Freedom

Oh how sweet it is! Many will never know the true meaning of freedom until they have realized that they are held captive by something.

You can lose your freedom voluntarily by committing a crime and going to jail. We all are prisoners to sin and none of us realize that we have no freedom until we come to know JESUS and HIS salvation for us.

Freedom from wrong choices and sin is wonderful. Most people think that the Bible is full of don’ts when actually it’s full of freedom to do or to have.

Freedom allows us the right to Enjoy; all the privileges and rights of citizenship or membership. Freedom is the right to Enjoy; frequently at will. The power to make choices without constraint.

JESUS CHRIST has given us freedom. All we need to do is believe and act on that freedom. We have liberty by which JESUS has made us free. We don’t have to sin and the older that our walk with GOD is the less we sin by choice or by ignorance or by the old nature. We no longer are slaves to the desires of our flesh; we now flow in the fruit of the Spirit where we have righteousness by faith in JESUS. Our freedom and faith are worked out in us through love.

My friends know that you no longer need to feel as though you are trapped and that there is no way out. Everything that you desire to be free of is available to you. Prisoner, come out in freedom. Isaiah 49:9

Sin no longer is master over you; you become the master over sin; today and now. Live under the freedom of GOD’s grace. Romans 6:14

We are all prisoners of sin, so we receive GOD’s promise of freedom only by believing in JESUS CHRIST. Galatians 3:22

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Forgiveness

We all want to be forgiven; however, we are not all ready to forgive. Why is that? It stems from when Adam went against GOD and he became sinful man. Adam wanted forgiveness and he got it. The problem was that what he did could not be undone. He felt shame for his actions. The Bible does not tell us if Adam sinned anymore and I like to think that he did not. However, he witnessed the result of sin through his sons Cain and Abel. Remember the very first murder that took place? We personally do wrong and we want to be forgiven. Someone does wrong against us and we are not so forgiving. What if GOD said in HIS heart; that we deserve all the punishment that HE can muster up against us for being sinners. We could not handle GODs wrath and if HE left us to our own devices there may not be a planet left. Look at the world around us today; look at what sin is doing. GOD did not want this for us. GOD is a loving GOD and HE forgives. When we accept HIS, SON, JESUS we are washed and cleansed. We are also given a brand new nature that keeps us from purposefully sinning. We are propelled to ask GOD for HIS forgiveness not once but often. Though we choose not to sin daily; we are human. There are times when we have evil thoughts or we may say something not loving or we act out in a way that is not pleasing to GOD. This is why we go to the throne of GOD asking for forgiveness often. Peter asked JESUS this question: “LORD, how many times must I forgive my brother (in JESUS; the faith) when he sins against me? Is the limit 7 times? JESUS answered Peter: 70 times 7. Matthew 18:21-22

That’s 490 times per day. Now I’m not sure if the translation is really towards just our brothers and sisters in the faith. So I use that practice towards non-believers as well. My reason is because sisters and brothers in the body of CHRIST do not make a practice to sin against each other. Non-believers; however, sin in and out of sleep. Sometimes they do things on purpose and sometimes not. Let me ask you a question; when a member of your family who is a non-believer do anything to you that comes against you; do you hold a grudge and cut them off or do you forgive them and continue to love on them? We can’t pick and chose GOD does not pick and chose. GOD loved the entire planet so much that HE gave HIS only begotten SON to die for sinful man. No One was left out. When we forgive we are actually giving a pardon we end the debt against that person. That is what GOD did for each and every one of us. That is what we are to do to others. Don’t hold on to an offense let it go. What better way to get back at the person who came against you than to forgive them. It’s for your benefit more so than theirs. Forgiveness frees you up to continue to walk and live in the blessings of GOD. Let us not block our blessings there are too many of them and we want to experience as many of them on earth as we can before we cross over from earth to sleep waiting on the resurrection of JESUS. That is if HE does not come back while there is still breath in our bodies.

Seek GOD’s forgiveness. Confess sins to HIM, HE is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9

If you think that you have done way too much for GOD to forgive you; think again; it’s not true. GOD wants to forgive you and HE wants to be close to you. The LORD is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. Numbers 14:18

GOD alone will blot out your sins for HIS own sake and will never think of them again. Isaiah 43:25

Don’t forget; forgive others. Make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember the LORD forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13

Fear

Fear is the total opposite of faith. Fear Is Not from GOD. We fear the unknown; that which we are not certain of. Yes there are uncertainties in life; however, GOD tells us that we are not to fear or worry. It amazes me how we all are so ready to believe whatever the enemy lays before us and not take GOD at HIS Word. It’s not our fault that we are the way we are; however, it’s not an excuse either. Fear became a part of us as the sin curse was applied to our lives through Adam’s disobedience. However those of us who has accepted JESUS and made HIM our SAVIOR and LORD are no longer under the curse. Fear must be destroyed from our lives and replaced with faith in all that GOD has given to us. For everything that we fear GOD has a Word for that topic. I hate fear because it drives people to depression and depression can drive a person to self murder (suicide).

