By Neil Anderson
©Copyright πίστις 2013
Babies are so cool…little bundles of cuteness, a new life created by God. Their needs are really pretty simple if at times very overwhelming! They want to be fed, held and loved. When they do not feel good…they look to us as the parent to fix it, make the problem go away.
So what do we as adults have in common with babies? Lots and at the same time little. Let me explain…
Babies all have one characteristic in common; they are completely helpless. Anything babies’ need is provided for them by the parents.
We all began life as this helpless little new life dependent on someone to take care of us; if someone did not fulfill the responsibility of taking care of us as babies…we would have surely perished. Then we grow up and outgrow this need…or do we?
Soon before you know it that baby is a toddler, and then in a blink of an eye they are the willful teenager…and right around the corner they morph into the young man or woman that knows it all while you the parent are an idiot that knows nothing. Not all kids are like this, but many are to some degree.
We live our lives, we learn our lessons in school, and we gain life experience. At some point we live on our own and manage our own lives. We are adults and can make our own decisions and take care of ourselves now right?
I would submit to you that this is an illusion. Don’t feel bad…we have all participated in this illusion and many still are. NO one is self sufficient…many think they are but it is not so. This is another lie fostered by Satan himself. If you truly believe you are self sufficient, then you have no need of God do you?
As I said before babies are born helpless. As a matter of fact, we are all helpless in a way and it does not end because we can manage our own household.
You see my friends…we are all born dead. Yes dead! We are born spiritually dead, separated from God. During the course of our lives we have opportunity to reverse this “spiritual deadness”. We are helpless to do this however without the help of our Creator…God.
You may very well get through life just fine without God…but what are you going to do when your physical body dies and your eternal soul stands before Christ? When Christ says to you why should I let you into my heaven…what are you going to say? You were a good person? Sorry…that does not count. There is only one correct answer to that question; I trust in Jesus.
As a baby is utterly helpless to take care of itself, we are utterly helpless to bring our eternal spirit to life without Christ. We are all born spiritually dead, the only way that condition changes is by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Why are we born spiritually dead? We all sin, sin is death and it only takes one. Not death of the body as we all will die unless Christ comes back first but that is another topic altogether. We are speaking of the death of your spirit. Let me make this as simple as possible. We all have a soul and spirit. Our soul is what makes us who we are; gives life to the otherwise inanimate body. Our spirit connects us to God. When we are born, the soul is alive so to speak, but the spirit is not as our spirit is not yet connected to God. If you die without connecting your spirit to God…well you will be separated from God forever and your spirit will die forever. However…your soul on the other hand will live on eternally…in hell. Yes that is right, your soul will life forever tormented in hell…Bibles words not mine.
The thing is loved ones…it does NOT have to be this way! Jesus Christ regardless of what you do or do not think of Him came here to save you! Jesus died on the cross so that you may go to Him, ask for forgiveness of your sins, change your life to live for Him and receive eternal life in heaven…your spirit alive and your body perfectly restored better than it was in life. What does not sound good about that?
Either you accept Christ and live forever with Him; no more pain either physical or emotional, no more death, no more anything bad ever! Or…you refuse Christ and you will suffer for that decision forever in hell. God sends no one to hell…you choose that eternal destination for your self at the same time you willingly choose to refuse the One who created you Lordship over your life.
You can refuse Christ now and party down and do anything you want to, but you WILL pay for that decision!! Please realize that your decisions now will affect you in eternity.
Christ is soon to return to this earth. Time is short…the need to accept Him as Lord and Savior is now, not tomorrow. You may not have a tomorrow.
Watch this video on our YouTube channel about how quickly one can be here today and gone tomorrow. WARNING…this video is VERY graphic. You will see people actually die.
To accept Christ simply pray to Him. Ask Him into your heart and confess all sins to Him. Believe that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was enough to pay for your sins. Place your trust in Jesus for your eternal life not yourself. Believe that Christ rose from the dead and lives even now with the Father in heaven.
Welcome to the family of God!
