Jesus sent the Holy Spirit for a purpose

Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple area and began to drive out those who were selling and buying on the temple grounds, and He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves; and He would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple grounds. And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.”
Mark 11:15‭-‬17

In today’s society we see all kinds of Christian churches and we hear all kinds of teachings. Are they all according to God’s will, no! If our Lord was so angry at the people selling in the temple, imagine what He feels now. Pastors asking their congregating to provide money cause they say the Lord told them they will have plane, pastors asking for money to get a special blessing, teachers and pastors charging to attend their conferences and when the teaching is over they present you with books, their teaching notes, their dvds of teachings… Can you see the obvious ressemblance to the temple where our Lord Jesus overturned the tables of people selling stuff? Jesus never charged anyone for attending His teachings and pastors and teachers are no better than us; many took a role of authority over their congregation and by doing so blatantly desobeyed the teachings of Jesus who was saying we are all called to serve others and love them like He loves them, the first shall be the last, and the most important, Jesus is the Head of the church therefore all pastors and teachers must submit completely to the authority of Jesus.

I am not saying that buying a Christian book is bad, I am saying if you do you better make sure all the teachings in the book are 100% Biblical. The best teacher is the Holy Spirit, not a pastor:

I have told you these things while I am still with you. But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, 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 cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.
John 14:25‭-‬26 ampc

And the only true teachings are the teachings of Jesus Christ. Maybe you never relied on the Holy Spirit when reading the Bible, but it’s truly easy; ask Him to talk to you and give you understanding. The Word is not a novel, and it us not a guide or instructions book. The Bible is alive because the Word is Jesus. A book that you read one time and got one thing from that really talked to you will differ from the second time you read it. It will differ because we all need to learn different things at a different time in our lives. Therefore the second time you read it some other verse will jump at you and it will be the verse or verses according to what you need to hear then. That’s why it is so important to read it often.

As for the churches that are not according to God’s will I have just one advice: Whatever the sermon on Sunday check in the Word to see if all the sermon was biblically correct. A church were teachings are Biblical doesn’t need bells and whistles. Just sound teachings and a pastor who is humble and submitted to Jesus. If all the teachings are not Biblically correct ask Jesus to provide you a new church, and wait for His answer. There are also sermons online that are truly biblical. Do not panic if you end up with no church because Jesus tells you that. You will not burn in hell for not attending a church, and attending church is not required for your salvation. All i know is what the Holy Spirit taught me, He also guided me towards buying some books that helped me a lot. I grew in Christ by leaps and bounds buy allowing the Holy Spirit to teach me and to transform me from the inside out. If you allow Him to teach you He will do the same for you.

Blessings!!!

The Myth of Once Saved, Always Saved – Debunking False Doctrines

Few false doctrines are more dangerous than the Calvinistic assertion of “eternal security” or “once saved, always saved.” This belief has become pervasive far beyond theological academia’s reach. “Once saved, always saved” is a popular mantra for the average “low information” Christian. It crosses denominational lines, bleeds between theological spectrums, and slips into everyday dogmas.…

Source: The Myth of Once Saved, Always Saved – Debunking False Doctrines

Miracles

And behold, a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment; [Matt. 14:36.] For she kept saying to herself, If I only touch His garment, I shall be restored to health. Jesus turned around and, seeing her, He said, Take courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well. And at once the woman was restored to health. As Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed Him, shouting loudly, Have pity and mercy on us, Son of David! When He reached the house and went in, the blind men came to Him, and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to Him, Yes, Lord. Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you; And their eyes were opened. And Jesus earnestly and sternly charged them, See that you let no one know about this.
Matthew 9:20‭-‬22‭, ‬27‭-‬30 ampc

Today, the Lord Jesus still performs miracles, but like in His days, they are directly linked to our faith; If we have total faith in His ability, He will do it. If we don’t or doubt, He will not, like He didn’t perform any miracles in Nazareth, because the people there did not have any faith in Him.

What the Bible says about who 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.
John 15:4‭-‬12 ampc

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.
Romans 10:9‭-‬10 ampc

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).
John 3:5‭-‬7 ampc

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;
Ephesians 2:8 ampc

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.
Philippians 2:12‭-‬13 amp

And

Was not our forefather Abraham [shown to be] justified (made acceptable to God) by [his] works when he brought to the altar as an offering his [own] son Isaac? [Gen. 22:1-14.] You see that [his] faith was cooperating with his works, and [his] faith was completed and reached its supreme expression [when he implemented it] by [good] works. And [so] the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed in (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on) God, and this was accounted to him as righteousness (as conformity to God’s will in thought and deed), and he was called God’s friend. [Gen. 15:6; II Chron. 20:7; Isa. 41:8.] You see that a man is justified (pronounced righteous before God) through what he does and not alone through faith [through works of obedience as well as by what he believes]. So also with Rahab the harlot–was she not shown to be justified (pronounced righteous before God) by [good] deeds when she took in the scouts (spies) and sent them away by a different route? [Josh. 2:1-21.] For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [its] works of obedience is also dead.
James 2:21‭-‬26 ampc

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.
John 14:15 ampc

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.
Hebrews 4:12 ampc

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 Testament, 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 you 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.
Hebrews 10:35‭-‬36 amp

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.
Romans 8:5‭-‬8 amp

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

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”
John 15:18‭-‬19

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, 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.
Romans 8:28 ampc

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].
Philippians 2:12 amp

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.