Friday, May 8, 2015

Don't Faint

Galatians Chapter 6

1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Faint not, that is a reminder I want to give to my readers and myself. I recently had some wicked people come out against me for making a stand. It was nothing related to this blog but entailed a subject matter having to do with reprobate wicked people who were seared. I do not regret this stand. One thing in this world is that many will do anything to excuse and help the wicked.  Remember evil can come in different guises. Remember when I told you, I departed from some wicked people? They turned others against me.  We have reminders in the Bible these things will happen. We must remain strong. The Psalms are full of David praying against evildoers and wicked against him.


Anonymous said...

I've gone over this passage many times since you posted BB, sometimes areas of Scripture can just keep reaching further into our conscious, revealing more meaning of truth, as this has so done for me, as times continue to worsen for all, and especially for those who believe the Word.

I am sorry for what you have been through, and I commend you for standing your ground, which I can only assume is Biblical and something of importance to God's Word and Laws.

I also must admit that I have been through similar. My ordeal was a stalker, someone unknown to me, who too spread hate and lies and convinced many others to bring hatred onto me and my family. This lasted 3 years, it was terrifying and an appalling experience to go through. Its not finished yet, and who knows how it will all end.

As these wicked last times wax worse by the day, sadly I do know that we can only expect all of this behaviour to continue to worsen and escalate for us all.

And so it goes, the wicked are allowed to be wicked, and the meek allowed to endure, and only so a Perfect Judgement can be handed out by The Perfect Judge to all. Let the wicked be wicked still, and let the righteous be righteous still. For without the crime - there can be no punishment, and without the everlasting reaching for the love of God, and the forgiveness of our transgressions in the hope which is Jesus Christ sacrificed for our sin - what hope have any of us?

May Jesus Christ continue to bless you, and keep you on His narrow path.

Anonymous said...

I will pray for you Bible Believer in the Name of Jesus, the Christ. For I love you as a sister in our faith, and as a child of the LORD of our Scriptures. May He protect you and guide you as you continue to live your life for Him by the power of God, the Holy Spirit.

Be encouraged, dear sister!
Ephesians 6:10-18

Anonymous said...

I will pray for you Bible Believer in the Name of Jesus, the Christ. For I love you as a sister in our faith, and as a child of the LORD of our Scriptures. May He protect you and guide you as you continue to live your life for Him by the power of God, the Holy Spirit.

Be encouraged, dear sister!
Ephesians 6:10-18

Anonymous said...

I have a question. For those of us without a church family, what do we do about communion and baptism? Jesus said, "do this in rememberance of me." I've thought maybe it was Passover in remembrance, or even remembering him before all meals. I'm not sure how often or what communion was like for the early church. I do know they shared meals together regularly. Was this when they did communion?

My other question is baptism. Some of my children are getting a bit older and beginning to read the bible on their own. When they want to be baptized and choose to follow Jesus as their own mature choice, how am I to have them baptized? My husband is not sure what he believes and he would not. I'm a woman, and I'm not sure if it is proper or not for me to drive them to the lake and do it for them. I do have a friend with a Christian husband, I do not know if he would or if it would be proper to ask him.

Of course I pray that my children would make that mature decision to follow Jesus, but I'm not sure how much of their interest right now is because of me and my influence and how much is their own actual decision. My older children are 9 and 11.

Thank you,


Anonymous said...

Good question's Joy. I have wondered some of the same things.
May God send you the answers.
Peace to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ -
And to you BB.

Hosea said...

Bible Believer,

I recently discovered your blog one day while trying to find the real truth and I must say it is refreshing to know there are others out here that desire the true Word of God. Bless you. Keep being the beacon of light we all need in this world today.

I was deep into the world and it's darkness and I desperately seek to get out of it.

I gave my life to Christ at a young age but have fallen back into the world many times, giving up on his Word and the Lord even though he never gave up on me. I didn't see it before. At times I didn't even feel like I was a christian because of the way I acted. That's why I have Hosea as my profile name because I feel like I act like Gomer, his wife, sometimes.

I was frustrated so much because I believed what the false christian preachers were saying about health, wealth, prosperity, name it and claim it, and I felt like I didn't "measure up". It made me want to give up more times then I can count.

I've always felt like an outcast in my family and even when I attended churches these days. I would listen to sermons and knew it just didn't make sense or didn't follow according to scripture and I would always want to leave the church to find another again.

Reading your blog has been a breath of fresh air and I hope you continue what you are because it is a blessing to others like me.

Anonymous said...

