Monday, October 24, 2016

If you want newness in your life...

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If you want newness in your life...

+Cleaning up your physical space is a good exercise. It helps you see in 3D what things you may be attached to in a spiritual sense and that may serve you nothing. Keep what you need, donate what may serve another and get rid of the rest. Let then what is essential be tailored for its most usefulness and effectiveness.

If you want newness in your life, you must make room for what you want to come into your life. If you're going to turn a page, do it cleanly and completely. That is, when you get to what you call the new, you must not hold on to any shadow of the old. Some can more easily than others turn life stories into history, whether it is with another person in a relationship, a job, even a house, etc., but these times come when pages must be turned, when new chapters need to start, and we may not right then be fully aware of the affection we have towards things that belong to a day passed. And that is a state of delusion: the failure to fully grasp what the new reality is and to embrace it while correctly placing in the past what belongs there (not trying to "save" what must be put behind). And this can happen even when the turn is fully within our control to make. Without effort or much thought, we can erect monuments or allow monuments to remain standing in our lives (for a memorial) that only takes space and to which we allow easy access to come and occupy our thoughts. That is disorder. Indeed, some have moving on down to a science and it may profit them well (unless it's about escaping responsibility), but some simply don't have it naturally to let things go and move on. To the latter, I want to encourage you to love the truth and to be quick to assess and acknowledge your reality, but not only that, to not waste time living in two worlds even passively. That is, you may not be actively or consciously looking towards the past from the point where you are in your life, but you allow things from your past to come pay your mind a visit for no useful purpose anytime they please. Yes, that is disorder. It takes some time to clean up space, whether it is physical or emotional space. It takes some time. But it's a job that needs to be done like any other job. It requires clarity on what is not in order and a determined effort to reach that state of order and readiness of the new space in your life for new things, new people and new experiences to come in.

All this may sound like plain wisdom of man minding earthly things, but that very same principle applies when one seeks the LIFE that includes God and that is from God. That way the Gospel lays out requires a turn, so a clearly marked turning point called repentance; it involves a call to be answered, a job to be done (e.g. opening your mouth to answer the call, then it requires that you walk the walk - no one walked your own walk for you), and then a moving on to the new can follow.

James 4:8
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (That is repentance.)

James 1:21-22
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Mark 1:14-15
14 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; **repent** and believe in the gospel.”

Acts 26:20
First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should **repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.**

Let no one deceive you. You must prepare your heart for God. If you are going to be "reconciled" with someone, it cannot be without understanding of why a reconciliation is needed in the first place and the severity of the alienation/gap to be bridged. The Gospel opens the door to the reconciliation between God and man through Jesus' sacrifice. The issue is sin (Isaiah 59:2). Examine your heart and change your heart and He will receive you. You haven't received Jesus if you have not found Him worthy of receiving honor from you, of receiving love/obedience (John 14:15) from you. But He receives you, when you run to Him as the prodigal son did. Consider then the prodigal son's heart, his understanding of his choices and his circumstances and the hope He had that his father would receive him IF he turned his life around, IF he let go of many things that grieved his father, having a sincere regret for offending and dishonoring him. Something happened in that son's heart. He knew He did wrong and took responsibility for it. He had a moment of clarity on the things in his life that were only good to be thrown out. And he got up and said 'No more of that. I love my father. I will return to him and I will honor him.' Have you said no more of that life of sin alienated from Father God, in every way?

Read the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) and meditate on it. Ponder on how it may be your life's story and what responsibility it lays on your conscience first and on your shoulders for what you will need to make decisions about concerning the present direction of your life. And in all things, put God first. He puts things in order!

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Luke 9:57-62
57 While they were walking along the road, a man told him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus told him, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest.” 59 He told another man, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 But he told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead. But you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another man said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to those at home.” 62 Jesus told him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

John 8:12
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 14:5-6
5 Thomas asked him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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See also:
Fish is meant to be caught
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If you are in a big enough cage
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

"FAITH OF JESUS" (Jesus' faith) VS "FAITH IN JESUS"

INTRODUCTION
The focus of this study is to list passages where "faith of Jesus" is used and to understand the difference between that and "faith in Jesus", as the two are not the same. The main text used below is the King James Clarified version (http://studybible.info/KJC), which is the King James Version without the archaic words. Each passage was cross-referenced in the King James Version, the New King James Version and the World English Bible (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=&version=KJV;NKJV;WEB). Each passage is followed by a link to the Interlinear Greek bible (http://biblehub.com/interlinear) where individual words can be clicked through to find the definition in the concordance. Example: the word "faith" matches Strong's number 4102. When you click on 4102 (http://biblehub.com/greek/4102.htm), it gives the definitions, different forms of the Greek word and the number of occurrences of the word in the original text. Concordance lookups may be more easily done on Blue Letter Bible (ex: https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?t=kjv&strongs=g4102), where it shows in addition to the definitions, a full-text listing of all the verses where the word occurs.

