Greetings to one and all, welcome!
It's been quite a while since last I've written to you here on Fubar, please forgive me. I can only live in the hope you've been asking-seeking-and knocking on Heaven's door of our beloved ABBA FATHER CREATOR after all that is seen and known and all that is not for HE loves all of us unconditionally. I pray you feel HIS love in your hearts.
After you read this blog entry, please feel free to view the attached video at the end of this post, and may it bring you encouragement as well as inspiration to learn of ABBA FATHER through HIS beloved SON our MESSIAH YESHUA/JESUS CHRIST while being blessed with HIS HOLY GHOST. Hallelujah. Amen.
In the past I've been asked about my faith and belief. I hope this brings ABBA all the glory and honor, and blesses those in some way who may happen to read this while on their search asking-seeking-knocking after HIM. If you're not, I pray you learn of HIM and all HIS grace, mercy, forgiveness, peace, and unconditional love. It's so well worth it.
Q: Have you always been a devout Christian? If not, why did you become one?
A: Actually, no, I haven't always been a 'devout Christian'. I thought I had, but in all honesty, I didn't even come close. As far back as 2 - 3 years of age I recall knowing and believing that GOD was real, outside of the fact that my folks had been Roman Catholics. The problem was I hadn't understood, listened, obeyed, or given our LORD the respect HE so righteously deserved (and deserves) in regards to devotion, praise, and worship in the manner I should have given to HIM, and HE still is working on me today as well.
To be a Christian is to become a follower of MESSIAH YESHUA/JESUS the CHRIST, learning to love the FATHER through HIS example with all of our "hearts, souls, minds, and strength" (Deuteronomy 6:5-7; Matthew 22:37-40) circumcising our hearts to HIM (having HIM live in our beings fully and completely) following HIM through the FATHER's teachings and through CHRIST's living examples. It's in dying to 'self' bit by bit daily, surrendering the 'self-ego-id' completely to CHRIST, allowing the LORD to clean, purge, and purify us from the inside permitting HIS light and love to be seen outwardly, not ourselves, through a conviction of unyielding faith and trust in HIM. Do we always do things correctly? No. Do we sin? Unfortunately, yes, there are times we do. Are these sins willful sins? I certainly hope not, heaven forbid!
The LORD has always been a major part of my life. HE's always been there, protecting, guiding, and directing me along HIS narrow path, and always with unconditional love. It was I that wasn't open to GOD, nor have I been obedient to HIM as HE had instructed and wanted me to be, and in this was HE marked for transgressions and sins, mine and yours.
HE saved me in many ways which are too numerous and countless to begin to explain. HE's given me hope when hope could not be found. HE's answered questions I've spoken and prayed to HIM about when it was time for those questions to be answered. GOD's timing is perfect, and only in retrospect is that recognized, acknowledged, and greatly appreciated for the wisdom HE has shared. We humans are an impatient, stubborn, rebellious, selfish and self-servient lot, aren't we. It's unfathomible how infallible and generous our beloved ABBA FATHER has been with HIS blessed patience mercy, goodness, and love to us.
GOD never backed off of me, nor has HE forced me to follow after HIM. HE's taught me, through all of HIS lessons, disciplines, chastening, patience, and examples how much HE loves me, and each one of us. I willingly surrender myself to our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, dying to 'self', and living for HIM is a humbling eye and ear opening awakening awareness. Walking in HIS narrow way is not an easy one, but it is worth all the cost and committment to follow HIM. Remember, MESSIAH never suggested this life would be easy.
In Matthew 10:17-23, JESUS, talking with HIS disciples (including future believers and followers) tells us; "But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come."
In John 15:17-23, again JESUS talking with HIS disciples (hence future believers and followers); "These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also."
Q: Do you believe that Jesus was resurrected just because the Bible says He was?
A: I believe fully in the resurrection of YESHUA/JESUS through my faith and trust in HIM. The Holy Bible gives written account of MESSIAH both prior to and after HIS physical arrival here, and is the tool in which ABBA has declared for all people to come and learn of HIM (our FATHER) and that of HIS beloved SON, and in this I do believe the Holy Bible to be HIS inspired writings and teachings which ABBA guides, directs, and leads us into understanding, wisdom, and knowledge of HIMSELF, MESSIAH YESHUA/JESUS, and HIS beloved HOLY GHOST. Please understand it's not what is tangible in and of itself my faith is based upon, it's an internal 'knowing' my faith is built upon and it's this solid foundation in which my faith is derived.
Q: What makes Christianity any more true than any other religion?
