Faith of Wholeness

I am the vine you are the branches.  If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, apart from Me you can do nothing.   John15:5

‘I am the vine’- the very important grape vine.  There is a lot of money in: grapes, wine, raisins- the three high sugar crops important to man from the grape vine.  The raisin is the King of Fruit with a very high sugar content.  They can give you a clear head, whereas wine cannot.  Raisins can give you high energy that works in your mind or body.  Wine saps my energy and makes me restless sometimes depending on the quality.  But I do not want to attract you to raisins or wine.

The vine is important for another reason, totally unrelated to product.  The Husbandman, GOD, tends the vine.  He prunes the branches.  He waters and fertilizes the entire vine.  All to make those who abide in the vine with His Spirit in him or her, produce more fruit.  The branches must cling to the root and stalk to have life.

That life is in God’s Word, the Bible.  If we read it and think it and make it our life we have His eternal life, coupled with faith, flowing in us.  Anything we want to do, useful to God, is because that life is in us.

God’s people are all about heaven and people and connecting the two.  We say the gospel to others and plant seeds that hopefully will grow.  Living this way is God’s will; lifting the gospel to others is God’s will.  Everybody going to heaven is God’s will.  Why we don’t all go is a matter of personal preference or rebellion.

He qualifies this rule by a test.  If you can do nothing useful to God, and bear much fruit, you are not part of the vine or a partaker of His life.  If you are not giving back by His life living through you, then how do you have that life?  ‘Faith without works is dead’ and, ‘Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not the things that I say.’ If you do not want to be useful to God then how is something you are going to do to remain after you’re dead.  For most people God’s work leads to eternal life and nobody else can say that.  This is the fruit that matters.

Jesus is the way.  He lived.  He told us the way to the father.  He is the truth and there is no evidence to the contrary.  There is evidence, however, to people and places in the Bible.  It will always take faith even if they prove His Resurrection.  Jesus is the Life of Faith.  The Bible is a history Book and its good enough for me.

 

 

 

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FEET OF KINGS

Joh 12:3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
Joh 12:4 But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, *said,
Joh 12:5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?”
Joh 12:6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it.
Joh 12:7 Therefore Jesus said, “Let her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of My burial.
Joh 12:8 “For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”
Joh 12:9 The large crowd of the Jews then learned that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He raised from the dead.
Joh 12:10 But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also;
Joh 12:11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and were believing in Jesus.

Jesus had beautiful feet and Mary knew this. It says so in Isaiah 52- the feet of Him who brings good news are beautiful. So she anointed them for that reason. Jesus was the King and the least thing of the King is honored too. People bow at the feet of a king. A criminal clings to the feet of a king begging for mercy. Jesus feet were honored like a kings would be. It also says that He was beginning to be anointed for burial, this is the main point. In her womans intuition Mary knew that Jesus was going to die. The disciples who were told by Him before could not believe it. But when He spoke this time Mary must have known and the disciples continued to not hear Jesus.
So it was very costly- over a years wages. Jesus was the Son of God- the closest thing they had to God himself and Mary spared nothing to honor Jesus- the most expensive thing she had.
Women are so thoughtful, so amazing in the things they do for someone. Planning a party for kids or having a dinner for someone. Treating people special just because they are special. Even Martha was not going overboard after Jesus Correction. She was still serving, but closer and listening to Jesus. She knew it was important that everybody should eat. She was faithful in her ministry and cooked and cleaned and listened to Jesus too. She caught on to the best thing which as Jesus said was sitting at His feet, hearing the Word of God.
The significance of Judas’s question was the dissent He was bringing to the group and the self interest while He was lying about his interest in the poor. He was not saved and I don’t know why Jesus tolerated him in their midst. He was the betrayer- He already had plans and this was his fruit. He didn’t respect Jesus or the apostles he stole from them and from their mission to the poor. Jesus had to correct him and remind him of a higher purpose for things going on there, which he was not looking for. He spoke out of turn about money, the last thing on anybody’s mind. Jesus spoke of the issue at hand, His departure. Judas was in the flesh completely out of sync with the Passover, Jesus last Passover. Jesus is talking about His burial and nobody was with Him , like he was completely alone in this crowd.
Could the large crowd outside the house, could they have smelt the ointment outside and learned where Jesus was that way? He would have to be where this heavenly scent was coming from. The Word gives you a hint and then lets your imagination fill in other evidences. Turns you into an investigator, as much as you can bear.
Here is another hint that the text gives, this verse and the next two. The Chief priests of the Pharisees and Sadduccees were jealous of Lazarus for being raised from the dead. As you recall the Sadduccees believed there was no resurrection, so by raising Lazarus Jesus undercut their beliefs and credibility to the people and I think thats why so many at this point were believing in Jesus. Jesus still had to die and even the apostles didn’t believe it was going to happen. So did all these people stop believing in Jesus when He died? Or were there still believers throughout the land after Jesus was buried. Remember there were only 500 close ones when He ascended to heaven near Jerusalem. When those in the upper room received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost about 40 days later the people then seemed surprised and said nothing to the effect that they were still believers. Was everything forgiven and forgotten by the Pharisees to those who had departed company with them and went to Jesus? Was everything back to normal and Jesus all but forgotten? Then this mighty force of the Holy Spirit started and made the apostles zealous for the Lord and they started preaching again. They took the gospel as far as India and all over Asia and Europe and the Middle east. Jesus died for your sins, tell Him. I’m sorry for my sins, tell Him. I believe you are the Son of God. Forgive Me. Send the H.S. to me as proof what you say is true. I love you Lord.

