The Fruit of my Trials


 

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1: 1-2

 

 

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1 Peter 1: 3-9, 1 Peter 4: 12-19 Matthew 13:45-46

heart-turquoise-howlite“If you have placed your faith in God’s grace for salvation through Jesus Christ be Encouraged.”

(1 Thessalonians 3:2-3)

heart-turquoise-howlite“The Lord, He is Good. His dealings towards you are always Purposeful , Compassionate, Producing Eternal Fruit.”

 (Romans 8:28, Hebrews 12: 5-6, Jeremiah 29:11)

heart-turquoise-howlite“In all of your trials and in all of your circumstances you will come full circle with this knowledge; God is Good, Merciful, Trustworthy and Faithful to
“Complete your Salvation.

(Romans 8:1, Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 1:6)

heart-turquoise-howlite“The One who has made Salvation possible not by your works but only through His Work at the Cross is Worthy of your Trust.”

 (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 heart-turquoise-howlite“He will keep you in faith until the Day of His Coming.”

 (1 Peter 1:7, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30)

 heart-turquoise-howlite“You are Sealed through His blood covenant and are Made ready by His Holy Spirit.

(Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Corinthians 1: 21-22, Hebrews 9: 14)

heart-turquoise-howlite“He is the Good Shepherd who looks after his sheep with meticulous inspections, cleansing you with His Sanctification while Restoring you to Himself.”

(Psalm 51: 12-13, John 17,19, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 1Corinthians 6:11, James 5:19,
Galatians 6:1, 1 John 1:9)

heart-turquoise-howlite“No one can snatch you away from the Good Shepherd who has laid down his life for your soul.  You are in His Sheepfold and All his Gates lead to New and Green Pastures.”
                                          (John 10: 28-29, Psalm 119: 67, Psalm 100:3-4, Psalm 23:2)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Every trial is filtered through His Love and Accomplishes His Will for You.

 (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Every trial works towards the goal of Renewal and Transformation.”

(Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

heart-turquoise-howlite“In every circumstance it is His desire that you “Know Him as He Really Is.”

 (Job 42:1-6, 1 John 5:20, John 17:3, John 4:23-24, 1 John 2:3)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Trust in His Goodness and be patient in your trial, allowing the Lord to accomplish his Perfect Will, Establishing your Faith in Him.”

(Colossians 1:23)

heart-turquoise-howlite“God will bring you to the “Cross”- road of decision where you choose to Decide in Whom you will Follow.

(James 1: 2-5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“When He has finished the work, in the fullness of time, He will deliver you.”

(Romans 8:34, Luke 22:32, 1 Peter 5:6)

heart-turquoise-howlite“You will not be put to shame as you Focus on Him.”

(Psalm 34:5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Your face will shine like the sun (Son) Reflecting His Love.”

(Psalm 34:5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“And you will know that the Lord, “Yes” the Lord, He is Good; He is always Good!”
(Psalm 86:5)

                Doula Faith

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What’s Behind those Signs and Numbers Today?


11:11 and False Prophesy
Matthew 24:24
Deuteronomy 18: 9-13

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digitalRead about an Important Update: Doreen Virtue- Author of “Angel Numbers” has denounced her books, repented, and is Saved! View her testimony in this update. 

Doreen Virute
Doreen Virtue

Are you being distracted and captivated by them?

First Know God’s Signs

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself. He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.” John 12:32

“Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:38-40

                                                                Deceitful Signs

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

There are deceitful signs manifesting themselves masquerading as angels of light, appearing to lead and distract people away from the Word of God. Some of these signs are appearing as numbers repeatedly on almost everything, especially the numbers 1111. 11:11, 1:11. As a person turns to glance at a clock, receipt or even the date of an important event, the same number appears in different forms and so the person wonders concerning its significance. The person is mysteriously directed to look and see the same number repeating itself time and time again. There is even a book out to give interpretation to these deceitful numbers described as “Angel Numbers”. Caution: Don’t go into these deceptive cults out of curiosity for they are deceptive nets and traps which snare those who are intrigued. Just be aware they exist and are tools to deceive many. When I stumbled across their web sites I saw the blogs of those who have been led astray by listening to these false prophets and one blogger even tells the other bloggers the numbers are appearing from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Nothing could be further from the “Truth”!

