Spiritual Maturity

Spiritual maturity leads to utter dependence and reliance on Jesus Christ, knowing that without Him we can do nothing.
Without Jesus we are nothing.
Spiritual maturity brings a desire to do the will of God, to hear from Him, to be lead by the Holy Spirit in all things so that we can live a life that is pleasing to Him and that brings glory and honor to Jesus.
Spiritual maturity results in total submission to Jesus, yielding to Him so that He can have His way with us to achieve His will.

Are we spiritually mature?
May Jesus bless you.

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Keep Yourself Clean Pure and Holy

Many Christian believers are living in sin and unholiness. They are religious, they go to church, they know the Bible, and they think they are saved, but they have no communion with Jesus Christ, because they are living in sin. We have to keep ourselves pure and holy in order to be in communion with Jesus. Jesus has no communion with sinning believers. Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit for Him to dwell in and if we defile our bodies, if we allow ourselves to be soiled and dirty, filled with sin immorality, then the Holy Spirit will leave us, we will not have any relationship with Jesus.

We have to live pure and holy and then Jesus will come and dwell in us, but if we do not obey Jesus, and we do not live according to His Commandments, in holiness and righteousness, in obedience to him then He will not dwell in us we will not have any communion with Him we will not have the hope of salvation.

We read the words of Jesus in John chapter 14 verse 21, He said:”He who has my Commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me, and he who loves me will be loved by My Father, and I will love Him, and I will disclose myself to Him.” Jesus is saying that if we obey His commandments then He will love, us and He will come and dwell with us and He will disclose Himself to us. He will speak to us. His Spirit will dwell in us. In verse 23 we read Jesus said:”If anyone loves Me he will keep my word, and My Father will love him and We will come to him and make our abode with him.”

Jesus will come and live with you and me, if we love him and we obey Him, and we keep His words, but we must keep ourselves pure and holy, because our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit for Him to dwell in and He does not dwell with impurity and with sin. If we allow ourselves to be soiled the Holy Spirit will leave us.

The Apostle Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians 6 verse 9:” Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you, but you were washed, you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.” We were all sinners, but if we have a come to Jesus we are not sinners anymore, then we have turned away from sin and we keep ourselves holy for Jesus Christ, for His Holy Spirit to dwell in.

In verse 15 Paul says:”Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her, for He says the two shall become one flesh, but the one who joins himself to the Lord is one Spirit with Him. Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside of the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, Whom you have from God and you are not your own, for you have been bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.”

Many Christian believers live in adultery and fornication. Many are homosexual. They live in morality. Their minds are defiled through the media, video games, TV, movies, pornography and bad company, worldly friends. They have become conditioned to evil, watching soap opera, and participating and worldly entertainment. They are of the world. They are not pure, they are not holy and they cannot be in communion with Jesus, they have no hope of salvation. Merely believing in Jesus cannot save us. We must repent, stop sinning, be holy, turn to Jesus, be baptized in water for the washing off of sin, and then keep yourself clean, be a temple of the Holy Spirit, in which He can dwell. If you allow yourself to be defiled again, then the Holy Spirit will leave you.

If you once knew Jesus, if you once followed Jesus and you backslid, you went away from Jesus, then repent and cleanse yourself, get rid of your sin get, rid of your bad friends. Purify yourself of your cleanliness, your immorality. Make yourself a pure vessel, clean and acceptable unto Jesus, or else you will never be in communion with Him.

Jesus gives His Holy Spirit in those who seek Him, who obey Him and who live holy. Most professing Christians have no relationship with Jesus. They have no communion with Jesus. Jesus said:”My sheep hear My voice, they listen to Me and they follow Me.” Very few Christians know the voice of Jesus. Very few follow Him. It is because they’re living in sin. It is because they are not holy and receptive vessels, they are not pure. They do not reserve themselves unto Jesus Christ and therefor they are not fit for the kingdom of heaven.
We have to purify ourselves of all uncleanliness, all immorality, all sin, all worldliness, and put our focus on Jesus; be a suitable vessel for the Holy Spirit to dwell in, and then He will speak to us. He will guide us. He will teach us. We will be in communion with Him, but if we allow sin to come in, if we give the devil a foothold, then the Holy Spirit of Christ will leave us. He will go silent on us, because we choose evil, and through our choice of wrong and of evil we reject Jesus Christ and we stray from Him, we stop following Him and go on the wrong path.

