Power of the Tongue

Power of the Tongue

The Lord bless you today.

There is tremendous power in the words we speak. Words can promote life or death (Proverbs 18:21).

Our words set the course of direction for our life (James 3:5)—we shall have whatever we say (Mark 11:23).

If a person, for instance, keeps on saying, “I’m never going to get healed” or “I’ll never be free of this addiction” … or “I’ll always be poor and in debt”, then life may turn out exactly according to what they say.

If on the other hand, a person consistently says in faith, “Jesus is my Provider and I shall be prosperous”, then the Holy Spirit will begin to download ideas of how to generate income and give you the power to excel and increase.

If a person continually says, “Jesus is my Healer and by His stripes I am (and was) healed, I’m coming into complete health, I’ll never be sick another day in my life, God is giving me strength and energy” (plus they are obedient to follow God’s laws of health and nutrition, plus spiritual laws such as forgiveness and walking in love)—then after a period of time healing and wellness will begin to manifest.

God wants us to live in Divine health here on this earth. That doesn’t mean that one day we won’t die, because eventually the body will pass away. Some sicknesses are unto death, and to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). However, Jesus paid the price on Calvary for all sicknesses and diseases. Our life can be lengthened and we can live in wellness by following God’s principles and speaking according to God’s Word.

The father of the founding pastor of my former church is an example of a person who had a touch of Divine health on his life. He lived to be 105, and was strong, active, in excellent health, and alert until the end. The day he went to Heaven to be with Jesus, his blood pressure was normal that morning. He went to church that day, came home and rested in his recliner. And then peacefully went home to be with the Lord. Sickness didn’t take him out.

God also wants us to live on this earth healed in our emotions and mind. He wants us to live in joy, peace and fulfillment.

All of us have blown it in speaking wrong things, especially in a moment of weakness, anger or frustration. James 3:2 says that only a perfect man or woman is never at fault in what they say.

I know personally what it is like to be battered with verbal abuse for many years almost on a daily basis. It destroys your self-esteem and does tremendous damage emotionally and psychologically. Once words are said, it cannot be recalled.

James 3:7-8 says that wild animals can be tamed, but the tongue no man can tame. It is a restless evil, always ready to pour out deadly poison.

Jesus said that all of us would be held accountable for every idle word spoken. Words spoken will bring justification or condemnation (Matthew 12:36-37).

The Holy Spirit is grieved when we speak unkind or negative words, and words of unbelief (Ephesians 4:28-32). The Holy Spirit is also grieved when we say anything contrary to His will for our lives or that of another person.

Just last week I was talking to my mother about something, and without thinking, I said a doubtful statement that contradicted what the Holy Ghost wants to do in a certain situation. Immediately I felt a sick feeling in my gut, and I knew I had grieved the Lord. I didn’t think what I said was any big deal, but my statement contained doubt and unbelief. God was offended that I would say something that was in disagreement of what He said, instead of completely trusting Him to perform what He is planning on doing.

The Psalmist David asked the Lord in Psalm 15:1-3, “Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?” The Lord gave him the answer, and two of the things God mentions in this psalm concerns words spoken:

  1. “speaketh the truth in his heart”
  2. “he that backbiteth not with his tongue”

When we have a habit pattern of not watching our tongue, our words become a snare to our own souls. We still might be saved, but there is leanness in our souls. And we do not come into the full inheritance of all the blessings and promises of God that He would like to give us.

The great news is that the Holy Spirit empowers us to speak good things. As we continually stay filled up with the Holy Spirit, God helps us to learn to walk in the Spirit versus walking in the flesh. The byproduct of walking in the Spirit is the fruit of the Spirit being developed in our lives (Galations 5:22-23). To speak life-giving words requires death to carnality and death to the flesh.

The love of God inside of us is the most powerful key to helping us control our tongue and to speak encouragement to others. The love of God is imparted to us by the Holy Ghost. Romans 5:5 says, “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Continually meditating upon the Word of God helps us in the battle with the tongue. God’s Word gets into us, even into our subconscious and every fiber of our being. And then it flows out of our lips.

The Bible tells us the kind of words NOT to speak (that bring death), and also the kinds of words TO speak (that bring life).

