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Heart, Mind, and Soul

“If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7

Today we take a look at Cane and Abel, brothers that Satan tore apart to caused the first murder! Both brothers brought an offering before God; however God was pleased with Abel’s but not Cain’s? Why?

We have to remember God wants our heart,mind, and soul (Matthew 22:37) not just our presence, like quality over quantity. It says that Abel offered his first born sheep of his flock (Firstfruits), this was the best Abel had to offer and because of this God was pleased.  While Cain offered some random fruit from his garden, could have been leftovers or bad fruit, but it surely wasn’t his best, God rejected it!

God doesn’t really care what you are offering him, but what you are offering him should be the best you can provide from your heart. Cain was just going through the motions basically trying to trick God, but God reads our hearts, minds, and soul.

Now this rejection from God obviously upset Cain, and instead of him trying to do better, he became insanely jealous of his brother Abel.  As God said to him “sin is crouching at your door” meaning if you allow this jealousy and anger to manifest in you, it will grow into sin (James 1:15). That’s exactly what happened.

Instead of Cain, repenting, he allowed sin to grow into murder! (James 1:15) God wants us to love him with all our heart, mind, and soul (Matthew 22:37) , not just going through the motions!  Just like the 5 loaves and 2 fish, give God whatever you have and he will bless you in Jesus Name Amen!

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Good Fruit

“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. John 15:2
Your faith is like a tree, the word of God is like a seed, when you accept Gods word for truth and learn and grow from it, you grow stronger in your faith.

Jesus said we would know false prophets “By their fruits” (Matthew 7:16) if we don’t produce “Good fruit” then eventually God will cut us off (John 15:2), so what is Good Fruit? Lets look at the Fruits of The Holy Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galations 5:22-23)
If your actions don’t match those qualities of the ones above, then your actions are not from God but from the flesh. Its important we remain lead by The Holy Spirit and not by our own flesh.

Second God says “We will be pruned so we can bear more fruit “ (John 15:2) Some might wonder as a Christian, why would God allow you to suffer? Sometimes our pain and suffering is to prepare us and grow us “Good Fruit”

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. (James 1:2-3)

Don’t be misled by the fake “American” “Prosperity” Gospel, for anyone who loves this world and things of it, God is not in them (1 John 2:15) As a Christian there will be trials and tribulation, but know in the end we have the ultimate victory by the Blood of Christ in Jesus Name Amen!

Lamb of God

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

Who is The Lamb of God? John the Baptist clearly identifies him as Jesus Christ. So what does it mean for Jesus to be the Lamb of God? And how is John able to identify him?  John the Baptist was sent as a messenger from God to pave the way for the Messiah (Isaiah 40:3) The voice on one calling in the wilderness to prepare the way for The Lord. John was a witness and confirmation that Jesus is The Messiah, The Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world

The Passover Lamb was instructed by God to be sacrificed to save the Israelites from death. The blood of the Lamb was a sign and seal they were protected by God (Exodus 12) The requirements of the Lamb of God was to be without defect and to not have a single bone broken in there body (Leviticus 22)

Jesus is The Lamb of God, who was without sin yet paid for the sins of the world. (1 Corinthians 5:7) By the power of his holy blood, we are redeemed and protected. This is why Jesus allowed himself to be crucified to be our sacrificial Lamb to save us from our sins.

Remember what Jesus has done for you, he laid down his life for you as the Lamb of God. There is no power greater than his blood, so rejoice for you have been redeemed by his blood in Jesus Name Amen

Find Jesus

I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full. Proverbs 8:20-21

Jesus is the Truth, Life, and The Way nobody comes to The Father without going through him. He came to make the crooked paths straight, to give hope to the hopeless. If you love him you will keep his commandments and inherit eternal life.

The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. Proverbs 8:22-23

Jesus is the image of the invisible God , the firstborn over all creation. In the beginning was The Word, who is the beginning and the end

Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. Proverbs 8:34

Jesus opened the eyes of the blind, he is the gatekeeper. Knock on the door and he will answer. But narrow is the way to righteousness. For many are called but few are chosen

For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD. Proverbs 8:35

Anyone who calls upon the name of Jesus, shall be saved. He is the living water, the bread of life. Follow him and thirst and hunger no more. For Jesus is Gods son, in whom he is well pleased. Believe in him and receive favor in Jesus Name Amen

Unforgivable Sin?

Therefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. Matthew 12:31

Jesus died for our sins so we can be forgiven, but there is one sin he will not forgive and that’s “Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit”.  So what is blasphemy? And who is The Holy Spirit?

Blasphemy- is an act or speaking offensively against God including profanity.

As Jesus said before he made this statement, “Anyone who is not with me is against me” (Matthew 12:30) So anyone who is committing blasphemy is ultimately waging war against God

We must understand that we are in a Spiritual Warfare for our souls (Ephesians 6:1) you are either on Gods side or Satans side, there is no in between

So who is The Holy Spirit?  Jesus taught us a lot about the Holy Spirit in (John 14-15) He is the power of God, The Comforter, The Spirit of Truth that will dwell in us forever.

