Walking with God

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To walk with God means in Hebrew – halak- a verb-action word. It means these many things;

live, manner of life, keep a pace with, follow, go forth, go forward, continually, march on, move, run along, send, traveler, to and fro with, way-faring, be weak, whirl.

Interesting enough but according to Scriptures, God was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, but he was not walking with Adam. After Adam and Eve sinned the relationship was broken and God had to call for Adam. Sin separated God’s creation from himself. When the Lord found Adam he was hiding in guilt and condemnation from God. God had to sacrifice a sheep and cloth them with a temporary covering to atone for their sin. This act never did restore relationship with God but what it did do was make a covering to appease God’s wrath, so that he did not destroy Adam and Eve and the whole earth, by his righteous judgment.

The law does not restore relationship with God. God always had to use a Moses or some kind of go between to lead his children. Still today, those still under the law are not in relationship with God, through Jesus the sacrifice, but are separated by sin. The law does not save; it only contains sin to keep it from spreading.

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. Gen. 3:8

Before the law in writing was given to Moses, Enoch walked with God and so did the other prophets. This relationship was based not on law but on grace. God sovereignty called certain individuals to do certain things and speak in his name. I want to point out a twofold operation of the Spirit of God that exists today. The prophets had the Holy Spirit come on them at certain times for certain purposes as the Lord desired but the Holy Spirit did not live in his people nor the prophets. Today the Holy Spirit lives in his people BUT he also comes upon his people to operate in the supernatural as he wills as well.

Getting back to my topic, walking with God or – halak-is a requirement for salvation. If you have never heard from God, never had any supernatural visitations, dreams, visions, inspirations, promptings, anointing, guidance, then it is doubtful that you are really saved. Salvation is about having the relationship that Adam had with God before the fall restored, not just believing in your head about an historical Jesus.

 If you look at the prophets they all walked with God. Many Israelites did not walk with God even though they believed in him. That is why they fell into sin so much. They always preferred a Moses or a king to lead them in their relationship with God. This is still true today.  This is also true for many who call themselves Christians. They follow Biblical laws or rules, regulations and principals of the Bible but they do not have a living relationship with God the Father by the sacrifice of Jesus who sent the Holy Spirit to abide with us and have relationship with us.

   

And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. Duet. 8:9

 Are you in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit or do you just have a lifeless dry religion that you try to adhere to? Remember Jesus said that when you come to him that he will make life giving refreshing water spring forth from your heart. In other words life in God which is abundant and filled with power and victory!

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. Psalm 89:15

 Ask Jesus to make you born again by his Holy Spirit and restore relationship with you and him. To have head knowledge about the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ is not enough! You must partake of his nature! Be filled with the Holy Spirit and walking in right relationship with God through Jesus Christ!

 

He That Endures to the End Shall be Saved.

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Many times I have heard people use this scripture, to try to back up their false doctrine, that salvation can be lost. When examining a doctrine one does not take it out of context and try to fudge it into a predisposed mind set.  In determining a doctrinal position, one must examine ALL scriptures within their context and then, come to a conclusion.

Based upon the many scriptures which tell us that salvation is a free gift and not earned, how can we reconcile this verse. Let’s take a look shall we?

First of all where is this scripture located and what is the topic being discussed? We can see that it is in Matthew chapter 24, prior to the Jesus going to the cross. We can also see that he was talking about the end times. If we look at verse 9 we can see that Jesus is specifically talking about the Jews in the end times. He is not addressing the church which did not exist then, anyway.  The rest of the chapter is also Jesus prophesying about the Jews in the latter days, not the church.  He is telling the Jews to endure until all things are completed and then Messiah will come.

This chapter is not talking about the church; however for the sake of argument let us suppose that Jesus means the church too. How do we reconcile this with all the other chapters (read my prior blogs) that tell us salvation is a free gift, not earned by any works, and is given without repentance? Well, as I have shown you in prior blogs, to be really saved one must be born of God and in the Spirit, baptized in Christ and not just have an intellectual understanding about Jesus.  If anyone is truly saved then God lives in them.  Literally!  The body of Christ is his temple. God lives in his people!

