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No Looking Back


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NO LOOKING BACK

Luke 9:62

“Jesus said to him: “No man that has put his hand to a plow

and looks at the things behind is well fitted for the kingdom of God.”

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REMEMBER the wife of Lot

This “looking back” is not merely reflecting to evaluate the progress made since one decided to leave the world. Instead, it is like Lot’s wife, who looked back with a degree of longing to return to what she had left. Her life was literally on the line, and rather than being fully engaged in surviving, she placed a higher priority on life’s lesser matters than on the greater one of preserving her life through God’s gift of protection.

She looked back, revealing her heart still to be in Sodom, a type of the world. Her action indicates regret for having left. Success in God’s way requires following an awesome vision of future glory with devoted conviction. Abraham is a primary example: He looked for a city built by God, apparently leaving his homeland without ever looking back (Hebrews 11:8-10, 13-16).

Once we commit to Christianity, God’s calling becomes our vocation, which requires our concentrated attention going forward. A vocation is a person’s regular occupation. What happens when a Christian looks back with a measure of longing is similar to someone talking on a cell phone while driving his car. He frequently drifts all over the road, swerving this way and that because, at best, his attention is split between conflicting priorities. He is setting himself up for trouble, and all too frequently, an accident occurs. A Christian cannot make a beeline for the Kingdom with his attention diverted elsewhere. We are not to be anything but altogether followers of the Son of God. The stakes are that high, for the fulfillment of His promise is so great.

Dramatic, sudden death, as happened to Lot’s wife, will not likely happen to us if we gaze yearningly behind us. For this reason, a person who has begun to fall away will most likely take the second step backwards with hardly a pause. Hebrews 10:39 says, “But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” Almost invariably, longing for the old life is followed by gradually and increasingly believing that God’s requirements are too exacting and difficult.

In Jesus’ parable in Luke 19:11-27, did not the man given one mina complain something similar to this when asked what he had gained with it? “Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow” (verses 20-21).

We must be prepared to put God first in all things. There will be times when this will be exceedingly difficult, especially if the surrender of a thing involves the sacrifice of someone or something deeply loved or desired. It can happen, but such occasions are quite rare.

It has been said that he who is unwilling to sacrifice everything for the cause of God is really willing to sacrifice nothing. Drawing back happens despite God’s promise that every trial is measured to the exact specifications needed by the individual Christian. In I Corinthians 10:13, God promises to provide relief from every problem: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” The word-picture in Hebrews 10:39 portrays a person shrinking back from following through on the demands of faith. He is looking for an easy way out of some distasteful thing he does not wish to face. This eventually happens to us all.

A major appeal of the world’s way is that it seems to be broader and easier. As Jesus says in Matthew 7:13, the easier, broader way it probably is—for a while. That deceptively effortless way draws the person ever-further from salvation, and he grows steadily weaker as he loses contact with God. The one who apostatizes thus permits himself to be drawn back.

The third step is taken when a person actually turns away. John 6:65-66 records such an occasion in Jesus’ ministry: “And He said, ‘Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.’ From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.” In this poignant scene, Jesus watched people who may have been friends leave His entourage because they could not comprehend His teaching. He undoubtedly had spoken of things of an order far higher than they were accustomed to hearing, but rather than patiently facing it, as the apostles did, they simply gave up, proving themselves unfit for the Kingdom of God. Their loyalty could not stand the strain of what may have been merely a temporary misunderstanding. They had been followers, but apparently, they were seeking for something else.

By this stage, it is still not too late for a person to grab hold of himself and move forward, but the world’s appeal has become almost overpowering. Spiritual decline has reached the tipping point, and he is in serious peril.

The fourth and final step backward is illustrated by Isaiah in the Old Testament: “But the word of the LORD was to them, ‘Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.’ That they might go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and caught” (Isaiah 28:13).

In examining the context carefully, we see that the people being described have reached the critical point where God’s Word is falling on deaf ears. It is to them just jumbled noise. In New Testament terms, they had backslid beyond the reach of repentance and forgiveness. Here, the apostate reaches the point of no return; he has earned the Lake of Fire.

*John W. Ritenbaugh *

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Ticket to Heaven


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 God’s Love is not for sale and you can’t earn a ticket to Heaven
by works or good deeds or wealth or fame or human intellect.

God’s Love is like His Grace; Unconditional and Eternal!
We have His undeserved kindness and love no matter who or
what we are. Eventhough we’ve sinned and not a penny to our
name; He’s ever ready there to forgive us when we repent of
our sins truthfully and honestly from the heart.

