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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

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Posted in Everyday News, Lessons from the Holy Bible, Listening To God, Living in Today's World

Overpopulation of Wolves

**Disclaimer: I believe in the rights of animals to remain free in their natural habitat.  I believe ALL things must be controlled, not just animal populations.  I don’t want anyone to think for a moment I hate the grey wolf, because I have no hated for any of God’s creation**

For several decades grey wolves have been on the endangered species list in several states.  Here in Wisconsin, because of the laws regarding endangered species, we now have an overpopulation problem.  Farmers, homeowners and resort owners helped to initiate a bill in the state Congress to allow the Department of Natural Resources to create a “wolf hunting season” in an attempt to control the  overpopulation problem.   The bill passed.  Why did the state allow them to get “out of control” to the point that now we have to kill some of them off?   Maybe the DNR wasn’t  knowledgeable enough about the general habits of wolves, maybe they just weren’t paying attention or possibly it was sheer foolishness not to assess the outcome of allowing the wolves to run completely free .  Just a thought. 

 Our Great Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ, referred to His followers as sheep~~ John 10:22-30 “At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”  Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me,  but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me,is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

John 7: 15-20 Jesus said ” Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?  So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.  A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”

~~in the middle of the herd, cleverly disguised~~

In Acts 20: 28-31 the Apostle Paul spoke these words to the Ephesian elders ” Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.  I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.”

Luke 10: 1-3  After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.  And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.  Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.”

As the Apostle John approached his later years, he wrote to the church at Ephesus
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.  Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

 John warned them in a very fatherly, pastoral way knowing there were many in the church who questioned the truth.    I’ve noticed a nonchalance within churches in the past several years.
In churches today we face the same problems as the church at Ephesus~~ false prophets (wolves) are among us;  those cleverly disguised to look like, talk like and even sometimes walk like a true believer (sheep).  There is only one way to protect the ” true sheep of His flock” is to do as the above Scriptures tell us. 

We each must: TEST the spirits, KNOW the Lord’s way and most of all are fully assured in our hearts that “we know that we know” our salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ is true and sure according to our Heavenly Father’s Holy Word. 

Let’s not be like the foolish members of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources.

 My Prayer For All of The Body of Christ

“Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”  Psalm 25:4-5