A: Christianity is the only religion which believes in MESSIAH YESHUA/JESUS the CHRIST being who HE is, the SON of the CREATOR who came here to teach us of the FATHER, HIS love, grace, and compassion through the sacrifice of HIS beloved SON. Please do not be mistaken, being a follower of YESHUA/JESUS is not about man-made agenda's, rites, idols, and traditions. ABBA's 'church' is not made of bricks and cement which is built by the hands of man, it's built on faith, belief, and trust in the ONE living GOD, and in which ABBA FATHER YHWY says MESSIAH YESHUA/JESUS is who HE is, GOD the SON incarnate through human flesh who bore punishment, ridicule, torture, degradation, and death on the cross only to be resurrected to life eternal (both physically and spiritually) hence defeating the evil one and freeing mankind from bondage while bridging the gap between ABBA YHWH (GOD the FATHER) and all flesh, and to reconnect all flesh back to ABBA YHWH. Hallelujah! Praise ELOHIM: ABBA FATHER, MESSIAH YESHUA and HIS HOLY GHOST! Amen. This is the true church of our LORD in all it's simplicity, splendor, and magnificence. Our bodies are HIS temples, our hearts are HIS "Holy of Holies", which is indeed where HE resides when we willingly submit faithfully and loyally to our beloved FATHER.
Q: Are you willing to say that you KNOW FOR A FACT that Christianity is the right religion even when all the other religions say the same about theirs?
A: No one knows for a fact anything of this life, however I will say I know for a fact through my own experiences, that it's living by faith, trust, and belief daily, moment by moment, and living my life, as imperfect as I am, in which I chose to be one of HIS follower's living as holy a life as possible through the example of how YESHUA has lived HIS life. Those who are followers of MESSIAH are living testaments of HIM and trying to conduct ourselves as such through heart, soul, mind, and strength. JESUS encourages all of us as is evident in Matthew 5:3-12 "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." YESHUA is quoted by Matthew in chapters 5, 6, 7 on what is required of all who follow HIM, and how to conduct and willingly submit ourselves accordingly while we take up our crosses and follow after HIM diligently and unceasingly.
It's a blessing for me to be a servant of ADONAI's, although I am far from a perfect example. HE's our living example, follow HIM and no other. It's an honor and a privilege to glorify and honor HIM. I can only hope, if I am pleasing to HIM at all, that HE will permit me to share eternity with HIM glorifying ABBA with all brethren. The road and journey are very long, my friend, the path very narrow leading to HIM, and this life very short, especially for those who fall away from HIM. HE never leaves us, yet many fall away from HIM, and that's so sad and tragic. I never want nor wish for me, or any one, to fall away from HIM ever or again, nor do I ever want to be a stumbling block for another, heaven forbid!
The world is an illusion, my friend, the true reality is our FATHER in heaven. The devil deceives the masses in all manners of ways, and uses temptation to lore mankind down to his level where people lose their faith by the choices they make believing ABBA won't take them back, all the while the evil one chuckles at the calamity befalling ABBA's world and HIS children. The evil one's all about lies, manipulation, deceit, doom, gloom, and destruction. He's the father of all lies and the master of them, and it was from his own greed, lust, selfishness, self importance, and pride that the evil one was thrown out of, and far from, our beloved FATHER's presence in Paradise in Heaven, away from ABBA's grace, mercy, and love.
YESHUA gave HIS life to free all people, Jew and Gentile, from the bondage of sin, in hope we'd willingly love ABBA FATHER and follow HIM into eternal bliss and life ever lasting to be with FATHER in Paradise. HE endured all levels of torture, degradation, being nailed on a wooden cross, dying a horrific death and becoming resurrected (physically and spiritually) as it had been foretold of HIM by the prophets for all our sakes, yours and mine. We should be rejoicing in HIS victory and praising HIS blessed Name, shouting it from the highest peeks and in the deepest valleys and seas! The victory is HIS! HE won and no one has to be a victim any longer!!! Hallelujah! Amen and Amen!
Seek the LORD while HE still may be found, trust and have faith in HIM alone. Pray and speak to HIM, ask HIM to help you and HE will. HE saved countless sinners, and HE'll do the same for you if you allow HIM to. HE did this sinner, HE saved me. Repent from sinning, which simply means to cease from doing what you know is wrongful behavior to a Holy, Just, and loving GOD. You know deep in your heart what's right and wrong, if you're not sure or confused about this, open the Holy Bible and read the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, along with the Ten Commandments written in Exodus 20 in the Old Testament. Ask HIM to forgive you of everything remembered and not, to clean, purge, and purify you with HIS precious blood which HE willingly poured out for you and us all, then go and follow HIM, learn of HIM, and trust in HIM through faith. HE will do all HE's promised not just for some, but for all who humble themselves to HIM. Then share your belief with other's near and far knowing that it is HIS strength and light which emulates from inside of you, not your own.
This music video is entitled:"Do You Know JESUS CHRIST?"http://www.youtube.com/user/netta2158/featured I pray it brings ABBA all the glory and blesses you through HIS love. When the storms are roughest, keep focused on MESSIAH JESUS, trust HIM through it all.
May MESSIAH YESHUA/JESUS continue to bless your life, guiding you into a deep relationship with HIM, directing your footing along HIS narrowing path, leading you back home to HIS Heavenly Paradise to be with our awaiting FATHER.
Sincerely yours through MESSIAH YESHUA/JESUS the CHRIST,