If you ever wondered how you could increase your discernment, JD lays it out very well this week as he explores why we believe what we believe.
By studying the Truth, Gods word, you get so familiar with the Truth that any deception placed before you, leaps out at you as untrue.
On the flip side, I think this is why so many are deceived today. No one reads their Bibles, God’s word. Or they read these watered down interpretations of God’s word. Versions that have been made “PC” and hip with today’s culture. Supposedly covered with sugar to help the medicine go down.
Studying God’s word is medicine for what ails us, but it shouldn’t need sugar to take it, it will turn our lives right side up and free us from our captivity. The Truth will set you free!
God’s word keeps our minds sharp and on guard against the overwhelming deception we are surrounded and taken captive by today. You must know the Truth, to know when your being fed the counterfeit.
In the second half of JD’s sermon on getting back to the basics, he puts forth Revelations as the place to start. Some would call this odd but after listening to his sermon, I am in 100% agreement, I believe that is exactly what God wants us to do, and why this world tries to make Revelations seem so scary and forbidden.
God spoke to John and told him to write about what he had seen (past), what was currently (present), and what will come (future).
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.
JD breaks out the book of Revelations brilliantly as follows:
Past Ch1 Christ Crucified, Buried, Resurrected
Present Ch 2-3 Church History
Future Ch 4-5 Rapture
Ch 6-19 Seven Year Tribulation
Ch 20 Millennium
Ch 21-22 New Heaven and New Earth
Maranatha, Lord come quickly!
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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile. He writes:
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5
What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law. But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved. It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.