Monday, February 22, 2010

The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

We are very aware that the popular belief in Christianity is that after we die, we go up somewhere beyond the skies to a place called Heaven. Please allow us to show you some verses that may show otherwise. Also keep in mind that we are not Jehovah's Witness for we believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and our authority, even above man's doctrine.

This website and those teachings are for those who hunger for truth and answers, and who are or want to actively search for it. Jesus is the truth while we live in a world run by the father of lies. God has given us truth and it is in His Word that we all may have it. We also need to look within ourselves and check whether we are open to Him showing us His truth, and to be willing to be wrong so that God may correct us.

If we are shut in with what we believe in, and if we refuse to open our eyes to more then we are only stunting our own growth in our walk with God, and limiting God. God is an ocean, and one may spend an entire lifetime studying these truths and only reach as far as the shore. That is how vast and deep He is.

Back to the topic,

Some of us may have heard this phrase from the Bible before, that the meek shall inherit the earth. It sounds poetic and lovely, but it is far more than that. Allow us to list these verses:

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5

"But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace." Psalm 37:11

"For evil doers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth." Psalm 37:9

"For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth: and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off." Psalm 37:22

"The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever." Psalm 37:29

We see here that the Bible tells us multiple of times that the wicked shall be cut off, and that God's people will inherit the earth. Psalm 37:29 tells us that the righteous shall inherit the earth and live there forever.

If the Bible is your authority as well and if you believe in the Word of God, then we know the Word does not make mistakes or contradict itself. Often times Christians are divided and they disagree with each other, that is because of man's doctrine. Beware of what you believe in without checking the scriptures first, and we should all study God's Word more on our own than we listen to it from the pulpit. Even though Christianity may be divided, there is only one truth. It is not a matter of opinion nor respecting what we believe in, but we all should be in agreement and united in seeking the one truth together.

Moving on...

When the second coming occurs, Jesus Christ will appear to all the world and He will claim His kingdom... on earth.

"And the Lord shall be king over all the earth.." Zechariah 14:9

Remember when Jesus Christ ascended to the skies at the Mount of Olives after he rose from the dead? Two angels appeared unto the people and said:

"Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." Acts 1:11

And when Jesus returns, He will descend upon the very same place he ascended up to heaven from: The Mount of Olives.

"And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south" Zechariah 14:4

And from there, Christ will reign the world from Jerusalem at the Mount of Zion (NT spells it Sion). There will be another blog entry focusing around Mount Zion and His Kingdom.

Let us show you more verses:

When Jesus returns, we shall reign with Him for a thousand years. This is known as the millennial reign.

"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with him a thousand years." Revelation 20:6

We shall reign with Christ and this is included in the blessed hope we look forward to.

"And hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth." Revelation 5:10

We shall reign with Jesus Christ on Earth. This can be a shocking revelation to many of us, especially when we have been taught that we will go to a place up in the sky with clouds and angels. Yet, what the Bible actually tells us is that Jesus Christ will come down and He will rule the earth. We shall reign with Him on earth. The wicked people will be cut off and gone, and God's people will enjoy Christ's kingdom on Earth.

Imagine the earth with nothing to fear. Imagine the earth where we never have to worry about locking our doors, about strangers, about letting our children run outside and play, and imagine an earth where Jesus will be our king!

Here is a glimpse of the kind of earth this would be when Christ returns to be our king!

"And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD." Isaiah 65:21-25

Can you imagine how beautiful that would be? We'd build our own homes, grow our own vineyard and imagine no property taxes or rent (wink). We shall enjoy the work of our own hands. Also imagine a closeness with Jesus our Saviour, where before we even call upon Him, He will hear us and answer us. There will be such great peace, and there will be no fear, no death, no crying. All the wicked, former things are passed away. 

There will be more entries very soon about Mount Zion, about the three different translations of the word "heaven" in our Bible according to the Greek/Hebrew text, and more about what we shall look forward to! Thank you for reading and I pray that you mediate upon these things, and ask Him about these things. Let Him lead you, and always remain open to Him.

What Heaven is to me are not streets made of gold, sky high mansions, riches, crowns and immortality, but Heaven to me is to be where you are my Saviour..

