Don’t Repay Evil with Evil

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. Romans 12:17

It’s human nature to seek revenge when someone does us wrong. But does two wrongs make a right? The riots in Baltimore are a classic example of this. We originally started with one victim, but now it’s escalated to multiple victims. What justice did this accomplish?

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

Some will say Peace is impossible. But until everyone learns to love each other as themselves, there will never be Peace. Until you value your neighbors life as you value your own. Until the world accepts Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, it will never be possible. Only with God are all things possible.

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19

Our God is a just God, he is in control. Don’t take revenge into your own hands, give it up to The Lord. When you defy God and take revenge in your own hands, your not only being rebellious, it’s Satanic. God is the law and justice.

On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Romans 12:20

You have heard the expression “Kill them with kindness” Good always defeats evil, as Jesus said only the Merciful will obtain Mercy. If your not merciful you will never receive Peace.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

Evil will never overcome you unless you allow it, God can’t be defeated, if God is with us who can stand against us. Don’t give in to Evil, take a stand and stand with God.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34

Even as Jesus was hanging on the cross, he asked God to forgive everyone. We need to forgive also just like Jesus. Don’t take justice in your own hands, put it in the hands of God. Don’t repay Evil with Evil in Jesus name Amen

God Knows Everything

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. Proverbs 5:21

We have all heard the expression “ A perfect Crime”, but in reality there is no such thing. People plot their evil to try and avoid evidence or witnesses, but God sees it All. Anyone who thinks they can get away with evil is a fool. The One who created the Heavens and the Earth, knows every hair on your head. God knows everything that has happened and what is going to happen, He is Eternal

Notice God also ponders our ways. He wants to know why are we thinking the things we think, why are we saying the things we say. Your ways and thoughts are known to your Creator, there is no secret that God doesn’t know, so why not just be honest with him already? When Adam and Eve sinned, they tried to hide from Gods presence but its impossible, God is everywhere he knows all things

Some will go to the next extreme to just deny that God exists at all. This takes them down the road, of not only depravity but also foolishness. To deny the evidence of Gods existence that is clearly seen, makes you a fool, and there is no excuse when you are coming face to face with The Lord. You will give an account of yourself and your actions, without the soul cleansing blood of The Lamb, you are already condemned

His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. Proverbs 5:22

You might say “Its not fair that Your condemned” well the cords of your own sins have strangled you. The pleasure of sin that may have lasted a few moments will result in an eternity of suffering. But nobody saw me, right? See no evil, hear no evil? God sees everything and knows your heart and mind.

As Jesus said we need to become Born Again to see the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:3) We are depraved in our sinful nature, but Christ can not only set you free but transform you , Amen!

 

 

 

Guard Your Heart

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

What many of us don’t know, is we have a heart condition. Now I’m not talking about a medical heart condition but a spiritual one. The Bible tells us to “Guard our hearts, for everything flows from it” Now when the Bible talks about the heart its not talking about the physical organ in our bodies. The original Hebrew word here for heart is “Leb” meaning your inner core of yourself, your soul, your will.

This is why the gospel message of Christ is about a New Heart. Its not talking about a physical heart but the spiritual one. The world has an old saying to “Follow your heart” but is this a wise saying? The Bible tells us “The heart is deceptive” (Jeremiah 17:9) When we follow our hearts we typically are following our flesh, which can lead to destructive sin. This is why this Proverb tells us to Guard or Keep our hearts, don’t allow yourself to be enticed or deceived with sin

Jesus taught about the heart quit a bit , In Matthew 5 he says “If you look at a someone with lust you have already committed adultery in your heart” (Matthew 5:28) also “If you have hatred in your heart for someone you have already committed murder” (Matthew 5:21-22) Now these sound like extreme teachings by Christ but he is making a point. Our sin begins in our heart, this is why the Proverb teaches us to guard our hearts so we can avoid sin manifesting in it

Jesus also taught that “Our heart defiles us” (Matthew 15:18) when we allow the temptations of sin to creep into our hearts and grow, it defiles your soul. The Apostle James also taught on this subject, “When desire is conceived , it gives birth to sin, and then sin leads to death” (James 1:15) When we allow the temptations of our heart to give birth to sin, it leads to our destruction.

This is why you should guard your heart, for everything flows from it. Guard your heart from drugs and alcohol, guard your heart from pornography, guard your heart from violence because all these things lead to your destruction Amen!

Is Jesus actually Michael The Archangel?

 

The Watchtower teaches that Jesus and Michael the Archangel are the same person? Is this Biblical? Could Jesus possibly only be an Angel? Lets first take a look at the scriptures the Watchtower mentions, here is a link to their article

https://www.jw.org/en/library/books/bible-teach/who-is-michael-the-archangel-jesus/

 

because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’su voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first.v 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (NWT)

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (KJV)

The Watchtower claims because the scriptures say “with a voice of the archangel” that means its identifying Jesus as Michael. First off, if God wanted to make this known, don’t you think he would have stated Jesus is Michael? Why would Jesus be called the Only Begotten Son if he is also an Archangel?

Secondly the scripture here doesn’t say “Jesus is the Archangel” the scripture says with a voice of the archangel. Would be the same when the Bible describes Jesus voice as the sound of many waters (Revelation 1:15) does that mean Jesus is a body of water? No its make a description and figurative speech, same as calling his voice like an archangel. Probably meaning power and authority.

