53They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into
the holy city and appeared to many people.
Christ died to take away our sins, the heavens turned an angry gray and black.
The earth rattled and split rocks on the sacred grounds where He hung on the
cross at Golgotha. God’s power showed His wrath to the Romans who did not
believe He sent Jesus to earth to prove His existence. What better way to
convince them than to raise the sleeping saints from Jerusalem?
tombs of many people were broke open in a strong earthquake. After Jesus arose
from the dead, the saints raised out of their graves and returned to Jerusalem,
known as the Holy City. Friends and family instantly recognized them. Though we
do not know for sure who these holy people were, they stayed alive during the
forty days Jesus continued on earth, after His death. It is suggested they returned,
along with Jesus, to heaven.
we not testify this biblical event immortalizes God’s power over life and death?
The resurrection of the sleeping saints reveals all believers should have no
fear of death, for one day, we too, will be raised to join our Almighty Father.
This gives us reason to have hope in eternal salvation, and perhaps, assurance
our sins will be forgiven in heaven if we become faithful followers of God
Bible passage swirls in controversy. Biblical scholars feel there is no
validity to it because the raised dead, seen by others in Jerusalem, was not referenced
anywhere else in the Bible. They suggest we should understand this passage to
be a preview of our resurrection at the End Times. But, would resurrecting the
dead really be so hard to believe since it was a divine act?
on 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, this event would undoubtedly undermine Jesus’s resurrection.
Theologians believe God has resurrected no one to eternal life as an immortal
spirit yet—except Christ.
always commented on other controversial blogs we cannot disprove any biblical
passages in this life. Our wonderful Lord wrote the Bible with the message it
is never to be deciphered as we see fit, therefore in my eyes…so it shall stay.
“Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
men are equal creations in God’s eyes. We are a miraculous life up to our last
breath of oxygen on earth. Born sinners, we are considered spiritually dead. Just
as the morning sun rises over a cup of coffee though, we can renew our birth.
God gives us another day, yet another chance, to announce the forgiveness of
our sins and walk with Him.
grand ceremonial display, known as baptism, is the only way many find comfort
in their spirituality. In my opinion, the rhetoric of the performance sets an
example of what’s wrong with our society today. Hypocrites grandstand in church
with applause as a new believer gives their life to the Lord. Far too prevalent
are those who “talk the talk” but do not “walk the walk” as a born again
Christian. The simple act of being submerged in holy water will never bestow
you the rank of being born again. It isn’t how much of the Bible we memorize,
but how many scriptures we can live by every day thereafter. It is being ever mindful
of our sins and praying for God to teach us a better way.
baptized is not a date on a calendar. It’s a way of life to honor Christ as a
religious follower. Even though Jesus was not a sinner, John the Baptist still baptized
Him. You may ask why, then, did He enter the Jordan River? Jesus humbled
himself in obedience to His Father to set an example for us of faith. Baptism
publicly declares we are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is also a symbol of His
burial and resurrection.
who accepted his message were baptised….” Acts 2:41
DOES BAPTISM AUTOMATICALLY SAVE
times, too many born again Christians believe baptism automatically saves them,
but this is just the beginning of the journey. Do you realize the act of
receiving the holy water places you under harsher scrutiny in the Lord’s eyes?
Why? God sets higher expectations on believers because we now know the
difference between right and wrong. As I mentioned above, hypocrites fill our
churches. They walk out the doors and continue on with their comfortable lifestyle
without giving God the time of day throughout the week. The commitment to
living for Him stops at the steeple. We must stay in shape and be willing to
serve His kingdom at every corner. Be alert in times of need and show others
who we are – God’s anointed children. Set an example for this our job as a born
The Bible teaches us prerequisites to follow before we can be a born again Christian. These specifications will also reveal why the christening of babies performed in some church denominations, is not a scripturally accepted act.
Though I’m sure someone will challenge me on this statement, we cannot deny the Bible verses which substantiate this blessing of holy water:
PREREQUISITES TO BAPTISM
ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURES
We must hear and understand the
Gospel. Can a
baby perform this duty?
and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in
your thinking be adults. 1 Corinthians 14:20
We must believe the Gospel. Infants do not understand the
in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who
were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Galatians
We must fully repent of our
sins. A baby knows
nothing of sin. This is a decision to turn from sin and live for God.
replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus
Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the
Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
We must believe in our heart and
confess Christ with our mouth. Infants cannot communicate faith. We must first speak an
understandable statement, so a minister/pastor knows they are baptizing someone
who has faith.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10
A born again Christian is a renewed person in Christ. They are now a member of Jesus’s body and must walk as sinless as possible on earth. It requires full control of the mouth, mind, and body language. God is first in our life, over and above everything and everyone. I’ve been up for the challenge for many years, are you? The celebration of Jesus’ resurrection will be here in a couple of weeks. Won’t you commit your life to be one with Him? To be born again will be your eternal salvation and a promise for a brand new life!
