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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

BORN-AGAIN (John 3 Bible Study)

Today, God placed on my heart JOHN 3. In this chapter, we learn the importance of being born-again. When I was a baby in Christ, I didn't know the significance & what Jesus meant when He said that we can't go to Heaven w/o being BORN AGAIN. Most people, think that Jesus solely meant water baptism. This is far from the truth. We have to consider all facts: timing is everything! (Consider dispensations: my next blog post…) The customs were a whole lot different. And, Jesus had not gone to the cross yet. In fact, one of the guys on the cross who died beside Him, was a sinner saved by GRACE! He did not have time for a water baptism. All he had was faith. And that's all we can do to get God to move on our behalf: FAITH! So let's get started… I'm reading from my NKJV Bible. I have lots of highlighters on hand, including a notepad & pen. The book of John is a beautifully written story of Jesus Christ. (The Gospel)

John 3New King James Version (NKJV)

The New Birth

1There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 
This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Why did this man come to Jesus by night? Could it be because he was a religious Pharisee and didn't want to lose his popular reputation? Very likely. He knew Jesus was The Truth but he was ashamed. In the dark, he wouldn't be exposed. I think this is really wise how this story played out. It's perfectly fitting for the central message of this chapter.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Because man fell in the Garden of Eden, we must be born-again of incorruptible seed. We cannot go into Heaven (entering into God's presence) in sin. We need a mediator (JESUS) standing in the gap. God is an-all consuming fire. We feel His wrath (fire) w/o being covered in Jesus' blood!
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” This guy was oblivious & spiritually blind.
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Jesus is the water of life! He has the Holy Spirit.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Man gives birth to man. But only the Spirit can give birth to a Spirit. We become NEW CREATIONS when we accept Jesus as our personal Lord & Savior. The Holy Spirit then, activates our SPIRIT-man & we become alive in Christ. 
Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? This religious teacher, was teaching doctrines of men & condemning people because of the Law. Not teaching spiritual heavenly things because he had no knowledge of them.
11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 
12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? We can not even fathom heavenly things with our finite minds without the help of the Holy Spirit (our unseen partner).
13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. Our loved ones who died in faith are resting until His return. Because Jesus resurrected from the dead after dying for our sins, we too will rise again!
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, The Israelites were in the wilderness being disobedient. They were being bitten and poisoned by snakes. So Moses was told by God to lift up a bronze snake. All that looked up at that bronze serpent was Saved.
15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. Likewise, all that look up to Jesus' finished work on the cross at calvary will be Saved!
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. **LIFE VERSE!** This is the point of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Only Way for salvation is through Jesus Christ. He is the Only One good. And, the only One who has seen the Father. Because, of His sacrifice, we too can know The Father! Everlasting life is not just escaping eternal spiritual death. It's being able to have a relationship with God. That's what Jesus died for! We were separated from Him because of sin. W/o Jesus' sacrifice we would be forever lost. But, thanks be to God for sending us His Son so that we can be reconciled to Him even better than before in the beginning.
17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. Jesus didn't come to judge us. Only God, THE FATHER judges. Jesus came to give us abundant life on earth into eternity.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. There's no condemnation in Christ. Just because we make mistakes, doesn't mean that we are sinners. We are more than just saved by grace. The Bible says that we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ. We are the righteousness of God. God sees Jesus when He looks at us. He isn't mad at us. He love His children! Be free! The Father has set us free! Grace isn't a license to sin but abounds much to help us dominate sin. Amen! HOWEVER, those who refuse to accept Jesus as Lord (not those who sin because Jesus died for everyone) but those who REJECT THE GOSPEL already stand condemned. They're children of the evil one, wailing in sin, on their way to hell with the wrath of God on them because they reject love. They reject having a relationship with God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. Judgement is on those who rather not know God. They rather be slaves to sin & be filled with things of this world.
20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 
21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” Those who love God will reflect His character. Our good deeds are fruits of our relationship with God that bring others to Him and give Him glory. Our good deeds aren't for approval from God because Jesus is the only giver of salvation. 

