Overcoming The World

23 Nov

Overcoming the world is both something past and present. The world is the system on earth that does not have Christ as it’s God. Instead, “the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19). There are two results: the world overcomes us, or we overcome the world.

Warning, And One Of The Upmost Importance

The Apostle John warned, “Little children do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world the love of the Father is not in him,” and the Apostle James said also, “Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (1 John 2:15, James 4:4). The world is a serious subtle threat to us. “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,” are in the world, and not of the Father, but of the world. The world contaminates us, draws us away from Christ—making us enemies of God, and lures us into ultimate destruction. We not be friends with the world, but even if we “wish” to be, we make ourselves enemies of God…

At times we can be “standing tall” and think we are doing well at hating the world, and loving God. But, I can honestly confess that like Lot’s wife, although all my “possessions” are left in “Sodom” I nevertheless still “look back” within my heart from time to time. My soul clinging to self-preservation and self-seekingness that the world offers. It’s been my constant battle to overcome the world, but in order to presently overcome, I need to look at what has been overcome.

Believe It Or Not, You Have Overcome

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world: our faith” (1 John 5:4). 1) If you are born-again you have overcome the world by God’s gift of salvation given to you and 2) the faith He gave you to believe in Jesus Christ “is the victory that overcomes the world.” This is where you must first stand, in order to overcome the world. Next, “But far be it from me,” the Apostle Paul says, “to boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:4). This is the next ground to stand, personal crucifixion to the world. Notice Paul says, “to me”? Paul considered the world crucified to him, and him to the world. You personally must embrace the world crucified to you, and you to the world— more importantly, realize that it has been at the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he says “by which.”

Don’t Forget There Is A Present Overcoming

Since you have overcome, there is now an “overcoming” to fulfill. “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever,” this is why the Apostle Paul says, “Be not conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that by testing you may be able to discern what the will of God is; what is good, perfect and acceptable” (1 John 2:17, Romans 12:2-3). 1) You must recognize the world’s lusts, and pride are not eternal substances. There is nothing the world has that lasts, but everything in it is perishing 2) You must first, stop conforming to the world by resistance, then submit your mind to be renewed in the truth and Word in order to understand with testing what God’s will is and 3) Once you know His will, do it and you will “abide forever.”

Simplicity In Overcoming

This really is the simple essence of overcoming the world: 1) Being born again 2) God’s faith given to you to believe in Christ 3) United in Christ’s death at His Cross, realizing your personal crucifixion to the world and the world to you 4) Be not conformed to the world, but be transformed in mind and 5) Do the will of God.

Pam Sheppard Ministries has such rich experience in how to overcome the world. We offer exhortation, counsel, and wisdom to bring light and truth to your walk in the world and not being of the world. The Lord prayed that His disciples not be taken out of the world, but that the Father keep them from the evil one (John 17:15). We cannot run away from the world and live in a cave. We must be in the world and do the will of God. Contact 888-818-1117 if you are struggling with the world, temptation, and oppression. We can help!

Why The Wrath Of God?

20 Nov

Why the wrath of God? Why does God have wrath? God’s grace and love is always mentioned, and His goodness. But, we cannot deny that God has serious anger also. Let’s take a look at what anger is, and how it effects us. We also need to observe why our gracious God has this wrath, and how we are saved from it.

What Is The Point Of Anger?

Have you ever had such anger at someone, or something? Such frustration, and wrath? Well, the whole concept of anger, in essence is when something is wrong. Yes, when something is going wrong, or someone is doing wrong you get angry. For example, when a child does something extremely cruel, or wrong, you as a parent will show anger to display the seriousness and reveal to the child how wrong they behaved.

Anger is to awaken a person to their error. Have you ever been yelled at by someone who is angry? Does not their yell, and anger stir you up to realize what’s happening is wrong (from their perspective)? This is the whole concept of wrath is that it’s to fully reveal the depths of wrong being done. How can you fully realize the consequences of your actions, if no one says anything? Or, if someone is polite in confronting you doing the wrong thing, won’t it not “fear” you as much? Won’t you not truly realize how wrong you are?

Why God Has Wrath

It’s this very essence of wrath, that God has wrath. The Apostle Paul was given revelation of “the wrath of God from heaven against unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). This section in the Scriptures tells much as to why God is angry, namely because of unrighteousness. All humanity is left, “without excuse” before God. Therefore, because of unrighteousness God must display His wrath upon it, in order for the unrighteousness to truly realize how wrong they are. Yet, this wrath has a “day” reserved by God. We now are in the era of grace, as we await the “Day” of the LORD.

