Seeking the Presence of the LORD?

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Seeking His Presence? Beware of the many methods created and cloaked as Christian which are nothing more than an attempt to conjure up God’s presence out of a self-serving agenda. Contemplative prayer and soaking come to mind as Satan’s counterfeits.
Simply put, contemplative prayer or centering prayer, is a way of praying that is not according to the biblical prescription. Contemplative prayers and soakers are simply rebels who refuse to obey Jesus so they want Jesus to just continue to dump His Holy Spirit on their rebellious hearts.

JESUS told you to die, not to run around seeking His presence in contemplative prayer or soaking meetings – with other self-serving flakes, counterfeits. He’ll decide that how much of His holy presence He puts on individuals – according to their personal obedience. He alone decides how much of His presence He chooses to put in our lives.

obliencePsalms 16 is prophetic of Jesus who rendered perfect obedience to His Father: “For thou wilt not leave my (Jesus’) soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalms 16:10-11)The “presence” of the LORD and “fulness of joy” He alone can give, only comes with the true disciple who is truly walking with Christ. We see this throughout Scripture.

“In his presence” sure is “fulness of joy” and He requires our obedience to bring us into His presence (Psalms 16:11).

“For he whom God hath sent (Christ) speaketh the words of God (fully obedient): for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” John 3:34

As seen in the above verse, where Christ is our example, the LORD’s presence in our lives is contingent upon our abiding in Him, obeying Him (John 14:21-23, etc.). Seeking His presence without obeying Him, truly worshiping HIM, reveals a self-serving nature. We don’t seek the joy or His presence – We seek His face (Jeremiah 29:11-14).

IF you truly want more of the presence of the LORD, no need to mindlessly sit soaking or meditating. Get up and obey and then and only then will He graciously grant you greater anointing and reward!

We are to immerse yourself in His Word – Joshua 1:8 not mindless meditation which is new age paganism.

Many today want God to do more for them, they want more of His presence and to “soak” and yet, they’ve not obeyed Him and His simplest instructions. Not going to happen.

YOU can pray till you are blue in the face and God will not hear if you will not repent and literally obey Him: Proverbs 28:9 says: “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law (Word), even his prayer shall be abomination.”

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:7

Of course we should seek and ask Him to be anointed and full of His Spirit in order to DO His work, and yet, such comes from laying down our lives – which He then raises upward by His presence.

“Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.” 2 Corinthians 4:10-12

The resurrection presence, life, glory, and power of Jesus fills and raises up the truly obedient – those who resign themselves to the crucified life.

praygisNancy Cote notes: “This movement is growing by leaps and bounds because this generation loves signs and wonders and what their itching ears want more than Sola Scripture of solid doctrine. Dying to self and picking up their cross and preaching of The Cross that is foolishness to them.”

Yet, Jesus’ presence does not come to us just because WE want it to. Isn’t a preoccupation with seeking His presence while not obeying Him cloaked pride? There are conditions to be met – obedience and truly worshiping HIM are essential. This is in contrast to seeking His presence for our self-serving purposes. Remember how the disciples wanted to sit at His right and and His left?

“Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. 21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. 22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. 23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.” Matthew 20:20-23

When you die – lay down your life – He will reciprocate with His resurrection life (2 Corinthians 4:10-12). That’s His promise but you must die to experience this, not try to control things yourself which is further evidence that you are not dying to self. He’s in control, not you.

Fact: Jesus says that to those who OBEY Him – live by faith – will be granted His presence, not those who selfishly seek to soak or conjure up His presence through their own merit or works for their own self–serving purposes.

Seeking His presence is paramount to seeking signs instead of the Savior Himself. What did Jesus say of the sign seekers?

“Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:” Matthew 12:38-39

Seeking His Presence or Simply Obeying Christ?
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:21-23

Today, so many who vainly believe they are Christ’s, are being misled into self-seeking experiences they are told are of God. Quite a contrast with New Testament disciples of Jesus we read about in the 27 book canon. The honest student of Scripture and follower of Jesus knows that a walk of faith, a denial of self (the cross), soundly grounded in the Word, is the walk of a true New Testament believer.

“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” Acts 5:32

It seems that today, many people claiming to know Jesus, seek to do anything except soberly and soundly follow Him, denying self, taking up the cross, and abiding in Him.

According to Jesus, in the end, at the Judgment, those who loved and obeyed Him will be received into glory and remain with Him eternally. In contrast, those who revel in the experiential, not being rooted in Christ, will be terminated into the bowels of eternal damnation (Matthew 7:21-23).

