Posted in Security in Jesus, The Gospel

It’s God’s Way or No Way 

Jesus made a very strong statement to His disciples when He said Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat :Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits . Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs ofthistles”  Matthew 7:13-16

If you read the Scriptures and miss the story of salvation, you have missed its message and meaning.  Going through the Bible we can trace the person of our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ.

In Genesis He is the seed of the woman. 

In Exodus He is the Passover Lamb. 

In Leviticus He is the Atoning Sacrifice.

In Numbers He is Smitten Rock.

In Deuteronomy He is the Greatest Prophet. 

In Joshua He is the Captain of the Lord of Hosts.

In Judges He is the Deliverer. 

In Kings He is the Promised King. 

In Nehemiah He is the Restorer of the Nation. 

In Esther He is the Advocate. 

In Job He is the Redeemer. 

In Psalms He is the Good Shepherd. 

In Proverbs He is how we are Pattern our life. 

In Ecclesiastes He is our Goal. 

In the Song of Solomon He is the One who satisfies. 

In the Books of all the Prophets(the lesser and greater)  He is the coming Prince of Peace and the Messiah. 

In the Gospels He is the Savior and Messiah written of in the Old Testament.

In Acts He is our Risen  and Ascended Lord. 

In the Epistles He is our Mediator sitting at the Father’s right hand. 

In Revelation He is The Returning King and the Bridegroom of the Church.

Salvation of the soul is only possible because of the atonement made by Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins and His resurrection from the dead.  But it’s not enough to believe that Jesus Christ did this, it MUST be personally received as “the gift of God” (John 3:16).  When that is done, Jesus Christ is then our Savior and mediator between Almighty God and us.  But is that all there is…NO!  We must then repent and become a new creation who serves God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  As someone once told me “salvation is not like Burger King…you can’t have it your way”.  It must be God’s way or no way.  Jesus must be BOTH our Savior and our Lord.

Know WHO you believe in, WHAT you believe and WHY you believe it.  We are told “…to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within us” ( 1 Peter 3:15)  As His faithful, forgiven ones, we are given the Great Commission to “sow the seeds of truth”.  Sharing the Gospel message as the Lord leads.  Just a few little reminders and verses to help you if you need them.

1) His virgin birth 2) His sinless life  3) His death of atonement  4) His victory over death through His resurrection  5)  His work seated at the Father’s right hand mediating for us  6) His return again, which will be visible to everyone.

Other references used: Matthew 11:28; Revelation 3:20; Isaiah 59:2; Jeremiah 29:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:16; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; 1 John 1:7; Galatians 2:16 and Romans 10:13

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September 12, 2013: I find it astounding that in a little over a year, the Christian church has branched into multiple “gospels” within these already numerous denominations and their beliefs.  Teachings that add to or take away from the Word.  Please, please… if you have asked Christ to be your personal Savior– it is your responsibility to KNOW you believe and understand what you’re being taught and whether it lines up with the Word or the World.  When you asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior, repented and turn from your sinful life– you became an “adopted child” of the LORD God Almighty. Remember our Savior’s words from Matthew 7!  Study the Word for yourself!  It is imperative you KNOW the true doctrine from the false worldly doctrine!

I covet your prayers as I continue to work on my current series.  May you be blessed this day~~ everyday new day is another day to share the message that saves lives… ♥ Streim

Posted in Everyday News, Living in Today's World

the TRUTH be known: introduction

A reader of my most recent blog post “What Do Cheerios and 21st Century Christianity Have In Common?”  left this comment:
Phillip Brande wrote “This post had a great start, could you unpack some of the things you mentioned in the first paragraph? What are the different flavors of the gospel? In your words… based on the scriptures you have given.”
 

First I want to thank Phillip for this comment/question.  I must answer his question for the clarity of my readers.  But more importantly, I know millions of Christians in today’s world are following leaders/pastors/teachers/authors who believe post-modern Christianity needs new flavors/varieties of the Gospel to bring the world (people) to God!  Nothing could be farther from the Truth.  The Christian who follows the ‘newly flavored gospel’ may think, feel and even believe they’re walking towards the straight and narrow gate with the Lord Jesus Christ.  According to Scripture–the Word of God to man, they are trudging along the broad path which leads to destruction. ( Matthew 7:13-14)