That being said, scriptures plainly tell us that those born of God are new creatures in Christ; the old man is dead, no longer existing! Therefore, the true Christian can never fall away. Who falls away? Who does not endure to the end? It is the APOSTATE. (False believer, the false shepherd, the cultist, carnal “Christian” or in other words the unsaved pretending to be saved but not really born again).

The Bible tells us that a good tree cannot bear bad fruit. If a person claiming to know God and lives in habitual sin and does not walk after God and be sold out to Jesus then that person is not saved and never was saved. Jesus says that “you shall know them by their fruit”

How can we know who is really saved and who is not? Well, in all honesty, only God truly knows who are really his. Some may look saved on the outside and be old bones dead in sin on the inside while some may be saved and have come out of deep sin and God is still continuing to clean them up. So, they may not look so hot to you but God he sees their heart and how far he has brought them.

So yes, indeed, those who endure to the end will be saved! Those who really belong to God will endure all things in their lives and continue to stay true to Jesus. Now that is fruit that will truly remain for all eternally!

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:3-8

JESUS CAME TO DESTROY THE POWER OF SIN.

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The word “saved” means to be delivered from any kind of evil. However, when “saved” is used in regard to God’s salvation through Jesus Christ, the meaning is deliverance and preservation from all the consequences of sin. In other words, “saved” means to be delivered and preserved from the penalty of sin and the power of sin. The Bible makes it very clear that if anyone claims to be a Christian and still lives in darkness that he is a liar. Many raised in church think that just because they believe in Jesus that they are saved. This is not true. The devil believes in Jesus!

If someone claims to be a Christian and looks like, acts like, believes like the world, they are apostates, not real Christians. Satan sets these people up in the entertainment industry, professions, politics and even the behind pulpits, in order to try and give the gospel a black eye.

The truth is that when God saves someone by his divine grace and predestined will, he saves them from the power of sin. This is because the Holy Spirit lives in them. The Holy Spirit does not live in a person who lives and acts like the devil. The Bible tells us that if God’s seed is in a person they cannot continue in sin.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” 1 John 3:9

When God saves a person he saves them completely. He makes them born of his Holy Spirit and new creatures in Jesus Christ. A new creature is not the old creature. If one is really saved then they will walk in truth, the light of God’s word, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. This brings me to another point. If anyone (even pastors) claims to know Jesus Christ and has no power to overcome sin or to live in the miraculous, they are also liars. If anyone claims that God is just a dead letter on a book and does not do miracles today as taught in the book of Acts and the rest of the Bible, then they are liars against the truth of God’s word. Denying the power of the Holy Spirit is a sure sign that someone is still dead in their sins even if they claim to be Christians.

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:5

Therefore, He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

Jesus went on to say, “Therefore If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36.

Jesus Christ not only died for your sins but he died to defeat sin. When one becomes born of God he has been given the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome all temptation and sin. Remember that whoever calls on the Lord shall be saved! Not from just past sins but all future sins. When we call on the Lord to save us from temptation we have the power of the Holy Spirit to make us the victors over all the works of darkness! Victory is sure to come! God in us is greater than the evil one in this world!  Satan may try to destroy you, kill you and steal from you but he can never win if you are born of God!

A true Christian will not love the world. He/she cannot!  A true Christian abhors what God calls evil and clings to what God calls good because they have his spiritual DNA. They are born of his Holy Spirit! If anyone claims to know Jesus Christ, and walks in darkness, the Bible calls them a liar! God has delivered us from this present world, so if any love this world and live like the dictates of this world, then they are liars!

“Who gave himself for our sins that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Galatians 1:4,-5.

Giving thanks unto the Father, which HAS MADE us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who HAS delivered us from the power of darkness, and HAS translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we HAVE redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. Col 1:12-14

 If we are baptized into Christ WE HAVE put on Christ. So now we are in the Spirit and in newness of life! We ARE CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST, no longer a slave to sin. The power of sin has been destroyed for the Christian. Sin cannot have dominion over us if we really belong to God and are born of his Holy Spirit. We have been made free from sin! FREE INDEED!

