JUST DA TRUTH- ABOUT TRUTH & REST Part 2

….As for you, if you remain in the word which is Mine, truly, My disciples you are. And you shall know the Truth in an experiential way, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31 -32 Kenneth Wuest Translation

We talked about the truth being Jesus so now lets talk about REST.  The Holy Spirit said something to me a few days ago as I was meditating about the Truth.  He said, “The more Truth you have the more rest you have.”  Think about this.  If you suddenly had a bill that had to be paid in the natural for $25,000 otherwise the consequences would be dire most people would be concerned.  But if you were Ivanka Trump and your father were Donald Trump would you really be concerned or lets say would Ivanka be concerned? No!  Why?  She knows the truth!!!  She knows her Daddy is a billionaire and that he is not going to allow anything to happen to her and that he will do everything in his power to keep his daughter safe, healthy and happy.  She would probably just go on with her day having lunch with her friends or a meeting.  Now Donald Trump is a man.  How much more should you have this confidence in your Heavenly Father and The Lord Jesus Christ that He will take care of you?   When you know He will you will rest.  Yes you will do what you need to and can do but you will rest and say, “Thank you Poppa!! Thank you Lord Jesus you’ve already taken care of it.”  This is what Jesus has instructed you to do.

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. I Peter 5:7 KJV

Now lets go back to the Trump scenario.   Ivanka’s Dad would more than likely do the same thing Jesus just told you to do.  He would say to his daughter, “Don’t worry about it baby I will take care of it.”  Now she has known her Dad all of her life and I am sure she has had him take care of many things for her before so she KNOWS HIM.  She knows he’s not lying to her.  She knows his character.  Someone else may call her father a liar, or a cheat or a scam artist but she does not care.  SHE KNOWS THE TRUTH about him.  That truth allows her to rest!!!  The same should be true about you.  You should know your Father and Jesus through His Word.  You should know exactly what He is going to do.  You may not know how but you know He will and you should know HE HAS taken care of it.  Unlike a human father Poppa does not have to wait for a situation to arise to address it, prepare and provide for it. He is The Ancient of Days.  He declared the end or final reality of your situation before the beginning so it was handled a long, long time ago.  When you believe or exercise faith in the final reality that He declared then that is what manifest.  When you exercise faith in something else, barring His Grace you can put the results up in the air because you have authority and say in the situation because God is not a dictator.  Know The Truth! Get in The Word!  and REST!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH- ABOUT TRUTH & REST Part 1

….As for you, if you remain in the word which is Mine, truly, My disciples you are. And you shall know the Truth in an experiential way, and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:31 -32 Kenneth Wuest Translation

TRUTH!! The final reality!  Not the final frontier but thee final reality. Many people including some believers do not know how powerful the truth really is even though Jesus has just given the answer in the above scripture.   Yes they have read it and quoted it and confessed it. They heard many sermons on it but what you have to realize and know is Salvation is personal.  Not only is Salvation personal but Salvation is a Person. And Who might that person be? None other than our very own Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Jesus’s Name, Yeshua in Hebrew means Yahweh Saves.   That is salvation.  So His very name means Salvation but not just from hell but from sickness, disease, debt and lack and any other form of unrighteousness.  “Well when is Jesus gonna do it because I sho’ need it!!”  It is finished!!! He already did it  a long, long time ago. The question is have you received it as The Truth, as Your Truth, Your Final Reality?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. John 14:6 NIV

Knowing the Truth(JESUS) is key to you being able to rest.  And when I say this I mean naturally and spiritually resting.  Let me show you what I mean.  You take two believers both are saved, both of them are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  Both are going to Heaven.  Let’s say both of them have children.  You take them both and give them a bad medical report about one of their children.  You follow both believers to their home. One is flipping out and devastated by the report and the other is doing the same thing they always did before the report came up.  What’s the difference? One KNOWS The Truth and the other knows of The Truth.  The believer that is at rest is at rest for a very simple reason.  They were at rest when everything was fine.  They know that a report does not change The Word of God.  The word truth in the New Testament is the greek word aleithia and it means final reality.  Final reality is when you strip off all the makeup, all the shaper shirts and Spanx and everything else and what you have is the naked unadulterated Word which lives and abides forever Who is JESUS!!!!  Knowing the Truth is simply knowing JESUS!! Jesus IS The Word!!

