God's Family Tree of Life
Genealogy; tracking your family roots. Finding out where your family came from. Can you trace your bloodline to a different country? Who did they marry? Are they famous? To find some connection, some reason why your little toe looks the way it does, some reason why you think the way you do. Questions that need answers, or just by curiosity, you look for long lost relatives. And you fill out your tremendous family tree.
I’m sure the makers of an Anti-Virus software are related to me. I may prove it someday. I am sure I have a long lost rich relative that is looking for me. Or moreover, a distant uncle or aunt who preaches the Word of God full of truth!
In the Bible you can read for yourself who begat who. And then create a family tree from the numerous generations. You can look to a bloodline to see why a person would be inclined to do what he did. You can trace Jesus’ bloodline through the generations and read about His great lineage.
There is another family tree, God’s family tree. We could go all the way back to Adam, but let’s, for the sake of time, skip to today. Now, to be in God’s family, obviously you need to be born again, thus: Repenting, being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and receiving the wonderful gift of the Holy Ghost.
So now that you are in the family, you would want this family name of Jesus to live forever. And to do that you need to bring forth children, in the Spirit. That process is; to travail in prayer, fast and compel for these newborn babies and then nurture and teach them until they are able to take care of themselves. Then when that time comes, they become mature enough to be able to bring forth children as well. The process continues until Jesus comes again. Good thing about this process is; you are never too old or too young to help birth a new child of God.
Thus the family tree forks out into this wonderful, beautiful tree. A glorious linage of blood bought saints who call themselves brothers and sisters, no matter what happens in life. Gods perfect Family Tree of Life, heirs to live forever with Jesus.
Now comes the ultimate question: Will your branch of the tree fork?
"And he said unto them, Go ye into tall the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." ~ Mark 16:15-16
What's the Purpose in Life?
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
~ Joshua 24:15
“Was I born on this earth just to die? “ That was my question for years.
Before I met Jesus I couldn’t fathom life to be as simple as that. No purpose, no reason. Just to die. Week after week I called out to God before I knew His name, “There has to be more to life than to be lied to and die.”
I didn’t realize during that time Jesus was making arrangements for me to meet Him. I decided to attend a church service just to surprise my sister. However, I was the one surprised. I was 29 years old when I met Jesus.
And I was right; there was more to life as Jesus unfolded the truth to me.
I came to the understanding that we do not just exist on earth without a reason. We have a purpose! And that is to worship our creator: Jesus. Bottom line, first thing, before everything else, we are to worship our One True God; that is our first priority and our second priority is to tell and teach others; let them in on this wonderful life of purpose and meaning. Teaching and growing in His Word
Before our careers, before we pay our bills, before we eat, before we entertain ourselves: Pay homage to our one God, Our Jesus, Our Perfect One, The Holy One, Almighty God, Miracle Maker, Comforter, in Whom we can Trust! Worship Him, bow down to Him, and put all of your thought and energy to Him. Give Him your mess and let Him straighten it out. Give Him your Love which brings many returns. Give Him your secrets and build that special relationship.
Jesus designed us to have choice. Choose Jesus. Choose your Creator, Choose to worship Him regardless if you feel as if He has done something for you or not. Choose to step out of your comfort zone for Him and see your relationship get more intense.
Eighteen years my relationship with Jesus has matured and intensified. When my end comes and I go on home, Heaven would be nice to see, but mostly, I want to see Jesus. I want to see my life friend. I want to be with the one who has taught me so much and treated me with so much kindness and mercy. The One who was there when I fell. The One who waited for me. The One who chose me. Him, I want to see first. Nevertheless, as I wait for that day, I choose to worship Jesus.
Beginning with Adam and Eve,
the Word was the command,
Disobedience came to play,
thus they hid from God’s plan.
God seen the need back then,
and with blood He covered sin,
And for many years hence,
blood-shed over and over again.
It was not complete,
for the sins were pushed ahead,
For one year at a time;
that is what the Bible said.
The perfect sacrifice presented
at the precise minute,
His Blood can do the job and
all there is in it.
Yes, He healed, resurrected, taught, compelled,
Gave parables, instructions, forgave and willed.
Until that day came
and at the garden when Jesus prayed,
“Nevertheless” was the word
He emphasized on that day.
Betrayed, then convicted
of nothing that they can ever say,
Because Jesus, our God,
was perfect in each and every way.
And He was crucified, on the cross He was hung,
Thus act of sins being permanently covered just begun.
Because His blood was perfect since birth that’s very clear,
Our sins no longer needed to be pushed back in every year.
He died, snatched the keys from Hell;
death has no more sting,
Then He rose from the dead and into Heaven;
oh how the angels did sing.
