Warning Against Neglect And Unbelief

Hebrews 2

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Warning against Neglect
We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away. 2) For if the message spoken through angels was legally binding and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, 3) how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him. 4) At the same time, God also testified by signs and wonders, various miracles, and distributions of gifts from the Holy Spirit according to His will.

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Jesus and Humanity
5) For He has not subjected to angels the world to come that we are talking about. 6) But one has somewhere testified:  What is man that You remember him, or the son of man that You care for him? 7) You made him lower than the angels for a short time;
You crowned him with glory and honor  8) and subjected everything under his feet.
For in subjecting everything to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. As it is, we do not yet see everything subjected to him. 9) But we do see Jesus—made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace He might taste death for everyone—crowned with glory and honor because of His suffering in death. 10) For in bringing many sons to glory, it was entirely appropriate that God—all things exist for Him and through Him—should make the source of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11) For the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12) saying: I will proclaim Your name to My brothers; I will sing hymns to You in the congregation.

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13) Again, I will trust in Him. And again, Here I am with the children God gave Me.  14) Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death—that is, the Devil— 15) and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. 16) For it is clear that He does not reach out to help angels, but to help Abraham’s offspring. 17) Therefore, He had to be like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18) For since He Himself was tested and has suffered, He is able to help those who are tested.

Hebrews 3

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Our Apostle and High Priest
Therefore, holy brothers and companions in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession; 2) He was faithful to the One who appointed Him, just as Moses was in all God’s household. 3) For Jesus is considered worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder has more honor than the house. 4) Now every house is built by someone, but the One who built everything is God. 5) Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s household, as a testimony to what would be said in the future. 6) But Christ was faithful as a Son over His household. And we are that household if we hold on to the courage and the confidence of our hope.

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Warning against Unbelief
7) Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear His voice,
8) do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness,
9) where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works 10)  for 40 years.
Therefore I was provoked with that generation and said, “They always go astray in their hearts, and they have not known My ways.” 11 So) I swore in My anger,
“They will not enter My rest.”  12) Watch out, brothers, so that there won’t be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart that departs from the living God.

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13) But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception. 14) For we have become companions of the Messiah if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start. 15) As it is said:  Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.  16) For who heard and rebelled? Wasn’t it really all who came out of Egypt under Moses? 17) And who was He provoked with for 40 years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18) And who did He swear to that they would not enter His rest, if not those who disobeyed? 19) So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

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John 3:20-21

For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.”


 “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus – Sweetest Name I Know”


“Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow”


“It Is Well With My Soul”

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25 thoughts on “Warning Against Neglect And Unbelief

  1. (Scripture Referenced In The Post Below Was Reformatted For Easier Reading)

    A Watchman on the Wall — Posted: 28 Sep 2016

    The LORD would have us understand that regardless of what our future holds, realize He holds our future. The following is a word to comfort and strengthen those that belong to Him. Take it to the LORD in prayer.

    “Challenges to your faith will soon creep into your lives. Unaware, many will stumble, but you will not fall if you remain steady on The Rock. Your faith will be greatly tested in days ahead. Be aware, be persistent in your commitment to Me. Continue on the narrow path, take a stand for righteousness and be vigilant in your service to the LORD.

    Your future rests in My hand. Never doubt that you are safe under the shelter of My wing. My peace, My protection available to all who will call upon the Name of the LORD.”
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    Isaiah 26:3 You will keep the mind that is dependent on You
    in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.

    Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

    John 16:33 I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

    John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.

    Romans 12:1-2
    Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

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  2. I just read that word from Ali Winters, myself, on my e-mail.
    Wow. It seems like these times are getting closer and closer upon us.
    Cling to the Scriptures. They are the same “yesterday, today, and forever” and we can stand on them like they are TODAY’s NEWS!!

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  3. Beautiful words to remember from Ali…The LORD would have us understand that regardless of what our future holds, realize He holds our future.

    Thank you James…I’m blessed this morning by your post. Love the music too.

    Blessings,
    Vicki

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  4. Daily Devotional — 09/30/16

    OVERCOMERS
    To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. Revelation 3:21

    Christians in areas of persecution have used many metaphors and similes to describe the victory of following Jesus and becoming an overcomer as He was. Here are some examples:

    In the former Soviet Union, believers said:
    Overcomers are like nails. The harder you hit them, the deeper they go!

