Thank you Pastor….powerful.
1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the HOPE that is in you with meekness and fear:
How can we have hope. I know more days than not it is tough to find it and hang onto it throughout the day. Holding onto it simply for your own sanity without trying to put a smile on your face and convincing others you have hope! Right? Can anyone relate to what I am saying?
Well, first off we have NO HOPE if we are looking to this messed up world to provide it for us. This place gets more hopeless by the day! We first must know God! We must know His word and seek Him daily.
Let’s see what the infallible word of God has to say regarding hope.
1 Thessalonians 2:19
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
I find it interesting that in the verse just before 19, the end of verse 18 it says….
But Satan hindered us.
Paul is telling his brothers and sisters that he would have come to them to continue to encourage them and help them but he has been hindered by Satan and that this was temporary and he cannot be with them in presence but HE IS WITH THEM IN HEART.
THEN, he asks for what is our HOPE, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? THEN he asks, are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
I glean from this that our HOPE is not in our ever changing circumstances of our lives where we may find ourselves or those we love being hindered by Satan for a brief time. NO, NO, our HOPE is in KNOWING we will be in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming.
Do you believe He is coming? If you do then that is certainly our hope. If you don’t believe it then you need to begin by asking the Lord to help you in your unbelief. Ask Jesus Christ to show you, to teach you, to reveal Himself to you as only He can.
Let’s see what else the word of God has to say.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have NO HOPE.
For IF we BELIEVE that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore COMFORT one another with these words.
YES…YES, brothers and sisters! Now that is the HOPE I am talking about! We cannot expect to have hope in the things we see around us in this world, but if we keep our minds on the things above we can have hope knowing the Lord God WILL do what He has said He would do!
1 Thessalonians 5:8-11
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the HOPE of SALVATION.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to OBTAIN SALVATION by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
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ENDING WITH THESE WORDS.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
We should be thankful it is only a slice at a time and not the entire pie at once!
Jesus told us to keep watch. Do not be deceived. Don’t be deceived by your own heart.
We must each look into our own hearts. Keep everything in its rightful place. Be careful that you are not calling evil good and good evil. You say you wouldn’t dare? How about even when it is only one slice at a time? Like whipped cream on top so it is prettier and maybe we will say , hey, it is their right.
Matthew 10 : 26
“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
Ephesians 5 :6-13
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible
What do I mean by one slice at a time? Same sex marriage. My bible says that it is between a man and a woman. One slice. Yes, we will let sataanist do the opening invocation in Phoenix in February. Slice 2. Really, there has already been more than a pie delivered but if you cannot see what is going on in plain sight then you very well may be falling for the deception.
See these things have went on in the dark since the beginning, the fall of man. When it is all brought out of the dark hidden places for ALL to see and you just want to call it their rights and accept it then we are accepting it too.
Judgment is coming. I don’t know when but day by day more are celebrating in it. May God have mercy.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Thanks Pastor JD Farag
Thank you again Pastor JD Farag,
So as in the days of Noah so shall be the days of the coming of the Son of Man. It had never rained before so you can understand why they may have had a hard time believing Noah. We have had rain and storms and all sorts of devastation and yet many are asleep and don’t want to see the world as it is. Watch the video and see if you can see the correlation. Time is ticking.
“As in the Days of Noah”
So, are you ready?
Are you unsure? Do you wish to believe but just can’t quite get it? I was once there. I even though I did get it. One day I truly had to pour everything I had out before Him and had to truly trust Him beyond all believe. Why? I was at a place that I literally had no other choice. I already believed but I suppose I hadn’t trusted Him in a way it takes. I began to truly learn what worshiping the Lord was. Then I began to fall in love with Him. At that point I began to realize that I really hadn’t known Him before. He began to change ME. Life is still imperfect but I have hope that one day it will be perfect with our King of Kings! I pray that if you don’t know Him like that now that you will cry out to Him. Soon that time will be gone. The opportunity will have passed. Seek Him now.
1 Corinthians 2:6-12
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard,and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
All who have accepted Christ have received the Holy Spirit to live within them. It is He (the Holy Spirit) who reveals to us God’s wisdom and “the deep things of God”. (vs. 11 NIV) Today, consider the importance of fellowship and relationship with the Holy Spirit. He is God within us, works to be in relationship with us, and provides understanding about the things of God happening in, around, and through our lives. He was released to dwell within people upon Christ’s return to heaven. He is a vital part of God’s plan for our lives.
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