ROMANS 8:31 says just that. "What shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" The great Philosopher, Forrest Gump once said, "Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what your gonna get inside". Well friends, life is just that way also, so many times in life people make the mistake of making plans for the next hour, the night, and tomorrow, and don't think or know what could happen the next moment. Life is sorta like living racing against an hour glass once it's ran it's course, it's through. In this fast paced world with so much to do there is little time to do it. What touched me about these ladies blog was, they said that as long as they have God they can make it. Again we say, If GOD be for us.
Well sometimes we can sit back and read people's writing and I don't mean just blogs, but books of well known authors, fiction, romance, sci-fi and such, then turn to Christian writers. Some people are just talented at writing, and that goes for Christian writers also, or lets say so called christian writers. And I am not ignorant to the fact that some would call me judging these folks by saying or calling these folks (so called).
Matthew 7:15-23 says this, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity".
Friends just because you can write about things of the Bible doesn't necessarily make you an author or a Christian. A lot of people don't know that back in or around 1986 a survey was done about Christian beliefs or what they believe in (Pastors and preachers alike) . It was amazing to me the question and the answers that were given, we'll get to that shortly. The word of GOD say's there are 2 spirits. 1st John 4:1 says this. "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of GOD: because many false prophets are gone out into the world". When I was preaching, which I did for 22 years, I encouraged the sheep (or congregation) not to believe my words but write the scriptures down and let the Spirit of God show them, because I had and still do have a fear of misleading people and broadening my chance of going to Hell because I mislead the children of God.
Now for the survey:
Do you believe there is a living GOD? = Answer 20 % said yes
Do you believe there is a heaven and hell? = Answer 15 % said there was.
Do you believe in the spirit of God? = Only 20 % said yes
And the last question was this and it was sad to read and hear about.
Why do you preach? = 87 % said for the money and fame that comes with it.
This was out of 100 preachers and pastors.
Friends, you know how to tell a real preacher/pastor? Let me say this, you'll know who's real and not real. A true minister or preacher is humble in spirit, and trust worthy, given totally to the people, his flock that God has entrusted him to lead. A man of GOD is one who knows his sheep as Jesus does. A true preacher or minister is aware of the wolves even though he can show no difference because God said that day will come at judgment, but is not beyond rebuke or reproach. He is given in prayer, not only for his sheep, but those in the world, and has a tendency to pray for other than himself, which is not good, he must also pray for himself to stay humble and in the will of God. A true Preacher or minister is apt to tell you the truth and nothing but the truth as the Spirit of God has directed him to. Whether you wanna call it the Spirit of God or the Holy Ghost, same self spirit. If GOD is for us.
I can at times say some pretty harsh thing and I am aware of what the Word says, if any should offend. Luke 17:2-3 >>>2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
If I at anytime should offend you in the or through the word of God, as the word says REBUKE me. I am no way perfect or without fault, but by the Grace of GOD I will tell you the truth as God has showed me, then on that day you won't be unaware and lost forever. If GOD be for us.The two ladies I am referring to and I hope they don't take offense, for they are followers of mine in bloggers as well as I am theirs now,. When one says they know God will be there for them, and they say it with conviction, we pray that they will be with God in His kingdom to come as well as everyone else who are true children of God. The Bible says you'll know them by their works. If GOD be for us.
FRIENDS, we are living so close to the second coming of Christ, one can almost feel it and with every passing day, every prophecy that is fulfilled we come one more second, one more minute, one hour, one more day closer. The days for the christian, even the children of God, will be bad if you take not the mark of the beast. FRIENDS, tough times. Read the Word, pray the Spirit of God will let you know and understand the days to come.
Well enough is enough, I've said to much I think, but hope those who read shall understand the Word of GOD. As Roman 8:31 says again, "If GOD be for us, who can be against us?" Friends there ain't a mountain high enough, a power from hell strong enough to prevail against you or any child of God. Let us also remember one more scripture, Matthew 19:26, Jesus looked at them and said, with men this is impossible, but with God everything is possible. Amen.
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