ARE YOU ON THE INCREASE OR ARE YOU ON THE DECREASE?

I HOPE YOU are doing both, letting Jesus INCREASE IN YOU and yourself decreasing. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30). “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”(1Timothy 1:16).“being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 1:6). I hope and pray that when my kids and people I know see me again that they will think that I have sure changed and that I am more kind and loving and patient and full of Faith and Peace, like Jesus. (Ephesians 4:32) says… “and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” “I am no longer I.” (Galatians 2:20) says… “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.” That is my goal, to follow Jesus and be more like him everyday. The Bible says in (Matthew 6:33), “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”(John 17:3). If we are not happy it is because we are not letting Jesus increase in us. By doing this we can have a little bit of Heaven right now. “knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”(James 1:3-4). “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”(Matthew 22:37-40). “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).I just want more of Jesus in my life, I hope you do too.

SAY THIS PRAYER IF YOU WANT TO BE SAVED

Dear Jesus Christ, Please come into my Heart, I now accept you as my Savior, The only begotten Son of God ,I Believe you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead, Please forgive me of all my sins and fill me with the Holy Spirit, to give me the power to be a witness and to preach the Gospel in all the world. AMEN.

ETERNAL VIGILANCE

“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life Put away from thee a froward mouth,
and perverse lips put far from thee Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.”(Proverbs 4:20-27). “neither give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:27).

The spirit world is where are thoughts come from. Like the little boy said, If a thought tells me to do bad it is from the devil if the thought tells me to do good it is from the LORD. That is why we have to guard our hearts and minds from the evil. Which is from the devil,and listen to that which is only good from GOD. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”(Philippians 4:8). Jesus fought the devil with the WORD, the more WORD you have memorized the stronger and sharper your spiritual sword will be to fight the forces of darkness. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrew 4:12). We need to always be on guard, as the enemy can attack at any minute day or night. So keep your sword sharpened and next to you. It is hard to grow in the spirit if you don’t get strong in the word. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, and freedom is only one generation away, so train up your children in the ways of the Lord. “If you love me feed my sheep”. (John 21:15-17).

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

“BECOME ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN”

“For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the Gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). It really helps when you are trying to witness to someone to lead them to Jesus if you pray and ask the Lord for the gift of discernment to hear and see the background of the people you are trying to win to Jesus. It helps many times to try and get on their level and reach out to them and find some common ground to relate on and even make friends with them. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24). Maybe it’s time that we looked at things differently concerning all the multitudes of people who are coming across the borders. Yes there are some who want to do evil and bring in drugs and trafficking and terrorism and they need to be checked out, but for the most part many are just trying to survive and looking for a better life for themselves and their families. We as Christians need to look upon them as Jesus did; “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-38). Could it be that the Lord is letting them come here so that you and I can tell them about Jesus and get them saved? There is no greater power than the love of Jesus Christ, and the preaching of the Cross. Dear Lord Jesus, Where there is fear let me bring comfort. Where there is darkness let me bring light. Where there is discouragement let me bring hope. Where there is evil and hate let me bring Love and Salvation.

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

DEJA VU’S AND PREMONITIONS

I think we should pay close attention to Deja vu’s and Premonitions because it might be the Lord trying to speak to us and show us his will. My daughter Michelle told me she has them all the time. “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:” (Joel 2:28 Old Testament ). “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:” (Acts 2:17 New Testament). The expression Déjà vu is derived from the French, meaning “already seen.” The feeling of déjà vu, is an experience wherein you feel an overwhelming sense of familiarity. The Webster’s Dictionary definition for Premonition is: to warn in advance, previous notice or warning: FORWARNING: anticipation of an event without conscious reason. In other words Deja vu and Premonitions are and experience that comes right out of the spirit World where time does not exist, where you can time travel into the future or past, a spiritual time overlap into the future or past. Please see our teaching on “Hearing the Voice of God” in www.answersintheword.com. Because that is what you need to do immediately when having these experiences. God is trying to warn us or confirm his will. “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:” ( Isaiah 55:6). “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-19). This brings us to another subject, Predestination. I don’t believe the Lord has predestined us in every little thing we do, certain things are predestined, such as children that the Lord uses us to bring into this World, and Bible Prophecy that must be fulfilled but a lot of our fate is controlled by us and our desires. In God’s plan and in God’s heart he wants everyone to be saved and to love him and enjoy his creation and help others to do the same. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9). “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5). “and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.” (John 15:27). “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29). “in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:” (Ephesians 1:11). I don’t believe that the Lord will be happy and satisfied until everyone has been saved,and his creation restored as he originally wanted it to be before the Devil sinned and rebelled no matter how long it takes.