But when Miʹcha·elo the archangelp had a difference with the Devil and was disputing about Moses’ body,q he did not dare to bring a judgment against him in abusive terms,r but said: “May Jehovah* rebuke you.” Jude 1:9 (NWT)

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. Jude 1:9 (KJV)

Here is the other scripture the JW’s try to prove Jesus is Michael, the ironic thing is the scripture is very clear that Michael is the ArchAngel. Nowhere in this scripture does it reference Jesus being Michael. Now they try to tie together Jude 1:9  with 1 Thessalonians 4:16, but does that make any sense? Because Jesus makes a sound of an Archangel, does that mean he is the Archangel?

Secondly comparing these scriptures , shows you how inconsistent they are in their translation. In Jude 1:9 they translate the original Greek Kyrios as Jehovah. Anyone with basic Greek knows Kyrios is translated as Lord. However in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 they translate Kyrios as Lord correctly, so why are they not consistent in their English translation of Kyrios?

 

So he has become better than the angelsi to the extent that he has inherited a name more excellent than theirs.j  For example, to which one of the angels did God ever say: “You are my son; today I have become your father”?k And again: “I will become his father, and he will become my son”? Hebrews 1:4-5 (NWT)

 

 

 

Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Hebrews 1:4-5 (KJV)

Now when we read in Hebrews , Jesus is greater than ALL the angels and is the Only Begotten Son of God. How can Jesus be an Angel if He is greater than all the angels? Also Begotten means unique and One of a Kind, there is no one like Jesus.

To say Jesus is Michael the Arch Angel would contradict scripture and demote the position and authority of Christ. The real question I have to ask here, is why is the Watchtower pushing this doctrine if its not crystal clear?

Heavenly Father

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. Proverbs 4:1-2

One of the greatest downfalls of our society today is the diminished role of the Father. Even if you research it in Psychology, the Father has the greatest influence of the emotional development of a child. The lack of Fathers has created a Pandemic in our society today. There are many reasons as to why this has happened, however the results are catastrophic to the foundation of society

When we look at the Bible, The Father was meant to be the “Spiritual Leader” of the home. The one to guide his family and to lean on during tough times. However most men have either abandoned their role as Father or have become lazy and distracted. The role of the Father is a high calling just like a Mother, however many men have not taken the role seriously.

Of course in order for a Father to share wisdom, they need to obtain wisdom themselves. As the old saying goes “You cant give what you don’t have” If you don’t have any wisdom how can you share wisdom? A Spiritually healthy Father needs to remain close to God to be receiving that Heavenly wisdom

For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Proverbs 4:3-4

Now we live in a broken world, so many of us might not have or had a great Earthly Father. Maybe they abandoned you or let you down. The good news is you have a Heavenly Father that will never leave or forsake You. God is your Father and one day through Christ you will spend eternity with Him

Now us Earthly Fathers, obviously we are not perfect, were going to make mistakes. However strive to do your best, be the best man for your Father and they will love you anyway. Follow the wisdom of God, let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you in all decisions, build your house upon the Rock Jesus Christ! Amen!

Finding Wisdom

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. Proverbs 3:13-14

If God would grant you one wish, what would it be? God did this exact thing to Solomon, and he choose wisdom, and this pleased God very much (1 Kings 3) He could have picked anything money, power, woman but he choose wisdom. How many of us would have chosen wisdom? The funny thing is , the other things mention money, power, and woman, were all acquired by Solomon later in his life and became his demise.

One of the central themes of the book of Proverbs is wisdom. Understanding its importance and value is priceless. When were young , we don’t care about wisdom. We want to “live for the moment” but as we look back, how we wish you have taken the time to acquire wisdom and understanding

She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Proverbs 3:15-16

Wisdom is Priceless! You cant put a value on knowledge. When a company needs help, who do they seek after and pay the most? The one who has the most knowledge about the position. Wisdom is collected over time, but you must be willing to seek it and listen!

When your young , you probably did a lot of stupid things, I know I did. And looking back you probably wonder how you are even alive today. Wisdom will lengthen your life. People who are wise don’t make stupid choices , mostly. When you live reckless, your going to eventually wreck

So how do you obtain this wisdom? By God alone through Jesus Christ! Scripture tells us Jesus is The Living Word of God, follow him and you’ll obtain Wisdom Amen!

Memorial Day

When I think of Memorial Day, I think of one word Sacrifice. Memorial Day is not a day we celebrate victories or even promote our country. But it’s a day we reflect upon the sacrifices made by soldiers, that accomplish those victories and establish our nation.

The word Sacrifice means an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else more important. When we talk about soldiers making a sacrifice its not just about losing their life, they also sacrificed relationships, sacrificed dreams, sacrificed inner peace, sacrificed marriages , children , and families. Every soldier sacrificed something for the line of duty

So the question is why do we celebrate Memorial Day? Because without the soldiers sacrifice we wouldn’t be able to worship God right now. Without the sacrifice of soldiers we wouldn’t have any of the freedoms that we take for granted today. Right now in China currently, their government in burning down Christian churches, burning Bibles, and imprisoning and killing Christians. There are many other countries throughout the world that persecute people because of their freedoms and beliefs.

So if your grateful for any of the freedoms that you enjoy today, thank a Soldier!, if your grateful you can worship in freedom , thank a soldier. If your thankful you can voice your opinions without persecution or imprisonment , thank a soldier. To deny thanks to these soldiers is to deny your freedom exist