Joy, those are difficult questions that I face as well. For every congregation is now corrupted with false teachings designed to lead every person astray, and worse - into the worship of false gods with a false gospel, which is totally toxic and deadly.

What is a baptism worth if it is performed by a person who was baptised unto corrupt teachings and who does not worship the God and the Christ of the Bible?

How can we have communion or partake of the emblems without authentic baptism and without brothers and sisters in Christ?

If every church and every church leader has been corrupt and in service to Babylon since Constantine -how has any person in 1,700 years ever been properly baptised or had communion?

These questions are very big, and we are too small to answer them. All we can do is to stay on the narrow path as best we can, remove ourselves from false congregations and their doctrines of demons, and trust God.

The devil has done a splendid job in his corruptions, with the remnant now few and left almost alone and almost silenced.

I only reply to your questions because I face the same trials as do so many others, and I don't have answers either. Yet at the end of each day, I trust my God, that whatever His plan is for this time, all is known and all accounting has been done by Him so long ago. The book of life is long ago written.

Next time you read the Epistles, read them as you were one of the audience to whom they were first written to, instead of being a reader 2,000 years into the future. This is what I do often, and the greater insight and guidance I am given from being in that first audience perspective and their trials and tribulations as the receivers of these letters - does give so much greater understanding and comfort... as today we are now in similar circumstances.

Just my own thoughts as I too like so many others, struggle similarly in a time without true fellowship or leadership in Christ Jesus, and in a time when wolves now openly devour the flock without mercy.

Trust God...

Anonymous said...

Joy and Others with the same thoughts.

If your husband is not willing to baptise your children when they ask to be. You have every right to do so. There is nothing in the New Testament that says a woman cannot do this.

As far as communion please just start. Jesus said to do this to remember His death until He returns. It is a personal thing to do. Here are some instructions on what to do.

"For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
1Co 11:30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come. 1Corinthians 11: 23-34"

Remember this also, the Roman government at that time was persecuting Christians at the time.


Anonymous said...

On Communion

As it says in 1 Corinthians 11:28a “But let a man examine himself.” I think the following is a good example of examining ourselves before we take of the cup and bread.

“Also He (Jesus) spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Luke 18: 9-14”

We are not to be concerned about the person sitting next to us we are instructed to look at ourselves. I do not see where communion is only to be performed inside a church building or with a group of Christians. Nor to have a pastor or elder as being the only ones to pass out the cup and bread as some denominations do. These same also do not give it to those that are only visiting their group, you have to be a member of the group to receive communion. That is wrong in so many ways.

When I was growing up there were many times that it was just our family at church on a Sunday. My Dad still preached the message, we still had Sunday School and most of all we still had the Communion Service as well. I was taught that I was to take this special event to those that were not able to attend Church.


Bible Believer said...

I have read this one many times over the last years. Sometimes there has been massive spiritual attack even just for this blog in the past. Thanks for commending me for standing my ground. It is something we must all do for God. I am sorry you faced a stalker, and someone who spread hatred and lies. I have encountered someone in my life, who acted the same as your stalker--it wasn't a stalker but someone doing smear campaigns. I am sorry you have had your safety in question and will pray for you and that God protects you. Yes the world is growing more wicked. Some unsaved types seem to be growing more wicked. You can see the darkness growing in their eyes and the lies becoming more blantant. Yes we need to be mindful of all our own sins but this world is getting more and more gross, beyond what I even would imagine. Yes all our hope is in the righteousness of Christ and we will one day be away from this world and wicked people as well. God bless you too and may Jesus Christ keep you. I pray for your safety and a resolution to having this stalker.

Bible Believer said...

Joy, I will have to think about your question. I know it is a hard one. Some people home church it and have their [saved in this case] husband baptize the children. Because your husband is not saved, maybe the Christian friend could do it. I think you can do it, and nothing in scripture forbids a woman to baptize someone.

Communion, well I have expressed my beliefs about this before, but I see the real deal as a shared meal between the body of Christ rather then an exact ritual with the wafers. You could find a church to fellowship with and find born again Christians there, and do it that way too without becoming official members. [This isn't always easy and you'd have to find a church free of corrupt teachings, which can be difficult] I've done my church visiting and on and off fellowshipping never becoming an official member even with my good IFB from years ago. It's hard though. I never seem to meet anyone who is in the same place I am at.

