Remember that Complaining is a Sin

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A couple weeks ago (or maybe it was last week, I can’t remember!) I shared with you all my struggles with food. And after fasting (and praying with a couple sisters) I have been strengthened AND DELIVERED. Yes! It’s true, we have victory over sin and death through Christ Jesus. So I just wanted to update you all on all of that, and also share another sin that I am working toward repentance. And that sin is Complaining. Yes, complaining.

Complaining is a very dangerous sin (in my opinion) because it is often excused and overlooked by man. But we KNOW (according to the old testament), that grumbling (expressing our discontentment in a soft but sullen manner) and complaining (boldly expressing our dissatisfaction or annoyances) kindles the anger of God. It annoys Him.

The Lord can not stand doubt, or ungratefulness. And He’s shown me that all discontentment stems from pride and worldliness (and how doubt insults Him). So, I’m diligently working on this. I’ve even created a complaining journal—where I record every time I complain and what I am complaining about. Ironically, I haven’t complained yet (I started my journal earlier this week). And it may seem silly but making it through 1 day (let alone a few!) without complaining is literally a work of God for me. So I give Him ALL the glory.  I think the idea of the whole complaining journal just made me aware of the fact that I do complain and it held me accountable. I planned on reviewing what I recorded throughout the day, each night because I wanted to acknowledge (and be ashamed of!) how petty and foolish my complaints were.

So I encourage you to also give the complaining journal a try (if this is something you also struggle with) because You WILL overcome (this sin and any other sin) if you repent and if you abide in the holy Spirit.

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:13, NLT)

Amen? Amen.  So let us glorify the Lord, even with our attitudes. Because who would want to serve a God whose people are always seeming full of lack and downcast?

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A few scriptures to consider:

(1 Thessalonians 5: 14-18) “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

(Philippians 2:12-16, NLT) “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing,so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” 

*For those of you who love and enjoy the bible like I do, here’s the story about when the children of Israel’s complaining made God (and Moses!) so mad that He burned up their camp and plagued them with quail. This account is found in Numbers, chapter 11.

We are NOT sinners! Stop saying that.

 

 

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So there’s this common phrase (or should I say misquoted scripture) that we are all “sinners saved by grace”. Now I understand the concept but the problem I have with this is, that the bible says that those who are born again do NOT sin.

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure. Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he isDear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.” (1 John 3:1-10, NLT)

 

So, speak for yourselves. But don’t put me (or my brothers and sisters in Christ) in that “Sinner” category. And as a matter of fact, you are a sinner. And a child of the devil if you won’t come to repentance. The old you has to pass away, so how are you a new creation in Christ with the same ol’ mind and lifestyle?

The Lord showed it to me this way: if a person who doesn’t smoke (or drink), smokes a cigarette (or drinks a beer) because they were tempted by stupid commercials or peer pressure, that doesn’t make that person a smoker (or a drinker). That just means that this person sinned by smoking a cigarette (or drinking  a beer). Most likely, this person will never smoke (or drink) again because it’s not them. And it’s not in their interest. But if this person just smokes (or drinks) in general, then this person is a smoker (or a drinker).  In the same way, there’s a difference between someone who is tempted to sin and someone who just sins because it’s the norm or a way of life to them. True born again believers do not live in sin. They can’t (not comfortably or happily) because God’s HOLY spirit is in them.

It’s amazing how MANY claim to be filled with the Spirit but have no power to overcome sin, and they mock righteousness. These are the people the bible speaks of in the end times having a form of godliness but deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:1-5). And if we truly are in Christ with this mindset, then we are being deceived. Jesus died to set us free from the bondage of sin and death. That’s the power of the resurrection!  So stop living in an unlocked prison cell. Grace is to grow in the process, not to wallow in our sin with excuses. So, I just wanted to share this with you guys and leave you with some scriptures to keep in mind. Stop calling yourself a sinner (and if you are, repent of your sinful lifestyle!).

