TRUTH 4 THOUGHT-CHRISTMAS EDITION-THE SMILE OF THE LORD

“As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens breaking open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”   Mark 1:11 Berea Study Bible

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!! And it is a Merry Christmas indeed all because of God the Father and The Lord Jesus Christ Who was born, lived and died and was resurrected for the sins of entire world.  In the fictional story or song of the Little Drummer Boy, the boy desires to give a gift to Jesus (but he has none)  and to  honor Jesus and play his best for Jesus and in his sincerity and out of his lack he offers what he does have: to play his drum for Jesus.  In the song, only after his performance on the drum does he finally get Jesus’s smile as the little drummer boy says, “THEN he smiled at me.”  It all sounds very honorable and in a way it is but in many ways this is why and how believers struggle today.  They are so busy working for Jesus and trying to do things for Jesus that they have never truly taken the time to just sit and receive ALL that He has done for them.They are like Martha so enamored with doing things for the Lord instead of receiving the Lord in all of His fullness and beauty.  And as a result they wind up praying for  Jesus to do things that He has already done or given them but they never took the time to find out what was already given to them in Him.  One of the great things about Jesus’s life and God the Father is that in the above verse, God the Father proclaimed that Jesus was His Beloved Son and that He was well pleased with Him.  Why is this important?  Because Jesus had not yet did one work, or miracle or anything!! He had just come up out of the water from being baptized.  This is a picture  and a sign for us today that God the Father is not loving us or pleased with us based on our works, performance or lack thereof.  He just smiles and loves us and blesses us before we ever did anything and He sent His Son to redeem us when we could do nothing.  Look at this scripture.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. 4For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love Ephesians 1:3-4 Berean Study Bible

You see how He choose us in Him(Jesus) before the foundation of the world to be holy blamesless in His presence in LOVE!!!  Beloved this Christmas know that you have already received God’s smile  and all His blessings before you do one work or performance.  He did what He did because He loves you and you cannot really do anything or give anything to Him until you have received from Him.  I pray you receive ALL of the gift that and Who is Jesus! Amen!

Merry Christmas and Shalom to you in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ!

All the blessed to you!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT CLEANSED FROM “ALL” UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us [our] sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I John 1:9 Darby Translation

Once again here we are talking about the grand topic of RIGHTEOUSNESS. It is grand indeed as the Lord Jesus told us to seek it first and then everything else would be added to us. This passage of scripture is a blessing. It is also a means of controversy because of the first part. Some people say you have to confess every single sin you ever commit. Some people say no when you confess that you are a sinner and receive Jesus that is all that is necessary. I am not going to get into a debate about that today because that is not our focus. I will share with you what the scripture says ensures your salvation.

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 New Living Translation

The same Holy Ghost who had John write I John is the same Holy Ghost that spoke to Paul in Romans. Yet no mention of confessing of sins is in this verse in Romans 10:9. Interesting indeed. By acknowledging Jesus as Lord and that God raised Him from the dead something obviously is done in that transaction.

But I want you to focus on the truth that when you confess Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, this is an acknowledgement of what Jesus did and that you needed a Lord and you are also acknowledging the reason Jesus died and was resurrected. Jesus died for our sins. This acceptance of Jesus as resurrected Lord is a confession and as a result, He is faithful and righteous to cleanse you from ALL unrighteousness or you can say He is faithful and righteous to make you righteous just like Him. Did Jesus ever confess to being a sinner? No. But yet He took all of our sins which by that ‘act‘ placed Him with us as a sinner and God treated Him as such on the cross because He took our sins by faith just as if He had committed them all.

