Category: Faith Seeds


“Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.” (2 Timothy 2:3-4 NIV)

Today many churches of various denominations emphasize the prosperity message. The doctrine teaches a joyful, comfortable lifestyle of wealth if you give your life over to Jesus Christ. However, true warriors in the army of God know they are committing to going into harm’s way for the Gospel and the righteous cause. Tt teaches and perhaps pay the ultimate price for the ideal.

We must understand that God’s mission for us is to be engaged on the battlefield against the evil in this world. It is a difficult battle because we must resist our selfish nature. Yet, it is easy because we live by the new nature that Christ provides. Hence we may suffer persecution as mighty warriors worthy of the Kingdom.

The apostles were warriors; this is the response they gave after the Sanhedrin had them flogged. “The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.”  (Act 5:41) Christian warriors are always prepared to lay down their lives; in doing so, they find it; this is a comfort and a peace that the world cannot give. It does not mean we will be free of problems, but a warrior faces each one without complaint, knowing that the solution is at hand. 

In closing, it means when you are a born-again Christian; you are behind enemy lines in the middle of the battle, so you must have on your armor and are ready to fight. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

The critical element of a Christian warrior’s mindset is no matter what rank, position, or career, is how the warrior deals with the idea of death and their behavior at the moment of death. It does not matter the degree of education, intelligence, and eloquence the warrior may have; if you lose composure on the brink of extinction and die in an unfaithful manner, all your previous good works and belief will all be in vain.

Like nonbelievers, today’s Christians put greater emphasis on living here on earth with a notion of a long life, with little care of living with Christ. Since the idea of living with Christ focuses on our earthly presents, it shadows over our future home. No one will have eternal life on earth until Jesus Christ returns, and the Kingdom of God will be here on earth. Each generation wants to believe that the Lord is coming in their lifetime. Their spirit desires that they are alive to see Jesus arrive. Hence, the deep concern for being healthy. The importance of health and long life focuses on the self and is a form of idolatry.

The Christian Warriors differ in their mindset. They focus on being prepared to die with strength and dignity. Complaining and crying is not an option. It would be an embarrassment. A warrior understands that life at any moment may end. Also, one may need to die so that others may live, a firefighter running into a burning building, a police officer in an emergency, and citizens saving someone from drowning. Christian Warriors are ready to die every day, and it affects their lives as a result.

When we think, today may be our last. Hopefully, we will have made beautiful memories for those we leave behind. The last memory we want our loved ones to have is also how we died. A Christian Warrior dies as he did every day, not complaining, thanking the Lord for the trials and tribulation for they build strength, courage, and endurance for the peace that comes after that final journey. When we die with courage, we set the tone and example of how those left behind should live and die, with the Lord’s Grace.

It seems the news media most of America has lost the idea of a “Warrior” even with all the superheroes. In some ways, Hollywood has replaced or re-imagined who and what makes a warrior. The central element is a superpower. Hollywood has also added the cape as their uniform. In replacing the warrior with the superhero. The subliminal message is the warrior, a caped man, and a woman with a superpower. Hence we have lost sight of the warrior that walks among us daily.

Let’s examine that a warrior, knight, or shogun all savor something in common, like the superhero who all share a power that the average human does not possess. What unifies warriors is what the greatest of all warriors set as the standard. Those requirements are to surfer even to giving up one’s life. Jesus set that standard John 15:13 “Greater love has no on greater than this: to lay down one’s life for a friend. ” Many American’s have lost respect for the warrior. The individuals who are willing to risk their lives every minute of the day. The obvious ones wear a cape in the form of a uniform. The firefighter enters a burning building to save you. The police officer may get shot because you called for help.

