Friday, October 27, 2017

People Are Watching You

We, as Christians, must remember that people are watching our lives. What we do, what we say, how we act, what we watch, what we listen to, where we go, what we fill our lives with, etc. Our lives are a ministry. We are either going to be a good example of Christ's Love and Salvation and help lead them on a path of newness, peace, purity, refreshment, cleansing, and light OR we will be a shameful example and lead them on a path of destruction by showing them that a Christian can live no differently than the rest of the world in lust, fornication, worldliness, and uncleanness and still go to Heaven. If Jesus truly dwells in our hearts (we are the temple of the living God), we will not hide His Light but we will let His Light shine so that everyone can see. Matthew 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Monday, March 2, 2015

"BE YE SEPARATE": A Biblical Warning For God's People & The Church

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you," (2 Corinthians 6:17 KJV)

The message is quite clear. It needs no translation. It really needs no explanation. "Be Ye Separate". Frankly, this is a passage of scripture that speaks for itself. However, there are Christians who do not understand the importance of this scripture nor do they feel that this scripture needs to be taken literally or seriously, for that matter. It does not stand up to their "modern-day Christianity". They take the Holy scriptures and sand down the edges to soften the meaning, reshape it, water it down, and are left with a scripture that has been melted and molded to mean what they want it to mean. They are only deceiving themselves. They cannot deceive our all-knowing God. There are so-called Christians who create their own definition for what a "separate" life means and bend it until it fits perfectly in line with their comfortable lifestyle. They can try to convince themselves that they are walking in the right direction, but as long as they are striving to be popular and to fit in as "normal" in this world, their hearts are not right with God. Those who choose to dip their toes in the mire and play with fire, are walking a dangerous path. Yes, we do live in the world, but we do not need to be part of the world. Our hearts should desire the things of God more than the things of the earth.

"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." (Colossians 3:1-2 KJV)

When you follow God, you must put away worldliness and be willing to walk the road less traveled, like Noah and Lot did. Jesus Himself was humble and lowly, He was not popular or accepted in this world. If we are to follow Him, we need to be more like Him. If our King was rejected, we are to be rejected. Otherwise, we are no different than the rest of the world. We need to be different. We need to separate ourselves from the world and the things of the world. When we are born again, it means that we are starting anew. We are born into a fresh and different way of life, a whole new direction. One that is changed. A sincere Christian is happy to put away the things of the world and walk with God. We need to let our light shine brightly so that all who see us may know that we are followers of the King.

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16 KJV)

"That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;" (Philippians 2:15 KJV)


As Christians, we are to be good examples, witnesses of God's light and love. We are to walk separately from the rest of the world on a path of faith and truth and goodness. Remember that there may be new and/or struggling believers out there who are watching you closely, learning by your choices, and being guided by your way of life. If how you live does not fall in line with what they read in the bible, they could become discouraged and turned away from religion....because of you. How you choose to live your life does indeed affect others! Only God knows who is affected by your walk.

LOST REVERANCE FOR GOD'S WORD:

Through the years, we have sadly seen many Christians lose their way due to a gradual lack of reverence for God's Holy Word. They have been carried away by their own scholarly wisdom and have lost touch with the straightforward beauty and simplicity of the scriptures. Many Christians, including pastors and authors, have tried to take the seriousness out of God's Word by watering it down and by also adding a touch of "humor" to lighten it up and to make it seem more appealing and acceptable in today's world. Christian jokes have no place in a real Christian church, in a real Christian home, or in a real Christian heart! This thing called "Christian humor" is something that sours, curdles, and sickens the sincere Christians' stomach. There is no such thing as a good joke where Christianity is concerned.

