The Foolishness of the Cross

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For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but to us which are (being) saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor 1:18.

Here are the reasons why the message of the cross is foolishness to the world. The natural mind cannot see the wisdom of these paradoxical principles of the cross.

The Way to:

  • healing is through pain. By His stripes we are healed; 1 Pet 2:24;
  • real life, resurrection life, is thru death, dying to self; 2 Cor 4:10-11;
  • increase is through decrease; John 3:30;
  • gain is thru loss; Philip 3:7-8;
    kill evil is by kindness; Rom 12:17-21;
  • extinguish blows against you is by absorbing those blows in loving non retaliation; Matt 5:38-45;
  • invincibility is through vulnerability; be a lamb among wolves; Luke 10:1-4;
  • victory is not by war but by peace; Rom 16:20;
  • strength is through weakness; 2 Cor 12:7-10;
  • promotion is through demotion; Luke 14:7-11;
  • inherit the earth is not by strength of force but by meekness; Matt 5:5;
  • comfort is thru mourning; Matt 5:4;
  • kingship is thru poverty; Luke 6:20;
  • conquering life is by being killed or slaughtered all day long everyday like a sheep; Rom 8:36-37.
  • being filled is by first being emptied, hungered and thirsty; Matt 5:6; Phili 2:5-11.
  • having a great reputation is thru becoming a person of no reputation; Phili 2:7.
  • become a chief is thru being a slave; be first is by being last; Matt 10:24-25; Matt 20:20-28; Matt 19:20;
  • be loved is to be hated; Matt 10:22;
  • winning thru the court is by suffering yourself to lose the lawsuit; 1 Cor 6:7;
  • grow and multiply is by falling down and dying; John 12:23-25;
  • be transformed is not by trying to transform but by surrender; Rom 12:1-2;
  • to learn to get it right is by getting it wrong; to succeed is thru failure; Luke 18:9-14;
  • get control is by giving up control or dying to your methods of control;
  • rise above (resurrection) is by coming under (death); to overcome or to stand over
  • is to come under or to stand under (to understand); Rom 8:35-37;
  • keep the rules of law is by dying to or getting out from under the influence of the law; Rom 6:14; 7:1-24;
  • stay afloat is to sink down; Book of Jonah;
  • work is to rest; Heb 4:1-11;
  • arm yourselves against an enemy is to disarm yourselves of all carnal weapons; 2 Cor 10:1-5; 1 Pet 4:1-2;
  • stand worthy is to be slaughtered as a lamb; to win battles is not by the wrath of a lion but by the wrath of a lamb (thru crucifixion with Christ); Rev 5:6; 6:16;
  • win is by superior love not superior force; to fight is not by fighting but faithing; John 18:36;
  • gain more weight of God’s glory is by being stripped of earthly glory; 2 Cor 4:16–17:
    put on the new is to put off the old; Eph 4:22-24;
  • being great among men is to be a slave to men; Matt 20:26-27.
  • These concepts make no sense to the natural man’s mind. They are foolishness to him. But they are the wisdom of God to the supernatural born again/new mind.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Cor 1:25.
Sources: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/the-foolishness-of-the-cross/

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NATIONAL PRAYER FOR AMERICA

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Born again believers are the body of Christ and are the only people on the earth to have access to God by way of Jesus Christ – the only way (John 14:6). When we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God will move! Here’s a critical prayer in very trying times in America.

PLEASE SHARE: PRAYER FOR TRUE BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS TO PRAY FOR OUR NATION: “Oh LORD, grant true repentance to Your people – to truly lay down our lives in this world, humble ourselves, and obey You. We pray for those who claim to be Your pastors – that they will authentically repent and preach only Thy Word. Expose the unrepentant wolves LORD Jesus. We pray that justice is served up for those who are working good and against those who sought to sell our nation like wheat and oil. Expose Satan’s children in our midst who only exist to work evil. LORD please open up all the curtains and cobwebs so all will see who the Clintons really are. LORD please reveal all the lies and secret deals, done in darkness, that hurt this great Nation and sought to sell us to ungodly islamic nations. Bring all the darkness to the light Father. Please LORD put Your Heavenly hand to this case and let it not be hidden anymore. 300 Plus deaths and counting LORD are connected to these people. Expose and remove – bring to true justice – the evil ones operating in the FBI and CIA and all other branches of government. Haiti relief fund monies were all stolen. Countless innocent children have been molested by these Your enemies. Relief fund monies were stolen again. Billions of our dollars were sent to islamic murderous antichrist nations. Help us LORD and we will praise You LORD Jesus all over the streets, hills and mountains of this great country! LORD fight our battles and let the enemies be scattered, in Jesus name, Amen!…. ☆ PASS ON THIS PRAYER ☆

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Remarriage? What Does the Bible Teach?