KINDS OF WORDS GOD DOES NOT WANT US SPEAKING

 

  • Taking God’s Holy Name in vain (Ex 20:7; Deut 5:11; Lev 19:12; Ezek 39:7)
  • Swearing; Foul language (James 5:12; Eph 4:29)
  • Deadly Poison, Viper’s venom (James 3:8; Ps 58:3-4; Ps 140:3; Rom 3:13)
  • Iniquity, Injustice (Job 6:30; Ps 36:3; Ps 64:6)
  • Crafty tongue (Job 15:5; Ps 83:3)
  • Deceitful tongue (Job 27:4; Ps 34:13; Ps 120:2; 1 Pet 3:10)
  • Smooth as butter, but evil motives (Ps 55:21)
  • Enticing words (1 Cor 2:4; Col 2:4)
  • Flattery and Boastful words (Ps 5:9; Ps 12:3; Prov 6:24; Prov 26:28; 1 Thess 2:5; Jude :16)
  • Cursing and Oppression (Ps 10:7; Ps 59:12; Rom 3:14; James 3:10; Balaam cursing Israel Num 23:8; Gen 12:3)
  • Backbiting (Ps 15:3; Prov 25:23)
  • Evil speaking (Ps 34:13; Ps 50:19; Eph 4:31; 1 Pet 3:10)
  • Slander (Ps 50:20; Prov 10:18; Eph 4:31; James 4:11)
  • Gossip (Prov 11:13; Prov 16:28; Prov 18:8; Prov 20:19; Prov 26:20; Prov 26:22; 2 Cor 12:20)
  • Destruction and Mischief (Ps 52:2; Prov 13:3; Prov 18:7)
  • Lying tongue (Ps 52:3; Ps 109:2; Ps 120:2; Prov 6:17; Prov 26:28)
  • Devour people with words (Ps 52:4; Gal 5:15)
  • Tongue like a sharp sword, like piercing arrows (Ps 57:4; Ps 64:3; Prov 12:18; Jer 9:8)
  • Bitter words (Ps 64:3; Job 7:11; Rom 3:14)
  • Hateful words (Ps 109:3)
  • False tongue, Feigned words (Ps 120:3; 2 Pet 2:3)
  • Froward tongue (Prov 10:31)
  • Unclean lips (Isa 6:1-7)
  • Perverse, Vicious, Malicious, Wicked (Prov 15:4; Prov 17:4; Prov 17:20, 3 John :10)
  • Death words (Prov 18:21; Ps 5:9)
  • Judgment, Accusation (Isa 54:17; Rev 12:10 Satan is the accuser of the brethren, and we ought not to get on his team and join in with him)
  • Complaining, Murmuring (Jude :16; 1 Cor 10:10-11; Num 11:1; Num 14:27-29)
  • Doubt and Unbelief (Heb 3:19; Heb 4:6; Heb 4:11; Num 13:32-14:45)
  • Coarse Joking or Jesting (Eph 5:4, NIV)
  • Vain words (Job 16:3; Eph 5:6; 2 Pet 2:18)
  • Words that tear and break others in pieces (Job 19:2)
  • Ensnared by words (Prov 6:2)
  • Harsh, Grievous words (Prov 15:1)
  • Hasty, Quick-Tempered, Not thinking before speaking (Prov 29:20)
  • Blasphemous words (Acts 13:45; James 2:7; Rev 13:6)

 

KINDS OF WORDS GOD DOES WANT US TO SPEAK

 