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Revelation 14:12
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and THE FAITH OF JESUS.
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/revelation/14-12.htm

James 2:1
My brethren, do not have THE FAITH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons (partiality).
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/james/2-1.htm

Philippians 3:8-11
8 Yes most certainly, and I count all things as loss (worthless) for the excellency (surpassing worth/value) of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them as dung, that I may gain Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is THROUGH THE FAITH OF CHRIST, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/philippians/3-9.htm

Warning: some versions read "through faith in Christ"

Ephesians 3:8-12
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence BY THE FAITH OF HIM.
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/ephesians/3-12.htm

Warning: some versions read "through our faith in him"

Galatians 3:22
But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise BY FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST might be given to them that believe.
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/galatians/3-22.htm

Warning: some versions read "by faith in Jesus Christ"

Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/galatians/2-20.htm

Warning: some versions read "by faith in the Son of God"

Galatians 2:15-16
15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but BY THE FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST, even we have BELIEVED IN JESUS CHRIST, that we might be justified BY THE FAITH OF CHRIST, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/galatians/2-16.htm

Compare with "believe in" (in/on is the Greek word "eis" - G1519):
John 3:16
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/john/3-16.htm
John 16:9
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/john/16-9.htm

[We need to believe in Jesus and have the faith of Jesus: it's the faith that was once delivered to the saints, that we must earnestly contend for (Jude 1:3). It's the (same) faith Jesus wondered if He would find on the earth at his coming: "when the Son of Man comes, will He find (*the) faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8)
*Most translations do not have the (*the) before the word 'faith' in this Luke verse, but it's in the original (http://biblehub.com/interlinear/luke/18-8.htm). It's a precise (kind of) faith that Jesus was talking about.]

Romans 3:21-22
21 But now the righteousness of God outside the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is BY FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST unto all and upon all them that believe
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/romans/3-22.htm

Warning: some versions read "by faith in Jesus Christ"

Compare with "faith of Abraham" (Abraham's faith):
Romans 4:12
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/romans/4-12.htm
Romans 4:16
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/romans/4-16.htm

Compare again:
"obedience of Christ" (Christ's obedience) is written in a similar way as "faith of Christ"...
2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ
http://biblehub.com/interlinear/2_corinthians/10-5.htm

Remark: While the KJV text is here contrasted with modern versions in the passages presented for this study, this is not to infer that it is itself a perfect translation. The Holy Spirit is given to preserve the Word of God and lead into all truth (Acts 5:32; John 16:13) those who repent when they hear the Gospel, whether they could afford a particular bible or not. Let this be a warning to not make an idol of a bible version, but to be seeking God always and remain with a humble and teachable spirit.

____________ REMINDERS ____________
Jesus as a servant Himself of the Father...
Philippians 2:5-11
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has 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; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Word for his disciples...
Luke 6:40
The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect* shall be as his master.
*complete/fully-trained/made to be as one ought to be

Matthew 28:18
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority is given to me in heaven and in earth.

John 6:56
He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him.

John 15:4-5
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine; no more can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.

1 John 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

1 John 2:6
He that says he abides in Him ought himself also so to walk, just as He walked.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

God won't just throw stuff at you

God won't just throw stuff at you...

Luke 11:8-9
8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and all of you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

God won't just throw stuff at you. He said you should ask. Do that. In all your asking ask for wisdom so you won't be asking for stuff that is not according to His will.

In context: Read Luke 11:5-13

James 4:2-3
2 You lust (desire), and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not. 3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts.

John 15:7-8
7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.

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Proverbs 4:5-7
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve you: love her, and she shall keep you. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.

If you understand what you need to get (even in priority), then you ought to be asking for it.

James 1:5-8
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and reproaches not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

May your priorities be well-ordered.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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1 John 3:22
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

You must understand who "we" is. Your understanding of your walk must match that of a saint like those this epistle was written to. Now we are taught "we are all sinners", and remain sinners as we get no good news in fact... Well, that's a problem. When you read the bible, you must understand who it is addressing or speaking about, otherwise you will use the word deceitfully, deceiving your own self first of all. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). That's the bad news. The good news is about being delivered (saved) from bondage to sin that leads to destruction, and receiving the gift of eternal life. As a sinner who hears the gospel, you must repent and be be converted (Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19)/changed/transformed by your obedience to the truth of the gospel. Where you're getting at is to be made righteous, no longer a sinner (Luke 18:14; Luke 15:7; Romans 5:19). Read Psalm 1, read Psalm 34:15-16, and decide and know which you are right now. It's one of two paths you can be on. Do with the lies you have learned what needs to be done with them: reject them and love and embrace and walk in the truth. Only the truth (John 14:6) saves.

John 9:31
Now we know that God hears not sinners*: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does his will, him he hears.

If you are coming to God with a repentant heart, seeking reconciliation with Him, He will hear you. If you are serious about drawing near to God, He will hear your cry as you seek his face.

