Ignoring The Truth

For the most part, people know the difference between right and wrong.   They know what is sin and what isn’t.   Those that truly know the Lord know the truth about Sin by way of conviction from the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible.

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Once we have been saved and we have a close personal walk with the Lord, we can’t continue in Sin the way we did before.   We fall, we ask for forgiveness and we continue on down that narrow path.

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The Bible is not like a buffet where you pick and choose what you like!    Some people pretend that specific sins are not called out in the Bible, just so they can justify what they are doing or planning in the future.

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I am not referring to Old Testament Law, but instead what Jesus himself commanded us to do.   Yes we are never to Judge someone and not go around like the pharisees did, but when we know the truth in the word and witness a Brother or Sister in Christ doing or planning sin, it’s very hard to remain silent.

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Sometimes the right path is to be silent.   Take everything to the Lord in prayer and turn over concerns to him.   He will guide our mouths in the correct time.

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We have been forgiven from all past Sin, as many of us have a ton!    Forgiven from past sin does not give us a free pass to pretend we don’t know what the Lord’s will is.   I know I am being repetitive here, but the Lord Never Ever asks us to Sin to accomplish a goal!  Anyone who states that the Lord told them to Sin for any purpose, is truly not hearing from the Lord!

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Once we open ourselves to known sin, we are inviting the enemy to hang around.   Satan and his minion are very clever and will use any tactics to get us off our walk with the Lord.   We can fall into a state of delusion thinking that our sin is ok, and we never repent from it.  That’s a very dangerous place to be, as we can’t enter the kingdom with any unrepented sin!


Ephesians 6:10-20

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10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. 12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 13 This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14 Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest,
15 and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.
16 In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,
which is God’s word.
18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. 20 For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.


2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

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9 The coming of the lawless one is based on Satan’s working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders, 10 and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false, 12 so that all will be condemned—those who did not believe the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.


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1 Peter 5:8  Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.


 

Matthew 25:1-13

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The Parable of the 10 Virgins
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were sensible. 3 When the foolish took their lamps, they didn’t take olive oil with them. 4 But the sensible ones took oil in their flasks with their lamps. 5 Since the groom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.6 “In the middle of the night there was a shout: ‘Here’s the groom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 “Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 8 But the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 9 “The sensible ones answered, ‘No, there won’t be enough for us and for you. Go instead to those who sell, and buy oil for yourselves.’ 10 “When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived. Then those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut. 11 “Later the rest of the virgins also came and said, ‘Master, master, open up for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘I assure you: I do not know you!’ 13 “Therefore be alert, because you don’t know either the day or the hour.


Matthew 7:22-24

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22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ 23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’


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Ephesians 5:27   He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.


Luke 8:16-18

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16 “No one, after lighting a lamp, covers it with a basket or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in may see its light. 17 For nothing is concealed that won’t be revealed, and nothing hidden that won’t be made known and come to light. 18 Therefore take care how you listen. For whoever has, more will be given to him; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.”


“What a Friend We Have in Jesus – Kaleb Brasee”


“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – Kaleb Brasee”


Anne Murray Just A Closer Walk With Thee/”Take My Hand Lord Jesus”

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14 thoughts on “Ignoring The Truth

  1. Very good post James. A vision an unsaved 16 year old had……….. It’s one of those that shakes a person to the reality we are in. To the point if there are distractions, even small ones, it throws them all out the window and causes intense intercession……..I only thought I was grieved in my spirit, then I heard this and it was confirmation yet again………..

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  2. Daily Devotional — 12/21/16

    NEVER TOO OLD TO SERVE JESUS
    The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” Psalm 92:12-15

    As I share with numerous audiences my experiences from years of ministry in Asia, I often try to drive home the point that the Church in China teaches us that you can never be too young and never too old to serve Jesus.

    Our Western church culture marginalizes youths until they have finished some level of higher education. And even worse, we marginalize those who are retired as now being “over the hill” and only fit to sit in a rocking chair for whatever years remain for them.