  • Words of refreshment (Prov 11:25; 1 Cor 16:18, NIV)
  • Words of healing and strength to the weary (Isa 50:4; Ps 37:30-31; Prov 16:24; Prov 15:4; Prov 12:18; Prov 4:20-24; Prov 13:17; Prov 11:25; Ps 34:12-14; Prov 10:11; Prov 11:30; Prov 16:22-24; James 3:13)
  • Edifying words (1 Cor 14:3; Rom 14:19; Rom 15:2; 2 Cor 13:10; Eph 4:29; 1 Thess 5:11)
  • Encouraging words (Deut 3:8; Acts 15:32; Acts 20:2; Col 3:16; 1 Thess 3:2)
  • Exhortation (1 Cor 14:3; Rom 12:8; Titus 1:9; Heb 3:13; Heb 10:25)
  • Esteeming and Honoring others (Phil 2:3; Rom 12:10; Rom 13:7; 1 Pet 3:7)
  • Words to strengthen (Luke 22:32; Acts 15:32; Deut 3:8; Job 16:5; Ps 119:28)
  • Words seasoned with grace (Eph 4:29; Col 4:6; Ps 45:2; Ecc 10:12)
  • Comfort (1 Cor 14:3; Eph 6:22; 1 Thess 5:11; 1 Thess 5:14; 2 Cor 1:4)
  • Faith-filled words (Mark 11:23; Matt 21:21-22; Rom 10:8; Num 13:30; Matt 9:20-21)
  • Pleasant words (Prov 15:26; Prov 16:24)
  • Nourishment, Positive Affirmation (Prov 10:21; 1 Tim 4:6; Eph 5:25-29; Eph 6:4)
  • Gentle, Soft words (Prov 15:1; Prov 25:15)
  • Words of Wisdom (Ps 37:30; Prov 4:20-22; Prov 15:2; Prov 22:17; Ecc 10:12; Ecc 12:11)
  • Life words (Prov 18:21; Deut 30:19; Ps 34:12-14; Prov 4:20-22; Prov 11:30; Prov 13:3; Prov 15:4; Prov 16:22-23)
  • Truth, Purity, Sincerity, Uprightness (Job 33:3; Ps 12:6; Ps 19:14; Prov 10:20; Prov 15:26; Prov 22:21)
  • Love and Kindness (Eph 4:32; Prov 31:26; 1 Cor 13; 1 Cor 8:1, NIV)
  • Praise of God on our lips (Ps 34:1; Ps 35:28; Ps 63:3-5; Ps 66:17; Ps 119:171; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16)
  • Singing praises (Ps 71:23; Ps 100; Ps 126:2; Isa 51:11; Isa 54:1; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16)
  • Speaking God’s Word (Deut 6:5-9; Deut 11:19-21; Ps 1; Ps 71:24)
  • Spoken Blessing (Num 6:23-27; Gen 12:2-3; Gen 22:17-18; Gen 27; Gen 49:28; Deut 11:26-28)
  • Wise counsel (Prov 11:14; Prov 24:6; Prov 27:9)
  • Light (Ps 119:130; 1 John 2:9-11)
  • Sweetness (Ps 119:103; Song 4:11)
  • Pen of a ready writer (Ps 45:1)
  • Wholesome tongue (Prov 15:2)
  • Tongue of the learned (Isa 50:4)

 

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Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.”

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The Promises of God are YES and AMEN!

The Promises of God are YES and AMEN!

Are you believing God for a baby or to get married? Are you believing for a promotion or breakthrough? This message will encourage you.

Habakkuk 2:2-3  Write down the vision and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

Numbers 23:19  “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”

God’s Word is filled with many promises for our lives. Have you asked the Lord to do something specific in your life and you know deep in your heart that He said “yes” and made a promise to you that He would do it?

He may have quickened a Scripture that pertains to your situation or maybe He dropped a promise into your heart. Perhaps a prophetic message was spoken over you and it bore witness in your spirit that it was of God, and was a confirmation of what the Lord had been speaking to your heart.

What is your circumstance?  What are you believing God for?

When God first promises something to us there’s the feeling of being overjoyed and a sense of expectancy. It seems like the promise will come to pass right away. In some cases it does, but in most instances a period of time elapses between the time God first shows us something and the time it comes to fulfillment.

Many times months and years go by and it still hasn’t happened. And have you ever experienced that feeling of disappointment that just when it seemed like the promise was finally going to come to pass, there was a sudden turn in the road?

Joseph is an example of having been given a promise and yet seeing a reverse in his situation. At a young age God speaks to Joseph in dreams and reveals to him that one day he would be a ruler and his family would bow down to him. Because of the evil actions of his brothers, he ends up in Potiphar’s house in Egypt. He’s been snatched away from his home and family and is made a slave in a foreign land. Then while at Potiphar’s house, he is falsely accused of attempted rape and is thrown into prison for a crime he did not commit. Joseph was a pure man, and now his reputation is damaged. After all of these negative events, he might have questioned God or perhaps thought that somehow he had missed God.