When the Hammer Comes Down

My word, how we and our counterparts sin!  As unrepented, we rise to the resurrection of judgment.  Those who did the good deeds rise to a resurrection of life.  Imagine a reward for being faithful in the big stuff, and falling short in everything else.

I so hate to sin- for the conviction and sincere sorrow.  The great emotions of anger and remorse, the hate for sin and the crushing awareness of a fall aggravate my then wretched soul.  Is it my own perfectionism or knowing I have failed God and slapped Him in the face?  I have become derailed and lying torn on the rocks.

I have subjected myself to futility again.  I have become a counterproductive, an unhelpful, negative thing.  But God won’t condemn me ever, though I want what I deserve- hell sometimes.  Hell, to live without hope of facing a come-back.  There would be no hope to try again and to sit and waste-away in the unholy collapse of anything good ever again.  It would be finished, the humiliation, the admitting to wrong.  This life would be over and its ups and downs ceased.  This sinner like me, should be down forever, tied to the lowest cave, burning and eaten out by worms.  Ahem!

It’s futile to sin, to God.  He just forgives us and forgets.  We can’t get a reputation with Him.  A heavy weight doesn’t form that chokes off His blessings.  No sins unto death, just a multitude, that starts its life-threatening, in amount and toxicity of rebellion and darkness, to drag us down.    I FEEL BAD!

He does forgive if we are sincerely sorry.  If ‘we humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord’, He will lift us up.’  We bounce back like an untiring rubber ball.  We want to be up then!  And again we go on.

Some of us don’t just reminisce on our sin and think, ‘how bad’, but a fire wants to burn it up and sink it.  It becomes our moment with disdain & rejection,   hate, and our despondency.  Godly sorrow- should be taken to God and, it says the whole thing to Him.  Worldly sorrow makes dead our souls and hardens us.  “Your sins are forgiven and be healed from your affliction’, Jesus says.

I mainly wanted to show remorse before a Holy GOD, and to show the beginning of self condemnation- the hammer coming down.  God doesn’t want self condemnation and He doesn’t want to condemn us.  Don’t just let your sin go- the feelings are important.  We are not people to not feel much sorrow, but we must have remorse for our sins.  We have offended God.  Be sorrowful and take it to God our Father through Jesus and He will dispose of it & change things if you will let Him.

Repent, be sorrowful, seek forgiveness, give your life to God.  By His life and death He made you free.  Ask Him into your heart.  Plead for the Holy Spirit to help you not do it again.  In Jesus Name Amen.

 

What Do You Still Need?

