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Jesus Draws Everyone To Salvation

All Are Drawn To Salvation

Jesus said in John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

Atonement is not limited

Calvinist who say that only a chosen few can be saved are calling Jesus a liar!

Jesus said that if He was crucified He would draw all people to salvation. He’s not going to draw someone to salvation and then refuse to save them!

Here are a few more verses that show that everyone can be saved:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 12:46 “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”


Acts 10:43 “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”


Romans 10:11 “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Matthew 12:50 “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

1 John 5:1 “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.”

The evidence of this drawing is simply a desire to commit your life to Christ, not tears, or any emotion.

The Bible say that the natural person hates God and thinks salvation is foolish. They have no desire to be saved.

We cannot of our own minds just decide that we want to be saved.

Therefore, if someone wants to be saved then that means God would have to be drawing them to salvation. Because we are not even capable of even recognizing our need for God without God drawing us.

Salvation is a decision not an emotion!

Preachers who tell people they can’t be saved because they rejected God too many times, and God is not drawing them to salvation, even though they want to be saved, are evil wolves in sheep’s clothing! They are not saved themselves and they hinder others from getting saved!

If you have been told that you cannot be saved, You have been lied too!

You can be saved. God wants to save you no matter what you have done or how many times you have rejected Him.

Please go read my page How to Get To Heaven now and do what it says to get saved!

Winning The Battle For Your Mind

Win The Battle For Your Mind

Many Christians struggle with unhealthy or sinful thoughts and feelings. Like thoughts and feelings of guilt, worthlessness, anger, lust, worry etc.

The Bible tells us how to overcome destructive thoughts like these.

Cast sinful or unhealthy thoughts down and put them under subjection to Christ

2 Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

How to do this:

Command the thought to go away in the Name of Jesus Christ

This is the initial casting down and subjecting the bad thought to the obedience of Christ.

As Christians we have power over sin and the Devil in the Name of Jesus. Most bad thoughts are just lies that the Devil is telling us, especially when it comes to self destructive thoughts like guilt or worthlessness.

The Devil wants to destroy us. the Bible says that he walks around like a lion looking for people to devour. ( 1 Peter 5:8) He does not want us to be joyful Christians, so he will whisper many lies into our ears to make us sad.

We do not have to suffer his torments!

We have the power in the Name of Jesus to cast down Satan’s lies and him. Just command them to leave in the name of Jesus.

John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

Then pray and ask God to keep bad thoughts away.

John 16:24 “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

John 14:13 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

1John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

James 1:6-7 “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”

it is God’s will for our joy to be full, so He will keep bad thoughts away, if we ask Him too, and believe that He will.

Then replace the bad thoughts with good thoughts

Here are 3 easy ways to do this:

1. Claim God’s promises:

If you are struggling with guilt:

Remember if you have repented, then God has forgiven you, and He will never mention your sin, not even on judgment day.

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Confession includes repentance. See my post on 1 John 1:9 at http://shiningthelightministries.com/2022/03/29/1john-19/

1 Corinthians 11:31 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

Judging ourselves means that we repent of our sin before God has to judge us. Not that we punish ourselves or keep telling ourselves how bad we are. Once we repent we need to believe that God has forgiven us and then forgive ourselves, and move on with our lives serving God.

Ezekiel 18:21-22 “But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.”

1 Corinthians 6:11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Justified means: Just As If I’d Never Sinned.

If God has justified us, and He is not going to mention our sins again, we should not rebuke ourselves for them anymore either.

If you are struggling with thoughts of worthlessness:

Remember God loves you, and you are so valuable to Him that He sent His only begotten Son to die for you to save you. As Christians, God says we are his children, we are more than conquerors, and we are royalty!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Romans 8:15 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Abba in Hebrew is an endearing term like “Daddy.”

Romans 8:37 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

Revelation 1:6 “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

So hold your head up and live a holy and joyful life like the priest and the king or queen God says you are.

If you are struggling with thoughts of anger:

Remember not all anger is sin, but it becomes sin if we dwell on it too long. The Bible says that we are to forgive and get rid of our anger before the sun goes down that day.

Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.”

Furthermore, we must forgive others in order for God to forgive us.

Luke 6:35-37 “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:”

Now, forgiveness does not equal trust. Forgiveness means you are no longer angry with the person. It means you do not hold a grudge against them. However, if the person is a danger to you or others you need to put up barriers to keep yourself and others safe from them.