A Voice in the Wilderness

Monday, February 8, 2010

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

"And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God." Matthew 14:25-33

This is an amazing story of Jesus walking on the water. When the disciples saw Him, they were terrified cause they thought He was a ghost! Peter went to Jesus and in Jesus' prescence, he was able to do what Jesus had done. Peter was able to walk on water! This shows us that we are able to do marvelous things with Jesus.

Then Peter took his eyes off Jesus and noticed the wind and the waves. It was a scary sight and immediately, he began to sink. Spiritually, we sink when we take our eyes off Jesus. When we fear our surroundings, our circumstances or our problems, we begin to sink for fear is the lack of faith. Never take your eyes off Jesus.

And any time we cry out to Jesus, we shall be saved. Jesus stretched forth His hand and reached for Peter. He then rebuked Peter for doubting in Him for God is more powerful than our circumstances!

Let this be a friendly reminder, that with God, we live above the circumstances. Our fears and doubts will only sink us. Never take your eyes off Jesus, for with Him, you can do all things!

A Voice in the Wilderness

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Evidence of Our Faith

It is important to understand the true source of works. There is a fine line between works that stem from faith, and works for self gain. Firstly, we want to show that works alone cannot save us.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8,9

Yet it proceeds onto the next verse saying,

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10

When we are in Christ Jesus, we are ordained and sent unto good works so that we may serve him. It is not of ourselves! If we do works on our own, thinking we are to earn points, or move up some sort of ladder of merit, then it is empty works! It is vanity!

But because Jesus Christ lives and dwells within us, we have a change of heart and lifestyle. We will find a renewed sense within us to want to help others, to take chances, to spread the Gospel. Our works become evidences that He lives within us, and that we have faith.

Read James 2:14-26,

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."

We read in James that faith alone profits nothing. Faith alone without any evidence of it by our works is dead. Many Christians believe in God, but so do the devils! What sets us apart from devils? It is our faith in action. It is our lifestyle. It is our fruit! The devils believe in God and know He is real, yet they live wickedly. There are Christians out there who believe in God, and their works and lifestyles are wicked!

We see the examples in the passage listed above that Abraham and Rahab had none to profit themselves from these works! Abraham was about to lose his favorite son, and how could that be a self gain? Rahab became a traitor to her own country when she decided to help hide the spies in her home. Works are to be selfless, not selfish!

Works that are for our own gain, our own recognition, our own merit and glory are vain and worthless! Yet, works that come from our heart of faith, are good works that are well pleasing unto God! It is good fruit sown on good ground in the true heart of a believer.  Let us not be Pharisees who do works after their own glory!

When God looks at your life, will He see good fruit? Will He see the fruits of the Spirit? Will He see love, compassion, long suffering, patience, peace, joy, charity? Or will He see selfishness, pride, greed, lusts, gluttony, anger, jealousy, vanity? (read Galatians 5:19-23)

Believing in God isn't the only thing that can get you home.

Paul encourages us to examine ourselves, to test ourselves and to find whether we are in the faith, or whether we are reprobate.

"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" 2 Corinthians 13:5

We will see many Christians come and go, but who are the ones that are truly saved and living in Christ? Paul says that we shall know them by their fruits.

"Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Matthew 7: 16-20

"Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit." Matthew 12:33

Let us examine ourselves. Do we bear good fruit? Read Matthew 13, the parable of the sower.

God is the sower that sows His Word like seeds all over,

The Wayside Believer: This believer did not understand the Word of God, and the enemy removes the Word from their heart.

The Stony Believer: This believer receives the Word with joy and lasts a short time. When times of persecution and tribulation comes, this believer is immediately offended and leaves.

The Thorny Believer: This believer receives the Word, but then is entangled in the world. The thorns of the world choke the Word out of this believer with it's lusts, riches and pleasures.

The Good Ground Believer: This believer receives the Word and understands it. This believer bears fruit, and then it increases many times over! This is the believer that God seeks, whom bears good fruits and God sends an increase. God's Word is manifest in their lives because the faith they received grew into trees that bore good fruits. Their faith is manifest by their fruits.

Let us always examine ourselves and let our hearts be like the good ground that receives His Word. Let our faith grow and bear many fruits in God's field. Let our works be manifest through our faith and show that Jesus Christ lives within us indeed!When the Son of Man appears from the sky with His Angels, let us rejoice knowing this,

"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Matthew 16:27

For our works testify of the faith we have in Him.

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