    But repeatedly in the Old Testament, there are references to the elderly “still bearing fruit in old age!” And the persecuted church is replete with stories and testimonies giving evidence.

    In 1997 I wrote a booklet titled Great Bible Women of China in which I share the story of five elderly Chinese Bible Women who completed long fruitful lives of service, finishing strong.

    In his book, Vietnam’s Christians: A Century of Growth in Adversity, veteran Vietnam missionary, Reg Reimer, shares the remarkable story of diminutive Mrs. Diep Thi Do. She and her pastor husband served as missionaries among the Stieng tribal people for twenty years. Just before Vietnam fell in 1975, her husband was captured by the communists and was never heard from again. She then did not dare do any tribal ministry except pray.

    In 1981, emerging from the deep underground during the darkest years, she encountered some very discouraged Stieng Christians in the market. They begged her to be their missionary and pastor. She considered this a strong call from God and courageously called the Stieng back into church groups. She often “stared down” resistance from communist authorities. She presided over the building of the largest church sanctuary in Vietnam. She performed all pastoral functions including marrying, burying, appointing leaders and administering the sacraments. Her bravery and her spiritual authority ensured that no one ever challenged her operating essentially as a bishop.

    Reg Reimer concludes, “She described herself as ‘only a little woman.’ But her faith and trust in God made her a giant in the lives of thousands of Stieng Christians she had served for fifty-five years. More than four thousand came to attend her funeral and celebrate her life when she died at age eighty-four in 2008.”[1] You can never be too old to serve Jesus!

    RESPONSE: Today I will acknowledge that disciples of Jesus can be useful for Him at any age—especially in their elderly years.

    PRAYER: Pray that elderly believers will realize the giftedness they have and can continue to utilize.

    1. Reg Reimer, Vietnam’s Christians: A Century of Growth in Adversity (Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2011), p. 60.

    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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  3. There are many hard truths stemming from the bible which are marginalized today because the sin is not seen properly because of terminology in use today.

    Some of which i myself have been guilty of.

    Example is porn which is just visual adultery! Now without Christ on that failure alone i would be condemned to an eternity of frying experience even if i never had a another woman outside of marriage.

    As Jc said we dont have a license to sin but we do have a duty to repent for failures known and unknown every day.

    Last thing you do every day repent in prayer as Jc quoting Bette stated!

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  4. Daily Devotional — 12/22/16

    THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE OF CHRIST
    I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:2-4

    Iraq is probably the last place in the world you’d expect to find an illustration of the beautiful bride of Christ. Yet on top of a beautiful plateau in the mountains of Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) a group of Arab Christians organized a prayer conference. More than five hundred Christians from all over Iraq, from all kind of churches including twenty local church leaders, came to pray for unity and peace in the country. “Oh God, unite our country again, bring peace to the Christians and strengthen your people,” was the common prayer on everybody’s lips. “This was a unique and wonderful experience for the Iraqi church,” shares Joyce who was one of the participants.

    Teachers and pastors gave lectures on humility and engaged the group in seeking the Lord Jesus Christ at first. “There was prayer for the country and prayer for the different pastors. And one of the highlights was the fact that local Iraqi pastors washed each other feet and that is a miracle in a country where there is so much division,” Joyce adds. And she continues, “We prayed for God to give hope and life for individual Christians again; we prayed for individual prayer requests which were written down on paper.”

    Another pastor taught the group to love their country and to have a passion for the country. Joyce says, “Two young leaders from Baghdad were very much touched by this, since both of them had been victims of violence and kidnapping in Baghdad, because of their faith. They had problems in loving their country and the people in it.”

    One pastor shared, “Every six months we lose twenty per cent of our believers to the free world, and our main problem is also that so many Christian leaders are leaving. You just finish training young leaders and they leave. It is a pity and we are losing so many potential leaders.”