Many have never followed Jesus. They have never been in that close relationship with Him. They believe they are saved but they are on the broad road to destruction. There’s only one way to have eternal life and that is to follow and obey Jesus Christ, reserve yourself unto Him, seek Him always in prayer and He will reveal Himself to you. Stay with Jesus until the very end and you will be saved, but if you are not holy you will not see Him. Without holiness no man shall see God. Without holiness no man will enter the kingdom of God. Without holiness nobody will have any relationship with Jesus Christ. Keep yourself clean and walk with Jesus.

May Jesus bless you.

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The Long Road Ahead – Health Update

Yesterday I saw the surgeon that operated on me when I was diagnosed with rectal cancer and he told me something that I did not want to hear. He said:”You have a long road ahead of you.” I was hoping for better news since I had undergone chemo and radiation that was completed a month ago. He told me that the damage in my rectum was the most severe that he has seen in all his years of practice. He scheduled me for an MRI, to better determine the extent of the damage and is planning extensive surgery four weeks from now. We were hoping for a ileostomy reversal but indications are that it is not possible.

It has been a difficult painful experience since I became ill more than a year ago and the medical prognosis of my situation is not favorable. However, our hope is in Jesus, I belong to Him and He determines my life. I died twice in December 2017, while I was in the intensive care unit of the hospital for a month, after I had complications. Very few people believed that I would survive, but I did, all because of Jesus, He brought me back and kept me alive.

We are all one breath away from eternity. We might die today and then eternity awaits us. We must always be ready. We do not know how long the road ahead of us is. What is important is that we follow Jesus all the way, until the end or else we will spend eternity away from Jesus in damnation. We have to bear fruit for the kingdom of God and bring glory to Jesus, or else we will get cut off and burned. Jesus warned that every branch in Him that does not bear fruit will get cut off and burned, unfruitful believers will end up in damnation.

Many Christians wrongly believe that if they believe in Jesus they have a ticket to heaven. They think they can sit back and celebrate their salvation. Nothing can be further from the truth. ++

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+We have to follow Jesus, live in obedience to Him and endure with Him until the end, through all circumstances. To follow Jesus is not easy. The road that Jesus guides us onto is not for the faint hearted and unbelieving. We will face many trials and tribulations and only those who stay with Jesus until the end, will win the prize of eternal life. Without Jesus, we can do nothing. Jesus warned, He said:”Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 17:13,14.

It is when we go trough trials, tribulation, pain and suffering, that we learn to trust in Jesus. It is in those times that our faith is tested, and if we endure we learn to overcome. It is in those times and through those circumstances that our character is built and we are transformed into the likeness of Jesus. We read in Hebrews 10:36 ”For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

37FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE,
HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY.

38BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH;
AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.

39But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.”

We do not know how long the road ahead is, but we need to endure with Jesus until the end, to win the prize of eternal life.

May Jesus bless you.

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Knowing Jesus

Nothing is as important as knowing Jesus Christ, because Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. There is no other way to have eternal life but to follow and obey Jesus Christ, and we have to know Him in order to follow Him. He has to know us in order for us to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus warned that He will say to many people on the day that they die:”Go away, I never knew you.”

Nothing is more important for us than to know Jesus Christ and to know Him intimately, and for Him to know us. The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians chapter 3 verse 7-11:” But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as a loss for the sake of Christ. More than that. I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith. That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death, in order that I might attain to the resurrection from the death.” That is the desire of Paul, as he expressed it

in his letter to the Philippians, to know Jesus Christ. If we know Jesus Christ, then we obey Him. He justifies those who obey His words, who live in close communion and close obedience to Him. His sheep hear His voice, they listen to Him and they follow Him. He gives His Holy Spirit in those who obey Him. He comes and dwells in them and He guides them step-by-step, because they know Him. They follow Him because they love Him and they remain in Him, they stay in obedience to Jesus, so that they can bear fruit for His kingdom.

There is nothing as important as knowing Jesus Christ. We might know about Jesus from the testimony of other people, we can study the Bible. We can read the words of Jesus in the gospels and we can know about Him, but we only get to know Him if we obey Him, if we obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, His words, if we obey what He commanded; repent and be baptized. Turn away from sin, turn to Jesus. Seek Him with all our heart, then he will come and dwell in us, and He will guide us. He will teach us. He will always be with us, but we have to stay with Him. We have to know Him for real.