Then there’s the story of Sarah. She had no children because she was barren. God spoke to Abraham and told him he would have a son and would become the father of many nations. Months went by and then years went by and still Sarah did not conceive. She prayed and waited, and prayed and waited but it seemed like nothing was happening. She yearned and longed for a child from her own womb yet was faced with reality being the opposite. As time passed, now she’s not only faced with the fact that she cannot reproduce, but even if she could, now she’s too old and now Abraham is also too old. The Bible says that his body was as good as dead and Sarah’s womb was dead (Hebrews 11:11-12).

Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

What do you do during times like these when you’ve taken appropriate action on your part and done all you know to do, because James 2:20 says that faith without works is dead, yet it still seems like nothing is happening?

And the reality of your situation seems to be a contradiction to the promise or what you’re believing for?

The devil uses these opportune times in our lives to taunt us with words like: “It will never happen” … “Did God really say that?” … “It’s too late for you”.

God’s delay in answering prayer doesn’t necessarily mean denial. God’s promises are “Yes” and “Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Though the promise tarry it will surely come to pass and not prove false. God wants us to have faith and to trust him.

Romans 4:17 says that God calls those things that are not as though they already were.

Many times God uses the waiting process to refine us. The fire of delayed answers is one of the hottest fires to go through and tests our faith like nothing else can. Depending on the situation, sometimes God needs to work some things out first before He brings a promise to pass. The waiting process develops patience, humility, and a deeper level of trust in God. James 1:4 says, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect [Greek: complete, mature], and entire [Greek: whole], wanting [Greek: lacking] nothing.”

For some, they have been in the mode of delayed promises for 5, 10, 20 or more years. The sands of time have brought about a withering away of hope, and dreams seem to be dead or have little life. But God is a God of resurrection, and in His perfect timing, He will resurrect old dreams and fulfill promises He spoke long ago. Where there were years of disappointment, many tears, and lost hope, He will restore with a double portion of joy.

At the time appointed by God, He woke up Sarah’s dead womb and put life back into Abraham’s body. They named their son Isaac, meaning “laughter”. What joy they must have felt! Now all the years of shame and humiliation was finally removed.

And also suddenly (sometimes God acts suddenly), God intervened in Joseph’s situation and gave him the interpretation to Pharoah’s dream. All at once he was set free from prison, was placed as second in command over all Egypt and was given a wife, and she bore him two sons. God restored to Joseph many times over for all the turmoil and pain he had gone through. God turned Joseph’s affliction into joy—so much to the point that when his first son was born he called him “Manassah”, meaning “He has made me to forget my toil”. He named his second son “Ephraim”, meaning “God has made me double fruitful”.

God wants to do something in our life that’s bigger than us. He wants us to believe for the impossible. He’s able to do miracles, even creative miracles.

Jeremiah 32:27 says, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?” In verse 17 Jeremiah declares, “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee.”

God is doing creative miracles even now, but in the days ahead creative miracles will increase (as our faith level increases to see God do more creative miracles). We will see or hear more testimonies about God restoring bodily parts that are damaged or not even there.

When Zerubbabel (mentioned in Haggai and Ezra) had faced opposition to restoring the temple in Jersualem and work had been suspended for several years, the situation looked bleak. But God spoke through the prophet saying, “Not by [your] might, nor by [your] power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a [level] plain” (Zech 4:6-7).

We can personalize this for our own lives. Replace the name Zerubbabel with your name or that of a loved one. Declare outloud: “The Word of the Lord comes to _________ saying, ‘It’s not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before _________ thou shalt become a leveled plain.’”

Matthew 21:21 says that if we speak to our mountain and tell it to move out of our way, and do not doubt in our hearts, that it would obey us. What is the mountain in your life that stands in your way and tries to intimidate or taunt you?

Luke 3:5 speaks of Jesus, saying that He would cause every valley to be filled and exalted, every mountain to be made low, every crooked path to be made straight, and every rough way to be made smooth.

God wants us to keep our focus on Him, and see Him as powerful and mighty and awesome. Who else is like unto Him? Who else can do what only He can do? There is none like Him!

Hebrews 11:11 says that Sarah received the promise because she considered Him faithful who had promised. Like Sarah, we need to believe that God is faithful to fulfill everything He said He would do even before we see it happen.

In Psalms 37:4, God promises to grant us the desires of our hearts. Even though there may be a delay in those desires coming to pass, the Lord wants us to keep delighting ourselves in Him.