Many people don’t even acknowledge what they do is wrong. Even the “religious” ones. The simply have “suppressed the truth by their unrighteousness.” The religious ones, because of their “self-righteousness” have not the faith in Christ that brings about true righteousness. Wrath is God’s last resort to awaken the slumber and rejection of righteousness that comes from Christ, and why He has a specific day that His wrath will be manifested upon the ungodly and unbelieving.

Being Saved From God’s Wrath

Those who have been saved and born-again have “escaped” God’s wrath. Because, Jesus Christ of Nazareth bore your punishment of God’s wrath on His Tree. The one act of righteousness transcends to all who believe in the Son, thus escaping the “day” of wrath of God upon unrighteousness.

It’s important not to have fear, while understanding the wrath of God. God desires that His elect, “should not perish but all come to full repentance.” There are too many “religious” preachers installing fear and terror into people about God’s wrath and punishment. Yes, this is true the wrath of God. It’s also true, that God is merciful and “mercy triumphs over judgment.” He has revealed all goodness through Jesus Christ His beloved Son, and will show mercy to whom He shows mercy.

Examining Your Salvation

The Apostle Paul had to warn the Romans that God will render according to one’s works, and how there will be punishment, wrath and anguish for everyone who does evil, without partiality. You want to have the assurance that you belong to Christ and that you have escaped the wrath of God….

If you are not assured, and cannot recall your born-again experience, I would recommend you contact our ministry. We specialize at helping those seeking truth, honor and immortality understand the Gospel and examine their fruits of salvation. Please contact us at 888-818-1117 if you have questions, or want to discuss your salvation, or in need of deliverance.

Having Faith In Perilous Times

16 Nov

It’s without doubt how we are emerging into what will be the most perilous times. Times never seen on the history of the earth. We will see specifically why they are perilous, to have faith, and to overcome. It’s either have faith in perilous times, or fall away…

The Prophecy Of Paul—Last Days Wicked “Christians”

Wickedness is not new under the sun. There has always been wicked times in the world. However, the wickedness in the world is unique now, because of the overall working of lawlessness. Fallen angels interfering with men. The global deception. And specifically, “God’s people” departing from the faith, and wicked men claiming to belong to Christ.

The Apostle Paul warned about men in the last days who would come in, claiming to be followers of Christ. Many Christians erroneously think that Paul is talking about the “unsaved” but Paul is speaking to Timothy and giving counsel on how to oversee God’s people. It says,

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men (professing Christians) will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Tim. 3:1-5)

The overall denial of the faith from the majority professing to be Christian is a huge reason for why there’s peril. This Scripture is Paul’s prophetic insight in the last days, and this is why times will be hard, “for Christians will be as these.”

Having Faith To Leave The Perilous Environment

Notice how he says, “turn away from people like this”? And how many people, churches, and “believers” who profess Christianity are as these? And indeed, we must turn away from Christians who are like these. We must have faith, and leave. Having faith is the key to walk through trials and the fires that surround them. Even in our unique wicked times, it’s the way to overcome.

At Pam Sheppard Ministries we are a place that you can run to. Every church is the reason why the times are peril, because of “men like these,” the overall apostasy of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Gospel, and their religious works of death. We are here for you, as a ministry to help you have faith in these times. To encourage you, by the grace given to us.

Overcoming Means Being Surrounded By True Believers

This is how you overcome, “to be encouraged by one another day by day” (Hebrews 3:13). It’s within each day of encouragement that sin does not deceive us and make in us a harden heart. Our ministry, is a ministry if you are trying to overcome the perilous times, remain faithful, and not be deceived.

You will not overcome the peril of the last days if you are surrounded by a bunch of “lovers of themselves, money, pleasure” and so on. How can you? “Bad company corrupts good morals.” You can not possibly think that being surround by end times Christians as Paul prophesied about and not be effected by them.

We understand, for most of us here were once in the religious system. Contact us at 888-818-1117 if you need help, counsel, and are struggling with your faith, and feeling overcome by the peril. God did not design His people to be overcome by evil, but for His people to overcome evil with good.

