Hearing the Voice of God

Last week Sunday my brother and I went out bowling at a local venue.

It had been a long time since we had the opportunity to hang out so it was long overdue

While we were bowling, this thought crossed my mind:

Lord, are you with me even when I’m bowling?

I quickly caught myself and replied to my own question:

Of course you’re with me! you’re with me in everything I do!

As I continued on bowling, I wondered if the Lord knew a better way to help me bowl so I asked Him to be a part of it

There were five bowling balls to choose from in the ball return. Out of those, there were three primarily that I was using:

– A light weight ball (red)

– A medium weight ball (green)

– A heavy ball (blue)

At first I heard the Lord say to me “use the green ball”

So I did, and sure enough…. STRIKE!

How amazing, I thought. The Lord is helping me bowl!

The next time around I heard the Lord say to me “use the blue ball” And of course, STRIKE again!

This was awesome!

Again I went up and I heard Him say “use the green ball”

Sure enough, STRIKE again!

 

I thought to myself, all I have to do was trust in the Lord to guide me and I would certainly be victorious even at something like bowling

The next time I went up to bowl I heard the Lord say to me “use the red ball”

So I did. But this time, there was no strike. I think I barely caught two or three pins on the left side.

I turned and asked the Lord:
“Lord, what happened? I trusted your voice and listened to your instruction, but I didn’t get a strike this time”

The Lord replied
“Son, I wasn’t trying to teach you how to bowl. I was teaching you how to listen and obey my voice!”

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In the book of 1 Samuel, the prophet teaches us “to obey is better than sacrifice”

God doesn’t care for our man made religion, but seeks a meaningful relationship with us – His creation

This is only made possible by the reconciliation that God established through the cross of Jesus Christ!

That relationship grows into something beyond beautiful when we learn to trust Him.

We show that have learnt to trust Him when we obey.

 

With each passing day,
may we learn to trust Him more

 

Trust JESUS!

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Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs and the Journey of the Meaning of Life!

Many psychologists agree that it’s common practice for human beings to be a part of many differing social circles.

We’ve got:
Our church fellowship
Our family dynamics
Our occupational surroundings
Our social hangouts
Our downtime getaways
Etc.

We therefore have different things that each of these social surroundings lends to our development throughout our life

Understanding this is important to identify and relate with others at their point of need by knowing where your audience is on their own personal journey.

 

 

In 1943, Abraham Maslow theorized this model based on his own personal observations of human developmental psychology and the stages of growth we go through as we mature.

The model is not absolute, but a general reference for identifying the common levels in social behavior throughout society.

 MASLOWS HEIRARCHY OF NEEDS

 

 

What was most interesting about studying Maslow, was to find out that at the peak of his model, ‘he‘ identified the level that I labelled as “Meaning” with “Self Realization,” but in his later years after much reflection on life and his theories, he was quoted as stating:

“the self only finds actualization in giving itself to some higher goal (power) outside oneself in altruism or spirituality”

In other words, he realized that there was no “self” realization without first acknowledging that finite creatures cannot give meaning to themselves, but must look to someone or something both greater than themselves and outside of themselves in order to find meaning…

 

Brothers and sisters, this is the the great higher power that I seek to proclaim to you today!

Long ago….
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’

As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

This man, is the man Christ Jesus, through whom, we have forgiveness of sins by his death and the shedding of his blood.

He is the propitiation for our sins; and not only for our sins, but also for the whole world!

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority

Praise the God of Heaven and Earth!

 

Trust the LORD JESUS the CHRIST!

 

Expanding Earth and the Pangaea Theory

The Earth You Were Never Taught About in School

Expanding Earth and the Pangaea Theory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HDb9Ijynfo

(I recommend that you watch it muted to avoid any biased opinion and speculation)

Although this video was created to offer an alternate explanation to continental drift that scientific evidence supports which most public school text books would not consider teaching because of the ramifications it has to the fallibility to the current scientific model, I’m sure you’ll find that the evidence speaks for itself.

The author of the video undoubtedly interpreted the video findings according to his world view. He placed a “billion of years” label on the time that this drift takes place. But if you judge for yourselves, what you will actually see in the stretch of the pacific basin, is the continents being dragged apart in some sections, and then naturally drifting in others.

This begins to lend great credibility to the Bibles account of the worldwide flood and an explanation for where the waters generally subsided.

It also shows that the earths continents were still connected closely enough for the descendants of Noah’s family’s descendants migration from continent to continent before they were completely separated, and would explain how dinosaur fossils, animals, and human beings got to all corners of the earth.

The Book of Genesis is not the only ancient text that captures the idea of a great flood that once engulfed the whole earth, but compared to the Genesis account, we see that:

In 95% of the more than 200 flood legends, the flood was worldwide;

in 88% a certain family was favored;

in 70% survival was by means of a boat;

in 67% animals were also saved;

in 66% the flood was due to the wickedness of man;

in 66% the survivors had been forewarned;

in 57% the ended up on a mountain;

in 35% birds were sent out from the boat;

and in 9% exactly 8 people were spared.

 

What will it take for you to believe?

OLD TESTAMENT

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.
Genesis 7:1-6

So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.
Genesis 7:23-24

 

NEW TESTAMENT
Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

 

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
1 Peter 3:1-6

Trust JESUS!

 

Why Did Judas Betray Jesus?

While we cannot be absolutely certain why Judas betrayed Jesus, some things are certain.

First, although Judas was chosen to be one of the Twelve all scriptural evidence points to the fact that he never believed Jesus to be God.

Yet there are some of you who do not believe. “For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him
John 6:64

He even may not have been convinced that Jesus was the Messiah (as Judas understood it). Unlike the other disciples that called Jesus “Lord,” Judas never used this title for Jesus and instead called him “Rabbi,” which acknowledged Jesus as nothing more than a teacher.

