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Did you read it today?

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May I draw your attention to a few verses this evening?

Verse 2. the first of its kind
This was the first census. 
Requiring Mary to travel in the third trimester – a 90-mile trip. 
Do you wonder who was behind that idea? Do you know Who knew it was going to happen? Do you know there was a prophecy that Yeshua would be born in Bethlehem? And born in Bethlehem He was. GOD is always 100% accurate. (Micah 5:2)
In my experience, GOD uses things of this earthly journey (even the inconvenient, uncomfortable, and downright hard stuff) to move His people to the right place at the right time. Why! He can even use the stuff the devil initiates to flip back on the devil and turn it for our good. There’s a Scripture for that isn’t there? Romans 8:28

You will note in verse 6 that YESHUA was Mary’s FIRST child. She had other children after JESUS.
But JESUS is the ONLY GODMAN.

Verse 11. there was born for you a Deliverer
The angel said to the Shepherds born for you. Imagine being a shepherd and hearing that. FOR YOU.
But that was not all they heard: A DELIVERER.

They needed A DELIVERER.

So do we.
I think people today don’t believe that. They don’t believe they need A Deliverer.
A Deliverer from what, they might ask.

From what indeed!

How many things can you name from which THE DELIVERER has delivered you? 

Have a good evening, my Friends. 

Love, Kathie 

Social Gospel

Matthew 25 

It’s a full chapter and for me to understand the bit of it that I do, I ask questions.
For this session I am bringing to you, I think we shall look at verses 41 – 46.

But as we begin, let’s go to the last verse, verse 46. We will go back to the others.

46 They will go off to eternal punishment, but those who have done what God wants will go to eternal life.” source

but those who have done what God wants

The question to ask is What does GOD want done?
We will have to bring in some other Text to answer that.

John 6:40; Luke 9:35; Mark 9:2-13; 2 Peter 3:9

GOD wants ALL people to believe His Son. 
GOD wants ALL people to turn from their sins to HIM.

These verses tell us the Will of GOD is that people be delivered from unbelief to believing JESUS.

Now if you have read verses 41 – 46 you have seen The LORD saying to a certain group, depart from Me into eternal punishment. Why? Verse 46 is the answer but all the way to verse 46 He gives them examples of their unbelieving hearts.
They did not 

Feed the hungry
Care for the sick and the imprisoned.

Today there is a social gospel being preached.
I think those who embrace this social gospel have missed the point of the passage — have missed the Truth. 

The deeds described in this passage are NOT a means to EARN salvation.
People will not enter HEAVEN even if they cured all the social ills of the planet.
They can feed, clothe, and serve people until they are penniless but that will NOT earn them a place in Heaven. 

GOOD DEEDS will not get anyone to heaven.

By the same reasoning, not doing these things will not send a person to hell either. 

People miss heaven and land in hell because they have refused to turn from their sins and believe GOD.

However, when we have been born again, when we have believed JESUS, we WILL do these acts of service.
These acts of service give evidence that perhaps we have been delivered from unbelief and darkness.

It is filled with treasures for the Believer who will dig in, asking for Holy Spirit to help them understand. 
I hope we have encouraged you to read, pray, and believe GOD.

Love, Kathie 

Circle of Knowledge

Good morning, Readers.
8:45 as I begin on this crisp November morning.

Matthew 18 is the subject passage of Scripture.

12 “What’s your opinion? What will somebody do who has a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine on the hillsides and go off to find the stray? 
13 And if he happens to find it? Yes! I tell you he is happier over it than over the ninety-nine that never strayed! 
14 Thus your Father in heaven does not want even one of these little ones to be lost.  source 

Does it comfort you that the LORD goes looking for wandering sheep?
From what I have observed, I have wandering sheep in my circle of knowledge. Perhaps you do too.
I think two indicators will identify wandering sheep (this goes for wolves in sheep’s clothing too).

  1. How long has it been since the sheep sat to read Scripture? I mean really read — like a whole chapter in one sitting?
  2. When was the last time the sheep had a decision to make and the sheep made that decision based on what the Scripture revealed?

Have you observed that sheep wandering from The Fold of GOD do not often read Scripture and do not often live by faith? They do not decide what to say, what to do, where to go, etc., etc. based on what does the Bible say about this?
Is this you? Is this any person in your circle of knowledge?

We might also describe this as straying from their upbringing.
Or ignoring the knowledge of GOD they have known since childhood?
Or perhaps they are dabbling, soaking even, in the culture around them – patterning their choices like the people on their digital screens; feeding on those screens for hours a day.  These are our wandering sheep, if not pagans altogether. 14520-gettyimagesalancurrie

It’s frightening to me.
It is to you too, if you are not a wandering sheep, yourself.

But we can pray!
And we can take this Scripture for encouragement, for hope, and put our Trust in the GOD who spoke it.

14 Thus your Father in heaven does not want even one of these little ones to be lost. 

He has sent JESUS to find them. So we pray when they are found, they will say YES and return or for the first time come to the Fold of GOD.

So, in our circles of knowledge, identify as best you can those you suspect are wandering, present them in prayer to The Father, and believe He is going for them; into whatever high place or squaller they are now residing.

Luke 18:27 “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

Thank you for coming today.
Love, Kathie

The Walking Dead

I think I was in a room once as The Walking Dead was airing on a TV screen.
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Hollywood.
The things they come up with!
The Walking Dead.
I think Hollywood knows not that the walking dead is just what the world’s people are – walking, breathing in earth’s air, and yet dead.

Dead to living freed from sin and guilt.
Dead to knowing GOD.
Dead to connecting, affirming prayer.
Dead to living with Holy Spirit Guidance, Comfort, Strength, Encouragement, Correction, Help, COMPANY – all these heavenly things.
What’s worse some people walking around comatose are people who say they know GOD. Moreover, some of these say they love GOD, but viewing their style of living, we see no consistent yielding to Holy Spirit Guidance, Comfort, Strength, Encouragement, Correction, Help, and FELLOWSHIP.

Do you ever want to say: WAKE UP, PEOPLE?
Oh! I do!  To say:

Come to LIFE.
Come to Truth.
Come to JESUS.
Examine yourselves with Scripture.
Are you alive?
Or are you dead in your sins?
Are you walking dead or have you been made ALIVE?
Have you been freed from sin and been made acceptable by and to GOD HIMSELF?

10 For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Savior] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation.      source 

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