And he took all of our sins and lifted them in His body to the cross, for as we are dead to sin, we shall live in His righteousness, for by His scars you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 Aramaic Bible in Plain English

Jesus took our punishment for sin which is rebellion against the will of God the Father and gave us His righteousness which is simply submission to the will of God. Sin simply means missing the mark. Righteousness is what is right from God’s viewpoint. Sickness is sin. Health IS His righteousness. Poverty is sin. Abundance is His righteousness. Why? Because that is what God and Jesus have. God and Jesus are not broke or in lack. They live in opulent abundance. Some Christians believe that it is holy or righteous to be broke. Nothing could be further from the truth. Poverty is sin. Not having enough is sin therefore it is unrighteousness. The Father sent Jesus so He could give us back everything Adam lost and more. God has and is righteous and that righteousness now BELONGS to us because of Jesus. Anything contrary to what God has or is is unrighteousness. What does The Word say about unrighteousness.

Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Romans 6:13 KJV

The Word yield means to allow, to give place. If you are born again, you are dead to sin and alive to Christ and His Righteousness. Romans 6:14 says, “Sin shall not which means, it does not have dominion or rulership or authority over you.” Why? Because you are not under the law but under grace, God’s unmerited, undeserved favor given to us in and through Christ Jesus. We are free from sin.

Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. Acts 13:39 NIV

Do you see it? Sickness is sin. Health is righteousness or right. Poverty and lack is sin. Abundance and being RICH IS RIGHTEOUSNESS. You don’t have to seek to be rich, rich comes with the righteousness. You don’t have to seek health, health comes with the righteousness. This is why Jesus told us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. Jesus’s Blood has cleansed you and me and everyone who accepts Him from ALL unrighteousness. If you believe that then since you are cleansed the only thing left is RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! You simply have to know it and believe it and receive it and it is your and IT WILL BE MADE MANIFEST. But it’s not there just when you see it. It’s there and yours RIGHT NOW!!!! TAKE IT!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – GO THE OTHER WAY!!!!!

….that, as sin reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 5:21 Kenneth Wuest Translation

I want to ask you to do yourself a favor.  Take sometime this weekend and really meditate and think about and have a discussion with the Holy Spirit about this scripture and this chapter.  Lets look at an earlier verse as this may help you understand what is being offered to you.

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:17 New Living Translation

Do you see what is being said to you  and hear what is now being offered to you and IS YOURS NOW because of Jesus Christ our Lord?  What it’s saying is death was only able to rule and reign over men because of what Adam did.  That is the only reason that people are not living for 6,7,8, 900 years.  Before Adam sinned there was no death!!! Death was never part of God’s plan for man.  That came in because of sin.  Oh but GLORY TO GOD, sin has been done away with.  Sin has no dominion over you if you are not under the law trying to be holy instead of just accepting His Holiness.  This scripture declares to you and all who will receive it DA TRUTH!!!! That what Jesus did is greater than what sin did and because of God’s wonderful grace and His gift of righteousness ALL WHO RECEIVE IT WILL LIVE IN TRIUMPH OVER SIN AND DEATH through this One Man, Jesus Christ.  Jesus lives in perpetual victory over sin and death and if you believe and receive that so do you!!!!!

That means body parts wearing out, old age affecting you and death taking you out is no longer an option on the devils table. Why?

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  Romans 8:2  King James Version

You have been removed from that kingdom and from sin and death’s influence and lordship.  The only way it affects you is if you believe it can and will.  I don’t say this to be mean but the Lord Himself said, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.”  Its shameful and ignorant to hear a believer and especially a minister say, “Well you know, when you get to a certain age, things don’t work as good as they used to.”  Think about this for a moment.  Do you realize that Jesus’s body is over 2000 years old?  And His Body is in perfect working order.  Now someone will say, “Well that’s Jesus and He has a glorified body”  Really?  Are you going to use that as a cop out?  Then what about Elijah?  Then what about Enoch?  Enoch is still a natural man in a natural body so far as we know and he was taken from the Earth almost 6000 years ago.  Do you think Enoch is in Heaven on a cane?  No maybe God made him a scooter to ride on to take the weight off his legs from ‘his arthritis.”  Bless God, you know that is not true.  There is no arthritis in Heaven.  And please let me help you with something.  If you have any type of ailment  PLEASE do not add insult to injury by claiming it as “YOUR ARTHRITIS” or “YOUR DIABETES”.  Please do not lie against THE TRUTH.  You are a member of the Body of Christ and Christ has no arthritis or diabetes or cancer and John 4:17 says, As He IS, so are we in this world!!!”  You are not just a natural person!    In the natural what is supposed to happen when a venomous snake bites a person?  They are supposed to become ill and possibly die.  Well how come when an extremely poisonous snake bit Paul he shook it off and felt no harm?