Read more: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/seeking-the-presence-of-the-lord/

 

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How to Know if Your Pastor is False

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WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE RETURN OF JESUS AND BEING ALWAYS READY TO MEET HIM? WHERE DID IT GO? WHAT’S BEHIND THE FACT THAT MOST PASTORS ARE HIDING THIS TRUTH?

It’s real simple: Preachers who preach what Jesus and His apostles preached are true and those who don’t are false. Yet you will never know the difference if you are not diligently seeking God in His Word daily (2 Timothy 2:15).

ALL you have to do to become a popular millionaire in today’s apostate church world is have a gig that includes using a few Scriptures mixed with half-truths, teaching OSAS/eternal security, and telling stories – “fables” ….. This was foretold.

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (stories).” 2 Timothy 4:2-4

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 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. 9 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

Concerning being ready for Christ’s return by adhering to sound doctrine and escaping “accursed” false teachers, Ray Zeitler writes: “So much pride in trying to push a failing position…OSAS/eternal security. OSAS CANNOT be reconciled with our Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God saying that there will be those that fall away (Luke 8:13; Matthew 25:1-13). If they were not with him to begin with, they cannot fall away. So yes, it is possible to loose your salvation.” Ray Zeitler

If your pastor is not teaching this most prevalent New Testament truth, he is clearly one of the “MANY false prophets” Jesus and His apostles often warned us about (Matthew 7:15; 24:11, 24; 1 John 4:1).

Without fail, men must teach not only the return of Christ but also what it takes to be ready for his return. These are 2 cardinal New Testament teachings and any leader not teaching both of these teachings, is out of the will of God and misleading their audience.

AM I overreacting about modern pastors by observing that biblically and as we look around us, most are false? OR, are some backslidden and so don’t discern this obvious contradiction correctly?

If Jesus and His holy apostles constantly taught something that your pastor is not teaching, who do we judge to be correct and who is false?

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” Matthew 7:13-16

Are you grabbing what Christ said to us in the passage above? Summation:

  1. Many/most are going to hell for refusing to repent and believe (v13)
  2. Few will enter into eternal glory (v14)
  3. False leaders are in your midst, posing as God’s servants, leading many to hell (v15)
  4. u can discern them by the fruit they bear – IF you know the Word of truth yourself and are able to distinguish between the true and the false (v16)

“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:10-13

Did you catch the elements of Jesus’ teaching in the above passage?

  • You will be hated and persecuted for my names’ sake (v10)
  • There will be many false leaders and many will follow them (v11)
  • Sin will be rampant and many who were once saved will fall away (v12)
  • Only those who are mine who endure, abide with me to the end of their lives will be with Me eternally (v13)

When speaking of false leaders, Jesus and John the apostle used the term “MANY false prophets.” (Matthew 7:15; 1 John 4:1) There is not 1 mention in Scripture of many true prophets.

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

Read more:http://safeguardyoursoul.com/how-to-know-if-your-pastor-is-false/

God’s Two-Edged Sword: The Cross of Christ

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The Cross is the sword of God’s violence against evil. The cross even looks like an ancient sword with a handle, a hilt, a blade with two edges and a point.

For the word of God (the Word of the Cross; 1 Cor 1:17-18) 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. Heb 4:12.

The cross is two-edged because it frees and saves believers as it destroys unbelievers who reject and rebel against it. It cuts both ways, both saving and destroying depending on how people respond to its truth. It is this Word of the Cross that judges all people by allowing them to judge themselves. God and His Son, Jesus, judge no one. John 5:22; 8:15; 12:47-48; 12:31; 16:11.

The sword of the cross is like the fiery furnace of Daniel 3. The furnace saved and promoted God’s three men but destroyed the mighty men who pushed the three down into the fire. Dan 3:20-25.

Christ died and thereby destroyed Satan’s power of death, Satan’s works and the fallen nature of the old man. Heb 2:14; 1 Cor 2:6-9; 1 John 3:8; and Rom 6:6, KJV. But that same cross was the salvation and redemption of all who believe into Christ. Satan’s sword and wrath against Jesus, the cross, became God’s sword and wrath against Satan. It cut two ways: AGAINST Satan and His people and FOR God and His people.

In Judges 7, the sword of the enemy against Gideon’s army became God’s sword against the enemy. Judges 7:18-22.

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Goliath’s sword cut for God’s man, David, and against Goliath. David cut Goliath’s head off using Goliath’s sword to do it. 1 Sam 17:41-54 @v51.

Saul’s sword was two-edged, too. Saul’s own sword killed Saul (suicide) but elevated Saul’s enemy, David, to the throne of Israel.

The sword of Satan, the cross, destroyed Satan and elevated Christ to glory. Heb 2:14.

The sword of the cross destroys Satan’s best inside agent, the flesh, and elevates our spirit man to the throne of glory with Jesus, seated with Christ in heavenly places. Eph 2:6; Gal 5:24.

