The Mental Stronghold of Confusion Taught by Islam – A Deeper Look At The Quran

Islam Agrees with Christianity the following:

Jesus was born of a virgin
She said, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?” [The angel] said, “Such is Allah ; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is
Surat Ali Imran 3:47

Jesus performed many miracles
And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.
 Surat Ali Imran 3:49

Jesus is the Messiah
[and mention] when the angels said, O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah]
Surat Ali Imran 3:45

Islam Disagrees with Christianity on the following:

Jesus was divine
And [beware the Day] when Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah ?'” He will say, “Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen
I said not to them except what You commanded me – to worship Allah , my Lord and your Lord. And I was a witness over them as long as I was among them; but when You took me up, You were the Observer over them, and You are, over all things, Witness
Surat Al Maidah 5:116-117

Jesus died on the cross
And [for] their saying, “Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah .” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain.
Surat An-Nisa 4:157

Jesus rose from the grave
Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise
Surat An-Nisa 4:158

 

 

In the book of Acts, from the resurrection of Christ to present day, Jesus true disciples have always preached Jesus life, death on the cross, and resurrection from the dead

These three things are the core of biblical Christianity according to all the scriptures that preceded these events, and then were carried out according to the scriptures, so to attack any of these truths would be the key elements of false teachings that Jesus and the apostles sharply warned us about

There have been a number of teachings that have tried to contradict these historical truths from day one.

But todays focus is five to six hundred years after Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection, when Muhammad comes along and tried to change what was always and consistently known to be true about Jesus Christ.

 

But what does the Quran actually say?

 

1.

When we look at the Quran, we see that it states that followers of Jesus are superior to those who disbelieve

when Allah said, “O Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify you from those who disbelieve and make those who follow you superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is your return, and I will judge between you concerning that in which you used to differ
Quran Verse 3:55

This verse says in the day of resurrection, the final day for all mankind, Allah is going to make those who believe in Jesus until that final day superior to those who disbelieve

 

2.

O you who have faith! Be Allah’s helpers, just as Jesus son of Mary said to the disciples, “who will be my helpers for Allah’s sake?” The disciples said, “we will be Allah’s helpers!” So a group of the children of Israel believed, and a group disbelieved, then we strengthened the faithful against their enemies, and they became the dominant ones
Quran Verse 61:14

Apparently, in this verse, Allah is saying that those who had faith in, and became disciples of Jesus, just as Jesus disciples who followed him, were strengthened against their enemies and became the dominant ones.

3.

Islam argues that the “original scriptures are corrupted” but in the Quran it says:

He has revealed to you the Book with truth, verifying that which is before it, and He revealed the Torah and the Gospel aforetime, a guidance for the people, and He sent the Quran
Quran Verse 3:3

Transliteration:
Nazzala AAalayka alkitaba bilhaqqimusaddiqan lima bayna yadayhi waanzala attawratawal-injeel

This particular phrase (in bold) means: “that which is in between your hands” This statement that Muhammad recited says that the Book with truth is that which is already in between your hands. Since the Quran had not yet been written, the Christian’s and Jews were the only ones who already had their Scriptures in their hands. He is confirming that it is guidance for the people

So when Muslims say that the scriptures were “Corrupted”, their very own Quran says this statement is false and that the scriptures they already had in their hands was true.

4.

The Quran tells Muhammad that if he disbelieves what was revealed to him, he can always go ask those who have been reading the scriptures before him (the Christians and the Jews who had the entire old testament and now were preaching the Gospel of message about Jesus Christ) to show him the truth in the scriptures.

So if you are in doubt, [O Muhammad], about that which We have revealed to you, then ask those who have been reading the Scripture before you. The truth has certainly come to you from your Lord, so never be among the doubters
Quran Verse 10:94

This still assumes that the scriptures were available and true even before the Quran was produced, and infallible as Christians confirm, and God tells Muhammad that if he ever doubts, then to go ask the Christians and Jews, (the ones who had the earlier scriptures) for the truth.

5.

And let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed therein. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed – then it is those who are the defiantly disobedient
Quran Verse 5:47

This verse implicitly orders the “people of the Gospel” (Christians) to judge what Allah has revealed. Therefore, it is by command of the Quran (the only one I’ll ever follow since it’s the only one that lines up with previously preached scriptural truths) that I am allowed to preach to the Muslim that their doctrine is false and the Quran is a fraud since it doesn’t line up with anything previously preached regarding the scriptures.