Power in God's Word
When did you decide?
It is good that we have choice. We have this awesome choice to do what we want, how we want, and when we want. We could be accomplishing these things via legally or illegally. Your choice can lead you to jail or a bonus. Your choice is dependent upon your life experiences. Your choice is upon your values, your integrity, your convictions. However your choice, regardless good or bad, puts you on a road of destiny that you may want to rethink your choices.
I told my son, you can choose Jesus or not. That is your choice, but, just to let you know that choosing Jesus is the right choice. If we were lucky enough to grow up in a home that taught on Jesus and how He is God, then we would understand more than the average person.
The terms that Jesus used and we use today are common words that are new to millions of people. Just because you are not familiar with the terms doesn't mean those terms are not true and valuable.
Repentance, to turn about with remorse. Baptism in the name of Jesus: Going under the water (immersed) with another person reciting the words "I now baptize you in Jesus' name." Holy Ghost is actually God's Spirit in a Christian's body. Becoming a Christian is the blessed chance to be like Christ. To be like Jesus is the ultimate goal in a Christian's life. To be like someone you must learn them, and know them. Inside and out. Intimately. Then the more you get to know God, the more you like Him, and the more you like Him, the more you love Him.
Those are terms everyone knows. Be comfortable with the terms as they are words that will save your soul.
Of course that is just the beginning . . . . .
"Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
~ Acts 2:37-38
I was thinking about creating Bible studies. I love Bible Studies. I love to teach them, because I find I learn more by teaching than any other way of learning. I've heard it said; "You truly understand your material if you can teach it." Meaning you cannot teach that which isn't learned.
Bible Studies open up revelations and truths about life. For your own life and the other lives that you share that information with. Bible studies help you to understand and seek out answers to your own questions.
When you truly ask the Lord to reveal the true meaning of scripture to you, He will. However, might I caution you, if you do not ask and seek the Lord's revelation in any matter, you will most likely find a carnal meaning to the scripture and thus, losing focus on the reason why you are reading that in the first place; and that is . . to know what God has to say about the subject.
Ask the Author what He meant in the scripture. Don't take it for granted that you know every thing that is presented to you. You don't. Study. Get a Strong's Concordance and find out the true meaning of words and actions.
And then when you find something that provokes goodness, growth, encouragement, instruction in the Bible, share it. Talk about it. Live it.
Yes, Bible Study for Truth Seekers may just be needed here . . . . .
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth."
~ 2 Tim. 2:15
Today, many people detox their bodies from the junk they've ingested. Detox diets, detox cleanser, body detox . . . Yet, if only we would come to the realization that 99.9 percent of us are in a desperate need of a spiritual detox.
We need to cleanse ourselves from all the junk each day dishes out to us. We have so much coming at us every day and yet there is no time in the day to clean all of that out of our systems. Stress.
We end up carrying our filthy spirits into the next day and the next day and the next day to the point where our consciousness is seared and we don't see anything wrong in our lives. Compromises in integrity to sooth the everyday pressures.
We watch and allow our children to watch movies, shows and various media that nothing embarrasses us. We listen and allow our children to listen to what they want, download all sorts of games, "well everyone else is doing it." We allow all of that to go on to the point that our children grow up under the influence of being taught drug use, drinking alcohol as a social norm, lying as a way of life, being unfaithful to your spouse as the thing to do, as well as many other character flaws that contributes to our children's characters and develop in our children their thought patterns. not only them, but what is it doing to us. We start viewing what is wrong to be right and what is right to be wrong. Just by the searing of our conscious.
It is high time for a spiritual detox. It is time to clean up our act and our family. Our neighborhood, our city, our state, our country, our world!
How do we detox our society? Pray. Start by praying. Pray to Jesus your One True God. Pray to Him and tall Him all. Repent. Repent means to turn from doing something wrong as you have remorse for that. Turn from it and desire not to do it again.
Fast to keep your flesh under control, Pray and seek the Lord in every area in your life. Allow God to prove you. Allow God to mold you into something beautiful. Allow God's Spirit to detox your life.
Oh what a beautiful thing it is to live for Jesus. Oh how great He is. My desire is to please Jesus in every way. Allow God to create in you a clean heart and a pure spirit. Detox your spirit through prayer and fasting.
The most important thing is getting a Spiritual Detox is that it is completely safe. ; )
"Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me."
~ Psalm 51:10
To Vent or Not to Vent?
The biggest favor God can give you is to make your friends and family unavailable when you are going through a difficult time. Just to help you to realize that He is there, waiting for you to come to Him with your problems.