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Summary of what the Bible teaches on divorce and remarriage.

Marriage was originally intended to be permanent when instituted by its Designer (Matthew 19:3-6). The following words are presented to bring to light what the Almighty has stated concerning the unfortunate issues that face the victims of marital sins and what instructions and liberties He has sovereignly granted in such cases. Through the preponderance of Scripture it becomes clear that just like our covenant relationship with the LORD, so marriage is conditional upon the continued fidelity of each party.

The late Donald Stamps, in his Life in the Spirit Study Bible commentary wrote:

“EXCEPT IT BE FOR FORNICATION. God’s will for marriage is one mate, one marriage for life (vv. 5-6; see Gen. 2:24, Sol. 2:7; 4:12; Mal. 2:14). To this Jesus gives an exception, namely ‘fornication.’ Fornication is marital unfaithfulness (Gk. porneia) and includes adultery or any kind of sexual immorality (5:32; 19:9). Hence divorce is to be permitted when sexual immorality is involved. The following are important biblical facts concerning divorce.

(1) When Jesus criticizes divorce in 19:6-7, He is not criticizing a separation because of adultery, but a divorce permitted in the O.T. in those cases where a husband discovered premarital unchastity after the marriage ceremony had taken place (Deut. 24:1-4). God’s desire in such cases was that the two remain together. However, He permitted divorce due to premarital unchastity because of the hardness of the people’s hearts (vv. 7-8).

(2) In the case of immorality after marriage, the O.T. law prescribed the dissolving of the marriage by executing both the offending parties (Lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:22). This, of course, would leave the innocent person free to remarry (Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:39).

(3) Under the new covenant the privileges of the believer are no less. Although divorce is a tragedy, marital unfaithfulness is such a cruel sin against one’s mate that Christ states that the innocent party has a proper right to end the marriage by a divorce based on adultery. He or she is free to remarry another believer (1 Cor. 7:27-28).

(4) Paul’s treatment of marriage and desertion in 1 Cor. 7:12-16 indicates that a marriage also may be dissolved by the desertion of an unbelieving spouse. He further indicates that remarriage by the believer in such cases is not sin (see 1 Cor. 7:15; 27-28).” Donald Stamps, Life in the Spirit Study Bible, p. 1443

QUESTION:

“So can married couples divorce for any reason?”

REPLY:

No. The Bible gives 2 clear reasons for divorce and so divorce is never a “I’m tired of her/him so I’m divorcing them!” Noooo. Marriage is ordained by God to be permanent and yet, abandonment and adultery/fornication are specific sins that can break that covenant if the offended party chooses (Matthew 19:9; 1 Corinthians 7:15-16, 27-28).

Sources:http://safeguardyoursoul.com/remarriage-what-does-the-bible-teach/

Shame on the NFL

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Take a Knee?

IT’S INTERESTING TO SEE THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED NOTHING TO A COUNTRY SEEK TO DESTROY IT!

Todd tomasella: So you’re going to deface the flag of the country you’ve become a multi-millionaire in, spitting in the face of those who funded your unwarranted earnings? You will reap what you’ve sown.

Teams, owners, coaches, who do not hearken to the just admonition of our president, will feel the results. Watch.

Choice is a freedom given us by our Maker and confirmed by our forefathers in Constitutional law. The First Amendment freedom of speech allows for protest. It also provides for my own freedom of speech. And, as an American, a United States Marine Veteran, this post is to exercise God’s freedom to speak up on this issue.

chooseI just heard from a man who hasfor many years held 2 season tickets for the NFL team in his state. He’s furious and cutting off all ties to the NFL for their refusal to stand against the ungrateful, foolish rebellion of these sad men who stand against the president and this country. What if people had done this against the islamic, antichrist, baby murdering devil who occupied the white house for 8 years?

Seems as if some wish to make this public sport about THEM and THEIR cause – spitting in the face of those from whose money they get paid way too much. That’s their prerogative and yet it’s the opinion of many that the NFL should not be allowing this.

Keep in mind that world history reveals that no race has been mistreated more than the Jews.