With nothing but love,

Brandi

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(Romans Chapter 6, NLT, Sins’ power is broken! ) “Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Purifying ourselves

“Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Blessed are those who wash th (1)

True religion, accepted by God, according to the bible, is keeping ourselves from being stained (or corrupted) by this world (James 1:27) . But there is a great deception (and a falling away from sound doctrine) that causes people to believe that everything isn’t necessarily a “Salvation issue”. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. God is concerned about EVERYTHING we say and do.

There are so many of us fighting for the things of this world (like makeup, “Fashion”, Beyonce’ etc.) when we should be fighting for eternal life. And you may think that the things you love are innocent but that’s the thing, you LOVE the things of the world! Period. And by the way, nothing of this world is innocent. If it isn’t specifically addressed in the bible, that’s because it falls under the categories of unclean or profane. And just in case your pastor never told you, no unclean thing (including a covetous idolater) will enter into the kingdom.

But nothing that defiles or profanes or is unwashed shall ever enter it, nor anyone who commits abominations (unclean, detestable, morally repugnant things) or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” (Revelation 21:27, AMPC)

So we’ve got to purify ourselves. Being holy isn’t optional (it’s a command!). I know people like to scoff at righteousness but all it means is living right, according to God’s standards. So let’s not be self righteous (having our own standards of what’s right or good enough) but obedient AND FAITHFUL in ALL things.

With nothing but love,

Brandi

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A few scriptures to consider:

(1 John 3:1-10, NLT ) “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure. Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.  Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.

(James 4:4-8, AMP)  “You adulteresses [disloyal sinners—flirting with the world and breaking your vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend [that is, loving the things of the world] is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says to no purpose that the [human] spirit which He has made to dwell in us lusts with envy? But He gives us more and more grace [through the power of the Holy Spirit to defy sin and live an obedient life that reflects both our faith and our gratitude for our salvation]. Therefore, it says, “God is opposed to the proud and haughty, but [continually] gives [the gift of] grace to the humble [who turn away from self-righteousness].” So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you. Come close to God [with a contrite heart] and He will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; and purify your [unfaithful] hearts, you double-minded [people].

(2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, NLT) “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LordDon’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

Last call to get our houses in order!

 

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Not sure if you’ve had a chance to check out my last post  where I shared a little bit about my struggle with gluttony. But since then, I’ve been spending a lot more time reading the bible and seeking the face of the Father. God is so faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. We just have to REPENT and to abide in His spirit.

But anyway, I mentioned all of that because as I have been spending a lot of my time in prayer, God has been speaking to me about the things that HE is concerned with. It’s like here I am having this silly AND SELFISH food addiction, when there is a whole world of perishing people out here that God is trying to get through to. You guys, we are living in a very dangerous (but significant!) time. The Lord’s return is imminent. We don’t have time to be playing around! So going forward, I am going to be using this site to encourage the saints, to preach the unadulterated word of God, and to rebuke casual Christians that are blaspheming the word of God by living ungodly lifestyles.

Many have fallen subject to the satanic systems (including religion) of this world. We have been conditioned through entertainment and many are READY to accept the beast (the Antichrist) and his mark. But God is calling us out from among the crowd. We will not endure (in Christ) all that is coming upon the earth if we continue to love the things of this world (or to goof around at these sensual events called “church”).

So, If you’ve been following the blog thus far, God bless you. I am compelled and living to proclaim the truth. No hard feelings if you choose to unfollow now, I’ll still be praying for you♥

With nothing but love,

Brandi

God is not “Dope”

 

So last week I talked a little bit about fearing God, and in addition to that post I just want to comment on some foolish quotes I’ve been seeing. Now we all know that God is good  (which is the adjective definition of “Dope”) but we need to be careful whenever we find ourselves in agreement with this world. This world is wicked and deceived so you can be sure that God isn’t flattered, let alone pleased.

When we allow ourselves to become enticed by the world’s cool version of God (and their false gospel!), we are on our way to being drawn back into darkness. God is not our homeboy! He is not what’s trending or or in style. God is HOLY, and He doesn’t change with (and isn’t represented by!) the culture. This mindset is disrespectful and carnal (obviously because the carnal mind is enmity against God! Romans 8:7).