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

                                                        Scriptural Numbers

God does not speak through numbers but His voice is heard and is very clear to those who know Him by His WORD (John 10:27).
There are important numbers in the Bible which give meaning to specific scriptural events; such as the number “7” refers to “perfect” or “completion”. God completed creating the heavens and the earth and saw it was “good”, so on the 7th day He rested. Satan counterfeits God’s Word to bring a person into bondage by leading them by “intrigue”. So, no wonder the enemy will use numbers and false messages to leer anyone he can away from the truth concerning Jesus Christ. Paying attention to the appearance of numbers will lead to an unfriendly obsession and addiction. For the devil comes to deceive and to rob and distract anyone he can away from the salvation of Jesus Christ and the Word of God. Jesus said, if He is lifted up, He will draw all mankind to Himself. So if anything other than the Word of God is lifted up, it is a counterfeit and an impostor. Also, if anyone predicts a specific time when the end of the world will take place, know it is a lie.  Jesus said, no one knows the time nor the hour when He will return. God does not put any date, time or number on the day of Judgment. Many false prophets are profiting from those who are ignorant of this with the selling of their books and tapes.
(Luke 8:12, 1 Peter 5:8, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Matthew 24:26, 2 Peter 2:3)

The Lord warns us to be as shrewd as serpents but as innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16). So He would want us not to be ignorant of the tactics of Satan, but be on alert, sober and draw even closer in our intimacy with the Lord. ( John 15:4)

                               How the Trap is Set and How the Lord Rescues

Here is an example how the enemy of God tries to counterfeit God’s Word:
As I was having my devotions and in prayer at the start of the “new year” the Lord assured me He was the God of “new beginnings” through reading Isaiah 43:19. At the same time, as I was investigating the phenomenon of seeing the number 1111 in different forms, I googled the 11:11 to see if there was any information concerning it. I came across the blog of a false prophet and her book of “Angel Numbers” interpretations. It just so happened that the authors who write the books about Angel Numbers say the number “1” means “new beginnings”. If I did not have the discernment of the Holy Spirit I might have been “intrigued” and read their books. For in the above scripture, the phrase; “new beginning” comes through a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, confirmed throughout scripture ( John 3:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17). These “Angel Numbers” interpretations are very similar to horoscopes. But this is how it works, and though I might have fallen for it, the Lord who watches over me is faithful to expose it, and although it would be a painful experience, indeed, I would grow in my spiritual discernment and warn other followers of Christ. Which as a result of my own encounter I am motivated to warn others as I am committed to do, right now.

The Lord Jesus Christ is forever interceding for those who are called by His Name and when a believer is restored from such a thing, he/she will repent and warn others.
(John 10: 1-18, Luke 22:32, John 17:15)

                                               How I Discovered the Deception

I first heard about the number deception when a relative was experiencing this phenomenon. I knew He was a child of God, a born again believer in Jesus Christ, so I wondered why the appearance of the number was getting his attention. He began to believe it was a sign of something significant relating to Christ’s return, and his parents who are devout Christians began to believe it too, interpreting it as maybe a warning that the world or United States could possibly be approaching the final hour of judgment (11th hour). There are prophesies concerning the end of the age within scripture, and Jesus spoke of the signs and explained them to His disciples. So we don’t have to be warned by any numbers, the warnings are written in black and white throughout scripture. But even during the time of the early church, there were those who were so focused on Christ’s return, they neglected their relationship with Him and the purpose of their calling. (Matthew 24).
I at first discerned the repeated appearance of these numbers as a distraction from the Word of God, but then the numbers 1111 began appearing to me in different forms.
The first appearance occurred after reading a book titled How Evil Works. I suddenly became restless, and decided to put the book down and go to bed. As I approached my bedroom I glanced at my digital clock and saw displayed the time 11:11. This alarmed me, and following this first appearance of the number, I kept noticing it coinciding with certain events and dates. Even though I knew better, I began reading into it what I thought it meant. I became intrigued with the phenomenon. It soon began to make me fearful and was a distraction from my relationship with the Lord.

I was annoyed with the frequent appearances, so I inquired of the Lord in prayer concerning its origin. The very next morning I saw what appeared to be an image of two angels holding signs with indistinguishable letters arranged in a pattern sequence. The image was produced by condensation on the glass and the sign looked to be a residue of a detached label perhaps by the manufacturer. Anyway, that’s what my husband and I came up with. But the letters on the sign spelled nothing logical. Since it didn’t make any sense, I began to wonder what it could mean. I immediately received the Lord’s discernment; it had no meaning, and was appearing to lead me down a nonsensical path of distraction. God speaks through His Word (Bible) and gives guidance through the promptings of His Holy Spirit. Nowhere in the Bible does it say we are to look for numbers, messages or codes or signs to discern His voice.
(John 10:27, Psalm 119:105).