Your Local Theater Showing, “Religion”

4 Nov
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(A metaphorically story on the reality of religion)

“There are multiple advertisements on the T.V. with a wonderful preview revealing a new show coming to the local theater. “The greatest experience of your life!” The commercial says. “Dramatic, thrilling, exciting, an emotional rush of love and power!” This voice proclaims, as clips and previews of the theater’s actors performing their roles, the stage, lights and cameras all presenting a wonderful image, and piece of artistic expression. “Behold!” It says, “Your local theater performing, “Religion.”

A desperately bored, or helpless individual finds as a “last resort” desire to check out this theater as “something to do.” Their intentions seem to be that, maybe this will be an exciting play! Maybe this will inspire and give hope to their life again! They purchase the rather expensive tickets, and enter into the theater. As they sit down in the packed full theater, they give their attention and begin to observe the play.

Loud dramatic music is cued, along with the intense lighting, and the actors and actresses appear in their dramatic roles, with costumes, hair dues, make-up, and emotional appearances. They are in their postures, and positions, creating a “suspense” of emotions, as the packed watching crowd is beginning to be “moved” by all the sensory stimulation.

Now the actors begin their lines, speaking with excellency, wisdom, sensuality, creativity, and all emotional power. “Stunning” the crowd thinks. The acting is phenomenal, appearing so authentic and real. The theater cast are making such a display of “Religion,” the crowd is now hooked into what’s happening. “What love!” “What tragedy!” The crowds utter quietly, because if any were to criticize loudly of their performance, security will come and kick them out!

So enough the grand finale appears, just to keep the crowd caught up in the fantastic ending—eventually the curtains close. “Let’s come back” they exclaim. As the lights shut off, the people begin to grab there things, the “exiting” commotion commences. The theater is now empty, the crowd goes back to their lives, as well as the actors and actresses. Everyone goes back to living just as they were. “Sigh” an actor expresses, “I can finally be me!” Of course the actors and actresses are well pleased with all the glory the crowd gave them. They love the applause and praise of men. “What a good performance,” their director and producer commend, as they collect all the crowds ticketing money. And soon enough they prepare for the next showing of “Religion……””

The word “hypocrite” in the ancient Greek language, literally means “to play a part, or wear a mask.” This expression was used in the theaters of the ancient Greek days. It also is figuratively used in the Bible to describe a hypocrite. You see, a hypocrite is exactly this, one “playing the role.” Acting out a part with controlled behavior, but the inner-essence of the actor contradicts what they externally display. And notice how the “playing part” achieves “praise from men”? This is the ultimate intention as to why a hypocrite “puts on a mask” is to receive praise from men, or “the crowds.”

Loved one, is this not the reality of religion, one big play of “godliness” that denies the power of God? The entire scheme centered on praise from men, money, and getting a large crowd to watch and “win fans?” This is the reality of all the churches: they are simply a theater.

Jesus Christ is the Light

31 Oct

“WOE!” Proclaims the prophet Isaiah, “To those who call darkness, “light” and light, “darkness”” (Isa. 5:20). And how sorrowful then, is the world we live in? The entire inhabitants of earth that is deceived by Satan, calls the very darkness of the wicked fallen archangel “light”; while they remain darkened and deceived. Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the only light there is, He is the true Light.

It says, “In Him was the life, and the life was the light of men, and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it,” and, “He was the true Light; He enlightens every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through Him; yet the world did not know Him” (John 1:4-5, 9-10)

What we must come to realize, is how important light is. Naturally, sunlight allows us to see, gives us needed vitamins, and brings life to plants which in turn give life to us and animals. However, more importantly, the Light of Christ is needed to “enlighten” us. One who needs enlightenment isn’t just one who is ignorant, and needs “knowledge” but, it’s needed because of darkness. Darkness, even if you have eyes that can see, does not allow you to see. You cannot have any visibility of direction, and cannot walk in the right path. You literally “cannot live”, even though “seeing”, you are “blind” in the dark.

The word “enlighten” in the Greek is “photizo” which can also mean “to shed rays, to brighten up.” It comes from the root word “phos” or “to shine, or make manifest.” In essence, enlightenment is the Light of Jesus Christ being made manifest to you. His Light, illuminating what is dark, and shining through, transforming the darkness into light. Just as a light brightens a room, turning what was once dark into light, this is metaphorically the how the enlightenment of Christ works.