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17

When Jesus prayed this to the Father He knew He was talking about Himself and The Word later confirms this.

It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, Who has been become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness(or sanctification)  and redemption. I Corinthians 1:30 Berean Study Bible

Jesus is our sanctification. Without Him we are not sanctified.  He sanctified us through and with His Blood.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. I John 1:7  NIV

So again what does this have to do with rest?  When a person knows that Jesus has purified them from ALL sin,  they know that any sickness is a lying symptom because sickness comes as a result of sin. I am not and did not say that you are sick because you sinned if you are a believer. I said it was a lying symptom that the enemy has tried to put on  you illegally to see if you will take it.  Its not legal to break into people’s homes but people still do it.  Well they learned that from the devil.  He knows legally and truthfully he has no rights to touch a believer and he can’t.  He has to plant the thought in their mind which is a lie then get them to say it and believe it. (Remember Jesus said TAKE NO THOUGHT SAYING?)  If he gets them to take the thought then they manifest the thing with their own faith power.  Did you know the word symptom comes from the Greek word sumptoma which means chance?  The devil says I am going to float this symptom by them and maybe per chance they will accept it. Then the symptom comes and that person thinks, “I think I’m catching the flu“.  Then someone hears them cough and ask if they are alright and they SAY, “I think I’m catching the flu.” Now they have taken the thought and said it. Whosoever shall say to this mountain or say to this disease, “I think I’m catching you!!” And the disease answers back, “I’m so glad you caught me, I thought I was gonna have to move on to another person but you caught me.”  I tell you what, a symptom may try to come but I aint “catching it” no more than I would reach out to catch a rattlesnake if someone threw it at me.  When you know the Truth:Jesus you can rest and He will even teach you how to talk because He was the only One that should have been catching disease at all because He took on purpose all our diseases, sins and pains on the Cross SO YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TO TAKE THEM TOO!!! Now think about that Truth then REST in your healing!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH -ABOUT THE TRUTH IS IN JESUS!

You have certainly heard His message and have been taught His ways. The truth is in Jesus.  Ephesians 4:21 God’s Word Translation

Let me ask you a question.  If you were inside a room filled with food and water but were stuck on an island, would food and water be one of your immediate concerns?  Of course not you are right there with food and water with you inside of the room.   All you have to do is pick up a piece of food and take a drink of water to take care of your physical needs.  Pretty simple illustration but it seems to get so complicated when you take it out of the realm of things you cannot see.  But I would suggest to you that the issue is not so much about what you cannot see as it maybe you not really knowing or being aware of WHERE YOU ARE?  Where am I you may ask?  Take a moment to think about that.  Where are you right now?  Some of you may answer, “I’m at home or I’m in my car on the way to work or I am already at work.”  Depending on the time of day you may be on your way home from work.  But if you are a believer you are going to have to be aware of and more conscious of something that The Word tells us all to do.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.2 Corinthian 4:18 NIV

Do you believe that scripture? Are you more conscious of The Truth which is The Word Who is JESUS?  So lets look at a few of the places that The Word says where we are in comparisons to some of the answers we came up with earlier.

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior. Phillipians 3:20  New Living Translation

And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 2:6 King James Version 2000

Therefore, now, there is not even one bit of condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, for the law of the Spirit, that of the life in Christ Jesus, freed you once for all from the law of the sinful nature and of death.  Romans 8:1 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Now look at this last scripture and read it twice.

As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in Him. I John 2:27 NIV

So lets ask that question again.  Where are you?  Are you conscious of THE TRUTH that you are a citizen of Heaven?  Are you conscious of THE TRUTH that you are seated in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus? Are you conscious of THE TRUTH that  you are in Christ Jesus?  Are you conscious of THE TRUTH that since you are in Christ Jesus that the anointing you received from Him remains in you and that you remain in Him?  Since you are in Him you have access to The Truth about your job, your finances, your new career, your children. You are literally in a room of Truth because you are IN JESUS!!!  The  Truth is in Jesus!! You are in Jesus!!  Know where you are and take advantage of what He is full of: GRACE and TRUTH.

