Iron sharpeneth Iron.

“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17iron
 
When I think of this verse I think of a butcher. Having worked in a butcher shop when I was younger, I used to see them sharpening their knives with the ‘steel’ as it was called.
When the knife was found to be not as sharp as it ought to be, and not cutting the meat as well as it should be, the butcher will sharpen it on his steel, then it will work as needed.
 
I believe this is how Christians are meant to be sharpening each other.
When one Christian sees that another isn’t quite ‘sharp’ enough, the other is supposed to come alongside them and help sharpen them.
We all have had different journeys to where we are in the Lord and sometimes we may miss something that the Lord has shown someone else (and vice-versa), and this is where the ‘sharpening’ comes in. The other person is then to explain the situation and help the other sharpen their whatever it is tha
t the Lord wants sharpening so that He can use them in a different, better way.
It could be something like sharpening up our discernment, our prayer life, our servanthood etc. If God sees that we are a bit blunt in one area of our life, He will send someone in to be the sharpener.
But, the very important thing not to miss here is that both people need to be willing and able to be the sharpener and or the sharpened.
On one hand, the person that the Lord has shown something needs to be willing and able to be the ‘steel’, the sharpener, and on the other hand, the other person needs to be willing and able to be sharpened. If we are not willing to be either, then we cannot be used as well as we ought for God’s purposes and plans.
 
If we are not willing to be sharpened, then we really are saying ‘no’ to God. We are refusing to allow ourselves to be rebuked, corrected and then used by the Lord. We put ourselves above God and make ourselves our own god when we do this.
 
Are you willing and able?
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Do we really have to obey …

… or is it just a suggestion?

I was trying to explain just how bad disobedience is to my children when it hit me like a brick what the first ever act of disobedience, after the first ever lie told, did to this world. Genesis 3:1-7

It seems that disobedience follows lies, which make us believe that we don’t have to obey.
 
God told them not to eat from the tree else they would die; Satan sneakily lied and hinted to them that God was hiding something from them and that they wouldn’t really die; so the fruit was eaten and the first sin entered the world, which we now know the effects of.
 
‘Does God really say we will die if we disobey’? Well, look what happened to Adam and Eve! They brought sin into the world with their single act of disobedience and we now live in a fallen world.
Whether or not they repented and ended up in heaven I am not sure. But even if they did, it still hasn’t changed the world back to how it was. We still suffer for their disobedience.
 
When you think about disobedience like that, you can really see the gravity of it all.
 
Of course, God knew this was going to happen, which is why He had already planned, before He even created the world, to send His only Begotten Son, who knew no sin, into this world as the ultimate sacrifice, so we could be redeemed and reconciled with God.
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Romans 5:19
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8
**If even Jesus was obedient, why do we think we don’t have to be?!
 
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14,15
 
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16
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There are many, many more verses about obedience and disobedience, but I won’t put them all here. You can look them up yourself. 😉

Satan, the great counterfeiter ~ Counterfeit bibles.

‘Counterfeit’. “made in imitation so as to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; not genuine; forged:”

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Counterfeit bible.

I was describing to a friend yesterday about the things of God that Satan counterfeits and something hit me like a brick a while afterwards, which I will get to after the below examples.

We know that Satan counterfeits things that God has done and then twists those things to sound biblical but are entirely unbiblical.
Here are just a couple of examples, in no particular order:
1. Speaking in tongues. In Acts 2:4 it says: “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
In this instance the word ‘tongues’ means another language that the speaker didn’t know but others from other lands understood. (Keep reading up to about verse 12 to get a better idea.)
The Strong’s word for this is ‘glossa’, which is #1100. “the tongue: by impl. a language (spec. one naturally unacquired)”.
As you can see, the term to speak in tongues is another language, not the gobbledygook babble that you hear in many charismatic/pentecostal churches these days, which is the speaking in tongues that Satan has twisted.

