New Beginnings!

Compiled from the writings of David Brandt Berg

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Of all the changes and important events that have happened to you this past year or before, the most significant and wonderful one is that you have had an entirely NEW BEGINNING in life: You have personally met JESUS, and the power of His Spirit of Love has begun to change your entire way of thinking and your whole outlook on life!

The moment that you asked Jesus to come into your heart, God’s Holy Spirit began to miraculously transform your life! And whether it seemed like such a major change at the time or not, asking Jesus into your heart was a very real and important SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE! God’s Word calls it spiritual REBIRTH–being “born of the Spirit”, or “BORN AGAIN”! (John 3:3-8)

With some people, the change in their lives is so drastic, so sudden, that you can SEE what an absolute MIRACLE has happened to them! Their whole life, nature, mind and heart is immediately transformed and is changed radically for the better! Perhaps for you, however, the change that took place in your life when you received Jesus may not have seemed quite that dramatic or emotional and may not have seemed to have had such a powerful IMMEDIATE effect. At least not on the surface. But you have gone through a miraculous spiritual rebirth just the same! Besides, the FULL transformation that His Spirit brings about in our lives is usually GRADUAL! But if you CONTINUE to yield your life, your mind and your will to Him, your spiritual growth as a Christian will be SURE and STEADY! Receiving the truth of God’s Word, like Jesus explained in “the Parable of the Sower”, is like receiving a tiny SEED, and it takes TIME for that seed of truth in your heart to grow into a full, mature Christian life! (Mark 4:14,20,28)

It’s not often that a seed just IMMEDIATELY springs up out of the ground; it often seems to be just buried there, lying dormant, with nothing springing up above the surface. But if you could see what was happening below the surface, the miracles and wonders of God’s Creation would become apparent! Finally, when the new sprout pushes up through the soil, it becomes evident to EVERYONE that a new life HAS begun to grow! At FIRST you may even wonder if the seed is going to sprout at all! But just give it TIME, and it WILL! As Jesus said, “The seed which was received into good ground symbolises people who, in an honest and good heart, having HEARD the Word, KEEP it, and bring forth fruit (good deeds and changes in their lives) with PATIENCE.” (Luke 8:15) So just because you don’t become a full-grown, mature, strong Christian overnight, don’t worry! Just have a little PATIENCE! You’re still going to have problems and make mistakes, as we all do, but NOW at least you know WHO to look to for HELP! Remember, no one is perfect. Not even the great Apostle Paul counted himself to have become some kind of a sinless saint. He said, “I do NOT consider myself to have attained (already been made perfect), but this one thing I DO, forgetting those things which are BEHIND, I reach FORWARD to the goals which are BEFORE me.” (Philippians 3:13,14) Like the Apostle Paul, neither you nor I are perfect Christians, but all the Lord asks is that we FOLLOW HIM as best we can and keep trying to go FORWARD and make progress. “This one thing” we can do!

You may wonder sometimes, “Have I really changed?” The answer is YES! Not only did you change when you first received Jesus, but as you daily read His Word and do what you know He wants you to do, you will CONTINUE to change! Your values have probably ALREADY begun to change, you are SWEETER, HAPPIER, you have more PEACE, and you probably even SLEEP better at night! All this is the work of His Spirit! And all you need to do is to let Him CONTINUE to work in your life, to change and remake you! It doesn’t all happen in one day, but it DOES happen!

God’s Word compares His saved children to a TREE (Psalm 1:1-3), and like any healthy tree, it takes TIME to grow strong and sturdy Christian roots. And because they are UNSEEN, it may not look at first like you are growing much. But the deeper and stronger your ROOTS are imbedded in the rich soil of GOD’S WORD, the greater and more fruitful a tree they will later be able to support! So if you think you’re not growing much, don’t worry! Just keep rooted and grounded and nourished in His Word, and you WILL grow and bring forth the fruit that God intends you to!

If you have the ROOTS of your faith planted firmly in the Word of God, you won’t wither or be blown over by the winds of lies and doubts of the Enemy. Nor will your faith be uprooted if and when deep disappointments come. Colossians 2:6-7 says, “The same way that you have RECEIVED Christ Jesus the Lord, so LIVE in Him, ROOTED and GROWING in Him, ESTABLISHED in the faith, as you have been taught.”

Just as a tree draws the nutrients and the very life that it needs from the soil, so the Christian must draw HIS life and HIS SPIRITUAL strength that he desperately needs from the Word of God. The only way you can grow strong and bear fruit, so that everyone will SEE and KNOW that you are a GOOD tree, is if you sink the roots of your life down deep into the Truth of God’s Word and draw your spiritual nourishment from it by prayerfully reading and absorbing it EVERY DAY! “If you CONTINUE in MY WORD, you shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you FREE!” (John 8:31,32)

Then you will begin to bear all the “fruits of His Spirit”: Love, joy, peace, kindness and faith! (See Galatians 5:22-23) And even more wonderful than this, as OTHERS see the change in YOUR life, they will want to know the secret of your happiness too! And you can tell them how to know Jesus just as you have come to know Him!

By a miracle of God’s Spirit, your life has had a wonderful NEW BEGINNING! So as you continue to grow in Him in this coming year, we pray you will bear MUCH FRUIT! Not only in personal happiness and joy and faith, but also that you will learn to share the Lord’s love with others around you, helping THEM to find His Love and His Salvation, and a NEW BEGINNING in life like YOU have found!

 
 

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The Most Amazing Book!

Compiled from the writings of David Brandt Berg

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Whether you accept & believe in its teachings or not, it cannot be denied that the Bible is the most remarkable, amazing & absolutely UNIQUE book that has ever been written! Of course, many people today sort of pooh-pooh & dismiss it because they cannot help but associate the Bible with the largely do-nothing Christianity that they have seen, and they figure, “If THAT’S the kind of religion the Bible teaches, then no thanks! It’s not for me!”

But if you realise that the religion of LOVE that Jesus TAUGHT, and the religious TRADITIONS that many Christians today PRACTICE have little or nothing to do with each other, then you can approach the Bible with out prejudice. If you have an OPEN mind & are sincerely SEARCHING for the TRUTH, you can sweep away all of man’s false preconceived interpretations & you can delve down to the beautiful FOUNDATION of the Bible & see the true plan & how things are SUPPOSED to be! You will then discover that the Bible is NOT merely some kind of religious rulebook, but that it is the most wonderful, supernatural, miraculous, amazing, marvellous Book in the whole World! Which has the answers to EVERYTHING! WHERE we came from, HOW we got here, WHY we’re here, how to SURVIVE & be HAPPY while here, & how to love & have happiness FOREVER!

