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A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

The Bible says, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (Isaiah 40:3). Most are not what they appear to be. When Christ comes back their masks will be removed, and everything will be revealed. Are you truly ready for that day? Remember, God looks at your heart, your mind, and your soul. He looks at your memories and your every thought that you ever had. He looks at how you spend your days chasing after one opinion and then another. He is fully aware of how much time you have spent on social media, YouTube, entertainment, and your relentless searches on the internet. He knows everything about you as you stand before the King of Glory waiting to be judged for everything that you have done in the body (see II Corinthians 5:10). Now, tell me again that you are ready for His glorious coming in the clouds. The Bible says, “And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). So, let’s talk about getting ready for the coming of Christ who will rapture up the pure Body of Christ, to be caught up to meet Him coming in the clouds. This is a topic we don’t want to quickly pass over. We need to take our time to ensure that we will be ready when Christ returns.

The first thing we need to do is throw away that Sunday go-to-meeting mask with those beautiful smiles etched in self-esteem. The second thing we need to do is stop chasing everyone’s opinion and seek an audience with the resurrected Christ.  Your eternal life depends on it before you decide to cast this article aside. Satan has done a great job of sowing confusion among God’s children and the rest of the world. Social media gives the entire world a platform to express their unqualified opinions on the world stage. This is the worst evil to have ever descended upon the planet. For the so-called believers, it has given them a mixed bag of theology and for the rest, it has allowed the enemy to divide the entire world into warring camps ready to annihilate one another. Social media including YouTube is like a drug that keeps the entire population hooked as an addict. Some will leave, but they almost always come back to fill up the large hole left in their time, not knowing what to do with themselves. Social media is like a double-edged sword where it gives the contributor pride that his opinion must be correct when it’s validated by his number of likes and followers, then it gives the rest a mixed bag of theology by trying to assimilate everyone’s contradicting opinions.

Satan’s endgame is working!  You can hear him laughing now! Very few will be ready for the Second Coming of Christ because they have wasted all their time searching for some elusive truth and totally missing the mark. So, we must find something else to fill the time to help us get ready for eternity. Stop chasing after everyone’s opinion and seek an audience with the risen Christ who will speak directly to you through the indwelling Spirit and be validated by His all-sufficient truth in the Holy Bible. When you follow this method used by the saints of old, long before social media, you will soon discover that the Bible is not just a history book but a book that shows you how to grow up spiritually in Christ. This Spiritual growth is not something that can be accomplished in a few short Sunday School lessons, it will take your entire life. Let’s be very clear on that, it will take your entire life as you press on to the goal of your upward calling in Christ Jesus (see Philippians 3:14). The resurrected Christ will not teach you how to play church, but He will teach you how to be the Church.

Some of you may need to start with salvation where you will offer your entire life to Christ believing that He alone can accomplish what He has promised to do in your life, believing that Christ will make you into a new creation where old things will truly pass away (see II Corinthians 5:17). You may need to begin again at the Cross repenting of all of your sins and believing that Christ’s shed blood on the Cross will wash away your sins and forgive them for all eternity. Your faith will only open the door, now you must go through it by applying all of God’s truth to your life, which will help you to overcome the old sin nature and put off the old life. Now comes the exciting part, you learn from God’s Word how to put on the new life in Christ, which helps you to put off the old life. Dear children, remember you are still standing at the door until you allow Christ to grow you from one degree of glory to another. We do this by keeping in step with the Spirit. Yes, this will be a lifelong journey but if you are not on the journey, then Christ at His second coming will know. Christ sets the rate of our growth we cannot lag behind, nor can we run ahead, but we can keep in step with the Spirit, one step at a time (see Galatians 5:16-26). I will tell you, in the beginning, some of these steps are most difficult where they will seem almost impossible, but they are not. We don’t have an option to give up we must continue realizing the great joy and peace that comes with every accomplishment.