James 4:8
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

If you didn't know that faith in Jesus means you trust Him enough to follow Him (Luke 9:23; Matthew 10:38) and you love Him enough to obey Him (John 14:15; John 15:14) and remain faithful to Him, don't run from the truth, but start doing well right now. Ask for the first thing you ought to ask for, which is forgiveness for your own personal sins. That's how you start the relationship with God. As an enemy of Him because of sin, you answer his call and choose to make peace with Him, that is, to be reconciled with Him (Romans 5:6-10).

You can open your bible and see for yourself that the gospel is not about "accepting Jesus", if that means anything other than coming to God in repentance, with a heart ready for his kingdom (reign) to come to your life, as you choose to submit to Him and to love Him (obey Him - John 14:15). You must accept your cross (Matthew 10:38) and endeavor rather to be accepted by God (2 Corinthians 5:9) in all that you do (actions that follow your believing). You repent, first of all.

Mark 1:14-15
14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe* the gospel.

*Implies observance or obedience to what you are taught:
Matthew 28:19-20a
19 Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: 20a Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you...

If your walk as a Christian had been misrepresented to you, go to God with a repentant heart and ask Him to forgive of your sins. It's not that your "past, present, and future" sins are forgiven in advance. God will forgive your passed sins, and in doing that He erases your criminal record because of your faith in Jesus' blood that was shed for that. That's how the relationship starts, with an "agreement" between you and God about what is good or evil, light or darkness... (Isaiah 5:20), and the understanding that from that point on you will choose good, light, truth, righteousness, holiness... That is "common sense" as far as God is concerned. You'd better mind his eternal word. Then you start doing what is right and are called righteous (1 John 2:7; Luke 1:75; Ephesians 4:22-24), no longer continuing to sin wilfully (Romans 6:1; Hebrews 10:26). You do not become incapable of sinning, but in your heart you are choosing to love God rather than to disobey Him and sin, and you choose to remain faithful to Him as to a spouse, walking with Him that way, on the path of holiness and righteousness (Luke 1:75).

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins*, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

*Implies forsaking the sins you're confessing to God. You plead guilty (Luke 18:13). When you're standing there before God, asking Him to throw away your criminal record because of Jesus' sacrifice, you are not at the same time planning to keep on sinning. No, your heart is changed at that point. You don't want to be on God's wrong side at that point. Your mind is changed about sin as you come to see eye to eye with God about what sin is and wholeheartedly regret in your heart all the sins you're convicted of and choose to no longer continue on the same path of committing sin that leads to death. You understand why Jesus had to die to redeem you personally and you call upon Him to save you (Romans 10:13). You actually act like you do believe the truth:
Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are his. And, Let everyone that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity."

Romans 11:22
Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in his goodness: otherwise you also shall be cut off.

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Can God use you? Please share this message if you believe it can bless others and lead them to the deliverance they need. If you still believe that but won't share, you may be choosing to not be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16). Search into your soul and find out what that means. Urgently! You can judge your own self, it's not forbidden. Examine your fruit (2 Corinthians 13:5). You shall be known by your fruit (Luke 6:43-46; Matthew 12:33) and God will judge each one according to their works (Romans 2:6; Revelation 22:11-12; James 2:14-26).

John 15:4-8
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, except it abides in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. 6 If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.

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1 Peter 4:17-19
17 For the time has come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begins with us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous are scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

1 Corinthians 11:31-32
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, so that we should not be condemned with the world.

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See also:
Asking, Seeking and Knocking
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/975346055877651

Making it on our own
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1072705792808343

If you are in a big enough cage
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1069340509811538

On righteousness and righteous judgment
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1076509989094590

"Coming as you are" to God does imply a changed heart
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1011564658922457

Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1058353070910282

What we do daily
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1088223541256568

By the word of their testimony... (Revelation 12:11)
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Pawòl la di tout moun fè peche

Pawòl la di tout moun fè peche (Ròm 3:23). Pawòl la rele tout moun pou yo konvèti. Lè ou fèt nan levanjil sa pa egzante w pou ou konvèti.

