THE WITNESS

I think this will be lesson number one of a series of lessons, where I attempt to bring forth deep treasures of God’s Word… to all who care to study, & and bring them in a plain and simple fashion…

My first thoughts about attempting to present plain and simple truth from the Word of God, was that the lessons would be for those that simply don’t know or have much of an idea, about what the gospel really puts forth… I hope that all will know that I have followed what I believe to be the guidance of the Holy Spirit… Neglecting most or any of my own personal opinions… Having said that, we are to have opinions, hopefully formed by a discernment given from God…

I want to touch base, on what I believe God expects from us, especially after we accept Him and becoming a Christian… Because there are a lot of burdensome false teachings out there, as I have found it ‘in human nature’ whether knowingly or unknowingly, that human beings for whatever reason, try to control other people often in politics & religion… And part of their efforts are probably to justify ‘what they themselves believe’… which to me is weakness… If you genuinely have a conviction about something you shouldn’t need anyone’s approval… Open debate makes an opportunity to convince you that you are in error…and should change… Open debate and freedom of speech provided in our constitution, are one of the gifts that have made this country great… However it all seems to be slipping away….

I have also found that many, even alot of people, tend to be lazy and don’t want to study for themselves, and are prone to depend on others to tell them how the world goes, and what they need / should do… That is a very dangerous philosophy to partake of… I have always said, if you are of a sincere heart, study to find yourself acceptable unto the Lord… I must say that no one, I repeat no one, has cornered the market on God…

Look at 2nd Peter 2:1…. Paraphrased: False prophets will bring destruction and many will follow them… We must be careful not to be led astray by false teachers especially in these perceived “last days”… The spirit of lawlessness seems to be everywhere… The truth is very hard to get to, in case you haven’t noticed… If you want to go to an example, just watch the news for 5 or 10 minutes…. All of the differing opinions will leave your head spinning…. That’s where the Word of God comes in, in my opinion because ‘it’ is the ‘standard’ against which you / we bounce all, or most of this nonsense that is constantly coming at us…ie: THE COVID 19 DEBACLE… God’s standards can be twisted by men and women, but they cannot be changed… The truth of God’s standards always stand… In fact I get great pleasure in saying and agreeing with the Bible; that Truth is already settled in heaven and cannot be altered…ie: THY KINGDON COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN…

No matter how popular a lie is, it can never become the truth.”…. Somebody please tell Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (among many others) about this…Second thought never mind, neither one of them has a spiritual bone in their bodies…. They simply don’t care about anyone but themselves…. So we arrive at John 8:32…” You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”…. I believe that God’s Word is the only power that can keep us from the bondage of deception… which leads us into a very critical subject matter… I think there is a lot of confusion among believers & unbelievers… I think alot of people don’t want to consider Christianity as their belief system & world view, because they think that they themselves have to be ‘perfect’….AND THIS IS A MAIN POINT OF THIS ‘WITNESS’….‘Not one of us, no matter how hard we try, will be perfect’….I am led to give you some life changing, liberating news….WE DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT….The criteria for gaining access / entrance into heaven is not based on a merit system, ie: our good deeds must out weigh our bad deeds…(were this true, Christ would not have had to die a horrible death on a cross )….so we arrive at Romans 3:23….”All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

Let me say emphatically….IT IS THE GRACE OF GOD THAT GETS US IN THE DOOR AND INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD….WE ARE FREE….DON’T WORRY ABOUT PAYING A DEBT THAT YOU CAN’T PAY….and has been paid for you anyway…. But you must….BELIEVE AND RECEIVE THE FREE GIFT…..if we sincerely believe that Jeshua was raised from the dead, proving that He is the ‘one true God’….we will be saved…

At The same time… we must work out our salvation in fear and trembling

Let’s have a look at Ephesians 2: 8 & 9 ….”For it is by grace we have been saved THROUGH FAITH”….it cannot be earned….now some might say and have said, “Faith without works is dead”…or no faith at all…The explanation to me is this: if a person has truly been saved….good works will follow their salvation & gifts from God are given them…let’s not put the carriage befor the horse…

I would like to add, PRAYER is not the basis for our salvation….PRAYER IS the aftermath of our salvation…

Finally, (for this lesson)… Jesus needs to be believed in our hearts, His pr-eexistence, His life, death, and resurrection, and this is to be confessed with our mouths...

I would like to take this opportunity to clear up one more issue…. Our eternal nature is ‘LIKE THAT’ of the angels…. We do not become angels… Philippians 3:21….till next time….littleraventhepoet.blog….Sincerely, Frank Payton….

Almost forgot…. Not including people that lived before Christ… But for all of us that live after Christ ( by the way Jesus dealt with both)…. Have you considered this question?… Where were all of the sins that you & I would ever commit?… as Christ was crucified on the cross….the answer:….IN THE FUTURE…. Because think about it, you & I weren’t even born yet and hadn’t lived… Now here is what I think a lot of people miss, it is that they think they are disqualified from salvation, if after being saved they commit sins ( it is unavoidable)…. See, even after you are saved, you still have dual natures inside of you… you have the old man, and the new man fighting against each other…. The relief comes when we realize that when we fall, we confess our sins, and move on, if we stumble a 1000 times, God will forgive us a 1000 times, yet we are to strive for perfection… And we have to be sincere and sincerely trying…. God will not be mocked….ok later….bottom line…WE ARE FREE…

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