Monday, July 25, 2011

What does same sex marriage lack?

Same sex marriage has recently become legal in the state of New York.  I understand people need love and affection. It's ingrained in us to love.  But in referencing God's infallible Word, same sex marriage will lack one vital element, and that is God's blessings upon it.  God created man (Adam) and woman (Eve) and fashioned them for each other, from then afterwards when man leaves his parents to take his wife, they shall be one flesh. (read it in Genesis, Chapters 1 & 2)

We need to love and be loved
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God designed marriage for man and woman to become so intertwined-God would view their union as one flesh. God blesses that.  Any alteration and God isn't going to bless it . (see Leviticus 18:22). The Creator gave us a marriage template to follow of Adam and Eve. God designed Eve for Adam to fulfill him. You can read this in the first four chapters of the Book of Genesis in the Bible. Adam and Eve, man and wife, were a married couple according to God- one flesh. (Gen. 2:24).

God placed man and woman together to go forth and multiply.(Genesis 1:27-28). It still takes sperm from a male and an egg from a female to reproduce. If God made marriage to be with two of the same sex, there would have never been a second generation. Same sex marriage couples can never conceive their own biological children together. 

God's Holy Word endures and never changes
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God's design is perfect- anything other than God's design is a counterfeit, an adulterated copy, the distorted truth, corrupted, imperfect, and ungodly. Throughout history,  men and women have devised all sorts of ways in order to get their wants, desires and habits even if those wants were contrary to God and His Holy Word. And in doing so, men and women choose to reason, rationalize, and change laws to fit their needs so their wants and desires might be legal and look right, and choose to not believe their behavior is contrary to God's Word, which amounts to being transgression, and a sin, and when made into a chosen lifestyle, it's a sinful lifestyle.  In this instance,  man lying with a man rather than a woman, is abomination, (see Leviticus 18:22). Man can change laws of the land to satisfy his needs, desires, and morals,   but this does not change the truth or righteousness of God's Word.  When God has His hand and blessing upon something or someone, nothing can outdo or outshine it. God's Word is for our benefit. His Word is solid and unchanging.  And there can be no argument against His righteous judgment to those who've sinned against His Word, the law.

View is video below from of a marriage ceremony.  Listen carefully to the words this couple say to each other.  A marriage is a man and a woman becoming one in the sight of God to be blessed.

BONUS- God designed marriage to be, 1) an example on Earth of love.  2) for a man and woman who love each other in that special, heartfelt way to become one flesh, and reproduce and bring up other people to love God. 3) for us to learn and extend unconditional love to each other in a marriage blessed by Him, and even during marriage ups and downs, the union and love stays solid and true because the love is unconditional, unwavering, and unchanging like the love God has for us. I really believe marriage, the way God designed it to be is a window through which we can get a small idea of what heaven will be like.

Revisit the beginning of man and woman in the Bible and how God designed marriage for them. Start with Genesis 1: 27, 28 ; 2:7,18, 20-25 ; 3:20 ; 4:1; 5:2 ; and Leviticus 18:22.

Wouldn't you want your marriage blessed with the favor and protection of God?

God's blessing far surpasses any and all  pro's man can come up with for legality for same sex marriage.

No offense is intended or directed toward anyone. I'm just sharing the truth of God's Word on this subject. God loves all, but hates the sin. It's sin that Jesus died to pay your debt for your sin(s). Because of Him, your sins can be forgiven if you accept Jesus as your Savior. Sin that is unforgiven will prevent your entry into heaven. Sin is not allowed in heaven. There is one and only one way to have your sins forgiven to enter heaven. Sorry, there is no other way, or else God would've said so. God's Word is perfectly clear-it's through Jesus and not by you being a decent person, or being cute or handsome, or coming from a well-to-do family, or by giving so much money to the poor or anything else.... the only way is Jesus, and Jesus alone. Period.
And, it's a relationship God wants with you. That's also something which shows He wants you to know Him closely. That says a lot.

Going forward in God's Word step by step on that narrow, upward path.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Is it you, a dead man walking?

Is it you, a dead man walking? This very moment, you are breathing, talking, thinking, reading, and today have goals to accomplish for yourself and/or family,  and might even say you're enjoying the best of life right now.  But listen,  one day, one moment, you, the flesh and bones making up the physical you, is going to expire. Your "first death" of your outer shell house will cease to be.  But your spirit and soul, the real spiritual you, will continue.  Your spirit will always exist. You see, when you don't ask Jesus into your heart, you are refusing the only way of having your sins redeemed for gaining any right standing with God. Without 'right standing' before God, even though you may not see it, but  you're a dead man or woman walking.  Until you accept Jesus as your Lord and savior, you sins have your spirit as dead though you live. And it's only a matter of time that you will face your 'second death', which is death of your spirit where you will be forever separated from the presence and love of God.