So we really have to start fearing the Lord because our deceitful hearts and this world wants to make God and His son Jesus Christ out to be something that they are not. No matter how much the times have changed or what society “evolves” into, God is the same as He has always been and He will never change.

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?(Numbers 23:19, NLT)

(a couple more scriptures)

  • “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, NLT)
  • A voice said, “Shout!” I asked, “What should I shout?” “Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field. The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people. The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8, NLT)

God is who HE says He is, And He likes (and He hates!) what He always said He did! We can not change Him. And the world can not change Him (or His standards!) in order to accommodate their sin and worldliness.  So instead of coming in agreement with trying to alter God and His Word, we need to start fighting through the sanctification process of being transformed by the renewing of our minds. We can not properly serve the Lord still thinking, doing or being like we were when we were in the world.

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. “(Romans 12:1-2, NLT)

Jesus Christ and his true followers (or children of God) do not fit into this world so don’t fall into that “coexist” or tolerance trap. Don’t be ashamed of holiness either and be prepared for the rejection that comes along with being fully surrendered. Seriously, pray and stand your ground, or be washed away in this great flood of deception. We’re in the end times!

With nothing but love, Brandi

♥♥ Sometimes we entertain the world’s foolishness because we are covetous. Meaning we still desire notoriety and to live a certain (worldly) lifestyle. But that is idolatry and it’s offensive to God. We have to be content with the truth (which is Jesus Christ) alone. 

Read this: (Malachi 3:13-18, NLT) “You have said terrible things about me,” says the Lord. “But you say, ‘What do you mean? What have we said against you?’ “You have said, ‘What’s the use of serving God? What have we gained by obeying his commands or by trying to show the Lord of Heaven’s Armies that we are sorry for our sins? From now on we will call the arrogant blessed. For those who do evil get rich, and those who dare God to punish them suffer no harm.’” Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name. “They will be my people,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child. Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”

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Fearing God

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” (Proverbs 3:7)

So there’s this common idea, or misconception (which is a view or an opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding) that suggests that we don’t have to be afraid of God. We’re being told (by people who obviously don’t fear God!) that fearing the Lord means just believing in Him or just “respecting” His position as God. But God is not the president or some big boss of your company. He is our heavenly Father. And what child (with any sense!) isn’t afraid of their parent’s wrath!?

See we’ve gotten this thing all backwards. We ARE to be afraid of God. What we aren’t to do is fear man. Man is who we should be merely “respecting”.

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17)

See pastors who tell you not to be afraid of God are most likely the same pastors who don’t preach repentance or holiness. That’s the problem with these churches now. But how many of you know that truly fearing God is the only way that we will depart from evil and become acceptable to Him. Yes, we are drawn by His love and kindness but it is the FEAR of the Lord that keeps up abiding.

By mercy and lovingkindness and truth [not superficial ritual] wickedness is cleansed from the heart, And by the fear of the Lord one avoids evil. (Proverbs 16:6, AMP) 

If we want our relationship with the Lord to be more than shallow and sensual (or emotional)  then we better get serious about HIS terms and HIS standards. Being afraid of God will not hinder your relationship with Him. As a matter of fact, it will make it better than ever! Because this is when you will begin to experience true love for and intimacy with the Father.

 The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.” (Psalm 25:14, AMPC)

So I just wanted to briefly address this mindset, and more importantly, leave you with a few scriptures to get acquainted with. Let’s stop playing with God.

With nothing but love, Brandi

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Psalm 34:11-16, NET Come children! Listen to me! I will teach you what it means to fear  the LordDo you want to really live? Would you love to live a long, happy life? Then make sure you don’t speak evil words or use deceptive speech! Turn away from evil and do what is right! Strive for peace and promote it! The Lord pays attention to the godly
and hears their cry for help. But the Lord opposes evildoers
and wipes out all memory of them from the earth.”

Job 28:28  And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”

Matthew 10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Philippians 2:12-13 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”  

Psalm 147:10-11 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.”

