Saturday, 27 April 2019

The Beginning of Wisdom

#842: This is probably the first time that I have done this. All last night, inside and outside of trying to sleep, this verse kept coming to mind. It may be a marker for me and/or it may be a specific word for someone who finds this blog whether by accident or as they are led. I'll leave it here ...

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." ~ Proverbs 9:10

That's what's on my heart today. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 27-Apr-2019

Friday, 26 April 2019

The False Ones

#841: I started out writing this article with the intention of talking about Christian goats but soon it became evident that Yours Truly KJS should direct my attention towards something else. This week has been a struggle but it has also been a week (literally) of revalidating Biblical truths on many levels, particularly when one looks at the astounding legacy of Ron Wyatt. In looking at the accuracy and trustworthiness of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, I've been led to take a brief look at something the Lord Jesus Christ warned about relative to the latter days in Luke 21:8: "Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them."

In other words: DECEPTION and by extension what I term the false ones. From the early Church through the centuries to the present day and in days yet future, the warnings of scripture ring out about false prophets, false apostles, false teachers and even false brethren. Having once been in a church where I had to actually pray that the prophet would leave me (and my family) alone (before we left), I'm acutely aware of the traps and snares that can lie in the way for new and mature believers , especially when we consider that anything God has created and established as good, Satan will invariably attempt to copy and counterfeit in his scheme to usurp God's Plan of True Salvation for mankind. In fact, you can add false doctrine to the list too. In the days ahead as we enter the Beginning of Sorrows, Daniel's 70th week and The Great Tribulation, we will need the compass of the the written Word and the Ruach Ha Kadesh (Holy Spirit) to steer us through major persecution and much spiritual wickedness. The false ones are before you ...

False Prophets
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them." (Matthew 7:15-20)

"But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction." (II Peter 2:1)

False Teachers
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like white washed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness" (Matthew 23:27)

"I (Paul) marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6-9)

False Apostles
"But what I (Paul) do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works." (II Corinthians 11:12-15)

False Brethren
"And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth ... that they might bring us into bondage)" (Galatians 2:4)

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." (II Timothy 3:1-7)

That's what's on my heart today. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 26-Apr-2019

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

The Third Temple Paradox

#840: Lately I've been thinking how tired I am of this world and how much I'd like to meet up with the Lord Jesus Christ. Don't be alarmed or shocked at these thoughts as we should all choose God over mammon when it comes to our worldview. Students of Bible eschatology (end times theology), especially those not sucked into the falsehood of pretribulationism, therefore find the forthcoming events of prophecy such as Daniel's 70th week, the covenant of death, the Great Tribulation, the revelation of Antichrist and, of course, the Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ of immense personal interest leading many believers to constantly survey the happenings in Israel.

"Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times. And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate." ~ Daniel 9:24-27

The result of this mindset is that whilst we await those long prophesied events to be unveiled, we also long for either what is promised in eternity on the other side of this present life or the events depicted in the Book of Revelation. I've just read Thomas R. Horn's new book "The Rabbis, Donald Trump, and the Top-Secret Plan to Build the Third Temple: Unveiling the Incendiary Scheme by Religious Authorities, Government Agents, and Jewish Rabbis to Invoke Messiah" and, for sure, it's an interesting if not compelling read. Having been blessed to visit Jerusalem in May 2008 and also check out The Temple Institute whilst there, it was rather amazing to see what preparations were already taking place towards the goal of The Third Temple let alone what has happened since.

"For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be." ~ Matthew 24:21

The paradox is that the building of said Third Temple will precede the worst holocaust in human history and the reign of the worst despot in history too meaning death for many True Believers and Jews. What Yours Truly KJS doesn't understand is that many Christians confuse their support for Israel with unabashed support for the building of The Third Temple, a building that will see Jews seeking salvation in the blood of bulls and goats rather than in the Finished Work of their Messiah Yeshua and will also house the Abomination of Desolation as spoken by the prophet Daniel. True Christians should be supporting the work of born again Messianic and Arabic assemblies in Israel rather than encouraging many Jewish souls to their destruction. The error of dispensationalism not only has foisted the false pre-tribulation rapture theory on the church but has also encouraged pro-Israel speakers such as John Hagee to teach that Jews can still be right with God under the Law as opposed to having saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." ~ II Thessalonians 2:3-4

May I encourage all readers of this article to indeed keep watching events in Israel but to refrain from actually supporting the building of The Third Temple? What will be, will be. God will fulfil His Word in His time. The most important truth at this time is that the True Church should be praying for the salvation of all people, both Jew and Gentile. Don't cast your pearls to false religion and false doctrine, cast them as you are led by the Lord according to His Will.

