Saturday, August 27, 2016

Are you an enemy of God?

Do we as Christians long for the wrong things that we used to enjoy, that the Lord saved us from? Do we desire to partake of the things of the world? If so, we are enemies of God.

As Christians, we should stand out from the world. We must be set apart. We should stay away from the things of the world. We do not participate in it. I'm thinking of the Pokemon game. It is of the world and then one reads that it also has to do with occultic powers, with special "powers" and Pokemon means "pocket monsters".  Dear people of God!..what do Christians have to do with such things? How are we honoring the Lord our Holy God with these worldly things? You know, if something is only slightly leaning towards the occult, we need to steer clear of it.

It's not just about the Pokemon game. So many other worldly things that Christians get involved with. We are children of a holy God, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, to proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light!

We are pilgrims and strangers in this world. So how can we become just like the world and love the things that the world loves and follows? Our actions should not be like that of the world. The world chases Pokemon monsters, we're going the opposite direction, we chase after Jesus, to be more like Him.

The other day I saw a video of a lot of people with mobile phones led by the Pokemon game to the location where the so-called pocket monster is to be found. Do you know how it looks to see everyone walking around with cellphones searching for monsters? .... They look like zombies. They are of the world, but the saddest of all, among them are Christians! My brothers and sisters in Christ that look like the world, doing just as the world does that do not stand out from them, not set apart from them.

Look, I understand we cannot completely withdraw ourselves from the world, because it is impossible to tell people about the Lord and to show how the children of the Lord look and act and live. We are in this world but not of it.

We must remember that we are ambassadors of Christ on this earth and we have a duty to tell everyone about Him, and when people look at us, they should be drawn to Jesus! Not to Pokemon or whatever is of this world.

Just like in church buildings, they are trying to invite the world in with earthly pleasures, carnal pleasure. What happened to drawing the world to Jesus with the gospel? It is by hearing the Good News that people are drawn to Jesus, because faith comes by hearing the message. NOTHING else can draw them to the Lord. The church (we are the ekklesia, not the building) should not sound, look and act like the world!

Let us be a shining light in this dark world. Shine your light. We are the light of the world. Avoid the things of the world. Let everything we say and do honour the Lord our God. He is holy and He tells us to be holy as He is holy. That's another thing ... when you speak about these things then you are branded as "holier than thou", but those lukewarm Christians contradict what God, whom they claim to worship, tells them to be! How sad is that? : '(

It is a sad day when Christians come against you because you are saying what God says in His word. I wonder, does the world come against you? I can tell you they come against me and I rejoice because it shows I'm standing out, I'm on the right track with my God (and I say this in all humility, because all honor and thanks I give to God who works in me and has much to change in me and He is always working in me to conform me to the image of Christ until the day I go home to be with the Lord. Until then, I am not perfect.) but when especially believers rise up against you, something is very wrong. I know it's not against me they are coming, but against the Spirit of Christ in me and all of you, who love the truth of God's word. Jesus also told us that the world will hate us and that a servant is not greater than his Master.

So this is my question to my brothers and sisters in Christ, are you a friend of God or an enemy of God? Does the world love you or does the world hate you?

These are dark times we are living in people. We as Christians need to be vigilant. Satan is cunning and walks about like a lion seeking whom he may devour. Stay in prayer about everything. Pray for our country and all the people and also for the wicked leaders of our country. They need it. We do not want people to go to hell! We have Christ's love for people in our hearts, that is if we have the Spirit of Christ, otherwise we do not belong to Him!

Thank you for reading. Let us think about these things. Much love in Christ to you from me.♥ It is in love and because I care that I write these things and warn. God bless you.

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
~James 4:4

 Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord.  Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”
~2 Corinthians 6:17

If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
~John 15:19

Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.  
But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 
~John 15:20-21  

Saturday, August 13, 2016

When God answers

Where do I begin?  Well not to make it too long I'll get to the point.
On Friday the 5th 2016 my husband asked me to please pray that God answers him regarding a big decision he wants to make.  He was planning on doing it in two years' time, but the opportunity arose to do it this year (to do with his job/future), but those interested had to fill in the forms before the 10th.  So we prayed, he prayed, I prayed whether this was God's will for him, whether this was the way God wanted us to go now.
So last night I was again praying, reminding God about answering us before the 10th.  After prayer God led me in His word to Ps 143.
Hear my prayer, O Lord;
    listen to my plea!
    Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
I lift my hands to you in prayer.
    I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.
Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
    for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
    for I give myself to you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
    on a firm footing.
11 For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
    Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
Those verses spoke to my heart and especially when I read verse 8, I had this joy rise up in me and I had this 'knowing' that God was going to answer us this morning.  The following is what I wrote in my spiritual journal last night:
(I'm translating because I wrote it in my mother tongue.)
I believe with my whole heart that the Lord is going to answer us because we are asking for His guidance!  We are knowing Him in this big decision we want to make.  We do not want to operate in our flesh, in our own wisdom and understanding because then we can only go wrong.  Therefore He will show us the way forward, the path we are to take.  His good Spirit will lead us on a level road.  I believe He is going to let us know in the morning as to what to do.  We are waiting on you Lord and we know you are a God who is always on time.  Your timing is always perfect.
So this afternoon my husband comes home from work and tells me that he believes the Lord answered him.  He said that another man at work who also needed the same forms (my husband did not even try to fill out the forms because he was waiting on God!), came to get some and he was told there are none in stock!  They have to order it and the deadline has been extended to the 12th!  haha  Do you see it?  How the Lord answered?  No forms for my husband to fill out!  That's a clear cut answer from God that He does not want my husband to do that now.  I knew it wasn't God's will right at this time in our life.  I just knew it.  Oh my goodness, the Lord is so amazing.  How can anyone doubt that this was all His doing. :D  I LOVE YOU MY LORD MY GOD of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob!  Thank you JESUS.  Tomorrow is a public holiday, so today was actually the last day to get an answer from the Lord. :)  See, God's timing, perfect timing...and it was in the morning that He gave His answer.
This morning the Lord led me in His word to Daniel 6, Daniel in the lions' den.  I learned a lot from that, but what stood out and applied to us was the fact that Daniel trusted in His God and also through all that happened to Daniel, in the end God got all the glory!  Just like here, we trusted in God and here I am giving Him all the glory and He gets it because there is no doubt the way things happened, the way God answered us, was God and only God's doing.  Hallelujah!  Thank you Lord my God!  Blessed be your Holy Name Jesus. ^_^ ♥†♥
So I decided to blog this so that you can be encouraged that when you ask God for an answer, He will surely do His way!  God bless you.  Thanks for reading.