Before regeneration, the spirit of a man is darkened and bound to darkness, subjected to the “law of darkness.” It cannot submit to the things of God, until the Holy Spirit through Christ, comes and does the work of regeneration. The dark spirit, upon it being cleansed by the Blood and Atonement work, then believing in the Resurrection; is enlightened. The new spirit is full of the true light and illumination of Christ, and able to subject itself to God’s light of life and laws.

The world, even being created through Christ, did not know Him. Yes, the world that preaches an “enlightenment” does not even know the Enlightener, that is Christ Jesus. Satan himself, before the his fall was once a “light bearer,” but now his light is artificial and deceptive, and is utter darkness. That’s why the Apostle warned, “Satan comes as an angel of light.” Yet, for those truly enlightened, the “light” of Satan’s illusion can be clearly exposed as darkness.

Light is needed in the warfare against the powers of darkness, that is Satan and his wicked hosts. In fact, we must put on the “armor of light” while casting off the unfruitful works of darkness…

Warfare of the Mind

25 Oct

War is defined as “a state of armed conflict” according to the dictionary. Upon a mind being renewed in Christ, there is a “war” that takes place in the mind. The warfare of the mind is the “armed conflict” against the “strongholds” of Satan.

We first must understand the function of the mind. The mind is an area within the soul which purpose is the “intellect.” The intellect is responsible for examination, judgment, reasoning, and decision making. The “heart” has thoughts, while the mind “thinks about” these thoughts. While the heart may “feel” for something, the mind has ultimate “rulership” over making choices.

An unregenerate person’s mind is still able to gain truth, it can only understand within the “natural intellect” but this one’s mind doesn’t have the “mind of Christ” and cannot “wage-war” against the strongholds of the Foe. This mind however, can be free from aspects of deception, and therefore “maintain” the truth and continually learn knowledge about what’s false and what is real. This, however is not “waging war” against the strongholds. Since, “we do not wage war according to the flesh,” “for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal.”

Weapons that are needed to tear down the strongholds of Satan cannot be natural. God gives, upon regeneration in Christ a “new spirit” and a “new heart” is given but the mind is progressively being “transformed and renewed.” God puts His Law in the mind, yet the mind is still in this process of “renewal.”

So, exactly what is a stronghold? First of all, a stronghold is the concept of a “fortified castle” by which a militia can be safe and recover during war. A stronghold of Satan therefore, is a “mindset” that has not been renewed and therefore the adversary can “rest” in this specific mindset.

The mindset is specifically, “imaginations” or “logismos” which in Greek can mean “reasonings” and comes from the root word of “think” and “logic.” This “logic” is some kind of “reasoning” that Satan has placed in the mind, and made a “stronghold” out of this line of thought. Satan then, can “rest” in this logical stronghold, and watch as your mind becomes “blocked” and struggles with thinking clearly and correctly.

From there, Satan then fires from hell “every high thing that exalts itself above the knowledge of God.” “High things” are the thoughts of the Wicked One, the Prince of the “air.” They are “ideas of the air” being put into the mind by means of the satanic stronghold established. These “ideas of the air” then attempt to exalt above the knowledge of God. The knowledge of God is Christ, since Christ is all in all and all things were made through Him. A high thing will attempt to exalt above the revealed spiritual truth and revelations of Jesus Christ. These thoughts attempt to “dethrone” the things of Christ, and the mind “set upon” the Spirit of God. They moved in from the strongholds and try to pull down the truth of God and then “rise up” and above contrary to what God’s knowledge reveals.

This isn’t specifically a war of the truth, per say. But, it’s the war of a renewed mind in Christ, whose regenerated spirit is “wrestling” against the dark powers of the air. And during this battle, the enemy comes with schemes against the spirit, as the wicked hosts come to wrestle against the spirit united with Christ; while the enemy also searches for a place in this regenerated person’s mind that has not been “renewed” in order to develop a stronghold and fire the arrows of high thoughts from hell.

While the believers spirit has the armor of God, the believers mind also has “divine power.” Indeed, only divine power can “destroy” the strongholds of Satan within the mind. This is why the carnal cannot wage war against the strongholds. But, the regenerated spirit equipped with armor, and the mind being renewed has this “weapon of warfare” through God to destroy the strongholds of Satan.