Also, remember that God will avenge you.

Romans 12:19 “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

If you are struggling with immoral thoughts:

Remember we have power over sin in the Name of Jesus, and God promises to give us what we ask for according to His will. It is God’s will for us to have pure minds. Command the sinful thoughts to go away in the Name of Jesus and Pray and ask God to renew your mind and keep sinful thoughts out.

2 Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

James 1:5-8 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

If you are struggling with worry:

Remember if you are saved God will never leave you and He cares for you. Furthermore, if you are striving to live for Him and are giving to others then He will meet your needs.

Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Philippians 4:16-19 “For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Luke 6:38 “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

2. Sing and Praise God

Listening to Christian music and singing Christian songs will help you to keep your mind on God. If you keep your mind on God, it is much harder for sinful or unhealthy thoughts to come in.

Ephesians 5:19-20 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

Writing a list of your blessings will also help you to have an attitude of thankfulness.

3. Help others

Getting your mind off of yourself and helping others is a great way to keep bad thoughts away.

Romans 15:2 “Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.”

Acts 20:35 “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

4. Think about good things

Actively thinking about good things will help keep bad thoughts away.

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

God wants us to be joyful and have pure minds. By following these steps you can achieve that.

Unmarried Adults Belong To God Not Their Parents

I was raised that an unmarried adult person (especially a woman) is still under the authority of her father until she gets married. That contradicts the Bible.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 7:32 -34:

“But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.”

The unmarried answer to God not their parents. They are to be concerned with pleasing God not their fathers.

You have no right to tell your adult daughter or son that they have to stay home with you or that they cannot get a job, go to college, move out on their own etc. That is between them and God.

The Bible only says married woman are to be keepers at home, not unmarried women.

I Timothy 5:11-15

11 “But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;
12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.”

Younger women is directly referring back to younger widows!

It also only advises that young widows should marry, not that every woman has to marry.

The Bible Even Says That If the World Is Really Evil Like It Is Now, Then It Is Best Not To Marry, But It Is NOT A Sin If You Do Marry.

1 Corinthians 7: 26-28:

26 “I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.”

Once your child is an adult, you have no right to tell them how they can or cannot serve God. To do that is to step into God’s jurisdiction and it is cultish!

Years ago my Dad even tried to twist Scripture and tell my brother that he had to stay home until he got married because the Bible says a man is supposed to leave his Father and Mother and cleave to his wife. So he would be in sin and rebellion against God if he left home before he got married.

We thought that he was probably wrong, but we really did not know any Scripture to prove it at that time.

Finally God removed our Dad from our home 12 years ago, and we have been free from him since then.

A few years ago God showed us the truth in 1 Corinthians 7:32 -34.

The New Testament says unmarried adults (both men and women) answer to God, not their fathers!

The Mark of The Beast

Anti Christ

Every time you turn around someone is saying this or that is the Mark of the Beast.

When I was a small child they were saying it was credit cards or bar codes.

When I was a teenager they were saying it was the tracking chip some rich people were putting in their kids to protect them from getting kidnapped.

About 10 years ago they were saying it was the chip in the credit cards.

Now they are saying it is the Covid-19 vaccine, and that if you take the vaccine you are condemned to Hell!

I have news for you:

It is none of those things!

Today we look at the truth concerning the Mark of the Beast according to the Bible.

Both the Beast and the False Prophet must be in power, fully revealed, and the image of the Beast must be set up, before the Mark is instituted!

The Bible says in Revelation 13:11-18:

11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”

So before the Mark of the Beast can be instituted a well known world leader will suffer a deadly head wound and he will be healed by Satan.

Then another Beast, a false preacher, will show up doing all sorts of miracles including calling down fire from heaven, and will deceive people into worshiping the first Beast.

Then not the Beast himself nor the False Prophet, but the people under orders of the False Prophet, will build an image of the first Beast.

Remember Nebuchadnezer and his image. Whoever did not worship his image was killed, or at least thrown into a fiery furnace. Nebuchadnezer and his image was a small prelude to the Beast and his image. And just like Nebuchadnezer got saved in Daniel 4, the Beast can get saved too.

After the people build the image, the False Prophet gives life to it. Literally the Devil possess the image and causes it to speak and order the deaths of people who refuse to worship it.

Therefore, until these things happen, the Mark of the Beast has not been instituted yet.

