Many believe in Jesus but not all will be saved

Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine. I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me]. If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love. I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing. This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.
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Many people say that they know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died, taking the wrath of the Father (that we deseve) and that He came back to life and now sitting at the right hand of our Father. But will that automatically mean that heaven is their home? No. First:

Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.
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We can say all day we believe in Jesus but we have to be reborn from above:

Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God. [Ezek. 36:25-27.] What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not [do not be surprised, astonished] at My telling you, You must all be born anew (from above).
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Believing in Jesus is not enough, and this is what I mean by that. We are saved thought faith by faith: For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
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But another other verses come after this one and they are crucially important:

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
Ephesians 2:10 AMPC

This verse clearly indicates that God has prepared good works do do. So we are saved by grace, it was a gift and we have good works to do, we don’t do them to earn our salvation, we cannot earn our salvation. But then comes the ultimate purpose:

Judas, not Iscariot, asked Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal Yourself [make Yourself real] to us and not to the world? Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him. Anyone who does not [really] love Me does not observe and obey My teaching. And the teaching which you hear and heed is not Mine, but [comes] from the Father Who sent Me.
John 14:22‭-‬24 ampc

And then

So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]. For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.
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First you repent for your sins, believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from death. This is the awesome gift of grace, free salvation, the wrath of the Father is no longer over us. Thanks to Jesus who took it all upon Himself when He was on the cross. But then you cannot go about your life doing whatever you want; You have entered into a relationship with the Almighty God! You must, every day, put your will on God on God’s alter until the day you just do not care about your will anymore and all that is important for you is His will above all. Jesus Christ gave us His two greatest commandments:

Teacher, which kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? [Some commandments are light–which are heavy?] And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). [Deut. 6:5.] This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. [Lev. 19:18.] These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 22:36‭-‬40 ampc

And there are other commands like forgiving and others that Jesus said. We must follow His commandments for the rest of our lives. Which brings me back to the the first verse beyond the title of this post. If we obey His teachings, we will abide in Him and He with us. Then comes the sanctification process; we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us from the inside out in order for us to bear fruit of the Holy Spirit and mature in Christ with His help. We can say we believe, but if we do not obey His teachings this is what the Word say: I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.
John 15:5‭-‬6 amp

And

If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.
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We start by the gift of salvation which is free but the commandments of Jesus are not optional. If we do not follow His commands it is the proof that we do not love Him above everything, which is a direct disobedience to His first commandment. If we do not follow His commandments and teachings we are not abiding in Him at all and we will be cut off from the vine which is Jesus and we are not heading for eternal life in His kingdom. I pray this article will bless you!

How to get the most out of the Bible

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
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The first thing to remember is the Word of God is Jesus Christ: IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. [Isa. 9:6.] He was present originally with God.
John 1:1‭-‬2 ampc

Now that this as been settled, we can plunge in the subject of this article; How to most out of the Bible. The Holy Spirit uses the Word a lot to speak to us, but just if we pray and ask Him before we read. The other way to get the most out it in my opinion is the greatest and most expeditive way to be transformed from the inside out by the Holy Spirit. Every time you read a Scripture that starts by BE, ask the Holy Spirit to make you that way, ore more that way. Everytime we read a command from Jesus Christ, ask the Holy Spirit to help you obey this command in your daily life. When you read the Psalms, pray the psalm which applies the most to your current situation. When you read the Ancient, you can ask Him to give you a faith and devotion to God like some people of the Ancient Testament had. When you read how Jesus Christ loves loves His children, ask the Holy Spirit to help you love others like Jesus loves them. With a fifteen minutes reading time you can get out at least 1 prayer. And they are the prayers that pleases God, because they show Him that you are really serious in your desire to become who He desires to be. This is how you get the most out of the Bible, this is how you get the transformative power of the Word of God. Blessings!

Never give up!

Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.
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Born again follower of Jesus Christ have hard circumstances like every one else. But we have God on our side! Troubles will come for the duration of our stay on earth, we might as well resolve to deal with them the way God wants us to deal with them. You might ask “what, God wants us to change the way we react?”, yes! He does. It’s not that God does not care about our hardships; He suffers with us, but what He cares most about is the way we react. Look at this verse:

But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 AMP

He cares how we act while waiting. And our reaction to waiting can be changed by bearing fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is the same thing with our reaction to hard circumstances. We can choose to take matter into our own hands (that never ends well), we can choose to be anxious, we can choose to wallow in our pain. Or we can react the way He wants us to react: Have fearless confidence in Him and have patient undurance. You might think “But i don’t have those traits in my character!”. The good news is you do not have too! All you need to do is to ask God to give them to you, and more importantly ask the Holy Spirit to transform you because this will give you those abilities permanently.

Troubles are just that, troubles but our God is so much greater than our troubles! Do you want to have joy and peace while there are problems in your life? This is the way! If you do not ask the Holy Spirit to transform you you will always have reactions coming from your flesh, and the Word says: For those who are living according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh [which gratify the body], but those who are living according to the Spirit, [set their minds on] the things of the Spirit [His will and purpose]. Now the mind of the flesh is death [both now and forever—because it pursues sin]; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace [the spiritual well-being that comes from walking with God—both now and forever]; the mind of the flesh [with its sinful pursuits] is actively hostile to God. It does not submit itself to God’s law, since it cannot, and those who are in the flesh [living a life that caters to sinful appetites and impulses] cannot please God.
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So we me be deeply motivated to get rid our fleshy reactions. We must submit our will to God and ask the Holy Spirit to transform us. This is the key to change our reaction to any kind of hardships. Blessings!