    In China believers said:
    Overcomers are like bamboo. The more you cut them down, the faster and stronger they grow back.

    In Iran believers said:
    Overcomers are like rubber balls. The harder you throw them down on the floor, the higher they rebound!
    Overcomers are like flowers. The more you crush them, the stronger and sweeter the fragrance.

    In the Philippines believers said:
    Overcomers are like stained-glass cathedral windows at night. Their true beauty is revealed only when there is light from within.

    In India believers said:
    Overcomers are like tea bags. You have to put them in hot water to know how strong they are!

    You can be an overcomer! And you can stand strong through the storm!

    RESPONSE: Today I will be an overcomer standing strong through the storm.

    PRAYER: Pray that all Christians living under severe persecution will be encouraged and understand what it means to be an overcomer…as well as anticipate the many rewards Jesus promises to overcomers.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  5. May the Lord forgive all of those who are charging to share the gifts they freely received from the Holy Spirit. Those would include: Teaching, Preaching, Healing, Prophecy, Miracles, etc.

    1 Corinthians 2:12
    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.

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  6. Daily Devotional — 10/01/16

    FORGIVE YOUR ENEMIES And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25

    Hatred of her enemies is something Takoosh Hovsepian, the wife of an Iranian pastor murdered in 1994 no longer has. She says: “I’ve learned a lesson at God’s University about how to love your enemies.”

    As a teenager, Takoosh prayed that she might be allowed to marry a pastor, so that she could spend her life in the service of God. Her wish was fulfilled, but the way would not be easy.

    Her husband, Pastor Haik Hovsepian, was forty-eight years old when one day he did not come home. After twelve days, it became apparent that he had been killed at the behest of the Iranian government. About that time, four other Iranian pastors were also murdered in a cowardly way. They refused to sign an official declaration that they would not evangelize among Muslims.

    In Iran, ninety-eight percent of the population is Muslim. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in particular, the problems for Christians became increasingly great.

    Takoosh says, “During the revolution, hundreds of people threatened to set fire to the churches, which fortunately did not happen. The Islamic government does not want Muslims to go to church and evangelism among them is forbidden.”

    Pastor Hovsepian held important positions in the Iranian Church. On various occasions, he stated that he was willing to go to the utmost for his faith and for the church. His wife reflects, “Haik repeatedly said, ‘We don’t have to be afraid. We must trust in God.’ But in my heart, I was afraid. Haik was full of love for people, even for his Muslim neighbors. They were welcome at the church; they knew that he would help them even in times of difficulty.”

    The day that Haik left to collect a friend from the airport and never came back is deeply engraved on the memory of the widow and her children. At the police station, the eldest son, Joseph, was only shown a photo of his father. According to the police, the body of Pastor Hovsepian had been found in an alleyway in Teheran.

    Takoosh says, “I only had hatred in my heart, hatred for my enemies who had murdered Haik. I was not able to forgive them. I prayed with my lips, ‘God, give me the strength to forgive,’ but before I prayed, in my imagination I saw myself throwing mud at them. But one day a miracle happened. God taught me how I could forgive my enemies. I was asking for something which on the deepest level I did not want to ask for. But gradually, in a process of ups and downs which took months, God gave me the strength to pray more and more with my heart for those who had murdered my husband. God answered this prayer.

    “Then I was no longer praying only with my lips, but from the depths of my heart. I had learned not only to trust in God and to lean on Him, but also how I can forgive my enemies.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will forgive offences against me so God will forgive my sins.

    PRAYER: Pray for many Christian brothers and sisters of the persecuted church who have difficulty forgiving those who hurt them or their family.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  7. Special Note ** I won’t be posting any more prophecy from others starting 10/1/16. Please subscribe or follow any of them as you feel the leading from the Holy Spirit. We all have been warned as what is to come and we know we need to be prepared at all times. There can be a message given to someone by any of God’s Children, but we need discernment, wisdom and clarity.

