Simply read 1 John with me♥
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Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrew 3:12-13, ESV)
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Have you ever been doing something (whether it was good or bad) and you were just so focused that you hadn’t even realized that someone was standing right there? Well there’s this misconception that that’s how it’ll be when the Lord returns but that’s not what the scriptures teach concerning the elect.
We are told time and time again to be watchful and ready so that day doesn’t catch us off guard like that. And even though we don’t know (and we won’t know!) the day or the hour, we have been informed of all the things that will precede his arrival.
Now I don’t know if you’ve noticed but prophecy is rapidly being fulfilled. It is more than likely that we are that last generation that will experience the Lord’s second coming. And I’m not here to draw you into any end times rabbit holes. I’m just here to remind you that we need to get ourselves together.
Many are caught up in the affairs of this world (trying to live their best lives now). While others have turned away from sound doctrine unto fables and just straight up LIES (doctrines of devils). But to those of you who still have an ear to hear, it’s the same ol’ message it’s always been—Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.
We have been fooled by wolves (and by Hollywood!) into thinking that Jesus is passive. We’ve forgotten about the lion because we’re so busy exploiting the lamb. But make no mistake about it, sin and worldliness are NOT, have never been and will never be acceptable to God the Father or His son, Jesus Christ. WE HAVE TO TURN FROM OUR WAYS, and we have to abandon this world’s satanic systems and customs. As well as any idols which can be anything that we love, trust and/or esteem more than God.
The bible is clear. So beware of all these unbelieving Christians scoffing at holiness as if righteousness (living right, according to God’s standards) is impossible or better yet, optional. DON’T FALL AWAY. Be watchful AND PRAY as you fix your minds, hearts and lives on the Lord. He’s coming back, REAL SOON.
I love you guys,
Do this, knowing that this is a critical time. It is already the hour for you to awaken from your sleep [of spiritual complacency]; for our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed [in Christ]. (Romans 13:11, AMP)
So yesterday was my anniversary and in honor of us entering into our 4th year of marriage, I thought it would be fun (and helpful!) to share 3 things that have strengthened our relationship.
1. Being selfless
My husband and I have both come to the knowledge and understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ. So self denial (denying the flesh) has been essential to every part of our lives, including (or especially!) our marriage. We are ALL selfish and self absorbed by nature but unfortunately most of us don’t even realize that we are and have always been until we get married. So, with that being said, my first tip is to put your spouse’s needs above your own without conditions and without any expectations.
Now my husband and I talk and have always talked about any and EVERYTHING, to the point where we had to repent and start holding each other accountable for idle conversations and just straight up gossiping. But at the end of the day, we have to express ourselves in order to make sure that we are on the same page (or at least working toward the same things). Also, we have to not only acknowledge but HONOR the fact that men and women usually communicate in different ways.
There is so much peace and joy in the home and in the marriage when you and your spouse are trustworthy. And this doesn’t just happen because you’re in love. You have to fear the Lord and walk in His ways first.
4. Encouragement (A bonus from my husband)
As I ran through an overview of this post with my husband, he told me to mention how it is also important to allow your spouse time to grow. Looking back, I can’t even believe that my husband and I hooked up because we are nothing like the people we once were.
This is a witness to the fact that God can and will change those who are willing. And it only gets better as you’re continuously being refined and conformed to the likeness of Christ. So basically, what he’s saying is, let God be God (and let satan be satan!). Our jobs as wives are to HELP not accuse or hinder our husbands.
So, I hope that you consider this post and if you have any tips on a healthy marriage please let us know!
Much love, Brandi
With my most recent post being about things like who’s a Christian and who is not, I am well aware that many will assume (probably in general) that I am being self righteous. I mean, my own mother has called me overzealous and judgmental! But here’s the thing, we HAVE to judge people by their fruit lest we become deceived by our own feelings or their speech.
The deception is real! This how people end up BEING and following false teachers. Many claim to be children of God but they aren’t walking (or living) those statements out.
Jesus said that FEW will be on the right path so we’re already deceived if we’re considering those few to be the majority of our own families. Out of the whole entire world, you mean to tell me that everyone in your house, or on your job or at your church or even in your country is in Christ!? I think not. And we have to be honest with ourselves. We have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. So when I notice a fraud, it isn’t to condemn them to hell as if I were God. It’s to keep my own self from falling or from being drawn away from the true gospel. Bad company corrupts good character and despising the truth gets you put under a strong delusion (2 Thessalonians chapter 2).