I hope you understand that I do this with all sincerity because where you spend eternity is all gonna be based on whether or not you accept Jesus Christ as Lord or not.
This means everything to me now that I know and can prove it to be true.
I love you and sent this for you to consider the truth

6.

Say, “O People of the Scripture, you are [standing] on nothing until you uphold [the law of] the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to you from your Lord.” And that which has been revealed to you from your Lord will surely increase many of them in transgression and disbelief. So do not grieve over the disbelieving people
Surat Al Maidah 5:68

This pretty much states clearly and precisely that we should only stand on the Law of the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deutoronomy) and the Gospel, and then everything revealed from the Lord, which is Jesus Christ.

It even goes further to state that many are gonna disbelieve what those who do so have to say!

The Quran states that the Old Testament scripture is truthful, and since they all point to Jesus and confirm Him as the awaited messiah who would live, die, and rise from the dead to save mankind from their sins any argument that scripture is “corrupted” or “false” as the Muslims defense is not true even to their own beliefs

It also states that if you stand on anything else (other than the Old Testament and the Gospel) you are standing on nothing at all; the very books that point to Jesus!

7.

And the word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice. None can alter His words, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
Quran Verse 6:115

Muslims always defend the Quran by saying that the scriptures have been corrupted. But not only does the Quran state that no one can alter the Word of God, but by this, it also affirms that all scriptures before it have to be true then. The very scriptures that all point to Jesus Christ and make no mention of Muhammad what so ever.

 

 

So to recap
the Quran teaches:

1. No one can corrupt the Word of God (A statement which must include past, present and future to be deemed true)
2. The Quran says to follow the scriptures of the Torah and the Gospel
3. The Quran says the people of the book “Christians & Jews”, have the truth
4. The Quran states that followers of Jesus are superior to those who disbelieve
5. If we are to trust the scriptures previously written before the Quran, then those scriptures do not indicate that Muhammad was to come and therefore him and his teachings are of no significance in history in relation to God’s will for humanity

And also,

If the scriptures are true, then this is the only proof necessary that Islam’s teaching are false
but if the scriptures are false, Islam is still false because the Quran says the scriptures are true!

Jesus answered, I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me
John 14:6

Choose
TRUTH

Choose JESUS!

 

 Isaiah 53
Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression
and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes
his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life
and be satisfied;
by his knowledge
my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors
Isaiah 53

 

Body, Soul & Spirit

BODY, SOUL, SPIRIT

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Galatians 5:19-26

 

Farewell – The End of a Thing

(Letter to my friends at the end of my email ministry)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven;

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing

A time to get, and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to cast away

A time to rend, and a time to sew

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;

A time of war, and a time of peace

What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet
no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
Ecclesiastes 1:1-14

 

 

This is not good bye, but simply farewell to a season in life. Throughout your life, you will have opportunities to do something extraordinary. Something that has the ability to challenge and maybe even change in a very profound and dire way, the lives of every one you know and love. In these past months, I feel like writing has been a stepping stone for where God has called me to go in life. It has been a privilege and pleasure to share some of my deepest thoughts, insights, and lessons learned regarding life and the various struggles we face therein as I allow God to lead me through the course of this ministry: correcting me when necessary, challenging me to dig deeper within myself than I was ever used to, and above all, learning to lean on Him wholly to guide me through it in the light of truth to which He alone is the Author and deserves eternal praise.

 

“Soli Deo Gloria!”

It is my sincere prayer that although some of the things shared could be received as offensive, dogmatic, or intrusive, that you never forgot that it was sent by someone that knows you and has loved you all over the course of our lives even until now, and that you also know that it was never my intention to hurt, harm, or offend anyone in any way.

 

 

 

I recall the premise of the majority of scary movies:

 

A group of friends or family members set out on an endeavor together, seemingly trusting and having confidence in one another. Then all of a sudden, in a twist of events, one of them comes across some very important and life changing information that although this group of friends who seemed to be inseparable in all the years that they knew each other, for some reason just cannot seem to comprehend or accept that the warning they receive from someone they knew all their life could be valid or true, so they end up rejecting that person along with the message. The unfortunate thing is that it is always to their own detriment.