2. Holy laughter. This is a phenomenon that is taking over in many churches, and it is where people start laughing and cannot control themselves. They often fall down on the floor and lose all control. It is believed to be when someone has been filled with the Holy Spirit, but this is actually demonic. This is probably from Kundilini, which is one demonic entity also known as the False Holy Spirit. Many people believe that this is from God, but when you look at the scriptures, you can see that it isn’t from God. God is a God of order and control and would never cause anybody to lose control of their faculties.
Just look at the fruits of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, TEMPERANCE*:…” Galatians 5:22,23
*Temperance means self-control.

3. Meditation. Satan has counterfeited something that God tells us to do in His word. In the Bible it mainly means to think about things, to ponder them and even sometimes to speak out loud and discuss them. It does not mean to sit in quietness and empty the mind and think of nothing.

4. Last but not least is the counterfeit of Jesus Christ.
How many religions are based on a false Jesus?! I can think of 3 main ones straight off the top of my head. They all follow a false Jesus. The Bible warns us of false Christs. These false Christs are from Satan to deceive people and take them away from the real God.

I mention all these things so you can hopefully see the importance of what I am about to say.
If Satan has counterfeited so many things, and there are way more than I have listed here, then doesn’t it make sense that he would counterfeit THE most important book ever known in the history of mankind?!
Doesn’t it make sense that Satan would counterfeit the Bible in order to corrupt God’s word? It makes perfect sense to me, and I see it so clearly now, I see clearly why there are so many different Bible versions which water down and sugar coat God’s word. I knew they were corrupt before, but now I realise that they are counterfeits of God’s word designed to deceive people.
(Could the watered down, sugar coated, counterfeit Christianity we see much of these days come from watered down, sugar coated counterfeit bibles?)

I know many people probably just think I have it in for modern versions of the Bible, but this isn’t true. It’s the fact that Satan has corrupted so many things in order to deceive Christians and have them live watered down lives, not holy lives totally dedicated to God.
Please, I just ask you to think about what I have said here and take it to the Lord in prayer. Pray and ask the Lord if what I am saying is correct and what He would have you do if it is correct.

Believe in God but not the bible?

Do you believe in God, but don’t believe in and follow the bible?
I ask you, how then does God speak to you? How do you know what He expects of you, and make no mistake, He does expect things from you.
How do you know if you are pleasing Him or the opposite? Is there even a way to tell? Yes, there is, it’s called the bible. If you do not believe that the bible is the word of God, then you are in some serious trouble. God Himself tells us that it is His word and what His word is for.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16

Here is proof that it’s not just a belief in God that gets you to heaven.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF MY FATHER which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” Matthew 7:21,22 (The capitals are my emphasis, and the next verse is below, Matthew 7:23.)

Yes, God is the only one who can judge you. He is the only one who can judge whether you go to heaven or hell. When the day comes, you will hear one of two things:
“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:23
OR
“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:23

Which one are you going to be? The faithful one who does the will of God, or the one whom God doesn’t know?

Following is a prayer if you feel led to say it. But make no mistake, this will not get you an automatic ticket into heaven, as you can see in the verses above. And it will not make your life all fluffy clouds and rainbows, but, if said sincerely, with a repentant heart (admitting that you sin against God and want to turn from the life you are in now and turn to God and His will), then your life will begin to change. You will be refined and molded into what God created you to be. You will want to give up certain things, and you will also have to give up certain things. Are you prepared to give up partying, fornication, friendship with the world* and even friends? Because it will happen. But you must remember, your rewards are not on this earth, they are in heaven**.
*”Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:4
**”In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:2,3

“Heavenly Father, I know that I have sinned against you and that my sins separate me from you. I am truly sorry. I now want to turn away from my sinful past and turn to you for forgiveness. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, that He was raised from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become my Saviour and the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You and to convict me when I sin. I pledge to grow in grace and knowledge of you. My greatest purpose in life is to follow your example and do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

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Are you are a new creation in Christ?