How will this two-edged cross cut in you: against you or for you? Every moment of every day you are deciding whether to take up the sword of the cross, die on it and be saved by it OR take it up against someone else and be destroyed by it. Luke 9:23-25.

See also Isaiah 8:13-15 for another example of this two-edged sword of the cross where, in the same event, comfort is given to those who trust God and simultaneous destruction to those who trust their idols.

He who takes up the sword shall die by his own sword! Matt 26:52.

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth but a sword (the two-edged cross). Matt 10:34.

God’s sword is not a sword He used in order to kill people. It is a sword to save people that He died on. By dying he destroyed His enemy, Satan and the devil’s power of death was put to the sword. Heb 2:14.

This metaphorical sword of God is last seen in Rev 19:15. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress (also symbolic of the Christ on the cross) of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. The sword coming out of Christ’s mouth is the Word of the Cross that will destroy evil in the end time as it has throughout the New Testament.

The cross is God’s only sword. It is also His winepress and wrath against evil. God will never take up a literal sword against anyone. Otherwise, He would have to die by His own sword, by His own rule stated in Matt 26:52.

There are two edges to the use of the word “sword” in the Bible, Satan’s literal sword, the cross, and God’s metaphorical sword, the cross. Both swords are found in one and the the same sword, the same cross, the two-edged cross of Christ.

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cheribims, a flaming sword (symbol for the cross) which turned every way (two-edged), to keep the way of the tree of life. The two-edged sword both opens and closes the way to life, the eternal life of Christ.

Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord (ways of the cross) are right, and the JUST (the just shall live by faithing it thru the Cross experiences) shall walk in them (the ways of the cross): but the TRANSGRESSORS (rejectors of Christ and His cross) shall fall therein. Hos 14:9. Thus, the two-edged sword of the cross both saves and destroys!

And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And He said unto them, It is enough. Luke 22:38.

The two swords are found in the one cross: one a literal sword of Satan, with which to kill and thereby conquer; the other a spiritual sword of Christ, on which to die and thereby conquer.

Sources:http://safeguardyoursoul.com/gods-two-edged-sword-the-cross-of-christ/

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/

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/

 

The Key to Total Victory!

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IF GOD IS NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO YOU TO KNOW AND MEMORIZE IS WORD, WHAT DOES THAT REVEAL?

Want to know Jesus more intimately?

Get into God’s Word.

study bibleWant to get delivered?

Get into God’s Word.

Want absolute victory?

Be a fervent daily student of God’s Word.

Want to be on fire for Jesus?

Make God’s Word your highest priority.

Want absolute victory over Satan?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to learn the daily cross?

Get into God’s Word.

Desire to please God in all your ways?

Study God’s Word daily and diligently.

Want to walk in the Spirit and not the flesh?

Be a fervent daily student of God’s Word.

Want to have full assurance of faith?

Make God’s Word your highest priority.

Want to have all fear cast out of your heart and mind?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to be ready to meet Jesus at His soon return?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to be used of God?

Get into God’s Word.

research bibleWant to be able to defend the New Testament faith?

Be a fervent daily student of God’s Word.

Want to be proficient in God’s Word?

Study God’s Word daily and diligently.

Want your faith in God to grow?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to infuriate the forces of hell?
Get into God’s Word.

Feeling empty?

Make God’s Word your highest priority.

Don’t wish to remain ignorant any longer?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to know what to say to others?

Get into God’s Word.

Fed up with the lies of most ministers?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to be truly made free?

Get into God’s Word.

Tired of being coddled in your sin instead of given the divine, biblical truth?

Get into God’s Word.

Want to be a faithful messenger of the LORD?

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Get into God’s Word.

Saint, what Bible verse(s) are you memorizing today?

None of this will happen by accident. You must make Jesus and therefore His Word the absolute highest priority of your life!

God’s Word will never get into you – until you get into it.

You’ve rebelled long enough. Immediately memorize: Job 12:23; Psalms 119:89, 105, 130; Proverbs 4:4; 13:13; Jeremiah 15:16; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17; 1 Peter 2:2

Writing out each verse with Bible reference on index cards will exponentially increase your ability to memorize. You do not and never have lacked ability but rather application. “Study” means to diligently devour and learn (2 Timothy 2:15). Now is your moment to repent and confess your sins and excuses. Denounce all of this satanic pablum spewed by those who desire for you to remain ignorant and dumb.

Get a King James Bible. Never mind the lying excuses of not being able to understand it. That is a diabolical myth. God’s Word is self-interpretative to those who study it.

Originally posted: http://safeguardyoursoul.com/the-key-to-total-victory/