 

Had they listened. Had they sought to look deeper into this great mystery that arose out of no where. Had they inquired for themselves. Had they trusted in this one person that they had no reason to believe would lie to them…

 

How different the circumstances could’ve been.

 

 

In these past months, I feel like I have been that friend to you all. One who, by no merit or worthiness of my own, had the privilege by grace alone to come across this truly most vital information that affects the eternal destiny of all those who surround me. My very skin and bones, soul and spirit now cry out to share this information with you all to save you from a fate that is certain apart from Christ, knowing fully well that it is not I who has the power to save anyone, as I did not save myself, but it was the grace of God that led me to this understanding, and that grace received freely only because of faith in Jesus Christ. A truth that if you can bring yourself to trust in by faith, you too will see the reason for this certainty of hope that I hold.

 

I may no longer be called to continue bombarding you with emails filled with heartfelt anguish to see a dying nation flee the wrath to come that is upon all those who reject the Gospel truth of the One and Only Son of the Most High God, but I will continue to hold and unceasing grief, and pray for you all who have not yet placed your trust in Jesus Christ the Savior of the world,

 

I struggled to think of what I might leave you with in this last message that would encourage you to seek the truth for yourselves that maybe you once knew and abandoned, or have been brought up in a household that taught you to reject this truth without ever searching it out for yourselves…

 

But Instead of pouring out to you any longer in this way…
I now turn my cries to the true and living God
Through His One and Only Son
The Lord is mighty in battle
The Lord is might to save!

It is my hope that a day shall come when I will stand shoulder to shoulder with you once again, this time, to sing the eternal praises of our God in heaven, both in this lifetime, and then for all eternity in the life to come!

 

I love you & I pray
God blesses you all!

 

May the name of the Lord Jesus Christ be forever praised!

 

 

Jesus Culture
Rooftops
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-gLdIO5G-Q

 

 

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile
Romans 1:16

 

 

Truth Music

Bizzle

Truth Music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhXTJNt85E4

 

When I say to the wicked, “O wicked man, you will surely die,” and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin and I will hold you accountable for his blood
Ezekiel 33:8

Look, I ain’t fittin to keep doing this homie
So I’m praying that people will listen
How many rappers am I having to beat to submission
Leaving them in fetal positions
All this beefing and dissin
got the people wondering if he’s even a Christian
Wasn’t a Christian rapper til after I made explaining
I was just a rapper that loved the Father and hated satan
And Jay’s(-Z) playin this game where he’s making in blantant and sayin he ain’t
is placing them right in the way where I’m aiming

 

Rick Rick Ross
Your foolery is working
Your music is perverting what we’re doing in the churches
You got people who would never do it in a service
At the club movin screaming “Hallelujah” while they’re cursing
You see the world to just glorify the rhymer you are
but I could ask you kids what kind of father you are
Beyond the facade, I see you don’t love yourself
You run around tryin to be everyone but yourself

Larry Hoover…
John Gotti…
Freeway…
Big Meech…
Albert Anastasia…
Pablo Escobar…

Seems the only thing you were you denied and that’s po-lice
Now cause he’s obese he thinks he’s B.I.G
See like a new picture you have twice been exposed
But I show the picture of your life in a different pose

He never smiles cause he has to pretend he’s a threat
When the only thing that should be on his record’s identity theft

See I don’t battle in the flesh”
I war in the Spirit
That’s why the listener can picture the sword when they hear it

They want you in the dark ignorant and blind stricken
Mad cause I’m runnin round hitting all the light switches

And Christ reigns!
You could never take the power from Him

If ‘ye (Kan-ye) wanna be the Son,
Tell him I could son him

Now I’mma tell you what they’re doin
You gotta pay real close attention to their music

They all stand together I can see the alliance
If enough agree to feed it to you the people will buy it

So I heard the freemason record and they said that Jay(-Z) denied it
But what did he deny because to me sounded like this:
“rumors of Lucifer, a devil I’m not though”
But if you listen I said he ain’t the devil in my song
He didn’t say he ain’t a mason, he just said he never said it
Put the devil on you? Ain’t nobody make you wear the sweater

But since I know a lot of you will take it if he tell ya
I’mma paint the picture for you so you see a little better

If your chick came home with a hickey on her neck…

Phone number in her purse…

Movie tickets in her dress…

Smelling like cologne…

naked pictures in her text…

showing everything but his tape slipping in her deck…

If all it would take for you to trust her
is saying “she ain’t do it”
without having to prove it
then you’re a sucker

Do not insult my intelligence
Denying the allegations without ever addressing the evidence

The Bible says: you judge a tree by the fruit”
I look at the streets and I see what you people produce

So hear what you say
But I see what you do
And I ain’t seeing nothing consistent between the two

And though you lied to me
I’d never lie to you
You’re telling half truth’s but that’s what good liars do

So if your music inspires people to rob and shoot
If that’s your fruit then what god inspired you?

I know that J (Jay-Z) quoting the Bible confuses you
but in the studio when he recorded “Lucifer”
he looked ‘Ye (Kan-ye) in the eye and said:
“I don’t know where I’m gettin this ish from,
I never read the Bible a day in my life”

But since I know that most of you won’t believe it
Just know that even Satan ‘tried’ to quote the Bible when he tempted Jesus

But I ain’t even surprised cause that’s hiphop
You make a living off of quoting lines you don’t live by

What’s really funny homie
I’m only twenty six
These cats are pushing forty
But get a load of this

They rock Jesus pieces, crosses and rosaries
but push sex, drugs, and murder when they’re on the beat
But if I did that, it would be all over
Peep how their twice my age but you expect more from me

The world flipped when I said “n!cca”
When Jay(-Z) said “hat’s my mother effin name?”
they just said “Jigga!”

But at the end of the day I ain’t afraid to say
Christ love us the same, it ain’t too late for Jay(-Z)

And as sure as He hung and bled for you homie
If you EVER try to change I’ll be there for you homie
But as long as you’re on the other side of that line
I’m cracking the devils back and you’re attached to that spine

Check it…
You dumb hiphop down, it dumbs down people
So they can throw screens up that you can’t see through
And now evil looks good on the scale that we use
Only because we compare it to stuff that’s more evil

Even the liar says: “At least I don’t steal”

The thief says: “well, at least I don’t kill”

The killer says: “Well, at least I don’t rape women”

The rapist says: “Well, at least I don’t rape children”

C’mon homie, is that how we’re living now?
Is that how you convince yourself you ain’t living foul?

Comparing yourself to people you think are worst than you?
Compare yourself to Christ and you’ll learn the truth!

It is what it is, consider me the messenger
Shown the light and got on the mic to tell the rest of them
Satan got the best of them
and only One can rescue them
and He’s the baby that laid in the manger down in Bethlehem

That died for sins of man
just to rise again with power in His hand
and I’m honored to be following His plan

This ain’t fun to me, this load is so heavy
The world hating and the church got they stones ready
But I’m ready for whatever and for Christ I’m ready to die
So the question is, are you ready for I?

Somebody who don’t got a price; That you never could buy
You could never pay me enough to fill a nations head up with lies
I severed my ties to the world cause I’m fed up inside
It’s either speak out or shut up and cry
So I cried to the LORD til it swell up my eyes
The beats gone now, listen to my heart and you can tell if I’m lyin

And Jay is still a beast, I ain’t never been a hater
And so is Ricky Ross, but I’m all for the Savior

I don’t care if we’re brothers if you’re beefing with my pops
I’mma take you in the yard and I’mma beat you til you stop
But I’m not fittin to become the illuminati rapper
pointing out Mason’s, that is not what I rap for
Cause half of y’all spend more time wrapped up in that stuff
last week than you have your Bible in the last month

Study the lie they can make more lies up
Study the truth and you’ll know when the lie comes
I’m not going away so get used to it

God Over Money
is the new movement and this is
Truth Music


Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me
John 14:6

 

To Die Is Gain

 

From time to time I’m asked as a contractor to do a job for a customer who looks at me straight in my face with a plain expression while asking me to prepare their rental property with the absolute basic (emphasizing “basic”) requirements necessary for renting it out.

It seems that the opportunity to make an income from the property far exceeded their desire to provide a suitable living quarters for another human being above the bare necessities to get it done.

Hypocrisy would be for that same individual to then turn on the TV later that day and complain about how unfortunate it is that people around the world have no place to rest their head, no food to eat, and say “no one cares anymore” all the while them self having no regard for treating their own fellow human beings with love, respect and dignity beyond the bare minimum requirements

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets

Matthew 7:12

Love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these
Mark 12:30-31

 

In the book titled: “Religion and Society”, Malcolm Muggeridge says:

“So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over–a weary, battered old brontosaurus–and became extinct.”