It is impossible to accidently take the Mark of the Beast.

The Bible makes it vey clear that you must knowingly worship the Beast in order to take his Mark!

Revelation 13:12 “And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Revelation 13:15 “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Therefore, if you must question whether or not something is the Mark of the beast, it is NOT the Mark of the Beast!

A person can still repent and be saved after taking the Mark!

The Bible says:

Revelation 14:9-10 “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:”

People will go to hell for worshiping the Beast just like they go to hell for worshiping any other false God, but nowhere does the Bible say that they cannot repent and be saved.

The Bible also says All liars will go to hell. Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Does that mean if you ever tell a lie you are condemned to hell and can never repent? If that were true no one could be saved!

The Bible says some people Overcome the Mark!

Revelation 15:2-3 “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
3 And they sing the song of Moses
the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.”

These people had worshipped the Beast and taken the Mark and then got saved, probably through the ministry of the 144,000. There is no other way someone could get victory over the Mark, but to get saved and publicly renounce it! These people will then be martyred for forsaking the Beast.

The Bible says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

God has never refused to save anyone, and God will never refuse to save anyone. As long as a person is still alive they can repent and be saved, no matter what sins they have committed!

Even during the Millennial Reign Jesus is still saying “Whosoever will let him come!”

Revelation 22:16 “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

In closing, the Mark of the Beast will not be instituted until the Beast and the False Prophet are both fully revealed and the image of the Beast is publicly made and set up by the people.

Furthermore, the Bible says people can gain victory over the Mark! Therefore, those who take the Mark can repent and be saved!

All Things Are Possible With God

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The Bible says All things are possible with God

Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”


Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Last week God answered an almost 50 year old prayer for America with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Much more still needs to be done to outlaw abortion in all 50 States. A law by Congress would accomplish that the fastest.

I believe that if we keep praying then that law will be passed as soon as Conservatives take over Congress and the Presidency again. The next 2 elections are extremely important in accomplishing this.

All things are possible if we believe.

Matthew 17:20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

Persistent prayer of righteous people prevails!

James 5:16b “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Therefore, lets just keep praying, believing, and doing our duty to vote in Pro-Life leaders and pushing for legislation banning abortion Nationwide. We will see it happen.

Even if the Devil throws us a curve by this evil Congress passing legislation to legalize abortion, do not get discouraged. The next Congress can just as easily ban abortion. Legislation is much easier to change than Supreme Court decisions. When the pro-death crowd lost Roe v. Wade their days of legalized murder in this Country became numbered. And not only for abortion, but also for infanticide, euthanasia embryonic stem cell research, etc.

Assurance of Salvation

The Bible says we can know we are saved.

1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

So we know we are saved if we have believed in Jesus.

Remember though believing in Jesus not only means to believe the facts about Him, but to commit and yield our lives to obeying Him. The word “believe” in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance roots backwards twice to a word, which means “obey” (the word believe is Strong’s # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield).

The Bible says we know that we are saved because we keep God’s commandments.

1 John 3:24 “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”

1John 2:3 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”

This does not mean a Christian is completely sinless, but that they truly strive not to sin. To Learn what to do when you do sin see my post about 1 John 1:9. Furthermore, there are certain evil sins that a true Christian can never do like murder, rape, theft, hate God etc. To learn more about this please read my post “Sins A Christian Cannot Fall Into.”

Whether or not a person truly gets saved when they make their profession of Christ is determined by the quality of the “soil” meaning the pureness of their heart.

In the Parable of the Sower Jesus talks about a few groups of people who “believe,” but only one group truly gets saved: The ones who receive the word into good ground meaning they believe with a pure heart.

Mark 4:14 “The sower soweth the word.
15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”

Jesus also said that only the pure in heart will see God.

Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

The other 2 groups only received the gospel for selfish reasons. They only received it for their own benefit, so as soon as things got hard or they found something else that seemed more beneficial to them they abandoned Christ.

This is why we should never present the gospel to someone by saying something like “Say this prayer and all your problems will go away!”

The Christian life is a life of sacrifice not of self gratification!

Life is full of problems whether you are saved or not, and many times being saved can cause many problems, because the world hates you.

John 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.”

When a person comes to God for salvation, God can see the motives of their heart, and if it is not pure, He does not save them. A person must come to God in humbleness sacrificing their lives to obeying Him, not in greed demanding earthly things from Him!