When they should be kneeling – bowing – before an Almighty, Holy God in thanksgiving for living in this country and being unwarranted millionaires, they protest!

mat lightGod Bless Matt Light. In response to this catastrophe, this NFL veteran makes this statement:

“If you think that it’s OK to take a knee during our national anthem and disrespect openly the national anthem, you are wrong,” Light told the Boston Herald after Sunday’s game. “I don’t care if you have a ‘but what about’ or a ‘it’s because of,’ that doesn’t’ matter.” Light said the kneeling would never have happened when he was with the Patriots. “As a guy that’s been there and helped set up the Patriot Way so they can walk in there and do what they do, it’s beyond disheartening,” he told the Herald. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been ashamed to be a Patriot. And I promise you I’m not the only one.”

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Are we surprised that Roger Goodell is backing this rebellion (protests)? Roger Goodell is intentionally promoting witchcraft, the illuminati, free masonry, and Satanism. Goodell is decidedly of the devil. Only a blind man didn’t see the symbolism in the last numerous halftime performances at the superbowls. Can you remember one that wasn’t intentionally worshiping Satan? Yet, Goodell and the NFL deceitfully claim to be a “force for good” while they indoctrinate multi-millions of viewers in witchcraft and support the NFL who despise the country where the NFL does business. Goodell and the NFL have made it their gig and goal to promote evil.

WHY ARE THE NFL PROTESTORS ANGRY?

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First off, why aren’t these players who protest using their minds, money, and energy to give back? Why aren’t they thankful?

Lack of gratefulness leads to apostasy:

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, NEITHER WERE THANKFUL; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Romans 1:21

Instead of being thankful and grateful, some protest (Romans 1:21).

“Those who give the least complain the most.” unknown

From Joseph Spillman:

“Trump’s problem is that he is living in a time warp. He wants things to be normal and sane and rational and they simply aren’t. If its 1955 or even 1975 then a player disrespecting our national flag would be summarily fired from the team. Period. No arguments. No fanfare. No nonsense. But these are not normal times. However I feel stuck in the same time warp and his reasoning resonates with me. This is a great and generous country that has allowed sports figures (essentially entertainers) to prosper in amazing ways. Their six and seven figure incomes have literally and figuratively intoxicated them to the point that they think they are more than they actually are. Trump is exactly right. its time to vacate the stadiums and let them fend for themselves. They can disrespect this country and its flag on their own time.”

The Word of God is prophetic by divine nature, and foretold exactly what we’d see among sinful men in the end times leading up to the return of Jesus:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:1-7

“This NFL protesting just shows how much people Hate God by their disrespectful attitude towards the flag/our country. because the national anthem does talk about God! and how our forefathers knew they could not do it apart from God s help! and it is spreading like wild fire ! people are so far from God, that’s why the Wrath of God is coming, and there is nothing that can stop it! only prayer can delay it, but it is still on its way! I believe the Gospel has been preached to the ends of the earth and it is a sign of the times, God waits patiently for people to turn to His Son, but time is running out!” Roland Gutierrez

Read more: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/shame-on-the-nfl/

September 23 Rapture Deception

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Todd tomasella: All around us we see false prophets use date-setting, manipulations, false predictions, and hysteria to deceive those who are not truly abiding soundly in Christ. This late hour is not the time to be doing anything except engaging in a grounded, cross-bearing, abiding, fruit-bearing relationship with Jesus Christ (John 15).

GOD is not going to tell you the exact day of Christ’s return. Repent and get over yourself!

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Matthew 24:36

IF we could figure out the timeline/day of Christ’s return, WHY would Jesus ever have said this?: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Matthew 24:36

Cross-Less Counterfeits Exposed

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Those want to be convinced that Jesus is coming back on a certain day are Christ-denying, self-serving devils as described the Holy Spirit to us right here – watch v5 in particular:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power (authority, reign of Christ in their person life) thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:1-7

Here in Matthew 24:36 Jesus tells us that we cannot and will not know the exact day of His return. We are instructed repeatedly by Christ to live every single day as if He will return. It’s those who are not truly living for Christ daily – loving and worshiping Hm for who He is – that give ear to false prophets and cling to the date-setting hoaxes.