Today is the day to exploit my messages from God. I think it is important to summarize and discuss the last three week’s blogs – The Stars Are Lining Up, The Ides of Suspicion, and What If Christ Came to Rule the White House. Every single person, most of all Americans, need to understand these words because readers may have missed the point. My thoughts are strong on the severe condition of this world and the End Times nearing, so I must expand upon my words of hope and faith.
It doesn’t take a scholar to read the Book of Revelations and comprehend the forecasts within it are Bible predictions. History does and will repeat itself again. I began this mini-series with the Ides of Suspicion because Julius Caesar laid the groundwork for the first-ever democratic nation. He thought it was the only fair way to protect the middle and lower-class people. A coup of his envious and stubborn Roman senators, however, killed him. Their belief was a dictatorship could financially harm them and give Caesar too much power over the Roman empire. Why is Caesar’s death important to the United States? Our country, also was established on democracy. We have the freedom to elect our own President and practice social equality. But, today, we are witnessing a shift of events, repeating history. Our government and its citizens are in conflict. Senators are stubborn and deeply rooted in ungodly practices. Many Americans turn their back on the Declaration of Independence, religion, and the symbols which formed this great nation. It is a sure sign America will not be long before it implodes for this country was based on Christianity – not atheism or agnosticism. A civil war, just as the Roman empire suffered after Caesar’s death, cannot be denied as a future event by US citizens.
My blog, The Stars Are Lining Up, addresses bible prophecies being fulfilled before our very eyes. The breaking of the seven seals (Revelations 6-8) possibly marks our beginning era of the Great Tribulation. Countries, including the US, are seeing a significant increase in war, natural disasters, economic troubles, starvation, and genocide. The Laws of God are severely broken, and it marks the beginning of the end for mankind. As I mentioned earlier, history repeats itself through the Bible. Our Lord is merciful and loving but is also vengeful and fierce when we do not live and abide in His word. Do you remember the story of the Canaanites in the Old Testament? God ordered the Israelites to “save alive nothing that breathes” in Canaan because of their filthy life. They worshipped other gods and practiced sexual inappropriateness; they sacrificed children and boasted of their evil practices. God obliterated a whole nation for their failure to heed His words. As we study this story, one must ask, could God be sending us an angry message today? Forest fires are wiping out entire towns, earthquakes are causing mass destruction, and tidal waves and record-breaking rainfalls are obliterating whole towns. How many more signs of His fury can we see around us?
WHAT ABOUT THE UNITED STATES?
Let’s visit the most powerful nation on earth and founded on Christian morals and the Bible. I’m sure many do not believe this to be true, but again, Satan works wonders in a foolish mind. I wrote the blog, What If Christ Came to Rule the White House because it is time for US citizens to realize their life, as they know it, is walking a fine line. Our government is in turmoil, just as the days of Julius Caesar. Laws pass approving abortion, talks of socialism is an everyday discussion, and our highest officials practice shady dealings. US citizens lack respect for the leader of our country, dwelling only on past indiscretions. Even the voting system is faulty. All countries have corruption, but our founding fathers built the United States to be a leader of the world. Today, it hopelessly flounders in front of our future generations because of greed, lack of belief in God, and poor morals. What does it take for people to see without God, there is no existence?
they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for
of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 2 Peter 2:19
Roman Empire was once the greatest and most influential nation in the world.
Its demise was the corruption because man was not created to rule himself; only
by the word of God. History, once again, is staring down the neck of the United
States. Our country, the most powerful and barbaric on earth, is about to have
a close encounter with God, our Maker. Lucifer has lounged here for thousands
of years, in the lap of luxury, but not much longer.
upon a time, God placed His only son, Jesus Christ, on earth to teach the truth
of His kingdom and to save lost mankind. But, in this cruel world, even Jesus
was a hunted man. When Augustus Caesar took over Rome, he knew a Savior was
coming, and he elected the Three Wisemen to go find this great Messiah. He even
placed a tax levy to force the pregnant mother, Mary, to come forward. But, God
intervened and redirected Joseph to take Mary, and the baby Jesus, to the only
country which Rome did not rule – Egypt. The lesson to learn is God always
protects the innocent from harm. He is the great Overseer of our nations,
governments, and life; His son, Jesus, was crucified to save our sins.
God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the
world through him. (John 3:17)
as God sees His beloved people failing to flourish, once again, He will gather
His army into battle for one last time. Christians, this is a war we can win
with faith and prayer! As God takes His fury out on the corrupt nations of this
world, He promises to protect His anointed children – it requires the belief in
Him. Live by the Laws of God and turn away from evil. Fight for God’s word
because even in the face of death, we will be winners.
As for those who are not believers, Christians will pray for your salvation because – weren’t we warned?