But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.  Acts 28:5  New International Version

Understand something, God did not create the serpent or  snake with venom.  The snake in the garden had no venom and it was not biting or trying to bite Adam or his wife.  The venom came as a part of the curse as an effect of sin on the snake.  It came as a result of sin.  You have been made free from sin in all of its ways, shapes and forms.  Romans 6:14 says sin has no dominion over you because you are not under the law but under grace.  This tells me two things about Paul.   Paul was not living under the law and the Paul was living under grace and this is how sin and the serpents bite that came as an effect of sin had no dominion or effect on Paul.  As a matter of truth that scripture in Acts goes on to say that there were people standing around waiting for Paul to drop dead.  But when they saw it had no effect on him, they changed their minds and said he was a god!!!!!   That’s what is supposed to be happening with you and me.  When we lay hands on the sick and they recover, or a missing and deformed limb grows out people should be saying, “There goes GOD!!!”  You are His child.  Good children imitate their father if he is a good one (or in some cases a bad one).  But we have THE BEST FATHER THERE IS!!!

So how will this happen?  How will you live not only to 120 but 220, even 320 years young.  It will happen as you, while other people at 50, 60, 70 and 80 are thinking about and preparing to die, YOU will be preparing to live and continue to declare the works of the Lord.  This is what is called GOING THE OTHER WAY!!!!!  Don’t be afraid to GO THE OTHER WAY!!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT “WHY JESUS HAD TO BE BORN OF A VIRGIN & THE HOLY SPIRIT?”

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 King James Version

JESUS is great!! And all the power that He has and all the power of His Name belongs to YOU!   We get many questions from time to time from our readers and as we can, we post answers from The Word of God to those questions.  Recently one of our readers ask, “Why did Jesus have to be born not of man but a virgin and the Spirit?”  It is such a great question full of so much revelation and inspiration to show the glory, goodness and never changing nature of God Our Father and Jesus.  So let’s begin with The Word of course.  Ultimately though Jesus was a child and became a man, His ultimate purpose was that of a Lamb.  The Old Testament is a type and shadow of what The Father ultimately planned for us in and through Christ. So lets take a look at how lambs were used in the Old Testament. At that time, they had to have a lamb for Passover and for the covering of their sins. But it could not be just any old lamb.

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Exodus 12:5 English Standard Version

So we see here that the lamb had to be a young lamb and without any defect or blemish. It had to be male as well and a certain age. If you study it the lamb had to be checked as well for a number of other things as it could not have any scurvy, or skin disease or twisted testicles.  In other words as close to perfect as possible.  It had to be their very best. They also had to keep the lamb in the house with them for a certain number of days. This caused them to grow close to the lamb and the children to play with the lamb and be fond of it.  But when the time came the parents and eventually the children knew that the lamb would have to be sacrificed and killed which made it all the more difficult to do.  So what does this have to do with Jesus?  EVERYTHING!!!!

I believe that one of the things many Christians and Believers do not understand about God our Father is that HE HAS FEELINGS!!!  He is not run by His feelings yet He still has them.  Imagine The Father spending millions of years together with Jesus His Son as The Word.  Then He choose to have Him sent to Earth knowing full well what would happen to Him.  Do you see the correlation between the earthly lamb and the Heavenly Lamb now?  Now let’s get into the answer to the question.