Sa m'ap pale a, fòk gen yon moman ou rive ou wè peche w pou sa l ye (ou dakò se peche, se pa bagay ou dwe fè, se pa yon lide ki dwe nan tèt ou oubyen se pa yon santiman oubyen yon atitid ou dwe genyen); fòk gen moman saa ou wè kijan ou pa pafè devan Bondye, pou ou mande l padon e mande l delivre w soti nan move chemen ou ye a. Jezi se sovè lemonn. Se pa legliz levanjil ou leve ladan l la ki sove w. Fòk ou rele Jezi pou ou mande l delivre w anba peche. Se sa ou fè si ou renmen Bondye ak tout kè w e vle fè li plezi. Repons pa l se efase peche w e ou vin fèt yon dezyèm fwa (Jan 3:3), ou vin tounen yon nouvo moun (2 Korent 5:17) ak Sentespri Bondye ou resevwa nan ou. Ou vin gen yon nouvo kè ak yon nouvo lavi ki pa menm jan ak lavi ou te gen anvan an. Fòk gen transfòmasyon saa. Fòk ou wè l e fòk moun nan lavi w wè l tou (Matye 5:14-15; 1 Timote 5:25). Fòk ou gen yon temwayaj ou ka bay sou sa. Egzamine bagay sa yo e pa dòmi sou okenn pawòl ou tande, men gen krentif pou Bondye pou ou obeyi li jan li vle l la. Rete nan pawòl li a e pa mete pawòl moun pi wo pase pawòl Bondye. Fòk ou pran responsabilite w pou ou etidye pawòl Bondye a pou ou ka fè diferans ant laverite ak manti. Si w pa wè w fè peche, nan sa w fè ak menm nan lide w, mande Bondye pou li montre w sa li wè nan kè w, ak si li dakò ak tout, paske ou menm ou vle pou li dakò ak tout pwen nan lavi w. Se lè sa nan tèt ou ke ou deside repanti (tounen vin jwenn Bondye) e pou Jezi mèt lavi w.

2 Timote 3:9
Seyè a pa pran twòp reta pou kenbe pwomès li yo, jan kèk moun kwè a. Okontrè, se pasyans l'ap pran ak nou, paske li pa ta renmen pesonn peri, li ta vle pou tout moun tounen vin jwenn li.

Menm si w grandi nan yo legiz "levanjil", ou menm tou ou nan tout moun Bondye ap tann retounen viv jwenn li yo.

Lik 5:31-32
31. Jezi reponn yo: Lè yon moun ansante, li pa bezwen dòktè. Se moun malad ki bezwen dòktè. 32. Enben, mwen pa vin rele moun k'ap mache dwat devan Bondye, men moun k'ap fè sa ki mal pou yo kapab tounen vin jwenn Bondye.

2 Timote 2:19
Men, pa pè. Fondasyon solid Bondye te mete a, li la toujou. Men pawòl nou jwenn make sou li: Mèt la konnen moun ki moun pa li. Tout moun ki di se pou Seyè a y'ap viv, se pou yo sispann fè sa ki mal.

Jòb 28:28
Apre sa, Bondye di moun konsa: -Gen krentif pou Bondye, se sa ki rele bon konprann. Vire do bay sa ki mal, men sa ki rele gen lespri.

1 Jan 1:8
Si nou di nou pa gen peche, se tèt nou n'ap twonpe. Verite a pa nan nou.

Tout moun ki gen peche bezwen yon sovè ki pou vin delivre yo soti sou chemen peche a nèt, lè yo dakò nan kè yo pou yo vire do bay peche (Ròm 6:16). Jezi se sovè saa e li te bay lavi l pou tout pechè/mechan/moun kap fè sa ki mal. Se sak fè, lè yo aprann nou ke "nou tout se pechè", fòk ou konnen tou, sou menm baz saa Bondye rele ou vire do bay peche (sa ki mal). SI ou pa jwenn tout nouvèl la ou pa jwenn bon nouvèl la. E se lè w deside bay peche vag pou ou ranje chemen w, e ou mande Bondye padon, lè saa li padone ou, li voye dosye peche ou jete, e li fè ou se yon moun kap mache dwat devan Li (nan bib franse a sa rele yon "juste"). Li Sòm 1, Sòm 34:15-16, Lik 13:1-5, 1 Korent 6:9-11 pou w konprann ou pa ka rete ap idantifye tèt ou kòm yon pechè si ou sou chemen dwat Bondye a. Si ou pa sa e Bondye pa rele w konsa, pale verite a pou moun konnen ki espwa delivrans levanjil la bay lè ou aplike l. Si tout moun ki pechè ap toujou pechè, sa vle di pèsonn pap konvèti e pa gen bon nouvèl nan sa ditou.

Travay 2:38
Pyè reponn yo: Tounen vin jwenn Bondye, epi yonn apre lòt vin resevwa batèm nan non Jezikri, pou Bondye padonnen tout peche nou yo. Apre sa, n'a resevwa Sentespri, kado Bondye a.

Si ou pa obeyi Bondye, ou pap resevwa Sentespri a:
Travay 5:32
Nou se temwen tout bagay sa yo, nou menm ansanm ak Sentespri Bondye bay tout moun ki obeyi l' yo.

Tit 3:3-7
3. Paske, nou menm tou, nan tan lontan nou te tankou moun fou, nou pa t' obeyisan devan Bondye, nou te tankou moun ki pèdi chemen yo. Nou te esklav tout kalite move dezi ak move plezi. Nou t'ap viv ak mechanste, ak jalouzi nan kè nou. Moun te rayi nou, epi nou menm, nou te rayi yo tou.
4. Men, lè Bondye fè nou wè jan li gen bon kè, jan li renmen tout moun,
5. li te delivre nou. Li pa t' delivre nou paske nou te fè kèk bagay ki bon, men paske li menm li te gen pitye pou nou. Li delivre nou lè li lave nou, li voye pouvwa Sentespri li nan nou pou chanje nou nèt, pou n' te ka viv yon lòt jan.
6. Bondye voye Sentespri li sou nou an kantite, gremesi Jezi, Kris la, ki delivre nou.
7. Avèk favè sa a Bondye fè nou an, li fè nou gras. Koulye a nou ka resevwa sa n'ap tann lan: lavi ki p'ap janm fini an.