Where I am fellowshipping now, I just got to know a few and time will tell if it works out or not. It's hard, half of them would probably faint if they knew I wrote this blog. I am even in the place thinking just go to a few sermons and hear some singing without seeking any official membership but it's tough. This pastor knows my beliefs about the NWO and didn't run screaming out of the room and he told me the Pope is the Vicar of hell so I didn't have to worry about any ecumenism, but you know I have to tread carefully. Remember in my case I am running solo with an unsaved husband and no Christian family members.

I think you can baptize your own children or have the friend do it. COmmunion, have meals and pray and talk about what Jesus did for us. I don't believe in the absolute ritualization of that. Even when the IFBers pass out the chiclets it seems overly formalized to me. I will pray for you and your family. Pray to God for guidance to show you the best solution.

Hosea welcome to the blog too. I will pray for you getting sucked back into the world. I have to watch some of my own temptations and sins in that realm. I am glad you came back to God and repented. I feel like I never have "measured up" in the official Christian world. Remember how poor I am, it feels weird, sometimes I visit the "white picket" Christian world of the middle class- and it can even be like that in the "fundamentalist" churches with the picture perfect families and it's tough. I feel like I don't fit in. Thanks for your posts too JOel. Yes I think reading from scripture and partaking of the cup and bread is appropriate.

Anonymous said...

I'm the anon with the stalker, and with no fellowship.

Thank you BB for your words and prayers, my sister in Christ Jesus, I have also humbled prayer for your wellbeing to our Father in Heaven, and during your recent times of health worries. May God lead you and bless you. And I do pray the Spirit awakens your husband also. Everything is in His timing, and who knows what the morrow shall bring?

Thank you Joel for your references to appropriate Scripture.

In my own walk with Jesus Christ I have been led to understandings which are most appropriate for me, as we all are led in different ways that are of greatest benefit to us individually and so we can then each share those individual strengths and insights with each other.

For me, those greater leanings have been in learning everlasting Law, the differences between First and Second Covenants, the Statutes, Ordinances and Judgements, understanding TRUE Biblical Israel of the long ago past, the promises of the Anointed, the need for the Messiah and His Sacrifice, understanding the deceptions and practices of the devil in these days, and trying to grasp just what the "gift" is and how we can never do anything to earn that gift. All enormous subjects requiring an understanding and wisdom I fear I do not possess.

Studying requirements for Communion and Baptism has not been one of my strengths to date, and the very little teaching I've found may have been misleading. But as it's not something I concentrate on just yet - as God has not led me this way so far in my walk, I can only thank those who do have these strengths of understanding in this area.

From the little I have learned so far was that only the baptised in Christ could also baptise, going from Acts onwards, and then only the baptised could participate in Communion. This has never sat well with me, but I am more than happy for the Spirit of God to continue to guide me in the right ways and at the right time. As I too fear I've been led astray in these understandings. But I have not yet put that time into these important teachings.

My heart and soul aches for Baptism and Communion, but it seems like an impossibility. My understanding does need to grow, as I have no comfort in these areas so far.

BB, perhaps separate discussions on Baptism and Communion might be an idea one day? The newer believers in this age of deception, who now stand almost alone, do so cry out for clarity for such personal interaction with Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven.

May God bless all of my brothers and sisters who are His, and His alone. Trust God always.

Anonymous said...

On Communion

Jesus says in “Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them”.

So whether it be your own family or two or three friends gathered together to worship Jesus and read His word, there is no set standard operating procedure for doing what we are commanded to do as far as partaking the cup and the bread. Other than that which is set in 1 Corinthians 11:22-34. Jesus set this up so that we are to remember His death, Matthew 26:26-27.

“Matthew 26:28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”. If Christ had not gone to the cross we would be dead, forever.

This is not just a suggestion, this is one of the commands of Jesus


Anonymous said...

Thank you Joel.

We all read Scriptures, yet we all take the appropriate bread at the appropriate times for us individually. Sometimes we each need to be pointed back to remembrance in the areas we have not focussed as much attention on.

Anonymous said...

I thank you all. I've been brought to tears in thankfulness for the church (you guys, not the building). I also wanted to encourage you to abide in the word, and to be faithful to share as you are led. This week a contractor came to our house to give an estimate and he shared the gospel with power and boldness to my husband. My heart is full. The days are evil and the love of most has grown cold, but the bride, the church, is still here. And I am thankful for you.


Bible Believer said...

I agree about being pointed to areas we have not focused as much attention on too. We all need to pray and allow God to lead us. I am needing to pray on some matters regarding some intense issues.

Thank you Joy, I appreciate having you here too. I am glad the contractor witnessed to your husband. I pray your husband is born again. Please pray for mine too.