God doesn’t want you to be deceived, because every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (See James 1:16-17) Satan, who disguises himself as an angel of light, (see 2. Corinthians 11:14-15) is keen to want to mislead you by offering you gifts that looks perfect, but in reality, whether it is a person or a thing, it will ultimately only generate curses and not blessings! Jesus explained it this way; if sinful people knows how to give good gifts to their children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him! (See Matthew 7:11) GOD ONLY GIVES GOOD GIFTS!!!
One of the gifts God has given my wife Sophia and I is to encourage our fellow Christian brothers and sisters and people in general, as the Bible says; “If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.” Romans 12:8 NLT Many Christians wrestle with knowing what God’s Word says about them and the encouraging promises of what God can do for them if they obey and trust Him! That is why we are compelled to put together these daily teaching blogs to encourage you and lift up your soul! Take for instance these following powerful encouraging promising words Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior is speaking to us: “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:16-17 NLT “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the [...]
God, your God, will restore everything you lost; He will have compassion on you! (See Deuteronomy 30:3) As a matter fact, “the Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts.” Joel 2:25 NLT God knows how to restore His people! When Job, who lost his children and all his possessions and was struck with sickness, prayed for his friends who falsely accused him, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before! Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money and a gold ring. So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters and in all the land no women [...]
This is what the Lord says: “At just the right time, I will respond to you.” Isaiah 49:8 NLT God’s timing is perfect! The vision you have received from God is for an appointed time; but at the end it will be fulfilled, and it will not lie! Though it tarries or seems slow in coming, wait patiently for it, for it will surely take place! It will not be delayed. (See Habakkuk 2:3) At just the right time you will reap a harvest of blessing if you don’t give up. (See Galatians 6:9) So humble yourself under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you, (See 1. Peter 5:6-7) and He will certainly come through for you! FOR HE IS A GOD OF PERFECT TIMING!!!
Prosperity preachers love to use the following Bible scripture to bolster and promote their false teachings that Jesus became poor so we can become financially rich; “You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus Christ was. Though he was very rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.” 2. Corinthians 8:9 NLT No! The true meaning of this scripture is that Jesus became poor by giving up His rights as God and becoming human. Yet in doing so, He made us “rich” because we now received salvation and eternal life. Therefore, don’t let anybody talk down on you for not having enough, or make you feel guilty or less worth as if you have done something wrong or don’t have enough faith if you don’t have enough money. Jesus didn’t condemn the woman who dropped two pennies in the collection box in the Temple for being poor, or teach her the “ten keys” for unlocking divine prosperity in her life so she would become a “better” [...]
The other day, a certain female religious sect leader told a reporter of a newspaper that if your husband beats you, you have to stay in the marriage and do something about it. How ironic, I thought, coming from the mouth of a woman who is widely known for controlling and brainwashing her cult members, including her own husband, who she at one point ordered to go on his knees and be kicked by her female leaders in order to submit to her and become more radical for God. Can you imagine? This female sect leader’s message of staying in the marriage while you are being beaten by your husband has absolutely nothing to do with true Biblical Christianity! If your husband is beating you, you have to report him to the authorities, because that is domestic abuse and punishable by the law. (See Romans 13:1-5) That coincides with what the Bible says, that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer and yet is abusive. Don’t even eat with such a person. (See [...]
For some people, bad memories from the past can dominate their lives completely, making them feel like they are living in a constant nightmare, with ugly thoughts and dreams always coming back to haunt them. They cannot seem to be able to forget the past and move on, but instead it makes them feel tired, burdened, and hopeless, regretfully placing harsh blame on themselves for the past failures, with words like: “I am not good for nothing,” “I hate myself for what I have done,” “God will never forgive me,” “I am doomed,” and, “There is no hope for me.” The question is: How do we learn to move on from our bad experiences of the past? We must learn to forgive people and ourselves, and even the frustrations we might have toward God for allowing certain things to happen to us. God has mercifully forgiven us through Christ – a forgiveness that no longer reminds people or ourselves of the past sins, but truly lets them go. God says; I will forgive your wrongdoings, and I will never [...]
It was the Lord who told Hosea the prophet; “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover as an illustration that God still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.” (See Hosea 3:1) You need to be absolutely sure that it is God telling you to go back to your spouse who committed, or is still committing, adultery with someone else. If you are not sure, you can find yourself in more trouble than you are already in. Like King David for instance, who’s wife Michal was given away to another man while he was running for his life from her father, King Saul. (See 1. Samuel 25:44) After some time, David demanded his wife back without asking for God’s approval, and got her back. (See 2. Samuel 3:13-15) But one day when Michal saw her husband King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, [...]
The Bible says that men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. (See Romans 1:27) The emphasis here is on the word normal, in other words, it is not normal for men to act feminine, lisping, and hissing and having sex with other men. The reason they do this is because they traded the truth about God for the lie that God created gays. And that is why God abandoned them to do whatever vile, degrading, and shameful things their hearts desires. (See Romans 1:24-25) Make no mistake, these people know that God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, and yet they justify it and do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too. (See Romans 1:32) But God in His love is patient and does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent and be delivered from sin! (See 2. Peter 3:9)
How terrible it must have felt for Jesus to see many of His disciples turn away and desert Him after He offered them eternal life if they would eat His flesh and drink His blood, meaning receive Him as their Savior and Deliverer! They were also very offended when Jesus told them that people can’t come to Him unless the Father gives them to Him! (See John 6:56-66) How hurtful it must have felt for the apostle Paul to find out that everyone from the province of Asia had deserted him, even his own friends, Phygelus and Hermogenes. Many of them were ashamed and embarrassed of Paul being in prison for preaching the Gospel. (See 2. Timothy 1:8-15) Another brother named Demas also left Paul, because he loved the things of this life more than God. (See 2. Timothy 4:10) There you can see that people are unfaithful, but God remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is. (See 2. Timothy 2:13) When everybody deserts you, God, who is faithful, says; “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE [...]