But before deciding whether or not to accept & believe in this amazing Book, consider the following seven facts that set it aside as a truly UNIQUE Volume:

  1. The Bible is unique in its CONTINUITY. It was written over a 1,500 YEAR time-span by over 40 authors from every walk of life, including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, shepherds, soldiers, poets, statesmen, scholars, etc.! Nevertheless, from beginning to end, its authors spoke on hundreds of controversial subjects with harmony & continuity, outlining one unfolding story: God’s LOVE for man!
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  3. The Bible has been READ BY MORE PEOPLE than ANY other book! It has out-sold every book that has ever been written & it STILL sells more copies every year than any other book in the World! But of course in the best-sellers lists they don’t dare acknowledge that, that in spite of all man’s writings and foolishness and fiction and ridiculous interpretations of history and reality, the BIBLE still out-sells them all! Another unique & related fact is that the Bible was the FIRST major book ever to be printed, on Gutenberg’s press.
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  5. The Bible has been TRANSLATED & PUBLISHED IN MORE LANGUAGES than ANY other book in existence! As far back as 1966 the WHOLE Bible had appeared in 240 languages & dialects, & one or more of its books appeared in 739 additional ones! (Update: “As of September 2016 the full Bible has been translated into 636 languages, the New Testament alone into 1442 languages and Bible portions or stories into 1145 other languages. Thus at least some portion of the Bible has been translated into 3,223 languages”. –Wikipedia)
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  7. The Bible, compared with all other ancient writings, has MORE MANUSCRIPT EVIDENCE than any TEN pieces of classical literature COMBINED! Although originally written on perishable materials, having to be recopied by hand for thousands of years before the invention of the printing press, it’s style, correctness & accuracy has been preserved as no other book in all History! The Jews had special classes of scholars within their culture whose sole duty was to preserve & transmit the books of the Bible with PERFECT accuracy, counting the very consonants, vowels, syllables & words per manuscript as a means of double-checking. Literally THOUSANDS of ancient manuscripts in the original languages have been unearthed which PROVE, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Scriptures have come down through the ages to us just as they were originally written!
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  9. The Bible has WITHSTOOD VICIOUS ATTACKS by its enemies as no other book. Many have tried to burn it, destroy it & outlaw it, from the days of the Roman emperors to some present-day anti-Christ countries. Its very existence today & the fact that its teachings & Truths have been preserved despite the countless campaigns & tirades against it is in itself MIRACULOUS!
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  11. Discovery after discovery by MODERN ARCHAEOLOGISTS have CONFIRMED & PROVEN the Bible’s absolute accuracy & have proven it to be a source of HISTORY. Archaeologists following Old Testament references have rediscovered whole nations & resurrected entire peoples that the sceptics & critics once said were non-existent or imaginary. In fact, it can be stated categorically that NOT ONE archaeological discovery has EVER contradicted or cast doubt on a Biblical reference–all have CONFIRMED its accuracy!
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  13. The Bible is the ONLY volume ever produced which contains a large amount of PROPHECIES accurately predicting the future of individual nations, peoples, cities, & the coming of One Who was to be the Messiah! Although the ancient world had many different devices for determining the future, NOWHERE in all of Greek & Latin literature can there be found ANY real specific prophecy of a great Historic event to come in the distant future. But the BIBLE is FULL of countless, detailed, specific prophecies, all of which have been miraculously FULFILLED & come true–except, of course, the final ENDTIME prophecies which are either to be fulfilled in the near future or are coming to pass right NOW!

What an AMAZING & REMARKABLE Book! Yet so many people today, who consider them selves so smart & so knowledgeable, ignore the Bible completely! Time & time again we talk to people who’ve been through years of college & university & have read hundreds & hundreds of books–huge tomes & volumes of textbooks, religious books, philosophical books & ALL kinds of books–yet have never even cracked open the Bible, the most fascinating Book in the World! In which you can find almost ANYTHING: Drama, love, hate, peace, war, romance, poetry, prophecy, history, mystery, etc., etc.!

Just think about it: Words of wisdom from THOUSANDS of years ago, from the days before Moses! It’s such an IMPORTANT Book & one of the OLDEST Books in the World, yet a lot of “educated” people don’t even bother to read it! They waste time on all of their complicated & confused theories while neglecting the very Words of Life!

If you were going on a long journey & didn’t already know the way, you would bring along a MAP, wouldn’t you? Well, you ARE on a long journey, & the One Who knows the way has instructed some of His men to draw a detailed map so you won’t get lost & so you can make it safely to your final destination! To say you don’t have time to read God’s Map, the Bible, is like saying, “Well, I’m in such a HURRY to get there I don’t have TIME to look at the MAP!” But if you’ll just take the Bible & simply read it, believe it & follow it, you will be on the right road & wind up at the right place!

And that is actually the GREATEST proof that the Bible really is the miraculous, supernatural Word of God Himself–it WORKS! So why not TRY it! It’s the greatest, most enduring, wisest, most truthful Book in the whole World that you can really TRUST! I’m sure that you will find it an absolutely inexhaustible source of wisdom & knowledge, out of which you will constantly find “treasures new & old”! Beautiful! (Matthew 13:52)

Of course the MOST wonderful thing about the Bible is that, through its Words, we can get to know its AUTHOR! For the Bible is GOD’S GREAT LOVE LETTER to us! Its Life-giving Words make it the GREATEST Book in the World, with the only Author in the World that can guarantee life & love & happiness & Heaven forever through simply reading it & believing in its main Character, the One Who loved us so much that He gave His Own Life to save us JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God!

So take the Bible & sincerely pray, “OPEN Thou mine eyes, that I may behold WONDEROUS things out of Thy Word!” (Psalms 119:18) But don’t get bogged down in the “begats” & genealogies of Genesis, nor the Jewish History & ancient past of much of the Old Testament that is over & done with! Read the NEW TESTAMENT & the wonderful Words of JESUS in the GOSPELS–not as fairy tales of the PAST, but as GOD’S WORD for YOU TODAY & see how inspiring, uplifting, feeding & encouraging the Truth of the Word of God can be! In the beautiful GOSPEL OF JOHN particularly, you will find the spiritual depths of the Love of God & His Salvation for you!

Have YOU received God’s Love through JESUS? Have YOU tasted the wonderful, soul-satisfying waters of His wonderful Word? If not, receive Jesus into your heart personally by simply ASKING Him to come into your life, to forgive you of all your sins & give you His Love & peace & free gift of eternal life! Then you can not only READ His Word with understanding, but you’ll have the LOVE & the STRENGTH to OBEY it & to SHARE His Truth & Love with OTHERS who need them too!

 
 

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Jesus Loves Me!

A compilation

free-bible-studies-online-anchorGive thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.
—Psalm 136:26 ESV

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Occasionally, all too occasionally, I sense the truth of grace. There are times when I study the parables and grasp that they are about me. I am the sheep the shepherd has left the flock to find, the prodigal for whom the father scans the horizon, the servant whose debt has been forgiven. I am the beloved one of God.

Not long ago I received in the mail a postcard from a friend that had on it only six words, “I am the one Jesus loves.” I smiled when I saw the return address, for my strange friend excels at these pious slogans. When I called him, though, he told me the slogan came from the author and speaker Brennan Manning. At a seminar, Manning referred to Jesus’ closest friend on earth, the disciple named John, identified in the Gospels as “the one Jesus loved.” Manning said, “If John were to be asked, ‘What is your primary identity in life?’ he would not reply, ‘I am a disciple, an apostle, an evangelist, an author of one of the four Gospels,’ but rather, ‘I am the one Jesus loves.’”

What would it mean, I ask myself, if I too came to the place where I saw my primary identity in life as “the one Jesus loves”? How differently would I view myself at the end of a day?

Sociologists have a theory of the looking-glass self: you become what the most important person in your life (wife, father, boss, etc.) thinks you are. How would my life change if I truly believed the Bible’s astounding words about God’s love for me, if I looked in the mirror and saw what God sees?

Brennan Manning tells the story of an Irish priest who, on a walking tour of a rural parish, sees an old peasant kneeling by the side of the road, praying. Impressed, the priest says to the man, “You must be very close to God.” The peasant looks up from his prayers, thinks a moment, and then smiles. “Yes, he’s very fond of me.”

—Philip Yancey

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As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you. …

I know you through and through. I know everything about you. Each hair of your head is counted. There is nothing unimportant to Me about your life. All these years I have followed you, and even in your strayings I have always loved you.

I know each of your problems, I know all of your needs and all of your wants, and yes, I also know all of your sins. Still, I will repeat again that I love you, not because of what you have or haven’t done, but because of you yourself, for the sake of the beauty and the value that My Father has given you, creating you in His own likeness. That value that you so often forget about, that beauty that you have covered with sin. I love you as you are, and I have poured out My blood to win you again. …

I care for you, more than you can even imagine—even to the death of the cross for your sake.