There are times when I am perplexed whether to call someone to vent or just hold it in and allow the peace of the Lord to succumb my soul. Many times I wish I would just not say a word to anyone. Because, when I don't talk about what is going on, then the Lord allows me to mature more. When I talk, I talk my blessing away. The blessing of maturity is thrown out the window, and then the trial is in naught. I may as well take a number because I will get to take that trial again. Soon.
However . . .
The best way to vent, if you have to vent, then vent to Jesus. He won't be influenced by your venting. He won't tell anyone. He is available to vent to 24 hours a day. PLUS, He has the answers.
Whatever you are troubled by, Jesus will be able to calm the storm and show you the correct course to take. You never have to worry about bad advice. You never have to worry about whether or not your venting was talked abroad. PLUS you never have to worry about a judgment of your character from Jesus.
So, VENT to Jesus. Let Him hear it all, whether it is nice or not nice. Let Jesus sort it out and then wait for that still small voice to show you your errors or what you can do to help this situation. I know He will. I know your situation will become so minimal that you won't even believe you were so upset to begin with or the Lord will give you grace to forgive and forget.
You wonder how I know? Because Jesus has done that for me. Jesus has done that for me many, many times before. And I have repented over and over from turning to others and I have decided to let Jesus have my venting. Then when I am done venting, I am going to repent for being so upset. And when I am done repenting, I am going to praise HIM. When I have done that, then I will begin to see other's needs and pray for them and then praise Jesus for that as well.
All Around It Is A WIN WIN Situation. Venting done. ; )
"Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:"
~ Matthew 7:7
Face to Face
Proverbs 19:22 ~
The desire of a man is his kindness:
and a poor man is better than a liar.
Today you see this to be true. So many people want to do good. We see our churches in the city, rallying together to help folks out with food. All the churches want to see the lost saved. So we constantly have functions for the community to help them to see how Jesus loves them.
When we read Proverbs 19:22a we see that to be true. The desire of a man is his kindness. We are built that way. We appease our souls by our kindness to others. That is why, when we are not kind, we have a dismal outlook. We are harsh on ourselves and wish we could take back the unkindness act. Whereas when we do a kindness, we pat ourselves on the back and can sleep well at night.
Let us look at Proverbs 19:22b: and a poor man is better than a liar. How often we walk by a person with dreary clothes without saying a word, and yet a sharp dressed person we are vying for their attention. It isn't right, however, it is human. So then, is a person who isn't poor a liar? Is every poor person truthful? Not quite.
Once, I bought a vehicle from a liar. I regretted it every minute I had that vehicle. The vehicle was a money pit. I should have bought a brand new vehicle, I put just as much money into that vehicle, if not more than a brand new one. If I would have stuck to my first decision as not to purchase the van, that would have been much better. But I dealt with a liar. And with a liar comes deceit. Nothing would be as it seems with a liar.
Again, have you considered being good friends with someone who couldn't give you anything? Someone who offered little in means of gifts, or support. Maybe they don't even have means to shower as frequently as you can do, would you still consider them to be your friend?
The only difference between someone who doesn't shower and one who does is opportunity. Where at, on the streets, is someone to be able to shower when needed? If a poor person didn't have running water, where would they bathe? Opportunity.
Liars have their place in the lake of fire. Liars are anti-Christ. Liars even falsify friendship. There is nothing good in a liar. You can clean up a poor person, you cannot clean up a liar. Liars must clean themselves up. Most of the time they must rely on God to clean them up, because they cannot do that themselves. God can take away any vice that has a strong hold on you. ANY vice, whether it be lying, or addictions, gossip, adultery, witchcraft, etc.
These things can the Lord remove, but we, as Christians need to see beyond the sin. Into the Heart as God would. We are not perfect, but are being perfected. Let us help one another in our quest to be saved. Show the Love of God.
So when it comes to human interface(in-their-face). Look everyone in the eye and let your KINDNESS show! : )
"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for
Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
~ Ephesians 4:32
Two little words of healing. Two little words of humility.
It is just two little words.
Two little words said with intent to reconcile,
no hidden agenda, no airs.
These two little words can put countries together.
It can put families together.
It can put more souls in heaven.
What is with us today? Why can't we just own up to our own mistakes?
Do we hate humanity so much that we cannot humble ourselves for someone else?
Do you realize how much healing would take place if everyone
would just apologize for the wrong they have done or could have done?
Think about it. Just stop and think. We NEED each other.
We need to know other people care for us in turn they
need to know you care about them.
See. It is just that simple.
"My little children, let us not love in word,
neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."