"But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting , which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks." (Ephesians 5:3-4 KJV)

Just recently, we were saddened to witness young Christians using precious passages of scripture on social media as "humorous" pick-up lines for singles. Do these young "Christians" have no fear of God? The Holy Scriptures say that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10 KJV). The Holy Scriptures also say that Jesus is "The Word", which means that when you are laughing at His Word or using His Word in a joke, you are mocking Him directly! The bible is meant to be taken seriously, not lightly. It is meant to be sharp, not soft and pliable. Like salt on a wound, it may sting but it also heals. When watered down, it loses its effectiveness. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart". (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

THE CHURCH & THE WORLD:

Very few churches today, only a remnant, are actually adhering to every word found in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Very few church leaders are preaching the consequences of sin. Instead, they choose to preach feel-good messages about "prosperity" and "loving yourself" to cater to their congregations. The King James Version of the Holy Bible has been deemed as "too old fashioned" and has been replaced with newer, more contemporary versions (perversions!) of the bible, ones that take the Holy Scriptures out of context and change their beautiful meaning altogether! Cold, hard "Christian rock" music and sensual, impersonal "Christian Pop" music have now replaced the sweet and simple hymns of faith that, in times gone by, had drawn so many of us Christians closer to our Heavenly Father.

"This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Matthew 15:8-9 KJV)

These fallen, corrupt churches embrace the things of the world, the ways of the world, the styles of the world. Faded jeans, cleavage-exposing tops, and casual attire have now replaced the long, prim and proper dresses and neatly-pressed suits of yesteryear. Church-goers are no longer required to enter the House of God with reverence, honor, praise, clean hearts, morality, and modesty! The church has become the social club, the concert hall, and the home of laughter and parties and wine! The Holy Spirit is no longer welcome there. The door has been shut on biblical truth and has been locked with a dead-bolt. These apostate churches are walking hand-in-hand with the world....and it is of their own accord!

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4:4 KJV)

THE LIFESTYLE OF A COMPROMISING CHRISTIAN:

Compromising is not only found within so many churches today, but also within so many individual Christian homes as well. These so-called "Christians" are playing the deadly game of "I can live like the world and still go to Heaven"! They want the best of both worlds and justify their worldly lives by saying, "God knows that I am human and that I need to be happy and live a successful life while here on earth". They shamelessly watch all of the modern television programs and go to all of the latest movies, despite the subtle and not-so-subtle sexual references, scenes, messages, and distasteful language. Keep in mind that most of the movies that fall into the "family" category actually contain very questionable material as well and are not suitable for a Christian audience! Use your conscience. Use discretion. Be cautious. Keep it clean. Keep it family-oriented. There are plenty of old movies and old television programs that are fit for Christian families to watch. Why settle for anything less than clean, moral, and decent?

So many Christian parents allow violent video games and rebellious music into their homes, not giving a care to the filth that is being fed into the innocent minds of their children and teens! So many Christian hearts have pushed out the Holy Spirit to make room for immoral indulgences, sexual lusts, selfishness, and greed. They shamelessly fill their lives with wine, riches, and secular song! They accept all forms of adultery, twisting God's Word to fit their loose lifestyles. They have become "lovers of their own selves" and "lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God".

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:1-5 KJV)

Something which never fails to shock and sadden us is the immodest clothing which is worn so shamelessly among those who call themselves "Christians"! Bikinis, mini skirts, low-rise jeans, plunging necklines....you name it! They have no shame before The Almighty God, whose Word distinctly includes an important passage about women dressing modestly and behaving soberly.

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;" (1 Timothy 2:9 KJV)

You can continue to walk with the world and call yourself a "Christian" and you can keep trying to convince yourself that, "if so many other Christians are doing it, it must be right".....but that will not excuse your daily moral choices when the day comes that you stand before The Great Judge, your Creator, and have to give account of your life. Do not follow man. Follow only God. Do not be guided by the decisions of others but rather let God's Word, The Truth, guide you.

QUESTIONS FOR YOU & SCRIPTURES:

Ask yourself these three following questions and give an honest answer.
Read God's Word below each question and apply it to your life.

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1) Do you suffer rejection because of the stands that you take and because you are "not of this world"? Or are you accepted by the world?

"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." (John 15_19 KJV)

"I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." (John 17:14-15 KJV)

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2) Do you love God with your whole heart? Do you love Him more than you love the things of this world?