If you are ready, then let us proceed. I will suggest that you get a little journal to record in it every time you learn something new that must be put out of your life, then also record in your journal every time that you learn something new that must be put into your life. Start by reading the Gospel of John, then day by day read through the New Testament, each time reading it slowly and prayerfully until you get warming in your heart from the indwelling Spirit. When you get this warming or convicting, then stop, record it, and apply it to your life. Ask Jesus to help you, He is listening. Every time you are successful in putting something evil out of your life and replacing it with the good, then you will be growing one step at a time. It is a lifelong journey that must be taken if you want to be ready when Christ returns for His Bride, His Holy Church. Make no mistake this journey will take all of your time. You will discover that social media will be of no help for all it will do is pull you further and further away from your goal. Satan is fully aware of this and will try everything to keep you involved by playing games to getting tons of likes on totally useless posts, or posts that only build your pride. You can hear Satan rejoicing.

Finally, don’t be fooled. We as a people have passed the point of changing the West, and America in particular, from within the system. The godless have had over 60 years to decimate our western world. Wake up, everything has changed. To change a few laws will not change their behavior or their godless hearts. Posting out-of-context feel-good Scripture on social media will not work. Electing a new political leader who promises to fulfill a godly agenda will not work. Antichrist is coming. There is only one thing we can do. The Bible says, “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:4-5). We must come out bringing our children and grandchildren with us, no longer allowing Satan to teach them through their public school system. We must teach them how to grow up spiritually in Christ. We must teach them to shun all their social media platforms that will be opening another door to an alternate reality in the Metaverse, see my newest book, “God’s Loving Pursuit.” We must teach them to turn their backs on all the world’s sins, which have reached up to heaven. We must come out from among them and prepare for the coming of Christ. Please prepare now, the Tribulation will only get worse, and you will not stand unless you grow up in Christ every day

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Why Do Bad Things Happen?

The question most asked, even by professed followers of Christ is, “Why do bad things happen to me?” That’s a great question. It is a question that’s been asked since the beginning of time. It is a question that has haunted humanity since the dawn of history. If you seriously want to know the answer, keep reading. This is a question that must be brought before the Lord in deep prayer and meditation, taking time to listen to His every word. We live in a day where the age-old understanding of fate has resurfaced, especially among the unbelievers. Unbelievers now espouse their senseless rhetoric, “That things just happen” solidifying their belief in fate. This is a belief that everything that happens is beyond our control, contrary to what we do or don’t do; if we are bad or good it makes no difference to the outcome. Although this kind of thinking may help them to accept the onslaught of bad things happening to them, it doesn’t answer the question. It only delays the inevitable, which often leads to stress, psychological trauma, mental illnesses, or something far worse, eternal separation from God.

Let’s start at the beginning. Why are so many professed believers in our day struggling with stress, agitation, anger, aggression, or any other classified psychological problems? These problems can lead to a host of other problems, such as loss of productivity, the ability to manage one’s time, and decision making that’s irrational. It can also lead to depression causing them to withdraw from the real world. Although many of these new problems may seem like the underlying problem, they are not. Although the professionals of psychology would agree and be happy to schedule counseling or drug therapy, we must dig much deeper to discover the real underlying problem that’s causing your difficulties. We must dig deeper to discover what’s causing you to experience one tragic circumstance after another. I must tell you; I have great sympathy and pity for these poor souls. Simply put they are not living the life that Christ promised them when He came to earth to show humanity a new Way. They are not living the bountiful life full of wondrous joy and the peace that defies understanding. They are not experiencing a brand-new life in Christ that’s getting better every day. Whatever happened to their new life in Christ?

What’s even sadder about these professed believers is some have a real heart for helping others, especially among their own family members, but they just don’t seem to have the time, the strength, or the determination to follow through with their promises or intentions. Whatever happened to the new life in Christ where their joy and peace are not affected by the unrelenting problems that are weighing so heavily upon them, day after day? We must dig much deeper. When we do, we are confronted with a word that has all but escaped the dictionary of modern humanity. It is a word that most don’t want to talk about. We have noticed that professional counselors don’t ever mention the word. We have observed that we are hearing it far less from the pulpits in the modern church. I hope that you are sitting down. The word is sin. This little three-letter word is at the root of most of your problems. I will go so far as to say that sin is at the very root of the world’s problems. The problem with sin is that it’s in our nature to sin. This is referred to as the old sin nature. Until we get a handle on the old sin nature, we will never experience the continuous joy and peace of our new life in Christ.

