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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

For the Serafino's!!

Greetings in the name of Jesus Jacob, Isaac, and all the other Serafinos!

I hope that you are all growing and being encouraged in the Lord!I'm sorry for being confusing. My main point is the people that are so badly deceived. They say they know Jesus and think they are going to heaven but ultimately they do not read their Bibles and have no desire to. They know that if they read God's Word a lot of their lifestyle would have to change. Or they read their Bibles and don't obey it. The thing that is so sad is that they are going to a church that is telling them not to doubt their salvation and being assured of going to heaven. This just isn't biblical. We are just seeing how easily we can be influenced and deceived and we read God's Word almost everyday. We have been pondering lately about how narrow that narrow path is. "Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." Luke 13:24 "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:14 Few there be that find it, we have to look for it? These people are seeking to enter in and won't be able. They are really trying to enter in! Yet only few there be that find it!

Yes, the Lord loves us immensely. He gave His life for us, he is merciful, and full of grace for us. However, if we don't love Him then how is He going to say to us, Well done thou good and faithful servant? If we don't love Him we are not going to Heaven. Jesus does command our obedience. He even commands us to be perfect as His Father in Heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48 "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." If you think about it we can be perfect. We are perfect on Sunday morning for church, right? We don't yell at each other or show any outward sign of anger when we are in front of each other. We can do that when we are in the privacy of our own home as well. I don't know about you but for me this is very convicting to think about. When we have company over do we go out of our way to be polite? Yet Jesus is a guest in our home everyday. We can do it for Him as well. "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 they name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:21-23 "And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?" 1Peter 4:18 Heaven? Doesn't sound like it to me. We don't just have a get into heaven free ticket. Also see James 2:17-19 and we see that faith without works is dead and even the devils believe and tremble. I think we should consider if we found a Bible on a desert island and read it cover to cover would we think we have unconditional eternal security. Would we think that it doesn't matter how we live? I sure wouldn't see that. Yet, that is what almost EVERYONE teaches people. I don't want to have anyone's blood on my hands. I would rather be over careful than to assume. Jesus was bold when He spoke to others and He told the truth no matter how bad it hurt the hearer. That is what we need to do. We need to take heed to Jesus' warnings.

Okay, I think I kind of went off on you. Just learning from God's Word and excited! I pray that you took it that way! Thank you for your replies! And remember, "The heart of the righteous studieth to answer....." Proverbs 15:28 One thing we have always tried to maintain is an open heart to study God's word over and over again. Even when we think we KNOW something. We are there again right now studying things that we felt we knew. Keep a soft heart and so will we!

Peace out! :0) With Love In Christ!


王子 said...

It breaks my heart to see what you have written.

Joanne said...

Like you said, the Bible says we are to be perfect ... it also says we are to be holy in ALL manner of conversation (living/conduct).

For one to say that this is not possible is like saying Satan is more powerful than God. All things are possible with God ... and certainly if His word says it, it is TRUTH.

Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord.

Holiness and righteous living (out of a pure heart) are requirements for entering into God's kingdom.

Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments." Do we love Him? How are we going to keep His commandments if we do not pick up our Bibles daily to learn exactly what His commandments are? Our hearts desire must be to glorify God in all that we do.

How do we know that we KNOW Jesus?
1 John 2:3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

We can *say* we know Jesus, but do we *really know* Jesus? Do we keep His commandments and walk as He walked?

Thanks for the posts. I do not check your blog much, but I'm glad I did today!

God bless you sister. We'll see you soon.

With love in Christ,

Joanne said...

Abraham ... why are you broken hearted? Maybe you misunderstood what Jenny said?

With love in Christ,

isAAc4given said...

"Strive to enter in at the strait gate..."

But what is the strait gate?
"Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door... by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved..." John 10:7,9a

Jesus Christ is the doorway to being saved. The strait gate is none other than by faith in Him.

Joanne said...

Amen Isaac - Jesus is the only way. We must enter in through Him and Him alone. This does not erase the fact that we must obey Him.

Hebrews 5:9And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
Luke 6:46And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them...

Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to all who OBEY Him. This is not a fake/works-type obedience, but obedience out of love from the heart. Jesus said if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. We must COME to Jesus, HEAR His Words, and DO them. Is He really our Lord? Then by the grace of God, we will obey from the heart. Faith without works is dead. Noah had faith, and his works proved it. He loved and trusted God so much, he obeyed when God told him to do something that seemed so crazy. Had he stopped half way through he would have been dead with the rest of the world. His faith worked.

With love in Christ,