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." (1 John 2:15-16 KJV)

"No servant 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." (Luke 16:13 KJV)

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3) Does your heart long for success and popularity in this world? Do you love money, luxury vacations, costly clothing, large homes, wine, and lavish parties? Or do you flee from these things and cling close to the things of God?

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:" (1 Timothy 6:6-14)

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WALKING SEPARATELY:

If you are reading this and something deep within your heart is telling you that you are not walking "the separate life", it is time that you devote yourself to earnest prayer and scripture reading. Please do not wait another moment. Ask God to open your mind, your heart, your eyes to His Truth. Ask for Him to help you let go of the things of this world and to grasp on to the things that matter most. Ask for Him to help bring back the purifying "salt" and "savour" in your life.

"Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." (Matthew 5:13 KJV)

And a word of warning for those who are content to love God only at a distance, while mingling with the world, and living a secular life...

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21 KJV) "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matthew 7:13-14 KJV)

Friend, we care about you. Keep in mind that it is not our intention to "judge" other Christians but to use God's Holy Scriptures as a means of "correction" in a world where wrong has become right and right has become wrong.

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)

FIND A GOOD CHURCH:

Be careful of the company that you keep. If your church is walking with the world, it is time to walk away from that church.

In this day and age, a good church is hard to find. Ask for God's guidance in finding a church that preaches the true gospel, a biblically sound doctrine. Ask God for wisdom and for discernment in sifting out the good from the bad, the true believers from the false prophets. If you are unable to find a church to attend in your area, do not be discouraged. Where there is no church, there is still a Living God who is Faithful and True. Try forming a small bible study group with one or two other believers or friends. "For where two or three are gathered togeher in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20 KJV) If you are all alone, with no fellow believers to join you, try tuning in to a television ministry or internet-based ministry/community that can provide encouragement. Also, be sure to set aside time for deep earnest prayer and worship time....a time for you and your God. It is not a matter of "where" you serve God, but "how" you serve God. The bible says that God "dwelleth not in temples made with hands" (Acts 17:24 & Acts 7:48 KJV). God's Spirit dwells within your heart. You are the temple of the Most High God. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16 KJV). Whether you serve Him in a church made with hands or in the privacy of your own home, God is there with you...right where you are. He is omnipresent.

Please see: The Church Walking With The World - a poem by Matilda C. Edwards.

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Article: "BE YE SEPARATE": A Biblical Warning For God's People & The Church
Published: Monday, March 2, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

"The Church Walking With The World". A Poem By Matilda C. Edwards.



The Church and the World walked far apart
On the changing shores of time,
The World was singing a giddy song,
And the Church a hymn sublime.

"Come, give me your hand," said the merry World,
"And walk with me this way!"
But the faithful Church hid her gentle hands
And solemnly answered "Nay!

I will not give you my hand at all,
And I will not walk with you;
Your way is the way that leads to death;
Your words are all untrue."

"Nay, walk with me but a little space,"
Said the World with a kindly air;
"The road I walk is a pleasant road,
And the sun shines always there.

Your path is thorny and rough and rude,
But mine is broad and plain;
My way is paved with flowers and dews,
And yours with tears and pain.

The sky to me is always blue,
No want, no toil I know;
The sky above you is always dark,
Your lot is a lot of woe.
There’s room enough for you and me
To travel side by side."

Half shyly the Church approached the World
And gave him her hand of snow;
And the old World grasped it and walked along,
Saying, in accents low:

"Your dress is too simple to please my taste;
I will give you pearls to wear,
Rich velvets and silks for your graceful form,
And diamonds to deck your hair."

The Church looked down at her plain white robes,
And then at the dazzling World,
And blushed as she saw his handsome lip
With a smile contemptuous curled.

"I will change my dress for a costlier one,"
Said the Church, with a smile of grace;
Then her pure white garments drifted away,
And the World gave, in their place,
Beautiful satins and shining silks,
Roses and gems and costly pearls;
While over her forehead her bright hair fell
Crisped in a thousand curls.