All the “blessed” to you! Shalom!!!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT- WEEKEND EDITION – REDEMPTION FOR YOUR CHILDREN

But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Galatians 3:13 New Living Translation

As a believer, there are so many benefits that we HAVE because of the finished and redeeming work of Christ. It is worthwhile for us to know what these are. I used to read the book of Deuteronomy 28 and I would read about all the blessings.  I did not like reading about the curses, they were ugly and nasty and cruel and abhorrent.  I didn’t want to know about them.  But it is a good thing to know your enemy AFTER you know that he is defeated and that JESUS IS LORD of ALL!!!!  Why do I say this? Because there could be something going on in your life that is spiritually and naturally illegal but you are unaware that it is illegal.  The only way you will know is if you find out.  I often use this example but everyone knows it is illegal to break into someone else’s home but people still do it.  The devil is the same way.  Jesus has already won the day so we are NEVER fighting FOR VICTORY.  We always fight FROM VICTORY.  Jesus whipped the devil and then gave the victory to us.  How successful can you be when you are fighting a defeated foe?   As successful as Jesus in every area of your life.  This applies to our children as well.  You may not know what the Bible says in regards to your children but please know this:  The Bible is The Word Who is Jesus and He has given to us all things  pertaining to life and godliness.  You do not have to allow satan to have his way in the life of your child because as a righteous person Poppa, God the Father has made specific promises to you regarding your own safety and the safety and peace of your family.

Now there are evil things mentioned under the curse of the law that can happen to people’s children but not to a believer who knows their rights and exercises those right in The Name of Jesus.   The Name of Jesus BELONGS to every believer as a part of their eternal inheritance and them being a joint heir with Jesus.  Everything that belongs to Jesus now belongs to you.  How much does Jesus have? Everything that Poppa, God the Father has.

All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”  John 16:15 NIV

So lets take a look at two specific areas that are listed in the curse of the law so that you can know what your children and  you as a child of God are redeemed from.

Your children and your crops
will be cursed. Deuteronomy 28:18 NLT

You will watch as your sons and daughters are taken away as slaves. Your heart will break for them, but you won’t be able to help them. Deuteronomy 28:32 NLT

So this scripture which is in the Old Testament and is part of the curse of the law of which Galatians 3:13 says you ARE REDEEMED from says that this person’s children will be cursed and their crops.  Verse 32 goes on to say in Deuteronomy that their sons and daughters will be taken away as slaves (slaves to imprisonment, slaves to captivity to drugs and other things).  The curse goes on to reveal that the parent’s heart will break for them but that they will be powerless to help them.  I tell you what, if you are a believer that scripture is NOT talking about YOU!!!  Ohhhhhhh no!  You are the redeemed!  You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  Look at what God’s Word says to you who are righteous.

All your children will be taught by the LORD, and your children will have unlimited peace. Isaiah 54:13 God’s Word Translation

A few verses down it says:

But in that coming day
no weapon turned against you will succeed.
You will silence every voice
raised up to accuse you.
These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD;
their vindication will come from me.
I, the LORD, have spoken! Isaiah 54:17 New Living Translation

So you see God said all your children will be taught not just about the Lord but BY THE LORD Himself and great will be the peace of your children even to an unlimited level.  Verse 17 goes on to say  that no weapon formed against you will succeed.    If someone attacks your child they are in essence attacking you.  If someone tries to murder you they are trying to murder your children as well.  How?  By taking away their mother or father and bringing them into grief and pain and destruction and possibly causing the children to blame and turn away from God or never turn to Him by blaming Him for what happened to their parents.  This happens more than you know and it is an ancient tactic of the devil.  You and your family are connected.  You may not even like them but that still does not change your connection.  Do you know that God the Father may not like everything you do but He still loves you and you are still His son or daughter?  If something happens to you it will affect God the Father Himself.  How do I know this.  Because of Jesus’s relationship with God the Father and therefore my relationship.  You better believe God the Father was not happy when Jesus was beat and spit upon but He knew the good that it would work.  Nothing happened to Jesus until it was time. Well maybe its my children’s time.  NEVER. Jesus already bore that.  Do not turn around and allow your children to bear sickness, disease, drug addiction, abuse or anything else Jesus bore.  You are redeemed!!!!  Exercise the power and authority over the devil.  BELIEVE WHAT JESUS SAID!!!! TAKE WHAT HE HAS GIVEN YOU!!!