Psalm1:1 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
Psa 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

I was praying on Sunday and I was asking the Lord what do you still need? I’ve been all over the Gospel and the Old Testament in my messages. I think some of you are still not saved, but I’m praying for you and other people are too. That you would see the need for a Savior and to have your sins forgiven and would want to follow in the ways of the Lord. I hope He would appeal to you and you might feel guilty for your sins with godly sorrow. Godly sorrow leads us to God and we want to go to Him with our sins. He can forgive them and take away our guilt.

So I was praying and He said Psalm one would answer my question. There are blessings to following the Lord not just guilt. If you are not following ungodly counsel you will be following godly counsel, you will be with God and you will be having a relationship with Him. Thats His counsel to talk to Him, to read about Him and fellowship with His people. These are all positive influences in our lives that keep us in the right direction. We talk to God because we can tell Him who we are, then we are sure and can read the Bible and fellowship. Usually we need help with some sin or something we’ve done wrong. We seek Him and want His help to be more perfect. Gods people can show us what they have done about it and what works. This helps us to be more godly and more like Him.

Do not go where sinners go. Like to a bar to find like minded people, because you probably won’t find any. Don’t go anywhere looking for the truth because you know your going to find it in church. You can give the truth at a concert say, you know the truth first, then others can know it. Don’t go to a cult group to find the truth but there is something called witnessing if you are strong you can take the truth to others. Don’t get involved with a homosexual or person of the opposite sex to bring them the truth . The opposite might happen. Don’t be a sinner and fellowship with sinners if you are a Christian. It gives the wrong idea and the other person might be stronger.
To sit in the seat of the scornful would be to try out the waters of unbelief if you are a Christian to see if it has any importance. Don’t doubt the Lord enough to check out the old life again. These all lead to blessing they are not hard and fast laws. We do them because we want to. The Lord said through Paul if you build again what was destroyed you become a transgressor. Keep living a good life and don’t do the same things you did before you got saved. God wants us to lead a changed life now with good habits.

He wants us to be planted close to the source, the rivers of water. It has enough life to bring forth fruit regularly and on time. The tree won’t suffer from drought or harsh summers. The Lord is a good, cool deep river that never stops nourishing us. Heaven is its source and as far as I know its always 72 degrees up there. (laugh) always day because of His light and only one season thats nice time of year. But no years.

Prosper doesn’t mean money- sometimes it did in the Old testament just like now. Some are rich, but many are not. God calls a few to be rich and some are anyway. Not sure if those shows on TV are real where people get rich after praying. They shouldn’t be giving the idea that thats how God blesses. He does but not always. God blesses each person individually. Even spiritually or with strength. Aren’t those gifts just as good? Or health. Or heaven. All things do work together for good to those who are called according to His purpose. It takes different directions.

Here is another blessing to the Christian, people who don’t follow after the Lord will not stand in the Judgment. They will be blown away like chaff from the harvest. Chaff is the leaves and stems from the grain. They don’t have a leg to stand on they say. They are not the fruit of the Lamb, they have no weight, no substance of value to the Lord. It is the belief in Jesus that makes us valuable to save by the Lord. That’s our only difference from the world is that faith. We are still sinners, still eat food and need clothes. But when Jesus sees our faith He sits up and takes notice.

So if you want to be noticed and helped by God to see that you make it through your life and get to heaven. Then don’t live by the devils advice, don’t believe what your friends tell you, only the Lord and don’t scorn the Lord. Believe Him and you will be rewarded.

Do It Right!

I am getting to trust the Lord.  He is starting to bless me in the difficulties of my life.  Not with gold or silver but taking a misfit, like me and giving me a place in my church.  Teaching me to forgive and relate even to my enemies.  There are people who need a friend in this group- a nonjudgmental, understanding friend, to talk to about anything.  The others He is teaching me to love in the same solid way He made me.  I can love and I can forgive, I can give space and watch people grow in their relationships.

It’s not so bad, I get to be up here and be an usher.  People come and go but Jesus tests the righteous.  He makes them ‘more righteous and beholds the upright’.  That means a lot to me, it is not impersonal.  He constantly is my friend, always treats me the same, I can say anything to Him.  He does what He wants towards what I do and who I am.  He has to see me to behold me.  It is kind of intimate.  Some of these ideas are from Psalm 11.