    Another Iraqi Christian shared with tears the experience of his kidnapping in Kirkuk. “God was with me and I felt that people around the world were praying for me, although I was amazed about that. God was with me and he brought me out.”

    In conclusion a pastor said, “Like Christ, the church in Iraq feels afflicted, not comforted and lashed by stones. And yet does the son of the king ever feel powerless? I do not think so; the presence of the comforter is in our midst in Iraq, so be brave and continue. The Holy Spirit in us is not just a power; He is God himself, who is with us. To God the church in Iraq is beautiful also; so let us love her and work alongside her to make her more so.”

    RESPONSE: I will never lose faith that Jesus is developing His beautiful bride around the entire world.

    PRAYER: Pray that Iraqi Christians will continue to perceive themselves as Jesus’ beautiful bride.

    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. Hello everyone,
    I’ve been resting and healing. I’ve been watching and reading and learning from a distance, quietly but with much attention your post James and everyone’s comments and wonderful sharing. It sustains me as an addition to the Lord and His love and mercy. His mercy, for I am alive and getting stronger everyday as He heals me.

    Thank you all for your prayers!!!

    Below I have added the link to my Blog simply to share a Christmas Card with you…my wish is for a joy filled Christmas full of PEACE & LOVE as we remember and celebrate the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    https://lovejohn316blog.wordpress.com/

    Peace, Love and Blessings,
    Vicki

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  6. Daily Devotional — 12/23/16

    Unnatural Response
    Ezekiel 24:15–27

    Recommended Reading: Job 1:1–22; Psalm 22:1–5; 1 Peter 1:3–7

    When President Ronald Reagan passed away in June of 2004, the news media spent an entire week documenting his surviving family’s grief. Cable and broadcast news programs covered the memorial services, ceremonies and funeral. But one of the biggest news stories of the week had already been reported thousands of times and in thousands of ways over the years—that of Reagan’s loving relationship with his wife, Nancy.

    Now imagine that his death had gone completely unnoticed—a mere footnote in the obituary section of the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. What if Nancy Reagan had gone on with her daily activities as though nothing had changed and the media had stayed away? That would have been an unnatural and inappropriate response to the passing of this world-changing individual. The nation of Israel reacted with questions and protest when Ezekiel’s wife died. God instructed the prophet not to mourn—no lamenting, weeping or shedding of tears. Naturally, the people noticed Ezekiel’s lack of public grief. They asked him why he didn’t mourn openly over the loss of someone he had obviously loved so deeply. Just the response God wanted! Ezekiel explained how his situation foreshadowed theirs. Because the Israelites had forsaken God, they would live in exile. Worse, the temple—their symbol of national pride—would be destroyed. Naturally, the nation would want to grieve. But how would the people, as exiles, be able to mourn?

    What a tough assignment for Ezekiel—to function as a human object lesson at the time of the loss of his wife, “the delight of [his] eyes” (Ezekiel 24:16). The message to the people was that the pride and joy of their culture, the temple in Jerusalem, was going to be desolated. Those who thought that God would never allow his holy home to be destroyed were sorely mistaken and were about to discover how wrong they were.

    Consider for yourself how this passage might speak to your life. In what areas do you feel God’s blessing will be protected? Perhaps you felt led to a certain job or ministry that you feel certain will be around for the foreseeable future. Maybe you’re placing your confidence in the fact that the pastor of your church will be in his position long enough to see your kids get married. Perhaps you’re relying on some possession in your life to remain solid, stable and valuable for years to come. Or maybe your retirement package is your source of security.

    The old adage “change is the only constant” is just as true today as it ever was. Are you placing your confidence in something other than the grace and care of God? Plans change and people change; economies flourish and falter, but God is the only true constant.

    To Take Away
    Would you generally describe your life right now as good or bad? Considering your answer, how close do you feel to God?
    What lessons do you recall from previous difficult times that remind you to stay close to God?
    How can you ensure that you’ll stay close to God no matter what happens in your life?

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