So, I thought that I would just clarify some things and encourage those of you who are truly seeking the Lord not to be ashamed of calling it like you see it. We ARE to judge righteously. What we are not to do is judge before the time or hypocritically.
With nothing but love, Brandi
Before you go, here’s a few scriptures to consider!
(1 John 1:6) “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:”
(James 1:22-25) “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
(Titus 1 :15-16, NLT, For those who scoff at holiness) “Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.”
(Matthew 7:16-23) “Beware of false prophets (*and a prophet is just anyone who claims to know and communicate with and/or for God), which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” *My own interjection
(1 John 4:1,NLT) “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God…”
In addition to the previous post, I just want to encourage us all to examine ourselves. As I mentioned, many claim to believe the Bible to be true but are contradicting their professions with their own interpretations and lifestyles.
You see, we have deceived ourselves when we begin to pick and choose what commands (and directives) to obey. The bible can not just be true to us to an extent (until it becomes inconvenient). We have to accept it to be true (and right!) in its entirety.
I remember my mother bringing a couple young ladies over my house for what I thought would be a little Bible studying. Then she told them to just go through the scriptures and pick out what they like. After I explained how we have to read the scriptures in context, she told them that they don’t have to be (and I quote) “A radical Jesus person”. Um.. First of all, low blow. And second off all, YES WE DO! That’s the main requirement of being a FOLLOWER OF JESUS. We have to lay down our lives in order to follow Christ. And as “believers” and Bible readers shouldn’t we know this!? Unfortunately, many like my mother think that you are judging them when you propose things like truth, obedience and holiness. They will say that they aren’t any less of a Christian just because they don’t believe or live like you do. But friends, don’t be deceived (and if this is you, don’t deceive yourself). True believers of Jesus Christ don’t pursue their own standards of righteousness. In fact, you who oppose are really the ones being self righteous by living by your own standards of what’s right (or good enough!) regardless of what the Bible teaches. The scriptures are for training in RIGHTEOUSNESS. They are not self serving affirmations or demonic laws of attraction prompts!
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (1 Timothy 3:16-17)
Personally, I just simply read the Bible as a guide. I obey the Lord’s commands as I surrender my life and MY OWN desires. I seek to continuously be sanctified knowing that righteousness in Christ isn’t optional or unattainable. So, if you claim to believe in the God of the Bible (the same God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob), then again, I challenge you to really examine what you say that you believe because the Bible teaches holiness not lawlessness or once saved always saved.
With nothing but love, Brandi
The message (or gospel!) of Jesus Christ was never meant to be complicated. In destroying the works of the devil and overcoming the world, Jesus died so that in him we would have the power (and the privilege!) to repent and overcome as he did. The kingdom, or judgement and reign of the one, true and living God and His Son Jesus Christ is coming! So if we love them and want to be apart of the kingdom (of righteousness, peace and joy) we have to live right— according to THEIR standards. So, I hope that you choose life. God bless you and feel free to contact me through the blog or via email:email@example.com
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)
So recently I blogged about coming separate from this world, and I mentioned how a lot of professing Christians are actually still unbelievers. In this post, I’m going to specify 3 things that I believe are (but aren’t limited to) indications of a true believer. So let’s get right into it.
#1 They believe the Bible to be completely true AND RIGHT!
In addition to the opening scripture, true disciples of Jesus Christ are deeply rooted in sound doctrine. The bible is clear on what is sin (and what is and isn’t appropriate for those professing godliness). Therefore true believers take into account the full counsel of the bible without cherry picking.
#2 They come to repentance and are born again of the Spirit
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” 1John 3:9
True followers of Jesus Christ are not sinners. They do not live in a constant state of sin or worldliness (pursuing the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh or the pride of life). They understand that grace does NOT excuse sin and that there is no such thing as once saved always saved.
#3 They’re always concerned about the things of God
Real Christians are set on helping others also live upright because they know that this is the end of the age and that the whole world lies in wickedness (1John 5:19). They are not concerned about their everyday lives. They seek the kingdom of God first, denying themselves the “pleasures” and luxuries of this life.
Ultimately, there’s no distinction between mainstream Christianity and the world. They look a like, act a like, and pursue the same things making true children of God seem insane. Which is expected since they are a peculiar people 🙂
Much love, Brandi