Knowing the Bible, obeying the law, the law of Moses (Torah), that will not save us, it is the righteousness that comes from obeying Jesus Christ and walking with Him daily. Paul was a righteous man according to the Law. He was a Pharisee, blameless according to the Law of Moses but He realized that that could not save him. He realized that he had to live in total commitment and obedience to Jesus Christ, and therefore he called himself a bond servant of Christ. He voluntarily served Jesus Christ. He gave up everything, even his life, to follow Jesus Christ. We might know the Bible. We might know the words of Jesus, we might know spiritual people or children of God, but if we do not know Jesus, and if we do not follow Him, then we are heading for destruction.

Nothing is more important for us, than to know Jesus Christ and to be known by Him. If we seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him. He will reveal Himself to us. If we seek His guidance, He will guide us, because He cares for us, but if we keep on shunning Him, pushing Him away, ignoring Him, then we will not enter His kingdom. We have to walk with Jesus day by day. Our relationship with Him must be real. Nothing can be more important than knowing Jesus, following Him, being with Him, listening to Him and and going with Him every step of the way until the very end. Nobody else can do it for us. We have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, because if we are away from Jesus, we have a reason to fear.

Just believing in Jesus will not save us. We have to know Him and obey Him, be pleasing to Him, and He has to approve of us. Do we truly know Jesus? Do we follow Him and obey Him every day. There is no other way to have eternal life. We have no hope if we do not have Jesus. We have to follow Jesus and stay with Him until the very end.

Do you know Jesus and does He know you? Will He invite you into His kingdom or will He show you away on the day that you die? Seek Jesus today and every day until the very end. Stay with Him, or else you have no hope for eternity, only a certain expectation of damnation. Seek Jesus and follow Him until the very end.

May Jesus bless you.

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Too busy with other things

Most Christian believers are too busy with other things. They are too busy to have any time to listen to Jesus and to follow Him. Many of them believe that their faith will save them. They believe that merely believing in Jesus Christ for salvation is sufficient. That is not enough. We have to know Jesus. We have to listen to His voice and follow Him. We have to get to know Him for real. If we seek Jesus we will find Him, if we draw closer to Him He draws closer to us. If we obey His words, His commands, the words that He spoke, as also recorded in the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, if we obey those words; if we repent turn away from sin, from our own wicked ways and we go after Jesus, if we sanctify ourselves, live holy, be baptized in water, and live to please Jesus, sin no more, but seek to do His will, have our mind on Him, then He will put His Spirit in us. He will put His mind in us. He will speak to us.

His sheep hear His voice, they listen to Him and they follow Him, but we have to draw closer to Jesus. We have to go after Him. We have to seek Him and we have to follow Him. If we do not seek Him we will not find Him. If we do not stay with Him we will go astray and we will not enter the kingdom of heaven. He will guide us, if we seek Him. He guides His sheep. He teaches them. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth, but we have to put our mind on Jesus, live to please Him and then He will fill us with His mind. He will speak to us, but if we go our own way and we do our own things and we ignore Jesus, then we will not hear Him speaking to us. We will not be able to follow Him. However, if we seek Him and we are led by His Spirit, and we are doing what He wants us to do, then we will hear Him speaking to us and guiding us, at any time, while we are doing His will, because He will guide us step by step. We must be focused on Jesus, seeking to do His will, always praying in our mind, and let the Spirit of God permeate us, cultivate us, and guide us, into his ways, and into His truth so that we can be pleasing to Him.

If we do not have that desire for Jesus and for His kingdom, and we do not seek Him, we will not enter His kingdom. We have to go after Jesus. If we are too busy with other things, then we are not worthy of Jesus and His kingdom. Are we seeking Him diligently every day? Are we drawing closer and closer to Him every day, following Him, seeking His will and seeking His approval. Seek Jesus and you will live. Jesus Christ is the only way.

May Jesus bless you.

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Superficial Christians

Christianity is about being followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ disciples followed Him and they brought others to Him so that they could also follow Him, because Jesus Christ is the way and the truth and the life. Jesus Christ is the only One who can give eternal life and Jesus commanded His disciples to make disciples of all nations, people that would know Him and follow Him, just like His own disciples did.