Without Jesus your sins imprison you from any hope of heaven
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If you choose to reject Jesus, (and yes, He IS the only approved way sent by God to save mankind from our sins) upon your last breath, your spirit is destined to hell for a time until Judgement Day. Then, our Holy, just and righteous God will judge you. Those found guilty of sins against God will rightly be banished to the Lake of Fire and you will forever experience your "second death".  This ungodly place is designed for all fallen angels that rebelled against God and sided with Satan . In this place you will wish you could die, but remember your spirit can't cease.  God created Man in His image with a spirit designed to live forever. God wants you to live in heaven with him, forever.  But the choice is all yours to accept God's gift of Jesus who has paid you penalty for your sins for you. God will not force you to make any decision. God's gift is extended to everyone freely and must be accepted freely. Never forced. It's a decision every man, and woman must personally decide for themselves.  If you choose to not accept His gift, then you will have to pay the penalty for your sins yourself, and that payment is forever cut off from God, which is spiritual death.  God doesn't want anyone to choose that path. Jesus came to be The sacrificial lamb for mankind. In other words, without Jesus, you have nothing, no hope, no joy, no purpose, no future, no life, no forgiveness, no light, no happiness, no family, no love, no salvation, no heaven, only hell and the Lake of Fire, and darkness, and fallen angels. In other words, without God, your spiritual existence will be worse than any physical thing you or I can imagine. Without any mercy, or love or hope or light, your spirit will be tortured and miserable over and over and over without end. There will be no friends, no partying, nothing anything good at all to wish or hope for.  You will only wish you could cease existing, but that will be impossible in the Lake of Fire.  And don't think being in the Lake of Fire will be pleasurable in any form or fashion. Your soul will suffer in a way unlike anything your fleshly body could ever tolerate or endure. Remember, this place was meant for fallen angels and I'm sure they won't be happy about their fate, either. It won't be any vacation resort or place to relax or hang out with friends.  It will be beyond the worst experience you could ever imagine multiplied by a hundred thousand times and you can never, ever escape this. And it's all because of sin and your choice to reject Jesus.

Jesus died so you wouldn't have to die.
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Read the conclusion on this blog about fallen angels

What can you do?
Consider making today the day you are no longer a "dead man or woman walking". Get in a quiet place, and talk to God. Tell Him you know you are a sinner and you can't pay for your sins yourself. Only Jesus, His Son, can and has already by His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. You choose and invite Jesus into your to be your Savior and thank Him for what He's done for you. You want to give your life to Him because He's given His live for you. You want to thank Him for saving you. You want Him to be your Lord. You want to change your ways. It won't be automatic or easy, but with your 'new heart' you will be in tune with the Holy Spirit to help you and counsel you to do better. You have been reborn and have to learn to listen to your spirit rather than your flesh. You have to learn to live spiritually, rather than fleshly. Jesus was resurrected on the third day by the power of the Holy Spirit and He victoriously holds the keys to life by defeating death. Your sin penalty is lifted from you when you choose Jesus to be your Savior and Lord.

With Jesus you have victory over the penalty of sin

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 What happens?
When you sincerely pray and ask Jesus to be your savior and Lord, in the spirit realm, immediately your name is written in the Book of Life, you are sealed for good as a child of God and there's nothing that can break that seal of redemption you now have with God. You may not feel different or think anything has happened.  You may even keep doing the same things you've always done. But God is good on His Word. Jesus has victory over death.  You and I can never be perfect while we are living in our fleshly bodies. But we can be saved from our sins and that path to hell and the Lake of Fire we deserve for our disobedient ways and rebellion against God in our sins. We ought to be nothing but grateful for the dismal destiny we are saved from -all due to Jesus stepping in and loving us while we were sinners, paying a horrible death that we deserve in our stead.  Only because of Jesus can any of us pass from death to life in heaven with God. Praise the Lord!

God is Spirit.

This link to another posting you might like reading to help you decide your eternity.

Until next time......keep on trucking on that glorious, upward, narrow path.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Meeting a princess and the King of Kings

In the news yesterday, visiting Canada were the very popular, rich and royal couple Prince William and Princess Kate.  A little girl, Diamond Marshall, wanting to meet a real princess, got her wish with the help of Calgary's Children's Wish Foundation.  I'm proud she did get to meet a real princess. This precious little girl has been through so much, being just 6 years old and having lost her mother from cancer, the same type of abdominal cancer afflicting the body of this young soul now. You can see her cute smile and her bald head from the medical cancer treatments she's been receiving. My prayer is, "Lord, keep this little girl strong and help her fight the cancer invading her little body. Touch her and if it be your will, heal her body. Amen."

