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Friday, May 31, 2013

The TEEvangelist Shop is finally up and running!
Check it out!...10% will go to support missionary needs.

This shop will allow me to let out some pent up creative juices, as well as, share great inspirational messages.

There is a lot of styles and items to which the designs can be added.. so order today as gifts for sharing God's word in a stylish way!

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Thank You & Blessings!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

What would you do?

My friend created a T-shirt with two hands on it. One has the thumb up and the other with the thumb down, much like a Roman official declaring his official ruling of a decision.

The subject is Jesus, and what that decision is in your life. You have to decide,for no decision is a thumbs down (automatically-indicating I don't care about this person enough to vote).

That entire topic is why we make an effort to spread the truth and gospel of Jesus Christ in our various ways.

Some choices are harder than others based on your experience, understanding and personal roadblocks we carry in our baggage through life.

The word "Anathema" means "cursed."
The word "Maranatha" means "the Lord is coming."

The Word of God is saying that if anyone does not want to get saved, then let him be cursed because the Lord is coming.

You can try to warn people, but they ultimately must make the decision to accept or reject Christ as their own personal Saviour.

If we warn people of the judgment to come and they laugh in our faces, then they are choosing to go to hell by their own freewill.

They will be cursed to burn in hell if they don't become born-again.

If we have love that comes from God, His sacrificial love, His unconditional love that balances His unwavering righteousness, then we give everything we have to save those that we love (which is everyone).

Imagine a loved one (son, daughter, wife, mother, father, closest friend)
They are walking with you and the stumble and slip off the edge of a cliff and are hanging on by their fingertips.

What would you do? The same applies here...think on this with every person you meet that is not secured by their decision to live for Jesus and not just themselves.

We don't know when we will need help, but to know we have been secured by Jesus's love is a powerful yet comforting promise.

We have to be the first link in the chain that secures those we love to Jesus, but first we must be linked to Jesus and linked to those we love so that they can be anchored to Him as well.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Walking Dead: part 1

I wanted to share this commentary with you.

It is one of the best and clearest pictures of the spiritual battlefield here on earth. As I think of the deceived battalions of terrorists, self-justified murderous actions of all types of people from school-age youth to Ph Ds,and the subtler influences infecting the world into a "COMA of COMPLACENCY". There are the walking dead (still separated from the truth)and the risen from the dead (we who are in Christ under His blood and faith in His resurrection).

The walking dead (aka-Zombies:horrid looking, walking dead eaters of flesh)when you think of the media and the desensitizing carcinogenic therapy of Satan, I have to wonder how many just wish to ignore the evidences of decay in our own lives.

Many times we can just be in a "Coma". No movement, no communication yet technically alive. As Christians (technically alive in Christ through salvation).
(I will share more on the "Coma of Complacency" in my next post)

So here is what I wanted to share...

Ephesians 2:1-3

(1) And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, (2) in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, (3) among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

In this chapter's first ten verses, Paul is showing that the children of God—us—who were once objects of God's wrath, are by His grace legally and spiritually freed from the clutches of Satan's dominion. However, the influences of the world Satan has fashioned remain to be dealt with and overcome.

Satan is described as a spirit who is "prince of the power of the air." This phrase has a familiar ring to it, but alternative translations may be better suited to understanding. The New English Bible calls him "commander of the spiritual powers of the air now at work among God's rebel subjects." The Concordat Literal New Testament renders it as "chief of the jurisdiction of the air, the spirit now operating in the sons of stubbornness."

Webster's gives as one of the usages for jurisdiction, "the limits, or territory within which authority may be exercised." This particular jurisdiction is where air exists, tying in with the word "heavenly" in Ephesians 6:12: "[We wrestle] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Here, "heavenly" refers, not to the place of God's throne, but to the first heaven, the air surrounding the earth in which birds fly. This also links with Revelation 18:2 and its "unclean and hated birds," symbolizing demons. Birds operate in the same heaven Satan commands.

Prior to the rebellion, God gave Satan and his demon assistants substantial authority over everything from the earth's atmosphere on down to the earth itself, which includes us, its inhabitants. We must never forget that, in large part, our wrestling, as Paul terms it, is with these spirits. We inhabit the same space they do.

These evil spirits indeed use deceived people to carry out their plans to destroy those in whom God lives. These people are likely under the strong influence of those spirit authorities, and because they are deceived, they are unaware that they are being used! They are not necessarily possessed, as the Bible shows some are, but influenced by demons to act against our best interests.