Fear is evil and causes anxiety.

When we read our Bible we find the word fear as to how we are to be with GOD. This was poorly translated. Yes, I agree that we should fear GOD with an awesome reverential fear; however, GOD is not to be feared as in dread. GOD is a loving GOD; everything; HIS very essence is that of love. There is a scripture in the Bible that clearly puts fear towards GOD in great perspective. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear HIM who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

Do you see that? You have the ability to kill another or yourself. People have the ability to kill you and others. However, it’s only you who has the choice as to where you spend your eternity. Choose JESUS and you shall live forever with HIM; not destroyed but in bliss.

Chose the enemy as your lord and you will be destroyed by GOD in hell along with your lord.

This psalm is a very sweet reminder of why we must get rid of fear from our life. It’s only in parts (suggest that you read in its entirety).

PSALM 27

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army may encamp about me, my heart will not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. One thing that I desired of the LORD, that will I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to acquire in HIS temple. For in the time of trouble, HE will hide me in HIS pavilion; in the secret place of HIS tabernacle; HE will hide me; HE will set me high upon a rock. Now my head will be lifted up above all my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of Joy in HIS tabernacle; I will sing praises to the LORD. When YOU said “Seek MY face,” my heart said to YOU, “YOUR face, LORD, will I seek”. Do not hide YOUR face from me; do not turn away YOUR servant in anger; YOU have been my help; YOU are the GOD of my salvation. When my father and mother turn their backs on me; it is YOU, LORD who will take care of me. Teach me YOUR way, LORD; lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. I would have lost heart; unless I have believed that I would see the goodness of YOU, LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; be of good courage; and HE will strengthen your heart.

How encouraging are those words. Shifting gears a wee bit here. I know and understand that there are dangers all about us; so what. GODs Word dwells within us; if not read HIS Word daily. I don’t remember scripture by book, chapter and verse. I don’t know if that’s a bad thing; however, I do know what thus say the LORD. I don’t know what time or day I was taught right from wrong from my family either. I do know that because of my teaching it’s evident in my life and I don’t go against my upbringing. When we face unforeseen dangers remember that GOD is the light of your salvation; what, who or why are you in fear? When you feel alone and you are vulnerable; don’t be afraid, GOD is with you; don’t be discouraged if GOD is your GOD. GOD will strengthen you and help you. GOD will hold you up with HIS victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Be convinced that nothing can separate you from GODs love. Life, death, angels or demons; fears about today or worries about tomorrow. Not even the powers of hell can separate us from the love of GOD. Romans 8:38

Confront what you fear; replace that fear with faith. GOD came in the flesh as JESUS to save us. We are to trust in HIM and not be afraid. The LORD, GOD is our strength, HE has given us victory. Isaiah 12:2

Faithfulness

Its primary idea is trust. A thing is true, and therefore worthy of trust.

The short of it all is to believe without proof of seeing what is.

For example: You cannot say that you have faith that you are male. Take off your clothes the evidence is there.

You cannot say that you have faith that you are alive. You are breathing.

Neither one of those will work in faith because you can see that it is so.

However, you can say I have faith that in my future I will attend college; I have faith that I will be successful. You are speaking about your future and not your present state.

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

There should never be a question as to “is there a GOD” because the evidence is everywhere you look. (First chapter of Genesis). No man could or can do what has been done. No man could or can die for the entire world and come back to be seen by many then seen going into heaven without any equipment. (Luke 23:46 & 24:51)

People will believe in things that they don’t understand; yet, to believe that GOD is; is unbelievable to us. Faith is not a hard thing to have. We all are created; born and equipped to believe and have faith in something.

Another great example is this: When you were born; though you may have had the ability to see and hear. You cannot honestly say that the woman or man that you have called Mother and Father are actually the parents you were born from. You accepted by faith that they are who they say they are because this is what you have been told and taught over and over again until you came into that knowledge. When you got older you saw a legal certificate of birth that has the name of the same two people and you claiming that you three are one unit; mother, father and child. Now today we can challenge that to make sure that we are who we say we are with the help of DNA. However, how many of us are really willing to go against what we have been acquainted with all of our lives to make sure that who we are is true? It is by faith that has developed our belief to the knowledge of knowing without reservation that our parents are actually who we come from. For those who are adopted you are in the same boat as those who are not adopted. You were not born biologically from your parents. However, none the less you are the child and heir to your parents. Also, you are not alone and you should think of yourself to be double blessed. You were chosen by your earthly parents and GOD chose you to be HIS kid as well. Ephesians 1:5

Okay now that we know that faith has been a part of our lives since the beginning; stop wondering about having faith in GOD.