First, this weapon is able to “cast down” the reasonings of Satan. Satan’s reasonings are extremely crafty, and subtle. Yet, the renewed mind is able to “cast down” whatever the reasoning be. Just as Christ was able to recognize the Satanic “reasoning” from Peter who Satan used and attempted to offend Christ from fulfilling God’s will. This is in essence, what Satan will cunningly do within any area in need of renewal in the mind from God. The “reasoning” that diverts you from fulfilling God’s will, and knowledge of His will. Yet, the divine power of God, within the renewed mind can easily cast down this set of thinking as Christ did, “Get behind Me, Satan!” He said, “For you mind not the things of God, but men!”

Upon the imaginations (ie. the stronghold) being taken down, there still “floats” the “high things” that attempt to exalt above the knowledge of God. As if it’s like the “rising dust” that puffs up in the air when a building collapses to the ground. The huge bricks colliding with the ground where the dust and dirt then launch upward creating a cloud of smoke. These “high things” are also cast down by the mind in light of the divine power of God.

You may wonder exactly, what is this “divine power” and this “godly supernatural weapon of warfare”?…

“Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

Yes, this is the divine weapon from God to the mind of a regenerated child of God through Christ! This weapon has the strength to “bring” or “carry away” the strongholds and high things of the wicked powers of the air within the mind. Not only “carrying” these thoughts and reasonings, but “putting them into captivity.” Literally “capturing” every thought and subjecting it to the “obedience of Christ” with “readiness.” And then, upon the “captivity” this weapon of divine power then “punishes” all disobedience, and in turn fulfills the mission of obedience to Christ.

This entire process is easy, and peaceful. Despite it’s a “war”—the divine power of God makes this warfare simple, and mentally easy to wage war. Many times Christians can think they are “waging war” but are yet waging war according to the flesh, in tiresome over mental activity and ironically enough they then wage war according to a stronghold of Satan…

At times, we must pray that God, reveal the “strongholds of Satan” and “shed light upon the mind” in order to “see” the enemy’s reasoning within any area of mind not renewed. We also must allow the Holy Spirit to teach us how to use this divine weapon of warfare. Then from there USE the divine weapon of bringing captive every thought, thus casting down strongholds and high things against the knowledge of God! Being born-again is the ultimate “divine power” and something to wait for. If you feel as though you are “waging war according to the flesh” and struggle with mental clarity, contact our ministry so we can help you examine your salvation! Our number is 888-818-1117.

Psychopaths, Sociopaths—Are They Incurable?

24 Oct
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According to Psychologia.co, 1% of the general population are psychopaths and 4% are sociopaths. Of course, this would be the “diagnosed” ones, but who knows how many are not diagnosed and living among society. Psychology defines psychopaths as ones who shows no remorse, are anti-social, amoral, and have no empathy. They are extremely manipulating, and have controlled behavior. Psychologist hold, that a psychopath was “born” as one, and is rarely a nurtured condition. Whereas a sociopath, is more so a nurtured condition, and is narcissistic, self-centered, does not have empathy, is also amoral, but is not very manipulating and controlled. Either way, these people are held by modern psychologist as those with a, “mental condition” and can be “treated” but the “cure” has not been found. So, psychopaths and sociopaths…are they incurable?

Let us first further investigate what the Scriptures tell us about the word “Psycho.” Jesus Christ said, “Because lawlessness shall increase, the love of many shall grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). “Grow cold” is where the word “psycho” is used. A psycho can be one who is “cold.” What secular psychologist find, is that psychopaths do not have a conscience. They cannot feel remorse, guilt, or have any feelings toward people. They are essentially “heartless.” The heart is where the affections, mind, will and emotions rest. The area in the psychopaths heart where the emotions, feelings, conscience, and affections rest is literally “frozen.” Whereas the “mind and will” function without this affectionate area of the heart working. This is in essence what a psychopaths personality is made up of, only their “mind and will.”

Psychopaths can manifest their tendencies from a young age. From killing and torturing animals, manipulating their parents, harming other children without remorse, extreme anger issues, unemotional responses to natural feelings of love and so forth. This must mean that psychopathy is an “inherited” personality. Whereas sociopaths are more so “conditioned” into one because of abusive parents, environmental problems, and traumatic experiences. Either way, the question to be begged is, “How does this happen?” Psychopaths were not truly born this way, since we know originally man was not born with this “psychopathic” personality. Which means, at some point a “psychopath” had to be “made” and pass on their personality by means of children.