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18 New Living Translation

So let’s look at some science that backs up Bible Truth.  Scientist have known and do know that the baby while in the womb receives NONE of the mother’s blood.  This is very important for JESUS. The Father did this in His wisdom a long time before this ever actually happened. The baby receives all of his or her blood from the father through their seed or sperm.  Now as for as the food, the baby receives its food and nutrition from the mother.  Since this is the case and Mary became pregnant literally by the Holy Spirit which is the Spirit of God the Father Himself, then The Blood of Jesus is literally The Blood of the Father Himself!!!!  Very powerful, very deep but very true.  This is what makes it so powerful and so precious and so important.  This is what gives it it’s ability to take away sin because it is God’s pure Blood untainted by sin that was in the blood of humans from Adam.  If it had been from Joseph it would have been tainted and had no power to cover and or wash away sins.

Now lets talk about Mary being a virgin. Just like those lambs were untouched and never had sex with another lamb so they are undefiled and unblemished, Mary’s virginity played an important role as she had been kept by the Lord for this sanctified use.  She was a chosen vessel by God the Father Himself and was highly favored.  Now understand something. Sin is not apart of humanity. It never was!  It crept in after satan tricked Adam and Eve. Some people teach that sin is a part of humanity which is incorrect. Sin is a product of the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden.  So since Jesus was born by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit produced His Blood, everyone knows your life is in your blood.  Take all your blood out and you are dead. So there was no sin in His Blood, only LIFE the way God originally created it.

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. Romans 8:3 NIV

So the key word in that verse above is the “likeness” of sinful flesh.  Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh but there was no sin in His flesh.  Why? Because God did not create the flesh with sin in it so therefore he was born the way God intended all men and women to be.  He looked just like us but was different than us. Had Jesus had sin in His flesh or blood he would have been as powerless as you or I to redeem us from eternal damnation.  But Glory to God that is not the case!!!  You see in the verse above the The Father sent Him to be a “sin offering”.  Now go back to the earthly lamb, it could have no defects.  The same for Jesus but on an absolutely perfect level.

You should know and be very confident about these 3 things about Jesus:

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV

Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: I Peter 2:22 

And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. I John 3:5 New Living Translation

So Jesus knew no sin, did no sin and there is no sin in Him!!!

This is a powerful truth that every believer needs to have in their “knowledge of Him” arsenal!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom

JUST DA TRUTH-ABOUT LOVE

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  Romans 5:5 King James Version

“I love you!!!  I just love her, don’t you? You know I love you don’t you? Girl, you know I love you!!!”

All of us have heard these lines either from ourselves, other people or in movies or on television.  But does the person truly mean it?  This questions I believe bothers many people each day.  I know myself sometimes when I tell my wife, “I love you!” Most of the time she simply responds, “I love you too!”  But sometimes especially if we are face to face she will stop the conversation and say, “Yes but why do you love me?”  I have a very simple answer for her.  “I love you because I love you!”  This is the God kind of Love. Its not based on you cooked me dinner, sex was great last night or this morning, or any other external thing.  I just love you because I love you.  God loves this way and although we have to learn how to walk in that kind of love, for those of of us who are believers God did something great.  “He put that kind of love inside us as soon as we believed and accepted His Son Jesus!!!

Now I want you to pay close, close attention to what I am about to say because it can appears like God was acting like a regular human being.  It may sound like God said, “Okay you accept My Son and I will give you My Love.”  No, no that’s not what God did or what God does.   The next verse explains how God loved us.

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 New International Version

So God did not wait for you to accept Him before He loved you.  He proved His love while we were yet sinners, doing whatever we wanted without any regard for Him or His Son He sent His Son to die for us so that we could have His Life and His Love.  God LOVES!!!  It is Who He is!!  He cannot help but LOVE.  He does not know how to not LOVE because Love is a part of Him it is Who He is and What He is.  There are different types of love but the one I want to focus on today is the God kind of Love called in the greek agape.  Agape is love that causes a person to do what God prefers.  This agape is what guides the actions and thoughts of God the Father Himself.  And you know what? It only results in what is good for you and your family.  The lie that God is evil and  He will send a tornado to smash your house down if you keep doing something wrong is a lie purported by the devil and some well meaning preachers to use fear to control peoples lives.  Always remember this:  God is not a schizophrenic.  He doesn’t think, “Oh I love you you are so good because you been good for the past two days.  Then when you do something wrong He changes His mind and goes, “I hate you and I am going to kill you….. and your family.”  No that would be the devil and his bunch and whomever allows him to use them and unfortunately sometimes it’s ministers, or Pastors or TV evangelist.  I almost hate to bring this up but I have to because it happens so much still.  I pray to God that it would stop.  I have to bring it up because it’s Da Truth.