The Bible says God gives believers eternal life.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

This means once we have it, we have it forever!

The Bible says no one can pluck us out of God’s hand.

John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.”

Notice it says His sheep follow him. A person can know that they are saved because they have believed the facts about Jesus and they have truly yielded their life as a sacrifice to Him.

More helpful posts:

1 John 1:9

“How to Overcome besetting Sins”

“How to have Victory Over Sin”

“Christians Will Not Get Away With Sin”

God Will Take Care Of You

Trust God

Our Country is in some troubled times, and maybe it is beginning to affect you adversely. As Christians we must remember God’s faithfulness and know that He is able to take care of us no matter what is happening in the world around us.

God will supply your needs.

Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Now if you read the few verses above Philippians 4:19 it shows that God would supply their needs because they gave to the Apostle Paul. So giving to God’s work and others in need is a prerequisite to God supplying our needs.

Philippians 4:15-18 “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.”

The Bible also says that we will not receive blessings from God if we are covetous.

James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

God will work everything together for your good.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Now, this “good” here does not necessarily mean that God will work everything out the way we want Him too. but that He will work everything out to make us more like Him.

Read Romans 8:28 and 29 together:

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

You can read more about this in the post “The true Meaning of Romans 8:28.”

Jesus said to pray that God has mercy on us and does not test us through calamity.

Matthew 6:13 “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

The word “temptation” in this verse means to try and roots back to a Greek word meaning to test (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hrebrew Dictionaries # 3986 and then #3985 both in the Greek.)

The word “evil” in this verse can mean bad, hurtful, or even “figuratively calamitous; also (passively) ill, that is, diseased.” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hrebrew Dictionaries #4190 in the Greek.)

Therefore, in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus showed us that we should always pray that the Father has mercy on us and does not test or try our faith by sending us calamity or disease.

Jesus also said to pray we are counted worthy to escape the bad times coming on the earth.

Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

If we judge ourselves God will not judge us.

Revelation 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”

1 Corinthians 11:32 “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”

1 Corinthians 11:31 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

Trust in God not in yourself.

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Proverbs 28:26 “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”

Be forward looking and prepare for trouble before it hits if it has not hit you yet.

Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”

God will give you wisdom if you ask for it.

James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

If you are facing financial problems, ask God for wisdom and He will lead you to the right financial advice.

If you are facing health problems, ask God for wisdom, don’t just believe the doctors, and God will lead you to the health answers you need. You may have to go searching for those answers, like I did. God always lead me to the right treatments and to a doctor that helped, until He finally answered my prayers for healing last October.

If you are facing relationship problems ask God for wisdom and He will lead you to the right solutions.

No problem is too big or too small for God. Whatever problem you are facing ask God for wisdom, and He will lead you to the right solutions.

Another good post to read is “Shelter in the Storm.” It expounds more on some things touched on in this post.

What is God’s Attitude about Death?

Death

Today we live in a culture of death. Society glorifies death. The focus is no longer on finding real cures and helping the terminally ill to get well and live, but that they should supposedly “die with dignity.”

Nowhere does the Bible say anything about “dying with dignity.”

God sees death as an enemy, and He has promised to destroy it someday.

1 Corinthians 15:26 “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”

God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked.

Ezekiel 33:11a “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live:”

Even though Christians go to heaven, God does not like the deaths of Christians either.

Psalms 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”

Most Christians misunderstand this verse. Usually when we think of something being precious to us, we think of it meaning that something is dear to us, and we really love it.

That is not what the word precious in this verse means. This word was translated from the Hebrew word “yaw-kawr” which means costly (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance number 3368 in the Hebrew dictionary.)

This verse means that the death of Christians costs God something, not that God likes it when a Christian dies. You can also see this meaning by reading the verse in context with the other verses around it.

Now everyone dies, because Adam sinned and we all became sinners.

It is now just a natural thing for people to die. Jesus takes the sting out of death for Christians, because we go to heaven and someday we will be resurrected and live in our glorified bodies, never to die again.

God even has a set time for each person to die.

So yes, it is true that each person will come to a time, when it is God’s will for them to die (unless Jesus comes back first). But God still sees death as an enemy, He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, and the death of Christians costs Him something, because they are no longer able to serve Him and help Him lead others to Him.