I thirst for you. Yes, this is the only way that I can express to you My love. I thirst for you, thirst to love you and thirst after your love. You are very precious to Me. I thirst for you. Come to Me, and I will fill up your heart and heal your wounds. I will remake you into a new creation, and even in all your trials will I give you peace. I thirst for you.

Never doubt My mercy, My desire and will to forgive, My yearning to bless you and live in you. I thirst for you. If in the world’s eyes you are of little importance, that means nothing. In this world, I have no one more important than you. I thirst for you. Open up to Me, come to Me, thirst for Me. Give Me your life and I will show you how much you mean to My heart.

It doesn’t matter how far you have strayed, it doesn’t matter how often you have forgotten Me, it doesn’t matter how many crosses you are able to carry, there is just one thing that you have to remember that is true, that will never change: I thirst for you, just as you are.

—Jesus, speaking in prophecy, as penned by Mother Teresa

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The Bible tells us, “God is love.” (1 John 4:8) He is not a cruel tyrant, not a monster who is trying to frighten everyone into hell, but a God who is trying to love everyone into heaven! He’s so close, so intimate, so personal, so loving, so kind, so tender, so gentle, so concerned. He is the great Spirit of Love who created you and me and this beautiful world and the entire universe! To show us His love and to help us understand Himself, He sent His own Son to earth in the form of a man—Jesus Christ.

God loves you so much that He gave His most priceless possession, the most cherished thing He had for you, Jesus, “that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) He shared His love with the whole world.

God is pictured in His Son, Jesus, a man who loved everybody, even the poorest and the worst of all. He came for love and lived in love and died for love that we might live and love forever. His death brings life, forgiveness, and eternal joy to those who love Him in return.

He loves you dearly, more dearly than the spoken word can tell! You can never understand the love of God. It’s too great, it passes all understanding. You just have to receive it and feel it with your heart. (Ephesians 3:19)

—David Brandt Berg

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For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
—Romans 8:38–39 ESV

 
 

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The Millennium!

Compiled from the writings of David Brandt Berg

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When you pray the Lord’s Prayer, have you ever really thought about the part, “Thy KINGDOM COME, Thy WILL be DONE on EARTH as it is in HEAVEN”? (Luke 11:2). We who know and love the Lord ALREADY have Heaven in our HEARTS, thank God, but is there really much Heaven on Earth today? No! There is mostly confusion and selfishness and unhappiness and war and fighting and Hell on every hand!

But one day soon, the Lord is going to wipe away all of today’s Hell on Earth and He’s going to set up His Own Kingdom of peace and goodness and fairness and mercy and love! Then His Kingdom won’t only be in our HEARTS, it will be all AROUND us! God’s Kingdom really IS going to come in ALL of its power and glory, right here on EARTH! And THEN it’s at last going to be “on EARTH as it is in HEAVEN”!

But BEFORE Jesus’ wonderful Kingdom is set up on Earth, there are some other things that have to happen: First, the evil ANTICHRIST World leader and his kingdom of the DEVIL will come to power, and the last part of his reign will be a time of trouble called the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21), when the Antichrist and his forces will be fighting against God’s children. But we will keep preaching the Gospel and doing mighty miracles to protect ourselves from him and his evil, Christ-hating Red forces! (Revelation 13:7; 11:3-5)

Then Jesus will return “in the clouds of Heaven, with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30), to RESURRECT and RAPTURE all of His children, and we will all join Him for the wonderful Wedding Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, while the wicked anti-Christ people back on Earth will be suffering the awesome WRATH OF GOD! (Revelation 19:7-9; 16:all)

They will finally gather together under their Devil-possessed Antichrist leader to try to crush all their opponents–entire religions and nations who have refused to worship the Antichrist or receive his Mark of the Beast! (Read about his wars against his opponents in Daniel 11:21-44.) Just as the Antichrist’s armies think they’re about to win, WE will come riding down out of Heaven on flying Heavenly horses to RESCUE those resisting the Antichrist! We will return to Earth to win the biggest war that ever happened: THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON! (Revelation 16:14,16; 17:14; 19:11-15). In this gigantic BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON, the forces of GOD will win a glorious victory over the forces of the DEVIL and his Antichrist Devil-man and his whole wicked kingdom! Not a single one of the Mark-of-the-Beast-branded members of the Antichrist’s kingdom will survive into the following Kingdom of Christ on Earth! (Revelation 19: 19-21). It is THEN, after this big battle, that we, the saints of God, along with our King, Jesus Christ, will take over this World and set up the Kingdom of God on Earth, to RULE it and RUN it the way it SHOULD have been run if Man had obeyed God! (Revelation 5:10; 20:4).

This amazing period of God’s Kingdom on Earth is called the “MILLENNIUM”, which is an old Latin word meaning 1,000 YEARS. Which is exactly how long this period will last–for 1,000 years! The Bible says that all those who were resurrected and raised to meet Jesus at His Second Coming will be very blessed during the Millennium, because “they shall be PRIESTS of God and of Christ, and shall REIGN with Him a THOUSAND YEARS!” (Revelation 20:5-7)

During the entire 1,000 years of the Millennium, the DEVIL will be chained up as a PRISONER and held in God’s prison, the bottomless pit! For a thousand years he will no longer be able to bother us and no longer be able to lead the other fallen angels and evil spirits across the Earth to bother Mankind! (See Revelation 20:1-3)

JESUS Himself is then going to rule the Earth in Person, and we will help and rule and reign WITH Him! He will reign from shore to shore, and we, His children, will no longer be the poor, persecuted few as we are today! We, together with the resurrected Christians of ALL ages, will then number in the MILLIONS and the BILLIONS, and we are going to RULE with Jesus over the remaining good people. These people, even though they weren’t saved, resisted the Antichrist and refused his Mark, therefore God mercifully allowed them to live through the Antichrist reign, and even survive the following period of the Wrath of God and the Battle of Armageddon! They are the “blessed” whom the Bible speaks of in Daniel 12:12 who live on into the Millennium.

All the evil Gospel-rejecting people who received the Mark of the Beast will have been slain in the Battle of Armageddon, but MILLIONS of people will live on into the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ where they will have their chance to hear and know the Truth under the loving rule and reign of Jesus Himself and us, His resurrected followers! MULTITUDES will turn to Jesus in those days!

Under the mighty and powerful rule and reign of Christ and God’s children, there will be no wars and the World will be ruled fairly and well with true fairness, freedom, peace, plenty and happiness for ALL! The Bible says, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more!” (Isaiah 2:4)

Just think, there will be NO more WAR! No more weapons of the wicked or horrible fighting or bombing or killing like there is in Man’s World today! In that day, when JESUS is King and WE are His law enforcers, they will remake their weapons of war into tools of peace! Praise The Lord!

During the Millennium, all of US, God’s saved children, will have new, powerful, supernatural RESURRECTED BODIES! But the REST of the World–those who were blessed enough to live through God’s judgements on the World and the Battle of Armageddon into the Millennium–are going to still be in their old NATURAL bodies. So life is sort of going to go on as usual in a lot of ways for THEM! A lot of them will live almost like they are living NOW: They’ll still have to grow food and make clothes and live in a normal natural World, the SAME World they’re living in NOW! Only all the BIG cities, industrialisation and pollution will be destroyed! Everyone will live much more naturally and close to the land, as God INTENDED Man to live!

One big difference is that the CURSE which came upon Man and on the Earth because of Man’s sins will be partly LIFTED, so that a lot of things will be a whole lot better, thank the Lord! The Earth will be almost like it was during the days of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden BEFORE they sinned and God had to curse things to punish them. (See Genesis 2:8-15; 3:17-19.)