A factor God wants us to realize more completely and fully is that we are not alone in this ocean of air. Even as vicious sharks and barracuda prowl the water, their demonic counterparts, symbolized as foul and unclean raptors and carrion-eaters, inhabit the ocean of air right along with us. It is essential to our spiritual well-being to heed Paul's warning in Ephesians 6:10-12 that our battles are against these creatures, and they are fighting tooth-and-toenail to hang on to what they believe is theirs by first-occupancy rights. Earth, the Bible plainly tells us, was "their first estate" (Jude 6, KJV). They hate us because we are becoming like the Father and Son, and because they know this earth, our inheritance, will be taken from them and given to the sons of God, those who are in His image.

On the surface, they have advantages over us because they are invisible to our eyes. In addition, they can, without our even being aware, communicate their thoughts and attitudes to our minds through the very air that supports our lives. Most people in this world do not know they are deceived or how they became deceived. Satan and his demons have not sat us all down to tell us, "We are here to deceive you." We know only because God's Word reveals this truth to us, and we believe it. Despite this happening in our lives, deception can still be communicated to us unless we are astute enough to take care that it does not happen again.

Nevertheless, deception and its resulting behaviors have been communicated to us through the culture we were born into. The culture, the world around us, is the medium of this corrupting communication. We have been freed from deception by God's revelation of Himself, but the urgent admonition from our Lord and Savior is, "Don't be passive concerning the responsibilities your liberation has imposed. Take action because the communication can be reabsorbed, enslaving you once again."

— John W. Ritenbaugh
Which death are you walking in?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fire & Water

I find an interesting correlation between the second heaven and earth and how that God cleansed the earth once with water in the flood, yet the new earth will not come until the current earth is destroyed with fire. The correlation that came to me is that with baptism with water, and then with the fire and the Holy Spirit.

God started with a perfect earth (Eden), possibly even the essence of the second earth. It was corrupted, and polluted through sinful actions. The world and all its inhabitants were destroyed with the exception of Noah’s family. The seed of goodness was reserved to start another lineage of mankind. As when we are baptized as public testimony to others that we want God to take what is good in us and grow it out to replace the polluted and corrupt essence of our nature.

Knowing that because of sin nature, we cannot ever be perfect as by original design. Earth cannot be the perfect residence because of that same knowledge of good and evil (sin). John promised a baptism of fire by Jesus, that fire allows us to be assured of a reservation in the perfect residence, but just as the earth and heaven will be physically destroyed, so must our physical tents that we reside in.

The fire of judgment will refine and purify the world to the next lineage of those who are reserved for the spiritual and heavenly Jerusalem. Then those who were obedient to the Lordship of Yahshua and followed His truth about the works of the heart, mind and soul as our acceptable sacrifice to God the Father.

Through the washing, and then purification, then death/ destruction, and resurrection/ recreation God can teach us. That we have free-will, yet we will chose God by his word by the grace we receive in a new heaven and earth.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Exodus Explored..and the rest of the story

The Outline of Exodus

1. Israelites Multiply; Oppression in Egypt
Growth in numbers of those who are seeking God

2. Birth, Adoption and Escape of Moses
A leader is born as a child of God, then is given to the world to raise in fear, after maturity he begins to be offended by how the world treats the his people, there is physical death to the oppressor as well as social death to himself.
He is sent into the desert in exile. He finds his people again which revere God. A battle sets forth in the desert as he defends the weaker and unmarried against the opposition who want to take the well of water for themselves. The would be those who seek God but do not want to share Him with other groups of weaker people.

3. Moses and the Burning Bush
Moses experienced the desert, the life in the dry places then the meeting with God .The calling, revelation, and command. Go back to the world from which you lived and get the others and bring them to where you met God.

4. Miraculous Signs through Moses; Aaron as Mouthpiece; Moses Returns
They experience the evidence of God's blessings, His ability to do "the un-thought of " to show God is control. God Also provides leader with a brother to help in his battle with the world and calling of God. (Who is your Aaron?)

5. Pharaoh Rejects Moses' Plea and Increases the Israelites' Labor
The leader of the world refuses to give up his slaves, makes life even harder on those who considered getting away to a different life. Oppression and trials increase from the world in order to weaken the spirit that they could overcome the world and leave it.

6. God Promises to Deliver the Families of Israel
Leader shares the message of Hope from God, and to be ready to go when called.

Attack against the elements and powers of the world.