The Hebrew word translated “delight” in Psalms 37:4 is “anag”. Although the definition of the word “delight” is inclusive of “taking pleasure in”, or “enjoying His Presence”, in this particular passage, the word “anag” is used. It is defined as: “being soft and pliable” (or in other words, allowing the Lord to be the Potter and mold us and have His way in our lives; keeping a soft heart). In the next verse, vs. 5, God promises that if we commit our way to Him and trust in Him, then He would bring our desires to pass.

In God’s way and in His timing, He will fulfill every promise. This is a year when many of God’s prophets and ministers are hearing the Holy Spirit say that this is a season when God is going to fulfill many promises He spoke to people long ago. It’s a season of leaving the wilderness and crossing over into our promised land. There are giants there (new challenges and new devils to contend with), but God will conquer every giant. Although the old can be miserable, it’s familiar. The new seems scary because it’s a place of the unknown.

God has a “promised land” for each of our lives (a place of blessings, joy, abundance and fulfilled dreams). The Lord will lead us there if we take His hand, and be willing to leave the past behind.

Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she [he] that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her [him] of the Lord.”

The Promises of God are YES and AMEN!

 

Can a Christian Go To Hell?

Can a Christian Go To Hell?

A Christian’s salvation is eternally secure as long as he or she does the will of the Father and lives in holiness, and bears good fruit in their lives.

Matthew 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”

Hebrews 12:14 says, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

Some Christians have forfeited their eternal security in heaven by living a lifestyle of disobedience and lawlessness. Some examples include:

  1. Not walking in love; hatred; prejudice; murder; malice
  2. Abuse of any kind, and causing strife and discord
  3. Bitterness (which defiles many) and unforgiveness
  4. Any form of witchcraft, sorcery, horoscopes, etc.
  5. Any form of sexual immorality, including porn addiction
  6. Embezzlement, stealing, corruption, lying, deceit
  7. Pastors and leaders leading the flock astray through their teachings or being bad examples
  8. Demonstrating irreverence (through words and deeds) to the Holy Spirit and His Anointing and Anointed Ones
  9. Pride and rebellion
  10. Lifestyle of drunkenness, gambling, carousing, vices

The Lord said in His Word that those who practice such things cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God has a two-fold definition: 1. God’s system of doing things  2. Heaven.

Revelation 22:14-15 talks about those who will want to get into heaven, but the gates will be closed for them and they won’t be able to enter in.

Revelation 22:14-15 says, “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

Galatians 5:19-25 gives examples of the works of the flesh, and then says that they which live in such a way cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Then it lists the fruits of the Spirit, and encourages us as Believers to walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:19-26

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

The thing that the majority of Christians struggle with is offense. People hurt you and did you wrong. Then it leads to anger, resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness.

In Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus tells us the story of the man who had an enormous debt and could not pay it back. He was facing prison time if he didn’t pay back the debt, and his children taken as slaves. He begged for mercy and the creditor had pity for him and canceled the debt owed.

However, there was a person who owed this man (who was forgiven of much) a very small debt and had no way to pay it off. The man who was forgiven of much had no mercy on the man who owed him a small debt and had the person put in prison. When the creditor found out about this man’s hypocrisy (he was forgiven of much, but failed to forgive someone else for something of lesser debt), he was filled with wrath. He had the man put in prison and turned over to the torturers.

When we fail to forgive others, then God cannot forgive us. And we need forgiveness in order to enter into Heaven, because we as Believers miss the mark quite often and need God’s grace. There are many Christians in Outer Darkness (a section of hell) today that are there due to unforgiveness and hatred.

The torturers speak of demons tormenting people. Usually offense is the door in which demons enter people’s lives to torment them. Also, every time people view internet porn, it releases scores of hideous demons into their lives and home, and these demons wreak havoc.

Strife in the household, church or work environment is another way demons wreak havoc, and the sheep are scattered.

In the Apostle John’s writings, his three key words he uses the most often are: love, life and light. These words are interconnected. If you walk in one, you will walk in all three.

John says that if we claim to love God, yet hate our brother, then we lie and the truth is not in us. He also says that those who do not walk in love are in the darkness, and cannot inherit eternal life.

For years I struggled with offense, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness towards some family members who had abused me for around 21 years. God gave me warnings through dreams that I was in trouble and headed for Outer Darkness in hell if I died at that time.