God bless you all
- What do Babies, Jesus, and Your Death (or not) Have in Common? (vineoflifenews.com)
- What or Who are YOU Living FOR? (vineoflifenews.com)
- So Your Life Is Falling Apart (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- Luke 19:10 NKJV – He came for you and for me (pagprayer.wordpress.com)
By Neil Anderson
John 8;31, 32
If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
We are more vulnerable to Satan’s deception than to any of his other schemes. Why? Because when he tempts you or accuses you, you know it, but when he deceives you, you don’t know it. If he can enter your church, your home, or your mind undetected and get you to believe a lie, he can control your life, home and ministry. Sad to say, he is doing just that across our land by deceiving many people.
You cannot overcome Satan’s deception by human reasoning; you can only do it by God’s revelation. Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31, 32). Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word s truth” (John 17:17). It is critical that when you put on the armor of God, you start with the belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14). The light of truth is the only valid weapon against the darkness of deception.
Here’s an encouraging letter from a young woman who was trapped in deception until Jesus Christ set her free as we walked through the steps to freedom:
Dear Dr. Anderson: I will always remember the day I came to you for counsel and prayer. Ever since that day I have felt such freedom. There are no more voices or feelings of heaviness in my brain. I’m even enjoying a physical sense of release. Satan has returned many times trying to clobber me with those old thoughts, but his hold on me has been broken.
I’ll never forget what you told me. You said that those negative thoughts about God and myself were lies from Satan. You said I have the power through Jesus Christ to rebuke Satan and get rid of the evil thoughts. It has taken me awhile to really believe that with all my heart, but lately I’ve decided to fight back–and it works!
Prayer: Today, Lord, I purpose not to lean on my own understanding or put more confidence in my reasoning than in Your revelation.
By Neil Anderson
By Neil Anderson
By Neil Anderson
- NEW AGE EXPOSED: Serving Same Supernatural Being as Satanists (vineoflifenews.com)
- The Antichrist is Coming! (vineoflifenews.com)
- Those Who Oppose Us (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- What To Do When Satan Tells You That You’re Worthless (stellardayblog.wordpress.com)
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
“He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” John 8:47 (NKJV)
“But He said, ‘More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!’” Luke 11:28 (NKJV)
There have been many times in my life when confusion has caused me to stop dead in my tracks. With a muddled mind, I have been known to throw my hands up in the air out of frustration. This confusion almost always involves a decision that needs to be made. Facts and details come flying in from all directions. One minute I think I have reached a decision, but then another detail rushes in and changes my mind.
Sorting through details, facts, possible outcomes, circumstances, and feasible consequences and blessings will always require diligence, patience, and prayer. A lack of patience and a desire to act immediately, instead of waiting for God to clarify things, is a mistake many of us make.
Instead of rushing ahead of God, we need to let Him lead and guide us. His timing is perfect and He knows hidden dangers that lie in wait. This calls for a keen ear and quiet time in prayer. The quiet still voice of the Holy Spirit will say, “Move, wait, this direction,” and we don’t want to miss out on His leading.
It is the soul who has tossed all decisions to God, knowing He will sort them out in His time and in His way, who will find a peace that transcends all understanding. Confusion robs us of peace and fuels our anxiety. By handing God the things that concern us, we can be certain the best (not necessarily the easiest) outcome will occur.
So, when facts and details come flying past you, don’t allow them to become a hurricane that knocks you down. Cry out to God in prayer. Notify Him that you want to do what He thinks best. Tell Him you need His advice. You will be amazed how doors you were about to walk through suddenly close, and options you never even considered fall in your lap.
There are examples in the Bible when God sends a spirit of confusion to baffle the enemies of Israel. He uses this confusion to give His people victory in battle. However, if you are a child of the living God, any confusion you experience is not of Him. Your confusion is birthed out of your flesh or brought about by the enemy. We are His sheep and John 10:27 makes note that we can hear our shepherd’s voice.
If you are facing confusion today, relax. There is no reason for you to be perplexed and mystified. Let God sort things out for you, but keep an eager and intent ear open to His call. You don’t want to miss hearing His guidance, instructions, and advice.
Once you have heard the Word of God, be sure you keep it. This may require big steps of faith into unknown lands. Please don’t hesitate, trust Him! He will be with you every step of the way, even if it feels like He’s moved you off your path and things still don’t make sense.
There is a difference between confusion and not knowing all the details in our future. God requires steps of faith, so He will intentionally withhold information. If you are certain you have heard His voice and found confirmation in the Word of God, stop worrying. God has answered your prayer to sort out the confusion in your mind. He is now in charge; so let Him clear the cobwebs from your mind. Allow His peace to fill your heart and give you rest.