                                                                    The Angel of Light

The Bible warns believers that Satan appears as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) and will do anything to distract us from the Truth about Jesus Christ. The intrigue is to make the distraction attractive as though it were a special message given to only to a select few (Hebrews 13:9 -KJV). The foul spirit behind this makes the person think they are someone special, puffing them up for a destructive fall with false spiritual information concerning an omen or personal prophesy (2 Peter 1: 20-21).

Satan fell because he believed he was equal and even greater than God (Isaiah 14:12-15) He tempted Eve with the same lie, and unfortunately, she fell for it (Genesis 3: 1-5). As a result, sin came into the world separating all mankind from our creator and Holy God
(Genesis 3:24).

God’s Plan of Redemption

But God loved us so much He promised a Savior (Genesis 3:15) and sent His only begotten Son to take the punishment and penalty for our sins. And when He was dying for our iniquities, He forgave us by saying, “Father for give them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34). Since God is Holy and Just, He must judge sin. The penalty for sin is death and separation from God, which is darkness which is eternal condemnation. but the grace and love of God is forgiveness to everyone who places their trust in His Son, Jesus Christ. (Philippians 2: 6-11, John 3:16, Isaiah 53)

                                                          How God Speaks to Us

God does not play games or require anyone to decode any message. He has made His message clear through His Word and by sending guidance through His Holy Spirit into the heart of all believers. So clear is His message, even a child can understand it.
(Matthew 18:3, Romans 10:8-10, 1John 1:9, Galatians 1:8)

The reason I saw the angels holding an indistinguishable sign with a coded message, is because God wanted me to see what was behind the “Numbers Game.”

                    God’s Angels are His Messengers and Ministering Spirits

According to scripture God sends His created angelic beings as ministering spirits for a believer’s protection and to impart His Truth. When Mary was called to be the mother of Jesus, she was greeted by the angel Gabriel. When she heard God’s message she believed and her faith brought forth Jesus Christ’s conception (Luke 1: 26-38). The message was clear and delivered by God’s messenger.
Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist was visited by God’s angel and after hearing the news concerning John’s birth and calling, he did not believe, therefore, the angel made him mute until after the birth of his son. (Luke 1: 19-20).
There are many examples throughout the Bible where God sends His messenger (Angel) to help mankind in a crisis or to reveal God’s plan for a specific purpose. But the fallen angels (demons), who have followed Satan in his rebellion against God, pose as messengers with messages to lead many astray. Their message is to puff-up the person’s ego and make them believe they are chosen to receive a special message from a spiritual being or angel. But their counsel is for the person’s destruction and not for any good. They work through any media and even twist the Word of God (Scriptures).
( Hebrews 2, 1 John 4:1,  1Peter 5:8-9,2 Corinthians 2:10-11, Proverbs 16:18)

                                 False Prophets and Angelic Impostors
Important Update: The one who wrote the book Angel Numbers is Saved! View her testimony below: 

*Important Update: 2021- The person behind the Angel Numbers is a woman named Doreen Virtue who was a New Age clairvoyant. She has written many New Age books and created Tarot cards using divination and gave interpretations to these numbers, which demons created to lead many astray.

Those writing books and giving interpretation of the numbers are profiting from this type of deception. Just as astrologers do with astrological signs and horoscopes ( 2 Peter 2:3, Deuteronomy 18: 9-13). And others actually believe they are doing the work of God, like Doreen Virtue who wrote the book giving interpretations for the Angel Numbers. *She has repented and is now saved. She gives her testimony and tells others not to read her books, and shares the true message of the gospel. Please view her testimony below and give thanks to God for His mercy and grace. God is love, and it is not His will that anyone perish but come to the saving grace and mercy of His Truth, salvation is only through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Let’s remember to always pray for those who are deceived and leading others astray. None of us are beyond being deceived, but thanks be to God, if we repent, if we know Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, if we abide in Him and His Word, He will set us free.  Praise God!

“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24 ESV

Doreen Virtue’s TestimonyDoreen Virute

So as far as those numbers are concerned or any other message than God’s Truth found in His infallible Word; don’t give them the time of day, walk away and know God wants you to know the Truth.

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”
Proverbs 14:12

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.

Do you believe this?”
John 11:25-26

                                       You were Created to have a Relationship with God

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for payment of your sins, you can do so now. For He came into the world to reconcile you to God the Father, and saved you from His judgment and wrath. God created you and has a wonderful purpose for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). You will not find it in any “New Age” doctrine but only through accepting Jesus as your personal Savior and receiving His Holy Spirit; Who guides you into all Truth because His Word is Truth.