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What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

FOR HE THAT IS DEAD IS FREE FROM SIN!!!

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye 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.

FOR SIN SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

ARE YOU TRUSTING IN YOUR OWN HEART?

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Humans without God’s intervention cannot do any good. Even though outwardly a person may look like they are behaving morally or righteously, that does not mean that in God’s eyes the deeds are good or worthy. This is because, as the Bible tells us, the heart is desperately wicked and deceitful. Let’s take a look at this scripture to define it further, shall we?

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

The heart in this scripture is defined as the inner man, or spirit (leb-Hebrew) and the soul realm, which consists of the mind, knowledge, reflection, memory, conscience, emotions, senses.

The heart is deceitful (aqob ) sly, insidious, dishonest, unprincipled, two-faced, crafty, scheming, sneaky, crooked, treacherous, above all things, or in other words more deceitful than anything that exists.  

The heart is desperately wicked. (anash), It is sick, incurable, weak, frail.  Who can know it? No one can perceive distinguish, admit, acknowledge, confess, experience, be wise about, be aware of, observe, the heart of a person.

God looks at the heart of a person and not just the outward things such as acts, deeds, accomplishments, or external appearances.

This is why the Bible says that unless a person is born again or born from above, they cannot see the kingdom of God. The heart that is unregenerate is wicked before God; filled with wrong motives and all manner of evil that is opposed to God and his kingdom. Even the good that the unsaved person does is filled with Satan’s nature because of the fall of Adam. Filled with hypocrisy, lying, deceit, crafty excuses and wrong motives!

God must give a person a new heart. What exactly does this mean? It does not mean a heart that is automatically perfect. What it means is that the inner man or spirit must be reconnected to God so that it is no longer under the control of the evil one but is now God’s dwelling place. When we become born again, the Holy Spirit comes in our heart to do his work; by readjusting our thinking, change emotional responses, give a clean conscience due to his forgiveness, and change our motives from self centeredness to God centeredness.

Without being reconciled to God, we cannot know God and nor do we even want to know him. This is because God‘s ways are not our ways. The unsaved person hates (is in enmity with) God and his kingdom. The unsaved along with their father, the devil, fight against God’s kingdom. They hate his laws and his way of doing things! In fact, just like the devil, the unsaved think that they have the answers to all life’s problems and don’t need any God over them! They are in a rebellion against God just as Satan is in rebellion against God.

“As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.   They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one. Their throat [is] an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit; The poison of asps [is] under their lips”; “Whose mouth [is] full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet [are] swift to shed blood;   Destruction and misery [are] in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:10

An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: [There] [is] no fear of God before his eyes. For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity [and] when he hates. The words of his mouth [are] wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise [and] to do good. He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself in a way [that] [is] not good; He does not abhor evil.” Psalm 36:1

When we confess that we are sinners, what we are doing is agreeing with God about the state of our soul and heart condition. (This usually happens by coming to the end of us and our ability in our own efforts has failed.) Then when we ask for forgiveness of sins based on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our behalf, he forgives us. But it does not stop there. God reconciles us to himself (like before the fall) and makes us born from above; which means that our hearts become filled with the Holy Spirit and he is ready to do his work in each of us, according to his ways, and his will. What is this work you ask? It is to conform and transform us, into the image of his Son. This work starts on earth and continues on even into eternity!

Just so you know, this world is boot camp for eternity! God is preparing us for our heavenly calling which he ordained before the foundation of the world as stated in scriptures. Getting back to our topic on the heart, the Bible says, that whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. What this means is that whatever we do that is not centered on trust, reliance, and yielding to God, is of the flesh or evil heart and therefore is sin. If any motive is self centered instead of God centered IT IS SIN!! It does not matter how good it may look on the outside because God knows our true motives.

This is why scriptures tell us to do everything for God’s glory! As long as we are in to something for ourselves rather than for God, then we are operating in the old man and his evil nature. The unsaved do not have the capability to do anything for God as they are self centered. This is why religions have sacrificial rites and practice chastising the flesh, in order to be, what they consider moral or godly. The unsaved know that they are not right with God instinctively! God’s moral code is written in their heart, but they are unable to perform what God requires for his acceptance in their own ability.  They are pretty good at faking it though! They don’t stop to consider however, that God knows every motive of their heart.