That's what's on my heart today. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 23-Apr-2019

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Jesus of Nazareth Revisited

#839: I spent most of Easter Sunday watching Franco Zeffirelli's 1977 made for TV film "Jesus Of Nazareth" starring Robert Powell on the Sky Arts satellite TV channel. As with the Visual Bible films "The Gospel of Matthew", "The Gospel of John" and "Acts", it was good to watch this classic depiction of the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ again after very many years and to be reminded of what God has done for me, for you and for all mankind.

"My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world." (I John 2:1-2)

Despite a few inconsistencies in the narrative, especially on the subject of Judas Iscariot whom Yours Truly KJS believes is a type of the ultimate (forthcoming) antichrist and knew exactly what he was doing when he betrayed Jesus, I think that this 42 year old film has aged well and is still well worth considering to view. On the day where yet more Christians in Sri Lanka have been targeted by the adherents of a certain antichrist religion jokingly called 'the religion of peace', we should not only celebrate Resurrection Sunday (I prefer to call it that rather than Easter Sunday) but also pray for our worldwide persecuted brothers and sisters as well as our enemies and never forgetting to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for taking my place on the Cross and covering my very many sins with His Blood

That's what's on my heart today. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 21-Apr-2019

Friday, 19 April 2019

Good News Friday

#838: Social media is often interesting, if nothing else. Today is Good Friday and Fakebook is full of posts featuring bunnies and eggs with the odd mention of the Lord Jesus Christ dying on the cross. I saw one post asking why today is called Good Friday when we are commemorating the death of Jesus. Yours Truly KJS saw a few other posts that were, let us say, satirical in nature too. It's to be expected that most of the world are ignorant on what really happened at Golgotha (or Calvary) that day and it's also quite sad because it shows how far the West has become removed from its Judeo-Christian heritage.

"After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit." (John 19:28-30)

For me, Good Friday is Good not only because the Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled the Will of the Father in presenting Himself and taking the sins of the world in His Body in the Greatest Act of Sacrifice of all time. It's also because He took the place of you and me on that cross, became our Passover Lamb and paid for our sins personally and specifically. He looked forward circa 2,000 years and took the place of Keith James Sinclair (perhaps you might want to substitute your name in place of mine for personal effect) on that old rugged cross. And we all know what came next.

That's what's on my heart today. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 19-Apr-2019

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

The Real Tragedy of the Notre Dame Fire

#837: Fire has always been a visual and attention grabbing method of God's righteous judgement. Isaiah 66:16 (in part) tells us: "For the LORD will execute judgement by fire ..." and, if I'm honest, the first thought that came into my mind on Monday night as the fire grabbed hold of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was that this may be the case. It's interesting to note that the fire occurred during Easter week and impacted the second most important Roman Catholic monument in the world with only St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City ahead of it in importance.

We will perhaps never know whether this incident is an accident or deliberate arson by persons unknown. If it is the latter, it may well never be reported as such. For sure, there are reports of many churches being attacked and defaced across France over recent years at a time of mass immigration and freedom of movement across Europe. The timing is interesting though in a week in which the pope also concluded an ecumenical retreat with the leaders of South Sudan in Morocco with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby also in attendance.
For me, the most poignant effect of the Notre Dame fire has been the reaction of Churchianity to the golden altar cross still being in position after the fire had been extinguished. Scientifically speaking, this should not be a surprise as the melting point of gold at 1,064°C is vastly above that of the temperature of burning wood at around 600°C. Some Christians even suggested via social media that it was an Act of God in and of itself.

One should never forget that Notre Dame remains a working building where deluded souls regularly worship what they believe to literally be the transubstantiated body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ during mass, contradicting the Truth that Christ died in atonement for all human sin "once and for all" (Romans 6:10)(I Peter 3:18) whereas Believers await the return of the Messiah between the Sixth and Seventh Seals in Tribulation days yet future.

Hence I find it quite sad that some Christians marvel at an upright, intact golden cross in a gutted church but are unable consider the possibility that the Notre Dame fire was (in full or in part) the judgement of God on false religion as we approach Passover and consider the Wonderful Work of the Lord Jesus Christ wrought on the Cross and His Magnificent Resurrection.

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 17-Apr-2019

Monday, 15 April 2019

Why Islam is Opposed to Biblical Christianity

#836: Apart from the fact that it sits on Mount Moriah (The Temple Mount) in Jerusalem near the site of the Second Temple, the Dome of the Rock mosque itself demonstrates the eternal gulf between Biblical Christianity and Islam in that all around the inside of its octagonal arcade, there is a written denial of the Sonship of the Lord Jesus Christ, hence the Triunity of God. Those misguided people who think that islam and Christianity are compatible and have common ground should note these (paraphrased) words found inside the aforementioned construct ...

"In the name of God, the Merciful the Compassionate. There is no god but God. He is One. He has no associate ... O People of the Book! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning God save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a Messenger of God, and His Word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers, and say not ‘Three’ ... God is only One God. Far be it removed from His transcendent majesty that He should have a son ... It befitteth not God that He should take unto Himself a son."

