“Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.” ~ Revelations 22:11
Sometimes we have to accept the fact that folks are going to be just who they are going to be.
But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says.’ Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse; for they are a rebellious people. ~ Ezekiel 3:27
An excerpt from the Message “Stop Waiting On Troubled Waters” by Bishop O.W. Prince. Recorded Live at Salem Baptist Church, Darlington, SC, Sunday, January 12, 2014, Rev. Stanley Jones, Pastor.
There are folks who constantly and repeatedly tell us that they are saved. They can tell us the day and the hour that they “Accepted the Lord;” – whatever that means. Some will tell us how many years that they have been saved. They just want everyone to know and agree with them that they are saved. They have to declare their own salvation in the absence of any real witnesses.
But We Do Not!
Deuteronomy 19:15 teaches us that “A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” This doesn’t mean our own testimony, which could be considered prejudicial and self-serving, but the testimony of two or three corroborating witnesses. This applies to our salvation. Salvation is established only in accordance with Holy Scripture and by the testimony of three corroborating witnesses.
If we have believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have obeyed His command to be baptized in water in His name and have been gifted with the Holy Spirit of God, then there are three that bear witness of our salvation and testify for us; The Spirit, The Water and The Blood.
In addition, there are three that bear record in heaven about our salvation; The Father, The Word, and The Holy Ghost. (1 John 5:6-10)
If we do not have the witness of the Spirit, the Water and the Blood, our salvation is not established on earth nor recorded in heaven.
Repent and Obey The Word!
~Ain’t Nothing Wrong With You. Something’s Wrong With Them~
“And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.” – 1 Samuel 8:7
“Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.” – Luke 10:16
The Bible clearly indicates that those of us who have been truly sent by God and speak the words that He sent us to speak would be rejected by almost everyone. (John 15:18) And when we are rejected, we should not take it too personally because it is not we who are being rejected but our Father who sent us. So don’t think that something is wrong with you when you don’t fit in or when you are rejected by men.
There is nothing wrong with us because we Keep The Commandments of God.
There is nothing wrong with us because we hold fast to holiness.
There is nothing wrong with us because we embrace sexual purity and despise immorality.
There is nothing wrong with us because we follow the example of Christ and His Apostles.
There is nothing wrong with us because our message is God’s message and not the message of the world’s systems of theology.
There is nothing wrong with us because we hate our earthly lives and eagerly look forward to eternity in the kingdom of God.
There is nothing wrong with us!
There must be something wrong with them.
The problem lies within the arrogant, rebellious and unrepentant heart of the sinner.
Victory is My Name!
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4
The devil hopes we never learn that “greater is He (The Holy Spirit of Yahweh) that is in us than he (The devil) that is in the world.” Satan has already been defeated at the cross of Calvary by the shed blood of Christ Jesus. The devil hopes we’ll never learn that his power has been stripped from him and that we have been given “authority over all of the power of the enemy” (Luke 10:19). And Satan hopes that we will never learn that when we pray, we do not pray for the victory, you pray from the victory.
My Name is Victory!
It’s A Family Matter
“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me… Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’” – Matthew 10:21-22, 34-36
Following Christ and the Commands of God is dangerous and risky business. It will cause us to be hated, despised and even killed by our own blood relatives.
Christ reminds us that we may sometimes have to choose between him and our relatives. He says, “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” – Matthew 10:37
And elsewhere he promises that, “Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for the sake of the Gospel, will receive a hundred times as much in this present age – along with persecutions – and will inherit eternal life.” – Mathew 19:29, Mark 10: 29-30
But God does not leave us without a family, He defines our family in a more eternal and spiritual way. He says, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” – Matthew 12:50
Everyone who keeps the Commandments of God is my family member. Everyone who is born-again according to the Holy Scriptures is my relative. We are related by Water, Spirit and Blood. (1 John 5:6-8)
“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” – Genesis 12:3
“It is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.” – Romans 9:8
“And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.”- Galatians 3:29
As water baptized, Holy Spirit filled, born-again obedient children of God, we are heirs of the promises of God to Abraham. Thus, we are conduits through which blessing flow. When others give unto us, God promises to give unto them. Likewise, when others offend us, God promises to offend them. (Romans 12:19 and 2 Thessalonians 1:6)
If someone really wants the favor of God upon their lives, then they should bless His anointed vessels – The Children of the Promise – the born-again saints of God, especially those who labor in His Word and doctrine. (Galatians 6:6-7)
TO REECIEVE A BLESSING, BE A BLESSING!
KEEP LOOKING UP!
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.” – Mark 8:34-35
If we want to live we must first die (repent). If we want to increase in Christ, we must decrease in self.
Those of us who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
“For, as far as this world is concerned, we are already dead, and our true life is a hidden in God, through Christ.” (Ref. Col 3:3)
Death To Self is NOT Optional for Christians. It is a way of life.
“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” (Acts 19:2 GW)
This is a very important question that every believer must answer.
Has the evidence of God’s acceptance been manifested in you?
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