While other disciples at times made great professions of faith and loyalty, Judas never did so and appears to have remained silent.

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
John 6:68

Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him”
John 11:16

This lack of faith in Jesus is the foundation for all other considerations listed below. The same holds true for us. If we fail to recognize Jesus as God incarnate, and therefore the only One who can provide forgiveness for our sins and the eternal salvation that comes with it we will be subject to numerous other problems that stem from a wrong view of God.

Second, Judas not only lacked faith in Christ, but he also had little or no personal relationship with Jesus. When the synoptic gospels list the Twelve, they are always listed in the same general order with slight variations (Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:14-16). The general order is believed to indicate the relative closeness of their personal relationship with Jesus. Despite the variations, Peter and the brothers James and John are always listed first, which is consistent with their relationships with Jesus. Judas is always listed last, which may indicate his relative lack of a personal relationship with Christ.

Additionally, the only documented dialogue between Jesus and Judas involves Judas being rebuked by Jesus after his greed-motivated remark to Mary (John 12:1-8), Judas’ denial of his betrayal (Matthew 26:25), and the betrayal itself (Luke 22:48).

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
John 12:1-8

 

Third, Judas was consumed with greed to the point of betraying the trust of not only Jesus, but also his fellow disciples, as we see in John 12:5-6. Judas may have desired to follow Jesus simply because he saw the great following and believed he could profit from collections taken for the group. The fact that Judas was in charge of the moneybag for the group would indicate his interest in money (John 13:29).

Additionally, Judas, like most people at the time, believed the Messiah was going to overthrow Roman occupation and take a position of power ruling over the nation of Israel. Judas may have followed Jesus hoping to benefit from association with Him as the new reigning political power. No doubt he expected to be among the ruling elite after the revolution. By the time of Judas’ betrayal, Jesus had made it clear that He planned to die, not start a rebellion against Rome. So Judas may have assumed—just as the Pharisees did—that since He would not overthrow the Romans, He must not be the Messiah they were expecting.

There are a few Old Testament verses that point to the betrayal, some more specifically than others. Here are two:

 

OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY

“Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me”
Psalm 41:9

NEW TESTAMENT FULFILLMENT

Then one of the twelve – the one called Judas Iscariot – went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” so they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver
Matthew 26:14-15

Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
Matthew 26:48-49

 

OLD TESTAMENT PROPHESY

Also, “I told them, ‘If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.’ So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter’—the handsome price at which they priced me!’ So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter”
Zechariah 11:12-13

NEW TESTAMENT FULFILLMENT
When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”

“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
Matthew 27:3-5

 

These Old Testament prophecies indicate that Judas’ betrayal was known to God and that it was sovereignly planned beforehand as the means by which Jesus would be killed.

But if Judas’ betrayal was known to God, did Judas have a choice, and is he held responsible for his part in the betrayal? It is difficult for many to reconcile the concept of “free will” (as most people understand it) with God’s foreknowledge of future events, and this is largely due to our limited experience of going through time in a linear fashion. If we see God as existing outside of time, since He created everything before “time” began, then we can understand that God sees every moment in time as the present. We experience time in a linear way—we see time as a straight line, and we pass from one point gradually to another, remembering the past we have already traveled through, but unable to see the future we are approaching. However, God, being the eternal Creator of the construct of time, is not “in time” or on the timeline, but outside of it.

It might help to think of time (in relation to God) as a circle with God being the center and therefore equally close to all points.

Center

In any case, Judas had the full capacity of making his choice—at least up to the point where “Satan entered into him”

 

As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.”
John 13:27

 

and God’s foreknowledge in no way supersedes Judas’ ability to make any given choice. (This should teach us to be very mindful of the cost of continually rejecting God’s grace and God’s present knowledge of it)

 

Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you
John 13:10

“I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’
John 13:18

After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”
John 13:21

Rather, what Judas would choose eventually, God saw as if it was a present observation, and Jesus made it clear that Judas was responsible for his choice and would be held accountable for it.

“I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me”
Mark 14:18

Notice that Jesus characterizes Judas’ participation as a betrayal. And regarding accountability for this betrayal Jesus said,

“Woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born”
Mark 14:21

Satan, too, had a part in this, as we see in John 13:26-27, and he, too, will be held accountable for his deeds. God in His wisdom was Sovereign even over Satan’s rebellion for the benefit of mankind. Satan helped send Jesus to the cross, and on the cross sin and death were defeated, and now God’s provision of salvation is freely available to all who receive Jesus Christ as Savior.

 

 

Trust JESUS!

Special Thanks to: Gotquestions.com

 

Jesus: Forgiver or Savior?

Discipleship and the New Covenant
by Zac Poonen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4heL0-OnbM

 

OLD TESTAMENT
Forgive
1. to grant relief from payment
2. to stop feeling and showing anger toward (someone who has done something wrong)
; to stop blaming someone

 

NEW TESTAMENT
Savior
1. Someone who saves, rescues, or delivers someone from danger, harm, failure, etc
2. One that saves from danger or destruction
3. Of God, especially of Christ; One who brings salvation

 

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1 Corinthians 2:4-7

 

 

Who Killed Muhammad?

Although I do not agree with the every detail in the way this video was done, the information presented is confirmed to be factual and truthful by both the Quran and the Hadith and the verses will be quoted in the video according to the context to avoid any accusation of misquoting the passages.

 

The Bible affirms in four separate accounts that Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross at Calvary.

You can see emblems of that cross on top of most local churches;

You can see people wearing it as pendants on chains; etc

 

 

But have you ever desired to know….

 

Who Killed Muhammad?

Acts 17 Apologetics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6st_tFj6ouM

 

 

I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
1 John 2:21