God doesn’t measure or grade us according to our intellect
nor our good deeds nor our works and certainly not our
bank accounts but only through our love for Him; whether it
is genuine and whole-heartedly.

Be consistent in contact with Almighty God for He sits in the
Heavens above and that should be the key to remind ourselves
that we are on earth below. We are just mere mortals, kind of
like vapor that’s here one minute and gone in another. On that
note, we should strive not to be proud, arrogant or boastful at all.
Let us adopt a humble attitude and God will exalt us in due time.

“Forming light and creating darkness, making peace and creating calamity,

I, Jehovah, am doing all these things.” – Isaiah 45:7

 

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Wait expectantly for His Miracles, Be in Awe of His Creation
of the whole Universe. Meditate on His Holy Words! God’s
words fills, nourishes, rejuvenates and refreshes our souls and
senses like mountain dew; it is His Love for us in the 66 books
of the Bible; it’s His loving letters of guidance to us.  God’s love
for us in Christ Jesus keeps flowing like the river that never
runs dry if we ourselves never stop loving Him.
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any
double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and
spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes
of the heart.”
*Hebrew 4:12*

Even the Lord Byron in his quote, “I have drunk every cup of
pleasure, and I have quaffed every cup of fame, and yet alas,
I die of thirst!”; realized and lamented that his thirst can
only be quenched by the Living and One True God Jehovah
and His only Begotten Sinless Son, Jesus Christ, our Messiah.
Though he found pleasure, fame and fortune; he was still
empty and starving, he was craving for Almighty God’s love
which can be gotten only through Jesus, the Bread of Life,
the only Way and Truth to God.
“Jesus said to him: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
*John 14:6*

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© keziah boey © April 25, 2012

“Sinful Anger” – Part Two


Proverbs : 14:17

He that is quick to anger will commit foolishness, but the man of thinking abilities is hated.

Proverbs : 15:1

An answer, when mild, turns away rage, but a word causing pain makes anger to come up.

Proverbs : 29:22

A man given to anger stirs up contention, and anyone disposed to rage has many a transgression.

Proverbs : 15:10

Discipline is bad to the one leaving the path; anyone hating reproof will die.

Proverbs : 15:5

Anyone foolish disrespects the discipline of his father, but anyone regarding reproof is shrewd.

Proverbs : 15:23

A man has rejoicing in the answer of his mouth,

and a word at its right time is O how good!

Walk Righteously with One True Almighty God Jehovah/Yahweh


Walk in righteousness with God Jehovah/Yahweh

Micah : 6 : 8

“He has told you, O earthling man, what is good. And what is Jehovah asking back from you but to exercise justice and to love kindness and to be modest in walking with your God?”

Our Almighty One True Eternal God has blessed us in so many ways, in return, He has asked of us to exercise justice in whatever circumstances, be compassionate, be kind, honest in our dealings and also to be humble in all our ways in walking with Him.

Isaiah : 45 : 21-24

“Turn to ME and be saved, all YOU [at the] ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no one else. By my own self I have sworn—out of my own mouth in righteousness the word has gone forth, so that it will not return—that to me every knee will bend down, every tongue will swear, saying, “Surely in Jehovah there are full righteousness and strength.”

There is no other God besides ME, I AM the One True Eternal & Almighty God Jehovah/Yahweh, a Righteous God and Savior. 

Psalms : 129 : 4

“Jehovah is righteous. He has cut in pieces the ropes of the wicked ones.”

God hates those that practices wickedness and those that are evil at heart, He will certainly annihilate them and they’ll be remembered no more.

Proverbs : 12 : 28

“In the path of righteousness there is life, and the journey in its pathway means no death.”

Proverbs : 11 : 3-4

“The integrity of the upright ones is what leads them, but distortion by those dealing treacherously will despoil them. Valuable things will be of no benefit on the day of fury, but righteousness itself will deliver from death.”

Proverbs : 15 : 9

“The way of the wicked one is something detestable to Jehovah, but the one pursuing righteousness He loves.”

God detest wickedness but loves righteousness!

Proverbs : 28 : 5

“Men given to badness cannot understand judgment, but those who are seeking Jehovah can understand everything.”

Isaiah : 61 : 1-3

“The spirit of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah is upon me, for the reason that Jehovah has anointed me to tell good news to the meek ones. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to those taken captive and the wide opening [of the eyes] even to the prisoners;  to proclaim the year of goodwill on the part of Jehovah and the day of vengeance on the part of our God; to comfort all the mourning ones; to assign to those mourning over Zion, to give them a headdress instead of ashes, the oil of exultation instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of the downhearted spirit; and they must be called big trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, for [him] to be beautified.”

Jehovah God in Christ Jesus has appointed anointed ones to proclaim the good news of His name and His Glory to the whole world.

Hosea : 10 : 12

“Sow seed for yourselves in righteousness; reap in accord with loving-kindness. Till for yourselves arable land, when there is time for searching for Jehovah until He comes and gives instruction in righteousness to YOU.”

2 Timothy : 4 : 8

“From this time on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me as a reward in that day, yet not only to me, but also to all those who have loved his manifestation.”

A crown is reserved! A crown of Righteousness, waiting in the heavens, for those who loves our Almighty Eternal One True God Jehovah/Yahweh and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus/Yahshua, our Messiah.

Proverbs : 16 : 6

“By loving-kindness and trueness error is atoned for, and in the fear of Jehovah one turns away from bad.”

In the fear of our Lord God Jehovah/Yahweh, one will indeed slide away from doing wickedness and crookedness because by that awe of fear in Him, we are bestowed with wisdom and understanding so that we can distinguish right from wrong.

Proverbs : 14 : 27

“The fear of Jehovah is a well of life, to turn away from the snares of death.”

Romans : 15 : 9-13

Paul welcomes the non-Israelites, the Gentiles, to the knowledge of the One True God Jehovah/Yahweh, telling them to be glad of that and always be in praising the name of our Almighty Eternal True God Jehovah and openly acknowledging and proclaiming His Holy name.  In return, God will bless them bountifully. Paul also bore the good news about Jesus/Yahshua, our Messiah, the root of Jesse, the one who will rule the nations and where all the hope of the world rests.

James : 2 : 13

“For the one that does not practice mercy will have [his] judgment without mercy. Mercy exults triumphantly over judgment.”

Exercise showing mercy just as Jehovah/Yahweh God has shown us mercy by giving us His Son, Our Messiah, Jesus/Yahshua to atone for all our sins.

Isaiah : 66 : 2

“Now all these things my own hand has made, so that all these came to be,” is the utterance of Jehovah. “To this one, then, I shall look, to the one afflicted and contrite in spirit and trembling at my word.”

Jehovah/Yahweh God will always deliver those in troubled times; those that are kind in heart, merciful, compassionate, righteous and at all times in the awe and love for Him.

Isaiah : 61 : 1

The Spirit of God is upon the anointed righteous ones of the earth.

Isaiah : 57 : 15-16

“For this is what the High and Lofty One, who is residing forever and whose name is holy, has said: “In the height and in the holy place is where I reside, also with the one crushed and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly ones and to revive the heart of the ones being crushed. For it will not be to time indefinite that I shall contend, nor perpetually that I shall be indignant; for because of me the spirit itself would grow feeble, even the breathing creatures that I myself have made.”

Isaiah : 57 : 21

“There is no peace,” my God has said, “for the wicked ones.”

Matthew : 5 : 3-16

The Kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are conscious of the spiritual need which is “Food for the Soul”. Be the light that shines onto men and be the salt that does not lose its strength and flavor of righteousness to the world.

Genesis : 5 : 22

Enoch, the man who pleased God, walked righteously with our Almighty God Jehovah/Yahweh.

Genesis : 6 : 8-9

Jehovah/Yahweh God found favor in Noah because he walked righteously with the True God, Noah proved himself faultless in many ways and some of his traits were being merciful, kind, compassionate, honest in all dealings and also humble in spirit.

Malachi : 2 : 6

“The very law of truth proved to be in his mouth, and there was no unrighteousness to be found on his lips. In peace and in uprightness he walked with me, and many were those whom he turned back from error.”

Jehovah/Yahweh declares He will protect and bless those when there is no perverseness upon their lips and their hearts no deceitfulness and wickedness abounding. 

Revelation : 3 : 4-5

“‘Nevertheless, you do have a few names in Sar´dis that did not defile their outer garments, and they shall walk with me in white ones, because they are worthy.  He that conquers will thus be arrayed in white outer garments; and I will by no means blot out his name from the book of life, but I will make acknowledgment of his name before my Father and before his angels.”

Jesus/Yahshua declares that those who endures and conquers evilness and wickedness and have no defilement of their hearts, soul and spirit by walking in purity will be counted worthy in the eyes of Almighty Eternal One True God and Father Jehovah/Yahweh. This gives us the entitlement to be arrayed in white outer garments and our names in the Book of Life.

