Sunday, October 25, 2020

What Happens to Us When We Die?

This is the question that was asked of me by someone I am ministering to online.

Here is my answer:

Where you go when you die depends on you. If you follow Jesus you go to heaven if you follow Satan you go to hell.

This led to the next question: "Is there a hell?" To which I answered, "Jesus said there was.

I followed up with some Bible verses to help.

Matthew 10:28
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Revelation 21:8
"But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Daniel 12:
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Matthew 25:
46“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

Matthew 5:
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

I did a little research and watched this video. It opened even MY eyes to what happens when we die. It answers a whole host of questions I've always had, but brushed off as something that I really didn't need to know, since I am convinced of my salvation. I am one to always fact check everything I hear with the Bible as best I can. What this man says really makes sense to me...so I am open to conversation about it.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Listen to the Word

It is imperative that you spend a few minutes every day reading the Bible and praying. It is impossible to see what God is doing in your life without the faith that you have to see it.

Every day as I surf the internet, I have made it a habit to listen to the Bible. Over and over I listen to it - a chapter or two a day, sometimes more. Sometimes I listen to the same chapter over and over to make sure that I got what was in it.

It's not like I don't have time to listen. I can listen when I am driving in my car, waiting in the grocery store line, taking a walk, or just sitting at home surfing on the internet. I can even listen while I am cleaning house.

Joshua 1:8
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

I had a conversation one day with someone I was ministering to about how we could minister to people in a hurting world. The conversation turned to tithes and what exactly it meant to "tithe", and with what should we tithe if we had nothing.

We never have NOTHING. God gives us everything we need to do His Will every day. Perhaps His will is not for you to donate a $1,000 to charity that day. Perhaps His will is just for you to comfort someone, or answer their questions, or steer them toward helpful information that could benefit them. When you tithe, you tithe 10% of the increase on whatever God gives you. If all you have is your ability, then it is your ability to serve that should be tithed.

But, in order for you to prosper and have the tools that you need in order to do God's will, you MUST study and meditate on God's Word, His laws, His lessons for you. You cannot understand God's will if you do not hear God's Word.

God convicts you through His Word. Once you hear His word, you will hear Him in a lot of other ways in your life: through your circumstances, in your prayers, through someone you are ministering to, or even something you experience or see. God communicates with you when you are primed to listen, and the best form of priming is to read and listen to the Bible.

If you are wondering how YOU can do what I do, just go to the KJV Bible online. Find Chapter 1 of Genesis (or any chapter you want of any book) in the search box. On the right side of the page is a list of "Bible Options", and at the bottom is a link that says "Listen". It's as easy as that!

I cannot stress the amount of comfort and inspiration and strength this tool has given me!

Monday, September 28, 2020

When I Am Weak You Raise Me Up

Friends, it's like this: Jesus said the world hated Him. And, he also said that IF the world hated Him, then the world would hate YOU or ME if we choose to follow Him.

He said he would be persecuted and crucified. He also said that worse things than what has happened to HIM would happen to US.

He ALSO said that if we endured to the end that WE WOULD BE SAVED and what would happen to those who persecute and condemn us would NOT.

Is it worth it to me to be ridiculed, cast out, accused, and persecuted for HIS NAME's SAKE? YOU BET!

If you are not getting flack for being a Christian, all I can say is you need to question your stand.

2 Corinthians 12:10

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

God does not condone the evil that is on this earth today, but He allows it because He loves us and wants people to CHOOSE to love Him. Jesus said

John 15:13

No greater love hath any man, than that he would lay down his life for a friend.

Then, He called us "friends". (John 15:12-15)

The Bible has a lot to say against people who would force you to choose something you are against. Only the strong survive in God's world. Only the strong will inherit the Kingdom God. Paul said it best,

Ephesians 6:13

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Remember, God does not win souls through fear. He provides a way OUT of that fear through Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:7) There is no Saviour under Allah like that. All the followers of Allah want to do is kill, destroy and create chaos. There is no liberty under Allah!

Finally,

1 Peter 2: 15

For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Proverbs 4:23–26: Guard Your Heart

Question: "What does it mean to guard your heart?"

Answer: Proverbs 4:23–26 instructs believers to, “above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” When Solomon refers to guarding the heart, he really means the inner core of a person—the thoughts, feelings, desires, will, and choices that make that person who he/she is. The Bible tells us that our thoughts often dictate who we become (Proverbs 23:7; 27:19). The mind of a man reflects who he really is, not simply his actions or words. That is why God examines the heart of a man, not simply his outward appearance and what he appears to be (1 Samuel 16:7).
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Read also:

Guard Your Heart: What Does It Mean? (Proverbs 4:23)

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

James Chapter 2: Do Not Discriminate

Read James Chapter 2 by clicking HERE

In this day of debating the ethics of "Black Lives Matter" verses "ALL Lives Matter", I think it is time we stop to remember Jesus Christ and how He died because "ALL SOULS MATTER".

Below, Mark Yule gives a great sermon on James 2.




Sunday, July 5, 2020

Leviticus 25:14 Business Exploitation

Leviticus 25:14

“And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not oppress one another:”

If you are looking to start or do any kind of business as a Christian, then you should make sure to consult The Word in everything you do.

Leviticus 25:14 talks about exploiting your customers. According to God, that is not the way business should be done. I went to Bible Gateway to get all the translations of the verse I could in order to get a better understanding of this verse given the content.

Let's look at the word "exploitation" to fully understand its meaning. According to Bing, it is "the action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work."

Most business owners are opportunists. It is not a bad thing to be an opportunist, as long as the business is done fairly. If you have a shortage of bread in your city and you decide to become a baker because the opportunity is ripe for it, that is not a bad thing. But to sell that bread for more than 100% profit is not fair to your customers. To sell it for less than profitable is not fair to YOU. While seeking to do right by your customers, make sure that you are also holding the customer accountable by making sure he or she does right by you, and vice versa.

Check out the video below for more information in Christian business principles: