True Prosperity

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (St. John 10:10, KJV)

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2, KJV)

According to the Word of God, true prosperity is not of money, but of the soul. Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21, KJV) 

Jesus also said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24, KJV) 

Jesus summed it all up concerning true prosperity by saying, “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:30-34, KJV) 

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Bearing One’s Burdens (B.O.B)

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:1-10, KJV)

Let us, the household of faith, bear one another’s burdens in fulfilling the law of Christ in loving one another as His disciples so that the world will know who we are in Jesus Christ.

The scriptures in Galatians chapter 6 verses 1 through 10 makes it clear that we should bear one another’s burdens as well as our own burdens to fulfill the law of Christ in loving one another to show others that we are true disciples of Jesus Christ. Our love for one another bears witness of all truths to all peoples and nations throughout all generations.

From Intangible To Tangible: Understanding The Unforgivable Sin

“Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.” (Mark 3:28-29, KJV)

Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead that manifests and reveals all things and truths to all people and nations from generation to generation. Holy Spirit was there in the beginning when God created heaven and earth. Genesis 1:1-2 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

Whatsoever Word God speaks, Holy Spirit brings it forth or manifests it. Genesis 1:3 says, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Holy Spirit who hovered over the deep waters brought forth light in darkness when God said let there be light. Ever since God breathed into the nostrils of Adam and he become a living soul, Holy Spirit was there to manifest life and light into his being or spirit. It is the same way throughout all generations of the earth, even as of today that Holy Spirit reveals all truths to every man and people through the things that are tangible and created by God’s spoken Word.

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is when the things of God is manifested to us in such a tangible way that we are able to understand the things of God, but yet still deny the Truth and Faith of God when it is undeniable. The stubbornness of our hearts will keep us in sin and total darkness forever unto everlasting condemnation. Therefore, there remain no more sacrifice for sin because of what Jesus had done for us only one time to settle the Truth of all things. When God’s goodness has been tasted by us there is no where else to turn to, but unto a falling away and everlasting condemnation. Let not your heart trouble or hinder you from submitting and living by the Truth and Faith of all things.

Practicing Personal Prayer

One of the important features of the christian life is prayer. Without prayer, no Christian would be victorious in attempting to live godly in Christ. Therefore, a clear and complete understanding of prayer is vital.

The believer’s prayer will also begin with a desire. However, the believer’s desire must be pure. It can not be born out of covetousness. If it is, God may not grant the request.

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:3, KJV)

In addition to a pure desire, prayers have to be in line with God’s will (promise) for our lives in order to see our desire come to pass.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. (I John 5:14, KJV)

It is certain that if we ask according to His will, we will have what we ask for. We have a promise that we will receive the petition.

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (I John 5:15, KJV)

In order for this promise to be of effect, we must be aware of God’s will for our lives. Even though our motives and desire maybe pure, God may not honor our prayer. If this occurs, God will grant wisdom to understand why.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5, KJV)

Along with the proper desire and knowledge of God’s will, we must have faith in God.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. (James 1:6a, KJV)

Every desire presented to God has to be by faith. Without faith, we will frustrate our reception of our prayers.

Bumps and Bruises

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:18-21, NASB)

We as God’s creation will suffer some things in this life, but all of us will not suffer the same trails and temptations. God’s grace is sufficient for all us that do suffer as we walk with Him in the faith that is of Him through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus have suffered the greatest suffering like no other for our sins. Therefore, we should learn from Jesus how He endured through His sufferings even unto death in order to defeat death and all of it’s workings through this lifetime that we are living in now. He made the greatest sacrifice of Himself that shows the love of God to this world for the saving of souls from His wrath that is to come. Jesus sacrificed himself for those that are His friends and followers that does the will of the Father for the sufferings of righteousness. Jesus suffered in His righteousness as a man without fault or sin. Therefore, we should suffer in the same way and like of Him who is perfect in all His ways. It does not please God for us to suffer for our own faults and sins, but it pleases God when we suffer for righteousness’ sake. As you read the scriptures below make it applicable to your heart, soul, mind, and body.