However, I was thinking, she got her wish to meet a real princess, but does she know she can meet the King of Kings? I would say with cancer, she just might not have too many more years or days, if God chooses not to heal her, in which a family member could introduce her to the ruler of Kings. I know she's just six, but if she or anyone has a desire to meet royalty, I'd say meeting the King of Kings is the greatest and most royal person you could meet.  I say Jesus is the King of all kings.  One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord. (see scripture reference below). Even princess Kate, Duchess of Cambridge,  will bow before Jesus, just as every other King, Queen, Prince and Princess, Duke and Duchess, all will bow before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The young, English newlywed couple appear to be very happy and most assuredly very nice and good people. It may be exciting and thrilling to meet William and Kate, but they have not one iota of clout with God to get you into heaven.

Even the angels bow on bended knee before Jesus
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God bless all little children and big children. It's so easy to come to Jesus, just like you would speak to a good friend. He's always waiting and He is the only way to heaven and to gain right standing with God, the Father. Even little children are natural born sinners, though we don't want to think they are, but they are. All people are born into sin, being descendents of the first sinners, Adam and Eve. Jesus came to wash our sins away, which is what happens spiritually when you accept Him as your Lord and savior by inviting and asking Him into your heart.  He will.  Ask him to save you from the penalty your sins call for....He will. Ask Him to be your Lord. He will.  Your life will spiritually be changed in an instant, your name will be written in the Book of Life, and you will be in right standing before God. All of this because God loves you and sent His Son, Jesus, whom has redeemed you unto the Father. But you have to want it and ask in order to receive it. That's all. Jesus did all the suffering and dying so you could bypass all that nor will you have to suffer in hell or the Lake of Fire.  Just ask Him, from your mouth and mean it with your heart just like a would child, and God Almighty of heaven will not keep any good thing from you. He wants all, and that includes you, to have life with Him for all eternity, and to have Jesus so no soul would perish the spiritual death in hell and the Lake of Fire. It's humbling and also awesome knowing God wants you, the spiritual you, which will never die, to be in heaven. But remember, no sin can enter heaven. Jesus is your only answer to having your sins wiped away! Jesus is Lord and King and Savior and the Son of God. Now that's what I call royalty! 

Statue of Jesus, the King of Kings, with children
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Scripture references: Philippians 2:10...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

Revelation 1:5  and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,

2 Peter 3:9:10  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

God is Spirit. God is without limits and His plan is perfect. His ways are far above any that man and imagine. God manifests Himself in three forms- Holy Father, Holy Spirit and Jesus, the Lord and Savior. Praise God!

Until next time....keep traveling along that narrow road to Jesus.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Back slidden?

Hey, never be ashamed to admit it. We all, and I mean we all are guilty of being back slidden at one time or another, and most of the time we've back slidden more times than we care to count.

The best thing to do is stop beating yourself up and thinking God has turned His back on you. That's the farthest from the truth and don't allow the liar of all liars keep you believing that. Satan gets his kicks when you believe his lies.  The truth will set you free and satan doesn't want you to be free or to know the truth.

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Now, get this in your brain. God isn't finished with you yet. God never gets fed up with you making mistakes. (but don't be so dumb by keep making the same mistakes over and over). God is plenty big to handle all your screw-ups and mess-ups. There is nothing too big for Him to handle any time day or night. God knows we are imperfect and sway to and fro, and battle with our the flesh and our brains are fickle, and He knows we're selfish and stubborn. God knows all about us already.

Here are some scriptures abou back sliders and what to do about being back slidden.

Now get this. God doesn't need you to be perfect. Only God is perfect. He just wants you to put your trust and faith in Him and in His Son, Jesus, and give your heart to Him, love Him and conduct your life as best you can according to His example, Jesus.  You will do well at times, and you will mess up a times. You will continue to stumble and make mistakes because you are human. The important thing is, is the Lord in your heart?

So don't keep thinking about throwing in the towel because of your back slidding actions. Just get back up. It will take an act of humility on your part to get on your knees and have a one-on-one conversation to tell God you're sorry. That's not very hard to do. Then get up and go forward with God.  He will never turn away from you. All you have to do is turn to Him and He's there for you.

So get over it already! Don't let being back slidden keep you for another minute from all the goodness and forgiveness awaiting you in the loving arms of a very patient and forever loving God.

BONUS- if you backslide 100 times, God will forgive you every time you ask and He will wipe all sins away.  That's His promise. Jesus paid for all sins. With Jesus, by faith, no sin will separate you from the love of God. There's nothing too awful, no mountain too high, no ocean too deep that will keep God from loving you. Now, that ought to be 'good news' and make you want to ask Jesus into your heart right this moment and ask God to help you in any thing keeping you from Him so you can stop whatever is causing you to backslide. It might be an instantaneous deliverance, or it might take some time while God helps you work through some issues, but He is always faithful and true. Don't give up.

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I like the bow and arrow visual picture- you have to pull the bow back before releasing the arrow to shoot forward.  Never give up- God isn't.  Release what's holding you in the backslidden mode, and move closer to God and see what happens!
You never have to be perfect, only forgiven.