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD, JESUS, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33).

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8). Do you like new mysteries or would you just rather stay where you are? “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” (Acts 20:27). God loves a mystery and he loves to show his children mysteries of his creation and his WORD. Our calling in www.answersintheword.com is to tell the World “The Truth The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth” so help us God. The problem could that is, that you sometimes make people upset and even angry with you. Like Paul said; “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you The Truth?” (Galatians 4:16),and Jesus said; “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!” (Luke 6:26a).From telling the whole shocking truth about God, Jesus and The Holy Ghost, and the Bible, you certainly can’t expect to get a lot of money or donations or praise of man. Jesus said; “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” (John 16:12), “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?” (John 6:60-61). When Jesus spoke to the people it made them mad, sad, or glad. So if you want to dive into the depths of the spiritual water of the WORD then www.answesintheword.com might be your cup of tea. But if you just want to put your toe into the water and not go any further into the depths of the living water of God’s Word then you can certainly find that in one of the average run of the meal Churches where they hardly get passed Salvation, if they get that far and get it right. My grandson Caleb said he would rather dive into the Word and teachings in www.answersintheword.com and get the heavy deep stuff. Since we are in the End Times the Lord wants to give you the deep truths of his Word, however shocking that maybe to some people. So enjoy what the Lord has for you. “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psalms 119:18).

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

DECISIONS

Everyday we are faced with decisions. The Lord didn’t make us robots, but he gave us a free will to decide what path we want to follow. We should always say, Lord willing when we tell people what we are going to do. “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.” ( James 4:13-16). Many of the decisions that are placed before us are a test of our faith as the Lord is watching us to see what we will do. “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9a). “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3). Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.” (Psalm 139: 7-12). King David knew this and he said; “ So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.” (Psalm 73:22). Every time the devil or his demons remind you of your past mistakes and sins, just say Thank you Jesus for your Blood that washes away all sins and the devil will flee from you. “but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1John 1:7). “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4: 7-10). Of course the main decision that we will ever make in this life is to receive Jesus Christ into our hearts as our Saviour, after that life is up to us and what we make of it from our own choices and decisions. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10). All things of this life shall surely pass and only what is done for Christ will Last. When your faced with a decision do you pray and ask the Lord what you should do, and listen to his still small voice? “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10). Remember that God gives the very best to those that leave the choices up to him, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33). The Lord really cares about you and the choices and decisions you make. Go to God’s Word to decide!

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

CLOSE TO HIM

“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6). Jesus said, He will come into you if you open the door of your heart to him. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelations 3:20). Jesus also said I will never leave you or forsake you, once you open the door to your heart and invite him into your heart. (Hebrews 13:5b). My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one. (John 10:27-30). Notice he did not say I and my Father are one in the same, but they are one in unity of thought , mind , and spirit. This also includes the Holy Ghost which is part of the Trinity. See our class on “The Trinity Explained” in www.answersintheword.com. So when you ask Jesus to come into your heart he brings along with him, God The Father and The Holy Spirit. It is kind of an allegory if you think about it, like a woman who has twins, she has two other people in her body. When you ask Jesus to come into your heart you have four people inside of you, including yourself, you, Jesus,God The Father, and The Holy Ghost. They are so close to you that you can actually talk to them, and they can talk back to you. In fact they know and hear and see all that you think or do. Check out our class on “Is God a Mind Reader”. When you get saved and ask Jesus to come into your heart, you get a measure of the Holy Spirit. The more you obey God you will receive more of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 5:32). The Bible says about Jesus that that God did not give the Holy Spirit by measure unto him. “He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.  For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. (John 3:33-35). Jesus got the full power and anointing of the Holy Ghost when he was baptized by John The Baptist in 26AD ,fulfilling the Prophesy of Daniel Chapter 9. Be sure to study Daniel Chapter 9 in www.answersintheword.com.The World would say that we are crazy and have multiple personalities, or we are schizophrenic, and there is no cure for us because Jesus will never leave us no matter what they say or do. So talk to Jesus all the time he is right there with you and wants to be close to you and help you and comfort and strengthen you. “He must increase but I must decrease.” (John 3:30). Lord help us to let you be our pilot and we be the co-pilot.