Malcolm Muggeridge

 

 

Under the facade of safety and economic stability, the western world has been intricately penetrated at the foundation of our thinking and slowly destroyed by an enemy far more subtle than we might ever want to acknowledge.

It comes in the form of policy such as legalized prostitution, degrading our sisters for profit causing them to feel no shame towards their decisions because their actions could be possibly deemed “legal”.

It comes in a form that waves a banner of pride and encouraging homosexuality as if it were a natural part of relations, causing a breakdown in the original design of the family unit, suggesting that other possibilities of redefining “family” are acceptable, all the while watching as more youth suffer from broken homes, and more wives take on the role of husbands.

It comes in the form of music video’s which encourages “poppin bottles” and partying as the only acceptable form of enjoyment and relief when the weekend comes to the point where over 87% of teens have admitted to consuming alcohol before the age of 18 and the results of this depressant, which alcohol is, has significantly risen as witnessed in society as a whole in teenage suicide and mental instability leading to drug dependancy.

It comes in the form of movies and t.v programming that plant the subtle seed of idea’s that contradict what God’s Word states as truth about who we are, where we came from, how we were created, in who’s image we were created, what is our hope and purpose, and what is to come. These are most detrimental since they paint vivid pictures feeding peoples imaginations with unfounded thoughts, planting desires that cannot be met, ideals that cannot be attained, and blurring the lines between fact and fiction.

It comes in the form of billboards, bus ad’s, mall ad’s, internet ad’s, and magazine ad’s that casually desensitize its viewers with sexually suggestive and seductive advertising to the point that our generation is more lust driven and concerned with their own self-centered views than to ever find time to look outside of them self to help another in any point beyond the mere superficial holding open of a door, or letting someone go first in a line up.

The list goes on considerably…

Man is made of body, soul, and spirit.
The physical is encompassed in the body. The conscience, will, and emotions are within the soul. And our spiritual leading to life or death comes through our choice for God, or the demonic spirits of this world.

When our efforts to seek our own happiness and preserve our own lives becomes an after thought, if even at all, and instead we place the needs of others wholly before our own, then and only then may we begin to understand a love that is willing to lay down His life for others, and the kind of love the cross of Christ truly represents.

Jesus said:
And he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it
Matthew 10:38-39

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it

Matthew 16:25

Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it

Luke 17:33

For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for me and for the gospel, you will save it

Mark 8:35

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it
Luke 9:24

Those who love their own life will lose it; those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for life eternal

John 12:25 


For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain

Philippians 1:21


To Die Is Gain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjf2bbTWBI8

The Temptation of Christ

Then the devil, taking him up to a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give to You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be yours”

Jesus answered, “It is written:
You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve‘”

Luke 4:5-8

Satan tempts us at the point of our physical needs

Not that we might gratify them to excess, but that we would think of nothing else and gratify them at the expense of our usefulness in this world

Satan tempts us at the point of our ambitions

Not that we might engage in positive evil,
but simply accept the fact of evil,
learn to live with it,
come to terms with it,
and maintain a discreet silence in the presence of it

Satan tempts us at the point of our religion

Not that we might disbelieve in God, but that we might demand certainty; that kind of certainty which leaves nothing at all to faith; nothing to God himself

These are the moral struggles that have reality for people such as we are

The subtle temptation to renounce our duty in favor of what is attractive; that insidious allurement to a kind of half goodness which is the essence of everything bad and which is more productive of suffering and hatred and war and misery in this world than all the designs of wicked and greedy men combined 

Arthur Leonard Griffith

 

The Law of Sin And Death
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.

For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful naturea slave to the law of sin.
Romans 7:14-25

Life Through The Spirit
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youfree from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,

God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.

And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 8:1-6

 

 

 

 

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
What ever my lot you have taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul

Though the devil will ruin, though trials may come
Let this blessed assurance control
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate
And He shed His own blood for my soul

It is well, with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh my soul

It is well, with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

And Lord haste the day when my faith shall be sight
And the clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend
Even so, it is well with my soul

It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

 

 

 

 

and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it
Ecclesiastes 12:7