The good news is that Jesus Christ came to show us the Way. He came to show us how to overcome the old sin nature, one step at a time, through faith. Before we talk about this good news, let’s digress a bit and ask the question, how can this old sin nature cause us so many problems, to experience one calamity after another. There are many sins, which any society can refer to as a transgression against their laws, which you will be held accountable by some form of unpleasant punishment. Today, we want to talk about a higher law or laws that you will also be held accountable to by an all-powerful God, the God of creation. Make no mistake, God hears and sees everything. Unlike man, God does not forget nor can He be fooled by your double talk or outrageous lies. He will not be fooled by your deniability. Don’t forget that the Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We all have the old sin nature and the propensity to sin. This is the first step in overcoming the old sin nature, to openly admit that you are a sinner, and if you are honest, then you will admit that you have sinned every day. If you cannot admit that, then you need to take a long hard look at God’s Law, that not only deals with your actions but with your every thought.

Do you think that God can’t see your outburst of anger? Do you think that God can’t see your outrageous lies? Do you think God cannot see your pride? Do you think God can’t see your lust or sexual immorality? No, God sees it all, along with your every thought. The Bible is very clear that a man will reap what he has sown (see Galatians 6:8). Don’t think for a minute that things just happen, that’s fate. With God, nothing happens by accident. If you are not following the Way, then you will be disciplined by a loving God (see Hebrews 12:6-7). Often God will discipline His children by letting them go to experience the works of their own hands. God will also let them go by withdrawing His divine protection allowing them to reap the full consequences of their sin. As an example, let’s just look at the one sin that God hates the most, lying. The Bible says, “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22). Think about this dear friend the next time you say you are going to do something, and then don’t do it, and worse yet, say you never said it. Shockingly, when you lie to another, then you are also lying to God. A man will reap what he has sown. He will reap the consequences of his every sin.

Now, let’s go deeper to discover the good news. How can we overcome the old sin nature? If you are a professed believer, then you have already taken the first step in believing that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, took your place on the Cross to pay for all sins past, present, and future. That cleared the way to a new life in Christ through faith. Although this is the greatest miracle to be made into a new creation, where old things truly pass away, we still need to follow the Way in overcoming the old sin nature. If you don’t follow the Way, then nothing much will change after the initial glow of believing in Christ wears off. That’s where most professed believers are today allowing the old sin nature to rule their life making them a target for Satan and the powers of darkness. This alone has caused a boom at the counselor’s office even among professed Christians, which has caused the church to raise up their own counselors following the methodology of the world’s counselors. We can, through the power of Christ, put off the old life of sin and misery, and to put on the new life in Christ, filled with incredible joy and amazing peace. We have the power to overcome the old sin nature.

So, how can we be successful in overcoming the old sin nature? Here is the key, we must read the anointed Word of God, the Bible, and discover the things we should not be doing or thinking, replacing them with thoughts and actions that are in accord with His Word. The Bible gives us some wonderful examples of putting off the old life and putting on the new life in Christ (carefully read Ephesians 4:19-32). When you do this, then you will discover that you are growing up in Christ from one degree of glory to another (see II Corinthians 3:18). If you are not growing up in Christ then you are still giving in to the old sin nature and continuing to reap all the horrible consequences of walking in the old life, the old sin nature. Now, you can say, I know why bad things are always happening to me. Won’t you start today, dear Christian, putting off the old life and putting on the new life in Christ? Then you will begin your spiritual journey, growing from one degree of glory to another. Spiritual growth must happen daily to overcome the old sin nature. Are you growing today

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