There is another type of warrior, and you walk by them. You may even do business with them and shop at their stories. They are Christian Warrior; some Christian Warriors wear “capes.” These are the people who step in and stop a fight, help a stranger in need; it sounds like the Boy Scotts. Warriors have to learn somewhere. It begins with Jesus Christ; He is whipped so that pieces of His flesh yanked away, leaving a gash bleeding. The number of gashes was nine times 39. It is called the cat o’ nine tails. Whip with nine pits each had mental pieces like razors attached. Now here is the word never mentioned, Jesus never said, “Ouch.” Not once in fact, His dying words were “Forgiven them for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34 A warrior does not complain or express pain.

The next standard that Jesus set for Christian Warriors was to die not only for his friends but for every human being for all time. The point here is to be looking out for the other person, even if to the point of death. We seem to hear what makes us happy, living your dream, how to be this or that. The emphasis is on the self with less concern about our neighbor. Think of all the crimes that would end if we had a sense of well-being for our neighbor. Well, Jesus, the Lord of lords, a warrior, is also the trainer. He permitted Covid, so we have to start doing just that by not giving the virus to someone else. The outcome of the lesson is to be righteous and loving your neighbor.

Why does God deliver? I will answer this question from how the Holy Spirit is prompting me to answer. The question that many people ask is, “I did not ask to be born and it is not fair that I should go to Hell if I did not ask to be here. I did not ask to have this body, and this weakness, therefore, why should I be punished?” I know that I have asked these questions myself. Now let us examine why God delivers us. God knows all of the questions I have asked and God would say I am right you had no choice in Me creating you. The Holy Spirit is answering this as I write. “I knew that man would sin since I created man from the dust of the earth and therefore there is darkness as part of man’s nature. I knew that man would sin. Since My Justice requires punishment and My mercy forgiveness I provided a means to satisfy both conditions.

For my creation to be created from Light and destroy darkness and sin that is present in man and in the world forever. To satisfy both the conditions for Justice and Mercy I would have to die in man’s place to do so I became man. Once that was completed man now had a choice to remain in darkness and be punished or to receive My light and live with me for all eternity. Now mankind would have the choice they did not have upon entering the world.” Since God created man from the dust of the earth, which predisposes man to sin. God’s justice also requires Him to rectify the predisposed condition. God’s love and mercy would require action on man’s behalf since they did not request to be created. Therefore God’s sacrifice of Himself as Christ satisfies all the conditions of justice and mercy.

At a Bible Study and prayer meeting at our home last night the question came up where did these people go that are mentioned in Matthew so we read this verse. “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” (Matthew 27:51–53 NKJV)

The discussion was whether they went to heaven or not. One side that the Bible does not say they went to haven while the other side says it doesn’t say they didn’t. Therefore we have a believer who chooses to believe in the negative while another held the position they did. When we choose the negative we are saying God did not do it or God cannot. The positive said says he can do anything he wishes. Just a few minutes be

While working a book I am writing the Holy Spirit provided clues into the mystery of these risen bodies the why, and the where. The first clue is “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.’” (Matthew 28:5-6 NIV) The next clue is, Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” (John 20:17 NIV)

A third clue, “36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” (Luke 24: 36-39 NIV) The final clue for this mystery is “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:54 KJV)

I have present the clues now that took place. Jesus is the first to be resurrected. God also provides evidence that Jesus’ resurrection of Jesus is fulfilled. Now consider this the body of many of these people were long dead and their bodies had decayed. Therefore to have a walking function body the corruptible put in the incorruption, a new body of immortality. Now is there a difference with this body and the answer is it two of the other clues Jesus goes to the Father. Jesus took them out of the grave and he takes them to where He goes. The final clue is that Jesus appears in the upper room. He does not enter through the door. This clue indicates that the interruptible body is capable of appearing and reappearing therefore it is capable of going to Heaven as Jesus did. There is no reason for changing these bodies to witness only. When we look at the clues we find the answer to the mystery.

I thank the Holy Spirit for revealing to me the clues to what my Faith believed.

