- Message to the Unchurched: It is possible and easy to return to God.
- Message to the Unchurched: It is possible and easy to return to God.
- Freedom of Religion: Shouldn’t there be a universal human right to convert to Christianity?
- Vigilance over deception: Stay mindful and watchful in all things
- The Christian Master Plan for On-The-Job Trials: Gear Up For Battle In The Spirit!
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A 2010 report by Barna indicated that nearly 65 million adults had not attended church services or activities in the then previous six months. That is a massive number of individuals who are not receiving the word of God and are disconnected from the body of Christ.
One of the biggest lies that Satan has been feeding the children of God is that it is too late to return to grace. We are God’s children. He loves all of us no matter what we have done in sin or how long we have been away. God is waiting with open arms for your return.
There are six things for you to do in your return to God:
- Become saved, get baptized, repent, and turn away from your sins.
- Find a church home and begin to attend church
- Take notes on the sermon given by the Pastor of the church.
- Study the bible, the word of God, on a daily basis even if it is only for 20 or 30 minutes.
- Use your sermon notes to guide your further study of the bible.
The first step in your return to God is to become saved, get baptized, repent, and turn away from your sins. It is very simple to become saved. You simply need to answer this question with a yes: Do you believe that Jesus was crucified, died on the cross, but rose on the third day and is now alive and well; seated at the right hand of God making intercession for all of us? In doing so, you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
You become baptized; submersion in water just as John the Baptist baptized Jesus in Matthew 3:13-17. “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fufill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and , lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
You then repent and turn away from your sins. 1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” You confess your sins to God, turn away from those sinful ways, and sin no more. You can completely forget about your sins because God will do the same. Hebrews 8:12 states, “God will not remember our transgressions or sins…” You become a new creature; with a new nature, new creation righteousness. Phillipians 3:13 states, “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”
The next step in your return to God will start with your return to church. You must become a part of the body of Christ; the church. This is where you will be fed with the word of God through sermon. The sermon is the word of God for the people delivered through the Pastor of the church. The purpose of the sermon is to equip the children of God with the armor needed to perfect our state of spirit beings mastering the human experience.
No matter how uncomfortable you may feel when you return to church, you need to understand that Satan will not like your gradual walk into the light. You can expect Satan to attack with trials and attempt to put negative thoughts into your mind. He will try to make you feel like you don’t belong. He will use people to do negative things to turn you away or try to cause you to react in evil ways.
Remember, you are a child of God. You don’t have to accept Satan’s negative ideas, thoughts, or suggestions. Tell him, “Get behind me Satan. You are a liar. For it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God. And I will worship Him and only Him.” The bible states in James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Keep in mind that the people that you will see in church are not perfect. You are not perfect. None of us are perfect. The church is not perfect. We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s grace. Regardless of what you may know about those around you, do not focus on the lifestyles, morals, or actions of others. You are in church for you; for your salvation. This is all about you and your personal relationship with God. The people around you cannot get you into heaven. So, why focus on who they are and what they do? You must instead focus on who you are in Christ and what you do; your Christian walk, your connection with God, your relationship with others, and building yourself up in Christ.
When you attend church, take notes on the sermon given by the Pastor. It is virtually impossible to remember everything. Remember, you are in church to be fed the word of the God. You don’t want to miss any part of it.
It is important to know the word for yourself as well. Spend time studying the bible and learning the word; even if it is only for 20 or 30 minutes each day. You can use your sermon notes for further bible study. In doing so, you build yourself up strongly in Christ. Furthermore, you become both a hearer and doer of the word and you begin to live what you learn through your Christian walk…bigger, stronger, and faster!
You grow at your own pace. You learn as you grow. The Lord has promised redemption when people turn away from sins. Go to Isaiah 59:15-21.
As you can see, it is very easy and very possible. Come, come now! Return to God. He is waiting. Grab on to his everlasting hand.
The United States does not agree with the decision of the country of Sudan to charge one of their female citizens with the death penalty for converting from Muslim to Christian. According to a report by Washington AFP, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has spoken out regarding the imprisonment of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag for doing so. Our U.S. Constitution 1st amendment right of freedom of religion is a beautiful thing. We have a right to choose our religion. Shouldn’t there be a universal human right to choose; especially to convert to Christianity?
Christianity is the one faith which embraces women, our rights, and our value. Furthermore, the bible states that no man will enter the kingdom of heaven except through Jesus. We must accept Him as both our Lord and Savior. How does one enter the kingdom that doesn’t recognize Jesus as both Lord and Savior?
The report states that Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag was born to a Muslin Father and a Christian mother then married a Christian man. This young lady was likely taught and has realized the need to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior for salvation, prompting her to change her choice of faith to Christianity.
John 3:15-17 states, “…That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” The world, through Jesus, can be saved. Again, we must accept Jesus as Lord and savior. Jesus was not just a prophet. He is the Messiah; the one who knew no sin, but became sin to die for the sins of the world that we might be saved and receive righteousness through him.
It is most unfortunate that Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag’s choice was met with such oppositional, critical, and persecutory force. This is quite the reminder for us of our right to freedom of religion; one of the many rights that many have often taken for granted as others across the globe wish to have the same.
Perhaps freedom of religion will eventually become a universal human right. Meanwhile, perhaps yet many more will realize the need for salvation; the need to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior…let souls be saved for everlasting life. Let no one be left behind!
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Choose Jesus. Choose everlasting life. Don’t be left behind. Learn more about how to do so by watching the video Project Save Souls: Promoting God’s Kingdom.
Always choose to ignore negativity. It is simply another weapon used by satan. That person who is antagonizing you is being used by satan to carry out the weapon of negativity. Don’t take matters into your own hands. The battle is not yours! The battle belongs to God, so give them to God.
You can ignore the rude, the disrespectful, the stereotypical, the biased, the unethical, the unprofessional, and the downright evil! Truly, they are undeserving of your attention, time, or energy; so don’t give it to them. They are caught up in a snare; being used by satan. Do not give satan power; fueling his plots, ploys, and maneuvers. The invisible is influencing the visible. The person is visible, but the demonic spirits influencing them are invisible. In Ephesians 6:12, the bible states, “‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Remember, blessed are the peacemakers. Jesus said in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” You don’t need to say a word, lift a finger, or take any action. Paul tells us in 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.”
So, put a smile on your face when dealing with negativity. Absorb the peace and comfort of knowing that God has your back!
——————————————————————————————Choose Jesus! Choose Life! Don’t Be Left Behind! Watch the video Project Save Souls: Promoting God’s Kingdom.
The House That God Built: What is the foundation of your dominion?
Living a life of security and blessings is as simple as being obedient to the word of God. Your entire dominion can be protected and blessed; all that you have, all that you are. It is as easy as simply following the commandments of God. Build your foundation upon the word of God.
In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus states, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
Being a hearer and doer of God’s word sets your house (your foundation, your dominion) upon a rock…such stability that it does not fall no matter what turmoil it may encounter.
Those who are hearers of the word of God, but not doers set their house upon sand; a much weaker foundation. This is such instability that it falls greatly when turmoil is encountered.
According to Ezekiel 13:11-15, such a house built on instability without the word of God is one built on “untempered morter” and “it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” It is a house built for appearance, but not endurance as it is not built up in Christ. It is a foundation built without the word of God.
Wouldn’t you rather have the house that God built? Submit to God and live obediently accordingly to His word. Be both a hearer and doer of His word. Have your house (your foundation, your dominion) built with the word of His grace!