We who love Jesus now will be like SUPERMEN then, like Angels of God, with new miraculous bodies that will NEVER get hurt, weary, weak or sick! But even the normal EARTHLY people that we will be ruling over, who will still be in their natural fleshly bodies, will have much less disease and sickness. It says that anyone who dies at 100 YEARS OLD will be thought of as just a CHILD! (See Isaiah 65:20). People will again live to be hundreds and hundreds of years old, just like they did before the Flood! Some people back then lived to be nearly a thousand years of age! (Genesis 5:27).

The Bible says that not only Man, but ALL of Creation will be made free from most of the Curse and EVERYTHING will be much better than today! (Romans 8:19-21). It even says that “the wolf shall lie down with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the baby goat; and the calf and the young lion will lie together also; and a little child shall lead them! And the cow and the bear shall feed together; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat grass like the ox. The nursing child shall play on the hole of the poisonous snake, and the toddler shall put his hand on the viper’s den!” (Isaiah 11:6-8). You never hear about a wolf lying down with a lamb today, do you? Unless the lamb is INSIDE the wolf! Or a leopard lying down with a little baby goat? They usually lie down with the goat inside of them too! And what about the calf and the lion together? Usually the lion is tearing them apart and eating them! Neither have you heard about a LITTLE CHILD leading them all! The day is coming when there will be PEACE between Man and the animals and you’ll be able to call them by name and they’ll come playfully running to you like your PETS, like a dog or a cat does now!

All the animals will eat only plants and vegetables and fruit, and they won’t hurt each other or us! Isn’t that beautiful? And Man won’t eat them for meat either! “For NOTHING shall HURT nor DESTROY in all My Holy Kingdom!” (Isaiah 11:9)

And do you know how the normal Earthly people will TRAVEL during the Millennium? On horses, camels, donkeys, wagons, sailing ships and things like that! Because all that will be left is what GOD has created and given Man to use, GOD’S creations and Man’s GOOD inventions, which were good enough for the World for almost six thousand years before they ever heard of anything else!

Just think! There won’t be any more stinking cars or trucks belching out smoke and fumes and killing people, or any big smokey stinky factories! They’re not going to have any more evil machines and motors that destroy things with all their smoke and oil and pollution and evil weapons! The World is going to go back to animal transportation and carriages and wagons! They’ll sure be THANKFUL for the animals THEN! For moving large and heavy loads of materials, food etc. they’ll even use SAILING SHIPS, powered by God’s Own good clean winds and breezes!

WHY do you think the Lord is going to have this 1,000-year rule of His Kingdom on Earth over normal, natural men? Well, it will give a CHANCE to be saved to all those who survive and live into the Millennium who never really got to hear the Gospel or know the Lord during THIS life. Especially lots of CHILDREN and YOUNG PEOPLE who never had a chance, and also lots of NATIVES in the deepest jungles and hard-to-reach places and “closed countries” who never heard. It will give them all a chance to hear and see and know the Lord! During the Millennium, EVERYONE will be reached with the Good News of Salvation! “For the Earth shall be FILLED with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea!” (Habakkuk 2:14). How do the waters cover the seas? COMPLETELY!

It will be much EASIER for people to believe and receive Jesus during the Millennium, because they will be able to actually SEE Him and His mighty power and have PROOF that He is real! Instead of just believing in the Lord and accepting Him by FAITH as we do today, they will then be given the chance to believe by actually being able to SEE the Kingdom of God and Christ on Earth and His Saints in power and ruling the World! But, like “Doubting Thomas” in the Bible, they will probably not be BLESSED as much WE who are NOW believing and receiving and obeying by FAITH alone, WITHOUT seeing! (See John 20:29.)

The Millennium will most likely be the time when God gives a FIRST chance to a lot of people who DIDN’T HAVE a chance before, because the CHURCH failed or maybe even WE failed to give them all the Gospel! EVERYONE on Earth will SEE the Lord’s glorious power and Kingdom, and EVERYONE will believe THEN! The Bible says, “No longer shall every man teach his neighbour and his brother, saying, `Know the Lord’, for they shall ALL know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them.” (Jeremiah 31:34)

We won’t have to say “know the Lord” then! Because EVERYBODY will be able to SEE Him and they’ll ALL know Him! But they won’t know Him as well as WE do, because we ALREADY know Him in THIS life and are learning to love Him and live with Him and serve Him NOW. So it will undoubtedly be part of OUR job to TEACH them and TRAIN them in the ways of the Lord!

Even though there won’t be any unbelievers then, there will still be some UNRECEIVERS, sad to say! Even though they will SEE the power of God and the people of God and the Kingdom of God and the Son of God personally ruling the Earth, there will still be some WICKED people who WON’T like it, who will refuse to submit to our loving rule!

Can you imagine? All men on Earth will have the chance, under Jesus Christ Himself in person, to learn to do good, and will have every advantage under our loving Heavenly administration, yet some will still wilfully, defiantly REBEL. Isaiah 26:10 says, “Let FAVOUR be shown to the WICKED, YET will he NOT learn righteousness; in the Land of Uprightness (the Millennial Kingdom of Christ on Earth), will he keep on behaving UNJUSTLY, and REFUSE to behold the majesty of the Lord!”

In fact, at the END of the Millennium, God is going to TEST all of the Earthly people to see who has really RECEIVED Him and who has REJECTED Him. He will let the Devil out of prison for just a short while, and all of the REBELS will follow the DEVIL again and try to fight against all of the GOOD Earthly people who have received JESUS and His Kingdom! But the Lord will be so ANGRY with them that He will just get RID of them once and for all and burn up them and the whole surface of the Earth in a flood of fire called “THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG”! (Revelation 20:7-9; 2Peter 3:7,10)

All of the people who received Jesus will be spared, and God will then reform the melted surface of Earth by creating a NEW Earth, which you can read all about in our “HERE’S HEAVEN” article! (Revelation 21:1; 2Peter 3:12,13). So another purpose for the Millennium is to serve as a time of SIFTING, to sift the good from the bad, so when it comes time for the final “Great White Throne Judgement” at the end of the Millennium, they will have clearly made their choice and be either worthy of Heaven or Hell. (See our article, “Heaven, Hell and In-between”.)

Many of the people during the Millennium will still be so stubborn and slow to change that they’re STILL going to disobey, even with the Devil gone, and the Bible says that we will have to rule over them with a ROD of IRON! (Revelation 2:27; 19:15). It’s going to be a FORCED rule, a strong iron rule over the rebellious and disobedient. It will HAVE to be, or else MANY people would NEVER obey!

Thank the Lord, we’ll have great SUPERNATURAL powers which will make our job of ruling them easier, powers like you’ve seen in some science fiction movies! We’ll be able to just LOOK at them or THINK or point our finger at them and they will be frozen, pushed back and stopped from doing evil or completely destroyed! And they won’t be able to touch us or do a thing to hurt us!

We will be like the ANGELS of God: Able to appear or disappear whenever we want, fly from one place to another as fast as we can think it, or have such a rod of God’s power that, if we need to, we can smite God’s enemies and rebels with the lightning of God! So there’ll be very little crime or evil, no more riots and no more war! Just total peace under the government of the Lord, in which you and I will be His SUPERMEN with SUPER-POWERS!

The Kingdom of Jesus Christ in the Millennium will be a PERFECT Kingdom, a PERFECT government, with anointed rulers YOU! YOU’RE going to run it! The Lord said that He would make you a ruler over many cities! You can rule a CITY or a whole COUNTRY or a whole CONTINENT, whatever you are able to handle, depending on the TRAINING you’ve ALREADY had and depending on your FAITHFULNESS and your OBEDIENCE to the Lord while HERE and NOW!