Look, I have given you the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; nothing will ever harm you. Luke 10:19 Holman Christian Standard Bible

So in the Name of Jesus whatever is going on in your child’s life declare,  “I BREAK THE POWER OF THE devil in _______ life and command him to cease and desist with any plans or operations in the life of my child.  I declare my child belongs to the Kingdom of God Almighty and great is the peace of my child!!  Amen!  That’s it! It’s a done deal.  Do not vacillate, do not worry about what you see.  Do not worry if it ‘looks like’ they keep doing drugs.  Jesus’s Name is above every name and the victory is won and that situation is done. Cast the care of it on Jesus because you have already used your king/priest power.  The devil knows who you are and more importantly Whose you are.  You belong to JESUS and satan has to obey.  Don’t let time pull you into the natural. God is not bound by time.  He’s bound by His Word that you have spoken so REST!!!!

Now understand, you do not have authority over a persons will and there is still a natural component to this.   They have to desire to be free. If they do now you have the legal right to break the power of the devil in their lives.  You have authority over demonic spirits but not human spirits.  You may need to get the person help in the form of rehab or other things but deal with the root first which is always spiritual.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT YOUR LORDSHIP

On His robe at His thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Revelation 19:16 New Living Translation

If you have been born again any amount of time, you have probably heard Jesus called, “The Kings of kings and the Lord of lords.” The question is do you know who these ‘kings and lords’ are that He is King and Lord over? That would be YOU and ME.

Together they will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because He is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And His called and chosen and faithful ones will be with Him.” Revelation 17:14 New Living Translation

That last verse is exciting because it says when Jesus puts the final beat down on the devil we are going to be with Him. That’s right, we will be right there with Jesus. But that’s not our subject today. What I want to focus on is what does our kingship and lordship mean and afford us? It affords us the same rights and privileges and power and authority as JESUS!!! The scripture tells us that the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death in Romans 8:32. So we are free from the law of sin and death. Romans chapter 6 makes an even more defining statement.

Knowing that Christ, having been raised up from among those who are dead, no longer dies. Death over Him no longer exercises lordship. For the death He died, He died with respect to our sinful nature once for all. But the life He lives, He lives with respect to God Romans 6:9-10 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Did you see what that just said? It said death over Him no longer exercises lordship. Jesus is Lord even over death. You are a lord in and under Jesus that makes you a lord over death as well. Death no longer exercises lordship over Christ and you are in Christ so death has no lordship over you in any way, shape or form. Understand all fear has it’s root in the fear of death. When you are no longer afraid of death because of the revelation that death has no more dominion over you through Christ Jesus, it frees you on a level that you have never been freed before. Death used to reign and in unbelievers lives it still does and unfortunately in believers lives who do not know the truth that makes them free. But look at what The Word of God says.

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Romans 5:12 New Living Translation

Adam’s one sin brought death to every person who ever lived. But thank God the Father He did not leave us there. No through Christ Jesus He gave us back the eternal, blessed, healed and whole life that God the Father had planned for us all along. Death never was The Father’s plan. Growing old and dying was never part of The Father’s plan.