I rarely study the words of men, but I have done some (minimal) reading of early church reformers ( Spurgeon, etc). I with all boldness proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ because of the new life He’s so mercifully given to me.  The joy of growing in the truth and sharing His love is vital to me.  If you read my “about” pages, you’ll see I was a horribly, sinful, self-willed and arrogant woman.  What a wondrous day it was when I, like the prodigal son, sorrowfully repented of my sins and ran into my Father’s loving arms.  It was only by repentance of my disgrace and  acceptance of His GRACE that I am ‘alwayzHIS’

God’s Word precisely directs man to Himself through sound doctrines.  These doctrines are being compromised in many ministries today throughout the world.  One small compromise= complete deadly doctrine.  That’s why Jude wrote

Jude 1:3-4 “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

For clarification, each of the doctrinal points listed will be a post in itself.  First, the sound doctrine according to God’s Word.  Then, I will prove (and you can see for yourself) false doctrines today that come from negating or minimizing the pure truth. 
We must always remember our LORD God, Creator of all, is perfectly holy.  His Word (the Holy Bible) is infallible in its original writings.  BEING PERFECT AS HE IS…if a person/group/authority figure should change one word to manipulate the Gospel message into anything other than what it is… they are deceivers and liars.

My heart aches; weeps for people in this world who are unwittingly deceived by false teachers. 

As the LORD God’s adopted, blood bought reborn children we need to stand up for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and speak the Truth in love.

Outline of Doctrines in This Study

1.  Sinfulness of man  (total depravity of man)

2.  What does sin to our relationship with God?  (separation)

3.  What are the results of sin?  (wages of sin–eternal death)

4. What and why did God Himself do to make a way for us to commune with Him?  We are never good enough!  Grace-Gift of His Only Son

4a. Gift of God– Jesus Christ– Deity (God incarnate)

4b.  Perfect blood sacrifice needed for atonement  ( pay the debt for sin)

4c.  Jesus death, burial and resurrection: He was the atoning sacrifice and defeated death!

5.  The Need for Repentance!!!

6.  A New Creation— a new heart after being filled with the Holy Spirit  (born-again)

7.  Living according to the Word; following the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ and bearing fruit.

8.  Watching and waiting for the Lord Jesus to return

If we need to look at other doctrines we will.  Please be patient with me as I prayerfully seek the will of God in preparing these posts and also the physical ability to do so.  Thank you!

It’s not about me~it’s about HIM and making the Truth known. ♥Streim

Posted in Living in Today's World, The Gospel, The Grace of God

Forever Freedom

Now This Is "FOREVER FREEDOM"

Now This is ‘FOREVER FREEDOM’

The gift of salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ purchases a place for us into the ‘everlasting kingdom of where Almighty God’; where the Creator of heaven and earth resides.  If we chose not to accept that gift, which the LORD provided for sinful man, our destination is a place of  ‘everlasting’ pain away from the Righteous Loving LORD God!  Some people think/believe that just being a nice person, never killing someone, etc gets them into the eternal presence of God.  This is so very sad and absolutely impossible!  Why?  Because the LORD God is perfectly holy and we are perfectly sinful.  Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can make your own way to heaven.  The Lord knew that none of us could remedy the impassable gap between Himself and mankind because of our sin,  so He in all His Holiness and Love did something Himself.  That’s the Gospel message from above.

While living in this sinful planet it doesn’t matter where you reside.  Countries are only man-made boundaries… and there is no “forever freedom” no matter you go.  But we all won’t be here long anyway… 67.2 years average, however when this body (shell) dies our spirit is going somewhere to reside for eternity.  Either with the Holy Father; Our Savior Jesus Christ; His Holy Spirit  OR  away from His presence forever and ever and ever.

Matthew 11:28~~ Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I
  will give you rest

  Revelation 3:20~~ Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my
  voice, and open the door, I will come into him and sup with him and he
  with me.

  Isaiah 59:2~~ But your iniquities have separated between you and your
  God and you sins have made him hide his face from you, that He will not
  hear you.

  Jeremiah 29:11~~ For I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the LORD,
  thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you an end with expectation.

  2 Corinthians 5:17~~ Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
  old things are passed away; behold all things become new.

The most amazing thing is that God gives us a choice!  The “free” gift of salvation.  I praise our Father and Lord Jesus daily for this gift…  May this bless you or help you find a life filled with HOPE and Peace and an eternity of ‘FOREVER FREEDOM’ ♥ Streim