7. Aaron's Staff; Plague of Blood
The power to change
8. Plagues of Frogs, Gnats and Flies
Pests (Hearing- croaking, small annoying not easily seen, seen and heard-defiling and is attracted to garbage, feces and dead things)
9. Plagues of Livestock, Boils and Hail
Attack in key areas (over those under the worlds dominion as food and energy resources, health and fleshly appearance, harsh loving, truth (frozen water) and warning of judgment(fire) from heaven)
10. Plagues of Locusts and Darkness
(devouring of the grains, the seed bearing foods: the harvest of life)(the sample of separation and absence of the truth)
11. The Plague on the Firstborn
(that worldly first accomplishment of which you are proud, the key part of you that you nurture and grow, the gift you were given.)

12. Passover; Feast; Memorial; Pharaoh Urges Exodus (the battle of the obedient over the stubborn)

13. Consecration of the Firstborn; God Leads the People out

14. Pharaoh Pursues;(The hounds of hell) The Red Sea(water barrier) is Parted

15. Song of Moses and Miriam; ()The Lord Provides Water*(essentials met)

16. Manna (bread), Quail() and the Sabbath(peaceful rest)

17. Water from the Rock;(Christ's living water) the Defeat of the Amalekites(spiritual enemy of the desert area)

18. Jethro Visits and Counsels Moses (God sends an experienced leader and desert survivor)

19. Moses and the Lord at Mount Sinai (meeting God again after bringing them to God, instructions for what to do with them and teach them)

20. The Ten Commandments (rules for a successful and abundantly blessed life)

21. Ordinances for Servants and Personal Injuries (how to treat others)

22. Property Rights and Social Laws (how to respect what each person has been given)

23. Laws of Justice, Mercy, Sabbath, Annual Festivals, Conquest (how to get the greatest harvest from life)

24. The People Affirm Their Covenant with God (Do you?)

25. Tabernacle Offerings, Ark, Table, and Lampstand (what do you have that you will give up -what is worth your deliverance and showing others what you happily do without for being chosen)

26. Instructions for the Tabernacle: Curtains, Boards and Veil (Your body in the flesh)

27. Instructions for the Altar and Courtyard, Oil for the Lampstand ( Your key internal places and their elements)

28. Priestly Garments, Ephod, Breastpiece (Your external appearance)

29. Consecration, Sacrifices, Food of the Priests (What you take in)

30. Altar of Incense, Atonement Money,(offering) Basin, Anointing oil(holiness)

31. Craftsmen Bezaleel and Aholiah; the Sabbath Explained

32. The Golden Calf and Moses' Anger (Baggage from the old life and trying to make God into what they want Him to be)

33. Moses Resumes the Journey(trusting God promise) and Intercedes for the Israelites(hopes they will change their hearts)

34. Tablets Replaced; Covenant Renewed;(second chances) Radiant Face of Moses(transfiguration-holy spirit)

35. Sabbath Rules; Workmen and Gifts for the Tabernacle ( How to rest and work)

Details of the elements we are to build or craft to be incorporated with our service to God.

36. Bezalel and Oholiab (Gifted & Gifts for the following assignments) Tabernacle Construction

37. Ark, Table, Lampstand, Altar of Incense (your life)

38. Altar of Burnt Offering, Basin, Courtyard Completed; Costs Totaled (Your consecrated life's offerings-your seed or fruit)

39. The Priestly Garments; Moses Inspects the Completed Work( your outward appearance before others and how they see you)

40. Tabernacle Erected and Filled by the Glory of the Lord (You are accepted by God, Holy Spirit dwells within)

Exodus -Layer 2
Here are my thoughts of what the whole 40 yrs. of wandering (or being lead through where we are to physically live).
I believe that we miss the whole concept of deliverance and the promised land. Our physical life is to be the desert. Nothing in this world can compare to what we will receive in the promised land. We may be greatly blessed and provided for in the desert by the loving hand of God, but that should not be mistaken for the true promised land of our destiny. I will attempt to explain that our destiny of promise is based on our choices in the desert.

So let's get started! God calls us out into the desert, "and then" reveals himself to us.

We are living in a life of slavery and yet we are delivered out into a place where God has made barren so that there are no distractions. Once we have started to realize the challenges in the desert, many start to remember only the enjoyable parts of their old lives and look behind instead of forward. (Look how that worked out for Lot's wife)

When we are in the desert we are forced to evaluate our priorities and limited resources within ourselves. We cannot deliver that needed food & water for life. We cannot create goods and clothing with a 40 yr. warranty. However the one constant is that power that leads, protects and is with us night and day. The things we can do are given to us on a short list, everything else is in God's hands.

When you think of it, how simple and awesome this deal is. Yet we screw it up with our own selfish desires and embellishments.