So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:21 New Living Translation

Grace who is Jesus rules now. Make sure you do not allow sin and death rule over you in any way shape or form. You are to walk in the perfect will of God and accept nothing less. That will is GRACE!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT STRIFE & HOW TO DEAL WITH IT

To slander or abuse or speak evil of no one, to avoid being contentious, to be forbearing (yielding, gentle, and conciliatory), and to show unqualified courtesy toward everybody. Titus 3:2 Amplified Bible

Recently I heard a person ask, ” How do we handle a coworker who is constantly stirring up strife no matter how nice you try to treat her? I know we are to pray for our enemies but relationally what can we do to help turn this around or can we? ”

This is a great question and one that many of us are seeking the answer to.  Dealing with strife or possible strife type situations can be a little tricky but they are nothing when handled with the wisdom and word of God.  If you really think about it when Jesus answered Martha in Luke, he really showed us a key to handling difficult people at work, in our home and in our marriages. Lets look at what Jesus said.

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,”  Luke 10:41 New International Version

Let’s examine all the things that are said and shown in these few words from Our Lord.  If you use the steps Jesus did you will deal with people right as well and probably win that person over and they may even become a good friend.  First of all man looks on the outside but Jesus always deals with the root and the truth.  If you are familiar with this entire story, Jesus had come to Mary and her sister Martha’s home and part of Eastern culture is to fix a guest a meal.  But Mary instead sat at Jesus feet and listened to him teach while Martha was in the kitchen getting heated because Mary would not come and help her it appears.  When Martha asked Jesus how come He did not care that Mary did not help her cook, Jesus seemed to almost ignore the cooking issue and went to the real truth.  Jesus knew that Martha was worried about ‘many things’, she just happened to use the food as an excuse to start fussing.

We have all done this.  You are really upset about one thing but the opportunity comes to go off about something else and your fleshy is like here’s my chance to go off on this person or about this situation. When people or your spouse is acting a certain way many times it’s not really the issue that is the issue that is causing the issue you are having the issue over.  Haha!!!  A husband may snap at his wife because he knows inside he does not have enough money to pay everything and he’s known about it for two weeks.  Right before he walked in the house the bill collector called him on his cell and told him they’re going to do such and such if he does not do so and so.  Meanwhile the wife is at home and has been thinking :”When Jim gets home I am going to ask him about what does he want for dinner?”  Jim steps in and his wife greets him and ask the question and where he would normally say grilled chicken and vegetables he instead says, “You don’t have dinner done yet? You knew I was on the way home.”  Now his wife knows he normally does not act that way but the way he said it hurt her feelings and she snaps back and then bam, the seed of strife is trying to plant itself.

My point is what did Jesus have to stop and do in order to give Martha the answer He did?  He had to think about her and not  Himself and take the time and think, “What is really wrong with Martha?”  Then the Holy Spirit reveals it to Him and he is able to give her a gentle rebuke and tell her he knows whats really going on all at the same time.  How did Jesus do that?  LOVE.  Love is not selfish.  It doesn’t seek its own rights and its own way because it is not self seeking.  And most important, LOVE NEVER FAILS!!!  So when a person keeps acting in a strifeful manner don’t think about yourself, take the time and think what is really going on with that person Lord and how can I help.  He may not tell you but He may say, “Give her fifty dollars.”   Don’t get all riled up and say, “Lord did you see the way she just treated me?” Of course he did. But He knows the person drove to work on fumes and they are wondering how they are going to get gas to make it to the daycare to pickup their child as well as buy dinner tonite because they have no food either.  This leads us back to our opening text.

To slander or abuse or speak evil of no one, to avoid being contentious, to be forbearing (yielding, gentle, and conciliatory), and to show unqualified courtesy toward everybody. Titus 3:2 Amplified Bible

I want you to look at the last part of that scripture.  It says we are to show “unqualified courtesy to everybody”.  That means the person who qualifies for no courtesy is the main one you are to show courtesy to.  Why? Because thats what God the Father (I like to call Him Big Poppa and he loves it when I do) and Jesus did to you.  You didn’t qualify for blessing but He gave it to you anyway.  You didn’t qualify to be made righteous but He made you righteous anyway through Jesus.  And besides that you will get all your money back plus some when you take the fifty dollars and the person starts crying and telling you the real reason they been acting ugly.  THAT IS GRACE!!! THAT IS JESUS!! He is full of GRACE and TRUTH and He will lead and guide you into all Truth by the Holy Spirit. Just pull your flesh back and stay in love and watch what happens.  You don’t know what that person is dealing with and it could be any number of things from self-hatred, to divorce, to just plain old no joy or no peace.  But you have joy and you have peace or shalom and it was given to you by Jesus and Jesus said, “Freely you have received, so freely give.”

