Tree of Life, or Tree of good and evil….

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So the other day at study we were shown two different takes on the same story. When David went against God’s order and took a census of Israel. These accounts are in 2 Samuel 24 and 1 Chronicles 21. I beg of you to go read these. I’ll simply show the first verse in each to God willing, reveal to you the mixed descriptions.

2 Samuel 24:1 NASB

Now again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and it incited David against them to say, “Go, number Israel and Judah.”

1 Chronicles 21:1 NASB

Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel.

Friends, there is an Almighty God, His name is Jesus. He is GOOD, ALL the time, HE IS LIFE. (Tree of LIFE)

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Then there is a god of this world. He comes disguised as light, and darkness. (Tree of good and evil.)

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 NASB

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

We are told the Way is narrow and not many find it. But the path that leads to destruction is broad.

Matthew 7:21-23 NASB

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.  Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from M e , you who practice lawlessness .’

I beg you to cast down everything that does NOT line up to the character of Jesus. Repent of your unbelief in a God that is and was and always will be GOOD.

John 6:40 NASB

For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

The days are numbered. I pray your ears hear what He has to say, and your heart receives His truth. Whatever you bind on earth, you will bind in heaven. I pray that you bind a God that gives LIFE.

~sometimes I just gotta write~

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Jesus is the cure

Do you have those days when you wake before your body says you’re ready? The dogs are going non stop, and the devil is right there just waiting to ruin the rest of your day? This morning as I cleaned up puppy pee for the 5th time within an hour I grumbled not so nice thoughts about this 8 week old puppy. Turned on my phone clicked on Facebook and read “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” then I read a post about addiction and how an addict struggles every day for the rest of their life. Talk about a sweet reminder from my Daddy about who I am and where I’ve come from.

I left a comment on the post and in not so many words said Jesus is the cure from addiction.

Do you believe that? That Jesus is the cure? That our grumbling can be cured? Scripture says to do everything without complaining, and I know that if there is a command to do something, I CAN do it with Christ. So He is the cure. But how is this even possible? Well when I took out my bible a card from my precious Kayla fell out and it has Philippians 4:8 on it “ Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”

Our thoughts will manifest. We have to submit every thought to Christ. If it does NOT line up with Jesus Christ than WE must cast it down. That’s right folks, WE MUST CAST IT DOWN. God will give us the weapon of His word to do so but it must first begin with us desiring to cast it down.

Many times we get caught up in the “whining” that we just wallow in it. I know you know what I’m talking about. Man is that pit so easy to fall into….because it’s a hidden pit isn’t it? One that hides within our minds. One that no one else can even see to help guide us out. This is why it is SO vital that we have the word hidden within our hearts so that we won’t sin against the Lord.

Many people today are so addicted to sermons and devotionals that they don’t know the Word for themselves. They are unprepared for the war that they are in. They are always seeking for someone else to explain it to them. Friends, this has got to stop. YOU need to be the WISE virgin in the parable of the 10 virgins (see Matthew 25:1-13). We are told that NO temptation is too great for us, that God has prepared a way out. Then why do so many of us fall into temptation? Because we do not KNOW HIS WORD. We know mans words. Man interpretation of HIS Word. (ps. JESUS IS THE WORD…many of you do not know JESUS)

My challenge to you is still the same as it was before. FAST from ALL other teachings and stick to the Word and the Spirit to teach you. Stop leaning on the teachings of another….whether you realize this or not….you are addicted to the mixed wine being poured out. Seek truth. You have the mind of Christ if you are a new creation, believe Him and know He will give you all wisdom.

~sometimes I just gotta write~