I had to turn the pain over to the Lord, and ask Him to put love in my heart and help me to forgive. For me, it’s been a process of healing that has taken many years. When people hurt me, I tend to internalize it, and I’m learning how to let go and turn people over to the Lord.

If you have a root of bitterness in your heart, the Word says it defiles people. However, the Holy Spirit can remove all bitterness from your soul and fill you with His love and compassion. No one is worth going to hell over. Let go of the offense. If not for their sake, do it to make sure you go to Heaven someday.

Years ago I heard the true story of the pastor in Africa who had gotten in an argument with his wife one morning, and then later on that day was killed in a car crash.

He talked about how he went to hell for 2 or 3 days. He saw fellow pastors there, and was shocked because he thought they were in heaven. One was there for stealing the tithes and offerings, and embezzlement. Others were there for adultery, not walking in love, failing to teach people the whole counsel of God and for other reasons. This pastor was there for being abusive to his wife.

After he was in hell for 2 or 3 days, he was transferred to heaven, and shared how glorious it was.

Meanwhile, after he was killed his wife held on to the Scripture in Hebrews 11:35 that says that women received their dead raised to life again. She, along with others, prayed and believed that he would come back to life. His body was even partially embalmed.

Where they live, there was a Rinehard Bonnke meeting going on. They took his body to the meeting, believing that he would be raised to life. They took him in the casket to the basement while the meetings were in session. His wife and brothers in the Lord were interceding for his rising from the dead. He did come back to life. And now he shares his testimony and warns Christians, and especially pastors and leaders, of the reality of hell if you don’t walk in holiness. Pastors, teachers and leaders are held in stricter judgment than others in the Body of Christ.

In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus tells us the parable of the children of the kingdom. (The children of the kingdom are referring to Believers in Christ.) Some were cast into outer darkness and everlasting fire, while others received their reward and were granted to enter into Heaven. Jesus said that if you did it (ministered to) the least of these His brethren, you’ve done it unto Him. So therefore, there is a correlation between our works to help others, and receiving eternal life. We are not saved by works, but created UNTO good works (Ephesians 2:10).

In the parables right before this one in Matthew 25:1-30, are the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins. A virgin speaks of the Body of Christ, chaste like a virgin awaiting her bridegroom. Five of them made it into heaven, and five were turned away because when the Bridegroom came, they were unprepared.

Then there is the parable of servants given talents. All of the servants, except for one, invested their talents and had more to present at the end of their lives. They heard the words from Jesus: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. You were made ruler over a few things, now you will be ruler over many things.”

A talent refers to something we are capable of doing, a natural gifting God gives to us. He wants us to develop and use our gifts, and to end up at the end of our lives with even more gifts.

This one servant was given one talent, but he was afraid and buried it in the ground. When the Master came, he gave the talent back to the Master, but he had done nothing with his talent, nor had he invested it. He could of at least put it into a savings account to earn interest. This servant was called an unprofitable servant, and his talent was taken from him and given to the one who had ten talents, plus he was cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

These are strong words Jesus spoke, but they are eternal realities.

John 15 talks about abiding in the Vine. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. If we abide in Him, and He abides in us, then we will bear much fruit. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. We can live fruitful lives if we will abide in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Also, abide in the Word of God, which renews the mind, transforms the soul, fills the hungry soul, and is like medicine.

Back to the subject of love, John said in 1 John 3:14-15:

“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

It’s time to take an inventory of our soul. We need to ask God to highlight to us if there is any iniquity in our lives, so that we can have an opportunity to repent of it while we still have time on this earth.

Just pray this simple prayer, and begin to seek God with all of your heart.

“Dear Father God,

I come to Your Throne in the Name of Jesus. Show me if there is sin and iniquity in my life, and give me the grace to repent of it and forsake it. I am aware of this sin in my life _______ (and tell it to God what the sin is), and I need Your help to overcome it. I want to live for You. I want to spend eternity with You and my loved ones in Heaven. I want to get right with You. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and forgive every sin. Wash me clean by Your Blood. I receive your forgiveness. Fill me with Your love and grace, and empower me to forgive others who have hurt me. I give You my whole heart. Sweet Holy Spirit, please fill me afresh with Your Presence. I need You in my life like never before.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen”

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