"Your house is too plain," said the proud old World,
"I’ll build you one like mine;
With walls of marble and towers of gold,
And furniture ever so fine."

So he built her a costly and beautiful house;
Most splendid it was to behold;
Her sons and her beautiful daughters dwelt there
Gleaming in purple and gold.

Rich fairs and shows in the halls were held,
And the World and his children were there.
Laughter and music and feasts were heard
In the place that was meant for prayer.

There-were cushioned seats for the rich and the gay,
To sit in their pomp and pride;
But the poor who were clad in shabby array,
Sat meekly down outside.

"You give too much to the poor," said the World.
"Far more than you ought to do;
If they are in need of shelter and food,
Why need it trouble you?

Go, take your money and buy rich robes,
Buy horses and carriages fine;
Buy pearls and jewels and dainty food,
Buy the rarest and costliest wine.

My children, they dote on all these things,
And if you their love would win
You must do as they do, and walk in the ways
That they are walking in."

So the poor were turned from her door in scorn,
And she heard not the orphan’s cry;
But she drew her beautiful robes aside,
As the widows went weeping by.

Then the sons of the World and the Sons of the Church
Walked closely hand and heart,
And only the Master, who knoweth all,
Could tell the two apart.

Then the Church sat down at her ease, and said,
"I am rich and my goods increase;
I have need of nothing, or aught to do,
But to laugh, and dance, and feast."

The sly World heard, and he laughed in his sleeve,
And mockingly said, aside:
"The Church is fallen, the beautiful Church;
And her shame is her boast and her pride."

The angel drew near to the mercy seat,
And whispered in sighs her name;
Then the loud anthems of rapture were hushed,
And heads were covered with shame.

And a voice was heard at last by the Church
From Him who sat on the throne:

"I know thy works, and how thou hast said,
‘I am rich, and hast not known
That thou art naked, poor and blind,
And wretched before my face;’
Therefore from my presence cast I thee out,
And blot thy name from its place."

Poem: The Church Walking With The World
Written by: Matilda C. Edwards


Monday, February 23, 2015

Ready To Meet Him?

Are you ready to meet God? Would you be ready to meet Him today? Would you be able to stand before Him right now, in all of His holiness, and honestly say that you have known Him, lived for Him, and loved Him with your whole heart? There are those who feel that they have plenty of time to get to know God. "Someday," one well-educated young man said, "I will set things right with the Lord. I am still young and have my whole life ahead of me." Unfortunately, that "someday" never came. A sudden diagnosis of cancer left him with only a few months to live. "I'm not ready to die!" he cried helplessly, pleading for one more chance at life. "I'm not ready to meet God. Not yet!" It was not long after this that his last breath was snatched away by the cold and merciless grip of inevitable death. Such sad finality. He was never again to return to this world and make things right. Never to take back those wasted and empty days that he had lived so selfishly. He had missed his only chance to get to know his Creator on a personal level. He had passed up the free gift of salvation that was offered to him and he would never be able to come back and experience the heights of joy and the depths of peace that can only come from a close relationship with the Most High God. He had never known the kindness, the compassion, the faithfulness, the security, and the love that is poured out on those who invite God to dwell within them. He had missed his chance at happiness for all of eternity. Death did not wait until he was ready. Death waits for no man, as they say. It will be the same for all of us. When your time on earth is done, it is done. Forever.

"...it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" - Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)

The bible says, "Prepare to meet thy God" (Amos 4:12 KJV). That means that you need to begin preparing right here and right now. Do not wait another moment. Do not wait until "someday" when you have more time. Time is running out and the opportunity may never present itself again. The silent and unseen clock of your life is ticking away the seconds until midnight. Will you be ready to meet your God when the clock strikes twelve and the chimes ring out? Do not wait until it is too late. The time for God in your life is now.