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

KICKS

When I was around 17 yrs old I thought I was really cool and on top of the world, invincible. I had plenty of money, a night club, a new sports car, lots of girl friends and what ever I wanted. I thought I had it made. I tried everything I played every game in the book and then I found there was nothing in this world to live for. I drove to a gas station, and the attendant came out to fill up my car, which is what they used to do back then, and by the way gas was only .26 cents per gallon. He was about my age and was wearing a crew cut hair style, which just wasn’t with the cool style back then, or at least in my way of thinking. I was setting there looking at the guy pumping the gas, and I asked him what he did for kicks? He was quiet for a moment, and then he turned and looked me straight in the eyes with authority and boldness and said to me “Jesus Christ is my kicks”. Well I couldn’t even answer him back, my whole little dream world had just been shattered, so I just paid him and drove off down the road. I thought WOW this guy had something that I didn’t have and he was willing to stand up for it and be counted, and he was not worried about what people thought about him. The thought came to me as I stopped by the side of the road, “if everyone would be like Jesus this world would be paradise” I just sat there for quite awhile contemplating what had just happened. I guess you could say I had a revelation which has stuck with me to this day over 50 years ago. You never know when the Lord will speak to you, or when you will have the opportunity to say something that can be life changing to someone else ! I’m sure glad he did. Let me ask you today what do you do for fun or kicks?

Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

TRADITIONS OF MEN

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”(Colossians 2:6-8)

The Bible tells us to beware of the traditions of men because they will spoil us. The only tradition that Jesus commanded us to keep was to have Communion.”That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (1 Corinthians 11:23b-26). We love to have Communion, and as a matter of fact we have it every morning before we have our daily devotions and prayer. It’s a great time to get our hearts right with the Lord and ask him to forgive us from all of our sins, since the last time we had Communion the day before. We like to claim the scriptures like, “ “(Psalm 103:12), “but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”(1John1:7). So it’s a great time to get right with Jesus and get your sins cleansed away by faith in his blood, symbolized by the wine, and it is a great time to pray for healing for your body, and claim scriptures like, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”(Jeremiah 32:27). “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”(Isaiah 53:5). Remember when you pray, quote the terms of the Contract (The Bible) to the Contract maker (Jesus).This kind of faith pleases the Lord!

Jesus wants us to be free not bound up by a bunch of traditions and rules and regulations. Jesus’s only law is Love. ”Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”(John 8:31-32).

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND

That is so true. We all have an affect on each other even if we hide out on a deserted island we are depriving others of the good that we could possibly bring to make each persons life better. It is just plain selfishness to want to hide out and not be around others to seclude yourself in your blessings. The Lord made us to Love him and enjoy his creation, and to help others do the same! I am glad that Jesus didn’t live a selfish life. He left the beauties of heaven to come down here to trudge the dusty streets of Galilee and put up with the cruel unkind and unloving treatment he received from the people he came to help and save. Jesus was and forever is the ultimate manifestation of the love of God. He was the best example of unselfishness. Jesus said,
” And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”(John 8:29). The Bible says, “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone;”(Genesis 2:18a) Jesus sent his disciples out two by two. “And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;”(Mark 6:7). “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor.”(Ecclesiastes 4:9). So don’t miss out on God’s Blessings by hiding out and being selfish, and getting all into yourself, like the devil wants you to do, but rather do what Jesus said, and let your light shine before men, and be a blessing by putting yourself out there, and let the Lord work through you. Don’t hide your light, but shout it out, and let it shine from the roof tops, be a Light House to others. Amen?

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.