We are to go back and bring others into the desert (salvation). God is met in the desert, we are given our instruction there, it is where we wander in our physical life of the first generation of promise, however our offspring given us in the desert will grow up in the desert and will experience the life in that promised land.

Think of it like this…
You were raised in a Christian home (aka-the desert) or in a slave's home (aka-Egypt)

You have a choice of which direction you want to travel...the brochures have already been written on both choose.

We are called to be the shepherds that are to raise, protect and bring the next generation in the desert (under God) and prepare them for that promised land.

Think and compare the challenges after salvation(deliverance), but before period of consecration. There immense joy of experiencing the hoped for, the miraculous and the unexpected in the timing. That experience gets us into the desert. We receives God's words of instruction, experience the testimonies and evidences of his care and love. Then we are left to the test of faith and trust.

Here is where the parable of the sower comes in. You see we all have in the context of salvation have been scattered into the topography of the desert.

 Matthew 13: 3And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow
4and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Exodus/salvation

5“Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. Desert/new lifestyle in wrong environment

6“But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Discouragement/trials

7“Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. Ungodly Influences (weeds)no soil is weed free...has to be maintained. Good soil can grow strong plants of both the good and the bad seeds.

8“And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. Good soil, maintained and harvested...some more than others.

9“He who has ears, let him hear.”

After consecration, the budding into a plant and maturing by producing fruit or seed, we become eligible for the harvest.
Our life in the desert is the challenged growth that we need to have before deliverance out of life ( the harvest).

After the harvest into the other life we are ushered into the throne room of the threshing floor. Which may be in the location of the threshing floor that David consecrated (now in the new Jerusalem!) We are then evaluated weeds and fruitless chaff are burned, the fruit (seed grain) is gathered. Our essence is in the seeds and fruit we produce...that spiritual fruit and seeds of good works are the only thing that God wants. In that he shall that plant you in his renewed garden for eternity.

The parts of the plants that are useless are burned, or even before that used in the stalls of the beasts to be trampled, and dumped on before it is burned. Ironically, some of that fertilized stall scraping can be mixed into the soil to enrich it. The buried compost of other lives can help us to grow in soil that is challenging. If we bury our own compost we create our own fertile ground whereever we are planted.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

"Live life to the fullest" John 10:10...Is Your Life Full?

IS YOUR LIFE FULL?...and of what?

The key to that question I found resides here in Revelation 2:4-5

(4) Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. (5) Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
New King James Version

If we love a person, we enjoy talking with them, to discover their likes and opinions. Why? So we can please them. We act on their advice; we do the things that they approve of. In fact, we will even deny ourselves to meet their wishes and abstain from the things that we know that they dislike.

Anybody who has gone through a courtship understands this. If we find that the object of our affection does not like the way we do certain things, the colors that we wear in our clothing, the style of our dress, the car we drive, or the same foods we like, what will we do? We will try to conform to them as long as it is lawful. If we love them, we will try to please them in anyway that we possibly can.

It is easy to see why this love is so important, for love is the source of the righteous works.

Those who do not truly love Christ are working, active, spending their time and energy on things that they love, but it is not Christ. And because it is not Christ, their hectic days are filled with worthless, selfish efforts.

When we are in love, we will even learn things that we are not naturally inclined toward because we think it will give the other person pleasure. Some guys are infatuated over baseball, golf, as well as hunting or fishing. His favored girl will put herself through agony to watch a boring baseball game with him or go golfing, hunting, or fishing (or even a Star Trek movie) with him just to please him because she loves him.

Are we that way with Christ? Are we still like that in our relationships?

Do we do what we can, everything we can, denying ourselves or learning new things because we want to please Him? We want to please Him because we love Him. These are areas that we must evaluate ourselves on.

Time can be a fertile ground to grow. Unfortunately the weeds of complacency grow in our life as well, if we aren't diligent to remain earnest to that which we love. Selfishness is even worse. We gain security in our relationship with time, and then abuse that relationship in lieu of other harlots and our own addictions and self-indulgent attitudes.

Only through the grace of God, the love of Christ and obedience to their Holy Spirit can we restore ourselves to the place of abundant love and peace that we felt when we chose our physical partner for life. Without our spiritual partners, we cannot overcome our spiritual and physical enemies.

Satan is the craftiest of all earthly beasts. He is very cunning to take the blessing and gifts of God and turn them into weapons of self destruction.

No greater love can be shown than to lay down your earthly treasures and kingdoms, even if we fear the unrighteousness and weaknesses of our physical partner.

THE HARDEST cares to cast to the hands of our Lord are the ones we won't let go of!

Personally experiencing, humbly seeking, and openly sharing...God Bless!