We will ask this again: Would you be ready to meet God today? Upon looking back at your life and the choices that you have made, would you be able to say that things have been right between you and your Creator? Has He been precious to you? Has your soul overflowed with a deep love for Him? Have you called Him your Friend, your Father, your Savior, your King, your Everything? Have you strived to please Him and to obey His Word? Have you lived your life in a way that would bring honor and glory to His name? Search your heart for the answers. Be truthful. If you find that you either cannot answer or your answer is "no" to any of these questions, now is the time to make things right. Listen to the still, small voice inside of you that is saying, "Come unto me" (Matthew 11:28 KJV). God is speaking to you. Do not put him off until another day. It could be that you end up waiting until it is one day too late. That is a risk that is not worth taking. God has given you this day and you need to give this day to your God. Spend time getting to know Him. Find time for prayer. Devote time to the holy scriptures of your King James Bible. Draw near to The One who knows you by name and loves you unconditionally.

"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you." (James 4:8 KJV)

God is faithful and kind and He wants you to "come boldly to the throne of Grace" (Hebrews 4:16 KJV). He wants you to approach Him. He wants you to kneel before Him in earnest prayer and ask Him to help you get to know Him better. He will hear you. He will not turn a deaf ear on your prayer. He loves your voice. He loves your prayers, no matter how few words they contain. A simple "I love you, My Lord" is just as special in the ears of our God as any long and eloquent prayer. He is not looking for perfection, He is looking for sincerity. If you sincerely want to know Him and sincerely want to love Him, He will become yours and you will become His. He will open the doors and let you enter into a lifetime with Him. You will then be able to face death with the certainty that you will be spending eternity with Him! There is no fear in death for those whose hearts are right with Almighty God!

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Copyright © Abide In The True Light
Published: Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday, April 20, 2014

THE SACRIFICE: Why Jesus Died


Let us reflect upon the hill of Golgotha where our Saviour Jesus bled and died. How He was beaten and bruised and nailed to a cross. How He was mocked and forced to wear a crown of thorns, which pierced His flesh. How He was given vinegar to drink when He cried out "I thirst".

Jesus could have called ten thousand angels to deliver him from His hour of death, but He endured the suffering and the anguish, the pain and agony.....for us. He, who was pure and without sin, took upon Himself the shame and punishment of our sins. When we were held captive in our own sin, He paid the ransom to free us. He rescued us from the dark pit, the sinking sand, the horrors of spending eternity in Hell. He made a way that we could escape the darkness and enter into the true Light of peace, love, comfort, and safety. He gave His life to save us. He did it all for us. He looked ahead in time and saw us, each one of us individually, before we were ever born. He knew us better than anyone, yet He loved us despite our many faults and was willing to die in our place. Why did He do it? Because He loved us. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

How can we not love Him for this? How can we not bow our heads in humbleness and praise His holy name? He shed His precious blood to save the world from sin and to give everlasting life to all those who truly love Him, obey Him, and believe upon His name. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16

Why was it necessary that Jesus die for our sins, you ask? The Old Testament scriptures needed to be fulfilled in order for Salvation to be available for all mankind....both the Jew and Gentile alike. In early times, the Jewish people would sacrifice the blood of spotless lambs on a altar for God. This was required by God, in the Old Testament, when He gave His laws to Moses. The Old Covenant was that the blood sacrifice of a pure lamb was the only way for atonement. It signified that an innocent life needed to be taken in order for another to be set free. God hates sin and darkness. Without something being punished and its blood being shed, for example a pure lamb, man could not come into the presence of God and seek forgiveness. For this cause, Jesus, God's own dear Son, took our punishment and paid the Ransom. "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." - Matthew 20:28

Jesus is the Lamb of God. The perfect sacrifice. A sacrifice that was made once and for all. Jesus' death made a way for us to freely come to God, through prayer. There is no longer any need for the blood of real lambs to be sacrificed on an altar in a tabernacle or temple. Because of Jesus, the temple is now right here in our hearts and He, the Holy Spirit, dwells within us if we accept His gift of Salvation and are willing to change our lives and follow the true Light. "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." - Revelation 21:3-4

The only sacrifice that is now required is a sacrifice of praise to Him. God longs for the praises of His people. He loves to hear us speak His name and to hear us worship Him in song. He delights in our praises.