~ 1 John 3:18
Please Take Me Out of the Box
In the world today we have gossipers. The love to talk about people. They want to know about people so they can share with others. When a person is gossiped about, they end up being placed in a box. All of the people who shared in this information sees the gossip-ee in a way that will never change unless they take the person out of the box. All of the people you've talked to now has a different mental picture of how they see that person, whether that picture is accurate or not, that image won’t change unless they actually talk to the gossip-ee about the situation. But that isn’t how it happens. Hardly ever does anyone check out what they have heard. Usually those people talk to their friends about what they heard, now those friends have a different view of that person. And this multiplies to the point where the tale told, whether it be true or not, is distorted into this big hairy monster that everyone is whispering about and the gossip-ee is just stuck in a box.
Sticking people in a box. We call this rumors or gossip. Gossip is either something that is true or not true. The Bible calls this talebearing.
Gossip in the Strong’s Concordance means seed-picker, like as a crow.
Picking, picking, picking, picking that person apart.
Talking about people, tearing down a person’s character, defaming someone, slander; all points to destruction without touching someone. Legally you cannot do anything about such criminal acts. It is just talk. No damage was done. What? Yes, no damage was done. Well, according to the law. They are working to change that. There is no law in force to stop slander. Unless in written form. However, you can sue for damages, yeah, but who has that kind of money and time? Right?
*Sticks and stones may break my bones and they will heal,
however, words will forever hurt me.
Whispers amongst the brethren? Mere glances? Hushed tones? Judgment? Really?
Ok, now you are treating the poor gossip-ee differently. Do you realize that they can actually feel your judgment, but they don’t understand where it came from. The only thing the person can do is live in that box.
So, if this information was true or wasn’t, who would know?
Was the gossip-ee a part of that conversation?
Did the gossip-ee have a chance to speak on their behalf?
Yes, the gossip-ee was put into a box, never to have hopes of changing because the jury already reached their verdict and the accused was found guilty without being at their own trial. And not being at the trial, the suspect couldn’t defend themselves to give a reason to their actions, or to speak up about the lies. Nor could the gossip-ee change if they wanted to, the gossiper put it down on their record as “The one who . . . . . . “ So in the public’s eyes, the gossip-ee is a dirty rotten scoundrel. When, the truth of the matter, he was a victim of dirty rotten scoundrels.
And really, even if someone did something bad, is it up to us to tell it? Is it ours to share? Shouldn’t they be allowed to change? When you were told something bad about someone else, did you convict without the plaintiff present? Then after conviction, did you bother to look for a change in them?
Everyone deserves parole after a space of time, isn’t that what the system does? Convicts are punished so they will change, the parole board sees a change, then they parole, in parole they go back into society to do better. Society then helps that parolee to become a model citizen.
So, before the conviction, before the damage is done, walk away from rumors/gossip or defend that person. We are all supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Right?
Unfortunately, I have heard things about various people. However, most of the time I tell the talebearer, I don’t believe you. That doesn’t sound like them. Of course those talebearers don’t talk to me much anymore. And that is more than fine with me. They are off whispering to someone else. But they don’t try to impose their evils upon me.
We are all trying to make it in this world. Sometimes we make mistakes. But those mistakes shouldn’t be permanently on our record. If Jesus, Himself doesn’t hold us accountable after that which we have repented, who are you that you should become the judge and make other people accountable? Let God take care of those who do wrong and let us press toward the mark of the Lord Jesus Christ.
"Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment
ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete,
it shall be measured to you again."
~ Matthew 7:1-2
"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not,
and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"
~ Luke 6:37
"The words of a talebearer are as wounds,
and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly."
~ Proverbs 26:22
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another;
as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
~ John 13:34
I have had times when other people butted into my situation, and they didn’t see anything of what had happened that brought this situation to a point. Yet, they judged me right away and casted me aside. Instead of talking to me about the situation. Yes, I apologized for my part, but the other parties did not apologize for their part. Because the others who caused this in the first place didn’t own up to their part, those who butted in put me in a box. Marked the box and casted it aside.
How do I know? I could feel their judgments.
I have seen bad situations, and, in my mind, I chalked that situation up to the fact that this is none of my business. I didn’t know everything that was happening to the parties involved. I later learned a few things, but still, not enough info to judge someone in a harsh manner.
I have been friends with both parties of a bad situation. I still am. I disassociate myself with it. It isn’t my business, I am staying out. I don’t tell others, it isn’t mine to tell. I just pray they work things out.
Bottom line: Love the Lord, Love fellow man, Love enough to encourage so you don’t destroy. If your ears pick up on something, then dismiss it, or pray for those people. Let God be the Judge. Seek a change in people and don’t put them in a box; because everyone changes every day, regardless if we notice or not.
Do you want to be left in the box?
~ Truth4Eternity 4/23/13
"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  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 above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  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."
~ Col. 3:12-16
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