Jan 8:34-36
34 Jezi reponn yo: Sa m'ap di nou la a, se vre wi: Tout moun ki fè peche, se esklav peche yo ye. 35 Yon esklav pa fè pati moun kay la pou tout tan. Men, yon pitit fè pati moun kay la pou tout tan. 36 Si Pitit Bondye a ban nou libète, n'a lib tout bon.

Ròm 6:16
Nou konn sa byen: Si nou lage tèt nou nan men yon moun pou nou sèvi l' esklav pou n' obeyi l', nou tounen esklav moun n'ap obeyi a. Si nou lage kò nou nan peche, nou tounen esklav peche k'ap fè nou jwenn ak lanmò. Men, si nou lage kò nou nan obeyi Bondye, n'a esklav obeyisans k'ap fè nou mache dwat devan Bondye.

Li pawòl yo. Se pa moun ki ka konvenk ou de anyen ou bezwen. Se pawòl Bondye a ki pou travay nan kè w si ou te resevwa l kòm yon jèm ki plante nan yon bon tè (li Lik 8:4-18 pou w egzamine nan ki kategori moun ki tande pawòl Bondye a ou ka ye, menn nan mitan legliz kote w chita a). Nou gen devwa pou nou egzamine tèt nou si se dèyè fè sa ki byen nou ye (2 Korent 13:5; Ròm 2:6-11). Pawòl Bondye a ap enstwi nou. Konsidere sa ki di laa. M pa konnen w pèsonèlman men m konnen chemen laverite a se yon sèl ki genyen (Jan 14:6), e wout mache dwat devan Bondye a se yon wout jis ak difisil li ye, alòske wout peche a limenm li laj anpil (Matye 7:13-14). Dezi pa nou se pou ou ka pwoklame zèv Bondye selon delivrans Jezi opere nan lavi w, epi pou ou bay bon donn kòm sa dwa ki montre ou konekte ak sous lavi a vre ki se Jezi (Jan 15:1-10; Lik 6:43-45; Matye 12:33). Se yon temwayaj pou ou genyen. Si ou pa gen yon temwayaj delivrans Jezi opere nan lavi w (Revelation 12:11), ou pako delivre. Fòk ou konnen si ou te deside suiv Jezi (Mak 8:34-38), li detwi tout move travay Satan nan lavi w, ou pap wè yo ankò:

1 Jan 3:7-9
7. Pitit mwen yo, pa kite pesonn twonpe nou. Moun ki fè sa ki dwat, se li ki dwat devan Bondye, menm jan ak Kris la ki dwat.
8. Moun k'ap kontinye viv nan peche, se moun Satan yo ye, paske Satan ap fè peche depi nan konmansman. Pitit Bondye a parèt toutespre pou kraze travay Satan an.
9. Si yon moun se pitit Bondye li ye, li p'ap kontinye fè peche, paske pouvwa lavi ki soti nan Bondye a ap travay nan li. Si se Bondye ki papa l', li pa kapab ap fè peche toujou.

Ròm 6:1-4
1. Nan kondisyon sa a, kisa n'a di? Eske nou mèt kontinye ap viv toujou nan peche pou favè Bondye a ka vin pi plis toujou?
2. Non. Sa pa ka fèt. Poukisa? Paske annegad peche nou mouri. Ki jan pou n' ta ka kontinye ap viv toujou nan peche?
3. Eske nou pa konn sa: nou tout ki resevwa batèm pou n' te fè yonn ak Jezikri, avèk batèm sa a nou te fè yonn avè l' nan lanmò li.
4. Se sak fè, avèk batèm nou an nou te antere ansanm avè l', nou te mouri ansanm avè l' tou. Men, menm jan Papa a te fè l' leve soti nan lanmò avèk gwo fòs pouvwa li, konsa tou nou menm nou ka mennen yon lòt lavi.

Fòk ou konnen lòt lavi saa ki diferan de lavi ou te genyen anvan an: sa vle di chanjman, sa vle di konvèsyon. E sa vle di ou vin gen Sentespri Bondye nan ou pou klere chemen w e gide w sou wout lavi ki pap janm fini an. Pran tan w gade tout pasaj yo epi priye Bondye pou kè w aliye ak volonte l sou tout pwen. Pataje mesaj la si w kwè li se verite kap itil yon moun. Pa koute pinga Satan. Si ou gen yon kòmantè, pataje l tou.
Ke Bondye beni w!