What could be the possible answer is that a psychopath, did indeed once have a “warm” heart. Where in the heart the affections, natural feelings, emotions and conscience were “in touch” within the person’s soul. The person had a personality, and could have empathy and feelings. But, the person “gave up” these feelings, and “abandoned” or passively “ignored” their conscience, and feelings. Overtime this person grew “mentally” intelligent, controlled, manipulating, and willful. But, this person grew “heartless” losing emotional feelings, conscience, and affections until they became completely lost. It could also be possible that a wicked-spirit then took ground over the person’s heart, since they no longer willed to have that place within the heart functioning in it’s original purpose.

This could be the possible explanation for why some psychopaths are absolutely sinister. But, we cannot necessarily blame everything on the devil and his demons…

What cannot be disputed, is that psycho or sociopaths have some kind of “bondage” in their hearts that does not allow them to have a conscience, empathy, and affection. Whatever this bondage be, secular men of psychology find this bondage “incurable” but, the Scriptures say, “What is impossible for men, is possible with God.” So, there definitely is a cure for people with this disorder, or bondage. What is it?

The GOSPEL’S resurrection power is the solution to all things! The power of God’s salvation manifests to any person who believes in the Gospel by means of God’s faith given to the person. God promises that upon the New Covenant now established, He will “write the Law upon the heart,” and “put the Law in the mind.” His own Spirit will dwell in the believing one’s “new spirit” and God will give a “new heart.” A “new heart” believing Jesus has been risen from the dead by God. This is the solution to any psychopath or sociopath, the Gospel and God’s work of salvation.

Once a psychopath is brought to the Cross by the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit can make them feel “remorse” and guilt for the first time. This leads them to repentance and when God grants the faith to them to believe in the resurrection, they receive a new spirit and new heart! A new heart able to have a conscience, feelings, and godly affections! There is no condition before God, that is “exempt” from His salvation. If you are predestined in Christ, no matter what “state” or “mental condition” you are in, God’s salvation and rebirth is possible!

At times, I wonder if religion is creating unemotional, unemphatic people because of it’s “outer form” of godliness but denial of power. Since, people are “covering” their true feelings, but ultimately are “controlling” their behavior to shape and form into that of a “compassionate” person. But, within, they are “dead” and cold of natural feelings and empathy. This could explain why there is this “coldness” within the religious systems of today, and why some sinners in poverty have more “warmth” about them…

As Christians, we are to be compassionate people, and tender in touch. At Pam Sheppard Ministries, we are here to present a Gospel that brings “new hearts” and renewed minds. We have “put on” Christ and are here to be empathetic in your sufferings, and here to help you with whatever bondage you may be in, even if the world has labeled you as “incurable.” Give us a call at 888-818-1117 for counseling, questions, or concerns!

Defining What It Means To Be Meek

13 Oct
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How the religious atmosphere has attempted to define what it means to be meek. Yet, we must understand by the example of Christ in the Gospels of what it means to be truly meek.

“Meek” according to the dictionary is defined as, “Quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.” It is true that the meek are quiet and gentle. Christ called Himself as one who is meek. But, Christ was certainly not “quiet” when He rebuked the Pharisees, yelling “Woe!” And He was not so “gentle” when He turned over the merchant stands and money tables in the Temple, yelling, “Den of robbers!” Is Christ then, contradicting what a meek person is? No! For He is the Meek One! Therefore, we must unlearn this “quiet, gentle, submissive” meekness that has been taught for sometime.

Christ teaches that, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:4), which He versed from the Psalms, specifically, “But the meek shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in abundant peace” (Psa. 37:11). This word “meek” in Hebrew is “anav” which can also mean “poor, needy, afflicted, humble.” The word of more resemblance to “meek” would be “humble.”

The meek are “humble” or “lowly” of them “selves”. And the meek person is entirely submissive, but “submissive” to the truth. The meek person is one who quietly follows, and submits to the truth. We see Christ, always submitting to the truth, and in the reality of the truth. Because a meek person understands their submission and stance on the truth, they do not need to defend themselves, exonerate themselves in the midst of lies. “They know the truth” and because of this they are indeed quiet and mild and not offended by others. They are “quiet” of imposing themselves and “mild” in their thinking of their self. Let’s look at Christ when He was on the Cross and the people were demanding He come down and save Himself because He is the King of Israel. Christ knew the truth that He was Who He was. There was no “noise” of Him defending Himself. He did not need to “justify” Himself, and therefore remained “mild” in the midst of the evil circumstances, submitting to the truth and rejecting the lies, quietly.