If I remember correctly I was a real good kid.  I was an angel in second grade, but then I started getting in trouble in third and fifth and sixth, to where I was writing stuff on the outside wall about the teacher with a green apricot.  Hard to get off, but I washed that wall for a week.  In eighth grade I was kind of quiet and not looking forward to high school.  High school I ran for class president and gave a good speech but lost to one of the bigger, cooler guys.  I was quite depressed in 1966.  Then in ’67 I smoked pot for the first time.  It was all downhill from there for 19 years.  It made me paranoid and psychotic.  My quietness was brought out, so that never a word was spoken when high.  High school was not normal I became a loner and was sad and inferior.  They say you have a 500% bigger chance to become schizophrenic if you smoke pot, according to schizophrenia.org- a forum.

I got my thrills from walking in the hills near my home, thinking and going to concerts.  A couple girls knew me to be maladjusted and unfriendly.  I didn’t want kids so at 18 joined the navy.  I did my share of drugs there and the Navy sucked, but I got college.  That was 1972.  No more ‘summer of love’ and Haight –Ashbury was full of speed.  I moved away from the Bay Area.

Such is life, that’s me.  Oh what a wicked web we weave.  When I got done there was not much life left.  But when I started to obey the Lord He restored me to life.  I need Him, I need His people and I had the greatest time at church last Sunday.  Just doing my job and going with the Holy Spirit.  A little attention goes a long way with me.

Surely you can drum up a little attention, now and then it is not hard to come by, just get involved.  The Word is not hard from which to get attention, most of it is about you and the Israelites.  Studying it is great.  You can see yourself and others.  It explains things and leaves you wanting more.  I mean that in a good way.  It will show you how things should be, are, and can be when we get into heaven.

One little life for God, that’s all you got to live.  One life to do it right and love God and get to heaven.  If you go your own way you’ll never get there.  We just make too many mistakes.  Put your life in God’s hands and He will guide you there.  Trust God with your life, He is the only one really trustworthy to do that for you.  God has the energy, the no-how, the strength, and the love that you need.  He is the only one who does.  He loves you with agape love, He knows everything, and is all powerful.  He is the creator of the universe.  He made those ole black holes up there.  He is creating stars and supernovas that point the way to Him like a neon sign.

Look to nature you will see God, pray to God and He will become real.  Be real with God accept Jesus and you will be saved.  Get saved and see the universe.

When you are young, life just floats by and you bounce back often and keep trying.  But when you get older and have been really hurt, you start getting wise and cautious.  You want to do it right and not get hurt.  Some of you may have been taught the Lord when you were younger, but many were not and don’t know they have that option.  God is here he is the way to the perfect happiness you seek.  It is in heaven though.  You will probably never be perfectly happy here on earth.  Your time will be taken up following the Lord or not.  If you follow the Lord with your whole heart you will make it.  If not and you just want to sin and be a jerk you will suffer the consequences.

It takes effort to follow the Lord.  If you have no effort will your life even be fun?  You have to work at everything fun.  You will be the victim of evil unless you fight it.  The devil comes but to steal, to kill, and to destroy.  We are no match for him without Jesus.  He does buzz off in Jesus Name.  Be afraid if you are into the occult for it may turn bad all of a sudden.

But Jesus will not.  He is good.  He wants to give you that goodness and other things.  He can give you something, but if you can’t keep it you will lose it.  Remember the parable of the sower.  The Sower sowed some seed on the wayside and the birds of the air or devil came and devoured it.  They were lost then, they had nothing and it happened immediately.  So if a seed gets sown plan on keeping it and be the seed on the good ground that grew and produced 30, 60, even a 100 fold.

 

 

Why Won’t You Believe?