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11 "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.

19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,

20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.

21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.


------------------- Hebrews 10:1-18-------------------

1 "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin."



Jesus is the New Covenant. He is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, as you will see in the following Old Testament scriptures...


-------------------Jeremiah 31:31-34 -------------------

31 "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."



-------------------Isaiah 53:2-12 -------------------

2 "For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."



Jesus may have died on that cross over 2000 years ago, but His death on the cross was not the end. It was the beginning. The beginning of something more wonderful than the world had ever known. It was the beginning of a New Covenant which is available for everyone, both Jew and Gentile alike. Jesus (Yeshua, in Hebrew) is the Christ (meaning: Messiah or rather Mashiach, in Hebrew) that was promised to Israel and to the world. No words can possibly describe the beauty and perfection of Jesus and God's plan for Salvation. He is the very reason for life itself.

Immediately following the death of Jesus, there was darkness in the middle of the day and a great earthquake. Most importantly, the veil of the temple was split in two...from top to bottom. This veil held people back from entering the Holy of Holies (God's presence) in the Temple. The splitting of the veil symbolized that all mankind could now enter freely into the presence of God (the spiritual Holy of Holies) and be forgiven....with nothing holding them back. Jesus made this possible.

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." - John 14:6

Is Jesus dead? No. After Jesus had died, His body was placed in a borrowed tomb and on the third day he rose again. He is not dead. He is alive! Even death could not hold our King. We serve a risen Saviour. "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" - John 11:25-27

Today, He sits on the right hand of God, but lives in the hearts of all those who choose to follow Him and who believe on His holy name. He is as close as the very mention of His name and He is with us always. "...and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." - Matthew 28:20

Would you like to invite God to come into your heart today or perhaps re-dedicate your life to him? Please visit our How To Be Saved page.

Copyright © Abide In The True Light
Originally Published as: The Sacrifice: Why Jesus Died
Originally published on: Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Blood Moon Tetrad: A Sign In The Heavens?


In the coming days, there will be many eyes gazing upward toward the heavens in hopes of catching a glimpse of the unusual red-colored total lunar eclipse, known as Blood Moon. This event will take place in the early hours of Tuesday, April 15, 2014. There will be four of these lunar events, called a Tetrad, within a year and a half span. Amazingly, each one will be coinciding with the significant Jewish holidays of Passover and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) in both the years 2014 and 2015. Following the April 15th Blood Moon, there will be another Blood Moon which will occur on October 8, 2014, another on April 4, 2015, and one more on September 28, 2015. There has been much speculation, excitement, curiosity, and mystery surrounding this, by both believers and non-believers alike.

Is there a reason for this Blood Moon Tetrad? Is it a sign? Is it God's way of telling us to start preparing for His return? Only God knows. We are to always be prepared and to be watching for His return. He will come when He is ready. In His time. We will not know when. We will not know what day. We will not know what year. He did tell us, however, that there would be signs pointing to His return. He told us to watch for those signs so that we would know when it is near.

Luke 21:25-26 (KJV) - "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken."

Joel 2:30-31 (KJV) - "And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come."

Our God created the moon. He placed it there. He created these lunar events. He alone knows the reason for it. He alone knows what lies ahead. He is all-powerful and all-knowing. Whatever the reason for this Tetrad, we know that our God is in control. There is a purpose for everything that happens in the heavens and on the earth. Everything works according to the Creator's will and according to His Word.

Genesis 1:14 (KJV) - "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:"

Whether this Blood Moon be in the sky only for our pleasure or be it there as a reminder of things to come, let us stand in awe of our Creator as we look up and witness the beauty of these rare lunar events.

Psalm 8:3-4 (KJV) - "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him?"

1 Chronicles 29:11 (KJV) - "Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Let us worship our God and declare His greatness as we marvel at His wondrous works in the heavens above!

Psalm 19:1 (KJV) - "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork."