John the Baptist Exalts Christ

22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized. 
23 Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized. Baptism was completely necessary. They didn't receive the Holy Spirit yet because Jesus had not yet went to the cross & ascend into Heaven. Remember: Jesus HAD to ascend into Heaven in order for the Holy spirit to descend into the hearts of all Believers.*
24 For John had not yet been thrown into prison.
25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification. 
26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!”

27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. John was telling them that in order for anyone to do such things & for it to have affect, that man must be chosen by God. He knew that Jesus was the Messiah whom he had prepared The Way for. 
28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ 
29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. So beautiful!  John was not jealous of Jesus helping him do the job. John knew that his work was temporary & that he had done what God had told him. He was blessed by Jesus' help. He loved him and was satisfied.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease. MORE OF JESUS & LESS OF US! It's not about us, it's ALL about our LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!! ALL GLORY & HONOR BELONGS TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER! AMEN
31 He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. Jesus is the ONE. Jesus is the perfect One. Jesus is the better person. All credit belongs to Him.
32 And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 
33 He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. He who believes the message of Grace (The Gospel of Jesus Christ) accepts Him as Lord (THE TRUTH!)
 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. We know God's children by their fruits. And God doesn't anoint just a few of us. He anoints us all. His Holy Spirit lives within ALL BORN-AGAIN BELIEVERS. The only way to know & believe what we do is because of His Holy Spirit. God doesn't hold back His Spirit. If you ask in faith (in spirit & truth) God will freely give to you!
35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. Jesus is God's Beloved Son. He is God's only Begotten Son. We are His adopted sons & daughters. Jesus is everything. Therefore, we can do ALL things through Christ!
36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” Whoever believes that Jesus is the Son of God, who died for our sins, rose from the dead & is alive today IS SAVED! There is NO CONDEMNATION (IN CHRIST!) Anyone, who does not believe these things are automatically God's enemy. After all He has done for us, it's a horrific thing to reject LOVE. God is happy with His BORN-AGAIN children. However, He is far from the wicked. You have a choice. Your choice is either (A) ACCEPT or (B) reject. There is no second chances. Every knee will bow and confess Jesus as Lord. I want to encourage you to be grateful for Jesus & choose life while there's breath in your body.

Do you want to have a relationship with God. Do you want everlasting life? You must be BORN-AGAIN of incorruptible seed + filled with the Holy Spirit. All that requires is your faith!
With a sincere heart, open up your mouth and confess Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Ask Him to forgive you from your sins & that you're sorry. Believe that He is the Son of God who died for your sins without having any of His own. Who rose from the dead and is alive today! That is all. You'll be saved. Grow in the grace & knowledge of your Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Get to know Him better by studying the Bible. Find a translation that you'll understand. I started with a children's Bible myself (NiRV)! Don't be ashamed. You will stand before God one day. You want to be rewarded greatly. Be the salt & light of this world. Tell others the good things that the Lord has done for you. Find a bible-teaching church, connect with other believers & always pray!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Faith Like David: My David vs Goliath Experience

Good morning world!

It's 6am and I'm just waking up to an awesome dream!! I had a David & Goliath experience. We all face these types of battles. But this was one was physical! In a sense...

I like to think this was a vision because it felt so real to me. I typed this up in my notes on my app after telling my husband about it. So here's the RAW details! :)

In this dream, it's like I was getting ready to go to school. I was running late as usual "fashionably late" (beauty) takes time you know... I had 1 min to gather my things & RUN to my bus stop. As I opened up the door to go outside, I seen "some" of the students walking into the other direction. I thought, dang, they missed the bus! But as I looked closer, they were walking to another bus stop. So, I followed. We got onto the bus and was taken to a different location than our school. I was able to realize that everyone was Christian. The President of this particular school location was a bit rude to us. He was well respected amongst the school board though. The teachers were on his side too. It's like they were praising this guy. But that's the besides the point. *At least, I think. Haven't received any revelation on that. Just including the details!* 