Therefore, we should never take action to end an innocent person’s life, or fail to take action to keep someone alive, no matter the condition of their health. Because if it is God’s will for a person to die, then there is nothing that anyone is going to be able to do to keep them alive. If someone is on life support and they are still alive, then God wants them to be alive. And we are to do everything we can to keep them alive, until God takes their life from them. Otherwise the Bible says we are guilty of murder.

Genesis 9:5-6 “And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”

Proverbs 24:11-12 “If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?”

The Bible commands us to have compassion and support the week, not kill them!

1 Thessalonians 5:14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”

“Mercy killing” is Murder and the Bible says it is cruel!

Proverbs 12:10b …”the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

The God honoring attitude about terminal illness or permanent disability is not “I wouldn’t want to live that way, so end my life” but rather “I would not want to live that way, so do everything you can to get me well until I die a natural death by the had of God.”

I have been there, I know!

15 years ago I was poisoned with mercury by Jesuits. I lost my cognitive abilities to the point that at times I did not know my own name. I also had stage 4 lymphoma cancer that had spread to my liver. My doctor gave me 3 weeks to live. Before I lost my mind really bad, I had heard my Dad imply that he wanted to euthanize me. He said, “How long do you ALLOW someone to live, if they don’t know anything”?

About a year before I was poisoned I had spent 2 years working on the Terri Schiavo case, and my Dad had been right there by my side helping me with it.

When I heard him say this I felt the worst betrayal of my life! I learned how to fight against euthanasia literally by sitting on my Daddy’s knee! But now that I am the one who is sick and he has to be inconvenienced by taking care of me, he wants to kill me!

A flood of adrenalin hit me, and my body went into flight and fight mode! I immediately downloaded and filled out a legal document call a “Will to Live.” Stating that I in no way ever wanted to be euthanized or “allowed to die.” I also designated my brother as my legal guardian in the “Will to Live.”

Canada had offered Terri Schiavo asylum, if someone could have gotten her there. Therefore, I told my brother that if I got bad enough and Dad started to take legal steps to euthanize me, then he was take me in my car and get me to Canada and beg for asylum. One of the last things I ever said to my brother, with a look of fear and desperation in my eyes, before I completely lost my cognitive abilities was “Don’t let them kill me!” He promised me he wouldn’t.

Soon after that I did completely lose all awareness and recognition of anyone. There are about 5 days I still have no memory of. My Mom and my brother have told me that I slept most of that time, and they were very careful not to let Dad know that my mind was gone. At the end of those 5 days I woke up in the middle of the night, and I started dying. Jesus asked me if I wanted to live and I said “Yes.”

The next morning when I woke up my mind was much better, and ironically that evening it was my Dad who came home with a supplement called DMSO. That ended up curing my cancer, restoring my cognitive abilities, and controlling my seizures.

Over the next 15 years I struggled a lot with seizure, mini strokes, and anxiety. I did not want to live that way, so I was determined to get fully well! I continuously looked for anything that would cure me. I did hyperbaric oxygen, chelation, sound frequency therapy, specialized diets, different supplements, and we anointed me with oil and prayed for healing a lot. Finally one day in October 2021, God fully healed me when again my brother anointed me with oil and prayed over me.

The doctor said I was going to die! My Dad wanted to euthanize me! And no I did not want to live that way! So I fought hard, I kept looking for answers, I kept praying for and believing God would do a miracle, and now after 15 years I am alive and fully well!

Do not take the easy way out of death! Do the hard work, and fight to live and get well!

My brother fully supported me for 12 years after our Dad left. I am now able to work and I am going to school to become an Internal Auditor. I work from home and I go to school online, so I will not be poisoned again (I was actually poisoned twice at 2 different jobs see the About Page).

My brother also wants me to keep living with him for safety reasons.

Someone just tried to kidnap me about a month ago at Walmart, and a few weeks ago our burglar alarm went off at 3AM, because someone tried to come through the kitchen window. My brother works nights and was at work. Now, he is panicked and is using credit cars to fence and gate the whole property.

I have had 4 kidnapping attempts on me in the last 5 years. My brother had me take a self defense class taught by people who had been in Mosaad, Black Opps, Green Berets, and other Special Forces. That training has now kept me from being kidnapped 2 times.

After he bough his house a couple of years ago, my brother also bought me a hand gun and taught me how to use it. Tennessee has now passed Constitutional carry, so I carry it everywhere I can now, and not just at home. Showing my gun is what stopped the last kidnapping attempt.