Believe in the LORD JESUS and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

Faith is very important as a non-believer and crucial as a believer.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1

It is impossible to please GOD without faith. Anyone who wants to come to HIM must believe that GOD exists and that HE rewards those who sincerely seek HIM. Hebrews 11:6

You can also strengthen your faith.

Let your roots grow down into HIM, and let your lives be built on HIM. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7

If you are going to have faith in anyone; that faith should be in GOD. HE will never let you down.

Have faith in GOD. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, “May you be lifted up and thrown in the sea,” and it will happen. However, you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. Mark 11:22-23

We are better off than those who lived and walked with or saw JESUS when HE walked this earth amongst people.

Blessed are those who believe and have faith in ME without seeing ME. John 20:29

Faith

Its primary idea is trust. A thing is true, and therefore worthy of trust.

The short of it all is to believe without proof of seeing what is.

For example: You cannot say that you have faith that you are male. Take off your clothes the evidence is there.

You cannot say that you have faith that you are alive. You are breathing.

Neither one of those will work in faith because you can see that it is so.

However, you can say I have faith that in my future I will attend college; I have faith that I will be successful. You are speaking about your future and not your present state.

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

There should never be a question as to “is there a GOD” because the evidence is everywhere you look. (First chapter of Genesis). No man could or can do what has been done. No man could or can die for the entire world and come back to be seen by many then seen going into heaven without any equipment. (Luke 23:46 & 24:51)

People will believe in things that they don’t understand; yet, to believe that GOD is; is unbelievable to us. Faith is not a hard thing to have. We all are created; born and equipped to believe and have faith in something.

Another great example is this: When you were born; though you may have had the ability to see and hear. You cannot honestly say that the woman or man that you have called Mother and Father are actually the parents you were born from. You accepted by faith that they are who they say they are because this is what you have been told and taught over and over again until you came into that knowledge. When you got older you saw a legal certificate of birth that has the name of the same two people and you claiming that you three are one unit; mother, father and child. Now today we can challenge that to make sure that we are who we say we are with the help of DNA. However, how many of us are really willing to go against what we have been acquainted with all of our lives to make sure that who we are is true? It is by faith that has developed our belief to the knowledge of knowing without reservation that our parents are actually who we come from. For those who are adopted you are in the same boat as those who are not adopted. You were not born biologically from your parents. However, none the less you are the child and heir to your parents. Also, you are not alone and you should think of yourself to be double blessed. You were chosen by your earthly parents and GOD chose you to be HIS kid as well. Ephesians 1:5

Okay now that we know that faith has been a part of our lives since the beginning; stop wondering about having faith in GOD.

Believe in the LORD JESUS and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

Faith is very important as a non-believer and crucial as a believer.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1

It is impossible to please GOD without faith. Anyone who wants to come to HIM must believe that GOD exists and that HE rewards those who sincerely seek HIM. Hebrews 11:6

You can also strengthen your faith.

Let your roots grow down into HIM, and let your lives be built on HIM. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7

If you are going to have faith in anyone; that faith should be in GOD. HE will never let you down.

Have faith in GOD. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, “May you be lifted up and thrown in the sea,” and it will happen. However, you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. Mark 11:22-23

We are better off than those who lived and walked with or saw JESUS when HE walked this earth amongst people.

Blessed are those who believe and have faith in ME without seeing ME. John 20:29

Failure

Lack; falling short; to break; bend; crushed or made useless due to being destroyed or overloaded.

I chose those particular definitions because I did not want us to focus on the only definition that we normally use for the word failure. As well; I wanted to keep this biblical and relatable.

There is a scripture that I suggest is read that will show you your growth in the Word of GOD when it comes to being hurt emotionally or physically by someone that we have entered into a legal binding contract in writing. The law will also adhere to an oral contract; however, you must be able to show sufficient proof that you have been wronged. This is completely acceptable for us folks (CHRISTians) to adhere to when we are going before the legal system with non-believers. We are to never; ever go before the legal system when we disagree with our brother/sister in CHRIST.