“For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you— not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him. (1 Peter 3:12-22, NASB)

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10, NASB)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3-7, NASB)

What’s In A Name?: Christopher

“From the Late Greek name Χριστοφορος (Christophoros) meaning “bearing Christ”, derived from Χριστος (Christos) combined with φερω (phero) “to bear, to carry”. Early Christians used it as a metaphorical name, expressing that they carried Christ in their hearts.” (http://www.behindthename.com/name/christopher)

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:24-26, KJV)

As Jesus spoke to His disciples concerning those that would follow Him and to take up their own cross, He makes reference to a cross meaning death. He speaks of a cross because each of us should have our own cross for the death of our carnal, sinful, and worldly ways while bearing the faith that is of God in our hearts. He was teaching His disciples to learn to hold to that which is the faith that is of God while suffering persecutions so that sin and unbelief will remain dead to them as they were spiritually persevered.

The name Christopher should apply to every believer of Jesus Christ. We should all be Christ-bearers in our hearts. If we truly bear Christ in our hearts, it will show in our character and in the choices that we make. When we have endured through our sufferings carrying the faith and nature of Christ within us, we are rewarded in the this life and in the one to come.

And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. (Mark 10:29-30, KJV)

The Faith of the Truth

One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:5, KJV)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. (Hebrews 11:1, KJV)

In the fifth verse of the book of Ephesians in chapter four clearly tells us that there is one God. This One God is God The Father, whom is also called The Truth just as much as Jesus Christ is the Truth, but God The Father is still head over all things including Jesus Christ because He is His Son in whom He made Him God, Lord, and Creator. Jesus the Christ inherited His Throne as the Son of God by God The Father. Jesus Christ did not work for His heritage, but everything was given unto Him by God The Father before He was birth on Earth to do a great work and before anything else existed except God The Father. Father God is the One who remains in His sabbath from the seventh day of creation and sits on His throne. The faith of the Truth (God and Jesus) is revealed to those that have believed on His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus has demostrated and shown the Truth concerning the faithfulness of God’s characteristics and integrity. According to the scriptures, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God’s faithfulness and promises will remain until all things are fulfilled.

God initiated a promise to Abraham to show us how to live by the faith that is of Him and to learn obedience to the faith of the Truth. Worship and obedience goes hand and hand in living by the faith that is of the Truth. Abraham destromated these things throughout his journeys to the land that God had promised him by obeying God and leaving his land and his father’s house. After he left his father’s house, then The Lord showed him where he was to go as he went because The Lord told him I will tell you where to go. What Abraham had done was true faith in action. When Abraham built an alter and prayed to God as he journeyed out and was not far from the promise land, worship was instituted in the Earth for all nations in which God made Abraham the father of many that are to come by way of true faith in God. True faith starts from within our hearts and minds. We believe, therefore we speak. We believe with the heart and confess with the mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and God sees the heart and hears the confessions and saves us.

As Abraham journeyed throughout his way without losing his faith in God, he experienced moments of doubt and fear, such as questioning God how is it that he go childless, after The Lord had appeared to him. The Lord told Abraham to straighten up, so to speak. In other words, The Lord told Abraham to walk upright before Him and be perfect or mature about what was promised. There were times when Abraham had his moments of giving in to his flesh by way of fearing for his life and losing his wife when he entered Egypt and Gerar on his journeys. There are times when we are in our flesh just for a moment, but let it be only just for a moment so that we can move on in the faith that is of God and of His Son Jesus Christ. Even Jesus had a moment in the garden before His death on the cross, but immediately He said, not My will, but Your will be done, speaking to God the Father. We must do the same in our trials. Get it right as soon as possible. Just as God intercedes for us today by way His Son Jesus Christ to prevent us from forfeiting our faith and salvation, God still intervened for Abraham because He knew Abraham’s heart was in the right place of believing and trusting in Him. Therefore, the scriptures are faithful and true in saying that Abraham staggard not at the promises of God, but was faithful unto God and obeyed The Lord in his walk with Him by way of the faith that was given unto him. We can do the same thing by faith.

As of today, we can still learn from the things of old because it teaches us God’s way, personality, faithfulness, characteristics, and integrity. This is why God is so adamant about us being like Him, which means to be holy like Him because we should be yielding to Him so that He will bring us to perfection in our lives and in how we walk with Him so that He will produce in us an unmovable faith, joy, peace, and hope. We can have a sabbath and a rest just as God the Father is in His sabbath and rest within our hearts and minds in this life and in the one to come if we adhere to the faith of the Truth inspite of our circumstances and situations.

Today, as believers we should follow the same example of Abraham when he obeyed God faithfully. As the scriptures speaks, God will not leave us nor forsake us. Therefore, it is necessary for us to examine ourselves to see if we are living by the faith that is of God through Jesus Christ His Son.