Essentially, the above text fully meets the specification of not only an antichrist religion but also the antichrist nature of its founder. In I John 2:18-23 we read ...

"Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also."

If ever one needed proof of the truth that muslims need to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour and be saved as much as anyone else in this world, then hopefully this article provides ample evidence. As it stands, islam is likely to be a significant component of the coming one world religion and before that, a major enemy of the Gospel. We should pray ...

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 15-Apr-2019

Saturday, 13 April 2019

A Little Leaven Leaveneth The Whole Lump

#835: A few weeks back, I watched the film "The Shack". At the time, I felt that its overall message was positive even though I had much reservation about God the Father and God the Holy Spirit being portrayed as women. I liked the themes of forgiveness and reconciliation within the film because it appealed to my emotions and what the Bible calls the sensual. At first I was defensive of this film but after further consideration, I now realise that too much of its content is against a core doctrine of our faith, the Triunity of the Godhead and it is quite heretical, even as an entertainment vehicle.

God the Father
God the Son
God the Holy Spirit 

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." 
~ John 14:26 ~

The snare of the Devil is indeed a trap. Dressing lies with the trappings of truth never makes the whole righteous. You can't distill truth from error. The Written Word tells us that "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump" (Galatians 5:9)(I Corinthians 5:6) and it is so important that we apply this not only to books and films but in our Christian walk itself. We need to be careful when it comes to the flesh. Much in the world appeals to our carnal nature that is contrary to the work of the Holy Spirit and so there is always a temptation to compromise on many levels. Yours Truly KJS has now binned "The Shack", literally. Repentance has to be accompanied by action even as surely as good works follow faith (James 2:26). We need to be sensitive to the conviction of the Holy Spirit else our hearts are hardened and God (hopefully) might use other methods to garner our attention.

That's what's on my heart today. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 13-Apr-2019

Friday, 12 April 2019

Humble Apology

#834: My humble apology. In earlier days in the faith, I was taught and hence misled into believing that the pre-tribulation rapture and Dispensationalism was a genuine biblical tenet. As a result of my failure to be a Berean back then (we are talking circa 15 years ago), I openly shared the Left Behind movies and books foolishly thinking that this would build up and strengthen fellow believers. I now publicly acknowledge my error and wish to apologise to those whom I may have caused to stumble in their faith or give them hope in something that is not going to happen.

Yours Truly KJS always encourages folks to always check things for themselves and so I urge you to honestly research the lives of pre-tribulation 'heroes' John Nelson Darby and Cyrus Scofield. You'll find that Darby was a questionable fellow who suffered no dissension (a trait of any cult leader) with none other than Charles Spurgeon writing "Mr. Darby is, to all intents and purposes a thorough Pope, though under a Protestant name. He will never admit that he is in error; and therefore very naturally declines to argue with those who controvert the soundness of his views."

You'll also discover that Scofield, the man whose dispensational notations aside Holy Writ have misled not a few generations of Christians into believing that the theory of a pre-trib rapture is biblical, was once called a "scoundrel, shyster, and scalawag", and went by the title of the Rev. C.I. Scofield, D.D., even though he never attended college and did not have a personal understanding of Hebrew or Greek. It's also interesting to note that one of Darby's followers, Edward Crowley was the father of a certain Aleister Crowley.

"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." ~ Matthew 7:17-18

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." ~ Matthew 24:29-30

"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ ..." ~ Titus 2:13

There is not one scripture in the Holy Bible calling out a secret pre-tribulation rapture. It is a false doctrine that is leading literally millions of unprepared believers into a period of time of much trial and tribulation for Christians and will likely be a catalyst for the coming apostasia.

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 12-Apr-2019

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

An Imminent Tribulation?

#833: The ongoing efforts of the Donald Trump administration to develop their "Deal of the Century", publish it and gain the approval of all interested parties seems to be gaining momentum particularly if you trawl through various news articles and You Tube channels. Of a truth, we know that as each day passes, we are edging towards the long prophesied seven year period culminating in the Tribulation that will be heralded by an Antichrist confirmed Middle East peace agreement. Yours Truly KJS has also noticed a heightened amount of speculation regarding Trump's Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner and the possibility that he could be person who confirms the aforementioned deal. Add to that the apparent victory of Benjamin Netanyahu in this weeks Israeli elections and one could be forgiven for thinking that the pieces are all falling into place and we could soon enter Daniel's 70th week. There is no harm in watching world events as long as you determine to keep the Risen Lord Jesus Christ and the written Word (the Bible) as your spiritual compass and also remember that the so-called news you are presented with really doesn't tell you the full picture.

"Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate." ~ 
Daniel 9:27

If the potential reality of an Antichrist confirmed peace deal really is just around the corner (perhaps in mid-May), then those who hope for a pre-tribulation rapture will be due a major disappointment. This could lead, in part, to the predicted apostasia (falling away) of II Thessalonians 2:3 and be a vehicle for further deception down the road.

We should therefore pray for our fellow believers during these interesting (if not testing) times, let alone our lost family, friends, acquaintances, strangers and enemies. The Lord Jesus Christ told us to watch and be ready as His Second Advent nears. And so should we. Time is literally short.

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 10-Apr-2019

Monday, 8 April 2019

Keeping The Door Open

#832: In my Christian life, despite having been somewhat of a prodigal son in more ways than one, I've had to deal with three major controversies when it comes to doctrinal error. The first was learning that the Gifts of the Spirit (charismata) were not, after all, consigned to the apostles (a la Cessationism) and were very much for the here, now and future. The second was having to challenge the leadership of a respected and established church on the subject of false prophesying. It was painful and meant having to leave behind a lot of good people in those churches. The third has occurred during my walk in the wilderness regarding the false teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture. Yours Truly KJS does not seek out such arguments yet I seem to have been drawn into them. There is a cost to these things and I continue to feel the effects of all three battles.

In a recent article, I expressed my concern for the teachers of the pre-tribulation rapture theory (read Why Pre-Trib Theorists Should Revisit Their Rapture Timing), should they be proven to be wrong and lead millions of unprepared believers into the tribulation. Another concern close to my heart is the danger that those preaching Cessationism might be alarmingly close to blaspheming the Holy Spirit if they continually term the charismata the work of demons and/or man i.e. not of God. Anyone teaching in the church as a ministry should follow the example of the Bereans (Acts 17:11) and check everything out for themselves and prayerfully consider it. And I mean everything including what they themselves are taught in Bible colleges and seminaries.

What is on my heart is the absolute importance of keeping the door open for repentance when it comes to what I call secondary doctrines such as Cessationism and Pretribulationism. Why do I say this? Because I was, at some point in the past, a proponent of those two teachings before I became an opponent. I always kept the door open to my being in the wrong place on both subjects and I truly thank God for His grace, mercy and forgiveness even now. The Person of Christ, the Triunity of God, the sacrifice on the cross by the Lord Jesus Christ in our place, His Resurrection from the dead, the free gift of True Salvation and other core doctrines are not up for negotiation but it is also so very important that we all study to show ourselves "approved unto God ... rightly dividing the word of truth" (II Timothy 2:15) at all times.

That's what's on my heart tonight. Be blessed.

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 08-Apr-2019

Saturday, 6 April 2019

To Everything There Is A Season

#831: Change is very much a theme of my life, especially recently. One of my fave scriptures in the Holy Bible is found in chapter three (3) of the Book of Ecclesiastes in which the reader is reminded that life is full of seasons wherein old things come to an end and new things begin ...

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

Commensurate with such amazing truth, Yours Truly KJS announced yesterday (Friday 5th April) that I was setting aside my all things ELO and related web site elo beatles forever (elobf) after 10 years, almost 1,200 articles and over 3 million views. I just feel that one particular season has ended and a new season is beginning. There is much change going on with this writer at present and all of it is good news. I've let go of a lot of stuff and those decisions have given me room to move. Please bookmark KJS Berean Beacon and keep coming back ...

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 06-Apr-2019

Friday, 5 April 2019

Only God Can Change You

#830: Confession time (again). It would be true to say that for much of my life I have always, to a degree, been in a kind of war with myself. The battle has led to periods of my life when I have wandered away from God yet He has been extremely faithful to Yours Truly KJS, more than you know and often more than this writer realises, even now. A desire to improve, learn from my many mitsakes and generally be a better person (in my own view) has been thwarted by my limitations and repeated failures. This in turn has led on occasion to physical self-abuse and a mindset of change at any cost. Yet, despite it all, I know that the Lord Jesus Christ has somehow managed to hold me back from going down one particular path and so much more besides.

I have wasted so much time. Having spent a lot of time trying to change myself into another version of me, I came to the conclusion that not only do I need to return to the umbrella of God's Will, I also need to let Him change me into the person that He wants me to be. This revelation has given me an increased sense of freedom and a loosening of the yoke that I've operated under for so long. Some days I still struggle but I can be sure that God is on the job. If you are reading this post and are sporting similar battle scars, take heart. These verses may help you as they do me ...

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
Ephesians 3:20-21

"In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven."
Matthew 6:9-10

"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."
II Corinthians 3:18

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake."
Psalm 23:1-3

"He must increase, but I must decrease."
John 3:30

Real Bereans (Acts 17:11) are truly needed, watchmen must WARN, evangelists must COMPEL, do not be DECEIVED and WATCH that PERIPHERY!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 05-Apr-2019