I’m not certain about other nationalities; however I know for certain that Hasidic Jews and Native Americans solve all their legal problems among themselves. They do not adhere to the legal system that we do. Don’t get me wrong they follow all the rules and laws set forth in the governmental system. However, when Jewish people have a matter that must be judged they stay within their own. It’s the same for the Native American. So why is it that the church does not follow that advice that is actually found in GOD’s Word? 1 Corinthians 6:1-8

When we purposefully go against GOD we are failures; not in the normal context however. We lack the integrity and knowledge of what the repercussions are when we allow non-believers to enter in and try to resolve issues among CHRISTians. We fall short of GOD’s best for us. A non-believer does not adhere to the Word of GOD for answers. So matters are settled with an overload of manipulation; lies; deceit all and more that are cleverly disguised and covered with smooth silky verbal control of the vocabulary. We make GOD useless on our behalf because we do not trust or rely on HIM.

Okay so that was the general picture now let’s look at the personal aspect. There are times when we have messed up or think that we have. Don’t be so hard on yourself and don’t allow anyone to belittle you because you made an error.

The LORD directs the steps of the godly. HE delights in every detail of our lives. Though we stumble we will never fall. The LORD holds us by the hand. Psalm 37:23-24

STOP telling yourself that you are a failure; that you are not smart; that you can’t do something. The only thing that you can’t do because you are allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you in your day to day walk is to sin just because.

GOD knows that you are precious and HE is always thinking about you. Psalm 139:17

GOD has not and does not give you a spirit of fear. GOD gives you a spirit of power; love and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7

Look we all mess up; big deal. Don’t dwell on your mistakes get yourself back up and try again.

Forget the past; look forward to what lies ahead; press on. JESUS is calling you. Philippians 3:13-14

Eternal Life

It comprises the whole future of the redeemed and is opposed to “eternal punishment”. It is the final reward and glory into which the children of GOD enter. The newness of life which the believer derives from CHRIST is the very essence of salvation, and hence the life of glory or the eternal life must also be theirs. It is the “gift of GOD in JESUS CHRIST our LORD”. It becomes a life without beginning or end.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of GOD is eternal life in CHRIST JESUS our LORD.

Eternal life will be had by each and every person. However, there are two sides to this you can choose to have eternal life with JESUS CHRIST who Is LORD to the believer. Or you can have eternal life with satan who you chose to be your lord.

  • When GOD created us, HE said “let US make man in OUR image;” GOD created man in HIS own image. Genesis 1:26-27

So now we must ask ourselves what is GOD’s image?

  • For there are three that bear witness in heaven: The FATHER; The WORD & The Holy Spirit; these three are One. 1 John 5:7
  • The FATHER: GOD creator of all.
  • The WORD: JESUS
  • The Holy Spirit: The Comforter or Spirit of GOD.

As you can see GOD is three in one. So are we: flesh (dirt); soul (emotions; mind & will) & spirit. When we accept JESUS our spirit becomes alive and we have to align our soul to the will of GOD by starving our flesh of its desires.

Not accepting JESUS means that you live for satan and the outcome will be everlasting punishment.

And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:46

that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:15

I can go on and on covering this topic. One thing I try to do when I send out words of encouragement is to keep it short and an easy read. What I like most about eternal life is that I don’t have to wait to die on this side of heaven to enjoy all of what GOD has planned for me. I can enjoy my life right here on earth. When I am short on finances I don’t wig out by worrying or becoming anxious. I simple go to the FATHER and let HIM know that I need HIS help financially. I begin to seek out some scriptures on the topic and wait on the LORD. When my body wants to act rebellious by craving something it can’t have or I have a symptom that does not allow me to perform as well as I would like to. I simple go to the FATHER and search out the scriptures. I remember the promise given to me that I walk in victory. GOD will never leave me nor forsake me. I am healed. GOD provides a way of escape in times of temptation. I don’t know if I will ever have as much money as athletes or entertainers, however, I never want for anything. My eternal life does not have a beginning or an ending. I am created in the image of my FATHER. HE is KING and I am a Princess. Ever see a broke; busted and disgusted member of Royalty?

If you are an American and live in America; why do we buy into what the government has to say about finances? We can’t be as much in debt as they claim because the President and everyone in his cabinet are getting paid millions of dollars. America continues to run to the rescue of countries that do not have. America is a providing country. We don’t have a money problem; America has a sin problem.

If for any reason you do not accept that there really is life after death do some research.

We have this assurance. Those who die in the LORD will live, their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep the earth will rise up and sing for joy! For your life-giving light will fall like dew on your people in the place of the dead. Isaiah 26:19

GOD loved the world so much that HE gave HIS only SON, so that everyone who believes in HIM will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16