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Lik 6:46-49
46. Poukisa n'ap plede rele mwen: Mèt, Mèt, epi nou pa fè sa m' di nou fè?
47. Moun ki vin jwenn mwen, ki tande pawòl mwen epi ki fè sa mwen di fè, men ki jan l'ap ye:
48. L'ap tankou yon nonm k'ap bati yon kay; li fouye tè a byen fon, li moute fondasyon kay la sou wòch. Dlo desann, lavalas frape kay la. Men, kay la pa brannen paske li te byen bati.
49. Men, moun ki tande pawòl mwen, ki pa fè sa mwen di fè, li tankou yon nonm ki bati yon kay ratè, san fondasyon. Lavalas frape kay la, yon sèl kou kay la tonbe, li kraze nèt.

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1 Pyè 4:17-19
17. Paske, dat la rive pou jijman Bondye a konmanse. L'ap konmanse ak moun ki nan kay Bondye a anvan. Si li konmanse ak nou, nou pa bezwen mande sak pral rive moun sa yo ki pa koute bon nouvèl Bondye a.
18. Tankou sa ekri nan Liv la: Si moun k'ap viv dwat devan Bondye yo pa fasil pou sove, nou pa bezwen mande sa k'ap rive moun ki pa kwè nan Bondye yo, moun k'ap viv nan peche yo.
19. Se poutèt sa, moun k'ap soufri paske se sa Bondye vle pou yo a, se pou yo pa sispann fè sa ki byen, se pou yo renmèt nanm yo nan men Bondye ki kreye yo, epi ki p'ap lage yo.

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Jistis = Sa ki dwat devan Bondye
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/765802826831976

De l'illusion d'être une "bonne" personne
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/750527878359471

Konvèti vle di tounen vin jwenn Bondye
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1078622905549965

La repentance selon Dieu, par F. Nolet
https://www.youtube.com/playlist…

Tab dè Matyè
https://www.facebook.com/notes/yes-to-the-truth/tdm-toc/799954660083459

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Most of us want to make it on our own

Most of us want to "make it on our own" and take pride in calling ourselves strong men and women. We can handle it... Maybe we can endure great pain, even... But the pain of losing our soul is not one anyone has to face. Jesus died so no one would have to face the fire of Gehenna. He is the Savior of the world. No one can save himself. It doesn't matter how much you think you are "wise" or a "good person", you need Jesus to save you. If you know that you need deliverance, call upon Jesus to deliver you. He will reward you for seeking Him in faith. The blind man would have never been healed if he wanted to be the strong blind man who handles his blindness on his own "like a man". Don't feed your ego with the lies of Satan. YOU CAN'T HANDLE IT ALL, like no child can handle it all. Be that child and in God you will find a Father.

(Matthew 18:2-4
2. And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.)

There is no glory in feeding yourself lies, only shame that will be revealed no matter how you think you can manage your denial of the truth. Humble yourself before God and seek his ways that lead to everlasting life.

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Matthew 20:30-34
30. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, you Son of David. 31. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, you Son of David. 32. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will you that I shall do unto you? 33. They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 34. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

ASK. SEEK. KNOCK.

Luke 11:5-13
5. And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6. For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7. And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you. 8. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 9. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10. For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. 11. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he asks a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12. Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13. If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for the one who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Jeremiah 29:13
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Jesus said "Come to Me!", He did not say "Go to church!" (There is a difference!) Wherever you do go, make sure you answer Jesus' call to come to Him so you can learn from Him!

Matthew 11:28-30
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Also, many of us go about "finding ourselves"... That's a sure sign of being lost. That very thinking cannot be that of someone who is in Christ and had his/her mind renewed. Unless Jesus and a relationship with Him have been misrepresented to you, when you find Him, you find eternal life and know there is no greater treasure (Matthew 13:44)! How would you then go after any passing thing of lesser value? If you understand what you found, you count all thing as rubbish (Philipians 3:8). We need to seek and find Jesus – not ourselves – if we are so minded. Think about it for a minute. Could we be lost? Of course we can be. Could we be deceived? Of course. Dead? Absolutely. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me". If we are not in Him, we are lost, deceived and dead. Now do we even believe that? Are you a believer "for real" (serious question)? When God looks at you and how you live does He see a believer who hears and obeys his Father's word or someone who says he/she believes in God and loves Him even, but follows his/her heart on things and does not live according to the word of God to do the will of God.

John 8:31-32
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (from bondage to sin).”

Do you see yourself as a disciple of Jesus? It's more than 12! Yes, every one after the first 12 who has followed Jesus is his disciple. How can you be anyone's disciple? Let's say you are taking some class (e.g. carpentry, dance, painting, etc.) You are a disciple of the one instructing you by doing what he/she says. Why should that be different when we call ourselves disciples of Jesus, and are only happy to do weekly appearances somewhere to hear what someone else has heard and was led to share? We sing "He is risen" at that time of the year, but do we believe He is alive? Did we die with Him to be resurrected with Him? (Romans 6:4) That's the real life to be celebrated: the new life in Him. Do you have that life? Or are you clinging to the earthly "life" that is bound to perish and embellishing it and glorifying yourself in it?

