Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.
But we reject shameful cover-ups and we do not walk in craftiness, neither do we deny the word of God, but we display our souls in the revelation of the truth to all the minds of the children of men before God.
Instead, we have refused to use secret and shameful ways. We don’t use tricks, and we don’t distort God’s word. As God watches, we clearly reveal the truth to everyone. This is our letter of recommendation.
2 Corinthians 4:2 –
If we walk (live) in the Light as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness. But men love darkness and will not come to the light because—-their deeds are evil. The Gospel Message is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no man comes to the Father except by it. For faith comes by hearing the Word of God. It is His salvation to the eternal abundant life of Jesus Christ who is the Resurrection and it is a work of light, and not of darkness. We preach Jesus the crucified yet Risen Lord and Savior!
It’s simple not complicated–-that even a child might understand. In fact, Jesus said, “Suffer the children and forbid them not for of such is the Kingdom of heaven.” But WOE is pronounced to those who make them a twice sold prisoner of hell those blind leaders of the blind.
The Kingdom of God is not eating or drinking but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Jesus overturned the money-changers in the temple while He was on earth, exposing their deceitfulness by saying, “My Father’s house (family) is to be a House of Prayer FOR the nations but you have turned it into a den (man cave) of thieves. “ You ever hear the expressions, “thick as thieves” and “birds of a feather flock together” BOTH HAVE SAME ROOT in the Scripture–“you will know them by the type of fruit that comes from their tree.”
There were two trees in the garden that God gave to test the heart, to prove the way a man will take.
One was the Tree of Life and the other the Tree of Knowledge (of good AND evil). The Lord commanded not to eat from the fruit of that last tree for it brought death. To choose that fruit was to choose death and deny the Lord of Life. Many will feast from their ill-gotten gains and think they are having their cake and eating it too but in the end, only those who do truly obey will enter in eating from the Tree of Life.
The rejection of the Gospel is here traced to the willful blindness and wickedness of the human heart.
What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! (Romans 6:21)
Jesus is the Lord of the Harvest – We reap what we sow!
Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God. (1 Corinthians 4:5)
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.
On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity,
like men sent from God. (2 Corinthians 2:17)
Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. (2 Corinthians 5:11)
In truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; (2 Corinthians 6:7)
Through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors. (2 Corinthians 6:8)
For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. (1 Thessalonians 2:3)
FOR WE MUST ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGEMENT SEAT….
THE GOSPEL CALL
The purpose of the sound of the shofar is to wake God’s people out of their spiritual slumber, to cause them to see the signs of the times, and to remind them to examine the spiritual condition of their lives.
This is the message of repentance, which in Hebrew literally means ‘to return.’ therefore, is turning from our sins and returning to God.
“Tear your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord, your God; for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness, and relents from sending calamity.” (Joel 2:1-2, 13)
THE CALL TO BATTLE—THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH
The Battle Belongs to God and Jesus is the Victor and this is the Victory that overcomes the world–even our faith. When we give a shout of faith and lift up the Mighty God on earth as it is in heaven, the power of God enters in to boldly go where no man has gone before!
God’s promise in the Book of Numbers to deliver His people when they blow the shofar in battle is still applicable:
“When you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets (shofars). Then you will be remembered before the Lord your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.” (Numbers 10:9)
We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.
2 Corinthians 10:4
Christ’s blood is THICKER than Water
For I KNOW the thoughts that I think toward you SAYS THE LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
“…And He has COMMITTED to us the Message of Reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s Ambassadors…”
(2 Corinthians 5:19-20)
This is our AUTHORITY!
We are Hearing HIS Authority and obeying Him!
Christ Jesus is the beginning and the end—His Word is Final.
THOSE WHO ARE FORGIVEN MUCH LOVE MUCH
We love because HE FIRST LOVED us.
As Mary poured out the entire contents of her alabaster box
irrevocable trust empties the heart of everything else that
stands in the way of knowing God as Lord and Savior.
But we will have our betrayers and detractors. Both Simon the
Leper and Judas the Betrayer spoke against the very act that
Jesus Christ COMMENDED.
Simon who Christ healed of leprosy which was a living death and rejection from society still had not learned how to really live in the freedom of a child of God. He sat in judgment of a true heart of faithful love. A heart that holds nothing back and gives God all the glory, honor and praise.
Judas the Betrayer of Christ was controlled by his false god, “money” who only served to betray him and oust him from entering into the Kingdom of God. Judas’ “god” cost him his very life.
HAVING CONTROL OF THE $$$ IS THE LEAST IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE KINGDOM
STOP NICKEL AND DIME-NG GOD!
FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED NOW FREELY GIVE
NOW GO WHERE HE SENDS AND COMPEL THEM TO COME INTO HIS HOUSE!
THE LOVE OF $ IS THE ROOT OF SIN
MANY HAVE ERRED AND PIERCED THEMSELVES…
Silver and gold have I none; but what I have, that give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk! (Acts 3:6)
YOU’RE AN ARMY DRESSED FOR BATTLE
LET THE GOD OF GLORY THUNDER
PUT ON THE LORD AND MAKE NO PROVISION FOR THE FLESH
THEY GAMBLED OVER HIS ROBE
WE ARE COVERED IN THE BLOOD!!!
NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD!
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS WHEN HE SEES THE BLOOD!!!
FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT OF GOD’S GLORY
THERE’S ONLY ONE THING ALL NEED AND THIS IS WHAT WE PROCLAIM
WE ARE NOT TO BE AS THE ELDER BROTHER WHO DESPISED THE PRODIGAL’S RETURN BUT TO RUN OUT IN TO COMPEL HIM TO COME HOME IN THE SPIRIT OF JESUS CHRIST WHO GAVE HIMSELF TO RECONCILE US BACK HOME TO THE FATHER IN LOVE.
“But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this,” saith the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 4:1-3)
But he who ENDURES to the END will be SAVED.
It takes BOTH faith and patience (endurance) to INHERIT God’s promises. Jesus asks when He returns will He find anyone still standing in faith waiting?
Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation.
And he that overcomes, and keeps My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron. (Revelation 2:26-27)
GREAT PEACE have they which love Your Royal Law and nothing causes them to stumble and fall. It is the Kingdom of His peace which SURPASSES all human “wisdom” and worldly “understanding.”
His peace is our authority it RULES in our hearts!