This is why a person must be born again to be saved. Trusting in our own ability or good deeds will not give eternal life, because of the evil of the unregenerate heart.  We don’t even know or recognize the evil of our own heart!

God wants to give you a new heart, which means God wants to own your heart, restoring you to a pre-fall condition.

Scriptures tell us that none are good. Not angels because some of them fell or even Adam and Eve because they fell by temptation. NO ONE IS GOOD AND PERFECT OR EVER WILL BE BUT GOD!! However, what can happen is that the perfect one can make his abode in you and transform you and lead you to walk in his ways! When you have the faith of God imparted to you, then you can live a yielded life, (not perfect) in which you are pleasing God.

The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God” Rom. 8:7-8

Every day we must put off the flesh, as Christians. In other words, we must not operate in the natural man who is led by the senses, and carnal mind. We need to think like God, by filling our minds with God’s word, and by prayer, being led by his Holy Spirit in all that we do. The Bible tells us to examine our selves to see if we are in the faith. This applies to the Christian as well as a religious non saved person.

What are our motives? Ask God to show you. What does God want us to do in the situation instead of reacting in the old nature? Are we mortifying the deeds of the body by the Holy Spirit who dwells in our heart or acting in the flesh? Are we surrendering to the Holy Spirit to do his work or are we being self sacrificing to honor the pride of our flesh?

Our true heart must always be exposed in the light of God’s truth (his word and the Holy Spirit) and then crucified to Christ. This means we need to die to self and be filled with him. In this way, we have the faith which pleases God in all that we do!

Remember, it is Jesus Christ who must live through us and his ways which must be yielded to, not our own. This is because the heart is very, very, deceitful. We cannot even know in our own understanding just how wicked that our heart really is! Only God can give you the discernment to recognize your true motives.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Faith alone (sola fide)

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It is God who is the author (originator) of salvation. The Bibles says that Christians are justified by faith alone apart from the deeds of the law.

We are not justified by works of any kind. Salvation is a Gift which means that it is not earned by merit but simply bestowed upon the individual by Grace. Which means, by God’s undeserving mercy, because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice at the cross we are saved.

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippians 3:9

The Galatians law keepers rejects “faith alone” (sola fide), misinterpreting James 2:2 4,3 by saying that a person is not justified by faith alone. Their argument is that Paul does not mean faith without works. These law keepers or Pharisees. see good works of charity, as essential to justification. What James was saying is, that if a man is saved by faith alone, he will perform good deeds based on a change of nature, through the born again miracle,and not as a means of justification.

By blending faith and works as a means of salvation the law keepers put themselves under the law to be judged by the law. They will never be able to live up to God’s standard of perfection. For Jesus said to think a bad thought is sin. To hate is to kill and to lust is to commit adultery. Thinking is the same as doing according to Jesus Christ.

Saving faith is not mental assent to the gospel but rather a change of heart by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN TO SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD! In other words, God must regenerate the dead in sins spirit of man and bring it to life , reconnecting it to God,as was originally intended, like Adam before the fall. 

Law keeping is the old sinful nature trying in a self righteous attitude to obey God but being born of God is the new creature serving God from a new heart –a miraculously changed nature.

Acts 16:14 says that Lydia, like those from Philippi and Ephesus, was a person “whose heart the Lord opened” to the Gospel. The heart (spirit) must be made new by God to be saved. The devil believes in Jesus but he is not saved.

The reason that salvation is by faith alone, is because Jesus Christ is enough and God’s grace is sufficient. “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace;” Romans 4:16

Saving faith is a gift of God. One cannot drum up faith through his own recognizance. GRACE is the means of salvation and faith is the imputation (ascribing an attribution to another) of God’s righteousness through Jesus Christ.

Sola Scriptura.

Maranatha brethren!