We need to go to Jesus and He did not say to "find yourself". He said: "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23) http://biblehub.com/luke/9-23.htm Make sure you understand his instruction and do nothing else.

Check your mind, your thoughts... If you still want to conquer the world and make a name for yourself in this world, or are even remotely entertained by things like 15 minutes of fame, even in the company of people who don't have God on their minds, you love the world and the things in the world, your are serving yourself, your mind is not on the things above and you do not have the love of the Father in you (1 John 2:15-17). Just follow what God's word says to check yourself, not how you feel about how you think you are being his servant. In Christ there must be transformation of the mind if our life is surrendered to his rule.

Romans 12:1-2
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Have you ever heard and received these words in your heart as a believer?

Mark 8:34-38
"34 Summoning the crowd along with His disciples, He said to them, “If anyone wants to be My follower/disciple, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life (you're clinging to this earthly life) will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me and the gospel (you let go of your attachment to earthly things) will save it. 36 For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life? 37 What can a man give in exchange for his life? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Again, do you have that life Jesus died so you could have?

Colossians 3:1-2
3 So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.

Respond to God's love and receive his promise of eternal life:

John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Do you understand the opposite of perishing? It's what salvation is about.

1 John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16 For everything that belongs to the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever.

John 3:36
The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who disobeys the Son won't see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Romans 5:8-9
8. But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Repentance and faith are the way to being justified by his blood. Don't believe in fables. You take action today. You are called to obey the Son today and it's up to you to respond to that call. It was not answered for you on the cross. Your own walk you need to walk today was not done for you on the cross. You are called to a life of obedience to the Son, apart from sin, today!

What will it be?

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

Acts 2:38
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

May Jesus bless you!


Source: https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1072705792808343

See also:
"Coming as you are" to God does imply a changed heart
http://yestothetruth.blogspot.com/2016/07/coming-as-you-are-to-god-does-imply.html

Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness
http://yestothetruth.blogspot.com/2016/07/abraham-believed-god-and-it-was.html

"Coming as you are" to God does imply a changed heart

"Coming as you are" to God does imply a changed heart (and a changed life will follow with God's intervention in response to your "calling upon his name" - Romans 10:13). Conversion means "change" in every field or area of life, but in coming to God who sends the call for conversion, we suppose we can remain our good old self (so we think). And religions of men will cater to those who want to hear flattering words about themselves that make them so shine in their perceived goodness that their need of salvation almost passes as an add-on to the "good life" or "best life now" they think they are living for the Lord, while they are dead in their trespasses and sins, having not repented (Ephesians 2:1 is still fully in the present tense for them).

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows those who are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from unrighteousness.

The very act of coming to Him implies a change has happened in your heart's motives. You come to Him broken... In the softness of your brokenness, you are fully agreeing with the truth that you have sinned/disobeyed God, that God's wrath is presently on you (John 3:36) and that you need a Savior. Whether it's tiredness with sin (Matthew 11:28) or a thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6) that is fueling your zeal to go to God for salvation and to walk in his ways, a change must have happened that triggered such a great move on your part to seek to be reconciled with God (2 Corinthians 5:20). You will then see a "great move of God" towards you also.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8). Repentance is nothing short of what the prodigal son did (Luke 15:11-32). He heard his conscience, came to his senses and had a change of heart. Now his misery continued until He was fully restored into his father's arms, but when he was received back home, it was restoration for him.

Psalm 23:3
He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness (not sin still!) for his name's sake.

The parable of the prodigal son is a very plain parable. But too often we (as unconverted/lost) will fail to see ourselves as that prodigal son or daughter and miss the word that was to feed us. The devil comes and snatches it out of our hearts (Luke 8:12). That is, if we do get any such word in the first place in our churches and "Christian" TV programs this day!

Luke 15:7
...there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

You are to go to God with a contrite heart (Psalm 51:17), with godly sorrow over your sins (2 Corinthians 7:10), your offenses against Him, who has shown you his love (John 3:16 / Romans 5:6-8) that you have neither deserved nor responded to. You come clean with God, like this tax-collector who said: ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ (Luke 18:13). He went home justified (Luke 18:14), that means God had mercy on him and he was made right with God. He did not continue his life as once a sinner, always a sinner (meaning "rebel" / "wicked" / "enemy of God" - that's what sinner means throughout the bible; read Psalm 1 and identify who of two kinds of people you are). He was made righteous and not by some explanation that the Father started seeing him through a "see-through" Jesus that theologians have invented. [See "The Myth of the Imputed Righteousness of Christ", it's helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSTa3uGdbhY] He was cleaned up for good and expected to keep himself in the love of God by continuing in a life of obedience to God (John 15:10)! That is the true mark of coming into a relationship with God and being filled with his Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; 5:32; 1 John 4:13). Sin afterwards is plain unfaithfulness, and as long as grace is available, those who are "adulterers" and "adulteresses" are called to repent (James 4:6-10; 1 John 2:1-2). What you come to God "as is" with is your brokenness:

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise." (Psalm 51:17)

What that means is that you need a repentant heart with sorrow in it over your sins that have kept you separated from God (Isaiah 59:2)! No tough guy or strong woman who appears before God should expect to get anything from Him. You come as you are in your brokenness, that's it. But your rebellion that makes you stand in your sin and speak whatever is on your mind to God, you need to crush it before it causes you to be crushed (Proverbs 16:18; Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 1:28; Luke 13:1-5).