Internal Auditing is a job that I can do 100% from home. I have checked online job boards and there are a lot of those jobs available, but they all require a degree, So I am working on my degree. Also, I have a 4.0 GPA and I plan to keep it.

Fight to live and get well! Support the weak and help them get well! Chose Life! Never Chose Death!

Deuteronomy 30:19b “…choose life…”

The Easiest Way To share The Gospel With Others

For many Christians the thought of sharing the gospel with others seems to be a daunting task.

Some may feel that they are inadequate to share the gospel with others and fear they will make a mistake. Others may feel that salvation is a personal matter, and that sharing the gospel with someone else would be too intrusive into the other person’s personal life.

However, Jesus commanded us to share the gospel with everyone.

Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

So, how can Christians overcome their fears and effectively share the gospel with others?

Probably the easiest way to share the gospel with another person is to give them a gospel tract. Always pray before sharing the gospel with someone and if possible have another Christian with you.

Make sure the gospel tract includes the whole gospel including repentance.

I have found many “gospel tracts” that do not say anything about repentance. A person cannot get saved without repenting of their sins. To read more about repentance see my page “How To Get To Heaven.”

And especially do not pass out something that just says “Pray this prayer and be saved.” With no Bible verses or explanation of true salvation. I have seen things like this. These kind of things give people false hope. They think they are saved just because they said a prayer, but they are still lost and on their way to hell. A person does not get saved by saying a prayer.

One of the best salvation tracts that can be passed out to anyone is “This was Your Life” by chick publication. You can order these at www.chick.com. (I do not receive anything for recommending this). All tracts from chick.com include repentance.

Fellowship Tract League also has some good tracts for free like “Life’s Greatest Decision.” You can order these free at https://www.fellowshiptractleague.org/ (I do not receive anything for recommending this, even if you donate). Here is the direct link to order the “Life’s Greatest Decision.” free tracts. http://store.fellowshiptractleague.org/tract-174-p88.aspx

I have found some tracts from Fellowship tract league that do not mention repentance. So if you want to order other titles, please read the whole tract before ordering.

Here are some ways that you can use gospel tracts to share the gospel with others:

  1. Just hand them to people. If you are shy, this can be done very simply by just walking up to someone on the street and saying “Hello may I give this to you,”and then hand them a Gospel tract. In addition, you can leave a gospel tract in places like on your table (with a good tip) at a restaurant.
  • Start a conversation with someone and then give them a gospel tract. If you are more outgoing, you can strike up a conversation with someone before giving them the gospel tract by introducing yourself to them, asking them if they go to church anywhere, telling them where you go to church at, inviting them to your church, and then giving them the gospel tract. It is also a good idea to ask the person if there is anything that they would like for you to pray with them about.
  • Use a gospel tract as a script. You can also use a Gospel tract as a script to help you personally lead a lost person to Christ. After you introduce yourself to the person, tell them which church you go to and ask them if they go to church anywhere, you can then ask them a question like “If you died today would you go to heaven?” If they give you an answer like “I hope so” or “No,” then you need to ask them if they would like for you to show them how they can know for sure (1 John 5:13) that they are going to heaven.

If they say that they would like for you to show them, then you can read the gospel tract to them. After reading the Gospel tract to them, then ask them if they believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and arose from the dead 3 days later, if they are willing to repent of their sins and commit their life to following Christ, and want to pray and ask God to forgive them of their sins and save them.

If they say yes to these questions, then you can have them repeat a prayer after you. You can use the prayer on the back of the tract as a guide or just have them pray it word for word. The words of the prayer are not what saves, it is the belief and repentance of the heart.

In addition, if someone tells you that they know that they would go to heaven, then you need to ask them how they know that. If they say something like “I’m a good person, or I go to church” etc. then you need to explain to them that salvation is of faith and not works (Ephesians 2:8-9). You also need to take them through the 10 commandments and show them that in God’s eyes we have all broken His laws and no one is good. You can learn how to explain this in detail by reading my article entitled “How to get to Heaven” You can print this out and use it as a Gospel tract or script if you would like to. After showing the person that they cannot be good enough to go to Heaven, then show them how they can be saved and lead them to Christ.

However, if at any time the person you are talking to says that they do not want to hear what you have to say, politely ask them if you can give them the gospel tract and tell them that you will be praying for them. It is not our job to argue with people, or to convince anyone of anything. It is our job to try to share the gospel with others, love them and pray for them and most importantly we need to share the gospel with others by our actions and not just by our words.