Jesus said that “He that was faithful with very LITTLE, will be faithful also with very MUCH.” (Luke 16:10). He even said, “Because you have been faithful in a very LITTLE, I will make you ruler over TEN CITIES!” (Luke 19:17,19). We’re going to rule real, down-to-Earth, Worldly cities, countries, nations and continents, and teach and train real, physical, down-to-Earth people just like you and I are now! It’s all going to be very REAL, and it’s all going to actually HAPPEN!

But it seems like the Lord has so FEW Christians today who really give all their lives to Him, forsaking all to Jesus, really loving Him and only wanting to do what HE wants, that He will probably have a hard time finding enough people to fill all the jobs that will need to be done! Thank God He will be able to use a lot of those faithful ones who have gone on BEFORE, all the millions of dedicated Christians from past ages who will be there with us, as well as good people of the Earth.

There are going to be all kinds of grades and classes and levels of Christians! I’m sure the great Prophets and Apostles and heroes of the Bible and of History, who were so faithful to the Lord in their lives on Earth, will be trusted with a lot of big jobs in the NEXT life! And just where each of US is going to be and just how much each of us will be trusted with will depend a lot upon how FAITHFUL we are to Him and the job He’s given each of us to do HERE and NOW!

Right now WE are in TRAINING for the days when we will rule the Earth! But before we can do that, we must first learn to rule OURSELVES! So God is now having us train and practice for what is going to be the real thing, and how well we do NOW is going to have a lot to do with how well we will do in the FUTURE.

So remember, everything you’re being TAUGHT NOW and DOING NOW and the DECISIONS you’re making NOW and the LESSONS you’re learning NOW are all a part of your SCHOOLING and your TRAINING HERE AND NOW so you can be greatly used by the Lord THERE AND THEN! If not, a lot of what we’re doing now would be a big waste of time, except for what little we get done HERE, which isn’t very much compared to what we will do THEN! So let’s really try to LEARN our lessons TODAY and learn to be faithful and obedient servants of the Lord NOW so He can TRUST and BLESS us with a place of blessing and usefulness to Him and others TOMORROW, in the beautiful Kingdom of God on Earth during the Millennium! When YOU and I will RULE and REIGN with our King of kings, JESUS!

Are YOU preparing NOW to RULE with Him when He comes?

 
 

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Ditching Ruts and Taking Flight

Words from Jesus

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I’m in the business of helping you to make your good better and your better best. I want to help you to take the good things in your life and improve them and make them even better. But if you never take the time to think about these things, maybe because you consider the way you go about it a good thing or “good enough,” a set thing or something that works well for you—then you’ll lack the motivation to strive for something better.

When you’ve found a rhythm that works for you in some area, it would only seem logical that it would be My will for you to keep it going. That’s an example of a good habit, something that is helping you to do the right thing, and you’re probably doing it in the same way day after day. But even something that has worked well for you can still be improved when change is introduced from time to time.

Variety and change often build experience and growth, which are important for your spiritual life. New experiences that increase your faith in what I’m able to do through you help you to realize that you’re capable of more than you thought you were.

How can you tell whether something has become a rut in your life that might be holding you back from trying new things, gaining experience and growth? Obviously there are bad habits and besetting sins that clearly have negative consequences. Those are pretty easy to recognize. But there are also routines that can, if left alone, eventually pose a problem or stifle your growth in some area.

Some indications of this type of “bad rut” are:

  • If you don’t know why you do it that way; it’s just how it happened or how you’ve always done it.
  • If it’s perpetuated because doing things a new way seems too difficult, or you’re afraid of what it will cost, or afraid you won’t be able to learn the new way.
  • If it’s so hard to learn something new or do something differently, if it throws you off kilter and you become stressed and edgy because there was a disruption in your routine, then you may have gotten into a rut.

When you identify a rut that fits the definition of a bad rut, then getting out of that rut with a positive dose of the new is not something “nice to do” or to change just for “change’s sake‚” but rather vital for your growth and fruitfulness. You don’t want to get to the end of your life and lament the fact that you’ve hardly ever changed and done new things—whether in your mindsets and attitudes that kept you from being fully used by Me or in your physical surroundings when you could have improved things and benefited from changes that could have been catalysts to growth and progress.

Seek Me about where you might be stuck in a rut and be open to change as needed. I can guide you and help you to break out of ruts that stifle your growth. I am the best rut-breaker of all time. Call on Me to help you smash any chains that hold you back, and I will help set you free.

 
Take flight

Ruts can be bad for your spiritual life because they make it harder for you to go in a new way, a new direction. Ruts generally yield stagnation. They keep you from moving forward, and they keep you from seeing and embracing new possibilities for growth and development. Ruts keep you from reaching your full potential.

When you’re stuck in a rut, you may feel like you’re moving forward and gaining ground, but you may be going in circles, boring deep grooves in your life without really making forward progress. Maybe because you’ve gotten into a rut as to how you operate, you’re held back, you’re hindered in your progress, and you won’t be able to move forward in some area.

You are meant to soar the skies, charting new terrain, and seeing the world with My bird’s-eye vision of faith and hope. But if you’re stuck in a rut in certain areas of your life, then you’re not reaching this full potential. If you want to fly high in My skies as you are destined to, put your ruts behind you and be on the lookout for the new ways that I want you to operate. Leaving your ruts behind will better your life and make your service for Me more of a joy and a blessing than a struggle or a strain. The new methods I show you, the new things I show you, will be for the purpose of making your work run much more smoothly and your personal life blossom more beautifully.

Ask Me today what ruts might be holding you back from reaching your full potential. I will lead you into all truth, and I will help you to break those chains and chart new paths that lead you forward and take you farther for Me and My kingdom. Then ditch the ruts and don the wings! My skies of fresh ideas and newness of spirit wait to embrace you. You were made for flight; let’s reach your full potential!

 
Embracing new challenges

It’s tough to change the things that have become second nature to you. But when these things are holding you back, they need to be countered, challenged, and overcome. That’s what makes change so difficult‚ but so wonderfully challenging—you are defying the very elements of human nature in habits that bind you to doing things in the same way. You are altering your course to head in a new direction that will bring forth fruit and growth.

So don’t ever feel that overcoming ruts and bad habits is not worth the effort. It is worth every tear shed, every ounce of effort spent, and every difficulty. This brings to life the fighter in you. It is breaking loose from the ties of routine, of characteristics, of what you have come to believe are unchangeable elements of your personality or circumstances, and it is making a decision to turn around and go in a new direction that will move you forward.

The determination to break the chains of bad habits and ruts can bring out the best in you, for it causes you to rise above the circumstance of comfort and search out a new route—a new challenge in life—and as difficult as it may sometimes be to leave behind the old, the promise of better things ahead becomes a compelling force, a reason to live.

 
 

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Man’s Illegal Laws!

Against the Laws of God!

Inspired by the writings of David Brandt Berg

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From time to time you may hear or read about Christian witnesses or missionaries who are accused of “breaking the law” or of doing something “illegal”. Or you may hear that a Christian group has been expelled from some country and wonder “what they did wrong”. The fact is, they may have done NOTHING wrong, other than obey the law of GOD! For sad to say, in today’s modern World, a good MANY of MAN’S laws are in DIRECT CONFLICT with the laws of GOD!

It might surprise you to know that there are not just a FEW isolated examples of Man’s laws which contradict the laws of God, but modern Man has now drifted so far away from God and His Truth that almost the entire materialistic, Godless, humanist FOUNDATION of society itself–moral, political, religious and judicial–is in absolute REBELLION against God and His commandments! Such illegal laws of Man make criminals out of even the righteous and the innocent by making decrees that it is impossible for men to keep, or laws which the righteous, in all good conscience toward God, CANNOT abide by!

The Bible speaks of rulers “who frame MISCHIEF by a LAW”, who “gather together against the soul of the RIGHTEOUS, and CONDEMN the INNOCENT.” (Psalm 94:20-21). Although Romans 13:1-7 tells us to “OBEY the powers that be” and submit to legal ordinances, when MAN’S unjust laws CONTRADICT the laws of GOD, the Bible tells us: “We ought to obey GOD rather than MEN!” (Acts 5:29).