Matthew 21:44
And whoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Don't venture yourself nor be misled by anyone to reject that stone (Jesus) - Matthew 21:42.

You make a choice to fear and love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength (Mark 12:30), and that is to be obedient to Him (John 14:15), if truly his word of truth has touched you (and not some re-packaged motivational message to please the masses). God demands humility and true repentance with hatred for your sins. You need to see eye to eye with God about sin, and only then when your heart and God's heart are united can you honestly plead guilty and ask for God to forgive you your own personal sins against Him. You have no chance before that to really leave sin behind, not only in practice, but first in your heart also that is purified.

James 4:8
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

When you come to God that way, or "accept Christ", whatever you call it these days, only if you do it that way which God has ordained, can you truly be set free from sin and not look back because you have come to know the truth (John 8:31-32) and know that there is nothing good behind sin. Then you understand the love of God for what it is. John 3:16 is serious salvation business, not a cliché to hide behind and to suppress a reality you do not truly want (freedom from sin/total surrender to God's will out of love).

2 Timothy 2:15
Make every effort to present yourself approved to God, an unashamed workman who accurately handles the word of truth.

1 John 3:7
Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Christ is righteous.

The call to "Go, and sin no more" (John 8:11) is implied every time forgiveness is granted. Ask any judge in a human court (and God is a more excellent and just judge than man!) Otherwise, what's the point of being set free from sin if it's to continue making a practice of sin, that is, choosing the broad path to destruction? (Matthew 7:13)

When you recognize you are a criminal before God (you are convicted of your sins/you experience conviction of sin), then salvation makes sense. When you get the bad news (the wages of sin is death - Romans 6:23), the Good News (the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord - Romans 6:23) makes much more sense, doesn't it? But today we barely get the bad news or actually believe it. So we get many flavors of "good news" to play with, that are no good news at all (Galatians 1:7 warns). But there is only one way to salvation and that is the truth (John 14:6)!

You go to God to receive forgiveness for your sins and make peace with Him (as one who turns around and surrenders, no longer wanting to be his enemy - John 15:14 tells you what makes you a friend of God). You don't go to Him to get an endorsement of the life you have lived or that you want to continue living for yourself. You are giving Him your whole life! So someone with an "impenitent heart" (Romans 2:5) needs not apply. That person has not and cannot come to God with that heart. Though he/she can be active in some kind of organized religion or church, that person will not know God's grace. For He resists the rebellious and proud but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5; James 4:6). Only the latter can see the transforming power of God's grace (Titus 2:11-14!) as they come to Him and they will receive a brand new heart also that doesn't need to be broken in surrender to be in full agreement with God, but rather it is a heart that reflects God's own heart, and that rejoices in humble submission to his will as an expression of love towards Him. The person with that new heart will joyfully and steadfastly follow God's ways of righteousness (not sin) and worship Him as He wants to be worshiped, in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).

The truth is that God will not give you a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26) if the old one is not broken (ex: Acts 2:37; Psalm 51:17), leading you to repentance with godly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10).

Then "all things become new" will start to manifest in all areas of your life as the promised Holy Spirit comes to you and sanctifies you.

Ezekiel 36:26
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.

Have you been heartbroken over your sins for having offended Father God? If you hear his voice today, do not harden your hearts (Hebrews 3:15). Sin is indeed a serious matter and it took the life of God's Son to be offered in sacrifice to pay the price for sins and make reconciliation with Him possible! If you ever saw eye to eye with God regarding sin, then there is only one outcome when He says "Go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). You don't slip in and out of sin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peM3W5ETLDc) like you're still not sure if its wages is death or not, like an unbeliever who says in his heart that there is no God. No, you fear Him and you keep yourself (1 John 5:18) with all the grace you have been given to do just that (Titus 2:11-14).

We who have been redeemed from death and the power of Satan (Acts 26:18) cannot continue to sin so that grace may abound, God forbid! (Romans 6:1-2; Galatians 2:17; 1 John 3:8-9) If you do not understand what you have been redeemed from, it is time to get serious about your salvation. Seek the truth about the Good News that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Again:
James 4:8
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
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Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

John 14:15-21
15. If you love me, keep my commandments. 16. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. 18. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19. Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also. 20. At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21. He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.


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