In the Name of Jesus

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Did you ever wonder why the Bible tells us that we have authority in the name of Jesus and yet scriptures plainly tell us that one can believe in another Jesus? That is, a person can believe in a Jesus which is one of their own imagination, understanding, or organized religion and he is not the Jesus of the Bible. 

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many [again note that Christ said “MANY”] will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23.

First of all let us examine the premise; one can believe in another Jesus who is not the Jesus of the Bible. 
• Paul says, “For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.” 2 Corinthians 11:4
• Paul warns “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-9 

So as you can see from scriptures, it is very possible to be converted to a false gospel and believe in a false Jesus too. Now, check out these scriptures. 

• For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” 
Matthew 24:5-8 

Many (an innumerable amount) 
Will come in my name (on behalf of)
Saying, “I am the Christ.” Or in other words I am anointed of God. 
And shall deceive many- to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true; in order to gain a personal advantage.

• On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ Matthew 7:22
On that day- judgment day 
Many will say to be- (an innumerable amount)
Lord, Lord- these claim to know him. As they address him as master. 
We prophesied in your name-spoke in his behalf, saying God told them thus
Works in your name- miracles, virtuous deeds, moral power, force 

Now to my point; In order to use someone’s name legitimately, or perform legal action in the name of another, act on their behalf, proxy: one must be authorized to use that name. If you will notice, Jesus said to those using his name and doing works in his name and being rejected for it at judgment day, Jesus said, I NEVER KNEW YOU. He did not say, “I once knew you, but I do not know you now, he said NEVER, and never means never. ( at no time in the past or future; on no occasion; not ever)

However, these people going about doing works in Jesus name thought that they knew him! They called him Lord! They even thought that they were doing miracles in his name. But were they really? I have noticed that many doing so called miracles hardly ever get doctor verification or witnesses for their so called miracles. Seriously! Why not? 

Now I am not saying that God does not perform miracles, but what I am saying is that many deceivers also claim they are doing miracles in Jesus name. So, miracles are not a sign of a true Christian with authority to use the name of Jesus by proxy (agent, deputy, emissary, representative)

This is why the Bible says to test the spirits. And prove ALL things. There are false” anointed ones” out their claiming to know Jesus, when in fact, they believe in another Jesus and preach another gospel. (One made up in the minds of men and not based on scriptures. )

Always check out what the person is preaching, even if they make you think someone is getting a miracle or even if there is a bonafide miracle because yes, Satan can perform miracles, scriptures attest to this. For example, New age healing and many other kinds of mumbo jumbo have actually healed people, such as hypnosis, mind control, new age spirit healing ect. 

Even preachers could be doing healings and miracles by demons and have a false anointing (another spirit) 

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,” 2Thess. 2:9 

“for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.” Revelation 16:14

“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’” Deut. 3:1-12 

“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24 

In order to use the name of Jesus legitimately we must be born again, called by him, and be in obedience to scriptures. Many of these false anointed ones preach things contrary to scriptures. They also are very good at making up a lot of subjective stuff too. Make sure all preaching you receive can be backed up with scriptures comparing scriptures. Sometimes these sneaky false deceivers will speak great big swelling words as scriptures tell us. In other words they are silver tongued. 

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2Corinthians 11:13 -15

“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. “John 3:1-15 

Scriptures give us safe guards against false prophets, teachers, apostles, pastors, evangelists. Here are some things to watch for. 

• Bad fruit- sexual sins, lying, cheating, faking, stealing 
• False teachings- (non scriptural, adding to or taking away from the Bible or misconstruing in order to pervert or change)
• Greedy for gain- always asking for money, fleece the sheep in order to live high on the hog
• Braggarts-always boasting about themselves as some great one, vain, self exaggerated.
• Prophesying for money- you have to pay exorberent amount of money to hear them speak. 
• They give false words that do not come to pass. 
• They will tell you that there is another way to come to salvation, that Jesus is not enough or that he is not really God. 
• They do not like the grace of Christ and prefer the works of the law. 
• They scatter the sheep by abuse of power 
• They are sensual, of this world, love the world, and preach the exploits of this world. 
• They preach flattering words that the people want to hear but never subjects that deal with sin. 
• They pervert the grace of God into sensuality. In other words they say that you can live a lifestyle of sin and be saved. This is not true! If you are really saved then you will live separated from the world and its evil. 

Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. Jude 11 

For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and bysmooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. Romans 6:18 

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21 

“But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.” Deut. 18:20-22 

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:16 

An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes? “Jer. 5: 30,31

“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44 

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.(eternally damned) As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” Gal. 1:6-9 

I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.” Jer.23:21 

And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken.” Ezk.22:28 

“Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us.” Micah 3:11

“Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did notpresume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted;” Jude 8: 8-16

“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the Lord. Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord. “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. ” Jer. 23:1-40 

And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” 2 Peter 2:3 

They have seen false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘Declares the Lord,’ when the Lord has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word.” Ezek.13:6 

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, (exploits of this world) and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;” .2 Peter 2:1-22 

“And the Lord said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds. Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name although I did not send them, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not come upon this land’: By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword, with none to bury them—them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their evil upon them.” Jeremiah 14: 14-16 

“For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the fleshthose who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.” 2 Peter 2: 18,19 

“For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:4 

In conclusion, God gives authority in his name (JESUS) to his sheep that are known by him. What this means is, that when a Christian represents Jesus Christ in proxy, then the authority they are given is onoma (GREEK) which means to come in his character and likeness. 

The Bible does not give license to use Jesus name as a magic formula for whatever we want, but rather as a representative of Jesus, you have authority to be like him in character so that you represent him to the world. Christian means Christ like. 

In Hebrew culture, a name represents the person, so to put the name of Jesus to something we must make sure that we take his name as sacred, according to his character described in the Bible and not in vain. Taking Jesus name in vain means to use the name of Jesus without producing the results of his character and word. Christians have authority in the name of Jesus to represent him to the world, so if one is misrepresenting him in this world they will be judged for that. 

On Judgment day we will give account for how we lived as a representative of Jesus Christ in this world and not based on how many miracles were performed in our ministry. Satan is a very crafty liar and deceiver. Many calling themselves anointed of God are nothing more than deceivers who represent their father the devil. Do not follow after them or their judgment will be our judgment. Be wise and check out everything you hear and see in these last days, for many will come in Jesus name claiming to know him and be his representative but they are not. You will know them by their fruit.

God with us !

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The hardest thing for men to believe is that God would take on a body and give up that body to death in the place of his creation, for their sins, when he was innocent of any sin. Religion is constantly trying to earn kudos with God based on behavior. The religious person is a carnal person. One filled with the ego; person of this earth, earthy, sensual, fleshy.

The whole point of Christianity is that God came and dwelt among men.

“…they shall call his name EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.” Matthew 1:23

This is why the Jews gave Jesus over to the Romans to do their dirty work. They could not get their head around the fact that God came in the flesh to minister to them his salvation.

“The Jews answered [Jesus], saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” John 10:33

That is why Jesus said that if you do not believe who he was that you would die in your sins. This is an important fact for salvation. If you believe Jesus was any one other than GOD HIMSELF then you will die eternally.

“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: WHO IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, the firstborn* of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.   For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; ” Colossians 1:13-19

…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… The mighty God, The everlasting Father… Isaiah 9:6

Salvation comes from God himself who took on flesh and became a man. He came to save the lost, the undeserving, the wayward sinner. Nothing can earn you God’s favor. No matter how noble. The only thing that pleases God is for you to trust in his salvation alone.

Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and his work on the cross. Salvation is a gift. You cannot earn it!

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by GRACE ( God’s undeserved, unmerited, favor and mercy) are ye saved through Faith; (trust in reliance on) and that NOT OF YOURSELVES : (no by your own ability) it is the GIFT ( free bestowal ) of God: Not of works, (no good deeds or good behavior) lest any man should boast. (no bragging about how deserving you are)

“If by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it [the election to salvation by God] be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” Romans 11:6

“Who [God] hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus BEFORE the world began.” II Timothy 1:9.

This Christmas won’t you receive Gods gift to you? His very own life that he laid down on the cross. He gave it up, he became a sin offering so that you can have eternal life with him!