THE LORD IS NOT GOING TO TELL YOU THE EXACT DATE OF HIS RETURN BECAUSE HE SAYS YOU CANNOT PLEASE HIM WITHOUT FAITH – LIVING BY FAITH (2 CORINTHIANS 5:7; HEBREWS 11:6. ETC.). THE ONLY HEAVEN-BOUND SAINTS LIVE BY FAITH AND ARE DENYING THEMSELVES TODAY, TAKING UP THEIR CROSS, AND FOLLOWING JESUS (LUKE 9:23-24). AND, IF WE KNEW THE EXACT DATE OF HIS RETURN THE COUNTERFEITS WOULD WAIT TILL THE DAY BEFORE TO RENDER SOME KIND OF REPENTANCE.

“Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. 38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” Luke 12:35-40

If you’ve allowed yourself to be duped by yet another date-setter who claimed to have Scripture to “prove” he knew the exact day Jesus would return, it’s time to truly repent.

SEPTEMBER 23RD WILL COME AND GO AND SHOULD MAKE IT MORE THAN OBVIOUS THAT MANY HAVE BEEN DECEIVED.

IS the “man of sin” revealed? No. Watch this:

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

Times and Seasons

We know “the times and seasons” but not exact day of Christ’s return. Listen please:

“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” Acts 1:7

“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1

Read More: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/september-23-rapture-deception/

The Concurrent Working of Deep Opposites

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The above title was a phrase used by English Bishop HCG Moule in his commentary on 2 Cor 4:8-12.

We are simultaneously being put to death (death of self) and being raised up into new creation power, joy and peace by God. This is the cross of Christ. It is a collision of two paradoxical opposites which takes us to a third place of transcendence. We are enabled to transcend our problems while still in the midst of them. Be we must hold this tension when we are caught in it. This is what it means to take up the cross daily. We are not to try to escape this tension. Transformation only takes place in this tension. Don’t transmit your pain. Allow God to transform it. Somebody humiliates you. Instead of lashing out or getting even, hold this within believing God will use it to grow you toward maturity.

We are knocked down but not destroyed. Persecuted but not abandoned. 2 Cor 4:8-9.

We only abound spiritually as we are abased. Phili 4. We hold within this creative tension. We die and rise with Christ. We stand there in the gap between the two creations, old and new, and embrace the cross. We are stretched out on the cross but only here can we empty out old self and be filled with God. Only here can we be uprooted from the world and planted deeper into the death then resurrection of Christ. Only here can we suffer our way with Christ into glory. Rom 8:17. Only here, in the midst of the bad, can all things work together for good! Only as we die can life spring up in others. 2 Cor 4:12. Only as we are delivered over to death can we manifest the life of Christ. We must hold these paradoxical opposites as over against trying to escaping the tension or lashing out against it.

We must take pleasure in our infirmities and stresses. 2 Cor 12:9-10. We must not be disappointed when God refuses to remove the thorn in our flesh. He has it there for a resurrection purpose: to keep us humble. Let it do its work!

As the bad things come our way we do not retaliate; we hold the creative tension knowing that God is also working to bring good out of the situation. The new creation personality comes out of holding the creative tension.

Key verse is 2 Cor 4:11 where Paul personifies “death,” stating we are delivered over into the hands of an enemy, “death.” We will bring into this discussion Acts 27:41 “where two seas met” and also, the “abased” and “abound” verses in Philippians 4.

Originally Posted: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/the-concurrent-working-of-deep-opposites/

When You Give, Let it Go!

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“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17

When we give, God says it’s to be with NO STRINGS ATTACHED! – “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:” (Matthew 6:3) The idiom “let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth” speaks of true humility and brokenness in our giving – and it’s “more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
It’s witchcraft to use your giving against someone you gave to. This is an inner evil, an iniquity that must be repented of and denounced. If you are going to give – just let it go! It’s wasn’t yours in the first place. You own nothing – it’s all God’s. “all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.” (1 Chronicles 29:14) ….

Of Matthew 6:3 William MacDonald writes:

“When the follower of Christ does a charitable deed, it is to be done in secret. It should be so secret that Jesus told His disciples ‘let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:’ Jesus uses this graphic figure of speech to show that our charitable deed should be for the Father, and not to gain notoriety for the giver. This passage should not be pressed to prohibit any gift that might be seen by others, since it is virtually impossible to make all one’s contributions strictly anonymous. It simply condemns the blatant display of giving.” William MacDonald, Believer’s Bible Commentary, p. 1223

Here’s a wider view of the passage:

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“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Mat 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
Mat 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:1-4

Sources:http://safeguardyoursoul.com/when-you-give-let-it-go/