Bible references Christ’s return to earth, and there’s little doubt it won’t
happen soon. God will conquer Satan and his sin-filled world right at his own doorstep.
The Great Tribulation will expose the Antichrist, led by Satan, who will form
armies to slaughter the Jews in Jerusalem. Jesus and His saints will descend
from heaven to conquer the world’s evil. (Rev 19: 11-16) We should all be
familiar with the story.
what about Christians who swore their allegiance to a country not conceived in
Christ’s time? When the Rapture occurs, it isn’t just the Mediterranean nations
of the Bible any more, but another half of the world too. Scholars wrote the
Book of Revelations two thousand years ago. I’m sure they didn’t have a clue
the United States laid on the bottom side of their flat-world map… or did they?
You must remember these intellectuals were certain the dimensions of Satan’s hell
was under their world! They probably weren’t too far off their coordinates.
discuss this – what if Christ came to rule the White House? He certainly would
be at home fighting Satan on his own turf. But, today, hundreds of repertoires exists
relating to His presence here a long time ago. For example, before Christopher
Columbus passed, he wrote “The Book of Prophecies.” It contained
biblical revelations considered medieval notions, but in fact, it solidifies most
of today’s world events. Columbus, along with missionaries, were the first people
to promote the spread of Christianity throughout the New World. He brought God
to our land.
the 1600s, the Protestant Reformation started the division of Protestants from
the Roman Catholic Church. The newly formed Protestants came to the US, with bibles
in tow, and handed them out to ordinary people. It would unite this country. (Pocahontas
was their first convert. She was baptized to marry John Rolfe.) However, an
interesting fact is the Catholics also broke away from the Roman Catholic
Church about the same time, and they headed to South America. But, do you know
what they didn’t carry with them? Bibles! Unlike North America, this nation
wasn’t built to be united under God, and the evidence stands before us today.
first United States Chief Justice John Jay wrote a letter in 1816 to Rep. John
certainly is very desirable that a pacific disposition should prevail among all
nations. The most effectual way of producing it is by extending the prevalence
and influence of the gospel. Real Christians will abstain from violating the
rights of others, and therefore will not provoke war. Almost all nations have
peace or war at the will and pleasure of rulers whom they do not elect, and who
are not always wise or virtuous. Providence has given to our people the choice
of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our
Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
is two hundred years later, and you must ask yourself, what in the world did he
know that we don’t? The Bible and Christianity were and still remains the main
staple of our nation’s roots. If you think not, explain the plaque hanging on
the state dining room fireplace in the White House reading:
“I pray Heaven to Bestow the
Best of Blessings on THIS HOUSE and on All that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May
none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under this Roof.”
was written by President John Adams. What blasphemy and a mockery American
citizens became to the White House! The US deviates from every Law of God while
they form cults, atheism, and corruption; both amongst its citizens and the
government. It is interesting, though, how history repeats itself. Rome, 45
B.C., and Julius Caesar became a dictator known as the Father of his Country.
He introduced the basics of democracy to his land by reforming the Senate and
local government. His increasing power amongst Rome’s lower- and middle-class people
made him very popular, but upheaval from angry politicians was his ultimate
demise and the end of the Roman Republic. Rome’s implosion resulted from envy,
angst, and hatred of authoritarian rule from the Senators who ran the country.
Doesn’t this sound familiar? This is the same path the United States is walking
me go back to my original question – what if Christ came tomorrow to rule the
White House? Be prepared, for nothing is
impossible in the hands of our Lord! Our military and political leaders are
divided as the Book of Revelations is playing out, right now, on our turf. When
Christ returns, it will not matter what nation you live in nor your religious
affiliation. One thing is for sure, America will seek the wrath of God,
and it’s cause for concern!
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority
except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been
established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is
rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring
judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but
for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in
authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in
authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for
rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of
wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. (Romans 13:1-4)
thought we’d live long enough to see baby genocide, but it’s right here in the
United States. Where are the morals of people? Do you think God will not come
back to save His children from such horrific acts of crime? Murder is an
offense against the sanctity of life, and this is His words about such an action:
Forecasters and philosophers alike try to predict the end of time; however, no one has the power to do this except God. Maybe, instead, they should study the Book of Revelations a little more and stop falsely misleading the public. Christians, of all colors and creed, congregate trying to protect the essence of their spirit and soul. Our churches burn down, and laws forbid us to display publicly, the religion this country was founded on many years ago. Quite frankly, Americans do not differ from the uncivilized nations abroad.
It is my opinion the Antichrists of this country shall reap no more. In the eleventh hour God will send in His reinforcements to protect His children from Satan’s wrath. Perhaps, He will start in the White House, who knows? How much longer will it take for America to recognize the onslaught of their future? Not too much longer… our Savior is coming, praise the Lord!