Too many think that if they just believe in God, or say a “Sinner’s Prayer”, then they are saved. Here’s what I think about that.
You know, it’s not enough *just* to believe in God/Jesus.
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19
If it’s enough just to believe in God and be saved (go to heaven), then logically speaking, it means that the devils (demons) will also be saved and go to heaven, because they believe in God. (They know how real and powerful He is because they tremble at Him.)
That’s why I say that it’s not enough just to believe.

Here is more proof that not everyone who just believes in God will get a free pass to heaven.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

If yours is a genuine conversion to Christ though, then your life will change. You will change.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
You will not stay the same person you were beforehand. The things you once loved will be important no more.

For example, the music that you used to listen to won’t be as appealing anymore.
The language you use and the way you speak will change.
The friends that you had will not be as appealing anymore (unless they were already Christians) because you will find the things they do (drinking, partying, sleeping around etc) will not interest you anymore.
The tv shows you watch will lose their appeal as you see how banal and pedestrian they really are.

You will start to focus more on the things of Christ.
You will be interested in hanging out with others who are believers, so you can speak about your beliefs with others who understand.
You will start to see the world in a whole new way, and you probably won’t like it very much.
You will want to be obedient to God and not live the way you did before.
You will also probably lose friends and family, because they just don’t understand where you are coming from anymore. (“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14)
All these things are good though, it means that God is refining you and preparing you for a life in His Kingdom in heaven.
Our treasures and rewards aren’t on this earth, they are in heaven with our Heavenly Father. 😀Image

Some people give the Devil too much credit.

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As some of you know, I was in a cult like group a few years back, and thankfully, the Lord got me out of there some years back.
I was so excited to be in the group because supernatural things were happening (thanks to a few introductions to the occult as a child), we were supposed to be like family and it was all supposed to be about God. (Well, it was at first, but then things took a turn for the worst.)
I used to tell everyone about the group, and even got some people to come along, but they didn’t last long.
Most people that I used to tell about the group said it was so negative and so dark.

Eventually, things started to become all about demons; how to recognize them and how to recognize them in people, how to learn who/what they were, how to cast them out and so on. I didn’t think twice about it because I thought it was all necessary to the ‘job’. So, I delved into demonology (not too deeply thankfully), I started researching all things demonic and started trying to see if I could figure out who had what or which demons and I tried to figure out which demons I had. (Something all of us in the group did was to try to figure out which demons we had so they could be cast out.)We would look for demons under every rock, behind every door and in all the nooks and crannies. And do you know what, we found them. We found them in people, in movies, in churches etc.

We, as a group, were led to believe that we had been chosen for this by God, because we were a group of warriors. We were meant to fight demons and set people free.
We were led to believe that everything outside the groups was demonic, including our friends, families, churches and just about anything else you could think of.
We had to do what the leader of the group expected of us and if we didn’t, she would have meetings so she could tell us what we had done wrong, according to her. If anyone dared to question her or the group, they all had some sort of high ranking demon that was making them do that, and if anyone left the group, we weren’t doing God’s will, therefore we weren’t under God’s protection anymore.

Looking back now, I can see how totally demonic all *that* actually was.
There was no grace of God taught. There was no love of God taught. There was basically doctrines of demons being taught there and we were more encouraged to research about demons instead of reading our bibles. I say all this because I see people who speak of nothing much else except for demons. (I realize I have been guilty of doing similar, but I think it’s still a ‘hangover’ from being in the group. It takes a while to de-program from being in a group like that, and I’m still learning, so bear with me. lol)
Yes, it’s great to inform people that they (demons) are real, and to be alert, sober and aware, but where’s the grace of God? Where’s the love of God? Where is the sovereignty of God?
If you are constantly focusing on Satan and what he does, you are giving him more power in your life.
The Christian isn’t meant to be afraid of Satan, we are meant to fear God!
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” 1 Peter 2:17
“Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and gi
ve glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:7

How is making people aware of them going to do any good if they are not also being taught about God?!
Stop giving the devil so much credit, and God none. God is sovereign and far more powerful than those pesky little demons are, so lets stop giving them so much credit. Anything that happens in this world is all meant to happen to fulfill bible prophecy. The devil and his minions are allowed to have their fun, for a while. But soon, God will have His way and they will be no more.