Upon arrival, we were all being held hostage. It was about 50-100 of us in this small building in total. Outside on each side (there were 2 exits) were Christian persecutors. Not being racist in any way, but these people were immigrants from undeveloped countries. They had mean looks on their face because they hated us for being Christians. There weapons were of the world and they were very outdated! I was laughing at them, like really. Y'all don't scare nobody! As I was walking out of the door, the other Christians in the hallway pulled me back in. They were all scared. I was telling them to not be afraid because Our God WILL fight for us. He already has! 

They were religious Christians so they didn't "KNOW" Scripture! I was like WOW, come on guys, it's like 100 of us and less than 10 of them! We better go out there now and attack before they start multiplying. (Even if they were to multiply, we had no reason to fear. More victory for us!) I asked if anyone had weapons in their bags & a few of them actually had guns. I took one and shot at the wall to test it out. I'm a very petite girl, so of course I wasn't skilled in this area. So I had to use 2 hands to hold the weapon. Remind you, this is a vision so it happened in the spiritual realm just as it would in this physical world today. I was still ME! So my trust wasn't in that gun but in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! 

I went to the back exit first to get the hostages. Then I said a prayer over myself and the people: "God, I know that You will protect me. I know that I will not die before my time. I know that You will protect Your people. This battle is Yours and not a scratch shall touch our bodies. In Jesus Name. Amen" I kicked the door open (not like on action movies) this door was "push-to-open" the door wasn't even locked. People were just scared to go out! I shouted: "OUR GOD WILL FIGHT FOR US!!!" Those enemies ran away so fast w/o me having to even use that gun. They seen the light in me. They seen that we were fearless. The demons ran away fleeing at the Name of Jesus! The Lord fought for us without us having to lay a finger on them. And the dream ended just like that. I woke up like WOW!!! I know this was a vision. Before bed, I skimmed through Ruth 2 because of a Word from the Lord that I received. But it had nothing to do with this dream I suppose. My visions usually happen like that. Because it's not my works but God's Grace. He was ready to use me only because I was available to be used by spending time getting to know Him through His Word. All it took was faith. A fearless and faithful person whose trust and hope was completely in the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you aren't familiar with the story of David "a man after God's own heart" drafting Goliath ( a philistine giant) then, I want to encourage you to study the full story in the Bible. It is found in 1 Samuel 17:1-58. In summary, this message about trusting God to fight your battles. To not look at your circumstance but to look to God. Fight from victory because Jesus finished it all at the cross. We do this by trusting God's strength in our weakness. Don't fear because fear is NOT of God. As believers, we must know God by studying His Word. That is the only way to truly know Our Heavenly Father. There's no compromising the Gospel. Jesus is the living Bible. To know God The Father we must know God The Son: The Holy Bible. The Christians in my dream were still saved. They were just fearful because they didn't have a personal relationship with God. We've all been lukewarm christians and hypocrites. It's easy to praise God in the bad times. But is it just that easy to praise Him in the bad times to you? There are way too many religious folks in the Body of Christ today! It's not good that some of us can shout but become silent and independent of God during trying times. In this dream, the people were looking at me crazy saying: "I don't know about all that" when I told them that God will fight for us. They were willing to sit in the building all day until matters became worse. I wasn't about to sit in there afraid knowing the God that I served! Those people outside were just people. God is a Spirit! God is creator of everything. I was ready to go to battle (in faith) because I had stuff to do later on that day. (I literally said that in the dream LOL) I had to go check on my kids, And when I woke up it just so happened that it was time for me to nurse my baby girl at 6am just before my husband's alarm clock went off @6:15 a.m.

When we humble ourselves to His Word, we find His Grace in abundance! In this vision, God was telling me to continue spreading the Gospel without sugarcoat. To inform others the importance of knowing and applying His Word.

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