 

Everyone has weaknesses. You need to focus on improving your strengths rather than worrying about weaknesses. Your strength is where the Lord has provided is Might. Defining your strengths and sharpening them is the faster way to grow. It is here where you are in unity with the Lord. It is important to pre-establish your expertise that you can be absolutely greater than your opponent, and that opponent is the forces of evil. Don’t ever show your weakness. You have to assume that everyone around you is your potential enemy. When you display your weakness you open the hedge and let Satan in. “How long will you assault me? Would all of you throw me down this leaning wall, this tottering fence?” (Psalm 62:3 NIV)

Do not show your weaknesses at work, for those may desire to have your job. Not showing or letting them see your weaknesses also means you are seeing through your opponents’ weaknesses. Once you pull a bluff make sure you carry through. There are two cases when you look at your weaknesses. One is when you are aware of your weaknesses and are emotionally ready for them. The other case is when you are not aware of your own weaknesses. The important thing for a leader is to be aware of your own weaknesses and see through your opponent’s weaknesses. Rely on your strength that comes from the Almighty and worry not of your weakness.

As I was beginning to reflect on the gifts and nature of the Holy Spirit this came to my mind through feeling and hearing the Spirit is that these emotions seem to get ignored when discussing the Holy Spirit, perhaps because they are not directly mentioned as the others. Since the Holy Spirit is also a part of both God and Jesus. The revelation came to me made me cry, not just tears but the type of crying that overtakes your whole being to the point of uncontrollable crying. It was the Holy Spirit crying in me and like two very close friends we were crying together over a loss of a loved one. We were crying with a parent, wife, or girlfriend who lost their son, husband or boyfriend in combat. We also cried over the loved ones who died due to a violent death. I knew in an instance how people often blame God, but they never realize just how much it hurts God to see his children murdered or dying in such violence.  As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it. (Luke 19:41) When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. (John 11:33) The Lord also mourned over the loss. Is your spirit moved to sympathy for those suffering? “I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:36 NIV)

Then the emotion changed to wrath we often hear of the words of love, grace, and comfort from the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit is a part of God the Father as well.  The emotion of wrath and anger was upon me. His anger was for many reasons. The verse of Matthew 25:40 and 45 came to me. “What you have done to the least of my brothers you have done to me. Also what you have not done to the least of my brother you have done to me.”  God was angry at the way we treat each other and He was increasingly angry with lukewarm Christians who stand back and do nothing when they see or hear injustice, crimes, and immoral behavior. 80% of all abortions are done by women who claim to be Christians. More than 52% of Christians vote and support those who support abortions. How many Christians step in and stop a fight or prevent a crime.

Holy Spirit spoke where is my strength, courage, and steadfastness among Christians who claim Jesus.  God’s eternal purposes in Christ is to stand against the enemy of righteousness, not to run like cowards. Christians have become soft namby-pamby individuals. Do we actually believe that this type of characteristic free us? “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1 NIV) No so! “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” (2 Peter 2:21 KJV) In order words, you are worse off than before you knew Christ.

Here is how Jesus reacted when he saw injustice. “Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves.” (Matthew 21:12 NIV) Today many use the idea of love and kindness as the cowards way out of defending the faith. Yes, we are to pray for our enemy and turn our cheek to a minor offense but that is no excuse to not step in and stop injustice. If you permit it to happen you assist in the action and therefore you have done it to Jesus. You turned your back on Christ and in doing so you become as Judas Iscariot the betrayer.

The Spirit revealed that God’s personal presence in Christ is to be strong and brave for God is Almighty. The Holy Spirit revealed that we need to be encouraged and mighty and ready to do battle against the forces of evil and to protect the old, young and innocent. We are to be wearing the armor of God and to be ready to defend His Kingdom. The spirit revealed that we receive from Him, the Holy Spirit, the strength to serve the Kingdom as brave and mighty soldiers of God. Jesus showed us how to be a mighty warrior in the passions of Christ as he was wiped and crucified we never read he said ouch or cried out to stop the torture.  Finally, the Lord revealed pray for your enemies but we are not to stand by and do nothing that permits evil to continue. We are to be strong in the Almighty power of the Holy Spirit.  “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:12-13 NIV) That is an indirect order from the King of kings. Courage is also a gift of the Spirit.