The world can spot a hypocrite a mile away, and hypocrisy turns more people away from the gospel than anything else. It is important to go out and share the gospel with others, but you should treat others and live your life in a way that causes others to come and ask you what is different about you. Then you have an open door to share the gospel with them.

God command’s everyone to share the gospel with others, and gospel tracts make it easy for anyone to obey this command.

How To Receive A Hero’s Welcome Into Heaven

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The Bible says in 2 Peter 1: 5-11 “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Therefore, if faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity abound in you, you will receive an abundant entrance (Hero’s welcome into heaven.

Now we will look at each one of these attributes individually:

Faith

Faith is trusting God that He will do what He says, before He does it.

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith of course is the first thing you need, because you cannot even get saved without faith.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

You cannot even began to please God without Faith.

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

We must have faith that God will save us and answer our prayers if we diligently seek Him. Meaning we must be fully committed and obedient to Him. We cannot just cry out to Him when we are in trouble, and then forget about Him the rest of the time.

Virtue

Virtue is courage and an outward showing of our faith.

To have virtue means that you have enough faith to stand alone for God against the whole world believing that God will cause you to win against the whole world.

One with God is a majority!

2 Samuel 23:8 “These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.

2 Samuel 23:9 “And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.”

It also means that you will stay faithful to God even in the face of death, torture, financial loss, loss of health, and isolation. And not only concerning yourself, but others also.

Matthew 10:39 “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”

Matthew 10:37 “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

I personally have suffered financial loss, loss of health, death, and isolation for Christ. God has now delivered me from all but the isolation. I find isolation the most challenging, but being delivered from the other problems has considerably lightened my burden.

However, I have never backed down. I still preach the same things that got me into trouble in the first place. And I still believe that God will cause me to win.

My life is not my own, and if I left God, where else could I go?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20a “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price:”

John 6:67-69 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Knowledge

You must constantly increase in knowledge of the Bible in order to know more about how to serve Jesus and tell others about Him.

Furthermore, the more we study the Bible the more God approves of us.

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Temperance

Temperance means that you have self control to keep from falling into sin.

One thing that will help to increase your temperance is to avoid sin.

Proverbs 4:14-15 “ Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”

Proverbs 23:31-33 “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.”

James 1:14 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”

If you are suddenly faced with any temptation, take the way of escape. Sometimes you may just have to quickly leave the situation.

1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Patience

We are to be patient with everyone.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Godliness

Godliness is holiness. This means that you consistently do your best to obey God in all things.

We are commanded to be Holy.

Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

1 Peter 1:15-16 “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

If godliness abounds in you, then people do not have to wonder if you are a Christian, they can quickly see that you are, by your actions.

Brotherly Kindness

This means you are kind to other Christians.

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Romans 12:13 “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.”

Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”

1 Thessalonians 5:14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”

The feebleminded are those who suffer from things like depression and anxiety.

We are to be patient and comfort these people.

The weak are those who are sick or disabled and cannot work. The word support in that verse actually means to adopt, even to the point of financial responsibility. (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Hebrew and Greek dictionaries G4722 which roots back to G2192 which can mean “Go to law” this would be for an adoption or obtaining legal guardianship over a person who cannot take care of themselves.)

And this is not speaking of the church as a whole supporting these people, but individual Christians.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”

Romans 12:16 “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”

Charity

Charity is the bond of perfectness. Charity includes everything above and more.

Charity is love in action and it includes you attitude and motives.

You can die for Christ, and give all your goods to the poor and not have charity if your attitude and motives are wrong.

1 Corinthians 13:
1 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8a Charity never faileth:”

To have true charity you must be:

  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Not Envious of what others have
  • Humble
  • Not rude or inconsiderate
  • Seek to help others not just enrich yourself
  • Not have a short temper
  • Have no evil thoughts
  • Have no pleasure in sin, but in the truth
  • Bear all burdens – Not run away from responsibility
  • Believe everything the Bible says, and believe everything else that people tell them that does not contradict the Bible and is proven right.
  • Have a steadfast hope that all of God’s promises for deliverance will come to pass
  • Endure all trouble and stay faithful to Christ till death

Therefore, if you focus on abounding in these things: faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity, you will receive an abundant entrance (Hero’s welcome into heaven.)