There are certain laws which Christians can NOT keep. For example, Jesus commanded His followers to “go into ALL the World and preach the Gospel to EVERY creature…and teach ALL nations.” (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19). Now that is a DIRECT COMMANDMENT by Jesus Christ, the Son of God! And, in the eyes of GOD, any law of Man which FORBIDS us to witness and to win souls is ILLEGAL and does NOT need to be obeyed.

Many nations in the World today have laws against witnessing or ‘proselytising’. So why should we be shocked when we hear about missionaries who are deported from such nations for “breaking the law”? Christians are NOT morally obliged to keep laws which contradict the laws of God and the direct commandments of Jesus Christ!

In many countries, it is illegal to have a gathering of a group of people other than just your personal family. But the Bible tells Christians, “Do NOT FORSAKE the ASSEMBLING of yourselves TOGETHER!” (Hebrews 10:25). In other words, don’t stop doing it! Many Christians down through history and even today have been forced to break this law by meeting in secret.

The Bible exhorts believers to “greet one another with an holy kiss” (1Corinthians 16:20; 1Thessalonians 5:26; 1Peter 5:14), yet in some countries you can be arrested for kissing someone in public or on the street!

Heathen and Communist nations have laws against reading the Bible or having prayer in public schools, but did you know that God, the Bible, prayer and witnessing are ALSO BANNED and OUTLAWED on the schools and campuses of so-called “Christian” AMERICA! This is clearly a wilful rejection of the laws of God! On many of the same campuses and universities where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is illegal, accredited courses in the OCCULT, Hinduism and WITCHCRAFT are available to interested students!

Furthermore, in “Christian” America, it is now ILLEGAL to celebrate CHRISTMAS, the birth of Christ, in public schools, or even to have a nativity scene on any public property! Even the giving of religious CHRISTMAS CARDS to classmates is against the law!

The cardinal religious law of almost every church denomination today is, “Thou shalt go to CHURCH on SUNDAY!” Most churches say this is a Law of God because one of the Ten Commandments to the Jews was “Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy.” (Exodus 20:8). But as any Bible student knows, Sunday is not even the Biblical “Sabbath”–SATURDAY is! And Jesus NEVER said to build church buildings or form huge hierarchical organisations called “denominations”! He NEVER said “go to church on Sunday” either! NOT ONCE!

The foundation principle of most churches is that their building or cathedral is the very “HOUSE OF GOD” itself, and is sacred and holy. But the Scriptures clearly point out, “The Most High God does NOT dwell in buildings made with hands!” (Acts 7:48; Isaiah 66:1-2; 1Kings 8:27). The TRUE temple of God is the HEARTS of those who love Him. (1Corinthians 3:16-17; 2Corinthians 6:16; Revelation 3:20).

The Catholic Church has made a LAW that its PRIESTS cannot MARRY, but must remain CELIBATE. The Bible clearly says that “forbidding to marry” is a false teaching and even a “doctrine of devils”! (1Timothy 4:1-3; Genesis 2:18; 1Corinthians 7:9). The priests in the Old Testament–even those who entered into the HOLIEST OF HOLIES in the Temple–were allowed to marry. Even PETER, whom Catholics consider to be the first POPE, was MARRIED! (Matthew 8:14; 1Corinthians 9:5). As it now stands, the Church’s teaching on celibacy has driven many priests into God-cursed sodomy, or homosexuality!

The early Christians gave monetary gifts to the Apostles who then either invested it in preaching the Gospel, or gave it to the poor. (Acts 4:34-35; 2:45). Jesus had explicitly commanded his followers to “NOT lay up for themselves treasures on EARTH” (Matthew 6:20), but most of today’s churches have done just that! In most churches, only 3% of all offerings go to missionaries preaching the Gospel; most of the rest goes to building bigger and more luxurious church buildings! Or maintaining, repairing and “improving” the ones they’ve already got! “That which is HIGHLY esteemed among MEN is ABOMINATION in the sight of GOD!” (Luke 16:15). The Catholic church has BILLIONS of dollars invested in cathedrals, properties, art treasures, antiques, businesses etc., while millions of good Catholics live in absolute squalor and pitiful poverty!

In many nations, you’re not allowed to walk down the street without money in your pocket! It’s called VAGRANCY. Yet JESUS sent HIS disciples out with no money to preach the Gospel, telling them to depend on the charity of others. (Matthew 10:9-11; Mark 6:8-10).

A related law in many countries is that it’s illegal to beg. Yet begging is a time-honoured Scriptural practice, and the Bible commands believers to give to beggars and the needy. (Deuteronomy 15:11; Matthew 5:42).

Influential women’s lobby groups have had many laws passed in recent years giving women equal rights with–and often MORE rights than–men. But the whole concept of the `WOMEN’S LIB’ movement is unnatural and unscriptural. In the Old Testament, wives were clearly expected to submit to their husbands, and this Godly principle did not change in the New Testament. (1Corinthians 11:3,8-9; Ephesians 5:22-24,33; Colossians 3:18; 1Peter 3:1,5-6).

Old and New Testament societies were PATRIARCHAL societies, with the father in charge of the home and family. Yet in country after country today, it is the WOMEN–who by legal laws and actual practice–run the home, the children, family finances etc. For example, if a man and wife separate or divorce, the Courts in most Western countries give the woman the home, the car, custody of all the children etc. Contrary to the laws of God!

ABORTION is totally anti-God! In Old Testament times, the heathen had their own form of “birth control”, and threw their unwanted babies into the furnace in the belly of their devil-god, Molech, “causing their children to pass through the fire”. This practice was absolutely and unequivocally FORBIDDEN and ABHORRED by GOD throughout the Bible! (Deuteronomy 18:10). (See also 2Kings 17:17; 2Chronicles 28:3) God’s Word is diametrically opposed to “the shedding of innocent blood”! (2Kings 24:4; Ezekiel 16:36,38; 23:45). A perfect description of today’s societies’ attitude toward abortion is found in Jeremiah 2:34-35, which says: “In thy SKIRTS is found the BLOOD of the souls of the POOR INNOCENTS, yet you say, `I am INNOCENT. I have not sinned!'” But no matter how “legal” Man’s laws make abortion, or how much a supposedly “enlightened, progressive and modern” society promotes it, it’s still devilish infanticide, baby-murder, and a diabolical violation of God’s laws!

BIRTH CONTROL of ANY kind was considered unnatural and forbidden in Bible times. In Genesis 38:7-10, Onan didn’t want to get his brother’s widow pregnant, lest he have to share his inheritance with her children, so he deliberately, selfishly withdrew from her at the point of orgasm. And the Lord SLEW him for it! THAT is “ONANISM”, NOT masturbation, which is NOT forbidden in the Bible. God is opposed to any form of birth control whatsoever, even the so-called “natural” methods.

In some countries, they have ENFORCED sterilisation and family planning, and only a certain number of children are allowed. But the Bible says, “Children are an HERITAGE from the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is His REWARD. Happy is the man that hath his quiver FULL of them!” (Psalm 127:3-5).

In many countries it’s ILLEGAL to get married if the girl is under 16 and the boy under 18, and in some very conservative nations, the girl has to be up in her 20’s before she is legally allowed to marry without parental permission! This is totally contrary to Scriptural practices! In Bible times–and in fact, in MOST of the World up until even MODERN times–legal age for marriage for women was 13 or 14 years old.