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      1. I am just limiting all of the outside blog posting links right now. My personal preference is Bible Studies and sharing truthful news (no political stuff please). I have nothing against the Prophetic, just wanting everyone to make their own decisions on which ones to follow based on hearing from the Holy Spirit.

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    1. Wise James. So much is going on anything can happen and the need to hear from the Lord personally is huge. Each of us will have separate events happening in separate areas, time can change things, the frog in the pot of water, etc. I’m noticing confusion in many including myself if I step out from under His rest. Truly a time of learning to live in today for tomorrow has enough worries of it’s own. (paraphrased big time lol)
      God will have us all where He wants us as long as we are seeking with our whole hearts and even then, trust comes knowing if something major is going on personally, He will still take care of it.

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  8. Scripture “Verse Of The Day” from BibleGateway — 10/1/16:

    Matthew 5:11-12
    You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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  9. Daily Devotional — 10/02/16

    CHRISTIAN PRISONER ENCOURAGEMENT
    Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people. Philemon 1:7

    Twenty-nine-year-old Maryam Rostampour and thirty-two-year old Marzieh Amirizadeh spent 259 days in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison in 2009 in Iran. They had to overcome the fear of life imprisonment and the possibility of execution because they loved and followed Jesus Christ. They had to remain strong through weeks in solitary confinement, and endless hours of interrogation by Iranian officials and religious leaders. They had to endure months of harsh living conditions and debilitating sickness. In their first interview (with Sam Yeghnazar of Elam Ministries), they shared what life was like in prison and how they survived.

    Marzieh said, “I would like to thank them [prayer partners] for their prayers and support, and the letters they sent us. During this time it wasn’t just Maryam and Marzieh who were imprisoned, but all these prayer warriors. This was a great encouragement for us. We felt their presence alongside us. So please keep praying for those who are in prison for their faith, believers in Afghanistan and Pakistan…Don’t think that your prayers are unimportant.”

    She added, “We heard that people sent us letters in prison, but we didn’t get any of them. Just hearing that people sent us letters, was a great encouragement to us. And what’s interesting is that the guards who opened our letters, read the Bible verses and the prayers, and were impacted. We know this because they told us and mentioned some of the verses from the gospel. I can’t thank them [those who sent letters] with all that is in my heart; I can say ‘thank you,’ but this is not enough.”

    Maryam concluded, “I thank them. It’s true we didn’t see the letters they sent, but we knew there was a large group supporting us. This was a huge encouragement to us and helped us to stand firm. We heard from our guards that forty to fifty letters were coming every day. They saw how Christians stood together to support their own. This was something that gave us hope.”

    Check our website for names and addresses of Christians in prison for their faith whom you can write to and pray for.

    RESPONSE: Today I will pray for and send letters to Christians in prison for their faith to encourage them in their persecution.

    PRAYER: Pray for hope and encouragement for Christian prisoners—especially those in solitary confinement—in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  10. Daily Devotional — 10/03/16:

    PEACEMAKING IS VERY PRACTICAL
    Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:18

    Jesus instruction to His followers to be peacemakers is not as easily practiced in some areas of the world as we in the west might think. Tribal differences can cause deep divides.

    In April 2011, Open Doors sponsored a Christian youth camp in the southern Philippines bringing together 115 youths, mostly believers from Muslim background (MBB’s) from four different Muslim tribal groups. The goal of this camp was to show the youths that Jesus is the ultimate source of peace. When we have Him in our hearts, then, we can have peace within ourselves, with others and with our environment.

    Every activity of the camp was also designed to foster awareness and appreciation of each other’s tribal identity. Short drama presentations every night gave the youths a chance to tell their story. Bringing these ethnic groups to a point of understanding and acceptance was the crucial part of the camp. During Bible sessions, facilitators combined their lectures with tasks that encouraged campers to express their thoughts and feelings. They described their idea of peace, distinguished between peaceful and conflicting situations, and discovered their biblical responsibility as peacemakers taking after Christ’s example.

    While peacemaking starts with one’s self, it does not end there. It must affect other people’s lives. And so, the campers did community service in three neighboring areas during the camp. But the true litmus test for a peacemaker is when a conflict breaks out. The camp was on its homestretch when two campers from different tribes got tangled in a fight during the morning assembly. It was about to turn violent, until other youths stepped in. The two youths were brought to the camp director. Everyone was clearly upset as they streamed into the classrooms for the day’s round of Bible sessions.