 

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Ecclesiastes 8:14


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“There exists a vanity that is carried out on the earth, that there exist righteous ones

to whom it is happening as if for the work of the wicked ones, and there exist wicked

ones to whom it is happening as if for the work of the righteous ones.

I said that this too is vanity.”

Ecclesiastes 8:14

Do Not Blame God_Trust Him In Everything

The righteous seem to receive all of the bad things, and the wicked
seem to go through life unscathed, untouched. They have the big
cars and the nice houses on the hill. They can take fancy vacations.
Nothing bad ever seems to happen to them.

A main reason that I Peter 2:18-24 was written is to warn us that
sometimes the innocent are caught in God’s justice. They will have
to suffer for something that they have not caused. The test for
us is whether we will be able to accept God’s justice, His judgment,
and take it in the same spirit that Christ did. If anyone could ever
cry out, “Unfair! Unfair!” Jesus Christ would have to be the One.

How about us? What trials have we gone through, in which we did
not cause the trial but became caught in somebody else’s sin?
It is very easy in such cases to cry out to God, “Unfair! Unfair!
God, why are You allowing this to happen to me?”
The implication of our complaint is, “After all the good things
that I’ve done for You, God, You treat me like this.”
We are, in effect, trying to vindicate ourselves.
We become frustrated and accusative, never even stopping to
think that, if we received truly fair treatment, we would get
what happened to Nadab and Abihu and Ananias and Sapphira!

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[In regards to Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron, please read Leviticus 10:1-3]

It would seem that God’s intent in the passage was not to draw
our attention to the exact violation itself but the attitude of the
men who violated God’s law.

They betrayed a carelessness, an irreverence, a want of faith,
most surprising and lamentable. A precedent of such evil tendency
was dangerous, and it was imperatively necessary, therefore,
as well for the priests themselves as for the sacred things, that
a marked expression of the divine displeasure should be given
for doing that which “God commanded them not.”

The hearts of Nadab and Abihu were that which really were
judged that day when God consumed them by fire. Their deeds
of recklessness and disobedience merely indicated the rebellion
of their own dark hearts.

{Death of Nadab and Abihu and its implications as explained by Jacob Allee}

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[In regards to Ananias and Sapphira, please read Acts 5:1-11]

{Their brashness of offering false worship to God revealed their evil hearts}

Almighty God Yahweh/Jehovah wants to see if we have faith
in His judgment, in Him as an absolutely Perfect Judge.
Do we trust Him, or do we only trust Him when the going is good?

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John W. Ritenbaugh
Excerpted from: Justice and Grace

How Far Will You Travel?


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How far down the line will you travel ……………..

away from Almighty Omniscient Omnipresent Yahweh/Jehovah,

The One True Eternal and Everlasting God,

Creator and Ruler of all things?

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Doesn’t this prick your conscience? Just imagine, when your everyday is rolling along with your worldly commitments and so pressed for time that you’re neglecting God, your first priority because He’s your Creator, and not even feeling remorseful about it; God just as so much lift His finger and “unhinged” the earth from its place and it loses all gravity, what do you think will happen to you? Your body floats soullessly and inanimately into the dark vacuum space of the universe but where is your soul? Will you be praying, crying and pleading then for God to keep your soul albeit knowing in your heart it’s a bit too late?

Yes, that’s a question we should be asking ourselves every moment of everyday.

Truthfully and honestly, contemplate and ponder the path of your life, discern your ways of living and consider it whether it’s right and worthy in the eyes of God.  Do remember, the narrow gate leads to heaven and the wide temptation gate of sin will set you onto a field of landmines that ultimately destroys your soul. Do not compromise your convictions, don’t desire nor seek momentary pleasures nor worldly profits which fades like the blades of grass. Those fame, fortune, prestige and accolades are here today but gone tomorrow, like the flower aptly named “morning glory” because they open and close the same day.

fleeting sun kissed beauty of the morning glory

Seek earnestly and honor the Will of God Yahweh/Jehovah for His reward for you is your “name” in the Book of Life and a place in His Heavenly Kingdom. Do not tarry,  guard your Heart and your Soul for His Eternal Son, our Messiah and Lord, Yeshua/Jesus is coming quickly!

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*** Believe in Him;

Trust in Him

and Love Him Completely ***

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God is the Soul Provider

and

His Gift to you is

*Life*

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©  keziah boey © – November 21, 2011

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Righteous Courtship_ Part One and Part Two


Part One

Choosing A Godly Wife or Husband

Part Two

Pursuing After Godliness

*by aflame4God*


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