What Western laws and culture call “unlawful” BIGAMY and POLYGAMY, or the practice of having more than one wife, was very COMMON in Bible times and perfectly LEGAL under the Mosaic Law. Many great Bible heroes such as Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David etc. were blessed with more than one wife. (Genesis 16:1-4; 29:16-30; Judges 8:29-31; 1Samuel 1:1-2; 2Samuel 3:3-5; 12:8; 1Chronicles 4:5; 14:3; 2Chronicles 11:18-21; 24:2-3). The only warning was not to “multiply wives”, or take TOO many (Deuteronomy 17:17), such as King Solomon who had 700 wives (1Kings 11:3-4)!

Although Western laws strictly forbid SIMULTANEOUS polygamy, or having more than one wife at the SAME TIME, these same lawmakers are very tolerant towards SEQUENTIAL polygamy, or having as many wives as you want, as long as you only have them ONE AT A TIME, and DIVORCE each one before you marry the NEXT one. This is strictly in defiance of God’s laws regarding multiple marriage, where, if you took a new wife, you were NOT allowed to divorce or neglect the FIRST one! (Exodus 21:10; Deuteronomy 21:15-16).

Even having MISTRESSES and CONCUBINES was perfectly legal in the Old Testament. (Genesis 16:1-4; 30:1-4;9-10; Judges 8:31; 2Samuel 5:13; 15:16; 19:5; 1Chronicles 1:32; 2:46-48). This practice was not ruled out in the New Testament, yet the self-righteous, overly-prudish moralists of Western society made it illegal anyway.

SODOMY, or HOMOSEXUALITY between men, is an abomination to God, and utterly and unequivocally forbidden in the Bible! (See Genesis 9:20-25; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-28; 1Corinthians 6:9). In many countries today, however, the laws of Man have now made it LEGAL and even PROMOTE it in the media! So as usual, God’s laws are in DIRECT CONFLICT with Man’s unrighteous laws!

TRANSVESTISM, where men dress and act effeminate like women, is also forbidden in the Scriptures. (Deuteronomy 22:5; 1Corinthians 6:9). And this obviously also includes the anti-nature sex-change operations which modern Man has made legal.

In the U.S. they can take your baby away from you at any little provocation. If you run into a hospital to have a baby at the last minute, they can call you an “unfit mother” and have your baby taken away. Such self-righteous legalists probably would have taken baby Jesus away from Joseph and Mary by a court order and had Him put in an orphanage because she gave birth to Him in a stable! (Luke 2:4-7).

In many Western countries, it is against the law to have a baby naturally at home, even with an experienced midwife present. They insist that you HAVE to have childbirth in a hospital! In the Bible, natural childbirth at home was the RULE, and even midwives were not required. (Exodus 1:19).

In some Western so-called CHRISTIAN countries, you can get arrested for praying for the sick, because they call it “practicing medicine without a license”. They would literally have thrown Jesus Himself in jail for healing the sick!

In the U.S., especially California, if someone is sick, it’s against the law NOT to call a doctor! If they die and you DIDN’T call a doctor, they can put you in jail for manslaughter! It’s happened many times!

In some countries it is illegal to trust the Lord to take care of you and protect you (Psalm 118:8), and you are, by law, REQUIRED to have certain insurance policies.

2Thessalonians 3:10 says, “He that shall not work shall not eat”, yet in many industrialised nations around the World, millions of people simply REFUSE to work and LEGALLY live off of WELFARE and the DOLE!

The Bible has many warnings against extortion, yet most of the modern banking system, with its legal, exorbitantly high interest rates, is totally disobedient to this commandment. (Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:35-37; Nehemiah 5:10-11).

The Lord made several commandments about having just labour laws and wages (Deuteronomy 24:14; Proverbs 22:22), yet today, there are a MULTITUDE of crooked laws which, for all practical purposes, legalise financial slavery of poor labourers. (James 5:1-4).

The rich industrialised so-called Christian countries waste and throw millions of tons of food away, even paying their farmers NOT to grow crops or to DESTROY them–to selfishly, artificially keep their own prices and standard of living high while millions of people in poor nations starve! (See Ezekiel 16:49.)

The Bible says, “Honour your father and mother” (Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 19:3; Deuteronomy 27:16), and “Children, obey your parents.” (Ephesians 6:1; Colossians 3:20). Punishment for disobedient, rebellious children was severe. (Deuteronomy 21:18-21; Exodus 21:15,17; Leviticus 20:9). Yet in some modern countries, it is against the law to even SPANK or DISCIPLINE a rebellious child! Something the Bible COMMANDS parents to do! (Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14).

The Bible says to “honour the old men” and “despise not your parents when they are old”. (Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 23:22). Children were expected to love, respect and care for their elderly parents. Only in today’s selfish society do children send their parents off to “Old Folks’ Homes” or “Rest Homes” in defiance of God’s laws! (Mark 7:9-13).

In some places, it only takes one person to commit someone to a mental hospital. The Bible says that no legal action can be taken against someone unless it’s confirmed by two or three witnesses. (Deuteronomy 19:15).

There could hardly be ANYTHING more natural, Godly or Scriptural than a mother breast-feeding her baby. Yet in many countries it would cause a public scandal for a mother to nurse her baby in public! And in some countries she could even get ARRESTED for “indecent exposure”!

In the Bible, communal family living was the rule–even in the New Testament (Acts 2:44-45)–yet in most modern countries, city building codes regulate how many people can live in one house, how many bedrooms and toilets you are required by law to have for so many people etc., making Godly communal living illegal.

The Bible explicitly specified that human dung and waste was to be buried in the GROUND (Deuteronomy 23:13), yet modern Man, on a vast and horrifying scale, has been irresponsibly pumping and dumping his waste and sewage directly into streams, rivers and oceans, so that Worldwide they are now FOULED and POLLUTED with sewage!

There are so many other laws of Man which are in direct defiance of Godly laws and principles that it would be impossible to list them all here; but briefly, here are a few more:

Man’s use of chemicals and plastics which POLLUTE AND DEFILE the environment. (Jeremiah 2:7; Isaiah 24:5)

Leviticus 17:10-14 forbids Man to DRINK BLOOD, yet blood sausages etc. are considered a popular delicacy in most of the World today, and blood transfusions are rampant!

TAMPERING WITH NATURE by splitting the atom and releasing Nuclear power.

The NUCLEAR ARSENALS of the Superpowers which can destroy the entire World! (Matthew 24:22)

Some nations spending most of their national budget on WEAPONS and the military while their people starve!

The entire wasteful SPACE PROGRAM upon which billions are wasted while the poor starve! (Obadiah 1:4)

INDUSTRIALISATION, UNNATURAL CITY LIFE, forsaking a normal agricultural economy, dangerously tall buildings and skyscrapers, which God is against! (Genesis 11:4-8).

MANDATORY VOTING LAWS of some nations which make it illegal NOT to vote.

MANDATORY DRAFT LAWS many nations have (James 4:1), whereas God’s Word gave MANY reasons to be excused from military duty. (Deuteronomy 20:5-8).

MANDATORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE, where it is illegal to drop out of classes that teach the anti-Christ theory of Evolution! (2Timothy 4:3,4; 1Corinthians 10:21; Col.2:8)

Many nations today have gotten rid of the death penalty for serious crimes and instead pamper the criminals all their lives in prison cells. The MOSAIC LAW clearly instituted the DEATH penalty for serious crimes and did not allow imprisonment! (Exodus 21:12-17,29 etc.)

NUDITY is against the law in most places, whereas God CREATED Man and Woman to be naked and not ashamed of their bodies. (Genesis 2:25)

THE ABUSING OF MAN’S BODY, “the temple of the Holy Spirit”, through legal drugs and strong alcoholic drinks. (1Cor.3:16-17)

Many nations have either a total or partial ban on ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, even though it was perfectly common and legal throughout the entire Bible. Even Jesus MADE wine on one occasion. (John 2:1-11)

The list of Man’s illegal laws and practices could go on and on: “Face lifts”, working on night shifts instead of daylight hours, modern devilish Rock music, tatoos, African female circumcision, processed formulas instead of breast feeding, artificial prolonging of life, unnatural medicines, vaccinations, test-tube babies, artificial insemination etc. etc. etc.!