Psalm 89:11 (KJV) - "The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them."

We will not speculate further on the reason for the Blood Moons but we will encourage you to study God's Holy Word for yourself and determine for yourself whether this be a "sign" of His imminent return. We need to be watching and waiting and looking upward at all times. Not only during the Blood Moons.....but always. For, you see, our Lord's return could happen at any moment and at any time. It could be today. It could be tomorrow. It could be in the coming months. It could possibly be years from now. Only God knows.

Matthew 24:36 (KJV) - "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

In the meantime, let us be vigilant. Let us be ready. Let us be continually preparing ourselves for that joyful day when we finally meet our Creator and behold Him in all of His glory!

Matthew 24:42 (KJV) - "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come."

Are you ready for His coming? Have you asked God to come into your heart? If not, please visit our Salvation: How To Be Saved page for more information.

Revelation 22:20 (KJV) - "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

Monday, March 17, 2014

O Worship The Lord!



Psalm 99:5 (KJV) - "Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy."

Worship your Lord. Open your heart and let the gentle peace of His divine presence refresh, restore, and renew you. Behold his goodness. Utter sweet words of love to your King. Sing with a joyful heart. Bow down before Him. Lift your hands in an offering of thanksgiving. Magnify your God. Be in awe of your Creator. Let His strength lift you up. Let His light encompass you. Reflect on His tender compassion, His wondrous works, His faithfulness, His protection, and His unfailing love. Praise Him. He is The Almighty, The Holy One, and He is worthy of your highest praise and worship. He longs for it! God loves to be glorified and adored by His precious ones.

Psalm 96:8-9 (KJV) -
8- "Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
9 - "O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth."


Do not neglect the Spirit of the Living God which dwells within you. When you feel that certain stirring inside your soul, the stirring to spend time in worship, do not ignore it. Do not push it away. Whether it be in church or in your own home, whether with be with others or all alone - it is very important to spend time worshipping your Lord. The moments that you spend in prayer or song, will be the most significant and dearest moments of your day. All other parts of your day will fail in comparison. If you sincerely desire to have a closer, sweeter relationship with The Living God, take the time to love Him. Worship and adore Him and He will draw you nearer to Him. The more that you exhalt His name, the more that you will be able to delight in His spiritual presence and experience His nearness and dearness!

John 4:23-24 (KJV) -
23 - "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 - "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."




Psalm 95:1-6 (KJV) -
1 - "O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 - "Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms"
3 - "For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods."
4 - "In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also."
5 - "The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land."
6 "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker."



I Love You Lord
written by: Lori Klein

I Love you Lord and I lift my voice
To worship you oh, my soul rejoice
Take joy my King in what you hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
In your ear

Thursday, August 15, 2013

At The Name Of Jesus...

"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins." - Matthew 1:21 (KJV)

Jesus Christ (or Yeshua Ha-Maschiach, in Hebrew) is the name of our Lord and Saviour. Jesus (Yeshua) means "Salvation". Christ (or Maschiach) means Messiah, the "Anointed One", the "Deliverer" which God had promised would come. When you put these names together, it all makes sense. Jesus is indeed Salvation and He is The Anointed One. There is no other name that is higher, no other name more sweeter, no other name more worthy of our praise, than the name of Jesus. Let us dig in a little deeper and further reflect on our Master's powerful name in today's blog post.

To begin, let us remember the glorious scriptures of the Old Testament, where Jesus' birth was foretold and where it was prophesied that He would also be known by the name "Immanuel" (meaning: God with us) as well as by the names Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace.

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." - Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

When we take time for prayer or worship and we come into the presence of The Most High, we are standing on Holy Ground and are well aware of His nearness. When we speak His name, He draws near. The more that we speak of Him and the more that we praise His name, the closer He draws to us. Just knowing that our Saviour longs to hear us speak His name and longs for our adoration should make us yearn for more time in His presence and should cause us to strive a little harder to offer more sacrifices of praise unto Him. He is as close as the very mention of His name. Speak His name with reverence. The more that you speak it, the dearer and nearer it will become in your life and the more love you will hold in your heart for that name which is above all other names.