    They were in for a surprise. An Open Doors co-worker shared, “The fight was staged. We wanted the campers to have an opportunity to apply what they had been learning so far. During the Bible session, we processed what happened. They realized that it brought out their biases and impatience; that some of their responses were condemning. They wanted to be a peacemaker, but they had yet to learn how to sow peace in times of conflict. It is a lifestyle.”

    It was an important lesson for the youths to learn, especially for those who lived in conflict areas. After the session, many campers approached the two volunteer actors and asked their forgiveness for judging and condemning them.

    Then, the youths were given some time to write down their commitments to becoming a peacemaker. One fifteen-year-old said, “It’ll be hard becoming a peacemaker, but I will try my best…The pastor taught us that becoming a peacemaker like Jesus comes with suffering. I must be prepared for that too.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will take practical steps in being a peacemaker for Jesus wherever I am.

    PRAYER: Pray for young tribal Christians who struggle with Christ-like actions and responses in conflict situations.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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    1. Excellent and timely daily devotional for myself. I find it difficult at times to deal with neighbors having conflict with each other. I pray for peace over these situations and try hard to not allow my emotions get in the way.

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      1. Excellent timing for myself also James. Much healing going on in so many recently on my travels. Self included. Out of 2 different locations in just the past several days, there are 2 different family’s/individuals deeply effected by an incident 2 years ago that landed a man in prison for 30 years. There was so much devastation, rage, heartbreak at the time the incident happened, yet looking back I can see how the Lords presence and HIS wisdom and words took over to keep peace and just “be there” without an opinion or condemnation, even as devastated as I was myself. I fell apart after returning home but it was not around anyone needing support, a hug or an ear. Wow, does His love amaze me! It’s a good thing this didn’t happen sooner or maybe that is just it……….the way our minds are so small compared to His ways and His thinking…….when allowing Him to take control vs the flesh, He does and He will.

        Now, I can see how His love and His wisdom so needed all the time. I had to get a room a couple nights this week due to being contagious from the chest junk. I prayed over the room and rested as much as possible. Was able to spend time seeking the Lord and in prayer without interruption also. Before checking out yesterday I had such a slight check in my spirit I missed it. Well, He did what I could not do while still trying to function on a script that doesn’t mix well with me and being around others. He took over EVEN WITH the sides from the meds (prednisone). The “event” was unexpectedly brought up yesterday . Right out of the blue, first time in a bit over 2 years that its been brought up again. Seriously, I almost said something that could have caused harm (this incident forever changed all of those/us involved) but Holy Spirit gave a larger check and did not miss this one.
        Put a coal to my lips Lord…….keep it there in season and out……He answered that prayer I’ve prayed often. Right on time! Peace in all things………..what a journey and lesson that I would love to say is there all the time but, maybe when I get to heaven:) I just praise God He did when needed during this type ordeal!

        It saddened me as I checked out of the room to head over to the house. No longer is there a Gideon Bible in the drawer by the bed……it’s now a Hindu book. I could not remove the book as it did not belong to me, but I sure did leave a Gospel tract!

        Our emotions………on this journey……just thinking aloud while others are sleeping……He is faithful to do what the flesh cannot do just by simply being willing and putting His love first. He can move in the midst of that horrific feeling of shock one gets when there’s an unexpected death, He can move to comfort others in spite of our own feelings regardless of the circumstances. As I think on all His goodness and faithfulness, the old song, “I Surrender All” is in my heart. So needed to deal with just what today is calling for. Wretched flesh is sure an appropriate word Paul used……when looking at His goodness, counting all His blessings, how on earth is it possible to still fail Him in this life here………..yet it happens. Whether by omission or commission we are stuck in this flesh till we are home with Him.

        Last night I had a dream where things had begun to take place here in the US. Without getting into detail due to not going over it all with Him yet and not recalling all the detail, one area stood out huge: We had been moved to a location and I remarked, “this is easier than I thought it would be.” I could feel His peace and joy in the midst of all going on. I believe He used this to really encourage and let us know, we will soon be walking in the Anointing needed for the times we are rushing into.

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