There are so many of Man’s perverted laws that GOD HIMSELF constantly breaks, that rebellious, foolish, anti-God Man would surely issue an immediate warrant for His arrest, have Him extradited from His throne in Heaven, and put Him behind bars for several hundred million years if he could! But who REALLY are the criminals and law-breakers? GOD and His holy CHILDREN? Or those who MAKE illegal laws! What do YOU think?

 

 

Treasures. Copyright (c) The Family International

Makings by Breakings!

Compiled from the writings of David Brandt Berg

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For those of us who know and love Jesus, our whole experience in this life is like a great SCHOOLING. The LORD is our Teacher Who wants to teach each of us all we need to know about Him and His Love, salvation and service, and to help us to be yielded to Him and obedient to His Word.

God knows that none of us will ever be able to really accomplish anything for Him and His Heavenly Kingdom in our OWN strength. In fact, Jesus said, “Without ME you can do NOTHING.” (John 15:5) But the Bible says that we “CAN do ALL things through CHRIST!” (Philippians 4:13) If we will simply YIELD to the Lord and be truly WILLING to be whatever God may want us to be–not what we are, but what GOD wants us to be–THEN He can mightily use us!

Of course, to become willing, yielded and submitted to the Lord is not something that we learn overnight. It takes time, it takes breakings, it takes suffering. And it takes lessons and experiences that make us desperate and cause us to draw closer to Him.

The list is almost endless of all the men in the Bible whom God had to humble BEFORE He could use them, of all the leaders God had to bring down to the depths before they could stand to be exalted–lest they would have taken credit to themselves and not given God the glory!

Look at JOSEPH! Of Jacob’s 12 sons, he was his father’s favourite. His elder brothers finally became so jealous of him that they nearly killed him, threw him into a pit, and then sold him into slavery! But that’s what the Lord USED to humble him. Joseph had to be made a slave and a prisoner and be condemned as a criminal before God was able to exalt him to become the saviour of His people! (Genesis 37,39-41)

And look at MOSES! For 40 years he was groomed in the very courts of Pharaoh, and rose to become the second most powerful man in all of the mighty world empire of ancient Egypt. The Bible says he was “educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians” (Acts 7:22), but God could not yet use him to lead His people to freedom, for he was full of the ways of the WORLD and not the ways of GOD. Moses had to be BROKEN first, and God allowed him to become a FUGITIVE from Pharaoh, and he had to spend 40 YEARS in the wilderness doing nothing but tending sheep, before he was finally broken and humble enough for God to use him for the task He had designed him for! (Exodus Chapters 2 & 3)

And consider King DAVID, the greatest king that Israel ever had: When he fell in love with Bathsheba, purposely had her husband killed in battle, and then tried to lie and cover up the entire crime, God had to completely EXPOSE him, HUMBLE him and severely JUDGE him! And he soon was driven from the throne by his own traitorous son, Absalom. (2Samuel Chapters 11,12, & 15)

But was David’s fall really a fall DOWNWARD, or a fall UPWARD? God’s way up is sometimes down–USUALLY in fact! Just the opposite of what we think! And David was humbled, and the whole kingdom was humbled, and they were all reminded that it was only the LORD Who made them great! And from that squeezing and twisting of David’s life came forth the sweet honey of the PSALMS, and the fragrance of His praises to the Lord for His mercy!

The great, brave and mighty prophet, ELIJAH, was able to call down fire from Heaven to confound the false prophets of Baal and to prove that he was right! (1Kings 18) But after slaying hundreds of false prophets, he panicked and ran away from one little woman, the wicked Queen Jezebel! Hiding out in the wilderness, he became so discouraged that he wished that he might die! But there in his time of desperation, this prophet of fire and thunder became a meek little man who learned to listen to the still, small voice of God! And he became a much better, humbler instrument in the hands of the Lord. A prophet who fearlessly returned to face not only the queen, but the king and all of their soldiers!

And look at the Apostle PETER! He swore to Jesus, “Though all others forsake You, I am ready to go with you both to PRISON and to DEATH!” (John 13:37; Luke 22:33) But just a few hours later, when Jesus was seized by the Temple guards and hauled before the Jews’ religious court, some people outside of the building recognised Peter and pointed him out as a friend of Jesus. Peter vehemently denied that he even KNEW the Lord, cursing and swearing that he had no idea what they were talking about! (Mark 14:66-71)

As he was denying the Lord the THIRD time, Jesus, Who was being led by His captors to another part of the building, turned and gazed upon Peter, and Peter remembered how he had sworn that he would never deny Him. The Bible tells us that Peter then “went out and WEPT BITTERLY”. (Luke 22:62) Was this the END of Peter’s service for the Lord? NO! It was shortly after this humiliating defeat, this great failure, that the Lord used Peter to become the leader of the Early Church!

Or consider the great Apostle PAUL: He was a prominent Jewish leader, known as Rabbi Saul, and had personally taken it upon himself to put an end to the fast-growing sect of the followers of Jesus of Nazareth. Journeying by horseback to Damascus, where he intended on capturing, imprisoning and executing as many Christians as he could find, God had to literally knock him off of his horse and BLIND him with the brilliant light of His presence! Trembling, helpless and blind, the great Rabbi Saul had to be led by the hand into the city where he was so astonished that he was unable to eat or drink for three days! A disciple of the Lord then came to give him God’s message and pray for his eyes, and Rabbi Saul was converted and became the great Apostle PAUL! But God had to humble and break him first, and make him a NEW MAN before He was able to use him! (Acts 9)

So even if you don’t always understand WHY you’re going through tests, trials, hardships and breakings, remember, GOD knows what He’s doing! He knows all the purposes and reasons behind each test, trial or trouble.

He promises, “ALL things work together for GOOD to them that love the Lord!” (Romans 8:28) He is not going to allow ANYTHING to happen to you, His child, except what is for your GOOD! Of course, we often feel like, “My goodness! A LOT of things happen that don’t look very good to ME!” But sooner or later you will find out that somehow or another they WERE good for you!

You will find that God gets some of His GREATEST VICTORIES out of SEEMING DEFEATS. Victories of yieldedness, brokenness, humility and utter dependence on HIM, which you MUST have if you’re going to be what GOD wants you to be! So take heart from these examples from the Bible and don’t be discouraged when things seem to go all wrong and your hopes are disappointed.

EVERYONE who has ever been of any real use to the Lord, had to first be broken, humbled and brought virtually to the END of THEMSELVES. Otherwise, they would be too proud and self-confident in their own flesh ly talents and natural abilities, and would take the glory to THEMSELVES if God were to use them. This is why He chooses to use the WEAK things and the FOOLISH things, “that NO FLESH should glory in His presence!” (1Corinthians 1:25-29)

GOD does not always see things as WE see them, “For HIS thoughts are not OUR thoughts, neither are HIS ways OUR ways” (Isaiah 55:8,9), and He does not judge or reward us according to our success or failures, but according to our FAITHFULNESS. In Heaven one day He’ll say to those who are true to Him, “Well done, My good and FAITHFUL servant!” (Matthew 25:21) He won’t say My “failure servant”, or My “successful servant”, but He’ll say, My “FAITHFUL servant”!

So above all, stay FAITHFUL to Jesus! And remember, your SEEMING DEFEATS can become great VICTORIES for the Lord if you will humble yourself and learn the lessons He is trying to teach you, like these men in the Bible did.

“For all these things happened unto THEM as EXAMPLES, and were written down as instructions to US, on whom the ends of the world are come!” (1Corinthians 10:11)

 

 

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