Gain a heavenly perspective

And leaving the throng, they took Him with them, [just] as He was, in the boat [in which He was sitting]. And other boats were with Him. And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled. But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing? And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness). He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)? And they were filled with great awe and feared exceedingly and said one to another, Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey Him?
Mark 4:36‭-‬41 ampc

All born again followers of Christ Jesus live through the same things as people in the world. But what makes the difference to God is how we react in hard circumstances. Unfortunately many believers, when hard times occurs, they’re first reaction is to question God’s love for them ( like the first reaction of the apostles in this Scripture, when in reality all they are doing is doubt in His ability. They pull away from Him instead of running to Him. But He is there, waiting for us to grab His hand.

Looking at our problems with our limited understanding is looking at them through the eyes of the world. Looking at our problems with the knowledge that God will get us through this is a heavenly perspective.

God mostly uses our troubles and hard circumstances to transform us slowly into the likeness of Christ Jesus. He does not create the troubles and hard circumstances but He uses them for our benefit. We must all come the understanding that God’s ways are not our ways, this is why we must never rely on our own understanding or insight. Looking at our lives with a heavenly perspective takes all fear, doubt and worry away. All we have to do is ask God for help, and choose to trust in His ability to help us go through our circumstances and believe with all our hearts: We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
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Keep in mind that those hard circumstances will end. We must come to a point in our spiritual life when we can say without a doubt: No matter what happens in my life, it is well with my soul. A heavenly perspective makes us remain peaceful and joyful in all circumstances. So pray for a heavenly perspective, and it will come. It takes a bit of practice at first to believe what God promises instead of what we experience, but a time will come when you will see all your life with a heavenly perspective. It is a much better view!

The peace and joy surpassing all understanding

With the fast paced society and all the obligations that we have there are a lot of born again believers of Christ Jesus who never find the peace and the joy surpassing all understanding, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Some long time believers even never thought that this would be an unobtainable gift because of the life they live. I am here to tell you that it is possible, and it can happen, but how you obtain that fruit of the Holy Spirit is all about the choices that we make.

Our relationship with God is all about making decisions. He will never force anything on us, and we will never get the fruit if we never work out our salvation: So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ].
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To obtain joy and peace we must simply never doubt the ability of God to do everything. We must choose to depend completely on Him at all times, we must never doubt and trust Him for everything and anything. We must submit to His authority, accept His Soveignty and never rely on our own understanding. It is also very important to accept with joy when God does not give us what we want or when we want it. God’s will has to become the only thing we want. It is a choice, and it all depends on if we really want it.

If i can speak for myself, i can say without hesitation the peace and the joy He gave me is the greatest gift besides saving my soul from eternal damnation. But we have to get serious in our spiritual life and realize that the fruit of the Holy Spirit, all of them, don’t just arrive in us without any effort from our part. But they all worth striving for!

Our relationship with God.

In our business of life we can easily forget to take care of our relationship with God. Like any other relationship, we have to take care of the relationship otherwise we will grow farther from the other person. We must always remember this;
God is a Person, and in the deep of His mighty nature He thinks, wills, enjoys, feels, loves, desires and suffers as any other person may. In making Himself known to us He stays by the familiar pattern of personality. He communicates with us through the avenues of our minds, our wills and our emotions. The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God and the soul of the redeemed man is the throbbing heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAITH AND RELIGION

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ReligiousSymbolsHere’s a statement that might get you scratching your head: I’m a serious Christian, but I’m not into religion.

Huh? For a lot of people, religion and spirituality are the same thing. But many people of faith will tell you that’s not so.

Psychiatrist Richard Pratt sees the difference this way: “Religion is a search for peace and security in an unsure world. Spirituality is that personal urge many of us have within, to listen to an inner voice from a deep ‘something’ that is calling us from the inside out.”

There’s nothing wrong with searching for peace and security. In fact, my commitment to following Jesus Christ (whom serious Christians believe is the divine Son of God) provides just that. However, it’s my faith, NOT my religion.

Fine, fine, you say. But am I guilty of linguistic hair-splitting? Some might say yes, but I’ve often found that religious…

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Pray For Guidance!

Yahuah Is Everything!!

Matthew 24:12

9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Daniel 2:44

41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay…

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Is the Bible complicated for you?

But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.
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We can all read the Bible with our own intelligence and understanding but that is far from meaning that we understand the Bible. There is only one way to read the Word, to know God, to know His will for us, and to learn how to properly serve Him: Before we read we have to ask the Holy Spirit to give us His understanding and knowledge and to guide us to the Truth we need to learn. Teaching us all Truths is one of the roles of the Holy Spirit.The Father sent Him for that purpose. The Holy Spirit is the capable of opening our spiritual eyes and ears and reveal to us Truths in the Bible that we could never understand before or lead us to greater understanding of everything we read before. It is truly useless to try to grasp the full meaning of the Bible with our own understanding. So from now on ask the Holy Spirit to reveal all Truths to you every time you are about to read and you will discover Truths and understand verses a lot more than you ever did before!!!

Will You Stand Firm?

Yahuah Is Everything!!

Many out there today make claims that they know the Father but truly, will you pass the test to come! It is those who stay on the road to life who will endure to the end, no matter what happens to them! Read the the Bible and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you! Will you be like the parable of the seeds cast onto the rocks or will you be the one who was cast onto fertile soil? If you can stay on the rocky path all the way to the end our Father and His Son will be waiting with open arms to receive you! This path is very hard to follow! The easy wide path to destruction is the lake of fire! Which path will you choose? Many, it says in scripture will take the wide road! Choose your road now!

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