                                                         Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit

God is Holy, and all who come to Him and enter His Kingdom, must be Holy. Jesus Christ has justified you before the Father by shedding His blood for the forgiveness of your sins and proving salvation and eternal life by His resurrection from the dead.
As soon as you call on Him, believing in His death and resurrection, you are saved; receiving His righteousness and His Holy Spirit, Who is sent to lead you into all TRUTH.
All you have to do is confess your need for Him and repent of your sins, and believe God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for you.
He is Lord of all creation and everything (John 1). And One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess He is Lord (Philippians 2:9-11).
Everyone and even the fallen angels will bow the knee at His Coming (Romans 14:11).

Don’t be left behind in a world alienated from a loving, merciful God. Believe and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you today and receive His promise of eternal life which He proved in His resurrection. The alternative is death and eternal punishment for your own sins.  He not only offers you eternal life but an abundant life here and now in your relationship with God the Father, Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit.

                              Jesus is the Only Way to the Truth and Eternal Life

Instead of following the false messages of numbers, horoscopes, astrology, and messages from fallen angels, receive His eternal message of Salvation. You will not find it in in any coded messages, but written explicitly just for you His Gospel- the Word of God –
Bible Scriptures – Read the gospel of John in the Bible, John saw Jesus and has written an account of what He did on earth and Who He is as Lord of all creation.

                                                         Jesus Will Restore You
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior but fell into a deceptive trap, you are not alone, but know the Lord is ready to lift you up and out and take you into His arms today. He has not left you; He remains faithful (Deuteronomy 31:6).
Only, call on Him and Trust in His unconditional love so He can bring you into a closer relationship with Himself (1 John 1:9). Meditate on His Word and bring every thought, doubt and concern to Him, asking for His Wisdom. He will surely give it for even when we are unfaithful, He remains faithful.  (Psalm 55:22, James 1: 5-8, 2 Timothy 2:13)

I am praying for you. Doula Faith

Note: There is only one unforgivable sin: “Unbelief”- for how can God help anyone who does not believe in His Great Salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

And if you have prayed seeking God’s Salvation, understand this:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10

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God Omniscient


Psalm 139

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Through God’s omniscience (Having all knowledge) He has purposed and planned for every believer, who comes to faith, to be transformed into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.  That which He begins, He also completes, and His plan is to bring every believer into a closer relationship with Himself. (Isaiah 43:7, Romans 8:31-39, Corinthians 3:18 )

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

Guaranteed Salvation

It is God’s will that everyone come to the saving grace and knowledge of His Son, Jesus Christ. Everyone who comes to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, has been sealed by the Holy Spirit, guaranteeing salvation.
(Ephesians 1:13, Romans 10: 8-10, 2 Peter 3:8-9)

God’s Predestined Plan

In Psalm 139, David speaks of God’s Omniscience – God knows everything about each person who comes to faith and His plan is to keep them in faith until His purpose in them is complete. (Jeremiah 29:11,Philippians 1:6)

“For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14

When a “born again believer” (John 3), child of God, wanders from following Christ, the Lord is faithful to go after that one; restoring him/her to Himself. This is what has been ordained – not the believer’s faithfulness, but the Lord’s faithfulness to complete the believer’s sanctification and salvation.
(Romans 8: 29-30, Luke 15: 3-7, 11-32, Isaiah 54, 2 Timothy 2:13)

Israel Restored

Scripture tells us when Israel wandered away from keeping God’s commandments, He ordained seventy years for their exile into Babylon, but He never forsook them during their captivity and brought them back home according to His promise (Jeremiah 29:10-14, Romans 11:29)

David Restored
David wrote about how He wandered away from God’s perfect will, but in repentance and through God’s faithfulness, He was restored. (Psalm 23, Psalm 119:67, Isaiah 30:15)

The scriptures are full of examples of how God restored those who fell away. He knew they would and had a plan to restore them.

God’s Faithfulness to Restore
The disciple Peter believed He would have the courage to die for Jesus, but in Christ’s omniscience, Jesus warned how He would in fact deny Him three times and how it would take place. But Jesus also told Peter He was praying for him and he would be restored. (Luke 22: 31-34)

Jonah the prophet was disobedient and ran from doing God’s will, but God’s plan was to bring him to repentance in the belly of a great whale/fish. (Jonah)

God already knew Saul, who was later named Paul, would persecute Christians, but it was in His plan to bring Him to the place of repentance, calling Him to preach the gospel to the gentiles as He was ordained.
(1 Timothy 1:16-17, 1 John 1:9, Acts 9)

Christ’s Eternal Provision

It is impossible for anyone to be saved through their works of self-righteousness. And it is impossible for anyone to stay saved through their good works. It is through faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and faith in His resurrection which makes a person righteous and saved. As believers, we take on the righteousness of Christ. Before the foundation of the world, God’s plan was to redeem mankind through faith in His Son, therefore Christ’s atonement is enough to cover all present, past and future sins.