So next time a person keeps up in strife make the decision to keep loving them. Don’t join in with the strife then the devil wins.    Keep on loving them and if you miss it and get into strife don’t get condemned.  Just receive superabounding GRACE and remember God is Love and LOVE NEVER FAILS!!!!   Show unqualified courtesy to everyone just like Jesus remembering that as He is so are you in this world.

All the “blessed” to you!!!  Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT JESUS: FRIEND OF SINNERS

“The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”  Matthew 11:19 New Living Translation

I want to share with you something that happened recently and I believe it will paint a good picture for our understanding.  I recently received a friend request from a gentleman.  I was vaguely familiar with him so I went to his Facebook page and just looked at it to see different things.  The gentleman had various quotes from different authors and well-known world leaders, some that are alive and some that have now passed on.  Now I know better but a religious thought came to my mind like, “Ahhh I don’t know, all this meditation and enlightenment stuff…..”  I had some other thoughts as well but then, I caught myself and accepted his friend request.  When I went back later and looked further I noticed there were people from all types of different faiths and beliefs in this group.  Then I thought of Jesus.  Many times Christians have no influence with other people because of their judgmental, I am better than you attitude.  I have also seen and in the past been guilty of saying, “I’m not going to hang around those people so they don’t contaminate me. I learned that from church sadly.  BUT THAT IS NOT HOW JESUS IS!!!! Thank God!! Because if he was, then Jesus would have never hung around YOU!

The scripture above is an inditement, and enlightenment and wake up call for the Body of Christ.  To summarize what happened, the religious people in Jesus’s time were accusing Jesus basically of not being holy. Why?  Because Jesus drank wine (Yes Jesus drank wine), and hung out with tax collectors and sinners.  One translation says He hung out with notorious sinners.  Now think about that as you sing, “I want to be more and more like Jesus!”.  Really?  Jesus did not let man’s opinion put Him into condemnation because He knew that no matter what He did or didn’t do that the religious people would still find fault with Him.  But don’t take my word for it, take The Word for it!!

For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 19The Son of Man  on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” Matthew 11:19 New Living Translation

Did you see what Jesus said?  He said “John was with you and he did not eat (meat and other dainties as it was known John ate locust and wild honey) or drink wine. But you still said John was possessed of a demon.  Now the Son of Man comes to you feasting and drinking and you say that he is a drunkard and a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”  Now here is the key.  Look carefully at the last thing Jesus said.  But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.  In other words you can say whatever you want about me eating and drinking and hanging with sinners but look at the results.  They are undeniable!!!  In the Old Testament when a clean person touched the unclean such as a person with leprosy, they became unclean too.  But in the New Testament when Jesus  and his disciples touched the unclean the unclean became clean like them.  We’re not here to be changed by the world but to change the world.  Jesus knew that.  But how are you going to change them if you won’t even be bothered with them, take time to talk to them and find out what is going on in their life?  Jesus was a master at this and some of the things that believers and ministers say you should not be doing Jesus was doing.

Now the Bible says He knew no sin, He did no sin and in Him is no sin.  I have come to learn that many times some ministers will put rules and laws on people out of their personal problems, habits and challenges.  But the book of Romans 14:22 says, “Happy is the man that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.”  Now let me make it clear, this is no license to sin and most believers know what sin is.  We are not here to join sinners in their sin.  This is a license to freedom and more importantly to free others.  Jesus was constantly in social settings causing influence for The Father by His very Presence.  That same Jesus is on the inside of you.  I encourage you go infect somebody today at your job, at dinner or at happy hour.  Imagine if Jesus decided to stay away from you because of some of the things you have done.  NONE OF US WOULD BE SAVED.  Some people will disagree and take this the wrong way but I don’t care and neither does Jesus. If Jesus did He would have gotten up from where He was and never hung out with sinners again. But then He would not have been controlled by The Holy Spirit but by man’s opinion.  I don’t know about you but as for me and my house THOSE DAYS ARE OVER, FOREVER!!!  The Word of God says, “Greater is He Who is in you, than he who is in the world..”  Jesus was called the ‘friend’ of sinners.  May you by His Grace and for His Glory have the same title. Amen!!!!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT SUCH A TIME AS THIS