Many people seem to think when they die there soul goes somewhere but this is a big mistake since the word soul is miss understood. The English translation of Hebrew is misleading when it comes to the word ‘soul.’ When I pointed this out to some friends at a Bible Study they nearly freaked out. Now during the reformation, the Catholic  Church forbids individuals from translating the Bible. Here would be an example of why.  The Hebrew word for soul is נֶ֫פֶשׁ, nephesh, although translated as “soul” in some older English Bibles, actually has a meaning closer to “living being”. Nephesh was rendered in the Septuagint as ψυχή (psūchê), the Greek word for soul. It is not a spirit. So when you die the “living being” is now dead.

Ecclesiastes 3:18-20 New International Version (NIV)

18 “I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.”

Nephesh (נֶ֫פֶשׁ nép̄eš) is a Biblical Hebrew word which occurs in the Hebrew Bible. The word refers to the aspects of sentience, and human beings and other animals are both described as having nephesh. Sentience is the capacity to feel, perceive, or experience subjectively.[1] Eighteenth-century philosophers used the concept to distinguish the ability to think (reason) from the ability to feel (sentience). In modern Western philosophy, sentience is the ability to experience sensations (known in philosophy of mind as “qualia“). In Eastern philosophy, sentience is a metaphysical quality of all things that require respect and care.

Plants, as an example of live organisms, are not referred to in the Bible as having nephesh. The term נפש is literally “soul”, although it is commonly rendered as “life” in English translations. One view is that nephesh relates to sentient beings without the idea of life and that, rather than having a nephesh, a sentient creation of God is a nephesh. InGenesis 2:7 the text is that Adam was not given a nephesh but “became a living nephesh.” Nephesh then is better understood as a person, seeing that Leviticus 21:11 and Numbers 6:6 speak of a “dead body”, which in Hebrew is a nép̄eš mêṯ, a dead nephesh. Nephesh, when put with another word, can detail aspects related to the concept of nephesh; with רוּחַ rûach (“spirit”) it describes a part of mankind that is immaterial, like one’s mind, emotions, will, intellect, personality, and conscience, as in Job 7:11. As you can see it has nothing to do with the misconception of an immortal spirit. Only Jesus can give you eternal life. 

 

Close your eyes what do you see? When we lower our eyelids down over our eyes, we see darkness. Only when we give ourselves a visual suggestion word does our mind bring an object into view. Let us perform a simple test. Close your eyes and what you see is darkness now image a red apple. You see the red apple in the midst of the darkness. Now picture a banana it appears as if it is on a blackboard at school. In both of these scenarios, our conscious mind produces something in the darkness, so it was at the beginning of all things.

Open your Bible to the very first page Genesis chapter one. Follow with me, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep,” Notice the next part of that sentences carefully, “and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” It says the spirit of God. It does not mean God was hovering over the waters. We have the second part of the Holy Trinity hovering over the water. The Holy Spirit is referred to as the Lord and Giver of Life in the Nicene Creed.

The next critical point in the second verse is the word water. Here our first thought is if there is no earth where is this water. We must first understand that the book of Genesis is not a science chemistry thesis. Therefore, the reference here is to the third part of the Trinity Jesus Christ. The water here is the first physical element. Jesus said, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst, but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:4 NIV) This is living water God in physical form. We have a description of the Trinity in the first three verse of the Bible. God is saying, “Here I was in the heart of Darkness.”