It’s very confusing to people especially people who do not attend church regularly and even for some who do attend church to hear from one preacher, “God is mad at the wicked everyday and thats why He’s prepared hell for you.”  Then to hear from another preacher, “God loves you and He is not mad at you.  He simply desires for you to come to Him and accept His Son so you can live your best life.”  That makes a person think, “The people who claim to know Him cannot agree on Who and how God is so how can I be sure.”  I will tell you how.  Pick up the Bible and read the famous scripture John 3:16 and if you believe nothing else believe that and stay there and I guarantee your knowledge of God and Christ will grow just from that one scripture alone.  Why? Because its the basis for EVERYTHING God The Father has done.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16 New Living Translation

Perhaps you have children, and if you don’t just imagine this.  Would you give up your only child to die to save people you don’t even know?  Most if not all people would not.  Why because our natural tendency and nature is selfish and we love our children.  Make no mistake God the Father loves Jesus!!!!!  And you must understand, He loves you as well and was willing  to make the sacrifice so He can have not just Jesus but YOU TOO!!!  THAT’S BIG!!!  I SAID THAT’S BIG!!!!  And on top of that Jesus loves you. Please make no mistake this was not a forced deal where Jesus had to come and die for us and He had no choice in the matter.  No, no, no. Jesus agreed to die!! He and the Father had a conversation and He agreed to do this because He and the Father are ONE(there goes that Oneness again).  God loves you and so does Jesus.  Look at what Jesus said about this assignment from His Father.

5That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God,

“You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings.
But you have given me a body to offer.
6You were not pleased with burnt offerings
or other offerings for sin.
7Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God—
as is written about me in the Scriptures.’”  Hebrew 10: 5-7 New Living Translation

Now lets look at what happened as a result of Christ agreeing and actually carrying out God’s will.

8First, Christ said, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them” (though they are required by the law of Moses). 9Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. 10For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.  Hebrews 10: 8-10 New Living Translation

So you can see this was all about LOVE.  No one loves to die, especially by crucifixion after being beaten, tortured, spit on and whipped for hours.  No one loves that.  But do you realize that the beatings and torture and lashings were not Jesus’s primary concern after He accepted the assignment of being your Redeemer?  Oh again, THIS IS BIG!!! No the BIG DEAL for Jesus was He had NEVER EVER NOT ONE TIME IN ALL ETERNITY been separated from The Father not even for a second.  And He knew that for a period of time while He took ALL the sins of every person who had ever existed and will ever exist upon HImself He would be separated from The Father at that time and the thought and realization of it literally almost oppressed Him to death.  I never use that word, “to death” because its a horrible negative confession but in this case it is DA TRUTH.   Here is what Jesus Himself said.

So he told them, “I’m deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Wait here and stay awake.”  Mark 14:34 International Standard Version.

So we talked about the Love of The Father but now look at the Love of Jesus(which is the Love of The Father).  Jesus loved you enough to become sin for you AND to be separated from The Father just like YOU WERE even though He hated it. But as I Corinthians 13 points out “Love does not insists on its own rights or its own way for it it not self seeking.”  So how do we make this simple? Love is about commitment!  God the Father and Jesus committed themselves with The Holy Spirit to save us and no matter what it took they paid the price to see to it that it happened.  Can you imagine what that kind of love, that kind of commitment and total unselfishness can do to this world.  Do you know how the divorce, murder and crime rate would drop?

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:5 King James Version

Well His Word says that kind of love is IN YOU!!!!  You simply have to believe it and act on it.  If God said that His Love has been shed abroad in your heart then say, “I believe the Love!!!” And since it was by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us say, “Holy Ghost teach me how to walk in this love!!!”  If you do you will never be the same again or live the same life again. Only believe!!!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!