…..and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?  Esther 4:14  KJV

If you are a believer, have you ever taken the time to ask yourself, “What am I in the Kingdom for?”  It’s a question you should give some thought to.  Why?  Because your part in the Kingdom is crucial to someone’s life.  Think about this.  Do you have a favorite minister, or even artist or actor who you really like or who has affected you life in a positive way?  I do and two years ago I thought to myself, “Man I am so glad this particular minister obeyed God’s call on his life.  I began to think about all the wisdom, knowledge and grace I would not be aware of if this person was not fulfilling his call.  Then I moved beyond myself and said, “What about the other people that are in his church?”  That’s over 30,000 people alone.  Then I moved beyond that to the TV and worldwide audience this particular minister reaches.  Now we are into millions of people.

Think of that.  One person affecting millions of lives.  The same thing applies to you and what God the Father has designed for you to do.  You may think I cannot affect a lot of people’s lives.  The truth is you already are.  Every person you come across, every person you work with, talk to, say hi to and every member of your family is being affected by you everyday.  Are you conscious of the effect you have or can have on people by constantly reflecting JESUS?  Another truth is you have no idea how many people’s lives you affect everyday.  What you do for a job regardless of what it is affects and touches many people’s lives. Your coworkers, everyone who will touch the product you work on, the person you said hi to and gave them a smile at the grocery store.  A smile or a simple hi could be just what a person needed to overcome contemplating  suicide.

I heard this story once and it impacted me so much I never forgot it.  As a matter of fact it prompted me the other day to check on a lady I saw just two days ago outside of a gas station.    In the story, there was a man who made a decision to commit suicide and jump off the Golden Gate Bridge.  The man did not have a car and decided to walk to the bridge from where he was but he made another decision.  He said if anyone stopped him and asked him was he alright on the walk to the bridge, then he would not commit suicide.  From the story it appeared the man looked very distraught and depressed.  He stated that he walked past many people but no one stopped him once to ask was he okay.  Thankfully the man lived after he jumped and was able to share his story.

Again, it shows how much you can affect someone’s life just by a caring question.  So many people today are lonely even when surrounded by all their friends.  They keep these people around and actually know they have superficial relationships but many feel these fake friendships are all they have.  Our text scripture is about Esther a woman who was chosen to be queen in a heathen kingdom although she was a Jew and then was presented with an opportunity to do something that she could be killed for or become an intercession and savior for the Jewish people.

…..and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 KJV

Think about it, what if you just like Esther have been brought into the Kingdom for such a time as this? Don’t think quantity, think quality.  Even if you are here to affect just one persons life, that person is of great value to God the Father and Jesus, because He died for that person.  And if that is not enough to stir you think about the fact that that one person at another time could have been you.  What would you want someone to do for you?

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT “HIMSELF”

“He Himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” I Peter 2:24 New International Version

Shalom! There is a well known saying that says, “If you want something done right, then do it yourself.”   Today let’s get a real in-depth understanding of the difference between doing something yourself and sending someone to do it.  But we are not going to talk about you, we are going to talk about God the Father and Jesus.  Do you realize the difference between The Father sending an angel to die, save and redeem you versus sending Jesus?  Because of His Love, The Father did not leave so precious and important a task to an angel.  He sent His own Son, and thereby in essence He sent HIMSELF.

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthian 5:18-19 New American Standard Version

 So you can see by this scripture that it was really God the Father ‘Himself’ in Christ who was reconciling or bringing people back into right standing or righteousness with Himself all because He desired this and planned this in and out of Love.  This is pure GRACE given to men, unmerited, undeserved.  This is a stark contrast to the law or the ten commandments which was given by Moses.  God gave Moses the ten commandments and then Moses gave the commandments to the children of Israel, not the world.