Joh 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

I haven’t been to Bible college. I’m just a volunteer. Never have seen a miracle, but I’ve heard about them. I know that Jesus had 500 followers when He ascended. Thats pretty good and they were able to take the gospel to the world. A much needing to hear world, of a gospel that only can bring people in humility to the actual and only awesome God. He is creator and counsellor and with us. He is blessed and eternal and forgiver of sins. The witnesses of His being in those days knew Jesus was here and that God had given power to men. But that is just it – they still thought He was just a man. If He had evaded His accusers and stayed among them would He have been God then?
He healed alot of Jews and Gentiles, like we’ve never seen or heard of. He would have a great throng of people and, ‘He healed them all…’ He did things unheard of since the beginning of time. And they couldn’t believe one little claim, that He was the Son of God? How many times of different groups of people did He say they did not believe Him. Over miracles and over bread and over His body. Some had the courage and insight to believe the obvious. We are not very much infatuated with the priests today. If He came today would we believe them? or HIM. Some of us are getting pretty hungry these day for a man that great, with great claims on truth to save us. But He already has been here and the funny thing about it… Someone will come in Jesus name and he will claim to save us and will bring peace for a short time. He will be believed but he will be the deceiver. The church will be gone and most others will follow him.
Sad but true. The truth cannot be believed except by a few but the deceiver will be accepted with open arms. Why? He will be a rich leader- a politician. Why don’t we distrust the rich like Jesus said, ‘they take you to court’. They heap burdens, they murder the mind. Those 500 were almost all murdered. Probably by those with a stake in their local lives. Distrust all world leaders, the whole world, leader. To prevent being in that time and being on the wrong side, love Jesus Christ before its too late. Get taken in the rapture of God’s people. Go to church, be sold out for Jesus like the missionaries and some pastors and involved layman. The faithful in Jesus Christ, obedient and still repenting often. Take heed to what I say. The only way to escape the coming destruction is to become a Christian. World War Three will be nothing in comparison.
Pray for forgiveness and repent from your sins. Turn your back on them, ask God to forgive you, have hope in heaven and want the Holy Spirit from God the Father and He will give Him to you. Cleanse yourself and study the Bible.

Speak Of God

Joh 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
Joh 12:50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

Who is number one? Well it should be God. Speaking of ourselves is so many times our favorite subject. I heard someone say of the Bible,too, too many I’s. Isn’t it better to talk in the third person, it. To inform someone or to talk about other things. Talking about people is off limits as it can so easily turn into gossip. As long as your nice its OK.
Jesus talked about the Father. Talking about God is not done in futility. He is nice as a subject of conversation. It’s hard not to be positive about Him, He is so positive. Being positive is always necessary for living. If one dwells on the negative, he gets a downer feeling like cheap wine. If God is your subject then your mind will be exercised, remembering Him and scriptures and old times. Remembering the blessings will help you see the before-and-after, the growth and time, and many comparisons. God is timeless but we are not. People can grow tired and lazy and have entropy and go down hill. God has a standard that is always available to see if there have been any changes.
Jesus was the only obedient one. God gave Him a commandment that even went so far as to split up in his mind what He should just say and what He should speak. ‘Say’ to the apostles- this, this, this. ‘Speak’ to the crowd such and such. He had to do it, but He didn’t had to do anything. There was choice and He willingly decided to do as the Father commanded because He was God’s servant. Yes, though equal He served God’s purposes. He had this great plan to save the world and Jesus was instrumental in implementing it, the main character.
How many of us will serve God and say the gospel to others? Who will obey the Bible in the raising of kids? How many of us will configure the ten commandments into our lives? Jesus gladly did everything that God had a remote desire for in His life. But we are too distracted to stay on the same page as God and off of the world. Life is much richer with God in it. We must speak of Him at home or in the office. We must say how our life would be without Him. Jesus is refering to the boring old law as life eternal and as the psalmist says too!
Jesus came here obviously to speak the truth about salvation, His main mission. The Father told Him what to say and it’s in the Bible. At least we could read it! God’s will is obvious there. Find the strength to say God Bless You. Find the strength to believe in miracles and the rapture if you want to go. If you won’t believe in miracles they won’t happen.
This country is so spoiled and prideful. It’s not a lie. If you would read your Bible you wouldn’t be so confused. ROM 10:10- ‘For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.’
Get your heart right people. Read your Bible so you know what you believe. Stop allowing all these abominations into the church. Don’t listen to antichrist teaching thats what makes it so confusing. You do need to repent, you don’t need liberalism. You need the narrow road and holiness, suffering is necessary to a holy life. If all Christians would tithe we would solve our problems. You can’t serve two masters. Jesus is the answer for everything.