The image of the apple in our mind is still in the darkness. We don’t see the apple clearly. In our mind’s eye, we may have difficulty in understanding its three-dimensional share. To see it more clearly we need to give it light. In verse 3 we read, “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Jesus the Living Water brought fort the light. “Through him, all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3 NIV) In verse 4 of Genesis, “God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. “ These two verses are the basic foundation for everything thing that follows in the Bible. You might ask me how is that possible. The first key is that God does not see Darkness as good. We know this because God said Light was Good. The second thing he does is separate Light from Darkness. You may say to yourself, “So What, how is that the bases for the rest of the Bible.” The answer is straightforward. It creates a duality there are now two primary conditions. ‘bonum et malorum’ in Latin translates to ‘Good and Bad. From the word malorum we get malum meaning evil, the result is ‘good and evil.’ Therefore, light represents good or righteous and darkness would represent evil. Thus when God said let there be light, He is also stating let there be righteousness. In 1 John 1:5 we read, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

In the first 4 verses of the Bible we have six key points, 1 God is creator, 2 His Spirit was hovering, second part of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, 3 Light God presence in a physical form, which is Jesus, 4, separation between light and darkness, duality and 5 there is no darkness in God. The sixth point is not directly mentioned, but is in the subtext of the first four verse is God’s purpose for creation, to eliminate darkness, and to create a world of light. As we continue to read the chapter, the duality continues being expressed. Day, and night, above and below, land and sea, greater and lesser, creatures that fly and those that don’t, livestock and wild animals, finally even work and rest. There is another faint clue that goes unnoticed after only some creations does God says and saw that it was good, while others there is no mention. We read in verse 27 and 28 the following, “So God created mankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Notice after the creation of humanity there is no mention that he saw man as good. However, Genesis chapter one does conclude that God saw the total of His creation to be very good

Moving on to chapter two of Genesis and a closure look at Adam and Eve. What did God use to create man? First what is dust good for a new study has found that household dust purifies the air by neutralizing harmful ozone, according to The Canadian Press. Also, researchers from the American Chemical Society found that dust containing high amounts of squalene, a component in human skin, can reduce up to 15 percent of the ozone in the air. I want to repeat this, dust containing high amounts of squalene, a component in human skin, can reduce up to 15 percent of the ozone in the air. One more interesting detail from the science community is that 70 to 80% of dust is human skin. It is written in Genesis 3:19, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground since from it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust, you will return.” The next time you find some dust in your home a part of you is already returning to dust of the earth.

What is also interesting in the method that God uses to create, He creates everything in chapter one except mankind with the spoken word. “The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” (Genesis 2:7 ) Here is another critical component of God’s purpose. Adam, the first man, is a duality. The dust has no life or light in it therefore without the breath of life from God, man is dead. Adam to live needed the breath of life from God, without it man dies and returns to his natural state of dust. Humankind from the very beginning was created to be dependent on God. For darkness to be no more, it would need to take on the nature of light. In doing so, darkness is overcome by becoming one with the light. Therefore the first part of God’s plan was to create a duality. Out of that duality, a tree grows in the garden that was both beautiful to look at but very poisonous to eat.

Since Adam was made from the dust of the of the earth and Eve from Adam’s side they had no light in them only darkness. Since darkness was a part of their nature they would die, for the Lord God said, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17 KJV) The Lord God uses the word surely, meaning definitely or certainly. It implies that Adam and Eve would die. There is also another clue in Genesis 3:22 it is written, Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and also take from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” We have already read that God’s breath gave Adam life. Therefore it is God who would sustain a man’s life and determine the length of it. Follow with me Gen. 6:3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Adam is made of dust, dark matter and the breath of life from God has a dual nature. As a result of Eve’s dark side, she is tempted through the sin of envy before she disobeys by eating of the fruit and passing it on to her husband. The serpent hits Eve hot button of jealousy. Let’s read it together, Genesis 3:5-6 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. Eve could not resist temptation because of her dark essence, for Adam and Eve had no light in them. Darkness is the root of evil so it produced envy in her heart, to glorify herself into a god; this was the first sin. The taking and the eating of the forbidden fruit was the consequence of envy, producing the action of disobedience which caused a break in the God-man relationship.