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. Ephesians 1:4-10

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Taking God at His Word


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” For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

As I completed a devotional on (2 Chronicles 33: 1-20) concerning King Manasseh, I was struck with the importance of knowing this important “Example” of how God is always ready to forgive and deliver no matter how horrible  our sins. Although I know faith in Christ’s salvation has saved me, there are times the enemy comes in with an accusation wielding a convincing blow, usually, in the worse circumstances. But it is having knowledge and faith in God’s Word that causes the devil to go and my faith to grow.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6

The most important Example given on how to combat the temptations and accusations of the enemy was given by Jesus Christ, Himself. After His baptism He was driven into the desert were the Word tells us He was tempted by the devil. In all that the devil threw at Him, Jesus came “back” with one thing; the knowledge of God’s Word. He didn’t focus at all on Himself, although He had every right to, but with every temptation He matter of factly, without engaging or prolonging the conversation”,  asserted what He Knew, was the Truth.
(Matthew 4:1-11)

“These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.” 1 Corinthians 10:11 (my emphasis)

Recently, I experienced one of the most fiery trials since I have come to faith. I was suffering physically with the Coronavirus, while receiving a convincing curse from the devil along with his legitimate accusations. I say convincing and legitimate because the curse I received from the person’s comments on my blog fell in line with the dates and events while suffering this disease.

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
1 Peter 4:12-19

The accusations were not unjustifiable but were accurate concerning my present and past failures and sins. So all I was experiencing, physically, mentally and emotionally, seemingly,  had the appearance of the accuser’s upper hand. So I got honest with the Lord, admitting I was afraid.

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

The victory comes by praising Him in the midst of all uncertainty, recalling His past faithfulness while taking Him at His Word. He is merciful, forgiving and understanding, and when we remember to call on His Name, He will do what He alone can do.

It wasn’t a miracle of deliverance, a sudden healing, a word of encouragement or even His presence He wanted me to seek. The Lord left me with one option; and choice; would I recall His faithfulness , His Word , while knowing in confidence what He had done for me in the past, He would do again and again.

And all He wants from us is to take Him at His Word. Will You?

(Romans 8:1, Romans 8: 28, Psalm 46, 1 John 1:9, Ephesians 1:13, Jeremiah 29:11)

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Knowing Jesus Christ


Knowing Jesus Christ
Matthew 7: 21-23, Matthew 25: 11-12

Do you know Him, and does He know you?

 

Probably one of the most alarming things that Jesus pointed out during His visitation was this warning statement concerning “knowing him”.  He wanted to make it perfectly clear that there was to be a “relationship” between the believer and Himself.  So, how do we get to know Jesus, and how does He recognize us as His own?  I believe there is a distinction between “knowing him” and “knowing of him”, and we need to “know” the difference.

 

As soon as I started reflecting on the word “know”, two songs came to memory:  Getting to Know You  by Hammerstein  and  To Know Him is to Love Him  by Phil Spector.  These two songs were popular during the 50’s.  They both speak of an intimate relationship with someone else.

 

In the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25, only half of them were able to meet the Groom, when He arrived.  The other five did not have enough oil to continue their journey and had to go and buy more.  When they returned to where the wedding was taking place, they were not allowed in because the bridegroom did not recognize them as belonging to Himself: They said, “Lord, Lord, ‘open the door for us!’  “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.”

 

When Jesus spoke to Nicodemus in John 3 He went right to the point.  He told Nicodemus that He would have to be “born again” in order to enter into the Kingdom of God.  He then proceeded to tell Him how that is possible.  When we think of being born we have a whole different visualization because of our technology.  We actually have a window on the womb and understand the whole process.  Nicodemus was not privy to that information and so Jesus used an example he could understand.  One thing scientists have discovered and that is that as soon as the male sperm penetrates the female egg there’s an explosion of continuous development and with it the DNA is present that identifies the physical characterization of the developing child. And so it is spiritually, that as soon as we believe In God’s Salvation – Jesus Christ, we begin a brand new life in Christ; sealed by the Holy Spirit; we are identified with Him,  and He knows us as His own. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 In the “born again” relationship we know Christ by abiding in His Word and by yielding to His Holy Spirit. As we apply the Word to our lives, we take on the characterization of His divine nature (DNA) and become Christ-like. Then, when He comes to take us Home the relationship is complete and we know Him as we are known.

 

“Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully even as I am fully known.”  1 Corinthians 13:12

 

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