*Please note that we obey God because we love Him (and are in agreement with His perfect ways!). Enslaving, tormenting and condemning fear is not of the Father. Remember, we had a choice to either accept or reject the gospel!

John 14:21-24, NET The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.” “Lord,” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “what has happened that you are going to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him. The person who does not love me does not obey my words. And the word you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.” 

1 John 4:14-18, NLT And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.  Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”

Abusing Grace and Once saved always saved

Well first of all, let me just start off by saying that we can not abuse grace. We are either continuously maturing in the Lord and being sanctified or we are deceived. And like the apostle Paul, I would not have you to be ignorant concerning these things. So I want to talk a little bit about Grace and how it doesn’t just “cover” sin but it cures it.

In Romans, we learn that the freedom of God’s grace doesn’t allow us to be lawless but frees us from the bondage of sin to be servants (or workers) of God and righteousness (aka DOING or should I say living out good works).

  For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous livingBecause of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 5:17-6:23)

You see, people who love the world and their sin more than they love Jesus want to believe that grace excuses sin but it doesn’t. We are not saved by grace alone. We are save by grace THROUGH FAITH, which produces fruits of repentance and holiness (living separate from this world and set apart for God.)

 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

And the whole point Paul was trying to make (and MADE for those of us who aren’t trying to justify sin and weaknesses which we’ll talk about in a minute) was that we can’t  be proud because we’re overcoming sin and living (and thinking!) right because we didn’t (and couldn’t) quicken ourselves. God changed us! Therefore all glory belongs to Him. And this, my friends is the power of the resurrection. We WERE dead in our sin (remember the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life). So for those of you who claim to be in Christ but are still comfortable with sin and in living a worldly lifestyle, you may have a form of godliness but you are denying the power thereof. From such TURN AWAY (2 Timothy 3:5)!

Now concerning our sinful natures, yes, we are susceptible to this world. Paul said that no good thing dwelt in his flesh but the difference (between him and these hyper grace believers) is that he knew sin would hinder him in serving the Lord and ultimately cause him to go to hell (be “a cast away”). He didn’t want to remain that way. He tried to pray his thorn away but God assured him that even in that, His GRACE WAS SUFFICIENT. We too have serious issues and unpleasant circumstances that get the best of us but in Christ we have the power to bring those things into subjection and walk in righteousness (continuously doing what is good and right).

Nothing excuses sin and God does NOT tolerate it. If you are truly struggling with something then either your will is behind it or you haven’t been truly born again. Trust me, I’ve had to come to terms with both! So I hope you consider what I’m saying. Let go of all traditions of men (and doctrines of devils!). There’s no such thing as once saved always saved, we have to ABIDE in the HOLY Spirit we’ve been given.

With nothing but love, Brandi

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:11-14)

Amen♥♥

Delusion, the part of God’s judgment we overlook

 Even him (* The Antichrist), whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:” ( 2 Thessalonians 2:9-13, *my own interjection) 

So I just got through reading an article on Lauren Daigle. And I don’t know why i’m saying that like I didn’t literally just learn about her 5 minutes ago! So if you don’t know who that is, it doesn’t even matter. Just know that she is a sell out. And that’s what all of these so called Christians are in the entertainment industry. They claim to be of God but either compromise or cower out and deny our Lord when they’re confronted on sound doctrine. But anyway, what inspired this post was the fact that she (like many others!) don’t want to offend or call sin what it is. But we can not side step sin. People  have to know the truth in order to be saved. And for those who know (or have been exposed to) the truth but still choose to reject it (because they love sin and the world too much), God will (if He hasn’t already) turn them over to themselves. And this is something we rarely ever think about. We always talk about hell and the lake of fire but we forget that the wrath of God already abides on the unbelievers.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

So, I just wanted to share my thoughts with you. May the Lord be with us in these “unbelievable” times.

Your sister, Brandi

(Romans 1:16-32) “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.”

Are you ready for the return of the Lord?

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,
Brandi Collins

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)

Being judgmental

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.

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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…”