“But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NAS)
“Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city.” Psalm 55:9 (NIV))
“I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you.” Exodus 23:27 (NKJV)
- So, Why Do Christians Get Confused? (vineoflifenews.com)
- Satan Knits Ornate Webs of Confusion (vineoflifenews.com)
- What About Those Who Do Not Know The Name of God? (bereanreport.wordpress.com)
- Are You God’s Compassionate Watering Can? (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- The Divine Standard by Billy Graham. (darylgstewart.wordpress.com)
During this summer, I have spent some time clearing out a worship spot at my house in the back of our woods. I must say, I really enjoyed doing it. I wanted a spot that I could go and spend time with God in solitude. I gathered old down trees to use for seating, found various pieces of old furniture to place back there, and Tiki Torches to help keep away bugs. In the middle I built a good-sized fire pit for bonfires. The other evening I went out to that spot to spend some time with God. My brother was with me and we were trying to light the fire. The pit had quite a bit of wood in it so if we ever got it lit, it would be a very big and nice fire. The problem was we couldn’t get the fire lit. Granted the top pieces were a little wet, but the rest of the pile was dry, so we didn’t think it would be much of a problem. We had pieces of cardboard to help start the fire, but it didn’t work. We lit some of the dry leaves in the midst of the sticks, but it didn’t work either. We even found some straw to light to help with the process, but all it did was burn. It didn’t stay lit and the fire died quickly. So finally after much frustration, we got the gasoline. Now, I realize this is not the smartest choice nor safest, but I wanted a fire! Luckily nothing bad happened! So we light a few more pieces of cardboard and paper just enough to keep it a flame for a few minutes. Then we doused the places we didn’t have lit with some gasoline so with the fire caught it, it would light up. The finally we applied the gasoline on the flames that were going and instantly, the fire went ablaze. We experienced the thrill of getting our fire lit and the fire was glorious…for about ten minutes. But soon, that gasoline had burnt away, the wood had never really caught a flame, and the fire died out again quickly. Now I realize that there are better ways to light a fire, and if I did some other things I could have probably got that fire going. However, I’m glad I tried to light the fire the way I did because God used it to teach me something.
When the fire began to die out again, I was getting kind of irritated. Then I felt God speak to my heart saying, “I need people who will tend and stir the fire, not just light it.” I immediately knew what God was saying to me. In order to keep a fire going, you have to constantly add fire to the pile, you have to stir the fire to keep the fire going, and you have to watch it. Gasoline is a nice help, but it is only a temporary fix. It only lasts for a moment. It looks glorious and the flames are huge, but they don’t have much life. God doesn’t need followers who will be like the gasoline. Who will become very passionate and devoted to God one day, and have a devotion to Him that dies at the end of the week. He wants followers who will fan the flames. Who will keep the fire going, even if that means taking longer steps in doing so. Followers who will spend the extra time in prayer, reading of His Word, and living out the life He calls His people to.
I think you would be very hard pressed to find a church, if you asked them, would not want to see people come to know Christ. I mean, that’s just a ludicrous thought. The Church may have many different denomination and beliefs of theology, but I don’t really think there are many people in the Church who do not want to see souls saved. In fact if there are any, I really think those people need to evaluate their life and see if the are in step with the Spirit. But all too often the Church tries to witness to the world with gasoline. With big and glorious displays of various ministries, emotional appeals, etc. Those of you who serve the Lord know exactly what I’m talking about. But those things don’t last. People who come to the Lord on those terms won’t last unless that fire is cultivated. Unless their flames are stirred and wood is added to the fire. If the Church and Christians want to set this world on fire, we first have to cultivate the fire in our own hearts, then also be willing to take the time to minister properly and effectively to help keep the fire lit the hearts of others as well. Jesus told His followers that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them and they will be His witnesses. The Holy Spirit gives Christians the power to witness to others about Jesus powerfully. God is the source of that fire. I pray that believers everywhere will submit to the Holy Spirit and allow God move in their hearts. I also pray that Christians all over the world will fan into flame the gifts of God and take the steps necessary to keep that flame going. When the fire rises true and proud, the world around us will catch fire too. Don’t use the gasoline. Cultivate that fire.
“Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands.” ~2 Timothy 1:6
“Fire must be kept burning on the altar continually; it must not go out.” ~Leviticus 6:13
May God be with you.
In our world of individualistic values and selfish decisions, oftentimes we don’t think about how our decisions affect others. Our adage of, “If it feels good, do it” or “If it makes you happy, then go for it” seeks only to justify our selfish desires without thinking of the cost to others.
I had to think about this recently.
One of our dogs, the one who eats everything, even waste, is not well. This has happened before. She eats things she’s not supposed to eat, even things that people think are okay to give her, like bread or mangoes. Then her body can’t process it all which affects her bile and then we have a sick dog on our hands. This process does not happen instantaneously. It is a process. First, she noses out things she’s not supposed to eat and believe it or not, she knows she’s not supposed to eat them because she does this in complete hiding, and then she eats them. Or, well meaning people think it’s alright for the dogs to have chicken bones or their leftover food and feed them the food which Mayah hides from us while eating it. At first, nothing happens and all is good. But over time, Mayah’s body stops functioning the way it should and physical evidences start to show up. And when she shows a complete disinterest in her food and allows Maddy to eat it from her bowl, we know we have reached a very scary stage. Her sickness affects us, not just in the cost financially, time in having to hand feed her and in watching her to make sure she doesn’t eat more waste, but also emotionally because we love her.
And so often, we don’t know that something’s wrong until we get to this stage because Mayah hides what she does so well. Just like us when we do what we’re not supposed to do.
A diabetic can go on eating sugar and even hide it from family and friends for a while because the evidence of what he/she is doing can go undetected for a while. Then one day, everything in their body shuts down and they go into insulin shock and that’s when everyone realizes what has happened. The sad thing is, when we make the decision to keep doing what is wrong, we don’t realize how much it affects others around us. We think it’s only about us, that when we have a body that malfunctions, lost all our money to gambling, abandoned our children, are dead because of a drug overdose, it only affects us. We don’t see the ripple effect of what we had chosen to do and the devastation of that.
How many people, no matter their ages, still live with hurt and pain in their hearts from the effects of the decision of others when they were younger? The pain affects their ways of thinking, their decision making and how they relate to others. The ripple effect carries on way into the future.
The wages of sin is death.
It’s not politically correct to say that today. But it’s a true statement. The payment of sin is death. I used to think it was death just for the person involved. But unfortunately, until there is repentance and redemption, the death will continue for generations. I learned that this death doesn’t always show up in a literal sense, oftentimes it shows up under disguise. Like the death of a relationship, whether it be a friendship or amongst family. The hardening of a heart so that it will not be able to love again or to allow others to love it. The replay of what others had done to us as we do it to others because that is what we had learned to be the “only” way to do things. The domino effect affecting generations down the road.
The wages of sin is death.
The tearstained face of a little boy as he watches his dad beat up his mom and then robs her of her last remaining dollars to go out into the night to drink with his buddies hardens as he realizes that he needs to be stronger and bigger than his dad to protect his mom and himself in the future. Violence learned, violence replayed. A death handed down another generation.
The bright, innocent eyes of a little girl watches as her mommy puts on make up and dresses in tight fitting outfits to go out into the night to prostitute herself so that they can eat. She listens as her mom’s words tell her that the only way to be able to earn money is through her looks, body and who she gets into a relationship with. Lies heard, lies acted out. A death handed down another generation.
A lie spoken. More lies needed to cover it up. Confidence betrayed. A relationship or friendship in ruins. Another death. When will we stop with the destruction? When will we realize that our decisions will affect our future generations? When will we realize that what we sow we will reap?
It’s not politically correct to talk about these things anymore. We don’t go back to the root causes and call a spade a spade. We look for bandaid solutions. We live in the world forgetting that we have an amazing, loving God but we also have an enemy who seeks to rob, kill and destroy us with the same fervency and intensity of the love that God has for us.
We need to be more careful with how we make our decisions, how we choose to live our lives because we don’t live in a vacuum. We all affect one another. It is only when we choose repentance from our sins and accept redemption from the Cross that our eyes will be opened to see how our decisions affect us and those around us so that we can change how we do things to affect all for good.
For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.