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 New International Version

Moses was the servant of God.  Jesus is the Son of God as are you.  Moses gave the children of Israel, not the world, the law.  God so loved  the world that He gave them His Son.  Moses gave the law. Jesus gave HIMSELF!!!  Moses taught them the law.  Jesus taught them about HIMSELF.

Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning HIMSELF. Luke 24:27  New Living Translation

When  you understand how truly personal your salvation, your protection, your provision, your life, your health and your well being is to God the Father and Jesus,  you will then understand the importance of why He did these things HIMSELF.  He did not trust it or leave it to anyone else.  When it came to Him making sure that you are righteous He did it HIMSELF to make sure it was done RIGHT.  Meditate on that.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH- WEEKEND EDITION- TRUTH FOR THOUGHT – “BE KIND TO THE UNTHANKFUL AND THE EVIL”

I am sure the title makes you want to quote Gary Coleman from Different Strokes.  “Whatchu talkin’ bout Willis?  I know what you mean. But look at this scripture…..

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He (God the Father) is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.  Luke 6:35 King James Version

Wow!!  God is kind to the unthankful and the evil.  The people that blaspheme His Name, say He does not exist, and think His Name is a compound word with damn.  God the Father is kind to them.  So how are we suppose to be with them?

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;  Ephesians 5:1 New American Standard Version

The Father does not want us to be like the world.  The world responds to people with the law based thinking and responses.  “You treat me bad, I’m gonna treat you bad.”  That is the law all day.   But look at The Father.  Now understand, for you The Father does not see your sin, or acting ugly because of Jesus’s Blood.  But for sinners He sees their ugliness and ungratefulness and evil and is still kind to them.  The word kind there is the greek word chréstos.  It means to be useful, pleasant, gentle and kind, one that furnishes what is suitable.  We have a great Father and a great God and a great Lord in Jesus Christ.  Jesus operated and functioned this way and because of it religious people called him a “friend of sinners” in the Bible.  May you have that same title and accusation for the glory of God and the increase of the Kingdom.  Not to go out and be like them but to be a light and win them to Christ.

The Word of God is constantly admonishing us to be good to others whether they are good or evil.  THIS IS GRACE.  God was good to us when we were only evil.  While we were yet sinners He loved us and sent His Son to die for us. When people treat us good it is very easy to be good and nice to them.  But it takes the love of Christ to be kind and loving and courteous to someone who has mistreated and dogged you.  But we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us.  Jesus would not tell us to do something and not give us the power, strength and will to do it.  I will share a rarely known scripture with you that when I found it I was like, “Who then can be saved?”  But I have kept it in my mind and heart for years and I am getting better and better at it especially since learning about GRACE.

Remind people to be submissive to [their] magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, to be prepared and willing to do any upright and honorable work,

To slander or abuse or speak evil of no one, to avoid being contentious, to be forbearing (yielding, gentle, and conciliatory), and to show unqualified courtesy toward everybody.                                      Titus 3:1-2 Amplified Bible

Man this is a tall order in the natural.  We live in a mostly critical, negative-minded world.  That scripture says to slander or abuse or speak evil of no one.  But the part that punched me in the kidneys was the last part.  To show unqualified courtesy toward everybody.  Yes you read it right, it said EVERYBODY!!!  Do you understand what this means?  This means that the person who does not qualify for courtesy is the person The Word says you are to show courtesy to.   Trying chewing on that this weekend.  The rude person that steps in front of you at the mall.  The car that cuts you off in traffic.  When your wife says something a little edgy, respond with courtesy.  I can tell you I just flunked that test recently. Thank God for His GRACE.

So your challenge this weekend is to be kind to the unthankful and the evil and to show unqualified courtesy to EVERYONE.  If you can do it great!! If you miss it, keep meditating that Word and get up and go for it again. Trust me, unthankful, evil and discourteous people are not going anywhere just yet so you will have plenty of opportunity.  So step up to the challenge! The key is let Christ do it through you.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

All the “blessed” to you!!!