Philippians 2:9-10 (KJV) -
9 - "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:"
10 - "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;"


Practice praise. Call unto Him. Whisper the name of Jesus (or Yeshua, in Hebrew). Sing praises to that Holy Name. Include some of these other names in your worship of Him: The Lamb of God, Messiah (or Christ), Emmanuel, The Holy One, The Great I Am, Majesty, The Prince of Peace, The Comforter, The Light, The King of Kings, The Everlasting Father, Jehovah, Wonderful, Counsellor, Precious Saviour, God in the Highest, Master, Redeemer, Bread of Life, our Everything!

There are no words in the English dictionary that can fully describe how wonderful and beautiful our Jesus is! He means more to us than any words can tell. Kneeling in His presence, feeling the awe of His greatness, and with arms reaching upward in adoration for Him, we find ourselves crying out the lyrics of that well-loved hymn by Charles Wesley, "O for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer’s praise!" No amount of words are enough to describe our love for Jesus and the delight that His very name brings us.

Jesus loves to hear you utter His name. He loves it when you acknowledge Him. He wants you to profess that He is the Christ (Messiah) and that He is the Lamb of God, the only way to Salvation.

Matthew 16:15-17 (KJV) -
15 - "He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?"
16 - "And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
17 - "And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."


Do not be ashamed to speak about Jesus. Tell others about Him. You know that He can change lives, so share His name and share His truth with those around you. There is something about His name that can even capture the attention of staunch unbelievers, those who have declared that there is no Saviour. There is power in His name. Jesus is the most beautiful name that was ever spoken and ever shall be spoken! Let us love the One who bears that name. Let us hold Him close. We are His and He is ours. How wonderful the thought of Him!

"Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name." - Malachi 3:16 (KJV)

Jesus Is The Sweetest Name I Know
written by: Lela B. Long

There have been names that I have loved to hear,
But never has there been a name so dear
To this heart of mine, as the name divine,
The precious, precious name of Jesus.

refrain:
Jesus is the sweetest name I know,
And He’s just the same as His lovely name,
And that’s the reason why I love Him so;
Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know.

There is no name in earth or Heav’n above,
That we should give such honor and such love
As the blessed name, let us all acclaim,
That wondrous, glorious name of Jesus.
And someday I shall see Him face to face
To thank and praise Him for His wondrous grace,
Which He gave to me, when He made me free,
The blessed Son of God called Jesus.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"Jesus Drew Near". A Poem By Brigadier Arch R. Wiggins.


I set out a pilgrim sad at heart
To walk a lonely road;
Doubt had marr’d my simple trusting,
Doubt a future ill forbode;
And as I pondered o’er my grief,
My shattered hopes and unbelief,
A Stranger to my soul’s relief,
Drew near and walked with me.

I deign’d not to raise my drooping eyes,
Nor sought to learn His name,
Tho’ His voice, like heav’nly music,
Set this heart of mine aflame.
He seemed to read my every thought,
To know the pain my fears had wrought.
And with His gentle words He brought
An atmosphere of peace.

The shadows of evening fell apace,
New dangers lay ahead;
But, with my Companion walking,
I no longer felt their dread.
I begged Him ne’er to quit my side,
With me to constantly abide;
In gracious tones my Lord replied
‘My peace I leave with thee.’

Jesus himself drew near,
When alone on the road,
Oppress’d by my load,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with me.


- Author, Brigadier Arch R. Wiggins

Friday, August 9, 2013

Letting God Lead The Way

Do you ever become overwhelmed as you wonder what tomorrow will bring? Do you worry over the future? Do not fear. If the Lord has brought you this far, He will not abandon you and leave you to walk the road of life alone. Tomorrow is in His hands and He will not only walk with you, but He will lead the way. Follow your Heavenly Father. Put all of your trust, your very life itself, in the hands of the One who created you, who saved you, and who loves you. He is with you every step of the way.