As Christians, we are supposed to look up, look to Jesus. He is what our focus should be on, not nothing but demons.
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

That verse says it all really doesn’t it?!

*I really hope all that makes some sort of sense. Sometimes I can’t write down what I’m trying to say without it being really long and involved, so I try to keep things fairly short. Because of that, the meaning behind what I’m saying doesn’t always come across as I intended.*

Don’t forget to read this post about how some people don’t give the Devil enough credit. This might seem contradictory to what this post is about, but if you read it you will find out what I mean.

Just a couple of things. (Researching the bible and calling yourself a Christian.)

Number 1. When doing research, in particular, research about the bible, it is always wise to check out the person who is doing the article.
What is their belief system? What are their motives? And what is the spirit behind the article?
Many, many people have written about the bible, and unless they are true Christians, they will not write the truth. 
If they do not have the Holy Spirit in them and they are writing about the bible, you can probably bet your superannuation on the fact that it will not be (entirely) correct and accurate.
“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;” Romans 3:4
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44

 

Number 2. Do you call yourself a Christian? Many people do these days, but you wouldn’t know it by seeing their lives in action. 
Lets look at what the word “Christian” means, according to the Strong’s concordance. 

The word “Christian” means “a follower of Christ”. How do we know who Christ is and what we are to follow?
Look in your bible! You will find all his attributes, his personality and what he stood for in it. You are not going to learn about him, or what it means to follow him, if you do not read the bible. You can’t just get that knowledge about Christ, and what he was all about, out of thin air. It just doesn’t work that way.

I’m noticing that many people who identify as Christians don’t want to believe in the bible or adhere to it, so how can you call yourself a Christian if you do not follow his ways, his commandments, which are all in the bible?

The bible has this to say about those people: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

“Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” Matthew 25:11,12
(If you are unsure what this is referring to, read the Parable of the 10 Virgins in Matthew 25.)

 

 

Do you doubt your Salvation?

I’ve just had a bit of a, moment, if you will. You might get a glimpse of how my brain works here.   Careful, it could be dangerous. 😉

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Ephesians 2:8Lose Salvation

I was thinking about people (professing Christians) being convicted by the Word when they hear it. I was also thinking about people (professing Christians) who do not get convicted by the Word when they hear it.
I was wondering if the latter are actually saved. I was then thinking that it’s so sad that friends I know probably aren’t actually saved*, even if they think they are; there’s a difference in being saved and thinking you are saved.

I then went on to thinking that I often doubt my salvation, and it was then that I realised that I doubt my salvation because I always doubt myself. I doubt myself and my abilities, my Christianity (am I in God’s will and do I want to do God’s will?) etc.
It was then that I realised that it’s not me who saves myself, it’s God who saves me. (Logically I know that, but deep down it’s always been something I haven’t quite been able to fully comprehend. I don’t think I have fully comprehended it yet still, but at least I have a glimpse now, and it’s something I can meditate on.)
I can’t keep doubting my salvation because that means I’m doubting God and His Word, and what Jesus did for me on the cross.

I guess I will always doubt myself and think that I am not good enough for God, or doing enough for God, or a ‘good enough’ Christian, but that’s just my nature, my carnal nature.

What it all boils down to is this; I have to trust in the Lord that I am saved because His word says I am**. I am not perfect, nor will I ever be in this life (a hard thing for anyone to accept, lol), but God is working in me and refining me and I’m sure I’ll keep growing in the Lord and will bear more fruit as the refining continues.