We should remember the story from (Acts 5) about Ananias and Sapphira, they intentionally lied and tried to deceive the Holy Spirit and were instantly put to death. Peter told them they had lied to God, this shows you a glimpse how the Father, Son , and Holy Spirit are One

So when you speak against God or use his name in vain, this will not be forgiven. When you target and persecute Christians this will not be forgiven. Before you wage war against Jesus, make sure you know the consequences, because if God if for us who can stand against us Amen

Is God First?

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3

Do you put God first above all other things? Its easy for us to get distracted or sidetracked in todays world and forget about God. Especially when things are going good, but it’s important to keep God first above all things

Worship– Excessive admiration for someone or something

Do you excessively obsess or admire something or someone? This is by definition worship, and its putting something above God. Many times people become obsessed with making money, or following sports, ect. The problem is these distractions take you away from focusing on God.

As Jesus said nobody Can Serve Two Masters, (Matthew 6:24) he was specifically referencing Money as it has become a God for many people. But we must remember Jehovah Jireh God is our Provider (Genesis 22:14) not Man (Philippians 4:19)  God knows your needs and will meet them (Matthew 6:8)

Idolatry– extreme love, reverence, or admiration for someone or something

Notice Idolatry and Worship are basically the same thing; we have a huge issue with this today in our culture. We idolize and worship musicians, movie stars, athletes, ect. This is an abomination to God and it must end. (Exodus 20:3-6) God tells us throughout the Bible to avoid Idolatry at all costs

The Bible also tells that all Earthy things, such as sexual immorality, impurity, evil desires, and covetousness are also Idolatry (Colossians 3:5) Sin can be an obsession, we need to set our minds on things above and Christ (Colossians 3:2)

So are you putting God first? Are you guilty of Idolatry and ungodly Worship? Remember to keep God first above everything else in Jesus Name Amen

Eye For Eye?

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Matthew 5:38-39

With all the violence and hatred in the world today, how do we react? The normal human reaction is for us want an “Eye for Eye” but with this approach when does it end? Jesus taught us to “Turn the other cheek”, instead of answering violence with violence we should try to resist .

Obviously this is not easy and not very popular. Its natural for us to want to avenge our enemies, but the questions is when will it stop? So how as Christians can we apply these teachings Jesus wants us to follow?

Remember Jesus said we must first deny ourselves (Matthew 16:24) before we become a disciple, isn’t violence mostly about human ego and greed? If we truly are a Christian, we must not only Deny Ourselves but also Love our Enemies (Matthew 5:44).

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

One of the most powerful scriptures in the entire Bible is this one, Satan can threaten you with violence or even death, however we should not fear them. See God gives life and can take it away, he is the only one. Even if your physical body is dead, your soul will live as long as God says it will.

This is why Fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding, because our Heavenly Father, creator of the Heavens and Earth is truly in control. So resist violence, turn the other cheek in Jesus Name Amen

You Can Be Saved

You Can Be Saved

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

There are many people who are living in defeat because they don’t believe  they can be saved, or are not worthy to be saved. But you need to know Jesus came to save everyone including You!

Jesus said in (Luke 5:32) He did not come for the righteous but for the sinners, and since we are all sinners (Romans 3:23), we all need Jesus!  It doesn’t matter your age, race, gender, Jesus came to save everyone, he is the light of the Gentiles (Isaiah 42:6)

What is a Gentile?  Gentile is anyone who is not Jewish, this is what the new covenant is all about.  Because of God’s grace through Jesus Christ, we can all be children of God, Jews and Gentiles (Galatians 3:28). Also tells us in (Romans 10:12), that God is the God of everyone, Jews and Gentiles

Many know the scripture John 3:16 but if you continue reading verses 17 and 18 it tells you Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world and whoever believes in Jesus  is not condemned (John 3:17-18)

So You can be saved, If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9) Saved from the enemy of this world including death. Accept Jesus into your heart today and become a new Creature (2 Corinthians 5:17) Amen!

Amazing Faith

So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. Luke 7:6-7

What can we learn from the centurion? Here he is being honest with Jesus, he knows Jesus can heal his servant but doesn’t feel worthy to even approach Jesus. Do we feel like the centurion or do we feel like God owes us?

What we do learn is that we should have faith and know that God can do all things, but we should also be humble and not expect that its his will to do as we request.

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Luke 7:9

A centurion is a commander of the Roman army, he had great power and authority just as he expressed to Jesus. But he also showed that he believed Jesus has greater power and authority than him.

So when Jesus heard that faith coming from a centurion, he was amazed. Herse a man whose job is to enslave the Jews, but this man recognizes that Jesus is the Messiah.

Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well. Luke 7:10

The centurion knew that Jesus didn’t need to even see his servant to heal him, and he was correct. Do we understand this also? We can pray for others and don’t have to be with them for them to be healed. God is everywhere, the Holy Spirit lives inside us all, amaze Jesus with your faith also Amen