Jesus Christ likewise, when brought to Herod who demanded a sign, “submitted to the truth” in all quietness. He did not need to justify the truth, exalt Himself, and submit to Herod’s demand, because Christ was already submitting to the truth. He therefore denied Herod’s request, which would seem “un-meek” to some, but according to God this is meekness. You see, being meek is not a doormat, or a pushover, or someone who is passively allowing others to dominate and control them. No, the meek are “passive” to the truth, and the truth alone! They, “rejoice in the truth.”

The one who is meek may have a loud voice, may even appear insane, have a “different” personality, but they remain meek because they yield to the truth. Because the person who is meek is following the truth, submitting to reality—they ultimately will be happy and “inherit the earth.” Not only is this a “future promise” but one for now. The one who is meek is an “heir of the earth and will receive it’s inheritance.”

What exactly is the earth’s inheritance? Just as the Israelite’s were redeemed out of Egypt and “inherited the land” and it’s goods, this is similarly to how the “inheritance of the earth” is. The inheritance is not necessarily earthly riches and wealth, and the earthly “things,” but is the overall “earth” being given for you as your possession and ownership. Because the meek “submit to the truth” they can be found trustworthy with having the earth as their own possession. With this ownership of the earth they will be using this inheritance according to the truth.

What can you make out of one who is meek in accordance with Christ’s example?

God’s Justice Is According To His Time

8 Oct

God is absolutely sovereign over all things, as it says, “I Am the LORD, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I Am the LORD Who does all these things” (Isa. 45:6-7). While God is sovereign over evil, many people ignorantly blaspheme God that because He “allows” evil on this earth that He is unjust, and not fair. We see the earth is fully corrupt and deceived by Satan. Horrendous crimes, shameful acts, child abuse, disgusting acts of sexual assaults are at an ultimate high in our times. Many people who see victims of these terrible deeds, look up and wonder “why God”? What needs to be understood is that God’s justice is according to His timing.

The concept of justice entirely belongs to God. He is the Creator of justice. You see, humanly, we tend to think that the only justice a wicked person will receive is their lifetime on earth. We have this human idea that, God is responsible for all this wickedness on the earth. Since He is sovereignty allowing evil, He is to be held accountable. But, God is not responsible for man’s choices in accord to their given freewill. God is responsible in judging their choices, which He has a time for that; which is the “elementary doctrine” of the faith: “the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment” (Heb. 6:2).

God’s creating of darkness must be taken into context. God does not create without reason. This verse in Isaiah was when the LORD appeared to Cyrus, who believed in this “good and evil” duality philosophy. God told him the truth, that He is the One Who is God over good and evil, He making peace, calamity, darkness, and light.

Nevertheless, God “creating darkness” is for a purpose that we do not have all the answers to. God used an evil spirit to punish king Saul, God used Satan to deepen Job’s faith, God sent His people into slavery as prophecy in Egypt, and used Babylon to chasten the Israelite’s rebellion. We won’t understand exactly why God creates and uses darkness and calamity, but we can understand that He is good, for “He so loved the world He sent His only Son” (John 3:16) The truth of the Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth silences any blasphemes about God’s goodness and sovereignty.

But, returning to the concept of God’s justice…

God’s justice does not end, even upon a person’s death. God’s justice is eternal. Meaning, that God’s justice will forever be upheld by Him as long as He lives. It requires faith to see this “unseen reality.” Death is not the final say on a person’s sentence, and accounting. Every human being who has lived, living and will live is held in entire accountability to God’s Heavenly Courts. Even if the person received justice on earth, they still will have a “sentence to share” for their “crimes” against God. This will happen during the resurrection of mankind. Everyone will have a resurrection from the dead and upon that time they will be face to face with the only True Judge and God Who will sentence an eternal judgment.

When we question God’s ways, or “talk back” to Him, we have moved from faith, to doubt. Anyone who is struggling with God’s concepts, ways, power, and judgment should remember that He says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9).

It’s more important to have faith in Who God is, than to understand how God works. What do you make of God’s sovereignty, and justice? How has God used His creating of darkness and calamity for good purposes in your life, like in Genesis with Jospeh and his brothers?

The Holy Spirit is NOT Instrusive

6 Oct

The Holy Spirit is NOT Instrusive

The Holy Spirit is NOT Instrusive


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