We all know that Jesus Christ was crucified, and then after He was resurrected, and he ascended to heaven, but He did not leave His disciples to fend for themselves. He sent the Holy Spirit, His Spirit to be with them, and to guide them and to teach them, and He also promised the Holy Spirit, the Comforter to all those who would believe in Him; who would obey His words, His gospel and who would repent and be baptized. Jesus promised His Holy Spirit in them so that they could also become His sheep. His sheep hear His voice, they listen and they follow Him. That is what it means to be a Christian, you are a follower of Jesus Christ. Not only because you believe in Jesus and you believe in His teachings, but because you obey Him, you obey His words, you’ve come to know Him, and He’s given His Spirit in you, so that Christ lives in you, you are a Christian, you are a follower of Jesus Christ.

Most professing Christians do not know Jesus Christ. Their relationship with Him is not real. They are just religious. Some are more religious than others. Some conduct religious practices, they do Bible studies, and they do religious practices like fasting,but they have no relationship with Jesus Christ. Some Christians believe that through fasting you can force God to answer you, to come closer to you. The purpose of fasting as not to twist the arm of God, not to force God to give you what you want, the purpose of fasting is to set yourself aside to spend some time in prayer, to spend some time seeking Jesus, to deprive yourself of your normal pleasures, not to go about your normal life, the things you normally do, but to consecrate yourself, you separate yourself unto the Lord and spend some time in prayer dedicating yourself to the Lord.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ is what makes us a Christian. If we do not have a real relationship with Jesus Christ then our faith is in vain. If we do not have His Holy Spirit and we do not follow Him, if we do not listen to Him, if we do not obey Him, then our faith is in vain, we’re wasting our time, because Jesus will say to many believers:”Go away I never knew you.” They never had that real relationship with Jesus. Being a Christian, is knowing Jesus Christ for real, hearing His voice, seeking Him, going after in Him, going after Him and seeking to please Him, to be part of His kingdom and to have His approval. Most Christians are just superficial, just on the surface and the people might think that they are great Christians, they have a lot of Bible knowledge, and they profess to have many revelations from God, they understand the prophecies, and they make predictions about the future, but they have no relationship with Jesus. They have no testimony of Jesus Christ.

If you are a real Christian, a follower of Jesus then your life is all about your relationship with Jesus. That is all that matters, nothing else, because if Jesus is not pleased with us then we are in big trouble. If we do not seek Him and if we do not find Him and if we do not stay with Him, we are on the wrong road, because Jesus is the way. We have to follow Him every day until the very end, even if we are all on our own, everybody leaves us. Even if everybody goes the other direction and Jesus sends us another direction, then we go with Jesus, because we know Him. He speaks to His followers. He guides and teaches them, they follow Him.

Some people will tell you different. They will say that God spoke through the Bible, it’s all in the Bible. It’s not. It is all about the Holy Spirit of Christ that He gives in and with those who love Him who follow Him and obey Him. It’s all about your relationship with Jesus Christ. Nobody else can work on it for you. You have to work on your own relationship with Jesus. There is no easy recipe. Nowadays people have computers, and they have cell phones, and they have apps for everything. There is no app for a relationship with Jesus Christ. You just go on your knees and you seek Him with all your heart, and you keep on seeking Him and you show Him that you are serious, and Jesus will reveal Himself to you. There is only one way to be a true follower of Jesus, a child of God, and that is to be led by the Holy Spirit, to walk with God, to walk with Jesus every day. Are you walking with Jesus? How’s your relationship with Jesus? Do you know Him? Do you follow Him and do you obey Him?

May Jesus bless you.

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Did Jesus Really Say So?

God speaks and those with ears hear. Jesus said: “My sheep hear My voice, they listen to Me and they follow Me.” Those who are being led by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God. God does speak and those who are tuned in, those who are following Jesus, they hear His voice and listen to Him and they obey Him.

Many people claim that Jesus told them something or that God spoke to them. How can we know whether that person is speaking the truth? Do we just accept his word, that Jesus did speak to him, that God told him something, or do we find out for ourselves whether that is the truth? The only way to find out whether it is the truth is to ask Jesus Himself, to say” “Lord, that person says that You spoke to him. Is that the truth?” Jesus will confirm it to you if it is the truth, but we cannot trust in other people.

We cannot go by what other people say, because then we are following after men. Jesus speaks to each and every child, to each and everyone who follows Him. If we need wisdom and we need guidance we must ask of Jesus. Pray, wait on Him, expect an answer, and He will answer you in His way and in His time. If we follow after people and we live by their word, by their revelations, then we are not following Jesus Christ anymore. But if Jesus confirms that He said something to another person then we are walking my confirmation of Jesus. Always and make sure with Jesus, follow Jesus. Do not follow men.

May Jesus bless you.

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