So, if any of you doubt your salvation, look inside yourself (but not in the new agey type of way though) and see if it’s really YOU that you are doubting, because God will never let us down and He promises us eternal life, if we just repent, believe and obey***.

*“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

**“And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:30,31

***“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:15
“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” Hebrews 5:8,9

{Just a point of interest here. I included Hebrews 5:8 to show you that even Jesus learned to be obedient. So, if Jesus learnt to be obedient through suffering, we should also, instead of being self willed and rebellious.}

Pray for Discernment.

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In these increasingly dark times, we need to be on our guards more than ever.
If you don’t have discernment, PLEASE, pray for it every day.
It’s something that someone taught me a while ago, and now it’s something I do almost every day. (Occasionally, when I’m really tired I forget, but I usually do it with my first prayer in the morning.)

We need to be alert and vigilant, because Satan is roaring around seeking whom he can devour.

There are two sides to the spiritual realm and one is trying to rob, kill and destroy, and Christians are his main target.
Satan hates God and he hates God’s children. Don’t fall victim to ANY of Satan’s deceptions and lies.

I can’t stress enough that we are in a SPIRITUAL WAR and he will use any tactics to make us stumble and fall.
And yes, some Christians will fall for it.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” 1 Timothy 4:1

Christians, we need to test the spirits and make sure they are from God. If whatever you are hearing DOES NOT line up with the bible, it is NOT from God.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

I am not saying this because I think I’m better or smarter than anyone else, or more discerning, or even to have a go at people.
I’m saying this because I’ve had people teach me, and I feel the need to tell others, as there are far too many people that fall for these false apostles/prophets/healers etc.

Call me a sceptic, but I don’t trust any of them. I’ve seen and been on the receiving end of too many false healings and false apostles.

Heavenly Father, please give us all wisdom, discernment and the ability to test the spirits each and every day.
Also Father, please help each and every one of us to get stuck into your word more and more so that we can know what you expect of us and what we need to be on the lookout for.
In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

Should a Christian lie?

We all know that we shouldn’t lie, but lets face it, most people do. Whether it be a huge whopper or a little white lie, most people do it.
Lets look at a few ‘little white lies’ and some huge big ones, then we’ll see what the bible says about it.

Little White Lies.

“Yes, that shade of lipstick suits you.” Seems harmless enough.
Afterall, you don’t want to hurt your best friends feelings do you? (a)
In response to a question about how you are feeling, even though you’ve had a rough day: “I’m fine thanks.” (b)

They seem harmless enough, but are they really? (There are ways of being honest with someone without hurting their feelings.)

Big Whoppers.
“No, I didn’t cheat on you dear”, knowing full well you did with that attractive blonde from the office. (c)
“Only 3 sleeps til Santa comes kids.” We know that Santa isn’t real, yet some people, even professing Christians, perpetuate the lie of Santa. (d)

Now, lets have a look at what God says about lying about these particular things.

(a) “Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.” Psalm 78:36
(b) “A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.” Proverbs 26:28
(c) “A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” Proverbs 17:4
(d) “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is    

Here are some more verses about lying.
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.” Proverbs 6:16,17
“He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.” Psalm 101:7
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44

As if that last one wasn’t bad enough, here’s one that should really make you think twice the next time you go to tell a porky. (A porky is short for porky pie, which is another way of saying a lie.)
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Do not bring your children up on lies about Santa and the Easter Bunny. It tells them that it’s ok to lie because Mum and Dad have lied to them about those particular things.

If you are not yet a Christian and you have been perpetuating these lies, if you do become born again, your children will have less chance of believing you if you’ve lied to them in the past. Why would they believe you if you’ve lied about such important things (important to a child) like Santa or the Tooth Fairy?!  They are all make believe and have no part of a Christian life.

These are only some examples of what we lie about, but there are many more.
Don’t get caught in the cycle of lying, because it will get you nowhere.

It’s time to stop lying and start speaking truth.
“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:5