From the first disobedient behavior, all humans have failed to be righteous in the eyes of God. Time and time again man has sinned against God. We have often heard of the concept of original sin the first act of disobedient as past on to all of humankind because of our original parent’s sin. However, we are all born with darkness within us. What is the solution how can we overcome our dark nature? How can we overcome our duality of good and evil? The answer to our problem is darkness must be replaced with light, and that is God’s ultimate goal.

Let us now focus on the light the opposite of darkness. In 1 John 1:5 we read, “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him, there is no darkness at all.” It indicates that none of the characteristics of darkness are in God, no evil, no sickness, no death, but pure eternal righteousness. Therefore to remove darkness from our soul, our very nature we need to be filled with light. The Bible clearly shows that humans throughout the ages were not able to become filled with light by their own merit. The opposite is more accurate since time, and time again humankind turned its back on God.

God had a plan that man could not obtain light on his own, “Not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:9) God had a plan he would himself come to earth as a man to be the firstborn man of light. Many think it is too grand to be a man. Others will same how can he be two or even three persons at one. The fact is God can do anything He wants. As we have already read in the first few verses of Genesis the spirit of God hovered over the waters, not God himself. When the Spirit takes on a form, we have the third person of the Trinity. To put this concept more simply God is capable of separating, His mind, His emotional energy-spirit, and His body, physical appearance, any time he wishes, and so it was that God became flesh and was called Emanuel, God with us, in the person of Jesus Christ.

We know that Mary conceived like Sarah her ancestor without human seed, but by the second person of the Trinity. Matthew 1:18 tells us, “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.” God, through His spiritual nature, manifest Himself into human form to be born as a human without human seed and therefore without darkness in him, as many call it original sin.

Jesus claimed boldly, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) Jesus a few verses later said, “You are blaspheming, because I said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me.” Jesus also said, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” (John 14:11) We have God in the flash who dies for the sins of humankind, but more important is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It is in this event that God defeats darkness for all of us. You may ask, “How so?” The answer is accepting in faith that Jesus Christ died for your sins and accept Him as your savior you are now transformed from darkness to light. You now have the presences of the Holy Spirit in you. You are a new creation converted from darkness to light.

The transformation from darkness to light is the mystery of what Christ spoke of when He said, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (John 3:3) Born of the Spirit of Light for no one can enter God’s Kingdom filled with darkness. However, God’s plan is still in progress. Now that humans can possess eternal light in them, darkness is defeated, and God can recreate a New Heaven and a New Earth made of only His Light. It is written in Revelation 21:22 “I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

In conclusion, therefore accept the salvation that God offers through His Son and be transformed, born a new, filled with the light of the Holy Spirit, and look for the day of a New Heaven and a New Earth.

Today’s message is this: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24 NIV) The Bible verse ends You cannot serve both God and money. I would like to change the last word to Satan. In our nation today few serve God many serve Satan. You can see that in the media with lies and deception that are spoken as truth and with the behavior of many people. The moral compass is set for doing evil. The rest, which 80% of the population, which includes the majority of Christians try to pick and choose between those things good and those things evil. Those who serve God are blessed with His Grace in their lives for their needs are always met. Those who serve Satan are rich, powerful and have fame. They appear to be wonderful people but that is the deception behind the scenes. They perform all types of evil deeds.

Those who pick and choose gain little but their heart wants to follow Satan but they may have some fear in doing so. The majority in this group will finally choose Satan, including many of the lukewarm Christian for they are most pretenders. It is also written: Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right, and let the holy person continue to be holy.” (Revelation 22:11NIV) Pray today that everyone chooses wisely and that there is still time to change one heart for the Lord. If you believe then share this post. Amen!